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dancers levels of fitness

Post 1

Only living boy in New Cross - The Good, The Bad and the Average

Having danced as a child - (picture a slightly better looking Billy Elliot ok) I can garauntee that the levels of fitness associated with ballet dancing are staggering - and gained through nothing but sheer hard work (2-3 hour classes) each and every day over a period of years...

Forget your olympic athletes - if you want to know about maintaining physical perfection I'd side with your average professional dancer everytime - and all because they love it...

I take my hat off to them...


dancers levels of fitness

Post 2

MrsCloud

Yep!

I only dance as a hobby and I do 2 hours a week of ballet and an hour at the gym to help. Most of the really dedicated amature dancers I know will often do as many classes as they can, 7,8,9 hours a week.

And the professionals just make it look easy smiley - smiley


dancers levels of fitness

Post 3

flyingtwinkle

i saw a programme on dame markova at 93 she looked at lrast 30 years younger she is a russian born balletr dancer and a citizen of england . just from where do they get all that grace?


dancers levels of fitness

Post 4

Only living boy in New Cross - The Good, The Bad and the Average

> all that grace?

Lots and lots of hard disciplined graft...but you'd never guess....that's the beauty of it...


dancers levels of fitness

Post 5

MrsCloud

Alica Mark (aka Markova) was British but in that era all the best dancers were from Russia so the company she was dancing with (or someone, I forget exactly who) made her change her name to sound Russian.


dancers levels of fitness

Post 6

CAZZ72

Yes mrscloud, like Anna Pavlova


dancers levels of fitness

Post 7

CAZZ72

I think it may have been the Ballet Russes


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