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Are there any good classes in the Leicester area

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K123

My friend is a beginner and currently in a class that moves to fast for her and where she gets little correction. She is feeling like giving up and I really don't want her to but she doesn't think there are any more classes nearby. I feel sure there must be good beginner classes in the Leicester area somewhere. Can anyone advise?

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Perhaps look at the universities: University of Leicester and De Monfort University. It's the long summer vacation now, but university terms start in late September. The student societies and/or sports centres often run classes, and they're usually open to non-students (for a higher non-subsidised fee).

 

Some starting points (I googled "leicester university ballet classes":

https://www.demontfortstudents.com/soc/DMUDanceSociety/

http://www.dmu.ac.uk/about-dmu/dmu-leisure-centre/fitness-suite/classes.aspx

http://www.communitydance.org.uk/professional-practice/summer-school.html

 

This place looks interesting:

http://www.studio79.co.uk/classes-timetable.html

 

She should also look for "Absolute Beginners" basic ballet classes. Maybe a weekend workshop which introduces people to the fundamentals? These are often run in London studios -- Danceworks etc etc.

 

Birmingham is commutable from Leicester (about 40 minutes on the train), and there's excellent ballet for adults at DanceXchange, including very basic beginners' class.

 

But part of the problem may be with doing drop in classes? To learn the fundamentals, you need to have a structured series of lessons, over a term or so. I notice how hard it is for absolute beginners to join the very basic class I do in the middle of the term.

 

The other thing to say is that ballet is HARD to learn from scratch as an adult. You just have to grit your teeth and follow, swallow any pride, and focus on trying to get it into your body. And enjoy the easy bits -- if the teacher is good s/he'll give a simple combination like a waltz across the floor so people can get a sense of moving, even without any balletic technique.

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K123

Thank you :) I'll pass on all the information. I'm not sure she'ss be able to travel that far as she has children and needs to find something no too far away, but it will give her some options. As for your final paragraph, that's exactly what I had said! I know she is the type who doesn't like to give up and she wants to learn, but I think the class she's at isn't right. A bit of a one size fits all with lots of more advanced students and a teacher who isn't giving enough correction. Hopefully she'll find another option.

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