Sunday Barre-Hopping

Whichever you call it, "Late Bloomers" or "Adult Beginning Ballet" is a sweet prospect for mature ballerinas. (Photo of teacher Casey Kristofferson by Matt Rose.)

Whichever you call it, “Late Bloomers” or “Adult Beginning Ballet” is a sweet prospect for mature ballerinas. (Photo of teacher Casey Kristofferson by Matt Rose.)

Called “Late Bloomers Ballet” in Bold Life’s cover story this month, the Sunday-morning class at River Arts Ballet has been recently re-positioned as “Adult Beginner Basic Ballet.” (www.boldlife.com/there-with-tights-on/)

The more serious name reflects the intriguing mission of the Fletcher-based company. Co-founder and Artistic Director Christina Schreivogel and Beginnings and Wellness Director Casey Kristofferson offer the classic curriculum for young dancers, but also two courses for nontraditional students: “Protege III” is for those 24 and over who were sidelined from careers for various reasons but who still merit professional opportunities, and the all-ages beginner course is open to all ages and abilities.

Increased grace, strength, and balance — and novelty appeal if nothing else — are some of the potential advantages of taking the Adult Beginner class. “I am uncoordinated and not all that interested in The Nutcracker,” 62-year-old student Nat Cohen remarked to reporter Lauren Stepp in the Bold Life article. Instead, the class is about keeping on one’s toes — with longevity in the balance.

October 9 (and every Sunday), 10am-11:30am, first class is free ($24 a class afterward, or $80/month). 218 Old Airport Road, Fletcher. 828-424-1738. www.riverartsballet.com.

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