Start ballet this summer!

Students in Adult Ballet class

Have you always been interested in taking ballet classes but never had the chance? It is never too late to start as a total beginner and there are many good reasons to do so!

Ballet has a number of benefits including building strength and endurance, increasing flexibility, and improving posture and coordination. Moreover, recent studies have shown that dance has numerous positive effects on mental health as well. According to these studies, dancing supports motor, emotional, and intellectual functions, reducing depression symptoms and boosting memory (“Is Dancing Good for the Brain?”

At Amherst Ballet, you can learn ballet from the very beginning and reap all of its benefit safely at any age in “Intro to Ballet” with Karen Michaels. Karen holds a BFA in dance from The Boston Conservatory of Music and has been teaching dance at various locations in the Pioneer Valley since 2004. Karen is also a licensed massage therapist for over 30 years,  a certified Zero Balancer and mentor for the Zero Balancing Health Association, and a certified yoga teacher.

With her profound knowledge in both dancing and body mechanics, Karen has designed a 6-week introductory course that teaches adults the beginning basics of ballet technique as well as proper and healthy bio-mechanical body alignment. In this course, students will learn basic ballet positions, vocabulary, and class exercises, with an emphasis on alignment and musicality.

Dates: July 8 – August 12

Time: Thursday 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Tuition: $135 (Student Rate $120)

Clicking the register button will take you to Dance Studio Pro Parent Portal site. If you are new to Amherst Ballet, please make an account as a parent first and click on “Add a Student” if you are registering your child or on “I take classes” if you are the dancer yourself. After that, click on “Register for Classes.” In the next screen, click on “2021 Summer” tab if it’s not already open and click on the check box next to “Intro to Ballet.” 

To get the student rate, please email

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