Barres are indisputably the most important tool a ballet dancer can have. If you want to significantly improve your ballet dancing, it’s highly recommended that you practice outside of your classroom. Having an at-home studio is helpful for a dancer at any level, from the tiniest toddler hoping to become a beautiful ballerina to the professional dancer always trying to improve to the adult dancer maintaining their strength, flexibility, and poise. Barres are extremely useful in aiding the aspiring dancer, and can also be wonderfully portable and convenient for use.
Portable ballet barres are available for purchase, and can also be easily made. They come in handy for anyone with their own at-home studio or with their own ballet company. If you dance ballet for fitness reasons and own any ballet exercise videos, a barre is an imperitive object. A large mirror, linoleum flooring, and maybe weights are also fundamental gear for the ballet fitness enthusiast to have. Portable ballet barres can be taken apart and carried in a large bag, and, because they are lightweight, can be moved from studio to studio or to new homes. Make sure, when you are looking at portable ballet barres, to purchase one with non-skid feet for safety (this way, the barre will be less likely to shift or tip over). If you are making your own portable ballet barre, read on for simple instructions!
Portable Ballet Barres: How to Best Make Them
The best way to make a portable ballet barre is to use pvc (or polyvinyl chloride) pipe because it is lightweight, strong, and readily available at any home improvement store. Though these measurements will vary depending on how high and long you want your barre to be, purchase:
• One long piece— three feet or so is customary
• Two elbow caps to connect it to the height pieces
• Two shorter pieces depending on how high you want your barre (just over four feet is customary)
• Two t-shaped caps to connect them to the support pieces
• Four pieces about one foot long for support
• Four end caps
Once you have purchased these pieces at a local hardware store, attaching them is partially a matter of using good judgment to see how they should go together to make a ballet barre. If you need further instruction, however, here is what you will need to do:
• Attach the elbow pieces to the ends of the long piece
• Attach the two height pieces to the other sides of the elbow pieces
• Put the T-shaped pieces on the ends of the two height pieces
• Attach the four support pieces to the other sides of the T-shaped pieces
• Put the end caps on the ends of the support pieces
Once you’ve completed these simple steps, congratulations! You now have your own portable ballet barre.