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Adult Ballet Classes
updated: May 27, 2014, 1:20 PM

Any recommendations for a kind, adult ballet or barre class? I'm not looking to bend and stretch along side ballet company members, even in a mixed-level class, that would be just too intimidating. And are the barre classes in SB all populated with hard-body young moms or are there any for old broads (ahem, former dancers) wanting to tighten things up?

 COMMENT 522589 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-27 03:15 PM

I'm an old broad/former dancer too. Try the adult ballet classes thru City of Santa Barbara at the Carrillo Rec Center. Start with the beginner's class and see how it goes. It's a great workout in a non-judgey atmosphere. Cat H is a good instructor too.

 

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2014-05-27 03:20 PM

tone up! a women's workout center on upper de la vina, 3006 DLV, 682-2736

 

 COMMENT 522610 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-27 04:25 PM

I go to the carrillo center ballet class regularly.

We do 1hour at the barre, ending it by a short stretch exercise, then another 30 min in the center. Monday class is beginner. Wednesday intermediate, Saturday advanced.

Cat is a great teacher. She knows how to adapt her corrections to the level and capabilities of our students. Students ages vary between 25 to 65 year old. Some are former dancers, some are novices like me.

The atmosphere is really nice and not intimidating at all.

 

 COMMENT 522613 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-27 04:34 PM

I took classes from both Bar Method (now called something else) on Chapala and Dailey Method (DLV), a month each. Honestly I didn't care for either of them - it felt like they took the best parts of dance out just to focus on the burn. Specifically the instructor has a script, the music/movements are fast-paced, there is no choreography. I never left with that calm feeling you get after taking a dance or yoga class. They do seem to have a following, it was just not my thing.

 

 COMMENT 522648 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-27 06:52 PM

UCSB Leisure Review offers Ballet classes. The eight-week classes are offered each quarter and are open to students as well as the community. Spring quarter is almost over, but they should have a summer session.

 

 TWO ABBYS agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-27 07:16 PM

Susan Manchak used to teach a fabulous ballet class for adults...maybe she still does...

 

 COMMENT 522697P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-28 06:38 AM

Try World Dance for fun dance with a little burn. They have a coupon on EdHat.

 

 COMMENT 522727 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-28 08:47 AM

Try Gina DeAngelo at Goleta School of Ballet. I think she offers morning classes during school year then changes to evenings in summer. Have to check the schedule. She teaches a very solid class, with blended levels and ages. Took them in the past and loved them!

 

 

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