Floor Barre

Floor Barre

Want to let bloom the dancer hiding in you? A ground bar class will give you the beautiful sensation of a rhythmic movement while reshaping your body.

Discover the floor barre?

The floor barre exercises are inspired by classical dance, except that they are practiced on the ground, unlike the ballet exercises that are practiced at the bar. Like any dance class, the floor barre class enhances body support, purity of gestures, placement, the flexibility of joints and balance of muscles. Floor barre is a great way to get a real dancer’s body through a ballet routine, although no prior ballet experience is required.

The floor barre came into the dance world in the 1950s and since then, many people have found their own floor bar techniques. Among the best known are Boris Knieseff (the 1950s); Zena Rommett (1968), Maria Fay’s Techniques (developed in the 1960s), Homer Bryant’s techniques and the New York City Ballet Workout.

However the principle remains the same, the floor bar exercises are performed on the ground and are based on ballet type movements. The movements are performed supine, lying on the side, lying down or sitting and are often sequenced to form short routines. Floor bar classes cover a range of frontal, transverse or vertical stretching exercises. Participants will often make transitions between dorsal decubitus, lateral decubitus, varying the sequences.

How is a floor barre session?

Exercises with floor bars can add variety to almost any muscle workout. For students who have difficulty coordinating, it is best to focus on one exercise at a time and as they progress, they can introduce exercises in sequence with transitions.

The first part of the class is dedicated to the legs and buttocks. Movements such as bridges require you not only to engage the muscles of your lower body but also to stabilize your heart rhythm and promote your balance and control.

The middle of the class is completely devoted to the abdominals and finally, you have to engage the arms and upper body usually incorporating free weights, which you can adjust to get the perfect workout for toned arms and strong shoulders.

It is always advised to let the teacher know that it is your first class. this way he/she will better know how to guide you with your first steps.

More info about floor barre

With a centered body, enlarged and reinforced, the tension is dissipated and the degree of extension is optimized. Proper alignment and movement integrate the dancer/student’s muscle memory which reinforces and refines technical skills, increases vitality and artistic expression, and contributes to an improved performance.

Floor barre unlike standing at the barre emphasizes the importance of using natural turnout by allowing movement that is both gravity resisted and assisted. This avoids any turnout exceeding the normal limits of the individual’s motion.

The floor barre also supports rehabilitation and injury prevention and is equally suitable for non-dancers and dancers and may be particularly useful for athletes, gymnasts or those seeking recovery after an injury.