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Welcome to Groove Barre - We are the first dedicated Barre Fitness Studio in Markham

Groove Barre is for Everyone!

Groove Barre is a high energy workout that seamlessly blends ballet inspired choreography with Pilates-based exercises and yoga. At Groove Barre we use the BodyBarre™ method, which is designed to keep your heart rate up and your muscles working hard with no impact.

We are so Excited to Welcome you Back to our Studio!

If you’re not quite ready to come back, we get it. We’ve got you covered with our Virtual Studio!

What Groove Barre Clients Say:

“This studio is awesome! Small but bright and airy. Exceptionally clean. Great detail to social distancing between clients. Great classes. Friendly and welcoming atmosphere.”

“Thanks for the free workouts during the shutdown.  When I was trying on my summer clothes, I noticed a difference!”

“Even after spinal and hip replacement surgery, I feel stronger today than ever, thanks to Groove Barre workouts!”

-Barb K

“Thanks for keeping us fit during the shutdown! You were there with us every step of the way.”

-Carolyn H.

“I love Groove Barre classes! The space is beautiful and you can tell Dayna loves what she does.” 

-Anna L.

“I take classes with Dayna at Groove Barre and I have seen the difference in my body in just a couple of months!”

-Lorena P.

I just wanted to thank you for yesterday’s class. I really enjoyed your class and after being rather discouraged and hesitant – it was a great experience and I felt positive that I can do this!”

Carolyn L.

Groove Barre is a beautiful studio and Dayna has great energy and music!! The signature barre class was a perfect combination of strength and stretch; it’s a great workout!

Tracie S.

Groove Barre Studio uses the BodyBarre Method!

BodyBarre™ is the method taking YouTube by storm – it’s the fastest growing barre channel. The movements are intuitive and easy to follow – no dance experience necessary. Set to inspiring music, you’ll groove the hour away in no time, leaving the class feeling energized and strong. Groove Barre is addictive, but in a good way.

Come see why everyone loves Groove Barre. Join the movement.

See the BodyBarre™ Method on YouTube:

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Groove Barre Signature

Groove Barre Signature barre class is a fusion of ballet inspired dance, yoga and Pilates designed to define and lengthen your muscles. Uses weights and bands. All our barre classes use light weight and high repetition to build long lean muscles. No dance experience necessary! This 60-minute low impact high energy total body workout will leave you feeling strong and energized.

The inside scoop: We really mean it when we say NO DANCE EXPERIENCE required!  Groove Barre is ballet inspired — it is NOT ballet. It is fitness form focused, helping you to move better in your body and to see improvements quickly.

Groove Barre Signature Express

Everything you love about Signature, but with less time. Our 45 minute express class hits all the high notes, giving you optimal work to stretch, tone and define your muscles, in minimal time. No dance experience required. This class will leave you feeling strong and revitalized.

The inside scoop: If you feel like you’re too busy to workout, but still want to see great results, this class is for you! It’s also a great option to get you going in the morning!

Groove Barre Signature Flow

Everything you love about Signature, but with an increased emphasis on yoga, incorporating isometric holds and greater breath awareness, bringing strength and stretch to your barre practice.  No dance or yoga experience necessary. This 60-minute low impact total body workout will leave you feeling balanced and grounded.

The inside scoop: If you love Signature, but want even more yoga, this class is for you. Playlists are also a departure from our usual dance mixes. In this class you’ll hear it all – classic rock, indie alternative and maybe even some country!

Groove Barre Burn

Groove Barre Burn barre class takes our Signature workout, ballet inspired dance, yoga and Pilates, and adds the elements of props such as sliders, ankle weights, and blocks to deepen your strength training at the barre. All our barre classes use light weight and high repetition to build long lean muscles. No experience necessary. This 60-minute low impact high energy total body workout will leave you feeling strong and energized.

The inside scoop: Don’t be afraid of this class! It’s very simiar to Signature, just with more props for added resistance.

Groove Barre On the Mat

Define, lengthen and tone with this yoga and Pilates fusion, incorporating traditonal Pilates exercises, band work, and yoga, done mostly on the mat. A greater emphasis will be placed on core work in this class.  This 60-minute low impact workout will leave you feeling renewed and powerful.

The inside scoop: A slightly slower tempo than most Groove Barre classes, this a great class to come to when you’re feeling a little lower energy. The entire class is on the mat. While it’s slower tempo and a quieter vibe, make no mistake, you’ll still get a killer workout. Basically we trick you with calm music, and then you forget you were feeling low energy, and work your butt off!

