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Raise the Barre

Dance-inspired Studio Barre Workouts to Fire Up Your Inner Long and Lean

Photograph courtesy of Barre Studio

Sculpted arms, toned tushes and perfect posture are just some of the attributes you’ll see in those long and lean devotees of ballet-inspired barre workout classes. Barre classes, which typically draw their inspiration from the fitness training methods first developed by Hungarian dancer Lotte Berk, continue to be en vogue in Fairfield County as evidenced by the growing number of studios where you can take a taut stand for fitness.

Although each fitness enterprise tends to put their own spin on barre moves; these non-impact workouts typically call on intense isometric poses to strengthen and tone muscles. (Novices may find their leg and posterior muscles absolutely shaking from the challenge on the first try or two.) And for all those cardio enthusiasts out there, barre workouts are wonderful supplemental workout to all that heart-pumping pounding Spinning, Zumba and running you do. (No barbells required!)

Here are a few places to raise the barre on your fitness routine.


Go Figure

Owner Cindy Sites has developed a unique hour-long class that calls on the best of Pilates, yoga and classical ballet for her trademarked The Figure method workouts. With Go Figure studios in Greenwich, New Canaan, Darien, and Westport and even the acclaimed ABT ballet studios in New York; there’s a convenient place nearby to stand up for fitness.

Pure Barre

Founded in Mississippi in 2001 by dancer, choreographer, fitness guru Carrie Rezabek; Pure Barre has grown into a national movement devoted to invigorating barre-based classes that incorporate small-isometric moves set to music. Among its specialized offerings is a bounce back barre routine for new moms. Pure Barre brought its moves to Greenwich’s Railroad Ave., last year.

The Greenwich Water Club

Offers outstanding Barre Physique classes which can be enjoyed along with its exceptional Cos Cob waterfront views


She3WellFitness Boutique

Finally! Fairfield can claim its own dedicated barre studio. She3 Well Fitness boutique opened on downtown’s Donnelly Walk last year. Here the emphasis is on a hybrid of moves inspired by Lotte Berk, Pilates, yoga and the Alexander technique. Ropes and TRX training are also used to fire up the cardio. Check out the special classes for teens, tweens and guys too!



Exhale is a leading lifestyle brand that promotes transformation and healing.  With waterfront views that enhance the relaxtion experience, this mind and body studio offers a packed schedule of classes in yoga, core fusion, and cycling. There is also a luxury gym with cardio and weight equipment. Be sure to check out the wellbeing boutique!


The Barre Studio

Two former Lotte Berk instructors founded this Wilton studio where intense barre-themed workouts will strengthen and sculpt your body in 57 minutes flat. So go for the tone.



Laurie Glatzer, a former professional ballet dancer and disciple of Lotte Berk, opened this Westport studio in 2005. Based on Berk’s original barre method, BodyQuest’s classes also expertly incorporate interval training and Pilates’ concepts.

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