Pas de Trois Response: How Important Is Barre-practice?

Another interesting question posed at the Pas de Trois dance blog: How important is barre-practice?

I can’t tell you how many times my younger dancers have asked this question (in a variety of ways… mostly some variation of “Ballet barre is boring, why do we have to do it?!”).

If you look at any sport or art form, you will see that they will do their own version of the ballet barre: a singer will sing scales during warm-up, soccer players run drills – my students understand this metaphor (even if they don’t like the result: more ballet barre).

Barrework allows you to focus on minute sections of your body that when you perform, will be (hopefully) more automatic because of your preparation at the barre.

If it wasn’t so important, then why do professional ballet company’s ballet barres begin with the same preparation the youngest beginner-level dancer does: plies and tendus? These are the building blocks to your technical skills.

Henrik‘s reply on the blog said it best:

“Barre work is…the place where the necessary skills for freedom of expression are built.”

Pas de Trois Response: What Is the Most Important Quality In a Dance Teacher

Our answer to 3dancer’s most recent question: What is the most important quality in a dance teacher?

Participate in the conversation! Comment here, or on the original post. Or go to the dancing3 blog to read their responses.
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The most important quality in a dance teacher?

Passion.

Passion for understanding the human body and its physiology.

Passion for meeting new dancers and the challenge of different types of learners.

Passion and knowing how far to push without breaking.

Passion for music and its relationship with dance.

Passion for passing the tradition of dance on to the next generation.

Passion brings the element of theatrics to class, transforms the room and focuses dancers on being in the moment. A passionate teacher lives and breathes dance and makes you want to love dance that much more.

A teacher without passion is a like a candle without a flame.