How to Make a Free Standing Ballet Bar

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How to Make a Free Standing Ballet Bar
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If your child is a budding ballet dancer or you just want to get a good stretch for your legs, a ballet barre is a good piece of equipment to own. Use that outgrown swing set to make a ballet barre worthy of the New York City Ballet. Remember that you should never not swing from barre. The barre is for balance, not full body support. Remember, too, to supervise children using a ballet barre.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • A-frame swing set
  • 4-foot wooden dowel, 2 inches in diameter
  • Metal saw
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws
  • Black marker
  • Tape measure
  • Safety goggles

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  1. 1

    Measure and mark each one of the four legs of the swing set with a black marker to the exact place where you will saw. In general, a ballet barre should be waist level.

  2. 2

    Wear safety goggles and use a metal saw to cut down each one of the legs of the A-frame swing set.

  3. 3

    Remove the plastic caps that were on the bottom of the original legs and place them on the freshly cut legs.

  4. 4

    Unscrew the metal beam from the A-frame stands with a screwdriver.

  5. 5

    Replace the metal beam with a wooden dowel. Secure with screws.

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