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Strengthen Your Foundation: Floor Barre on the Wall with Ballet With Isabella

Isabella McGuire Mayes • 14 Jun 2024

Strengthen Your Foundation: Floor Barre on the Wall with Ballet With Isabella

Ballet With Isabella (BWI), led by the renowned ballerina Isabella McGuire Mayes, offers a revolutionary online program: Floor Barre on the Wall. This class takes the effectiveness of traditional ballet floor barre exercises to a whole new level, utilising the wall as a unique training tool.

Isabella, a graduate of the prestigious Royal Ballet School and a former soloist with the Mikhailovsky Ballet, understands the importance of proper alignment and muscle engagement for ballet dancers. Floor Barre on the Wall addresses these fundamentals by targeting key areas:

  • Deep rotators: These internal hip muscles play a crucial role in turnout and overall stability. The wall helps isolate and strengthen them, leading to deeper engagement.
  • Heel reach and inner thigh connection: This elusive connection is essential for proper leg extension and turnout. Floor barre exercises near the wall make it impossible to ignore, forcing a deeper and more beneficial connection.
  • Hamstring strength and stability: Strong hamstrings are vital for balance and explosive movements. The wall provides support for deeper stretches and targeted strengthening exercises.
  • Turnout awareness: Floor barre with the wall helps dancers refine their understanding of proper turnout mechanics, ensuring safe and efficient leg rotation.
  • Supporting leg engagement: By incorporating wall exercises, dancers learn how the supporting leg works in conjunction with the working leg, crucial for balance and overall coordination.

This floor barre workout program is perfect for:

  • Beginners: By focusing on proper alignment from the ground up, it provides a solid foundation for your ballet journey.
  • Returning dancers: If you’re rejoining ballet after a break, this class can help you safely regain strength and refine your technique.
  • Dancers seeking deeper connections: Even experienced dancers can benefit from the enhanced focus on specific muscle groups and improved body awareness facilitated by the wall.

Benefits Beyond Technique:

This online floor barre class offers additional advantages:

  • Rehabilitation: The controlled movements and wall support are ideal for dancers recovering from injuries.
  • Strength Building: The 35-minute routine targets key muscle groups, leading to increased overall strength.

By incorporating Floor Barre on the Wall into your training, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of your body and develop a stronger foundation for ballet. With Isabella’s expert guidance and the unique benefits of the wall, you’ll be well on your way to achieving your ballet goals!

Ballet With Isabella offers a variety of online ballet conditioning classes for beginners, intermediate, and advanced dancers, as well as one-on-one classes and ballet workshops. Sign up for your 14 day free trial or join us through our affordable soloist membership plan (get an additional 20% off if you sign up for an annual plan)!

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