Ballet Barre

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.


I took my first class at Harbour about a year and a half ago. It was a groovin' class and I honestly left it feeling better about the class than I had when I first went in. I had never taken a dance class before but had always watched hip hop online which inspired me to try it out. When looking into classes to take, I was really worried and not sure how I felt about going. I am not good at picking up choreography and when I said this to the receptionist, she mentioned that groovin' might be a better fit for me. When I asked "Groovin'.... what is that?" I was told that it's all the moves that are the fundamentals to hip hop... in other words... actual dancing! There is no "5678" or "1 and a'2". You repeat a movement many times and it eventually becomes relaxed and can turn into something you would do at a club. Earning this knowledge, I decided to give the class a try. When I got there, the class was pretty busy which immediately made me feel more comfortable. I was pleasantly surprised at how much better I felt as the class went on! It was a completely non-intimidating environment.... there were all different ages and levels in the class. There were a lot of other people there that appeared to be in the same position as me and some advanced dancers that were taking the class really inspired me when I realized I could look like that if I kept taking class and practicing. Basically, the class was like Simon Says. The teacher plays music, stands at the front of the class and does moves repetitively and you copy them. Depending on who is teaching the class, some of the teachers will come personally help you figure out a groove if you are struggling with it. They really want you to get the most out of the class. I found the class gave me a good taste of what hip hop is actually like and that it was the perfect way to introduce me to the hip hop world. Groovin' class is really fun, the music is great, and it's awesome exercise. I now take grooving class all the time and have even gotten over my fear of choreography and started taking intro hip hop! I highly recommend Groovin' to anyone who wants to try out a hip class because there is no pressure to remember choreography and it is an overall good time. Check out a video on Grooving here.

What is Harbour Dance Centre?


What is Harbour Dance Centre? I have been taking class at Harbour for the past 3 years, and it is literally my home away from home. Harbour is a dance studio in the heart of Vancouver.... it's right in the middle of the action on Granville street. There is an enourmous schedule of classes offering a wide range of styles for all levels of dance. And the best part of it all- they run all day every day... so no matter what your schedule is, you can probably make something work. There is a huge variety of people taking class- first timers, people there for some exercise, people there for fun, because they love it, because it's their profession. There is something for everyone. No one is ever too old or inexperienced. As soon as you walk in, you feel the friendly and welcoming environment- from the dancers to the teachers and staff, to the studio itself. You feel at home in no time. Speaking of the teachers, Harbour has an amazing faculty. The teachers are there for you.... they want you to do your best and take the absolute most you can from the class. Their aim is to inspire you, push your limits, and give you the best overall experience they can provide. I have fallen in love with Harbour and the people that come along with it. I highly reccomend this studio and encourage you to come sweat it out at Harbour Dance Centre.



Harbour Dance Centre TM 3rd Floor, 927 Granville St., Vancouver, BC Canada V6Z 1L3 | Tel: 604.684.9542 |
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