Sanna Koulu Posted March 18, 2004 Report Share Posted March 18, 2004 I was wondering, has anyone here tried taking class without holding on to the barre? My PT, an ex-dancer himself, has suggested that I try using the barre as little as possible, at least in lower-level classes. He said that the problems I have with weight placement might be helped by that (apparently I've been letting the weight settle too far back, which has contributed to my right hip being sore). He said that while it would be a lot of work to work mostly without the barre, it would probably benefit my alignment et al. before long. However, my teacher is not thrilled with the idea but has okayed it for the beginning class I've been taking lately. She said that working mostly without the barre is surprisingly difficult, and thought that it was more important to work on the head/arm coordination, which feels especially difficult when I'm not holding the barre. I think I've been using the barre properly anyway, with a light touch and the hand moving easily with weight changes and moving steps. In the (1 hour long) beginning class I can do the barre work pretty cleanly without using the barre in most of the combinations, but I feel rather tired by the time we get to the center. In the more advanced beg. class, I try to release the barre when I can, but the combinations are challenging enough that I couldn't do them cleanly without the barre, with upper body coordination. In the low int class, not a chance... In the few weeks that I've been working on this, it feels as if my alignment, balances and turns are finally clicking into place. This spring I've taken a few pilates and method putkisto classes, worked on the abs and the use of the pelvic floor muscles, and stretched a lot. Now it's as if it all is coming together. I also feel stronger in the center, and it feels easier to move without tensing up. So, anyone have any experiences with this? how long would you say it was beneficial to work without the barre, or might it be better to stop now that the immediate problem has been solved? I'm all excited about how balance-y and solid I could get with a few months of this, but I'm afraid of getting a bit carried away... Quote Link to comment
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