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The New Ballet Workout presents a 45-minute classical and neoclassical ballet workout consisting of floor work, barre work, and center work. Melissa Lowe, former professional ballet dancer, begins with a warm-up of stretches, controlled abdominal curls, and back-flexibility exercises on the mat. Next she and her small ensemble do a series of barre routines, each different in focus and intensity. Lowe talks you through each routine the first time (you need to know ballet terminology to understand the instructions), then you repeat it uninstructed--which will be difficult until you've practiced it many times.
The box incorrectly states, "Prior ballet experience is helpful but not essential." Previous ballet experience is a must--Lowe assumes you know ballet terminology and how to perform the moves. The short centering routines are done totally without instruction--just follow along, or sit down and watch (it's lovely). You'll enjoy this video if you have ballet experience--and a barre in your living room. --Joan PriceFrom the Back Cover:
Melissa Lowe's The New Ballet Workout addresses new fitness goals of wellness, renewal, and vitality. The program presents fundamental concepts of classical ballet with some neo-classical twists. It is designed to help the viewer find the joy of movement and the beauty of dance as a way of conditioning and to contribute to an overall sense of well-being. Prior ballet experience is helpful but not essential. Original piano compositions provide a unique sound to enhance each exercise. This 45-minute workout is a series of exercises that follow a gradual progression, consisting of floor work, barre work, and centre work.
The New Ballet Workout offers the following mind-body benefits:
· Increase in circulation
· Mobilization of the joints
· Decrease in muscle tightness, stress, and tension
· Improvement in posture, alignment, poise, and self-confidence
· Increased stamina and body core strengthening
· Improved concentration through use of mind-body integration (a dancer's form of mediation)
· Ease of movement (moving free of strain) through comprehension of techniques using breath, relaxation, joint and spine release.
Melissa Lowe received her early training at the School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theatre where she was an apprentice to the company. She danced professionally with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Houston Ballet as a soloist, then with Pacific Northwest Ballet as a principal dancer. At the University of Arizona she is a professor of ballet and director of early movement education. 45 minutes.
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