WHAT TO EXPECT
Ballet Barre is a strength and conditioning class – it’s great for anyone who is new to ballet. This class will strengthen your muscles to improve your technique.
The class begins with a high energy warm up before moving on to exercises at the barre, starting with pliés. Towards the end of the class, you’ll move away from the barre and practise centre exercises – finishing with a good stretch. Sometimes, the class will begin with floor barre – which works as a foundation for setting up technique and engaging the right muscles!
If you join us for Ballet Barre you can expect to engage your whole body, including your mind which will work hard to learn exercises and develop co-ordination. You’ll improve your posture, flexibility and muscle strength.
“We try not to take ourselves too seriously – we laugh and have fun with uplifting music, it’s a great way to unwind after a long day at work!” – Laura Bryars, Ballet Barre Tutor
IS THIS CLASS FOR YOU?
All levels of experience will enjoy this class, whether you’ve danced before or not. We work through every exercise as though it’s the first time for everyone.
“When people come to me and say “It’s my first time here” I always say work to the best of your ability and how your body is feeling that day. I always encourage people to keep going and not give up if they are struggling with an exercise. We are all in the same boat and my body aches teaching it just as much as the those joining in! It’s important to give our bodies a challenge, to sweat and to feel invigorated by the end of the class. I always want the dancers to leave feeling a sense of achievement, empowered and strong in their bodies.“ – Laura Bryars, Ballet Barre Tutor
HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR CLASS
You should wear anything that you feel comfortable to move in and that is non-restrictive e.g. leggings or workout gear. Some of our class attenders like to come in tights and a leotard, while others are more comfortable wearing a t-shirt and gym leggings. Don’t worry if you don’t have ballet shoes – you can dance with bare feet!
Make sure you have water to hand, it’s important to stay hydrated. You’ll also need a secure surface to use as your barre at home for example, your kitchen counter or a chair.
We’ll send you the Zoom link for your class 1 hour before via email, and you’ll be able to join the class up to 15 minutes early. Before you take part in a class, please make sure you read our Safe Practice at Home Checklist, click here to download now.
“Having the classes back, even virtually, and seeing Laura, has made an enormous difference to my wellbeing.”
If you can’t make it to the live class, why not buy a Video Subscription? You’ll receive access to the recordings of our live class, which you can then do at a time that suits you, whether that’s first thing in the morning, on your lunch break, or in the evening. You can buy a subscription here. If you book the full term of live classes you will be automatically subscribed to our Video Subscription for free.