You only had to see Margot Fonteyn or Alicia Markova on the telly or read Ballet Shoe for the umpteenth time to re-awaken every little girls dream - of dancing Swan Lake at Covent Garden.
It didn't happen for most of us, but it was a great way of keeping fit as a child, in the warm and well away from any flying hockey sticks. And you can still do it.
Ballet is said to be the new yoga and its coming to a gym near you. Anna Bailey learns how to become a sugar plum fairy.