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Barre

occurs on: Daytime Fridays / Evening Mondays
Starts Summer 2021 / Daytime Class to be announced
time:  7:30 -8:30pm
cost: £7 per session
Coming October 2021: A highly effective blend of ballet moves and yoga postures to strengthen and tone.

We work out at ballet barres and on a yoga mat to target all areas but especially glutes, legs and core. A highly effective workout that is also great fun to fabulous music.

Do I need to know yoga or ballet to join the Barre class?

Absolutely not, this is a beginner's class which uses ballet exercises, we are not ballet dancing. I will teach you the ballet postures and exercises and the yoga postures so that you can carry them out safely and effectively.

What is Barre good for?

Barre is highly effective at toning and strengthening legs, glutes and core because the focus is on alignment and isometric strength training which is repetitive small, closely controlled movements close to the body.


The class is set to fab music from 60s to 90s, so it is also a great mood-booster.

What should I wear for Barre?

Anything you feel comfortable stretching in, for example leggings or shorts and a tshirt or vest top. Most practice bare footed but if you prefer there are barre socks available which have a grippy sole.

Is this class suitable for beginners?

Yes, this is a beginners Barre class.

What's the history of Barre?

Barre was developed by ballerina, Lotte Berk in the 50s, she instructed the likes of Joan Collins and Barbara Streisand in ballet fitness, before she injured her back and and discovered how to use a handrail to stretch and strengthen herself.

One of Berk's students, Lydia Bach, took the method over to the USA where it quickly gained popularity.

Today's Barre workouts stay true to repeated small, pulsing movements alternating with larger movements with the aim of healthy alignment and strengthening the core, glutes and legs.

When are Barre classes starting?

A Friday morning Barre class will start in July and we hope to add an evening Barre class around the same time. Register your interest in the class with the form and we will be in touch.

about the Teacher

Emma Groove & Pound

Emma has danced for fun all her life and loves to share her love of music and movement in her Groove, Barre Yoga and Pound classes, encouraging freedom of expression, joy, curiosity and a healthy dose of silliness.

She likes to remind us that Plato said “Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul” and that's her excuse for always breaking into dance! She believes we are all born with an innate desire to dance and that everyone should be empowered to dance in a way that feels good to them.

Emma trained with Misty Tripoli of the World Groove Movement, Marla Leigh of the Frame Drum Academy, Barre Concept and Pound. She is also our Ashtanga Yoga teacher and Studio Director!
RYT 200hrs, BAST PLdip, Groove Facilitator, POUND, Barre Concept

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