Silver Swans® classes have been specifically designed for the over-55s, but whatever your age, if you are looking for a new way to keep fit and active, our ballet classes will put a spring in your step. Whether you've never danced before or want to get back into the swing of it, our classes have something for everyone.
The RAD developed this programme based on research into dance practice for older learners – classes are only taught by Silver Swans licensed teachers.
Why Silver Swans®?
The Royal Academy of Dance was established in 1920 and is internationally renowned for its childrens' graded and vocational examination system. Following a successful trial of Silver Swans® classes in London, it has been rolled out to just 120 teachers across the world.
Maybe you enjoyed ballet as a child and would like to bring back those happy memories? Perhaps you always wanted to dance but never had the chance to? Or you're just looking for an alternative way of keeping fit? Silver Swans® is run at a pace that is appropriate for everyone and offers a fantastic way to make new friends.
Silver Swans® classes are more than just an adult ballet class; we will also be learning simplified repertoire from a famous ballet.
Are classes only for the over 55s?
Although Silver Swans® classes have been specifically designed for the over-55s, if you feel that this is the right class for you then please get in touch, whatever your age.
What should I wear?
For classes, you can wear anything that you will feel comfortable and can easily move around in, whether that's trousers and a top or ballet leotard and skirt (please note: no denim). We do recommend that you wear ballet shoes for classes but, should you feel that you need to wear a small heel with your shoes, ballet teaching shoes and jazz shoes are recommended. Long hair should be tied back securely, please, and we advise no loose jewellery.
What are the details of your classes (e.g. cost, venue, times)?
Classes are held at Blackford Bridge United Reformed Church on Manchester Road in Bury. At Blackford Bridge URC, for those requiring it, there is also a hearing aid loop in operation at this venue. Please contact us for further details of times, availability and cost.
Your class will be taught by a fully-qualified ballet teacher (please see About Our School) and we are very privileged to also have a professional pianist accompany our classes.
I have a few health problems – does this mean I can't join?
The Royal Academy of Dance have carefully designed the Silver Swans® classes in order to make it accessible for all. It must be emphasised that Silver Swans® classes are gentle ballet classes and so are run at a very slow and easy pace. You can take the class according to how you feel on the day – and should you feel the need for a short break or to sit down and watch, we won't mind!
However, it is always recommended that you speak with your GP or healthcare professional before starting any exercise programme.
"Specially designed for older learners, these classes will help improve your mobility, posture, co-ordination and energy levels.
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