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Ballet Fitness Retreats

Ballet Fitness Retreats

Once or twice a year, my body yearns to be pampered and stretched, challenged and inspired. But my soul balks at the thought of most of the current fitness regimes. Honestly, can you picture Audrey Hepburn doing the circuit at CrossFit? Would Katharine Hepburn set foot in a Zumba class? Would Grace Kelly step up to your average Body-Booty-licious Barre* Class? If, like me, you find your body and soul yearning for something more creative, inspiring and soul-satisfying, may I suggest the following stylish fitness retreats:

Transierra Ballet Retreats. Seville, Spain. Week-long ballet retreats for grown-ups of all ages, Founded by Isabel McMeekan, former first soloist with the Royal Ballet and founder of London’s popular and egalitarian Everybody Ballet. The studio is known for welcoming adults who've never taken a ballet class in their lives as much as for refining the technique of some of Europe’s most elite young dancers. With classes held at various studios around London, including the official rehearsals studio for the Royal Opera at Covent Garden, it is not unusual to see promising 12-year-olds dancing alongside fabulous dancers in their 30s-70s and beyond — some of whom started dancing well into their adulthood.

Twice a year, Isabel has been known to hold a week-long ballet retreat at the magnificently stylish and low-key Transierra, Charlotte Scott’s 16th-century private guest house north of Seville, Spain. Classes take place in the bright, open studio surrounded by gardens looking out over endless fields of oranges and olives grown in the Spanish sun. Classes are comprised of stretching, barre work and center work, and tailored to challenge a soloist as much as a newcomer to dance.

If your idea of a perfect workout involves classical music, the scent of orange blossoms wafting in an open window with a view of the Andalusian mountains, with a dip in the pool when you are done, Transierra might be your personal stylish fitness retreat. Nearest airport: Seville San Pablo Airport (SVQ) Nearest Train: Sevilla Santa Justa

Also recommended: Dar Danse Retreats run by the Filpi family on the Atlantic Coast of Morocco.

* To be fair, I am a huge fan of Sadie Lincoln’s Barre3 studios. Sadie offers a solid, ballerina-approved workout that takes elements of ballet barre, pilates and classical conditioning without making participants feel they are compromising their sense of taste, style or individuality.

Our Stylish Fitness series continues next with Stylish Yoga Retreats (for Moms Too!) 

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