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Ballet offers true benefits for aging population

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Ballet offers true benefits for aging population
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Although it's natural for the body to slow down as you age, YNN's Marcie Fraser speaks to some ballerinas who say they are stronger than ever at their older age.

Ardith Campbell, 91, shares the passion of ballet with other students to help her cope with the loss of her husband. He died one year ago.

She said, "I'd say the benefits are getting out and seeing the people."

Leanne Sweet, a 70-year-young ballerina has been dancing most of her life.

Sweet said, "It's a high. It's a real high for me."

International dance instructor Raul Martinez knows his students are there for more than just the ballet.

"The bonding to a art form is very important and I have seen friendships develop here," said Martinez.

For some dancers, ballet can be calming.

Martinez said, "We have adults and the teens that come and have a stressful day and after the day, the balance I think it is very important. The physical and emotional and mental balance."

The mind also gets a workout in ballet. The moves and routines require memory, and patterns need to be practiced and poise maintained.

"Its a wonderful exercise. It's limbering and stretching at the same time and beautiful music and at the same time its inspirational," said Martinez.

You know you chose the right hobby when it brings you back in time.

"It keeps me moving and I get to play with my friends and it's like going out and playing when you were a little little kid, it's wonderful fun," said Campbell. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP