Ballet and Wine class basics:
- Dress how you want.
- Drink wine if you like.
Classes are led by Annie Nimmo, an accomplished dancer, choreographer, and dance instructor. “Zero experience is required,” Annie says. Ballet and Wine classes are for “newbies-to-dance and for all ages!”
In class there may be barefooted dancers wearing yoga pants and t-shirts, dancers donning toesox, leggings, and tank tops, and maybe one or two wearing ballet slippers and leotards. So long as you can move comfortably in the clothes, most anything goes. A variety of ages can be expected. When I attended, ages ranged from twenty-somethings to sixty-somethings. It was such a fun and social crew.
The class was proof that learning something new plus wine equals a good time. Stand at the barre in first position. Have a sip of good wine. Do some tendues. Have another sip. After most accomplishments regardless of the level of execution, the class is invited to have a sip of wine provided by Annie.
Classes are held at a dance studio in Minneapolis’s A-Mill Artist Lofts. The ambiance is cool and artistic. Parking spaces are easy enough to find close by.
After enjoying a class and planning to attend more, I wanted to learn more about Annie and her perspective on practicing, performing, and teaching ballet. She’s as gracious as she is graceful both in-person and online. Her excitement in sharing ballet with the world is evident in her responses to the questions I sent her way.
Q: Why Wine and Ballet?
A: I believe that anyone can do ballet and enjoy it, and I know there are many people out there who would love it if they had the chance to give it a try. I think there’s a bit of a stigma that learning ballet has to be serious, even for adults, but I don’t think that has to be the case! These classes are to introduce adults to ballet in a relaxed and fun environment without any pressure or expectations.
Q: Who are your classes for?
A: Anyone who likes to move and have fun while they do it. If that person is particularly eager to learn ballet that is a bonus!
Q: What do you hope wine and ballet students leave your class with?
A few things:
- Knowledge of some basic ballet steps and how to do them.
- Tools and tricks for good posture and stretching they can use at home.
- Inner confidence that they can successfully do ballet and enjoy it.
- Endorphins from moving and a good time! 🙂
Q: What do you prefer to call yourself: dancer, ballerina, performance artist?
A: All of the above I guess! I think I’m first human, then woman, then artist, then dancer, then ballerina. 🙂
Q: How did you become a ballerina/dancer?
A: My mom signed me up for ballet at the dance studio down the street when I was seven years old…I haven’t quit yet!
Q: What challenges do you face in your work?
A: Ballet is very athletic, so like many athletes, injuries do happen and are challenging because they put everything on hold while you recover.
Q:How many hours a week do you train?
A: It depends on the season and what I am doing. If it is Nutcracker season (October-December), I would typically train five days a week. If it is the summertime, training is lighter, but I make sure even in the off season to get my pointe shoes on at least once a week to maintain foot and ankle strength.
Q: What do you love about ballet?
A: So many things! It makes me feel freer both in body and mind. There’s a focus and precision it calls for balanced by the outlet of expression it provides. When I dance I get to be completely in the moment and for me nothing can quite compare to the great workout it is!
Q: What is your favorite ballet exercise, move, or step?
A: I love adagio, which involves steps to slower legato tempos. I love the drama of the music and the gracefulness and detail you can put into the steps.
Ballet and Wine Anyone?
Classes are typically an hour and a half and cost $25. Find out about future classes and see some gorgeous ballet moves by following Annie Nimmo on Instagram @annie_nimmo. Click here to see if a class is available to sign up for. As of today’s posting, the next class is on November 14th. If you’d like to get some girlfriends together and have a party of your own, Annie offers those too. Just click here.