Reviews from students

That was the most fun I’ve had in ages. It was relaxed but also had a nice format. Seugnet, you are very positive and encouraging and I definitely want to take as many of your classes as possible. I can’t believe I didn’t join sooner – Bianca Cara Bernstein LOVED my first class! I felt like the pace was great and it was easy to follow instructions as they were clearly explained. The class was also a nice size which allows for individual attention. Really looking forward to learning more.– Ane Van Rooyen Still wanted to tell you and Che how much I enjoy the classes (especially the small, intensive ones). I can already see how much I’ve improved the past few weeks; generally, I also feel much stronger, fitter, not as flabby overall, and my back pain has disappeared.– Caren Van Houwelingen I was warmly welcomed by Seugnet and made to feel comfortable , despite my age and lack of ballet experience. The other women were nice so I found myself at ease. Thank you Seugnet for your patience with me and lack of judgment – I felt like the elephant, you never made me feel this way at all. On the contrary you were warm and encouraging. The lesson was like a time warp experience, very bizarre and very interesting , to go back so many years to my childhood ballet self. I found the lesson gentle , professional and non threatening, very instructive and very enjoyable. I have aching calves and thighs and ache in places I forgot existed.. which is quite wonderful . I practiced all weekend I look forward to buying ballet shoes and making this a regular part of my life. I hope you will be patient with me as I am there to enjoy my self in my body and mind as I do not aspire to being a prima ballerina, rather to add happiness to my life:)– Marlene Wasserman (Dr. Eve)...

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The Benefits of Ballet to your Body

Ballet is a form of exercise that encourages and creates unison between the body and the brain.  It trains the brain to take instruction, apply it to the body in the executing steps and with practice, the  body becomes more skillful in doing ballet .  Ballet can be used as a brain gym to sharpen concentration and memory – there is no way you can let your mind wonder in a ballet class as full concentration is needed throughout the class!  In other words, it allows you to put the outside world off to one side and just focus and enjoy being in a movement class.  Ballet is good for body alignment and co-ordination as all exercises gets done on the left and right, which means both sides of your body develops equally.  I see amazing results in my students from as early as their second week of classes.  The body has muscle memory and the more you train the muscles, the more the body remembers and you will receive guaranteed results.    Ballet improves muscle tone and creates lean defined muscles, with improved posture and confidence. In my own experience, before I started doing regular ballet classes my body was muscular, but not defined.  Genetically I have a high muscle tone and build muscles very easily.  My body was toned because of other exercise forms, but in general I was more bulky.  Ever since I took my ballet training more seriously when I was a teenager,  my body changed rapidly and my muscles became a lot leaner.  From a rounder look, I have changed to a more angular shape with leaner muscles.  I decided to get some input from other dancers to hear how ballet impacts their lives. Odille de Villiers (Graduate from UCT School of Dance) says: “I gained strength in every part of my body.  Ballet exercises all your muscles.  I used ballet to change the shape of my body.  I was always a sporty person and had very bulky thighs.  Ballet lengthened my muscles tremendously.  I did other dance forms e.g. African Dance which shortens muscles and ballet helped even it out.  Ballet helped me become more disciplined in life.  As a child I was a bit of a ‘tomboy’ and I was running around bullying my friends.  Ballet had a part to play in grooming and disciplining me.  I learnt to be well behaved and where my place is in certain situations.  I like the way I move when I do ballet.  I enjoy the structure it brings me and it helped me with all my other dance forms.  I will never stop doing ballet and will dance until my very end.” Anonymous says:...

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