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Shall I squeeze my glutes in ballet?

Picture this: you’re standing at the barre, in first position, and you are being asked to ‘squeeze your glutes’, so you squeeze them as much as you can and admire the beautiful shape of your rear in the mirror. Do you feel like you can move freely? So shall I, or shall I not, squeeze my glutes?

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Should I wear pointe shoes at the barre?

When it comes to wearing pointe shoes at the barre, my initial instinct is to be against it. That said, I can think of a couple of scenarios where wearing your pointe shoes through the barre could be a good idea. Let’s find out!