If you work out at JV, you should absolutely check out Amanda Epstein’s Balletoning class. It’s a great deal of fun (because dancing is always good for not feeling like you’re “working out”), but it’s so much more that that. This class stretches and strengthens all of those beautiful muscles that you use to jump, kick, recover, stabilize, and present yourself to the world in general.
I was getting a little annoyed with my workout routine, and missed the days long ago when all I did was dance for exercise. I saw this class on the JV group excercise schedule on Mondays and Thursdays, and I’m so glad I gave it a try. I walked out of class feeling taller, lighter, longer, leaner, and stronger all over.
If you’ve never danced before, this is also a great intro to the groundwork of ballet in terms of body positioning, core stability, arm movements, and flow. If you need a little inspiration, look no further than these beautiful photos from SHAPE magazine of 10 dancers in the real world. They certainly inspired me!
See you there!