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The Australian Ballet launches free online workouts for you to try at home

Image via The Australian Ballet

Words by Ella Bazzani-Hockley

Practice those pirouettes in private.

If you’ve ever wanted to try ballet, but felt discouraged by the pressure of a real-life classroom full of barre-toned aficionados, now’s the perfect chance to get practicing. The Australian Ballet has just launched free online classes, so you can train like some of the nation’s top ballerinas, from the privacy of your own home. 

If IGTV ab-workouts aren’t your thing, or supermodel-YouTube-stars aren’t exactly your favourite fitness motivators, an at-home dance sesh might be the solution. The Australian Ballet’s program runs for nine weeks, with a new 40-minute YouTube video class released each Thursday.

The slow-paced beginner’s program is taught by ex-ballerina Justine Miles and focuses on barre work and basic ballet technique, soundtracked by a calming classical piano. Check out the first two classes online here.

Fitness aside, ballet is a great practice to improve posture, coordination and flexibility. Artistic director David McAllister called the program “A perfect opportunity for anyone who has considered it but never taken the leap (or jeté).” I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling inspired (or, ‘inspiré’, since I majored in French) to pull out a dining chair and get en pointe.  

australianballet.com.au/

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