Basic Barre Workout

Tone your legs, core, arms, and back while learning the fundamentals of a ballet barre.
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  • Lectures 35
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 5/2016 English

Course Description

This course, designed by two professional dancers and teachers, is a workout method based on a ballet barre. Through it, we will guide you in a fun way to tone your body while creating long, lean, flexible muscles by learning the basics of a ballet barre. 

The curriculum focuses on strengthening the core, legs, arms, and back, using proper alignment and technique. Beginning with the basics of each step, the course progresses to teach all of the basic barre exercises. It will provide you with what you need to know about each step, giving you a combination which allows you to master each concept before moving on to the next. The last section of the course will lead you through a warm up, full ballet barre, and cool down, giving you a platform for daily practice. 

This course will help you build muscle and coordination, improve your flexibility, and give you the confidence to step into a local open ballet class.

What are the requirements?

  • An open space to move (approximately 10x10)
  • Something sturdy to hold onto resembling a ballet barre. This could be a chair, a table, or countertop (approximately hip height)
  • Socks or ballet flats
  • Workout attire

What am I going to get from this course?

  • An exciting and innovative approach to fitness
  • Step-by-step instruction breaking down each exercise
  • A section compiling all exercises to be used as a daily workout method
  • The confidence to walk in to a local studio and take a ballet barre

What is the target audience?

  • Everyone looking for a new, fun and graceful workout method
  • Everyone interested in building long, lean muscles
  • Everyone wishing to build coordination, balance, and flexibility
  • Everyone who has wanted to take a ballet class, but felt uncomfortable without previous knowledge

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
01:01

Meet your teachers, Traci and Kristin! And learn about the course. 

00:31

Advice on attire, footwear, and the proper 'barre.'

01:39

A quick guide to some basic knowledge that will help you take barre better.

The Ballet Glossary is a list of ballet terms we use in the course. 

Section 2: Basics
00:37

The three main positions we'll work with in this course.; first, second, and fifth.

01:01

The main positions we'll work with in this course; first, second, fifth, and bras bas. 

02:42

This lecture works from the floor up, talking you through the proper alignment you'll need to maintain while taking barre. 

01:55

This lecture explains the concept of turnout and how it is used during ballet barre. 

Section 3: Warm-up
04:43

A nice lecture to use to warm-up before you take every barre. It is designed to get your blood moving and prepare your muscles for the following exercises. Just follow along with this one. 

05:29

A nice lecture to use to warm up your feet before taking barre. This lecture takes you through the proper alignment of the feet before learning a combination. The combination is then repeated with music. 

Section 4: Basics of Steps and Combinations
06:59

This lecture teaches you the fundamentals of pliés then progresses on to teach you a plié combination. The combination is then repeated with music for you to follow on both sides. 

05:55

This lecture teaches you the fundamentals of tendus then progresses on to teach you a tendu combination. The combination is then repeated with music for you to follow on both sides. 

02:21

This lecture teaches you the fundamentals of dégagés then progresses on to teach you a dégagé combination. The combination is then repeated with music for you to follow on both sides. 

04:51

This lecture teaches you the fundamentals of passés and enveloppés then progresses on to teach you a passé-enveloppé combination. The combination is then repeated with music for you to follow on both sides. 

05:00

This lecture teaches you the fundamentals of piqués then progresses on to teach you a piqué combination. The combination is then repeated with music for you to follow on both sides. 

06:35

This lecture teaches you the fundamentals of rond de jambes then progresses on to teach you a rond de jambe combination. The combination is then repeated with music for you to follow on both sides. 

04:09

This lecture teaches you the fundamentals of arabesque then progresses on to teach you an arabesque combination. The combination is then repeated with music for you to follow on both sides. 

04:19

This lecture teaches you the fundamentals of frappés then progresses on to teach you a frappé combination. The combination is then repeated with music for you to follow on both sides. 

