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Ballet Beautiful: Transform Your Body and Gain the Strength, Grace, and Focus of a Ballet Dancer

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Awesome!!!

I am a hard core ballerina and I thought this book was extremely accurate and amazing. This should be read by everyone. Great work!

posted by Anonymous on November 22, 2012

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7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

Not as good as classical ballet

The first thing that needs to be mentioned about Ballet Beautiful is that these are not actual ballet exercises. If you look at the cover of the corresponding DVD, you'll notice it says "ballet-inspired workout," not "ballet workout." There's nothing wrong with that, bu...
The first thing that needs to be mentioned about Ballet Beautiful is that these are not actual ballet exercises. If you look at the cover of the corresponding DVD, you'll notice it says "ballet-inspired workout," not "ballet workout." There's nothing wrong with that, but if you're looking for the kinds of exercises that have French names and follow traditional rules of ballet technique such as always turning the feet out and pointing the toes, that's not really what this is. To decide whether this program is right for you, you need to consider what you want to get out of it. Let's look at how these exercises are similar to and different from classical ballet. In classical ballet, dancers keep the muscles in their butts tight whenever posible, and only loosen them as needed to lift their legs. This frequent tightening and loosening of the muscles is what enables a really good dancer to keep her butt looking toned. What Mary Helen has done is create a series exercises that mimic the motions of a dancer's buttocks outside a dance context. She has done the same for other muscle groups important to a dancer. She has exercises for your abs that are done lying on the floor. The problem with this is, these exercises are only strengthening the muscles needed for good posture, not providing you with an opportunity to train yourself in the habit of actually using them for good posture, as you would be able to do if you were standing up, which is the way classical ballet exercise are done. Another disadvantage of lying on the floor is that it negates the need to think about what you are doing with your whole body; you can just sprawl out whatever body parts aren't directly involved in the exercise. The advantage of Mary Helen's method is that it is less technically demanding than classical ballet and requires less physical coordination, and it does still improve muscular strength, which alone can go a long way toward helping someone look and feel better. However, I suspect many people looking for ballet-related exercises are specifically looking for a program that can help them develop skills such as good balance, coordination, and gracefulness, and most Ballet Beautiful exercises don't even give you the opportunity to attempt such things, let alone actually become good at them. Another issue with her methods is that, because they only focus on one part of the body at time, they are an incredibly inefficient way to exercise. Classical ballet exercises usually involve working all of these muscles at the same time, so if you know how to do them correctly, you can accomplish in 15 minutes what Mary Helen accomplishes in an hour, not to mention improve your posture, balance, and coordination in a way this program won't help you with at all. These exercises aren't bad, exactly, but anyone with a background in classical ballet will be frustrated by their inefficiency and lack of artistry, and if you don't know ballet, you should call local dance studios and ask about classes for adults (they do exist). Classical ballet technique is not beyond the reach of amateurs and it is more effective than the exercises taught by Ballet Beautiful.

posted by Anonymous on January 1, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Not as good as classical ballet

    The first thing that needs to be mentioned about Ballet Beautiful is that these are not actual ballet exercises. If you look at the cover of the corresponding DVD, you'll notice it says "ballet-inspired workout," not "ballet workout." There's nothing wrong with that, but if you're looking for the kinds of exercises that have French names and follow traditional rules of ballet technique such as always turning the feet out and pointing the toes, that's not really what this is. To decide whether this program is right for you, you need to consider what you want to get out of it. Let's look at how these exercises are similar to and different from classical ballet. In classical ballet, dancers keep the muscles in their butts tight whenever posible, and only loosen them as needed to lift their legs. This frequent tightening and loosening of the muscles is what enables a really good dancer to keep her butt looking toned. What Mary Helen has done is create a series exercises that mimic the motions of a dancer's buttocks outside a dance context. She has done the same for other muscle groups important to a dancer. She has exercises for your abs that are done lying on the floor. The problem with this is, these exercises are only strengthening the muscles needed for good posture, not providing you with an opportunity to train yourself in the habit of actually using them for good posture, as you would be able to do if you were standing up, which is the way classical ballet exercise are done. Another disadvantage of lying on the floor is that it negates the need to think about what you are doing with your whole body; you can just sprawl out whatever body parts aren't directly involved in the exercise. The advantage of Mary Helen's method is that it is less technically demanding than classical ballet and requires less physical coordination, and it does still improve muscular strength, which alone can go a long way toward helping someone look and feel better. However, I suspect many people looking for ballet-related exercises are specifically looking for a program that can help them develop skills such as good balance, coordination, and gracefulness, and most Ballet Beautiful exercises don't even give you the opportunity to attempt such things, let alone actually become good at them. Another issue with her methods is that, because they only focus on one part of the body at time, they are an incredibly inefficient way to exercise. Classical ballet exercises usually involve working all of these muscles at the same time, so if you know how to do them correctly, you can accomplish in 15 minutes what Mary Helen accomplishes in an hour, not to mention improve your posture, balance, and coordination in a way this program won't help you with at all. These exercises aren't bad, exactly, but anyone with a background in classical ballet will be frustrated by their inefficiency and lack of artistry, and if you don't know ballet, you should call local dance studios and ask about classes for adults (they do exist). Classical ballet technique is not beyond the reach of amateurs and it is more effective than the exercises taught by Ballet Beautiful.

    7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2012

    Awesome!!!

    I am a hard core ballerina and I thought this book was extremely accurate and amazing. This should be read by everyone. Great work!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    No pics

    The book wouldve been better if it had pics

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    Awesome

    I have been dancing for five years and i think everone needs to read this book

    Morgan age 13

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    I think it is a good book

    Ok i going to be dancing 4 days a week and i have pointe class 3 days a week but it is fun to dance alot

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Realy?

    Wow i didn't know that i have been a dancer for 4 years and i am looking for a book to help me with everything well not every thing but you know what i mean....G

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2012

    Oh ya second review xD

    IM SO LEGIT XDD </3 MY HATERS HATERS MAKE ME FAMOUS

    1 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

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    HIghly Recommended for Ballet Interested Ladies

    Constantly referring back to her diet/foods section on the daily. Great way to eat. I love her personal story, French ballet term glossary, and bonus workout moves. Mary Helen is an angel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

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    0 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

    Oh yeah:) First Review:D

    LIKE A BOSS

    0 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 20, 2012

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