With many health benefits researchers are finding out about classical ballet, now is a perfect time to take a dance class or two, while supporting our artists. The talented dancers from around Australia, are taking the internet by storm with free dance classes catered to everyone young and old, beginner or advanced. Grab that kitchen or dining room chair and clear some space for some free ballet classes from the professionals that will have you feeling lean, toned and taller by the end of lockdown.
1. Queensland Ballet Company – during the isolation period, Queensland Ballet Company under the tutelage of Artistic Director Li Cunxin have devised a number of free online ballet classes anyone can take at home. They have thought outside of the box by offering ballet classes for both young and old, that will assist anyone who wants to stay fit. There are ballet classes for beginners, intermediate, advanced. The Open Barre and Tone Express class is a Pilates barre fusion workout, that is a good workout on the thighs for beginners. Even though this class only goes for half an hour you will feel the burn and is well worth the time. If you want to train live with Li Cunxin himself every Monday afternoon at 8am tune into their Instagram feed for a live ballet class along with the professionals. To check out their classes visit www.queenslandballet.com.au/classes/dance-classes
2. Australian Dance Collective – this Brisbane based independent contemporary dance company formerly known as Expressions Dance Company, is offering live stream dance and fitness classes three times per week, accompanied to some awesome isolation tracks. The classes are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday evenings. The Wednesday classes, as well as the Monday classes, are a really good work out that will get the blood pumping. If it is your first time visit their website for the low down of what to expect and timetable before heading on over to their Facebook page for class links and updates www.facebook.com/australasiandancecollective & www.australasiandancecollective.com
3. Australian Ballet Company – If you want to practice your technique during isolation Artistic Director and Choreographer David McAllister has some short videos available of how to do a plie, leg swings and port de bras that everyone young and old can practice using a kitchen or dining room chair. These are a great workout to do while cooking dinner or watching TV during the ads. Visit www.australianballet.com.au/tv
4. Western Australian Ballet Company – If wanting that face to face experience with a professional dancer that can correct your technique, then head on over to WAB's online dance classes. WAB have a number of virtual ballet classes available for beginners and professionals, from Tuesday to Sunday and cost $10 per casual class. Pre-purchased bookings are essential at least one hour prior to the class, along with a good working Zoom hook up. To check out the timetable that is scheduled on Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) go to www.waballet.com.au/learn/adult-dance-classes
While the next few dance classes on offer, are not from Australian dance companies, a lot of talented Australian dancers do end up working with these two international dance companies. And besides isn't fun to have a peek at some international dance companies training during iso, anyway?
5. New York City Rockettes – to mix things up a bit the Rockettes at New York Radio City have short fun dance routines, from their famous Christmas shows to learn and practice at home. This is a great way to get the kids involved in dance and something different if they have too much energy that needs to be burned off immediately. They are a lot of fun to try and master such as the basic Christmas parade dance march. It is harder than it looks! Check out these short classes via their Instagram page weekly from Thursday onwards www.instagram.com/therockettes
6. English National Ballet Company – the out of work ballet dancers and teachers have devised some simple ballet exercises that everyone can do at home in their lounge room using a yoga mat or chair as a barre. The free classes are easy to access via their ENB At Home devised area. If a beginner I highly recommend the Pilates ballet fusion classes that will give you a good workout that will ease you on into ballet, without jumping around. To check out their classes visit www.ballet.org.uk/enb-at-home