Whether you’re more interested in dance or the physical benefits you can achieve from exercises that utilize a ballet barre, there are a number of reasons why you might be looking to buy your very first barre. There are a few useful things you should keep in mind when looking for ballet barres for beginners.
First, remember the fact that your are only a beginner. You
don’t need a Pro Barre just yet. Look for one that was designed with
beginners specifically in mind. It’ll be a little cheaper and that’s
always good when you’re learning something new. When you first start
learning piano you don’t start with a Steinway Grand, and the same is
true for ballet barres. You should get a beginner or intermediate barre
and build from there.
Some people might tell you that it’s better for beginners to start
out on a permanent barre fixed into the wall because it can take more
weight, but the truth is that you shouldn’t be leaning your entire
weight on it anyway. If you’re using the barre as if it were the only
thing keeping you from toppling to the ground, then you’re doing it
wrong. You should view it as your partner, you place your hand on it and
it teaches you balance, but it’s a tool, not a crutch.
A portable barre is in fact better for beginners for a number of
reasons but one of them is very simple and practical. An attached barre
really doesn’t offer anything more and it requires the bigger commitment
of drilling holes into your wall, a step that many beginners might be
unwilling to take so soon for their new interest.
Portability is also important if you’re going to be using a lot of
instructional videos. You can pull out the barre in front of the TV and
put it back when you’re done. Another good reason to get a portable barre
is that someone can stand on either side of it, meaning you can practice
with a friend (as with every other kind of exercise, it’s always good
to have a friend there to urge you on!).
Please feel free to contact us for beginner ballet barre advice. We'd be very pleased to listen to your needs, and suggest the right Boss Ballet Barre for you.