Dance Stretch for Flexibility and Ballet Classes Offer Health Benefits
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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

More and more adults all over the world are taking ballet lessons these days. What’s the big attraction? It seems ballet and its associated stretch exercises bring with it tremendous benefits in terms of health and emotional well-being.

Stretching one’s body to become more supple and flexible offers many physical benefits. A new class offering for teens and adults this fall at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston (the J) is Dance Stretch for Flexibility. “This type of training allows for easier and deeper movements while building strength and stability,” explained Maxine Silberstein, Adult Dance Coordinator. “Stretching your muscles and joints also leads to a greater range of motion, improved balance and increased flexibility,” she continued.

Improved flexibility can produce a wide range of benefits and have a positive effect on one’s overall well-being. Benefits include: fewer injuries, less pain, improved posture and balance, a positive state of mind, increased strength and improved physical performance.

The J also offers traditional ballet classes for teens and adults. While some students took dance classes as a child or teen, others never have and are starting as total beginners. At the J, there are classes for beginners as well as intermediate level dancers. No matter the skill level, one does not have to be a professional ballerina to reap the health benefits from adult ballet classes.

Many know taking ballet lessons is a great way to keep fit. In ballet, every inch of one’s muscles is actively engaged in movements. Many students find that they end up shedding some fat and having well-toned muscles after having started regular training.

Another benefit of ballet is that it does wonders to one’s posture. By practicing the neutral stance with spine straightened and hips “squared,” this position will carry over into one’s day-to-day posture. Besides looking good, posture is extremely important to staying healthy.

Some choose ballet for its high “fun factor.” In ballet, dancers move to the music and make incredible patterns with their bodies. To remember the steps, they use a lot of brain power. Ballet is a highly aesthetic art. Those who have picked up ballet as a hobby or as a way to keep fit usually end up being in love or even obsessed with the art form.

Free Teen/Adult Trial Classes Offered
The J’s dance classes for teens and adults begin Tuesday, September 3. New students will have the opportunity to take a risk-free trial class in any style or level of dance class offered including Stretch for Flexibility, ballet, tap, contemporary and more. A complete schedule of classes is available at Students must register for the trial class in advance.

“It is a wonderful opportunity to try a class and keep your passion for dance flourishing,” stated Silberstein. “Our classes build confidence, self-esteem, respect, endurance and help to reduce stress. Don’t forget to register in advance to let us know you will be trying a class.”

For information call 713.551.7217 or visit to learn more about the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC’s School of Dance.


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