Groove Barre Off the Barre

Groove Barre Off the Barre class is just like Signature and Burn, but without the support of the barre. This workout will take your fitness to the next level – it’s all you, baby. Ballet inspired dance moves, Pilates exercises, yoga, and no barre for support to better challenge your balance! A higher emphasis will be placed on mat work. All our barre classes use light weight and high repetition to build long lean muscles. This 60-minute low impact total body workout will leave you feeling strong and energized.

The inside scoop: Even if you’re addicted to barre, you will still love this class too. Just like our barre classes, no muscle is left untouched! On Tuesdays we do a special version of Off the Barre, nicknamed Terrible Tuesday! In this class we do a little, do it again and add more on, and do it again. It is continuous flow and is our most intense class on the schedule, but like all Groove Barre classes, can be modified to fit your fitness level, injury history, and energy level on any given day.

Groove Barre Chill

Take a deep breath at Groove Barre Chill yoga class. This 60-minute gentle guided yoga stretch and relax class will lengthen those beautiful muscles you work to define in your Groove Barre practice.

The inside scoop: This class is the dessert to your healthy eating all week. It is a delicious slow stretch.

Groove Barre Signature Karma - Every Sunday Night

Groove Barre Signature Karma barre class is for Charity. Class fees are donation bases (we suggest $5 minimum) and are not included with First Class Free, Class Packs, or any Memberships. These classes are Sunday evenings, and a great way to close your weekend. All proceeds will be donated to charity, and charities will rotate on a monthly basis.

The inside scoop: It’s Signature class but with a cause! Who wouldn’t feel good about that?

Registration is easy!

Click on “Sign Up For Classes!” Create a login on our MindBody site,
and then you can see all of our classes & packages available for purchase.  Prefer to use your phone? There’s an app for that! Click below to get the MindBODY.

If you are already a virtual studio member, please do not register for online classes. Once access is granted, you are free to access the library anytime you like!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q) How is Groove Barre dealing with COVID-19?

This one is so important, it has it’s own page! Click here to read about our COVID-19 policies.

Q) I’ve booked my first class – what should I expect?

We suggest you arrive 10 minutes before your first class. This will give us time to go over any questions or concerns you might have and to discuss any limitations you might have.

We encourage you to be on time. But we know life happens!  You can still come if you are running late!

If you need a locker, please bring a lock.

Stay Hydrated! Bring water or a refillable bottle with you.

We recommend bare feet for most classes in order to better connect cuing to your body. 

All of our classes follow a similar rhythm and all are driven by the beat of the music. The choreography is intuitive and easy to follow.

HAVE FUN! We are so excited to have you a part of our community!

Q) Which is better – barre, Pilates, or yoga?

Well, obviously barre! We say this tongue in cheek. Of course barre is better – takes the best from Pilates, and the best from yoga, and mashes it up with dance! What could be better? Seriously, don’t take our word for it. Try a class. Your first class is free. We do this with confidence, knowing that most people will be back. Barre is highly addictive! And effective.

Q) What should I wear to class?

In general, fitted athletic wear is best, but wear whatever you feel good working out in. Most of our clients will be dressed as they would be for a yoga class. And legwarmers. Everyone needs leg warmers. Just kidding. But I do like leg warmers. We don’t recommend shorts as we do work with exercise loops around the legs, and this can be uncomfortable on bare legs. Groove Barre apparel is always a good idea! Click here to shop.

Barefoot is great for most of our classes, or if you prefer, no-skid socks. If you have foot problems, we recommend shoes for REV and Dance and Sculpt classes.

Q) What if I have to leave early?

Just let us know, and we’ll make sure you are situated near the door so your departure is less disruptive. We understand that life happens, and we’d rather see you just for a little while instead of not at all!

Q) What if I’m out of shape or overweight?

We meet every client where they are today. Each class is adaptable for all fitness levels. Wherever you are today, we are here to cheer you on in your fitness journey!

Q) Where do I park?

Around back there is plenty of parking. You also enter the building from the back, so this is rather convenient!

If Main Street is busy, we recommend you approach parking from the back.
Directions from Bullock: heading east, cross over Main Street (Bullock turns in Parkway Avenue), and turn right onto George Street. Continue until Church Street, and then turn right. Enter the parking lot you see on the right. Park where you like. Groove Barre is the last building – it is a red brick house.

Directions from Hwy 7: Turn north onto Washington Street. Continue until Church Street, and then left right. Enter the parking lot you see on the right. Park where you like. Groove Barre is the last building – it is a red brick house.

Directions from Ninth Line: Head west on Church Street. Crossover George Street. Enter the parking lot you see on the right. Park where you like. Groove Barre is the last building – it is a red brick house.

