The promise

Apparently, ballet isn't just for kids.

This year, having recently retired from an academic career, I found that I had lots of free time. I had long intended to return to ballet after picking it up at aged 57 when my two daughters were students and I was attracted by the gentle, gracious movement to the accompaniment of mainly classical music, which I love. Given my very warm memories, I wanted to, but wondered whether this was feasible at the age of 70 – and after a 10-year lay-off?

Southern Ballet in Christchurch offers a class for adults

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The history

The science

The reality

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The verdict: