SOULBODY VIENNA- conscious movement for body and soul

SOULBODY VIENNA is the dream come true of Isabelle and Anika, two passionate entrepreneurs who have created their own studio in the vibrant Seestadt neighborhood of the Austrian capital. The founders of SOULBODY VIENNA met while studying at university. Anika always loved to dance and she explained to us that dancing helped her organize her …

SOULBODY VIENNA is the dream come true of Isabelle and Anika, two passionate entrepreneurs who have created their own studio in the vibrant Seestadt neighborhood of the Austrian capital.

The founders of SOULBODY VIENNA met while studying at university. Anika always loved to dance and she explained to us that dancing helped her organize her thoughts and forget the problems she might have while she flowed with the music. Isabelle discovered yoga due to a health problem and since then she has not stopped practicing and training in Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga.

Both are also barre teachers, the transformative fusion of ballet, pilates and yoga that seeks to create a global and effective experience to strengthen the body, gain flexibility and improve body posture. SOULBODY VIENNA specializes in low-impact workouts, understanding movement as the connection between the body and the soul. This holistic vision of conscious movement helps their students to feel good physically and emotionally while also having a great time in their classes.

Accompanied by Michelle, Mirela, Nadine, Victoria and the three Sarahs, they offer classes every day of the week. With their barre workouts, yoga, pilates or flexibility sessions, they have created a wonderful environment where their students can exercise and be their true selves.

We love that Anika and Isabelle have trusted us and that our ballet barres support them in their classes. We wish you much success with SOULBODY VIENNA and we are convinced that with your passion you will achieve all your goals. Follow them on Instagram and visit their website.

Monte Carlo Opera

The Monte Carlo Opera is a symbol of elegance and culture in the Principality of Monaco. From its beginnings to the present day, it has captivated audiences around the world with its architectural splendor and magnificent productions. Located in the heart of Monaco, it has played a crucial role in the promotion and preservation of …

The Monte Carlo Opera is a symbol of elegance and culture in the Principality of Monaco. From its beginnings to the present day, it has captivated audiences around the world with its architectural splendor and magnificent productions. Located in the heart of Monaco, it has played a crucial role in the promotion and preservation of this unique art form. It was founded in 1879 by Prince Charles III of Monaco and designed by Charles Garnier, whose name has become synonymous with architectural beauty.

Throughout its history, the Monte Carlo Opera has been the setting for numerous outstanding productions and events. Some of the most famous operas of the classical repertoire have been performed on this prestigious stage, with outstanding conductors and world-renowned singers. In addition to regular productions, the opera house has hosted internationally renowned events and festivals.

Today, the Monte Carlo Opera remains an important cultural and artistic center. Its programming includes a wide variety of opera productions, ballets, concerts, and special works. The Opera has adapted to contemporary trends and preferences while maintaining its commitment to artistic excellence.


The Monte Carlo Opera acquired five Avant ballet bars that have been used in the grand opera “The Damnation of Faust”. Composed by Hector Berlioz, it is a masterpiece that combines music, theater and poetry to tell the tragic story of the legendary character of Faust. This work let us immerse in an emotionally intense journey that explores the quest for knowledge, the thirst for power and the struggle between good and evil. With captivating music and powerful storytelling, “The Damnation of Faust” is a unique experience that has dazzled audiences for generations.

Foto: ©2022 – Alain Hanel – OMC
Foto: ©2022 – Alain Hanel – OMC
Foto: ©2022 – Alain Hanel – OMC

The plot is based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s epic poem, which tells the story of Faust, a tormented scholar unsatisfied with his life. In his quest for wisdom and experience, Faust makes a pact with the devil, represented by the character of Mephistopheles. This pact triggers a series of events that lead Faust on a tortuous journey of fleeting pleasures, heartbreaking loves and despair. “The Damnation of Faust” is an opera that invites us to reflect on profound themes such as power, redemption and the consequences of our actions.  At minute 0:53 of the following video you can see our ballet barres on stage:

We are proud that a world reference institution such as the Monte Carlo Opera has trusted Dinamica Ballet. Its commitment to artistic excellence, its varied programming and its location in the beautiful Principality of Monaco make it an incomparable cultural experience.

If you have the opportunity to visit the Principality, you cannot miss a performance at the Monte Carlo Opera. Immerse yourself in the majesty of the building, let yourself be carried away by the music and marvel at the performances of talented artists on one of the most emblematic stages in the world.

Athletic Studio: a holistic vision of personalized training in Geneva

Dinamica Ballet products can be found in academies and dance companies on the five continents of the planet. However, our professional ballet bars and mirrors go beyond the ballet world more and more often: professionals in yoga, pilates, fitness or rehabilitation centers are relying on Dinamica Ballet to create their work spaces. A recent example …

Dinamica Ballet products can be found in academies and dance companies on the five continents of the planet. However, our professional ballet bars and mirrors go beyond the ballet world more and more often: professionals in yoga, pilates, fitness or rehabilitation centers are relying on Dinamica Ballet to create their work spaces.


A recent example is our client Athletic Studio, a center for personalized fitness training with a holistic vision on the outskirts of Geneva, near to the United Nations headquarters in Switzerland.

Athletic Studio, un client de Dinamica Ballet
Athletic Studio, Ginevra

Athletic Studio’s team of personalized trainers create training plans combining cardio, stretching, pilates and strength to maximize the results based on each client’s goals and profile.

They have recently added a set of Arabesque Double Black  to their equipment along with a wall-mounted Figaro with matching black frame. This combination is ideal for precise technique work in stretching and strength exercises. Arabesque supports resistance to pressure from any angle allows significant movements to be performed safely. Furthermore, the perfect reflection of the Figaro mirror is crucial for an accurate control of the technique. Additionally, they have installed a set Arabesque Black with a single bar next to the room’s windows that stand out also from the outside.


You can find further information about the Athletic Studio customized training center on their website or on Instagram. If you would like to know more about our products or  obtain a personalized offer, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 


The ballet Giselle, the classic that gives its name to our adjustable double ballet barre

The Giselle height-adjustable portable ballet barre offers great versatility in the classroom thanks to its two types of bases, its double wooden bar and the 10 positions of its adjustment mechanism. When we had to name it, we were inspired as you might have guessed, by one of the greatest ballet classics. The ballet Giselle …

The Giselle height-adjustable portable ballet barre offers great versatility in the classroom thanks to its two types of bases, its double wooden bar and the 10 positions of its adjustment mechanism. When we had to name it, we were inspired as you might have guessed, by one of the greatest ballet classics.

The ballet Giselle is one of the best known and most appreciated ballets of the world’s classical repertoire. With music by composer Adolphe Adam and choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, this work premiered in Paris in 1841 and has since been performed all over the world.

The story of Giselle is about a beautiful young peasant girl who falls in love with Count Albrecht, who has disguised himself as a humble villager in order to court her. When the truth comes out, Giselle is so devastated that she loses her mind and dies.

In the second act, Giselle rises from the dead as a spirit, along with other prematurely dead maidens known as ‘Willis’. Although dead, Giselle remains loyal to Albrecht and tries to protect him from the vendettas of the Willis, who want Albrecht to join them in death.

The ballet Giselle is known for its thrilling pas de deux and difficult ballet steps, especially in the role of Giselle, which demand impeccable technique and grace on the part of the principal dancer. In addition, Giselle’s story of love and its everlasting loyalty remains a universally moving theme.

If you have the opportunity to see the ballet Giselle live, don’t hesitate. It is an unforgettable show that will not disappoint.

Maurice Béjart, the choreographer who inspired us for our first ballet barre

In 2000 we designed and manufactured our first ballet barre for the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona. We wanted to create a set that would offer maximum stability so that different students could perform demanding exercises and at the same time have the flexibility to move the ballet barre easily. After many hours of designing, …

In 2000 we designed and manufactured our first ballet barre for the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona. We wanted to create a set that would offer maximum stability so that different students could perform demanding exercises and at the same time have the flexibility to move the ballet barre easily.

After many hours of designing, making molds, and testing different materials, we achieved what we were looking for. Then it was time to baptize it, thereafter we decided that each of our products would be a tribute to dance, which after more than 20 years is still the source of inspiration for our entire team. Our first mobile ballet bar would be named Maurice, in honor of the French choreographer Maurice Béjart.

Maurice Béjart was a French choreographer and founder of Ballet Béjart Lausanne, a dance company based in Lausanne, Switzerland. Béjart is known for his innovative approach to dance, often incorporating eclectic music, elements of theater, mime, and other performing arts.

Béjart was born in Marseille, France, and began his dance training at an early age. He studied ballet and modern dance with leading teachers such as Serge Lifar and Martha Graham, and also trained in mime with Marcel Marceau. In 1954 he founded his own dance company, the Ballet du XXe Siècle, which became the Ballet Béjart Lausanne in 1987.

Throughout his career Béjart created more than 200 ballets, many of which have become iconic works of modern dance. Some of his most famous productions include “Bolero”, “The Rite of Spring”, “The Ninth Symphony”, and “The Nutcracker”. Béjart is known for his bold and expressive choreography, which often explores topics of love, death, and spirituality.

In addition to his work as a choreographer, Béjart was also a teacher and mentor to many young dancers. He founded the École supérieure de danse de Genève, a dance school in Geneva, and taught in dance academies all over the world. Béjart was highly influential in the dance world, and his work continues to be celebrated and performed by dance companies everywhere.

Maurice Béjart died in 2007 at the age of 80, but his legacy as a choreographer and innovator in the world of dance continues. His bold and expressive style has inspired countless dancers and choreographers, and his contributions to the performing arts will be remembered for generations.

Physical and mental preparation for a dance audition

Auditions season is coming. November is the month when we usually start seeing many announcements of dance auditions online. This is why today, we want to share with you some tips to help you be more physically and mentally prepared for a dance audition. 1. Being mentally prepared is as important as being physically prepared …

Auditions season is coming. November is the month when we usually start seeing many announcements of dance auditions online. This is why today, we want to share with you some tips to help you be more physically and mentally prepared for a dance audition.

1. Being mentally prepared is as important as being physically prepared

It is natural to worry about being in shape when you are going to an audition, but being mentally prepared is just as, or more important, than being physically prepared. When attending an audition, you will find yourself in a new environment and surrounded by people you don’t know, that’s why having a calm and positive mentality is key for doing a good audition.

2. Do not overthink and enjoy the moment

An audition can be as pleasant or unpleasant as you want it to be. Thinking too much about what the audition will be like is counterproductive. Creating expectations, whether positive or negative, will only make you more nervous and make you miss the magic of the moment.

Every dance audition is unique and different. If you go with an open mind you will probably enjoy it a lot more, so instead of trying to foresee what will happen or what other dancers are going to attend, focus on learning and enjoying every second, because this opportunity will not be repeated. Also, if you look happy during the audition, you have a much better chance of attracting the attention and liking the jury.

 3. Trust your hard work

BestBeing consistent in your daily work is key to preparing your body and mind for a dance audition. Before an audition, it’s important that you imagine that every class and every rehearsal you do, is like an audition. Arrive early to the studio to warm up, ideally 1 hour or 30 minutes before class. Start moving your body gently and increase the force as your muscles feel more prepared. Pay particular attention to the parts of the body where you have suffered a previous injury and gently stretch before starting the ballet bar.

At the end of class and rehearsals, stretch for a longer time to relax your muscles and prepare them for the next day. If you go to the audition knowing that you have been following a good exercise routine and have given your best in each of the classes and rehearsals before the audition, you will feel more confident and better prepared.

4. Be humble and don’t compare yourself

Each dancer has their own flaws, and you are no different. No one is better nor worse than anyone else. Is important that you work feeling a good atmosphere inside the studio, getting along with the rest of your peers. Being competitive in excess won’t benefit you. Feeling envy is never a positive thing. No dancer is born knowing how to dance. Remember how you were when you first started, and use this memory to motivate yourself to improve and get better every day.

Whenever you look in the mirror and start having self-critical thoughts, tell yourself a positive affirmation about something you do like about yourself. During the audition, imagine that no one else is there and focus on showing the jury what you are capable of. Dance humbly, because no one is perfect and don’t compare yourself with the rest of participants.

