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Grand Rapids Ballet adult classes open company to community

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If you’re looking to change up your mid-2000s exercise routine from yoga, pilates and zumba, consider trying one of Grand Rapids Ballet’s adult classes.

/Courtesy of Grand Rapids Ballet

Ideal Placement in an Active City

Grand Rapids is home to an active, bright community of people that value the mind, body and spirit. The city boasts neighborhood gardens, 25K races and art festivals alongside a dozen colleges and state-of-the-art hospitals. Growth in the community is fostered by opportunities for self-improvement and self-expression, like the ballet classes at Grand Rapids Ballet (GRB).

Class Participant’s Experience

GRB’s School Administrator, SarahJean Bos, had never taken a ballet class before coming to work at GRB last year. But when she joined the community, she decided to give a drop-in class a try.

“The class moved at a very helpful pace. It definitely has a communal feel,” said Bos, citing the mix of ages and levels.

In contrast, Jenna Pope grew up taking ballet classes in the Grand Rapids community, but had trouble continuing her love for ballet once she became an adult.

“Taking ballet at Grand Rapids Ballet helps me stay in shape in a fun way, but I am also gaining technical knowledge and strengthening my muscles,” Pope said. “I look forward to class every time.”

A Healthy & Casual Environment

Ballet’s rhythmic patterns provide excellent conditioning while improving flexibility and mindfulness. You might even learn some French while you’re at it! Casualness is encouraged -- leggings are the attire of choice, not leotards. The first class is free and drop-in rates and student and senior discounts make it affordable. (If you’re interested in viewing the price levels, click here.)

The classes are intended to lift the intimidating curtain of ballet and invite all community members into an inclusive ballet environment. So if you’re 16 (or 60) and have never danced, give it a try! Don’t forget-- the first class is free! The instructors of the class are professionals in the field, and they know exactly how the tailor the classes to both new dancers and nostalgic dancers.

For more information, visit, call the school office at (616) 454-4771 ext. 17 or email [email protected].

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