Monday, October 1, 2012

Bar Method?

I came across this US News article today about the Bar Method craze. I know a few people who have tried it and loved it, but they were not dancers, nor had any interest in classical dance. I'm afraid my purist inner-ballerina would be at odds with the class, and mutter snide comments during a vicious inner monologue about the bastardization of dance. That said, I'm still curious. I do Pilates reformer, after all - could it be that much of a stretch?

What say you, Cher Readers? Have you taken a Bar Method (or other ballet-based fitness) class? Did you enjoy it, or did you ballet run as fast as you could back to the studio for a proper barre workout?

6 comments:

  1. I haven't tried it yet! I think it is just starting to come to Norway... I have been wanting to teach it though, there are so many instructors who think that they can teach balletbarre just because they anatomy...they make me laugh...

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  2. I've seen these things on pinterest for a while and they sort of drive me crazy! I am building up fuel to write a post of my own about them, actually! But, all things aside, if it maybe sparks someone's interest in ballet (Or gives them an appreciation for how hard it is!) then it's all good.

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  3. I did a 'yoga barre' once. It was okaaaaaaaay but the whole fusion thing mostly confused me as it just didn't feel 'right'. Maybe I needed to give it more than one class before I ran back to ballet... I dunno.

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    1. I had no idea there was such a thing as yoga barre! I think of yoga and ballet as complementary medicine, with all the lengthening and stretching, but I can't imagine combining them in one class. Interesting!

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  4. I haven't taken class at an actual Bar Method studio, but I've owned the DVDs and used to do them religiously before biting the bullet and deciding that I missed ballet way too much and returned to the studio. Here's my take... it's fine for a workout method. I did get some great sculpting results from it, so there's that. But it's not ballet and the exercises have little to do with ballet other than the use of the barre. They do a lot of things with a tucked pelvis (ballet no-no) and most stuff is done in parallel or a very small turnout. It's a great workout if you just want to look taut and toned, but I don't feel that it's a great adjunct to ballet training; I prefer pilates and yoga, personally. That being said, if I ever have to give up ballet/dance, I'd probably use the Bar Method to keep in shape. I have no idea if that makes any sense whatsoever, but those are my thoughts!

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    1. That's really useful - thanks for the info! I agree on Pilates, but yoga puts me to sleep for some reason!

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