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Floor-barre x Floor Barre | What's the difference and should you know about them?

You listen the terms "Floor Barre" and "Floor-barre" and wonder if they're the same, and even use it as the same, but the truth is: they are not the same. Let's find out more here!

We use the term Floor Barre for literally every class made on the floor used as training for ballet dancers. But the truth is that there's literally a method called Floor-barre that was created by Zena Rommett, and usually, what we do are inspired classes of Barre à Terre (french for Floor Barre), method created by the russian Boris Kniaseff. These innovative methods combine the beauty of traditional ballet with the unique benefits of exercising on the ground. Let's explore the differences and discover the magic of each!

Barre à Terre / Floor Barre:

In the 1950s, Boris Kniaseff, a Russian-French dancer, created the Barre à Terre technique out of necessity. He found himself in a dance room without a ballet barre (and he wasn't allowed to install one - can you believe it?), and then he developed a series of choreographed exercises performed on the floor. This technique combines ballet techniques with creative expression, focusing on strengthening the feet, torso, elongating muscles, improving coordination, and unlocking joints for an elongated and well-trained body.


Zena Rommett, an Italian-American dance legend, established Floor-Barre in the 1960s. This revolutionary proto-technique provides dancers with the opportunity to align their bodies, lengthen their muscles, strengthen their joints, and refine their movements while utilising the floor. Floor-Barre allows dancers to execute classical ballet movements with anatomically correct alignment and utilising only the appropriate muscles.

But, wait a minute! It sounds the same - you'll tell me. And it really does, but the truth is that it doesn't feel the same. Actually, the structure of each class is very different and some foundations, also pretty distinct.


Barre à Terre offers dancers the opportunity to develop and refine their technique and explore their artistic expression while focusing on strengthening the body. The movements performed on the floor alleviate the stress of gravity, allowing for increased body awareness and fluidity. Basically, every movement you would do at the barre, you do it on the floor in different positions (sitting, laying down, on the side). The choreographed exercises offer a unique and dynamic experience that engages the entire body.

Floor-Barre on the other hand, emphasises proper alignment and alignment-based movements. By utilising the floor, dancers can achieve correct body placement while working on building strength, flexibility, and balance. This method, pioneered by Zena Rommett, gives dancers the opportunity to align their bodies and fine-tune their movements with precision. By strengthening and elongating the muscles through floor-based exercises, dancers can develop a deeper connection with their bodies and enhance their overall performance.

Dance with Joy, Freedom, and Fluidity

Whether you choose to immerse yourself in Rommett's Floor-Barre or Kniaseff's Barre à Terre, both techniques open doors to new dimensions in dance and movement, and it doesn't matter if you're just a ballet enthusiast or a pro-dancer, you'll rip amazing results.

And Ballates classes are inspired by these 2 methods, combining them into one for shorter and more accessible to everyone classes. Are you ready to try? #DanceLife #FloorBarre #BarreATerre


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