5. Follow a healthy diet and sleeping routine

Following a healthy diet is important for maintaining an ideal weight, but it’s also important for having a good energy level and avoiding getting injured. The secret is not to eat less, but to eat slowly until feeling satisfied. Vegetables, fruits, and legumes are low-calorie, high-nutrient foods, so you can eat them in abundance. Eat your food raw, steamed, or grilled with a small amount of olive oil, as these are the healthiest ways. Avoid sugar, do not use a lot of salt, and keep the fried food out of your diet as much as possible. And don’t forget to drink enough water! Before the audition, you shouldn’t eat too much. The right thing to do would be to eat a good healthy meal 2-3 hours before starting the exercise and take with you some fruit or nuts to maintain a good energy level during the dance audition. If you have any concerns about your diet, consider seeing a nutritionist.

Good sleep is also very important to let your body rest and recover your muscles. Keeping to a routine, getting up and going to bed at the same time each day is an essential part of reminding our minds and bodies when we should be awake and when we should be asleep. Don’t eat too much close to bedtime, and avoid watching TV or your phone time before bed and in the bedroom, as doing so could prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. Consider reading a book or writing down the corrections that the teacher has given you during the day in your journal. These are activities that will help you turn off your brain at bedtime. If you suffer from anxiety or insomnia, it’s best to ask a health professional for help.

6. Don’t give up

Some days will be harder than others. When you are feeling tired or when it seems like everything is going wrong, you can use those days to do some inner work of introspection. Ask yourself: Why am I dancing? What positive emotions do I feel when I dance? How willing am I to do whatever it takes to achieve my dream? Reminding yourself of what motivates you to dance will be enough to keep you going that day.

What if the audition doesn’t go well? Should I quit? If the result of the audition is what you wanted, don’t give up because there will be many more opportunities. Each audition is a new opportunity that brings you closer to realizing your dream. The most important thing is to be sure if dancing makes you happy enough to do it for the rest of your life. If so, you there’s no doubt you will find the strength needed to succeed.

By Júlia Muxinach | Dancer and entrepreneur | shesapiens.com

Home trainings with a ballet bar

Today we are presenting to you some exercises that you can do using our ballet bars, focussing on your legs and abs, with the help of Iokasti Method, one of our dear clients. For further information about other workouts and exercises, go check out their Youtube Channel. During the first exercise, we are going to …

Today we are presenting to you some exercises that you can do using our ballet bars, focussing on your legs and abs, with the help of Iokasti Method, one of our dear clients. For further information about other workouts and exercises, go check out their Youtube Channel.

During the first exercise, we are going to train our leg muscles by doing pliés and relevés while holding on to the bar.

Another more demanding and complete exercise: rotations and spirals while lifting up your legs to strengthen your lower joints.

New exercises with pliés, leg stretching and rotations to train your abs, your legs and improve your sense of balance.

Finally, more stretching and more demanding exercises for your abs, and more exercises to improve your leg flexibility. 

La Nuit Blanche de Dior

Between March 29th and April 2nd took place at the Opera Theater in Rome La Nuit Blanche, a ballet in homage of the American musician and composer Philip Glass. For the gala, Maria Grazia Chiuri, artistic creator of Dior, designed the costumes of the 16 dancers merging culture and fashion. The sets, which merge perfectly …

Between March 29th and April 2nd took place at the Opera Theater in Rome La Nuit Blanche, a ballet in homage of the American musician and composer Philip Glass. For the gala, Maria Grazia Chiuri, artistic creator of Dior, designed the costumes of the 16 dancers merging culture and fashion. The sets, which merge perfectly with the movement of the dancers, combine lightness with functionality.

The main dancers of La Nuit Blanche were the German Friedemann Vogel, principal dancer of the Stuttgart ballet and Eleonora Abbagnato, star of the Paris Opera Ballet and director of the ballet of the Rome Opera House.

The rehearsals were performed at the Teatro de la Opera in Rome, a client of Dinamica Ballet for years. In both the photo sessions and the test videos, we can see the classrooms equipped with our Arabesque Double wall bars and Pina freestanding barres. We are very proud to be present together with fashion and ballet referents such as Dior and Balletto di Roma.

Photos: Paola Mattioli
Source: Nuit Blanche | Dior 

How high should a ballet barre be?

When it comes to purchasing ballet barres, there are a number of considerations to take into account and one of the most important of these is the height of the barre itself. Quite often we here at Dinamica Ballet are asked to give a recommendation and as straight forward as the request seems, the answer is not so simple.


