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Ballet Basics

A fantastic full body workout, ballet isn’t just beautiful, it’s an incredible way to improve your posture, coordination and balance.

The course

This course makes it easy to learn basic movements without leaping into a studio. The course begins with a guided warm up, and finishes with a cool down that you can use each time you dip into the material. No special equipment is required, so don’t worry if you haven’t got all the ballet paraphernalia. All you’ll need is a chair and comfortable, moveable clothes, and some soft socks on your feet!


Originating in Italy, ballet is the epitome of elegance when it comes to dance. Not quite sure if ballet is for you? Have a read of our 5 Reasons to Try Ballet Today blog.

What you’ll learn

  • Introduction to basic ballet terms and body positions
  • Develop correct technique, alignment and posture
  • Perform each move with confidence – both at the barre and centre
  • Warm up and cool down effectively
  • Be ready to participate in basic group Ballet classes
  • Feel more confident with your body, improve your posture, coordination and balance

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This course includes

  • Over 70 minutes of on-demand video
  • 11 lessons
  • 1 downloadable resource

Module 1

Module 2

Module 3

This is an excellent course. I am a complete beginner to ballet and found it easy to understand and to follow. Maeve explains everything so well and demonstrates it so clearly. It is great to have this course to study and practice at your own pace. I am thoroughly enjoying it

Lorraine Kemp
Course student

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Maeve McGreevy

Ireland based Maeve is an award winning dance artist, whose expertise span ballet, contemporary, tango and folklore. She believes everyone can dance, and is here to help the emberly community make that belief a reality.

“Freedom to a dancer means discipline. That is what technique is for – liberation”

Martha Graham