When building your own ballet barre, also known as the fluidity bar, ballerina bar or stretch bar, the first thing you need to ask is if you want it to be permanently mounted or portable. Either way, the next thing you need to consider is the amount of space you have available. This will be critical in determining the length of your barre. It should be no shorter than 2 feet long. Height should be right about waist tall -- between 36" and 38." Since it is more versatile, the build instructions in this article will focus on the portable ballet barre.
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Things you need
- 11 feet of PVC Pipe - 2" diameter
- 2 PVC elbow joints
- 2 PVC T joints
- 4 PVC caps
Connect an elbow joint to each end of a two feet long piece of 2" PVC pipe. Two feet is the minimum length for a ballet barre. It can be as long as 6 feet.
Connect one 36" piece of PVC pipe to the other end of each elbow joint.
Connect one T joint to each end of the 36" PVC pipe.
Insert two 9" pieces of PVC pipe into each end of the T joint so that they extend out perpendicularly from the 36" piece. Repeat on the second T joint.
Place one cap on each end of the 9" pieces of PVC pipe.
Tips and warnings
- For added stability, you can use this same assembly with metal pipe. However, this will make it more difficult to take apart and put back together and will be heavier to transport.
- Most companies that carry pipe supplies will cut the pieces to length for you to save you some time and stress.
- Using PVC pipe, if you make your ballet barre too long, it will sag in the middle and also make it difficult to transport. Keep it as short as possible for your needs.
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