Discover the joy of ballet
Dance for seniors is an inclusive ballet class designed to provide a gentle, structured and enjoyable dance experience.
Exercises follow the barre and centre format of a traditional ballet class and include references to the music and productions of The Australian Ballet. Exercises are designed to build strength and mobility, improve balance, and increase hand-eye coordination, memory and musicality.
Teachers are experienced in modifying the exercises to suit those with partial mobility, degenerative conditions or those who need some support with short-term memory. There will be many options available such as the use of a chair, barre or partner for support.
If possible prior to the first session, participants should flag in advance if they need to work in a chair or do part of the session in a chair so we can have those available. Carers or partners are welcome to take part and support. Participants with a diagnosed medical condition should participate in accordance with their doctor's advice and chat to the teacher prior to class should they have any concerns.
The Australian Ballet and Nursewatch 2019
In 2019, The Australian Ballet and Nursewatch partnered to provide a series of ballet workshops for seniors, with a focus on health and wellbeing. The workshops were held at the iconic Sydney Opera House and were linked to performances of Giselle and Sylvia. Watch the video below to hear from the participants.