Ballestics is the brand new explosive ballet workout
that takes the traditional ballet workout and turns it on its head. Taking traditional ballet steps such as plie and tendu, it combines these with modern dance steps from all genres, offering a high energy workout that raises the heart-rate to burn calories, but at the same time has toning and strengthening benefits to help sculpt the body.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
Differing to other ballet workouts, Ballestics doesn’t have any barre work, there’s no propping yourself up in a Ballestics class. This ensures people maximise the use of their core muscles and allows them to move more freely in the centre of the studio space and get the heart-rate lifted as quickly as possible.
And forget about the lonely piano music from ballet classes gone-by,
as a Ballestics class is set to current pop and dance music people instantly recognise, helping to boost their energy levels to the max.
Traditionally ballet workouts are used as a kind of standing version of Pilates, soft and gentle movements that focus mainly on toning. But as a male ballet dancer that trained at The Royal Ballet School, I’m very keen for people to know that this isn’t the only kind of ballet out there.
The graceful and lyrical elements of a ballet class are beautiful and wonderful, but for me, ballet is so much more and is often under-represented in today’s market. The explosive power and strength also involved in ballet is often lost in translation and so I wanted to create a ballet workout that captured all of those elements.
Combining the graceful, often seen as more feminine elements, with the stronger, more masculine movements is essential when I choreograph the class, so that I can translate how much ballet has changed over the years, and how it’s not what you might have thought it was.
For me ballet, done well, can be as sexy and powerful, cool and inspiring as any other dance form out there and it’s about time people got to experience that for themselves. Ballestics brings the ballet workout bang up-to-date, inspiring people with ballet in a way that’s never been done before. And the response we’re getting from people so far is amazing.
Those that have tried ballet before obviously love it, but those that haven’t done ballet before seem to love it even more. Not just because it has great physical benefits, but because it’s ‘Ballet With Attitude!’ – it’s fun, easy and ultimately cool!
Ballestics is a set class of choreographed exercises starting with a warm up followed by plie, tendu, rond de jambe and so on until climaxing with jumps followed by a cool-down. The basic ballet movements used are easy to pick up and can be found in many ‘legs, bums and tums’ classes, so people instantly feel confident achieving them.
These basic moves are then combined with dance steps ranging from ballroom-like waltzing to current street dance moves that are equally as easy to pick up. With each exercise choreographed as a short routine it’s an inspiring, easy and fun way for people everywhere to engage with ballet and all forms of dance, that has real physical and health benefits too.
Ballestics is revolutionising the current trend for ballet based workouts
with its powerful and innovative style, and I am regularly training up new instructors all over the UK in order to meet the demand for people excited to give it a try and experience it for themselves. So here is your challenge.
We have Ballestics Bitesize Tutorial videos on our YouTube page – Ballestics – each one breaks down a stepping pattern or sequence of moves from the Ballestics workout that will help you master some of the more tricky dance steps in the class.
Try practicing with the videos by using a new one each week and practicing it for around 30mins three times a week, and before you know it you’ll be mastering the moves before you even take your first step through the studio door.