If you are a barre fitness veteran looking for some challenging new ballet barre moves, try out these five intermediate-level barre moves. With enough practice, these barre moves will improve your balance, booty, and coordination.
Best Barre Exercises for Intermediate Students:
Extend one leg in front of you, toes brushing the ground, and “melt” (fondue!) into it by bending your supporting leg (you do not need to lean forward like dancer in the picture- an upright torso is equally good). Find your balance and lift your extended leg off the ground, keeping your supporting leg bent. Hold your extended leg in the air while you sink deeper into your standing leg. For an extra challenge, move your extended leg in tight circles.
Hundreds with weights
Hold a small weight in each hand, with your arms extended out to the side for the entirety of this exercise. Balance on your sit-bones and making a “V” with your legs and torso. Contract your abs, bringing your torso and knees inwards towards the middle, then exhale and extend them outwards. One contraction and extension is “one”. Do 100.
Arabesque en Pointe
Face the barre and place both hands on it. Hinge your torso forward and you lift your back leg & find your balance. When you are ready, rise onto your toes and try to lift your back leg even higher, then lower your heel back down. Repeat these calf raises 10-20 times on each side.
Begin in a standard push-up plank position. Lift one arm & the opposite leg off the ground, hold for 15 seconds, then switch arms & legs. Repeat switching sides in 15-second intervals for 2 minutes (you end up doing each side 4 times).
Second Position Sauté:
Sauté means “to hop”, which is the basic action of this exercise. Stand in second position with a small weight in each hand, at shoulder-height. Bend your knees into a plié, then spring upwards as high as you can, pointing your toes in the air, then landing on the balls of your feet, trying to keep all weight off of your heels.