Ballet barres workouts are becoming more and more popular and for a good reason- they work! These workouts can target all areas of the body while improving your balance, flexibility, and range of motion. Since professional classes at dance studios don’t mix well with busy schedules, we have compiled great examples of ‘at home’ ballet barre workouts you can do just about anywhere, anytime with just a chair!
Two New York City Ballet physical therapists, Marika Molnar and Katy Keller have been pioneering Dance Medicine since the early 80’s. On the pursuit of prevention and rehabilitation of dance injuries, the therapists developed a muscle strengthening package calle, The Dancer’s Dozen. Inside are two resistabands and an instruction book filled with 13 different exercises.
Every dancer is familiar with that unwanted feeling of soreness and muscle cramps, especially in the legs. Not forgetting one simple detail can before dancing can help avoid that pain: stretching! Stretching is the proper pushing and pulling of the muscles to improve the muscles elasticity and achieve comfortable muscle tone. It is common for all athletes to stretch before and after exercise in order to reduce injury and increase performance.
Fueling your body when it needs energy is one of the best things you can do to maintain healthy body composition and staying at your best in the dance world. Dancing for hours and hours a night, going to long without anything to fuel your body can result in loss of muscle mass. Healthy snacking is the best way to prevent this!