Are Barre Classes Worth The Buzz?

July 25, 2013

Industry News

By Rozalynn S. Frazier

From stand-alone boutiques to big-business gyms, it seems everyone and her sister has begun to belly up to the barre. The gazillion ballet-inspired classes out there are all designed for one purpose: to help you achieve a slim, strong, sculpted dancer’s body (or as close to that as your genetic makeup will allow). Now who wouldn’t want one of those?

So I decided to see for myself if the barre is worth the buzz — and I do mean buzz. The celeb fan base is huge: Sofia Vergara, Drew Barrymore, Madonna, Anna Paquin, Kelly Ripa…I could go on. But I had a more personal reason to get back to the barre, too: I adored dancing when I was a little kid. Then one fateful day I showed up for a ballet recital in my tap shoes and, mortified, promptly told Mommy I was done with it all. Could this be my chance to rekindle that early love? I hit a few of the most popular classes to find out.  Read Full Article

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