What is Barre Fitness?
Barre Fitness is a fusion of ballet barre, dance conditioning and pilates-based movements designed to lengthen and tone the muscles using principles of biomechanics for a safe, yet challenging workout.Barre Fitness is developed and taught by classically trained dancers and is designed for everyone from the novice to the professional dancer.
What are the benefits of Barre Fitness?
- Better posture
- Breath control
- Core engagement
- Joint Stabilization and Alignment
- Lengthened muscles
- Movement efficiency
- Muscular endurance
- Muscular strength
- Toned body
I’ve never taken a dance class. Will I be able to follow the movements?
Yes. Barre Fitness is designed for everyone. However, it is highly recommended that you take part in a beginning level ballet or Barre Fitness class first to get the fundamentals of ballet before taking an intermediate or advanced class.
Will I get injured doing any of these exercises?
It is your responsibility to pace yourself throughout the class; however, it is recommended that you inform the instructor of any past or present injuries that might limit your participation. If you feel overwhelmed, take a moment to stretch or ask the instructor for a modification. The only way an injury will occur is if you are performing the exercises with improper alignment. If you find that you are overly sore, ask the instructor to observe how you are performing the exercise. You probably just need to slightly modify the movement. Listen to how your instructor is cueing the class. The instructor will tell you exactly how to perform the exercise to prevent injury. Remember, every body is different, so do not compare yourself to others in the class. When in doubt, ask a question. If you have a question, there is a strong possibility that someone else is wondering the same thing.
What do I wear to an Barre Fitness class?
The appropriate attire is dependent upon how you feel the most comfortable. However, I recommend wearing form-fitting workout clothing or ballet attire. A lot of people ask why we do not allow sneakers in class. The reason we do not recommend wearing sneakers is that we are working to strengthen the feet and ankles and sneakers act as a false barrier against the floor, so you will not be able to develop adequate strength in the foot and ankle to properly perform the exercises in the class. Most people wear socks to class, but ballet shoes, jazz shoes or bare feet are also acceptable. If you have never worn ballet or jazz shoes before, I recommend going to a dance store and being fitted for the shoes. A lot of people order shoes online that do not fit properly, and it negatively impacts their ability to be successful in class.