Health & Fitness

Ballet makes children as fit as a fiddle

A boy stretches during a ballet lesson in Mombasa. PHOTO | BRIAN WACHIRA | NMG
A boy stretches during a ballet lesson in Mombasa. PHOTO | BRIAN WACHIRA | NMG 

Children dressed in leotards, tights and ballet shoes, do moves that many adults would struggle to do. The children aged five to 13 years are very flexible and they synchronise their moves with precision and without much effort.

“Give me two rond de jambe (circular movements of the leg) and finish with an attitude; split jump, two pirouette turn and finish with a cambré,” says David Mwashighadi, the ballet teacher.

In a ballet class, the children start with stretches. Stretching makes their tender bodies stronger. They do warm-up exercises for 10 to 15 minutes because their young muscles must be ready for the dance moves.

‘‘They exercise their hands, neck, shoulders, waist, thighs and toes,” said Mr Mwashighadi who holds holiday classes in Bamburi, Mombasa.