Ballet Adult Beginners

Adult Beginners

An introduction to the basics of classical ballet, the concepts of core stability, turn-out, flexibility, posture and placement. Through a fun warm up and barre work, the students will learn basic co-ordination and alignment needed for the centre work at the end of each class.

Each session will allow students to become comfortable with the difficult ballet style and gain confidence.

Our adult ballet classes are taught by former members of Birmingham Royal Ballet.


Tutor: Juliana Moraes

Juliana Moraes was born in Brazil where she started her dance training. In Europe, she attended the Ballet School of Leipzig Opera, Royal Ballet School and English National Ballet School between 1995 – 1998. She joined the Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1998 and was promoted to first artist in 2003.

The repertoire she gained at BRB included The Nutcracker (Arabian Dance, Snow Attendants, Leading Flowers), Coppelia, Concerto Barocco, Apollo (Calliope). In 2007, Juliana joined Ballet du Capitole in Toulouse, France. She performed leading roles in ballets such as Don Quixote, Tarantella (Balanchine) and Square Dance. Since then, she has been teaching ballet at DanceXchange and Siobhan Collins McCarthy Dance Academy. She has delivered workshops and participated in the Dance Tack project as a freelance artist for the Birmingham Royal Ballet of Learning.


What’s the 15 minute rule? : You won’t be allowed to join a class if you’re more than 15 minutes late. This is because you’ll have missed the warm-up, which increases your chance of injury.

What should I wear? Anything comfortable that lets you move freely. You can wear tracksuit bottoms, leggings, t-shirts, and vests to most classes.

If you have tap, ballet or jazz shoes, please wear them accordingly. But they’re not essential for beginner levels.

What concessions are there? You can get a concession if you’re over 60, on income support, or in full time education. Please note, you will need proof of ID.

What about accessibility? We work hard to make our classes accessible for all abilities. Please get in touch to discuss how we can best offer assistance for your needs.

I’m aged 16-18. Can I attend adult classes?

We’ve extended adult classes to welcome 16 and 17 year olds working at advanced levels. This is subject to agreement with the class tutor.

How can I get in touch with DanceXchange? We’re on hand six days a week. Got a question? Then please call 0121 689 3170 or email

Accessibility: We strive to make classes as accessible as possible to everyone. Please call to discuss any support you might need.

First Timer? If you’d like to attend one of our classes, just turn up on the day. You don’t need to book a place, or let us know you’re coming.


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