ourAbsolute Beginners Balletlivestream classesfor beyond 50s & beginners
Our Absolute Beginner Ballet classes will return later this year. If you are interested in learning ballet, please sign up to our email here so we can keep you updated. You can also try our Signature Beginner ballet classes here. Or try our free online classes here.
If you have never done ballet before and would like to start from the absolute beginning, this is the class for you. We guide you through every position, every move, every step. This is a gentle introduction to ballet for everyone.
Frequently AskedQuestionsget all the answers
What is the format of the class?
We begin with a warm up to stretch and move the body. Following that, we work through a series of beginners barre exercises. Susan and Elizabeth demonstrate each exercise and then we all do it together with music. After the barre exercises, we move to the center where we do a Port de Bras (arm exercise) and practice a short ‘Curtsy Dance’ that we do at the very end of class.
How do I access the Live Class?
Book and pay for the class above. 8 hours prior to class, you will receive, via email, a unique link to the Zoom platform where the class is streamed. We then send out a reminder email with the link 2 hours before class begins. If you book closer to the time of the class, we send you the link within 10 minutes of booking. You can book class up to 1 minute before class commences. When you are ready to join the class, click on the link and you will enter the class via the Zoom video and audio link.
What is Zoom?
Zoom is a video conferencing application that will allow the streaming of our class live via video link to your device. It is free software that you can download onto your computer, tablet or mobile. It is very easy and quick to download. You can watch a step by step guide on how to install Zoom onto your device HERE. And you can download the Zoom application HERE
What should I wear?
Anything that is comfortable and provides ease of movement.
I don’t have ballet shoes, what should I put on my feet?
It depends on your floor. Socks, sticky socks or bare feet. We like socks on carpet, and sticky socks or bare feet on wood or tiled floor. TIP: slightly wet the bottom of your socks or ballet shoes for a little bit more grip.
I don’t have a barre.
Neither do we. A good barre substitute is the back of a chair, an ironing board, a high table, banister, counter top or even a wall.
I would like to try the class, but I don’t want to be seen on video.
Not a problem – there is an option on Zoom to turn off your camera, so you can see us, but no-one can see you.
Can I just watch the class, and perhaps not dance if I don’t feel up to it?
Yes! You are welcome to tune in and observe.
Do I have to do the whole class?
If you are up for a little dancing but not too much – great! Take breaks. Sit out an exercise or two. Do what works for you.
Will the Zimmi, the dog be joining us?
Of course! Zimmi is always ready for his LIVE class!
This is your class, and it is about you enjoying your time with us. We’d just love for you to join us in whatever capacity.
Come and dance with us LIVE.
Susan & Elizabeth
readWhat Our DancersAre Saying my balance is so much better
I have noticed not only my core strength returning, but also my deportment has improved dramatically. No more slouching and definitely have found myself standing beautifully erect with tummy tucked in, first position, in the queue in Sainsburys!
This class is a real winner – Susan and Elizabeth are the most engaging and highly personable tutors, as is the other favourite daughter Marina, who is very capably in charge of technical support. So, if like me, you need to get moving but want to have a good laugh and fun along the way, you need to check out Ballet Based Movement, I really cannot recommend them highly enough.
I have so enjoyed the Ballet Based Movement ballet classes. Susan is a brilliant teacher and the music she chooses is just wonderful. Having danced a lot in my life, BBM has brought me nothing but joy, especially in the lockdowns. I am more flexible, have better core muscles, and know that ballet is improving my osteoporosis. To be able to access the recorded classes is an extra bonus so I can dance whenever I feel like it!
A superb find!
I LOVE the classes. Susan is a wonderful teacher. Her warmth and enthusiasm reach through the computer screen! I have benefited mentally and physically from classes and love the fact that the recordings give me chance to practise in between classes. I feel stronger, more supple and my balance has improved (something I never thought could happen at 63!) I have loved getting ballet back into my body and my soul. Thank you Susan, Marina and Elizabeth!
Each Ballet Based Movement session is so uplifting and enjoyable, a wonderful activity to look forward to. As a bonus, my shape has changed for the better, my bingo wings have tightened and my overall strength has increased, a brilliant thing to be part of.
It doesn’t matter how old you are, how creaky your body feels or you have never danced before. I had gone through both a knee and a hip replacement and thought that it would be a struggle. But I needn’t have worried as not only is this is great exercise, Susan and Elizabeth make it such fun. I guarantee you will feel the health benefits but more importantly you will really enjoy it!