13 July 2019 / Classes

A look at our classes

Over the years, Barre Base Dunedin has diversified its offerings to keep our members challenged, but also to ensure they're exercising holistically throughout the week. Here's a look at the different classes we offer at the studio.

Barre Base (the original barre workout)

Barre Base fuses ballet barre (French for 'bar') conditioning exercises with Pilates, yoga, and functional, body-weight training. Although the classes are based on dance movement, dance experience isn't a necessity to take part in the classes at all. Each person can be challenged at his or her own level without affecting anyone else’s workout. The moves are low impact but include high-intensity intervals, bodyweight strength work, followed by stretching.

Who is this class for?
This class is suitable for anybody. There are plenty of levelled options for beginners, but plenty of opportunities to push yourself if you're ready.

Barre Base Express

The same Barre Base class, just a quick 45-minute burn for those who're under time pressure. Please note, we move quickly between tracks with less time for explaining the movements. New clients are welcome, but you'll have to follow along by watching your neighbour!

Who is this class for?
For everyone! But if you are new, it might be a little harder to follow as we spend less time explaining movements.

Beginner's Barre

In Beginner's Barre, our teachers take the time to break down each movement and the technique required to execute the movements safely and effectively. We always recommend people to try Beginner's Barre first, as it's a great foundation class. The tracks are slow and repetitive, so you really have time to feel the heat build in your body. 

For those who are looking for a slower paced class, but still want to feel the benefits of body-weight training at the barre, Beginners Barre is for you. 

Who is this class for?
This class is suitable for those who are new to barre classes, or for those who prefer controlled and composed conditioning movements. This class is still challenging, however, it is easy to follow due to its slower pace.

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Barre Sweat

High-intensity interval training at the barre. Barre Sweat is a step up from our regular Barre Base class and is a great way to apply the technique you've been working hard on in your regular classes, to higher-intensity movements. The class is still low-impact but is designed to get the heart racing. (Intermediate-Advanced).

Who is this class for?
This class is designed for those our clients who are ready to take the next step with their barre fitness! It's more cardio-based, but still works through the basic movements you will find in our usual Barre Base class.

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Gentle Barre

Gentle Barre is a combination of barre strengthening work with stretch. The class weaves stretching, breathing and self-care into your favourite barre moves. We take a slow and steady approach to our barre movements, with fewer repetitions and more time for working on mobility and mindfulness.

Who is this class for?
This class is perfect if you're new to barre strength training, or your body just craves a more gentle approach.

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Stretch and Lengthen 

An hour of self-care through deep stretching, breath and myofascial release, this class uses yoga principles to combine stretching with breath and mindfulness in order to effectively stretch overworked or chronically tight muscles. Maintain your body's youthfulness, prevent injury and relieve stress with this explorative and relaxing class.

Who is this class for?
Stretch and Lengthen caters to athletes wanting to increase their mobility, and those who may lead a more sedentary lifestyle due to their work or certain circumstances! Many of our regulars, from all classes, have noticed improvements in their flexibility within weeks of coming to classes, which they have said has helped with many day to day activities around the house, and at the gym or in their running, and even simply, with their self-confidence!

Self Care Sunday 

In Self Care Sunday, we take the time to tune into the body at the end of the week. Finish your week with 75 minutes of barre, yoga flow, and stretch in the ultimate combination of strength-building and relaxation. Every class moves through barre sequences followed by breath-centred yoga flow and finishes with deep stretching, self-massage, and guided rest.

Learn body awareness and take the time to notice how your body is moving in space. This foundational class sets up our clients for the week to come.

Who is this class for?
All levels welcome. A combination of Yoga Barre, stretch and relaxation.

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Yoga Barre

We introduced Yoga Barre to the studio to encourage more upper-body strength work, mobility, and increasing our range of motion. The ballet barre is also a fantastic tool to help us stay balanced as we move in and out of yoga flows.

This class combines barre moves for your upper body, thighs and glutes with athletic, vinyasa-style yoga for flexibility, balance and energy. With a combined focus on mindfulness and strength, we work on toning your deep core while keeping your mind focused and relaxed.

Who is this class for?
This class is yoga-based and will introduce you to vinyasa-style yoga. There are no prerequisites and all levels are welcome. This class is hugely complimentary to your standard barre classes and has a greater focus on the upper body through the flow sequences.

Vinyasa Flow 

We recently introduced a classic Vinyasa Flow class away from the ballet barre. As our clients grow stronger and more confident in yoga-based movement, we want to encourage them to take their practice to another level and further explore their strength and mindfulness. Vinyasa Flow offers this challenge. This class is constructed around surya namaskar sun salutation flows that are designed to energise and wake up your body. This class is designed to build heat in the body, with a strong focus on simultaneously gaining strength and mobility. 

This class will be faster paced than our Yoga Barre and evening yoga/stretching classes and is designed to get your blood flowing. The barre will not be involved in this class, further challenging your balance and posture.

Who is this class for?
This is an intermediate+ level yoga class, however, we still offer levels and regressions to clients who need to take a step back.