How to Make and Mount a Ballet Bar

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How to Make and Mount a Ballet Bar
A ballet bar for home use gives a dancer the opportunity to work on specific areas of technique. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

Ballet bars are an essential component of dance. Dancers use ballet bars for the extra support that allows them to perfect their technique. Having a ballet bar at home gives the dancer an edge. Not only can she practice when dance studios are closed, she doesn't need to fear throwing her alignment off because she doesn't have the proper equipment. Dancers also use ballet bars at home to perform individual strengthening exercises.

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Things you need

  • Ballet bar
  • 2 to 3 Brackets
  • Screws for brackets
  • 1 ballet bar
  • 2 or 3 brackets
  • Stud finder
  • Drill bits
  • Power drill
  • Power screwdriver
  • Wall anchors
  • Screws
  • Pencil or marker

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  1. 1

    Select the area on which to place the bar, usually a spot that is away from traffic flow. If possible, find a spot that has wall supports or durable brackets. Other things to consider include whether or not the flooring is hard, and if there is room to place a mirror across from the bar.

  2. 2

    Buy a bar, which should be 2 inches in diameter. Most home bars are three feet long, but it can be 2 t o4 feet, depending on your space. The bar can be made of PVC, wood or metal.

  3. 3

    Determine the height of the bar. It is standard to place the bar about 36 to 38 inches from the floor. However, you can also fit the bar to the dancer. Place the bar at the dancer's waist or at the height of her hands in first or second position. Make light marks on the wall at the correct height to show where the brackets will go.

  4. 4

    Mark the spots where you plan to drill the screws, then hold each bracket on the wall as it will be placed and mark the exact spots for the screws. Use a level to make sure the marks for the brackets are in a straight line. Next, find the studs in the wall with a stud finder. Try to anchor at least one of the brackets to a stud. For the bracket(s) that will not be anchored to a wall stud, use a power drill to install wall anchors.

  5. 5

    Drill holes in the marks you made for the screws. Attach the brackets using screws and a power screwdriver. Test the brackets to be sure they are stable.

  6. 6

    Place the bar in the brackets, then screw the bar to the brackets. Test that the bar is stable.

Tips and warnings

  • Use high-quality brackets, which will help ensure the bar's stability. Metal brackets are best.
  • The bracket should wrap around the entire bar. Additionally, the brackets should be angled down. This prevents injury when the dancer lowers her leg from the bar.
  • Make sure the bar is placed far enough away from the wall to allow the dancer to comfortably place her foot on it.
  • Dancers should not hang on the bar. It should be used lightly as a support to reinforce correct posture and technique.
  • The walls in many new houses are not built to withstand a lot of pressure. Check to ensure the bar will be stable.

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