If you've always wanted to learn, now is your chance!

Ballet is a powerful way for children and adults, men and women, to push their minds and bodies, develop self confidence, and learn to express themselves. It has a transformative effect on lives and communities, whether a woman who has always wanted to learn ballet but feels like she missed her chance, or a man interested in expressing himself through movement or adding an element of coordination to his routine.

Broche Ballet provides a place for dancers of all ages to love dance.

Meet your private coach and founder of Broche Ballet

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Julie Gill began dancing as an adult and is proof that it is never too late to live your dreams. She excelled quickly under the careful and exacting eye of Beth Kurtz in New York City, achieving pointe work within a short 2 years, and attending youth summer intensives where she danced alongside pre-professional ballet students.

She has always loved to teach and has taught many different subjects to many different audiences throughout her career. When Ms. Kurtz fell ill and was unable to continue teaching, Julie learned from her how to teach and pass along her methods.

As an adult dancer herself, she understands the differences in training adults and children, how to take adult dancers seriously, and she has the unique advantage of remembering how she figured things out which she passes on to her students.

Julie loves to break things down, solve problems, and help people understand the technique of ballet. She founded Broche Ballet so she could share the joy of ballet with all who wish to learn.

I came to Julie with zero experience in dance and expectations based solely on my private lessons with instructors in other disciplines. Our first lesson blew me away.

It seemed like 2.5 hrs worth of content stuffed into a one hour window. Besides my skill level, nothing really changed. They were all like that. My questions never went unanswered and my concerns never left unaddressed. I don’t know—and I can’t help but think about these things—how anything could have gone better.

After over six months with Julie, I do have one regret: I now hold my other teachers to a completely unreasonable standard!
— Bryan, adult beginner, in his 30s

Frequently asked questions from adult beginner ballet dancers

WHAT WILL MY FIRST LESSON BE LIKE?

We will meet, warm up, and then jump right in. We will learn port de bras (movement of the arms), plie (bending of the knees), releve (standing on your tiptoes), tendu (stretching of the legs), rond de jambe (circling the leg), and ballet walks. I will do all of the exercises with you in front of you so that you can follow along. As we progress and you become ready, you will begin doing the exercises on your own, but to start, you will be able to follow along.

Expect to learn a lot, ask a lot of questions, and have fun!

DOES BALLET HURT?

You will push yourself beyond your comfort zone, but we must not push to the point of pain. Joint pain, sharp pain, or severe discomfort must not be tolerated. If any of that is experienced, we must stop and discover what is causing it. You will find that some things may be hard or uncomfortable, but they must not hurt.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

You can begin by wearing tight-fitting workout clothes. For your first session, you may wear socks. After your first session, we will pick out a pair of ballet slippers to order as part of your free gift, and for future sessions, you should wear those. Once we are comfortable with each other, we will discuss what your comfort level with in terms of moving towards more classical ballet attire (e.g. leotard and tights for women and tights and a white t-shirt for men) because it allows us to see more of your body to ensure proper technique and avoid injury.

CAN I LEARN POINTE?

If pointe has always been your dream, we will work together to figure out how you can get there. It takes hard work, patience, and time, but it can be achieved. Expect to study for a couple of years before your first pair of pointe shoes, but the length of time can vary depending on the natural bone structure of your feet and how much you practice. 

Still have more questions? Get in touch! We'd love to hear from you. Contact us.