If you’re yet to get to the barre to try out the ballet fitness trend, then it’s about time you did. A simple scroll through Instagram can find fitspiration from Lily Aldridge to Miranda Kerr clad in satin toed slippers mid plie. With benefits including a lengthened, toned physique, improved posture and greater flexibility, who can blame them and we’ve rounded up the top places to try it out.
Barrecore, Various Locations
The brainchild of Niki Rein, a former protégée of Tracy Anderson, Barrecore’s original Chelsea studio was one of the first to bring the workout to the UK. Known for their community based atmosphere, the team encourage rather than push as they take you through a series of repetitive movements designed to tone, lean and lengthen. With new classes launching including barreASANA, a fusion of yoga and ballet, expect to have fun and get results fast.
Visit barrecore.co.uk, From £20 a class.
Paola’s Body Barre, Fulham and Chelsea
Proving that barre is not simply swishes and pointed toes is Paola Di Lanzo’s Body Barre. Favoured by celebs and models alike, this all-over body workout fuses signature ballet moves with pilates and high intensity cardio. Expect to ‘feel the burn’ as you are pushed to the limit – the sweat is worth it though, just a glance at Paola’s toned figure after three children is enough to ensure you plie deeper.
Visit PaolasBodyBarre.com, All new members can try a month of unlimited classes for £40.
Ballet Beautiful, Online
Mary Helen Bowers, the woman who trained Natalie Portman in Black Swan is now available via the internet. Whether you are after one-to-one training or simply want to join a class, the former pro-ballerina now streams her classes directly from her New York Studio. Saving you the money of a flight to New York and enabling a living room based workout? A win, win situation.
Everybody Ballet, Notting Hill
If you prefer a more traditional approach, then try Everybody Ballet. Taught by former pro-ballerina Isabel McMeekan the workout aspires to make classic dance moves accessible to everybody, with no prior experience required. The class, which is split into three simple sections dramatically improves posture, grace and elegance.
Visit EverybodyBallet.com, From £25.
XTend Barre, Mayfair
US import XTend Barre is set to be huge in 2015 and is currently operating a limited pop-up in Mayfair. Giving the British ballet trend a tougher, more energetic twist, this fifty five minute class is divided into sections to focus on abs, arms and legs working out the entire body. Expect to ache the next day. New flagship studio opens later this year.
Visit XTendBarre.com, prices range from £13 – £25 per class and the first class is free!
This purely barre based studio is a favourite with the Active In Style girls for its fast results. With a range of classes including our personal favourite Barre Run Out which incorporates barre, running and stretching, Barreworks offers a workout for every level from athletic to pre natal.
Visit barreworks.co.uk, from £25.
Barre Basics At Frame, Queens Park and Shoreditch
London’s coolest fitness studio offers the perfect barre class for beginners. Focusing on stretching and positioning, the class takes you through basic positions with plenty of repetition, enabling you to keep up with barre regulars in no time.
Visit MoveYourFrame.com, from £6.
See you at the Barre!