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Alvas Ballet Barres

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Alvas Ballet Barres are sturdy, attractive barres manufactured with pre-drilled holes, spaced according to Alvas standard specifications. Ideal for ballet and fitness. We manufacture high quality barres that will last for decades, not just a season or two. An investment in quality keeps dancing safe and profitable.

Our ballet barres are Available in 6 standard lengths, for purchase or rental. Purchase price is listed. Contact us for rental price and availability.

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Alvas Ballet Barres are available in Maple, Oak and Poplar hardwoods, in 6 standard lengths, for purchase or rental. Purchase price is listed. Contact us for rental price and availability.

Since they are made of natural wood, grain and coloration may vary.

Every square inch of our wood barres is inspected by hand. Splits, cracks and checks are cut out leaving beautiful straight grain lumber of the highest quality.

Ballet Barres arrive unfinished, hand-sanded smooth and ready to use- With beveled ends, so no sharp edges. They are ready to use if the paint coating is not desired.

(Prefer a barre with a custom length or custom holes? Consider Alvas Custom Barres.)

Maple Wood Ballet Barres

Maple Barres are made of beautiful Hard, White Maple wood with a light shade. It is a solid hardwood that has the preferred silky smooth feel.

Oak Wood Ballet Barres

Oak Barres are made of beautiful Red Oak wood with a medium shade. It is a solid hardwood that has a smooth feel with a pronounced grain.

Poplar Wood Ballet Barres

Poplar Barres are made of beautiful Tulip Tree Poplar wood with a light shade. It is a solid hardwood that has a smooth feel and is easy to stain (if preferred).

Wood is the Standard, Traditional Choice

Wood ballet barres are the preferred and standard traditional choice in the professional ballet industry. Unlike metal or plastic barres, the natural product will absorb sweat (won’t get slippery) and provide slight flexibility. This slight flexibility in wood barres provide anti-stress on joints, especially on the ballet barre method training. In ballet, barres are typically used for balance only so dancers learn to hold their own weight.

Choosing the Correct Barre Length

Is the dancer new to ballet and not sure which barre length to get? Here are some tips:

  • 4’ barres are commonly used for beginning children
  • 6’ barres are commonly used for beginning teens or adults
  • 7’10″ barres* are the most popular and give more room for stretching
  • 7’10″, 10′, 14′ and 16’ barres give ample space for multiple people to use at the same time

*Alvas 7’10” Maple Barre – Drilled with Two Standard Holes
Our previous “Alvas 8′ Maple Barre – Drilled with Two Standard Holes” has been modified to “Alvas 7’10” Maple Barre – Drilled with Two Standard Holes”:

  • This product change is because ground shipping carriers (such as FedEx/UPS) adding a Large Package Surcharge to all packages 8′ or longer in length. The Large Package Surcharge is causing the cost of shipping these packages to drastically increase. To provide better customer service, Alvas is altering our “Standard” 8′ barres to 7’10” in length. This allows us to avoid passing the high shipping cost to our customers.
  • If you prefer to have 8 full feet in length, you will need to purchase Alvas Custom Ballet Barres instead. All “Custom” barres ordered as 8′ long will be 8′ in length and within our barre length tolerance. View our FAQ or our barre length tolerance.

Completing Your Barre Unit

Pricing shown is for barres only and does not include brackets or frames.
(For use with Wall Mount Ballet Barre Brackets, Freestanding Ballet Barre Frames or Floor Mount Ballet Barre Frames – Each sold separately, or sold together as a Ballet Barre Kit)

USA Made / FSC Standards

All of Alvas Maple, Oak and Poplar Barres are grown within the United States and meet or exceed FSC standards. Additionally, American hardwoods are known as the natural choice for environmentally conscious builders, architects and designers looking to specify green materials.

Still Have Questions?

Click here for Answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
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Spacing for Brackets (Standard Barres)

The holes in Alvas Standard Barres are always separated by multiples of 16” to allow the mounting of every bracket directly into a wall stud- most wood wall studs are 16” apart. (If you are unsure of your stud spacing, we recommend using an electronic wood wall stud finder or consulting a contractor).

Holes are pre-drilled into the barres so that Alvas Wall Mount Ballet Barre Fixed Brackets and Extensions (on Wall Mount Ballet Barre Adjustable Brackets, Freestanding Ballet Barre Frames and Floor Mounted Ballet Barre Frames) are ready for installation and actually screw into the rear side of the barre. This allows your hand or foot to slide across the barre without hitting the brackets.

Spacing Accuracy Tolerance
All Alvas wood barres: +/- 1/8″

Barre Length Tolerance
All Alvas wood barres will maintain a tight length tolerance of: +/- 1/8″.

