Ballet Exercise Routines

Ballet Exercise Routines

I have an ulterior motive for compiling this post. I love ballet, but haven’t taken a class since the late 1970s. And I probably won’t. But I’m jealous of the strength these petite little dancers have.

I haven’t even done my folk dancing since November, because of my arthritis. The only place I can move without pain is the pool, so I’ve been in it a lot since the weather warmed up. I’ll be having hip replacement surgery next week, then six weeks of physical therapy. And eventually, I’ll be able to ease into dancing again. And I’d like to add ballet exercises to my workout rotation. So, I’m looking for YouTube videos.

And I’m generously sharing them with you.

(Some of these exercises will be forbidden for a while—risk of dislocation; so if you’ve just had hip replacement surgery, follow your doctor’s orders.)

So, do you think you’ll try some of these ballet exercise routines? Is this article helpful to you? Please click the “Like” button and share on all your social media. Thanks!

About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

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  1. I would avoid ballet altogether until the chance of hip displacement is over. Ballet requires turnout which i don’t think would be good during that period of time. Then find a floor barre video as it’s easier on the entire body. Eventually you can go into a regular standing barre routine but start easy. Be sure to stretch before and after!

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    • I checked my post-op instructions and a slight turnout is actually recommended at all times, so not a full first or second position, but a modified stance would be okay. More troublesome is crossing the midpoint–so no third, fourth, or fifth position, or crossed ankles, or crossovers of any kind. My beloved grapevines will not be a part of my near future.


    • Now that I’ve actually had the surgery and I’ve started the physical therapy, I’ve learned that the anterior entry that I had has way fewer restrictions than the old-fashioned surgery I had seven years ago. There are no crossover prohibitions, no turnout or turn in prohibitions. The only thing I can’t do is a back kick or a back sidekick. But I’ll be starting out with small, slow movements, and being sure to stretch.


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