I developed Bliss Barre to share my love of dance and fitness with all. I wanted to create a dance inspired fitness class that is fun, safe, results oriented, and leaves you feeling vibrantly alive! I thoughtfully designed the Bliss Barre program utilizing my artistic background in Professional Dance and clinical background in Exercise Science. Additionally, I incorporated physical therapy exercises into the classes to both treat and prevent injuries. Proper breathing, alignment, safety, technique, and appropriate modifications are emphasized when performing the exercises. Students are encouraged to work slowly and at their own pace with an emphasis on correct technique. Bliss Barre classes beautify the body and teach students how to move with the grace and refinement of a dancer.
The Class Experience
Bliss Barre is a total body workout choreographed to fun, upbeat music to energize your body and mind. The class combines an easy, dance inspired warm-up, classical ballet technique, ballet barre work, functional exercises, core stabilization, strengthening exercises with hand weights, and flexibility exercises. The class will strengthen and lengthen all major muscle groups. Perfect for all levels, no dance experience required.
Key Components of Bliss Barre
The key to safe exercise is proper alignment and execution. As mentioned above, my classes incorporate dance science in combination with physical therapy and exercise science. We work in a “neutral spine” position that supports healthy alignment and safety of the spine. Once you lose the alignment of the spine, you are setting yourself up for injury.
Additionally, I do not believe exercise needs to be complicated to be effective. Bliss Barre classes are taught in a beginner friendly format. As students progress in execution and strength, we can advance the exercise to make it more challenging. This approach makes my classes accessible to all. Beginners can start with the basics, and advanced students can work with more intensity. Everyone is accommodated in a supportive environment.
As we build upon alignment, I emphasize that students work at their own pace. Yes, it’s true we are moving to the music. However, students may need to move slower than the beat of the music to maintain their alignment. It is much more productive to do five repetitions in excellent alignment than twenty with poor form.
Muscle Strengthening and Endurance
Bliss Barre classes will strengthen and tone your entire body and improve your cardiovascular health. To strengthen a muscle you need to apply a certain amount of “overload.” The key is to avoid too much overload and muscle strain. As we build upon alignment and pace, we will add resistance to overload the muscle slowly, over time. As we increase the overload, you will feel a “burn” in the muscle. This burn will not bulk your muscles up. A slow and steady approach to strengthening will sculpt your muscles and tone your body, improve your posture, and help you lose inches. You will replace excess adipose (fat) tissue with lean muscle tissue.
Bliss Barre classes include a thorough, total body stretch. During the class both dynamic and static stretching exercises are performed. All classes finish with deep stretching and relaxation exercises to improve your range of motion. You will leave feeling calm and refreshed.
Mind & Body
Mindfulness is a key component to effective exercise. Staying present and tuning into your body will give you the quickest results. When you are fully present and engaged, you will create new neural patterns that lead to positive mental states. In other words, mind/body exercises like dance and barre classes help stimulate positive vibes! You will leave class feeling elevated!
For safety and cleanliness, in this class we require socks or ballet/dance shoes (you may provide your own or we sell toesox/grip socks. Class runs 55 minutes in duration.
Most students see results in 10 lessons. However, others have reported pain relief after one lesson!
Bliss Barre Group & Private/Semi-private Lessons
Please check class schedule for Group Classes. Otherwise we are available for private Fitness training in her Bliss Barre Method. Please contact her at 203-988-4190 or email the studio to schedule a lesson. Pricing is $90 per 55 minute lesson ($45 per person per duet).