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How to Build a Home Ballet Studio: Tips and Recommendations

Isabella McGuire Mayes • 08 Sep 2023

How to Build a Home Ballet Studio: Tips and Recommendations

Dancing is a beautiful art form that requires discipline, dedication, and practice. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced dancer, having a dedicated space for ballet practice at home can greatly enhance your training. In this article, we will provide valuable tips and recommendations on how to create a home ballet studio that caters to your needs and budget.

Creating a space for ballet practice at home

  • Choose the right location: Look for a space in your home that is relatively quiet and free from distractions. It can be a spare room, a corner of your living room, or even a garage. Remember, you don’t need a huge area; just enough space to move freely and practise your movements.
  • Consider flooring options: Proper flooring is essential for a ballet studio. Ideally, you should aim for a resilient, shock-absorbing surface to protect your joints. If budget allows, installing a sprung floor specifically designed for dance is the best option. However, if that’s not feasible, consider using marley flooring, which is a vinyl dance surface that provides traction and some shock absorption. Alternatively, hardwood floors with a professional-grade dance mat on top can also work well, and we offer several great mat classes you can try at home.
  • Install a mirror: Mirrors are crucial for dancers to observe and correct their form. Place full-length mirrors along one or two walls, depending on the available space. Ensure they are securely mounted and positioned at an appropriate height for clear visibility.
  • Incorporate barres: Barre work is an integral part of ballet training, which is why we offer a range of different barre classes on our online ballet studio. Having a barre at home allows you to practise exercises that require stability and balance. There are two options to consider: portable and stationary barres. Additionally, you can always use your kitchen counter! If you are looking to invest in a barre, you can check out this barre on Amazon or these options from Harlequin Floors.

Benefits of Using a Portable or Stationary Barre:

Both portable and stationary barres offer unique advantages, depending on your requirements:

  • Portable barres: These are versatile and easily adjustable, allowing you to modify the height and length to suit various exercises. They are great for small spaces and are convenient if you need to move or store them frequently.
  • Stationary barres: These barres provide stability and a more authentic studio experience. They are sturdier and ideal for dancers who prefer the feel of a traditional ballet barre. Stationary barres are typically made of durable materials like wood or metal and offer a solid support system for dancers during their practice. They are especially beneficial for exercises that require a strong grip and sustained balance.

Regardless of the type of barre you choose, incorporating barre work into your ballet practice is like brushing your teeth, it happens everyday and will  improve your technique, posture, and overall strength. It allows you to focus on proper alignment, develop muscle memory, and refine your movements.

Must-have items for a home ballet studio

  • Dance mat: A dance mat is an excellent addition to any home ballet studio. It provides extra cushioning and helps protect your joints from the impact of repetitive movements. Look for a mat specifically designed for dance to ensure adequate grip and shock absorption, so it doesn’t slip. Some of the most highly recommended ballet dance mats include options from Harlequin Floors.
  • Proper attire and equipment: Invest in comfortable ballet attire, such as leotards, tights, and ballet shoes. Remember, you can get custom-made ballet shoes if needed. Additionally, keep a small collection of resistance bands, stretching aids, and other accessories that can enhance your training. Here are our recommended TheraBands, Pilates rings and more in the Ballet with Isabella kit.

Building on a budget vs. price not an option

If you’re building a home ballet studio on a budget, focus on the essentials. Choose cost-effective options like using an open space in your home with hardwood floors and a small dance floor mat. Look for affordable, lightweight portable barres that meet your needs.

On the other hand, if price and space  is not a limiting factor, you can explore more luxurious options. Consider installing a sprung floor, which provides optimal shock absorption and reduces the risk of injuries. Invest in high-quality, wall-mounted, or freestanding stationary barres. 

You can also splurge on stylish, full-length mirrors and wall art that complement your studio’s aesthetics.

You don’t need loads of space – or a big budget – to practise ballet at home

One of the most common concerns when building a home ballet studio is the availability of enough space. However, it’s important to remember that you don’t need a vast area to practise ballet effectively. While a spacious studio can be ideal, many dancers have achieved remarkable progress in limited spaces.

With strategic organisation and efficient use of the available room, you can create a functional and inspiring home ballet studio. Emphasise the importance of utilising the space wisely, clearing any obstacles, and maximising the designated area for movement. By prioritising the essentials like proper flooring, mirrors, and a barre, you can create a space that caters to your practice needs.

Additionally, consider the flexibility of your practice routine. You can rearrange furniture temporarily to create a larger practice area, or even utilise outdoor spaces when weather permits. Adaptability and creativity are key when working with limited space.

Building a home ballet studio allows you to practise and refine your ballet skills conveniently and comfortably. By following the tips and recommendations provided in this article, you can create a space that emulates the atmosphere of a professional ballet studio within the space of your home!

Get expert online studio classes and practice at home

Having an expert leading you through every workout is one of the best ways to get the most out of your home ballet practice, so get ready to join the Ballet with Isabella online ballet studio!

Designed for dancers at all levels, there are a wide range of classes ranging from HIT and core workouts to specific poses and movements. The studio is led by Isabella McGuire Mayes, the first British graduate to join  The Vaganova Ballet Academy at 15 and later become a soloist of Eifman Ballet and dance with  The Mikhailovsky Ballet  – she designed the ultimate go-to ballet equipment kit from just for you. In addition to online classes, you can enjoy courses, private lessons, and in-person workshops and coaching sessions – putting all of your equipment to work!