Ballet Class on The Floor?

It takes years to become a proficient ballerina, technically speaking. Nurturing the artistic aspect takes a lifetime, as it is a continuous process. But not everyone is born to dance professionally. How can the rest of the non-dancing world benefit from the complete workout that ballet dancers enjoy? Ballet class on the floor! What if you could mold your body into a healthy and aligned physique, with elongated, well-toned muscles, attain core strength and the calm and grace of a ballerina? My first encounter with this sort of workout was in Paris, when I first heard of barre au sol classes, literally: barre on floor. Back in the late 70’s and early 80’s, ballet floor exercises (also known as floor barre, barre à terre, barre par terre) was part of a dancer’s training. Now-a-days, professional dancers practice some form of body conditioning for increased strength, which helps prevent injuries and lengthens their careers. In Paris, I loved the freedom of barre au sol class, I could be graceful without the strain of gravity. Years later, I took a few Pilates classes. And now, I’ve added exercises to my ballet-floor routine from Zena Rommett’s Floor-Barre® program. Ballet Class on the Floor Marisa Wright over at HubPages shares in detail her own experience with this wonderful technique. Barre exercises are the building blocks of ballet. But there are times when barre work isn’t appropriate. For beginners, doing barre at home isn’t recommended because without a teacher watching, it’s too easy to get out of alignment. A floor barre workout is the perfect solution, because the floor keeps the body in line...

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