Brazil – At age 80, Hélio attends 5 ballet classes a day, in Rio.

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At age 80, Mr. Haus attends 5 ballet classes a day, in Rio.

In search of ideas to write an article about old age and retirement, I ran into the Brazilian online newspaper G1, and I came across a story from journalists Lívia Torres, Andressa Gonçalves and Susan Vidinhas. The headline: 80-year-old retiree does 5 ballet lessons a day: “I feel alive,” says Helio.

The article writes about the Brazilian Hélio Haus, 80, who began to make classical ballet at the age of 75. The reason? Do something he always wanted and never had a chance. “I feel alive, active, doing something I always wanted to do. It’s a bit late, yes, but not too late. ”

A resident of Copacabana, in Rio, he graduated in Law, never practiced his profession and worked as a salesman for most of his life. He carried the weight of the bath towels he sold on the streets of the West Zone of Rio de Janeiro and credits it to his current great physical form. When he retired, he rescued an old passion, the dance.

HELIUM EXPLAINS THE REASON OF MANY CLASSROOMS PER WEEK. “YOU HAVE TO DO WELL DONE, REPEAT GIVES THE RESULT OF EVERYTHING. BALÉ IS THE SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT MOVEMENT, HARMONY, YOU MUST HAVE A LOT OF DEDICATION.”

The lessons are with ballet teacher Camile Salles. In the class of seven students, the slim body and white hair of Hélio Haus, 80, called attention. Wearing a pair of black tights and pantyhose, he positioned himself in class for the third of his five classes a day.

Health also counts, of course. “I do not want to be an office hostage, I do not think it’s funny medicine, disease, anything,” he says. “I want health, and that for me is health, too.”

 

Full story on the G1 website (in Portuguese)