Ballet bars are very useful if you or your child want to practice at home. Practicing the basic skills on a regular basis can help improve your technique. Ballet bars should be installed in front or across mirrors because it is important for dancers to see and correct their movements and postures while performing the moves. It is also important that you place them in an area where there is enough space for practicing. Depending on whether you want portable or fixed bars, you can decide to use PVC pipes, wooden bars or metal pipes as ballet bars. Metal pipes are the safest.
Step 1 – Choose a Place for the Bars
When deciding where to place the ballet bars, find an out-of-the-way area in your house. You also need mirrors for your in-home ballet studio. The ballet bars can be installed near or across from them. It is important that the dancer sees her body and postures, so the mirror has to be large enough to allow this. In case the mirror is across the room, make sure nothing obstructs the sight.
Step 2 - Decide on the Height
Usually ballet bars should be placed 3.5 feet from the floor. However, the most important thing is that the dancer is comfortable, so you should decide the height according to the dancer’s height. If you have more than one dancer using the bars and they are of different heights, you can always install one more ballet bar above or below the first one.
Step 3 – Marking Screw Holes
Measure at least 3 points on the wall at the same height where you decide to have the bar installed. Mark them with a marker or pencil. Verify that all 3 marks are at the exact same level. Use the stud finder to detect studs in the wall and mark at least one stud. If possible, you should use at least one stud to place the bracket on. Mark the spot where you will drill the screws.
Step 4 – Drilling and Installing Wall Anchors
Drill holes into the marks where you want to insert the screws. Use a drill having the same diameter as the wall anchors. Then place the wall anchors.
Metal wall anchors are safer than plastic wall anchors. If you are drilling into a wooden wall, you do not need wall anchors, but you should use longer screws.
Step 5 – Fixing the Brackets
Fix the brackets on the holes and fix them with the screws. You can fasten the screws using a screwdriver or the drill. Make sure the screws are well fixed in the wall and that the brackets do not move.
Step 6 – Fixing the Bar
Place the bars through the ring of the brackets or across the brackets. Fix them with screws. Make sure you fasten all the screws properly and that the entire ensemble is stable.