Ballet… for You

Tired of the treadmill? Sick of the stair climber? Bored by the Bowflex? This winter, Ballet West Academy invites the public to elevate their fitness regimen by doing something new, diverse, and fun. Starting Sunday, February 9, Ballet West Academy will double the amount of drop-in classes available to the public, including more beginner’s ballet and intermediate classes at Thanksgiving Point, Trolley Corners, Park City, and the downtown Salt Lake locations. Even if participants have not heard of a plie or pirouette, or don’t know the first thing about first position, instructors will make them feel at home in the Ballet West Academy studios.

Ballet can improve posture and flexibility, build muscle, and, of course, burn calories. Aside from the physical benefits, a University of Houston study found that doing ballet has ancillary benefits such as boosting confidence and sharpening cognitive functions. “There is a lot of mystique surrounding ballet,” said Ballet West Academy Director Peter LeBreton Merz. “The fact is ballet can be a fun exercise. Beginners can expect to make a few new friends, lower their stress, and (hopefully) find a new passion for the New Year.”

Classes are one and a half hours and are $15, or $60 a month for unlimited classes. To see the full class schedule at each location, visit www.balletwestacademy.org/adult-classes/ 
Participants can enter GETBALLETWEST for a free class.