The selection of ballet barre and mirrors will be a matter of taste. That is one part quality and one part personal preference.
You’ve likely seen ballet barres made of plastic, steel, aluminum and wood in studios. Some prefer the modern appearance of aluminum and don’t mind the cold temperature to the touch, while others feel that wood is more aesthetically pleasing, and feels soft and warm to the touch. Poplar is a hardwood which many prefer as it is a replenishable tree source and cost-effective, while some prefer the look of oak or maple at a higher cost per foot.
Dance Studio Mirrors
Glassless dance mirrors are worth considering over conventional glass mirrors for a number of reasons. If you can’t cover an entire wall in floor-to-ceiling glass, glassless mirrors are easy to place in front of doors and windows and are the best choice for shared studio spaces where you may need to move mirrors in and out of the room.
These lightweight metalized polyester-film mirrors are easy to install and impossible to shatter, making them far safer an option for a dance studio. Being a single layer, they do not create the hazy “ghost image” you get from a conventional glass mirror.
The very best feature of the glassless dance studio mirrors: They don’t bounce sound as glass does. Which brings us to our next feature: