What is ballet barre? It is a part of every ballet class offered at Harbour, if not every ballet class you might take, no matter where you are! The barre is where you start at the beginning of every class and it is exactly what it sounds like…. A bar attached to the wall that is there for you to hold onto for support. The barre sort of acts as your male counterpart, as if you were to do a paux de deux (dancing with a male partner in professional ballet). At the barre you do short exercises, each with a different focus. Each focus being a basic move of ballet. You learn and execute both the right and left sides. It is the perfect place to practice your technique or learn the steps if you have never taken a class before. The barre portion of class is your warm up before you go into the centre and have to rely on your own stability! The barre doesn’t only warm up your muscles… it also works them! Just like doing squats at the gym! It is personally my favourite part of the ballet class… it gets you into the right mindset for the class, gets you focused, is a gradual warmup for the entire body and exercises every muscle you may use for the rest of class. At Harbour, if you would like to take just ballet barre, you can sign up for just an hour of the hour and a half class, and leave once barre is over. Sometimes just Ballet barre classes are offered at the studio as well.