Monday, February 2, 2004

Rhone: Ballet raises barre for better workout


Basic training

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To say Marjory Huber likes to dance is an understatement. Huber, a former University of Cincinnati dance instructor, spent her career teaching others to kick up their heels. The 68-year-old Delhi Township resident now hangs out at the barre, during her ballet and body conditioning class at Mercy HealthPlex in Westwood.

"It is a passion for me," says Huber, who teaches four times a week. "Most of the people in my class have been in it for 15 years."

Marianne Conroy, Huber's student and nominator, says she executes moves "that would challenge a football player. She's a real inspiration to all of us and does all parts of the class right along with us."

What is it?

Ballet and body conditioning.

How did you get started?

After I retired from teaching dance at the University of Cincinnati, I came to Mercy HealthPlex in 1998 to teach for them. It was a natural extension of my career.

What do you get out of it?

First, it's a great stress releaser and it's a marvelous way to exercise. The class is a combination of yoga and Pilates and ballet. It's very eclectic.

How much does it cost to get started?

It's included with a Mercy HealthPlex membership, but non-members can join for $44 a month. The class meets at 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

What type of equipment do you need?

There's no additional equipment needed, although I'd like to have students wear ballet shoes. You don't have to wear them if you don't have them. We just want people to get into the class, that's what's important.

How long does it take to get started?

Just 90 minutes twice a week. Most of my students have taken a little ballet in the past. In fact, most of the people in Western Hills have taken classes with me as children.

How long did it take to learn?

I'm still learning. Every time I teach, I learn something new.

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Basic Training spotlights Greater Cincinnatians who work hard at having fun. To nominate someone who keeps fit by playing sports or developing a new skill, e-mail blowell@enquirer.com, fax 768-8330 or write to Basic Training, The Enquirer, 312 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202. Include a daytime phone number for you and your nominee.




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