Challenges and improves balance, fostering physical stability and symmetry. Strengthens ankles, and sculpts calves and upper thighs.
1. Stand tall with feet together and parallel. Lift your heels up as you place weight evenly on the balls of your feet. "Releve," or rise up, and then lower down. Repeat 10 times, pressing your inner thighs together. Hold the last releve for 20 seconds while lifting the barre horizontally overhead.
2. Lower your heels, then bend at the knees, or "demi-plie," keeping your arms at chest level. Straighten your legs. Plie and straighten eight times, keeping your feet flat on the floor and pressing your inner thighs together.
Learn more ways to build a ballet body.
© 2013 Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. All rights reserved.