06:52

This lecture teaches you the fundamentals of adagio then progresses on to teach you an adagio combination. The combination is then repeated with music for you to follow on both sides. 

03:22

This lecture teaches you the fundamentals of grand battements then progresses on to teach you a grand battement combination. The combination is then repeated with music for you to follow on both sides. 

01:49

This lecture teaches you the fundamentals of relevés then progresses on to teach you a relevé combination. The combination is then repeated with music for you to follow.

01:42

This lecture teaches you the fundamentals of sautes then progresses on to teach you a saute combination. The combination is then repeated with music for you to follow.

01:33

This lecture teaches you the fundamentals of spring pointes then progresses on to teach you a spring pointe combination. The combination is then repeated with music for you to follow on both sides. 

01:47

This lecture leads you through a reverence to finish class.  Feel free to simply follow along. 

Section 5: Cool-down
01:04

This lecture leads you through a calf stretch to help you cool down after class. 

01:01

This lecture leads you through a quad stretch to help you cool down after class. 

00:30

This lecture leads you through an inner thigh stretch to help you cool down after class. 

01:41

This lecture leads you through a lunge stretch to help you cool down after class. For this lecture, a towel is helpful. 

02:31

This lecture leads you through a hamstring stretch to help you cool down after class.  For this lecture, a towel or belt is helpful. 

00:58

This lecture leads you through a glute stretch to help you cool down after class. 

01:06

This lecture explains how to use a foam roller on your quad and IT band. This is an optional lecture. 

Section 6: Full Barre
04:43

A nice lecture to use to warm-up before you take every barre. It is designed to get your blood moving and prepare your muscles for the following exercises. Just follow along with this one. 

19:11

This lecture teaches each combination and is then followed by the combination with music on both sides. To be used in conjunction with Full Barre 2 and 3 for your daily workout, after completing Section 4 of the course. 

Foot Warm-Up - Pliés - Tendus - Dégagés - Passé and Enveloppé

21:42

This lecture teaches each combination and is then followed by the combination with music on both sides. To be used in conjunction with Full Barre 1 and 3 for your daily workout, after completing Section 4 of the course. 

Piqués - Rond de Jambes - Arabesque - Frappés - Adagio

08:41

This lecture teaches each combination and is then followed by the combination with music on both sides. To be used in conjunction with Full Barre 1 and 2 for your daily workout, after completing Section 4 of the course. 

Grand Battement - Relevé - Sautés - Spring Pointes - Reverence

04:59

This lecture combines all the stretches, talking you through each as they progress.  Feel free to just follow along with this lecture. 

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Instructor Biography

Kristin Draucker, Dancer/Teacher/Choreographer

Kristin Draucker has been in NYC for the past 10 years working as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher.  As a young dancer, Kristin trained in classical ballet at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and was a Fellowship student at The Ailey School.  She has danced for Michael Mao Dance, Ballets With a Twist, ArmitageGone!Dance, Tino Sehgal and on the International Tour of West Side Story.  Her work has been seen at the LaMama Festival in Spoleto, Italy, at Princeton Universtiy Ballet, and in New York as part of Brooklyn Ballet's First Look and CounterPointe, Judson's Stuffed, Gibney Dance’s POP Series, and Periapsis.


Instructor Biography

Traci Finch, Dancer/Teacher

Traci Finch is a dancer and teacher based in New York City.  She currently dances for the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, New Chamber Ballet, and CelloPointe. She teaches in the Pre-Professional program at The School at Steps. Recent projects have included performing in works by Kristin Draucker, Madeline Hollander, and a shortfilm Trefoil by Mina Lawton.  Originally from Utah, Traci graduated from Brigham Young University with her BA in Dance. Since graduation, she has also performed with Neglia Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet, Ballet NY, Michael Mao Dance, Ballet Neo, Connecticut Ballet, Willow Oak Contemporary Ballet, Ballets with a Twist, and Ballet Tucson

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