Q) I have no dance experience or I’m not a good dancer – will I embarrass myself?

You don’t need dance experience to have a great barre class. And you definitely don’ t need to be a dancer. All of our classes follow the same rhythm, and within 2 or 3 classes, you will have the rhythm down pat. Our classes keep in time to the music, and the choreography is intuitive and easy to follow. Barre does not need to be complicated in order to get a good workout!

Q) I’ve never been to barre before – which class should I take?

No wrong answers! All of our barre classes follow a similar flow and you will become familiar with basic ballet moves, Pilates exercises, and some of the simple props we use. You will also develop an ear for the intuitive method we cue and teach, and soon you’ll feel at home in any of our classes. Best bet is to pick the one that the description sounds most appealing to you.

Q) What should I bring to class?

Water. A mat. And a can-do attitude! If you forget your mat, no problem. We’ve got you covered.

Q) I’m pregnant – can I still do barre?

Absolutely. Just make sure we know, and we’ll be sure to provide modifications as necessary.

Q) How many times a week should I come for best results?

We recommend you come at least 3 times a week in order to see results. If you’d like faster results, come more often. If you are new to fitness, start by staggering your workouts every other day to give your body time to adapt. As you grow more fit, come as often as you like. Because our classes train for endurance, it is not necessary to take a day off after your workout. We do recommend you take at least one day off a week to allow the body to rest and recover. Our chill class would be a great option for your recovery day, or a nice long slow walk.

Q) Do men take barre?

To be honest, not enough do! Men are more than welcome at the studio, and in fact, once a month we will have a special event (BroBarre) to encourage more men to visit Groove Barre. Barre fitness encourages endurance, flexibility and balance – and these are all things that benefit both men and women.

Q) A ballet inspired workout doesn’t sound very challenging – will I get a challenging workout?

Don’t take our word for it. Come and try it. Your first class is only $10. We do this with confidence, knowing that most people will be back. They come back because they become addicted to the booty burn, the special shake, and the utter euphoria of having not only having survived such an intense workout, but from actually loving it. View our class descriptions to find the right class for you.

News & Events:

Karma Classes begin September 13!

Karma Signature Barre classes are every Sunday night, at 7 pm.  All proceeds from the class are donated to charity.  Each month a new local charity is selected.  Suggested donation is minimum $5 – cash preferred. These classes fill up quickly so don’t forget to reserve your spot!

Book your Karma Class

Barre Basics Workshop $35

Ever wonder if you’re doing it right?  We got you.  We spend 1 hour going over barre technique to ensure you know how to fire up your muscles to get the most out of every class. Then we put all that knowledge to use with a class! Saturday, September 26, 1-3 pm.  

On The Blog:

Is it Safe to Go Back to the Gym?

I’d love to be able to answer that question definitively, but the truth is, I can’t. What I can do is share some articles with you, and the opinions of health experts. I can also share with you what I’m doing at Groove Barre to support our joint safety. And I’ll share this with you too: I’m afraid to get it wrong. The worst thing that could happen is to have an outbreak traced back to our studio, so I’m doing every thing in my power to prevent that from happening.

Musings of a Fledgling Barre Boss

I f#cked up, I’m not sorry

These were the song lyrics that came blasting over my stereo this morning as I taught my group fitness cardio dance class.  (Song’s called “I’m Not Sorry” by Hardwell if you want to look it up.)  Turns out it’s a pretty catchy track that somehow escaped Spotify’s allow Explicit Content filter.  Still my responsibility to know my music though, so my bad. 

I have bad knees, bad hips, a sore back, whatever…

There is an expression that is so appropriate for fitness: move it or lose it. Well intentioned sports therapists or doctors sometimes recommend complete rest for an injury, and then more bad things happen. Nowadays, the advice is often to keep it moving.

Karma Classes for Baby Eva

Groove Barre Karma Signature Barre classes join the fight #ForEvaStrong. All proceeds from Karma classes for the month of February go to Eva.

I am a lash bar virgin no more!

What to expect at a lash lift and tint

So…You’ve Booked Your First Barre Class. Here’s What You’ll Want to Know

Everying you’ll want to know after you’ve booked your first barre class at Groove Barre Markham. Welcome to our community!

Barre So Hard

So you thought it was going to be like your daughter’s ballet class. After a very rude awakening, you realize this just might be the hardest workout of your life.

You are ready now.

I have been a group fitness instructor for almost 10 years, and I was never tempted to open my own studio. I’ve taught yoga for 5 years, and again, was never tempted to open my own studio. But then I discovered barre, and suddenly I caught the studio bug.

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