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notmypointe

How to grow the "right" muscles?

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notmypointe

Hello, I did ballet when I was little (4 - 6 years old) but my parents pulled me out for reasons I don't need to get into. (They aren't against ballet or anything like that)

Fast forward to now: I want to get back into ballet but there are no dance classes for a 16 year-old girl who can't remember ANYTHING she was taught ten+ years ago.

I'm not aiming to go pro but I really want to look like/be as strong as/ be as flexible as a dancer.

I do 40+minutes of stretching every night and I've done weight lifting. However, my legs are very untoned compared to my arms (which to be fair aren't that toned either) I look kind of like an upside triangle.

How do I grow my leg muscles in the "right" places (and keep at least some of my toned arms)?

I understand I'll need to spend a lot of time doing moves and such which may effect the time I can spend at the gym but I'd rather look like and be as strong/flexible as a dancer then say I can lift heavy stuff. 

so sorry for this ramble. I guess i'm asking what exercises/ stretches should I do to look like/be as strong/flexible as a dancer?

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vrsfanatic

I am not sure I understand your objective. If you want your muscular structure to look like a dancer then you have to take ballet. There is no other way to do it. Stretching on your own is good, but it can never replace ballet classes.

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notmypointe

The problem is I have no dance studio I can use. I'd like to know how to train like a ballerina at home(sorry I didn't make my clear)

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vrsfanatic

I am sorry, but there is no way to actually do this. Ballet is a serious physical activity that when not done correctly will not have the results you are aspiring to attain.

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notmypointe

Alright, thank you. 

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rc5678

There are sometimes open drop-in classes for older beginners, maybe you could find one in your area?

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vrsfanatic

Ballet Prodigy the question was not can one give oneself class at home. The question was asking if one can learn ballet on their own without a teacher. The answer is no. I am hiding your response for Moderator review.

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