Dancing, fun way to keep fit.

For many months now, I’ve been searching for a good ballet school which offers adult ballet classes for the sole purpose of keeping fit and not for it to be a renewed career. I know that ship has sailed for me, long before I even knew it. I’ve been dancing ballet since when I was 5. Kinda hard to believe right, specially if you’ve seen the size of a whale that I am right now but I’ve the photos to prove it.

Me when I was about 6 to 7 years of age, my first and second recital.

Me when I was about 6 to 7 years of age, my first and second recital.

Myself between 15-17 years and the last photo (on split) was taken when I did my ballet teaching stint when I was about 23.

Myself between 15-17 years and the last photo (on split) was taken when I did my ballet teaching stint when I was about 23.

Ballet will always be my first love out of all the dance styles out there, not that I can dance some other things. Although I’ve already come to terms that my legs aren’t turned out as much as a ballerina’s should be so I have given up the dreams of ever being Candice Adea who is just truly amazing and has been bringing honor to my country in the dancing industry.

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So with that in mind, I wanted to go back to dancing just as a form of exercise and not for anything else. Looking for a good ballet school in Dubai which offers exactly that drove me mental. There are a lot of ballet schools here and very few which really caters to my requirements: after-office timing, reasonable price, location and the class being for the sole purpose of fitness. Here are a few of the ballet schools which I have considered:

Lisa Dance Dubai
Contact: 00971 50 875 4982 // info@LisaDanceDubai.com
Location: Habtoor Grand Resort and Spa
Class timings: 2000hrs to 2115hrs on Wednesdays
Class fee: AED60

The only reason that I haven’t tried their class yet is because the timing is too late for me and the location is quite far as well. Ideally, a 7pm class would suit me well so I still have time to watch Homeland series when I get home. Haha. It’s no exactly far from where I’m staying but we all know that that area of Jumeirah Beach Residence can get really busy at night. I also did the Math, AED60 for the class and about AED50 for the cab fare. So AED110 total in a week, that’s 440 in a month. Class-wise though, I’m not really sure how it goes but as per Lisa, all levels are welcome in her class – be it advanced or beginners. I just might try it one of these days.

Sharmila Dance School
Contact: +971-50-858 1083 // emmaadmin@sharmiladance.com
Location: DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates
Class timings: 1800hrs to 1900hrs , Sundays and Wednesdays
Class fee: AED60

I stupidly joined their Intermediate class and I was lost the whole time during the class. These dancers are professionals and they’re not doing this as a hobby of some sort. Their class is not for the faint of hearts and you really must have an extensive ballet dancing background to keep up with them. When they were doing the corner work, I was just there standing idly like a clown and I do believe they’re all wondering what I was doing there in the first place joining that particular class. They’re not going to slow down the class for a beginner like I am and I don’t really expect them to so I decided this school isn’t for me. That was one class and I’m never to be seen again. Plus, I really felt like I was in a proper dance school there with the teacher pushing her students to really perfect those adages. I mean I’m not really after that anymore, I cannot handle more pressure after work. Their class wasn’t really fun for me, it’s a shame though as I’m living right next door. I am off on Sundays so the 6pm timing wasn’t really a problem.

Dubai Dance Academy
Contact: 055 3626435 // reiko@dubaidanceacademy.com
Location: 8th Floor, Gloria Hotel
Class timings: 1815hrs to 1915hrs, Wednesdays
Class fee: AED85

I am really very interested to attend their class because it’s one metro station away from where I stay and Reiko, the Directress, is the only person who really offered a very welcoming email when I inquired about her class. The only downside is, the class is too early and it’s impossible for me to get there on time. I’ve seen the photos of her Intermediate Class on Facebook and it kinda looks bearable for me plus I don’t really feel very intimidated what with the warm email I’ve received from Reiko. I think I’ll enjoy her class, maybe one of these days I just might change my off from Sunday to Wednesday just to see how their class goes.

The Ballet Centre
Contact: (009714) 3449776 // balletct@emirates.net.ae
Location: Jumeira Beach Road
Class timings: 1900hrs – 2000hrs, Wednesdays
Class fee: AED45

It wasn’t my first time to attend their classes, in fact it was the only ballet school which I truly loved when I first came to Dubai and it still is. I ended up taking their Wednesday’s Beginner’s Class and thinking of attending their Intermediate Class as well every Mondays. Ginny, the ballet instructor is the best. She knows how to pace her class according to the techniques of her students. In the class, there were experienced and non-experienced students but none of us really felt like we’re lost because Ginny knows how to slow down the class for the beginners and pace it up for the more advanced. At some point during the centre work, she will split the group in two according to our experiences and will give us different series of steps. I don’t really mind the location either although it’s quite far away from where I live because the class fee is the cheapest among all of the ballet schools here in Dubai and paying additional AED50 for the cab fare is still cheaper compared to Lisa Dance Dubai and Dubai Dance Academy.

Having said all of that, if you’ve got the same story like I do, I guess The Ballet Centre is the best choice if you’re looking for a ballet school which is beginners-friendly. So yep, I’m dancing again. YAY for me!




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  • Michael December 24, 2012 at 07:10

    PinayFlyingHigh, Thank you. I hope she does too! Her company just finished their last performances of The Nutcracker and will start working on Cinderella for the Spring. I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! New Year’s Eve in Dubai looks incredible!

  • Michael December 13, 2012 at 21:26

    Those pics of you as a kid are precious and the one’s when you are older are beautiful!! Wow. I’m sure you will have a great time dancing once again. My niece has been dancing ballet for about 4 years now, so everything I know about ballet ( almost nothing) is from her recorded productions of The Nutcracker..I do know that the training is very difficult and takes lots of discipline. It’s a tribute to you that you danced and taught ballet for so many years!

    • Pinay Flying High December 13, 2012 at 21:39

      I am enjoying it. So much! It isn’t like riding a bicycle though that after so many years you’ll still know how to do it, ballet is a never ending process of training and discipline. I hope your niece makes it big! 🙂

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