Ballet shoes.

[cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ class=”cs-ta-left” style=”padding: 0px;”][x_blockquote cite=”” type=”left” class=”introduction”]In the first of the series, Lois Worrow tries out the balancing act that is ballet.[/x_blockquote][x_image type=”rounded” src=”http://www.rebelessex.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/BALLET2.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=”” class=”image”][cs_text class=”caption”]Photos by Lydia Pauly @2016[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ class=”cs-ta-left” style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text]In a bid to highlight the amount of great sports on campus, Rebel Editors Lois and Jason are trying out a new Just Play activity each week.

We will be trying as many as possible (so you don’t have to) and bringing you our recommendations. Look out for short reviews, pictures of us making fools of ourselves and some of Essex’s more obscure sports!
[/cs_text][x_blockquote cite=”” type=”left” class=”quote”]What you need to know[/x_blockquote][cs_icon_list class=”icon_list”][cs_icon_list_item title=”6 – 7pm” type=”clock-o” icon_color=”hsl(151, 100%, 50%)” link_enabled=”false” link_url=”#” link_new_tab=”false”]6 – 7pm[/cs_icon_list_item][cs_icon_list_item title=”For Ballet beginners run by Poppy Scarlett” type=”male” icon_color=”hsl(151, 100%, 50%)” link_enabled=”false” link_url=”#” link_new_tab=”false”]For Ballet beginners run by Poppy Scarlett[/cs_icon_list_item][cs_icon_list_item title=”Activity Studio 1, above the gym” type=”map-marker” icon_color=”hsl(151, 100%, 50%)” link_enabled=”false” link_url=”#” link_new_tab=”false”]Activity Studio 1, above the gym[/cs_icon_list_item][cs_icon_list_item title=”Best for people who want a light workout or looking to improve their coordination” type=”check” icon_color=”hsl(151, 100%, 50%)” link_enabled=”false” link_url=”#” link_new_tab=”false”]Best for people who want a light workout or looking to improve their coordination[/cs_icon_list_item][/cs_icon_list][x_image type=”none” src=”http://www.rebelessex.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/BALLET3.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=”” class=”image”][cs_text class=”caption”]Photo by Lois Worrow @2016[/cs_text][x_blockquote cite=”” type=”left” class=”quote”]The verdict
[/x_blockquote][cs_text]Ballet is great! People tend to think Ballet is a bit…’vanilla’ but it’s actually great fun and a good combination of muscle stretching and lengthening. It’s also a really nice workout (one that you can definitely feel in the calves the next day!) I went along to the beginners’ class run by the lovely Poppy Scarlett who covered the basics for the newcomers such as positions of the feet and arms.

After learning a couple of combinations and jumps we went on to learn a short routine that the class had been in the midst of learning. The more advanced girls were supportive and ready to give advice on technique for us slightly more wobbly newbies.

Best Part: Feeling like a princess for an hour
Worst Part: Realising my balance isn’t quite as good as I thought it was.

Many thanks to the Dance Society for letting Rebel take part and snap some photos![/cs_text][x_blockquote cite=”” type=”left” class=”quote”]Out of 10
[/x_blockquote][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax=”false” class=”cs-ta-center” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/2″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_image type=”none” src=”http://www.rebelessex.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/BALLET-Difficulty.png” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=”” class=”rating”][/cs_column][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/2″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_image type=”none” src=”http://www.rebelessex.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/BALLET-Club.png” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=”” class=”rating”][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ class=”cs-ta-center” style=”padding: 0px;”][x_line style=”border-top-width: 1px;”][x_image type=”none” src=”http://www.rebelessex.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/BALLET-Overall.png” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=”” class=”rating”][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ class=”cs-ta-left” style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text]Keep an eye out for our next instalment in the brand new ‘Rebel tries…’ series, coming soon.[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][/cs_content]

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