To the Barre! What Are the Benefits of Ballet Workout?


Every little girl at least once imagined herself as a beautiful swan, dying or quite cheerful, from a “Swan Lake” ballet. Or, looking at how easy and beautiful Kitri in any production of “Don Quixote” jumps in splits, was thinking: “I wish I could do that!” Of course, as the dancers of this genre themselves say, “Ballet is favorite hard labor”.

To achieve professional heights, you have to start at an early age. But in order to have an idea of what classical dance is, to broaden your horizons and vocabulary, acquire grace and aplomb, as well as many other useful things, it is never too late to start choreography.

Everyone knows the concept of “ballet dancer body shape”: a thin silhouette, long neck, legs as if “from the ears”, perfectly straight back … Ballet handrail workouts at any age will help you improve your physical condition and shape up. But first, let’s get acquainted with the terms. The term “choreography” comes from Greek “choreia” – dance and “grapho” – and originally meant “recording a dance.” The modern definition of the term, as a dance art in general and in all its varieties in particular, has been formed since the end of the 19th century. The highest form of choreography is ballet art which is also a kind of musical theatre.

They say theatre starts with a hanger, and ballet – with a barre. This one has nothing in common with a factory’s machine. Usually, it is a wooden (sometimes metal) handrail (or two) with a diameter of 6-7 cm attached to the walls of a ballet class approximately at the level of the dancer’s waist. Such a construction appeared at the end of the 18th century when ballet began to have postures with a leg position at an angle of 90 degrees. With ballet barre workout, the classical dance and ballet in general starts.

If you are not tormented by ambitions, and you just want to get better, i.e. more flexible and slimmer, one of the following classes will fit you well. At the root of the exercises, body ballet and classic dance which are now offered by many fitness centers, are based on lightweight and adapted principles of classical dance and ballet barre workouts.

What does a choreography class have to offer? Coordination of movements, stretching, flexibility, strong and straight back. It is not for nothing that this is an element of training not only for professional ballerinas, but also for figure skaters, gymnasts, and dancer. What will you get besides these skills? During choreography class exercises, much deeper muscle layers are worked out and such muscle groups, which you probably did not even know about, are involved as well. During strength training, the muscles gain volume, and get, as though, thicker. Choreography is a more static exercise, making your muscles thinner and stretched, and your body shape – smoother and longer. More than that, ballet workout discipline, bring up diligence, patience, and endurance because, in order to achieve noticeable results, a very difficult exercise sometimes has to be repeated many times.

During choreography class, you mobilize your own resources and work with the barre, developing flexibility (hip and knee joints), stretching, strengthening the muscles of your arms, legs, back, working out smooth movement and posture. By the way, choreography is an ideal type of physical activity to strengthen and form beautiful gluteal muscles. After all, all positions with toes going outwards (first, second, fourth and fifth positions) and slow Plié Squats, shallow and deep, require the absolute tension of this group of muscles. At the same time, you will get beautifully outlined calf and hip muscles.

Doing choreography regularly, you will not only get the grace of a ballerina but also get rid of subcutaneous and visceral fat, especially if you will not eat after 6 p.m. and give up “fast” carbohydrates. You’ll also forget about back problems and osteochondrosis, as a ballet barre workout will teach you to keep your back in the right position and your posture – beautiful. Like any physical activity, ballet activates blood circulation and makes internal organs work. In combination with stretching, you will gain joint mobility, muscle and tendon elasticity. In addition, very soon after the start, those around you will notice a ballerina in you with a naked eye, judging by a soaring and graceful gait.

Author’s bio: Jessica Nickson was born in 1971, in Farmington, MI. She grew up in a warm family environment, her father is an Electrical Engineer and Inventor, and her mother a Veterinarian, with two siblings and a very large backyard. Jessica grew up appreciating nature, animals, and how life can be so much better with the right new appliance. On her blog, she writes about different home appliances, health, and equipment, such as ballet handrails, dishwashers, refrigerators, etc.

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