When you think of a ballet studio, you picture one with mirrors and at least one ballet barre that is used for practice. These barres are largely made of wood, although some are made from metal or aluminum. The
wood ones are made from long wood dowels in wood species that include ash, oak, maple and poplar. The barres are typically 1 ½ inches or 1 5/8 inches wide with varied lengths that can range anywhere from 3 feet up to 16 feet or more. The most popular types of wood are poplar and ash as they tend to be a more economical choice.
Dancers use the barres for practice, stretches and stability while studying ballet. These bars can also be purchased for home use. They can be bolted into the wall or come as a freestanding unit. They can also be bolted to the floor. A portable ballet bar gives you the convenience and ease of practice anywhere and at any time.
The hardware and the supports are made of metal. The barres can be found outside of the ballet studio in gyms as well. Barres come in kits and can be installed professionally or you can make the barres yourself using a wood dowel and brackets. It is best to install the barre near a full length mirror so the dancer can check technique.
Dancers remark that wood is more comfortable that metal and that metal/aluminum can be slippery. Also, the wood is neutral in temperature where aluminum can be cold to the touch. Wood is and feels more stable than aluminum.