Barre LengthBracket Number & Spacing
4’ Barre: 2 brackets spaced 32” apart (8” overhang)
6’ Barre: 2 brackets spaced 48” apart (12” overhang)
7’ 10'' Barre: 2 brackets spaced 64” apart (15” overhang)
10’ Barre: 2 brackets spaced 80” apart (20” overhang)
14’ Barre: 3 brackets spaced 64” apart (20” overhang)
16’ Barre: 3 brackets spaced 80” apart (16” overhang)

Safety

Alvas Ballet Barres are hand-sanded smooth and ready to use.
All barres will come beveled on both ends, so no sharp edges.

Specifications

Maple Barres 
Wood Type:White Maple Hardwood
Shade:Light
Finish:Hand-sanded smooth, Unfinished
Weight:Approx 0.75 lbs/ft
Diameter:Approx 1-7/8", +/- 1/8"
Oak Barres 
Wood Type:Red Oak Hardwood
Shade:Medium
Finish:Hand-sanded smooth, Unfinished
Weight:Approx 0.75 lbs/ft
Diameter:Approx 1-7/8", +/- 1/8"
Poplar Barres 
Wood Type:Poplar Hardwood
Shade:Light
Finish:Hand-sanded smooth, Unfinished
Weight:Approx 0.75 lbs/ft
Diameter:Approx 1-7/8", +/- 1/8"

Shipping Info

Lead Time

Production Time is usually 2 – 5 business days, plus transit time.
Transit time is determined by the shipping company, but may be affected by severe weather conditions.

Need it faster? Rush options

Need it faster? Call us and we’ll do our best to help! There is a chance we can rush your shipment and/or expedite the delivery service.
Expediting Options:
– Rush Production Time ($50 Rush charge may apply)
– Expedited Delivery Service
– Will Call (Customer Pick Up)

Shipping Cost

Shipping all Alvas manufactured products to anywhere in the contiguous USA is free! It’s just that simple.
Orders shipping outside the contiguous USA will have taxes and duties calculated at checkout.

Alvas also offers Will Call/Local Pickup options for the Southern California area.
Be sure to select “Will Call” as the shipping option when finalizing the order in the shopping cart.

Refer to our FAQ for more information on Shipping, Returns and Product Guarantees.

*Alvas 7’10” Maple Barre – Drilled with Two Standard Holes
Our previous “Alvas 8′ Maple Barre – Drilled with Two Standard Holes” has been modified to “Alvas 7’10” Maple Barre – Drilled with Two Standard Holes”:

  • This product change is because ground shipping carriers (such as FedEx/UPS) adding a Large Package Surcharge to all packages 8′ or longer in length. The Large Package Surcharge is causing the cost of shipping these packages to drastically increase. To provide better customer service, Alvas is altering our “Standard” 8′ barres to 7’10” in length. This allows us to avoid passing the high shipping cost to our customers.
  • If you prefer to have 8 full feet in length, you will need to purchase Alvas Custom Barres instead. All “Custom” barres ordered as 8′ long will be 8′ in length and within our barre length tolerance. View our FAQ or our barre length tolerance.

Assembly/Installation

Alvas BFM offers assembly/installation services to most Southern California locations.  Contact us for details.

Cleaning & Maintenance

Cleaning Alvas Ballet Barres is simple and easy. See FAQ for instructions.

Frequently Asked Questions

The diameter for Alvas wood ballet barres are 1-7/8”, + or – 1/8”. Wood will not be perfectly round.

Alvas ballet barres are hand-sanded smooth and ready to use.

Every square inch of our wood barres is inspected by hand. Splits, cracks and checks are cut out leaving beautiful straight grain lumber of the highest quality. Our barres are then sanded smooth and ready to use if the paint coating is not desired.

Adding a clear coat finish may be done, but is unnecessary. As the wood barre is used, the natural oils from hands cures the barre and give the barres a hand-rubbed look that is traditional and often preferred.

Our wood barres arrive ready to be stained, lacquered or painted, if desired. Some people paint a clear coat (or stain and then add a clear coat) on wood barres to achieve and maintain a look. If you choose to paint them, it should be done immediately after taking the barre out of the cardboard tube since the wood will be sanded and clean.

Traditionally, a ballet barre should be approximately waist height of the user.

However, the following statistics are very popular:

  • Single Barre Height*:    32” – 46” from floor (waist level)
  • Double Barre Height*:  32” – 34” lower barre; 44” – 46” from the floor for upper barre
  • Distance from Wall to Barre:
    • Inside = 7-1/4” (approx)
    • Outside = 9” (approx)

* “Barre height” is the distance (height) between the floor and the barre, or  more simply, how high your barre is off of the ground.

