Keeping bodies active
In 2017 Ballet for Seniors was the subject of a study conducted by Queensland Ballet in partnership with Queensland University of Technology and supported by the Queensland Government's Advance Queensland initiative.
Findings show that Ballet for Seniors led to positive wellbeing outcomes particularly: feeling more energetic, keeping in shape, bodily control, posture, flexibility, physical wellbeing, and overall wellbeing.
We're passionate about making dance more accessible for all!
If you’re excited to join our Dance for Seniors classes but you’ve never been to a dance class before, you might prefer to start your journey with Queensland Ballet in one of our Ballet Foundations Courses.
Our Ballet Foundations Courses are suitable for all ages and abilities and will set you up with the foundational dance technique that you will need for any of our Dance for Seniors classes. Click the link below to learn more about Ballet Foundations Courses.
Ballet for Seniors Beginners
This class is our entry level ballet class for active older adults. Formulated under extensive research and tailored for ageing bodies, these classes focus on improving poise, core strength, memory and mobility.
Feel better, think better, live better – with ballet.
Ballet for Seniors Intermediate
This class is the next step in your Ballet for Seniors journey, tailored for older adults who have more experience in ballet technique and terminology. Our Intermediate classes move at a faster pace with more challenging combinations offered but are still supportive and friendly to ageing bodies.
Jazz for Seniors
This class focuses on Broadway jazz artistry and choreography, drawing from some of the world's most popular musicals.
Grounded in jazz technique, the class is tailored to be inclusive of beginner-level older adults: no turns, jumps or floor work.
Stretch & Tone for Seniors
This gentle fitness class will guide you through a series of adapted exercises and stretches, designed to help improve posture, core strength and mobility.
Our Stretch & Tone classes are the perfect complement to our Dance for Seniors classes or can be enjoyed as a standalone fitness class.
Here's what participants are saying
“We are all deeply grateful to Tamara, a former professional ballet dancer, who guides us with such generosity and joy.”
- Gertrude Behan
"This wonderful hour and a half per week brings a smile to my face. Just perfect”.
- Maggie Smith
“Dancing at QB gives me the encouragement to dance like no one is watching! As we age, we need to be able to express ourselves even more.”
- Lyndy Atkinson
“I love dancing at QB because I am part of a community that shares a passion for dance. Teachers understand that my body doesn’t work the way it used to, but they know that I still love to dance.”
- Vicki Gadson
“I have met the most amazing, gorgeous group of women. This group of ballerinas have become my ballet family.”
- Karen Power
Adults of all skill levels are invited to take part in an onstage ballet class at QPAC's Playhouse Theatre.
You'll learn famous repertoire from The Nutcracker with our Teaching Artists, while you gain exclusive insights into Queensland Ballet's longest running performance.
This experience will be followed by complimentary morning tea and the opportunity to view a company class on stage.