It’s time to debunk the myth that you can only pick up ballet as a child. Truth be told, it really is never too late to start anything, even ballet.
Be it as a means of fulfilling your childhood fantasy or just picking up a fun new hobby, it’s time to decide how you want to embark on your ballet journey. So, if you’ve been dreaming of twirling in a tutu or executing the perfect pirouette, check out these 10 adult ballet classes in Singapore.
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Age really is just a number at The Ballet Academy. Even if you are in your mid 40s and have no dance background, there’s a class for you. To cater to different levels of experience, there are 4 classes ranging from basics to intermediate to choose from.
Ballet Fundamentals is perfect for those with zero experience or prior ballet knowledge. This 10-week fixed course is designed to help you learn basic ballet techniques and terminology. As you progress, you’ll get to try your hand at waltz and pirouettes too.
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For seniors who want to take up ballet, The Ballet Academy has a course called “Silver Swans.” This beginner course is for adults in their 50s and up, and is tailored to their needs with a slower pace accommodating different fitness levels.
If you decide you’d like to get certified, you can even go for exams organised by the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). RAD exams are highly reputable and recognised worldwide. Think of it as the ballet version of your piano grading exams.
Pro tip: If you’re new to ClassPass, you can use free credits during their 1-month free trial to attend The Ballet Academy’s classes. This way, you get to test the waters before really committing.
Rates: From $32/lesson
Address: 8 Sin Ming Road, Sin Ming Centre #01-02, 01-04, Singapore 575628
Opening hours: Tue 4.30pm-9.30pm | Wed 6pm-9.30pm | Thu 4pm-10pm | Fri 5pm-9pm | Sat 9am-6.30pm | Sun 10.30am-7pm (Closed on Mondays & PH)
Contact: 9785 5989
Toa Payoh outlet
Address: 293 Toa Payoh Lorong 6, SAFRA Toa Payoh, #02-01, Singapore 31938
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 1pm-8pm | Sat-Sun 9am-6pm (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 9785 5989 | The Ballet Academy website
Ballet classes usually conjure up images of strict discipline and formal learning. But things are a little different at Assemblé Studios. They offer a series of in-studio programmes – such as the Technique Class, Variation Class and Pointe Work Series – suitable for casual learners and fellow hobbyists alike.
If you already have a strong foundation or decide you want to get a little more serious about ballet, you can opt for their graded syllabus classes later on.
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In addition to the variety of classes, Assemblé Studios also boasts excellent instructors who are experienced in teaching adults. They understand the unique challenges that adult beginners may face such as inflexibility and stiff positioning so rest assured you’re in good hands.
Rates: From $25/lesson
Address: 261 Waterloo Street, #02-27, Singapore 180261
Opening hours: Check website for the class schedule
Contact: 8861 0430 | Assemblé Studios website
Don’t let your baby bump stop you from achieving your dance goals. With lessons specially-catered for pregnant women and new mommies, Ballet Body aims to provide an inclusive one-of-a-kind ballet experience. These classes are designed to help you maintain flexibility and build strength in a safe and supportive environment.
Unique to Ballet Body, the Ballet Fitness class incorporates the dance form within a workout session. Think Zumba but with graceful ballerina moves instead of fast Latin dance moves.
Of course, traditional adult ballet classes ranging from beginner to advanced levels are also available.
Rates: From $40/lesson
Address: 24A & 26A Pagoda Street, Singapore 059187
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 10am-2pm, 5pm-9pm | Thu 9.30am-12pm, 5pm-9pm | Fri 8am-1.30pm, 4pm-9pm | Sat-Sun 9am-4pm
Contact: 8666 7043 | BalletBody website
Image credit: @cityballetacademy
Run by former professional ballet dancer, Mr Ilya Shcherbakov, who is the first and only Vaganova-certified instructor in Singapore, City Ballet Academy provides top-notch lessons for aspiring ballerinas.
For busy OLs or spontaneous learners, you don’t have to feel guilty for skipping class due to a last-minute meeting or work trip; the academy offers a “Pay As You Dance” system for $40/lesson. So, just pop by as and when your schedule permits.
Image adapted from: City Ballet Academy
If you’re seeking to level up your dance skills, opt for their Adult Character Dance class, a subset genre of ballet that integrates traditional folk dances from Europe. It’s been featured in renowned ballets such as Swan Lake but do note that you require at least a year of training prior to joining.
Rates: From $40/class
Address: 163 Tanglin Road, Tanglin Mall #03-115, Singapore 247933
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am-10pm | Sat-Sun 9am-8pm
Contact: 9239 9760
Address: 36 Prinsep Street, #02-01, Singapore 188648
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 3.30pm-9pm | Sat-Sun 9am-8pm
Contact: 8028 2398
Dhoby Ghaut outlet
Address: 60A Orchard Road, #B1-01/02/03, Singapore 238890
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12.45pm-9pm | Sat-Sun 9am-8pm
Contact: 8228 0693 | City Ballet Academy website
Image credit: M.A Ballet
If you’re still having doubts about your ballet journey, try M.A Ballet’s short 4-week courses. The option to try them out before committing allows you to be sure that this is the right choice for you. These courses cater to beginners and include everything from ballet basics to a turning masterclass.
You can also opt to get fit while having fun with M.A Ballet’s 2-week ballet fitness course. Rather than the usual classical music, you’ll dance along to trendy beats and get a great workout in the process. On the other hand, their private lessons are ideal for those who want 1-1 learning environments and a customised approach to their ballet journey.
Rates: From $45/lesson
Address: 545 Orchard Road, Far East Shopping Centre, #15-12, Singapore 238882
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm | Sat 10am-3pm | Sun 9am-12pm
Contact: 9631 0054 | M.A Ballet website
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With both RAD-certified and casual beginner classes available, learners get to set their own pace at Firstpointe. Additionally, they also offer the convenience of purchasing ballet shoes and leotards on-site, making it easy for new students to get started immediately.
The small class sizes, which are capped at 15 students, ensure that everyone gets enough attention and guidance from the teacher. This allows for more personalised lessons that are tailored to each student’s individual needs.
Rates: From $38/lesson
Address: 12 Kallang Avenue, #02-02/03, Singapore 339511
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 2pm-9pm | Sat 9pm-9pm | Sun 9pm-6pm
Contact: 6385 3321 | Firstpointe website
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It’s not too late to chase your ballerina dreams at LASALLE. Open to the public, the new adult ballet lessons are offered as short 8-week courses, with options available for both beginners and intermediate students. Their lack of strict attire requirements also allows for greater flexibility and ease of participation.
Lessons are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7.30pm-9pm so you can pop by after work – extra convenient if you work in town around Bugis or Bras Basah. Moreover, courses are claimable under SkillsFuture Credit and National Silver Academy subsidy, making them a more affordable option for those looking to pursue their passion for ballet.
LASALLE’s adult ballet classes are seasonal, so be sure to check their website for the next application date.
Rates: From $300/8 lessons
Address: 1 McNally Street, Singapore 187940
Contact: 6496 5000 | LASALLE website
If you’re the type who prefers to learn in your own cosy space, Viva Ballet Academy offers online lessons, so you can learn to plié and pirouette in the comfort of your own home. Plus, they even offer a free trial lesson, so you can test the waters before signing on.
For those just waiting to unleash their inner performer, you can take part in their dance recitals. By showing off what you’ve learnt in class, you can feel a sense of achievement at your own progress while shining on stage. Moreover, if you’re more goal-oriented, a chance to perform could just be the motivation you need to develop your ballet skills.
Rates: From $36.50/class
Address: 11 Tanjong Katong Road #03-03/04 Kinex Mall, Singapore 437157
Opening hours: 10am-9pm, Daily
Orchard Road outlet
Address: 277 Orchard Road, Gаtеway, #04-17 Orchard, 238858
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10pm-9pm
Contact: 8869 0511 | VIVA Ballet Academy website
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Tone your ballerina body at BarreWorks. Their classes go beyond just ballet basics, offering pointe work and ballet conditioning lessons taught by RAD-certified teachers. As they always say, foundation is key. Pointe work is great for building strength in the ankles and feet, while ballet conditioning can help improve your flexibility and posture.
So, for those planning to take on ballet with long-term goals, this is the perfect option. Afterwards, you can strive for RAD grading with their small class sizes that simulate a more intimate learning environment.
P.S. Your first class is on them so don’t hesitate on going down for a trial class.
Rates: From $41.04/class
Address: 897b Old Holland Road, Singapore 278690
Opening hours: Mon, Wed & Fri 3pm-9pm | Tue & Thu 9am-9pm | Sat 9am-7pm | Sun 9pm-5pm
Contact: 9664 6551 | BarreWorks Dance Studio website
Image credit: Ballet51
Unlike other ballet schools, Ballet51 is designed specifically for adult learners from 18-60 years old. Yup, that’s right – you won’t see any kiddos here. With a maximum class size of only 14 students, you’re also ensured full attention and guidance.
Additionally, their classes are taught by a seasoned instructor with years of experience in the ballet scene since 1984, certified by both RAD and USA. So, it’s all very legit. Whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced dancer, Ballet51 creates an opportunity to hone your skills.
Rates: From $25/lesson
Address: 544a Serangoon Road, Level 2, Singapore 218166
Contact: Ballet51 website
In the spirit of lifelong learning, we say it’s a great idea to join a class and pick up a hobby or skill even long after we’ve graduated from school. Besides health benefits, this could also signal the start of your self-improvement journey.
And although learning ballet as an adult may seem daunting, with the right instructor and environment, you’ll soon thrive as a blossoming ballerina. So, if you’ve always had this childhood dream, take this leap of faith and try out these adult ballet classes. Who knows, you may end up being the next Anna Pavlova.
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