Entertainment Performing Arts Adult Ballet Share PINTEREST Email Print John A. Rizzo/Digital Vision/Getty Images Performing Arts Dance Gear Basics Styles Singing Acting Musical Theater Ballet Stand Up Comedy By Treva Bedinghaus Treva L. Bedinghaus is a former competitive dancer who has studied ballet, tap, and jazz. She writes about dance styles and practices and the history of dance. our editorial process Treva Bedinghaus Updated July 30, 2018 Have you always dreamed of taking ballet classes but now feel like it's too late? Do you feel like you are too old to get into a leotard and ballet slippers? Although professional ballerinas start at an early age, it's never too late to learn ballet. Adult ballet classes offer a fun way to tone and tighten your body while learning the fundamental techniques of ballet. Adult ballet classes offer something for every age group, from young adults to seniors. If you have never danced before, a beginners class would be perfect for you. Beginner classes start off at the very first steps of ballet, so there is no reason to be intimidated. If you are a former dancer and want to return to ballet after several years, you will be placed in a class depending on your fitness and skill level. What to Wear Adult ballet classes rarely enforce a dress code. If you feel uncomfortable wearing tights and a leotard, simply wear a T-shirt and sweatpants. Make sure you wear something that allows you to move freely. Before you buy ballet slippers, ask your teacher which type she prefers. Ballet slippers are typically made of either canvas or leather. Depending on the studio floor, one material may be preferable over the other. What to Expect Adult ballet classes are generally structured the same as classes for younger dancers. Expect the class to last about an hour, sometimes a little longer. Your class will begin at the barre for warming up, then progress to the center for bigger movements. Remember that our bodies tend to change as we age, so don't expect to achieve a perfect turnout. To prevent injury, stretch frequently and allow yourself plenty of time to warm up before class begins. Concentrate on proper form, but don't stress too much about technique. Aim to strengthen and tone your body and most of all, to have fun. Taking part in an adult ballet class is good for your body as well as your mind. Besides promoting cardiovascular fitness and good posture, ballet is very enjoyable by people of all ages. Follow your passion and try a ballet class.