Thursday, 27 March 2014

Beginner's Tips for Using Free-Standing Ballet Barres

Learning ballet is one of the best ways to improve coordination and get in great shape. Ballet may seem overwhelming at first, which is why practice on the barre is so important. Here are some tips for using free-standing ballet barres that beginners like you can use to help get the most out of ballet dancing.

Wear quality ballet shoes every time you practice, as this will help you perform turns better. The ideal pair of shoes will fit snugly yet not be too tight, and will also conform to the natural arch of your particular foot.

Stretch on the barre before class or a performance in order to loosen up your muscles. You should ideally spend at least 15 minutes stretching on the barre before performing any strenuous activity. Be sure to do two or three minutes worth of light exercise to warm your muscles up so as to reduce your odds of injury.

Take things slow in the beginning, and give yourself plenty of time to learn each new move before progressing. You need to get the basics down before you can complete more advanced moves, so building a good foundation in the beginning stages of training will only help you later on.

Build your strength by using the barre to perform squats and push-ups to tone your arms and legs. You may also want to incorporate some weight-training exercises into your routine to help increase your back and core strength as well.

Practice good posture at all times, as having good posture will help you maintain more fluid motions, and also looks nicer during a routine.

If possible, you’ll want to purchase a ballet barre for home use, so that you can keep up with your training program while away from the dance studio. To find the ballet barre that is right for you, contact us.

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