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Practicing at the barre is the beginning of every ballet class. The purpose of barre exercises are not only to continue warming up, but to build balance and strength. The barre is there as a support for the student who needs balance while performing barre routines.
Barre exercises are the longest portion of class. For adult level classes, the duration usually lasts 30 minutes. One thing you want to remember with barre routines especially, is to repeat the exercise or combination on each side. Look below for commonly practiced barre combinations, using such positions as pliés and tendus.

Pliés

The plié combination shown includes the following steps:
In first position, 2 demi pliés, 2 grand pliés, tendu to second position, 2 demi pliés in second, 2 grand pliés in second, tendu to first position, 1 cambré (bend) to front and back, releve with arms in first position or middle fifth, close in first position.

Tendu Warm-Up
This combination will help warm-up the legs. Try it at a fast pace for extra challenge.

Credit for this combination goes to Professor Allgaier
The tendu warm-up combination shown includes the following steps:
Facing the bar in first position, 1 tendu to the right, 1 tendu to the left, 2 tendus to the right, 2 tendus to the left, 4 tendus to the right, 4 tendus to the left, 8 tendus to the right, 8 tendus to the left, releve, 1 demi plié and reverse with 8 tendus to the left, 8 tendus to the right, 4 tendus to the left, 4 tendus to the right, 2 tendus to the left, 2 tendus to the right, 1 tendu to the left, 1 tendu to the right and close with a demi plié

Tendu Basic Combination

The tendu combination shown includes the following steps:
Place your arm in high fifth position, 2 Tendus, 1 Tendu plie, 1 Tendu to the front, side, and back. Reverse. Cambré (bend to front and back), close in first position.


Battement Dégagé/Dégagé Combination

The dégagé combination shown includes the following steps:
Place arms in high fifth, in first position, 2 Dégagés to the front, side, back, side in first. Repeat in fifth then close in first. 8 Dégagé’s to the side in first with port de bras. Repeat with reverse Port de Bras. As you progress, incorporate the arms.


Rond de Jambe Combination

The rond de jambe combination shown includes the following steps:
2 Rond de Jambes with plié, 4 straight. Reverse to the back En l'air to the front, side, back with straight leg. Fondu développé to the front, and side, 2 Rond de jambe en l'air, close back. Reverse to the back, close front. Port de Corps Circular. Reverse. Balancé Relevé in Fifth.


Battement Frappé Combination

The battement frappé combination shown includes the following steps:
3 Frappés front, en cloche front back front 3 Frappés to the side, plie in second, releve and close back 3 Frappés to the back, en cloche back front back 3 Frappés to the side, plie in second, relevé and close front 2 Frappés to the front, side, back, side, reverse, close in first En Cloche swinging low attitude to the front/back for 8 counts En Cloche swinging in attitude to the font/back for 8 counts

Battement Combination

The battement combination shown includes the following steps:
4 Battements to the front, side, back, side Reverse Coupé, posse back attitude balancé.

Dancer: Brianne 'Tory' Freeth
A special thank you to Brittany Allen, Brianne 'Tory' Freeth, Instructor Holly Copeland, Bonnie Copeland &
Encore Dance Centre in San Dimas, CA. www.encoredancecentre.com

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