Walk with pride and ease through situations that used to hold you back
Have you always wanted to dance?
You are not alone. Ballet-lates® helps women discover their creativity and grace by setting aside stories that used to hold them back. We move through the excuses such as “I’m too busy” “I’ve never done this before” and “It’s been so long since I’ve danced” and begin with a Pilates guided warm up. From there we practice simple steps at the ballet barre, all set to classical music, and dance to discover a sense of strength, confidence and belonging.
We take inspiration from a wide repertoire of classics, and have a ballet for every season to guide us through the year. We focus on strength, balance, flow, and ultimately grace, and our programme has been created for anyone with a passion for movement, willing to set aside small amounts of time to practice. Ready to dust off those old ballet slippers, or even consider buying your first pair? You’ve come to the right place. Join us as we Get Strong. Gracefully.
Step behind the curtain
If it’s been a while since you put on those ballet shoes, or maybe you’ve just always wanted to try, step behind the curtain and see how Ballet-lates® can help you Get Strong. Gracefully. In a few short sessions you’ll see your posture improve, your muscles feeling more flexible until you notice yourself moving with the grace and ease of a ballet dancer.
Originally from Texas, Christie Taylor Seaver loved ballet at first sight. From her very first class at age 6, to working as ballet dancer, teacher, Pilates instructor and dance critic, she has always felt happiest when standing at the barre. Despite working as a journalist while running her own Pilates studio, she has always come back to ballet as her anchor, encouraged by mentors such as the late John Gossett of Pilates Concepts of Houston, Paul Mejia, former artistic director of Fort Worth Ballet (and son of Pilates teacher Romana Kryzanowska) Margot Parsons of DanceVisions and Boston University, and Michael King and Malcolm Muirhead of MK Pilates.
Christie met her Irish husband when they both won New York Time/National Endowment for the Arts journalism fellowships in 2004, leading her across the pond to Dublin, Ireland, her current home. And while some amazing dance-related adventures have ensued (chats backstage with Mark Morris, flying to Oslo to interview Russian dancers), she looks back with immense gratitude for her parents, who drove her to years of ballet lessons, and to her earliest teachers at Fort Worth School of Ballet, Nanette Glushak and Michel Rahn, who permanently shaped her lifelong passion. Ballet-lates® is her way of sharing this passion with the world.
“Christie is a gifted and attentive teacher! The entire course is so well thought out, with many different offerings to motivate and support you. The exercises helped me with balance, core strength, and posture, while the choreography to classical music was inspiring. Overall a great value! Highly recommend!”Catherine W.Best for Personal Training 2016
“Christie generates a lovely vibe in her classes supporting everyone, whatever their ability, to reconnect with ballet whilst having fun! Great to experience improvement in posture and flexibility over time. After 10 years of classes I cannot imagine my week without it.”Sheila D.
“Every part of you is exercised, really. You come away feeling exhilarated!”Patricia O.
“Absolutely nothing compares with the feel good factor experienced after these classes. I feel supple, light and graceful and carry that with me until the next class. I attend twice weekly and really see and feel the benefits of the combination of dance and exercise. Five star classes which I enthusiastically recommend to all.”Michele K.
“Just like fashion styles and shapes, the ideal female body changes with time...Our latet incarnation of the perfect female form has been shaped by our growing awareness of health and fitness. With strong the new skinny and fit the new fab, the ideal shape is now that of a dancer with long lean limbs, pert posterior and the core of steel. Former professional ballet dancer, fitness innovator and all round southern belle Christie Seaver has devised what has to be the most fun, yet effective workout there is, Ballet-lates.”S&P Weddings
“If you’re planning on doing a little exercise in 2017, Pilates just may be the place to start. Christie Seaver’s Reformer Pilates is the best we have come across in Ireland...We’re also fans of her mat classes and Ballet-lates. This woman knows what women want and makes exercise not only bearable, but thoroughly enjoyable.”Social and Personal