September marks my 11th year in business. It is hard to believe that the beautiful red doors in our Brookline studio opened up to welcome my first clients that long ago. This was my first time going solo and not teaching a specific fitness class for a gym....I had a little bit of freedom! I started a class called balletFIT. It was going to be a blend of my fitness classes with classical ballet. I envisioned a class that would make my clients feel graceful, musical, strong and educated on the art of ballet. I wanted them to know what a tondu was, how to do a real grand plie, and sautes for days so they left drenched in sweat. My clients were not dance trained, so my goal was to make amateurs feel like ballerinas.
And voila, balletFIT was born!
To the best of my knowledge, back then no barre studios existed in our area. Now there are no shortage of "barre studios" -- You can't get a sleek ballerina body unless you do ballet!
Our combination of dance and fitness produces a physique using a mix of classical ballet technique, cardio work and isometric conditioning exercises.
I am happy to share that no balletFIT class is the same. This is probably why we have had the same clients for 10 years :) Although ballet is based on a traditional series of plies, tendus, degagees, etc, we follow a similar structure with our signature workout, but the combinations vary week to week, along with our playlists.
What should I expect? When you walk into the studio the instructor will welcome you warmly and get a feel of your fitness level by asking you a few questions. If you don't workout, ever, that is fine too :) We will tell you to grab a yoga mat and a set of light weights. 1-3 pounds. You will set your yoga mat off to the side of the room. There will be two long barres set up. Find a spot at the barre and we recommend finding a spot in the middle so you can follow our regular clients. Our clients are very friendly, so definitely introduce yourself to the ladies around you. Tell them it is your first time....they all love to share their "first time balletFIT stories." Most clients will be wearing ballet shoes, but for your first few classes please take in bare feet, grippy socks or jazz shoes. Once you commit a couple times a week, we definitely recommend a pair of ballet shoes. Read our FAQ page for more information.
The workout: Your workout will begin with a cardio warm up, generally 2-3 songs, then the ballet combinations start. We usually stick to a similar structure each week. Then the rest of the class is cardio, mat work and a glorious STRETCH! You will hear ballet music along with modern pop. It is really fun!
Come join me on Monday nights in Natick at 6 PM to experience this class LIVE at our Natick studio or log in from anywhere in the US and take it in our virtual studio on Thursdays at 8:30 PM. I would love to have you in class!
It will be the best barre class you have ever taken -- barre none.
Not into barre? Or ballet? We still have workouts for you. Try our pound, zumba, pilates, yoga, piloxing, virtual pilates/barre & stretch classes. Check out all of our workouts!
Thank you to Lucie Wicker Photography for taking these beautiful ballerina photos. I had so much fun at this photo shoot!
Mom of 3, wife, business owner, ballet teacher and fitness instructor. Trying hard to raise healthy, happy and grateful children while running the studio of my dreams. Trying to stay FIT, flexible, stylish and take care of myself in the process!