“Barre height” is the distance (height) between the floor and the barre, or  more simply, how high your barre is off of the ground.

With any of Alvas Wall Mount Ballet Barre Adjustable Brackets, Alvas Freestanding Ballet Barre Frames or Alvas Floor Mount Ballet Barre Frames, the height of your barre(s) can be adjusted – without uninstalling the Extension Units.

How to adjust the height of your ballet barre:

  1. Grab the Barre next to where the Extension shoulders touch the wood.
  2. Give the Barre an up and down wiggle, as needed, while loosening or tightening the Wingnut.
  3. Then slide the Extension up or down the Channel to your desired height, and re-tighten the Wingnut.

Pro Tip:

The Extension Units can also be made so they do not adjust by hand by replacing the Large Wingnut with a Hex Nut on the Extension. Alvas Hex Nuts are perfect if you prefer to not have barre heights adjustable since the barres can be made “fixed” with this simple hex nut. The barre height can still be adjustable at a later time of your preference, but will prevent the public (or children) from adjusting the barre height indiscriminately.

All Alvas Standard and Custom wood ballet barres with maintain a tight length tolerance of +/- 1/8″.

Perfect straightness is difficult to obtain in a natural product like wood.

Step 1: Sight down barre to determine apex of the warp.

Step 2: Center the 4’ level on the apex and secure the level to the barre (using tape, tie, etc) as shown in the diagram.

Step 3: Attempt to slide the 3/16” drill bit into the gap.

Step 4: If the drill bit slides freely and completely through the gap, then the barre is beyond our warp tolerance. Immediately call Alvas for return instructions.

Like most items that receive heavy use we recommend cleaning your ballet barres daily. You can clean them with an all-natural wood cleaner such as, Seventh Generation, Honest, or Method. Simply spray the cloth with the cleaning product and wipe down the barre the same way you would clean a table. If you prefer to use cleaning wipes that is okay too!

Don’t worry about drying out your barres. During use, the natural oils from hands will create a warm patina around the barre helping prevent the barres from drying out.

Customer satisfaction is important to us. One way we demonstrate this is by sending product samples to ones who are interested in seeing the product before purchasing it.

We also have a showroom in which our local customers may see our products in a larger scale. If you would like to visit our showroom, please contact us for an appointment.

Barre Wood Samples

Upon request, we will provide free ballet barre wood samples of Alvas Maple, Oak and Poplar wood. Contact us for more information. When contacting us, please provide the full mailing address, whose attention we should mail it to and which samples you would like.

Alvas Custom Ballet Barres are manufactured with the option of no holes or pre-drilled holes, spaced according to the customer’s specifications- Signed Diagram required. Pre-drilled holes are required to attach Alvas ballet barres to our wall mount brackets and floor mount stanchions.

Spacing Accuracy Tolerance
All Alvas wood barres: +/- 1/8″

Barre Length Tolerance
Alvas Custom wood barres: +/- 1/8″.

Barre LengthDiameterMax SpanMax OverhangMin Overhang
1' - 16'1 7/8", +/- 1/8"
80"20"2"

The holes in Alvas Standard Barres are always separated by multiples of 16” to allow the mounting of every bracket directly into a wall stud- most wood wall studs are 16” apart. (If you are unsure of your stud spacing, we recommend using an electronic wood wall stud finder or consulting a contractor).

Holes are pre-drilled into the barres so that Alvas Fixed Brackets and Extensions* are ready for installation and actually screw into the rear side of the barre. This allows your hand or foot to slide across the barre without hitting the brackets.

* Extensions are used on Wall Mount Adjustable Brackets, Free Standing Frames and Floor Mount Stanchions.

Spacing Accuracy Tolerance
All Alvas wood barres: +/- 1/8″

Barre Length Tolerance
All Alvas wood barres will maintain a tight length tolerance of: +/- 1/8″.

Barre LengthBracket Number & Spacing
4’ Barre: 2 brackets spaced 32” apart (8” overhang)
6’ Barre: 2 brackets spaced 48” apart (12” overhang)
7’ 10'' Barre: 2 brackets spaced 64” apart (15” overhang)
10’ Barre: 2 brackets spaced 80” apart (20” overhang)
14’ Barre: 3 brackets spaced 64” apart (20” overhang)
16’ Barre: 3 brackets spaced 80” apart (16” overhang)

Alvas carries Maple, Oak and Poplar ballet barre wood.
Alternative types of wood may be special ordered with an additional set up fee.

Wood is a natural product so the grain and/or coloration of the wood can vary. Alvas cannot guarantee the grain color you receive.

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