This Ballerina’s YouTube Series Is Perfect for Aspiring Dancers

ballerina dancer stretching in her living room

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If you’ve been waiting for the right moment to purchase a tutu, now’s your moment: Professional ballerina Patricia Zhou wants to teach you — yes, you — how to do ballet.

The Los Angeles-based ballerina, who cut her teeth with Staatsballett Berlin and the Royal Ballet, has pirouetted her way onto screens around the world with a series of virtual ballet classes. When shelter-in-place orders took effect due to the coronavirus pandemic, Zhou began leading Instagram Live classes for ballet enthusiasts of all levels. She also launched a YouTube training program and even created a more customizable for-purchase plan. 

Her YouTube Live series is most attractive for those wanting to slowly get to know the ins and outs of ballet. Released weekly, the hour-long classes cover everything from form to the “basics of ballet at the barre” to terminology.

The classes are released in order of difficulty so you’ll want to follow them in chronological order; if you can’t tune in live each week, they’re saved on her page with the titles, "Beginner Ballet / [insert number here].”

Zhou emphasizes in the caption for each of her videos, “let’s get sweaty!” and she’s not kidding: Ballet is a serious workout. So, not only is this series interesting for those who want to learn a new hobby, but it’s also great for fitness. How’s that for a win-win?

If participating in ballet is less intriguing to you than watching it, Zhou still has something for you. She often shares videos of herself dancing on Instagram. The moves will make you want to get up and stretch, to say the least, but it’s easily one of the most calming things you’ll see on your feed if you choose to follow her.

Now, if you’ll excuse us, we have some shoes to lace up.

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