Why Barre?

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.

I love barre so much. I want to do barre all day long. When I’m teaching yoga, I wish I was teaching barre. That’s how much I love Barre. But it wasn’t love at first sight.

I was first introduced to barre a number of years ago, and had the opportunity to certify free of charge, so I thought, what the hey, and went for it. Unfortunately, that style of barre did not captivate me. It felt clunky, and hard to do. My arms felt out of sync with my legs, I felt awkward and inept, and that this definitely wasn’t for me. I didn’t even bother trying to test out. I thought I would never teach this, so why bother?!

Fast forward a few years, and I happen upon the BodyBarre method on Instagram, and then found them on youtube, and suddenly Fridays mean more than the end of the week, and I’m eagerly awaiting BodyBarre’s latest youtube post. I’m signing up to teach barre classes everywhere I teach. And where they don’t offer barre, I sneak it in anyway vis a vis barreless barre. Instead of cueing first position, I am cueing, stand like a penguin, toes turned out. I have my seniors holding onto chairs, feet in parallel, doing demis. I am obsessed with barre. And I am not alone in my obsession. Just google barre memes. It’s a thing. People who like barre, love barre. A lot.

And then I was looking for more places to teach barre, and realized there was no dedicated barre studio in Markham, and suddenly, I was tempted to open my own studio. I need to create a place for people who love barre!