Monday, February 7, 2011
Zena Rommett's Floor Barre Technique
In the previous post, I wrote about Alvin Ailey dancer, Renee Robinson, who swears by Zena Rommett's Floor Barre Technique, and wanted to delve into more detail about it. Zena, a ballerina who also danced on Broadway, started this technique in 1968, and it is still going strong today.
According to the website, "By utilizing the floor, and without the stress of gravity associated with ‘standing’ at the ballet barre, dancers learn to align their bodies, lengthen their muscles, strengthen their joints, and fine-tune their movements. Floor-Barre® makes it possible for dancers to execute classical ballet movements with principles of alignment which are anatomically correct, and by using only the appropriate muscles...Over the past 50 years, Zena Rommett has earned the respect of the medical profession as a pioneer in injury prevention and rehabilitation."
Anyone can get certified, and the next certification seminar will take place this August in NYC. For more information, visit http://www.floor-barre.org/Floor-Barre/CERTIFICATION.html
This video is a great overview of what the technique is all about.
Here is an excerpt from one of the DVD's, which can be purchased on the website.