The Importance of Ballet in our Lives
by Victoria International Ballet Academy
We all know Ballet as a dance form often taken up as a recreational activity or because it seems aesthetically pleasing. However, very few people know the actual advantages of Ballet and how it contributes to our physical and mental well-being.
When we imagine a ballet dancer, we picture a fit, flexible and graceful individual. There is a reason why this image exists in our minds. Considering the amount of training that goes into becoming a ballerina or a ballet dancer, the physical activity builds strength, and muscle more than any other dance form.
A lesser known fact about ballet dancers is that they are not just graceful, but also incredibly strong. It requires explosive power and skill to execute what a ballet dancer does. It demands involvement of every muscle in your body. The average ballet dancer burns 300–500 calories in an hour of class. That’s more calories than an hour of running, swimming, or cycling will burn.
There are several physical benefits of Ballet Training. These include, but are not limited to;
- Cardiovascular & Muscular Health
- Skeletal Strength and Muscular Flexibility
- Posture and Pelvic Floor Strength
- Hormonal and Lymphatic Benefits
Over the years, the perception surrounding health and fitness has changed. The main focus of any form of dance or exercise has become to be healthier, and not just conforming to any standard of beauty.
Although any kind of exercise is beneficial for the human body, ballet in particular improves everything from bones and muscles to posture and endurance. Ballet is for people of all ages and no matter when you decide to start, it is never too late.