If you’re starting to learn ballet, it’s very natural that you’re going to be interested in buying a ballet barre to practice with. However what you may not know is that it’s actually very useful to use ballet barres for all kinds of dance.
One of the first, most important reasons is that all dance styles use
a lot of energy and strength and many of the same muscles, and barre
exercises are especially designed to build those muscles. Also no matter
what style of dance you’re studying, you need to learn balance and
ballet barre exercises offer some of the best ways to learn it because
so much of ballet is about balance.
Flexibility is also vital, as it’s exactly what a dancer needs to be
able to bring life and momentum to hip hop, jazz and countless other
Barre exercises also improve posture, the importance of which can't
be overestimated. For both ballroom and Latin dances, posture is
important when working with your partner and for exuding that seemingly
effortless elegance that likely played an important part in attracting
you to dance in the first place.
Posture is also important if you're interested in ever competing in
dance competitions, amateur or otherwise. Judges take posture into
account very seriously when scoring, especially for ballroom dancing.
However ballet barres have more to offer than exercises. They offer a
great way to practice new steps. For instance if your class is tackling
a new tango step and you want to work on it at home, you might not have
a partner to try it with and the balance a partner can give you plays a
big role in the feel of each move. A ballet barre acts as a stationary
partner, giving you the chance to learn the proper distance you should
be from your partner and practice with that extra bit of helpful
At the end of the day, whether you’re learning swing, Irish
step-dance, ballroom or ballet, a barre is an invaluable training tool.
Please feel free to contact us at any time; we'd be happy to share more information with you, and go over the barres that would best suit your situation. We'd love to hear from you.