January Ballet for Adults

Ballet classes for adults have been added to the dance offerings here at The Old Stone House of Hasbrouck.

On four Saturdays this month, January, grownups can learn the basics of the extraordinary dance form, widely considered the early foundation of most other dance styles. For years, children have been learning ballet at The House, but this is the first time adults can join the excitement.

The new classes meet January 9, 16, 23 and 30, from 10:30-11:30 am. Instructor Alana Sherman, a certified Dance Therapist, has been teaching for over 30 years and has studied dance, especially ballet, since she was 12.

Adult dancers should wear ballet slippers, if available, and comfortable loose clothing. To fully set the mood for ballet, black leotards and tights are urged. And since it’s winter, and The House tends to be cool, a sweater is advisable.

Sessions follow a typical ballet class structure -- warm-up, barre, and center work. But since beginners are attending, it’s most important to just learn some ballet basic...and have tons of fun dancing, without pressure or competition.

Classes cost $10 per session, or $32.50 for all four, with Old Stone House members getting a 20% discount. For more information, call Alana Sherman at (845) 436-0070, or e-mail sherman_alana@yahoo.com.