When it comes to purchasing ballet barres, there are a number of considerations to take into account and one of the most important of these is the height of the barre itself. Quite often we here at Dinamica Ballet are asked to give a recommendation and as straight forward as the request seems, the answer is not so simple.

Today we’ve decided to finally put the issue to bed with the publication of this article to help guide you in determining the best height for your ballet barres. We’ve researched and collated information from a wide range of sources to present to you the most authoritative guide on the recommended height for ballet barres.

Will the ballet barre be for personal or public use?

It’s important to distinguish between barres for personal use and those intended for a studio. The reason is quite simple. A barre for private use should be specific to an individual’s height, whilst studio barres need to accommodate a range of people with different stature. This is especially true for a space that will be used by children and adults alike. So let’s begin with a personal barre.

How high should a ballet barre be for an individual?

You can find many different recommendations on the internet for the height of a personal ballet barre. Unfortunately, most of the advice comes across as old wives tales, or is quoted as something that “a friend of a friend once said…” which isn’t particularly reassuring!

But if you delve into the most commonly made recommendations, you’ll find that they all suggest quite similar heights for a ballet barre. The following are the four most commonly made recommendations that can be found on various dance websites and forums:

The height of a ballet barre should be:

1. Level with your elbow
2. At arm’s length, without raising your shoulder
3. Level with where your hands are in the second position
4. Between the hip and the waist

So based on this information, Dinamica Ballet recommends:

The height of a ballet barre should fall between your elbow (when the arm is resting) and the position of your hands in the second position


Anything below the hip is too low and above the mid rib cage is too high. When it comes to purchasing a barre for a child, we’d strongly recommend something that is height adjustable. Unlike that Sesame Street t-shirt that can be thrown out once it’s been outgrown; the cost of a ballet barre is significantly more. Therefore, making the investment in a height adjustable barre can offer better value for money in the long run.

How high should a ballet barre be for a studio

Ballet barres for studios offer their own challenges and knowing the best height is essential if you wish to ensure most people can use the barres comfortably. It’s worth pointing out that a majority of studio owners choose to install a double row of barres which give their space greater flexibility.

Very specific measurements have been recommended by some well respected dance organisations, but once again these vary from one organisation to another. Most of the following advice state the height for both upper and lower barres and are true for both fixed and freestanding barres.

The national organisation representing dance in the United Kingdom, One Dance UK and CEDFA, who are a United States based educator in fine arts, both state that the height of the upper barre should be somewhere between 90cm. and 1.2m

Falling within this range are the recommendations from Dance Studio Owner (1.07 – 1.17m). Sport Scotland (just over 1m) and Cecchetti’s Complete Manual of Classical Dance (93cm)

However the Centre national de la danse (CND) of France recommends an upper barre well above all of these, at 1.5m! Although they do specify that this is for wall mounted barres only.

Remember that if you’re installing a row of double ballet barres, you want to give your space the capacity to deal with the widest range of users, so give a respectable distance between your upper and lower barres.


Dinamica Ballet suggests:

La altura de la barra inferior debe estar entre 77 – 83 cm y la barra superior entre 101 – 106 cm.


Ultimately the choice really is yours. This guide has drawn on available information and has also been based on our own experience as a ballet barre designer and manufacturer. At whatever height barre you choose to purchase, or at whatever height you choose to install them, Dinamica Ballet can offer you barres to meet your needs.

Sources: CEDFA, Centre National De La Danse, Classical Dance: ‘A Complete Manual of the Cecchetti Method Vol 1’, DanceClass.com, DanceStudioOwner.com, ehow.co.uk, One Dance UK, Sport Scotland iVideofitness.com

Misty Copeland dances with our ISA ballet barre

The American ballet theater prodigy  Misty Copeland, recorded an advertising campaign for the sports brand Under Armour. Copeland, which has its own collection with this brand, collaborated with the photographer Little Shao for this campaign. Copeland and Shao used our ISA adjustable ballet barre for this session held in Paris. We love to see our …

The American ballet theater prodigy  Misty Copeland, recorded an advertising campaign for the sports brand Under Armour. Copeland, which has its own collection with this brand, collaborated with the photographer Little Shao for this campaign. Copeland and Shao used our ISA adjustable ballet barre for this session held in Paris. We love to see our barres in the best scenarios and accompanying great dancers? Here’s the video of the making-off of the session.