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#1 Mary J

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Posted 19 February 2003 - 10:57 AM

My husband is going to put up a barre for me to practice at home. What is the proper height for a wall-mounted barre, please?

#2 beckster

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Posted 20 February 2003 - 08:24 AM

I believe it is the height of your arm in second position, i.e. somewhere between your shoulder and your waist. Most of us have to compromise in class - in fact I now find it hard to use the lower barre when two are available, being 5' tall and used to a barre that is too high!

#3 Hans

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Posted 20 February 2003 - 09:27 AM

IMO, it should be approximately at the height of one's waist, or perhaps just a very little bit higher. This allows you to make sure your arm is relaxed and you're not gripping the barre.

#4 atm711

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Posted 22 February 2003 - 10:42 AM

I always assumed the height was 3'6". Kay Ambrose in her 'Ballet Student's Primer' also lists this height---unless with all the tall dancers now, this, too, has changed.

#5 Mel Johnson

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Posted 22 February 2003 - 01:09 PM

Hans' rule of thumb is the correct one. You'll have a custom barre that's just right for you if you follow his advice.


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