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5 Five Major DON'Ts of Barre

Question: What is Barre?

To keep things basic and brief, Barre is a series of movements that target specific muscles/muscle groups to sculpt, shape, and tone the body.

If you are new to barre and were to attend a class today, you'd probably go unaware of what to expect right? What's appropriate, and what isn't. That sort of thing. Well, Instead of worrying about all the right things to DO in a barre class, I have constructed a list of 5 very important Don'ts to remember when it comes to Barre. You definitely want to remember these to take with you before your first class, and to every class after that.

1. You Don't need background in dance.

You definitely do not need a background in ballet, or dance period, to attend classes.

Though Barre essentially came from the the world of ballet, for the most part, only the terms and barre itself seem to have been adopted for use. Although leggings are the norm, you don't necessarily need them. Nor do you need a leotard, or pointe shoes. Whatever you normally wear to workout could work just fine. Barre is NOT ballet. However, similar to a ballet class, barre uses a bar for certain warm-ups, and exercises(Hence the name). The barre itself is a prop used to help individuals keep balance. Don't be intimidated by it. Just go for it!

By terms I mean things such as 1st position, 2nd position, plie, arabesque, etc. Don't worry, We'll dive more into these terms and more a little later. I can't wait!

2. You Don't don’t need to be a certain size, or shape.

Who can benefit from a barre class? Literally anyone and everyone! Anyone can participate in a class, and reap the benefits for doing so. Not only do you not need a dance background, but you also don't need the 'perfect' body type.

3. You Don't need a studio

I mean not necessarily. A lot of barre workouts are done with just your own body weight, so you don't have to worry about not having the right gear all the time. Therefore, you don't have to worry about having to commute to a studio when you're not feeling up to a drive. You could simply pull out your phone, or laptop and attend an online class. So whether you want to shape your butt, tone your arms, or sculpt your abs there are exercises for all of which. Barre is a total body workout experience, so you won't have to aim for just one body part/section at a time. Unless you want to of course! What's even better is that you could likely work on all these things during ONE class session. AT HOME! How great is that!

4. You don’t actually need to own a ballet barre.

One of the best things about barre, in my opinion, is that you don’t necessarily need to own a barre to do the exercises. A lot of it is body weight, so all you really need is something to help with keeping balance. That could easily be a chair, a wall, or even the back of your couch (I’ve done all three). Grab something, and get moving!

5. You don’t have to be so serious.

Ballet is a very beautiful form of art, and I love everything about it (mostly everything). However, it is also a very serious field. Everything from leaps, to foot placement and extensions are closely watched, and corrected. But to be frank, mistakes are frowned upon. Now in terms of barre, you have the freedom to make mistakes. Why? Because you’re there to learn. With Barre things such as alignment and posture are important, but it isn’t everything. Every BODY is different. One person’s body will align differently from someone else’s. We don’t all bend and stretch to the same degree. It's more about the experience than it is aiming for perfection. That being said, that is precisely what makes barre fun. Fun playlists, cool movements, and great people all give a barre class that exciting feeling you get when you’re there.

Remember these DON'Ts for your next class, and feel free to share them with your peers.

Now, Don't be Shy!

Tell me which of these Don'ts did you like the most? Do you think they will help you in your barre classes? Do feel a little bit at ease now about attempting to take a class?

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