It’s so easy for bad habits to develop at the barre if you are not careful. Left unchecked, these little problems will eventually unfold into major issues when you take your technique to the center. The good news is that certain things can be prevented if you know how to deal with them ahead of time.
I wrote an article for Dance Spirit on this subject that you can check out for tips on everything from how to avoid using the barre for leverage to how to know if you are at the right distance from it. I talked to a few great teachers and got some terrific advice.
The more you can perfect your work at the barre, the better you will be as a dancer. Use that time to your advantage and don’t be tempted to “cheat” and do things that will ultimately have a poor impact on how you develop your strength and technique. Do it right–and you will reap the rewards!