It's never too late to unleash your inner ballerina, according to dance instructor Emma Townley.

She is launching adult ballet classes at Marlborough Leisure Centre tonight.

The 25-year-old, of Burlands Road in Chippenham, is the principal at Dance4Life and has been a qualified dance instructor for three years.

She said: “I found that I was getting a few mums asking me if they were too old for the ballet classes, which is why I decided to start offering adult classes.

“My slogan is ‘dance classes for everyone’, so I pride myself on the fact that it’s not all pink tutus and glitter.

“So far there are a few people who have signed up to the classes but I would love to get the word out there and get a few more people involved.”

Miss Townley, who also teaches Zumba, pre-school dress up and dance and child ballet classes, gained experience teaching adult ballet while instructing at local dance groups before starting her own company last year.

She said: “The atmosphere is great and the people who take the classes are very enthusiastic.

“What come through during the classes is a love of dance and a love of ballet but also it’s quite hard work.

“It has a number of health benefits such as increased core strength, improved posture and longer, leaner muscles, not bulky muscles that you get from a gym workout.

“There are also mental benefits such as the brain being challenged by things such as coordination and timing.”

The Friday classes start tonight from 5.45pm-6.45pm and are open to men and women of all ages and ability. Miss Townley is offering the first class for free. For more information, call (01249) 470445 or visit