Barre

Ballet Term Definition

How to say & pronounce Barre:

bar

Barre in classical ballet is a horizontal, often wooden or metal, bar that is fastened to the walls, or free-standing with supports on either side, in a rehearsal studio or class room.  While doing barre exercises, a dancer will stand and hold on to the barre for additional support.

Every ballet class begins with exercises at the barre.  Whether you’re a first time student or a seasoned professional dancer, taking a barre is essential to a ballet class, getting warm for a rehearsal or performance, and fine tuning your ballet technique.

While the ballet barre is there for suppport, it is not meant to completely support a ballet dancer’s weight.  Proper technique enables a dancer to have very light pressure on the barre, almost as if it was an accessory rather than a necessity to do exercises at barre.

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