Floor Barre & Pilates
Floor Barre & Pilates Classes
Our Floor Barre & Pilates classes are a fun fusion of ballet, pilates, core strength, yoga and stretching. Each session focuses on balance, posture, alignment and core strength, and will teach you fundamental ballet techniques, creating long lean muscles through a low impact yet effective workout.
These classes not only create more accessibility within your aerial training but is completely suited for those studying flexibility and would like to develop 'active flexibility' and brilliant ranges of movement.
This course will be led by Bianca Borlant*, a trained dancer and aerialist with a passion for creating unique, fun and effective workouts.
*Unless otherwise specified
What is Floor Barre & Pilates?
Floor-barre is a technique in ballet training that "takes the basic ballet barre training from the standing position to the floor, "taking the effort of standing out of the equation."
The primary benefit of floor barre is that it causes less strain on the hip joints. Often, when a dancer is standing at the barre, their turnout is forced beyond the individual’s range of motion. This means that the dancers are using gravity and their weight to forcibly turn their legs out in an attempt to reach that ‘ideal’ 180 degree turnout. This is not natural and can be quite dangerous for the joints. Floor barre emphasises the importance in utilising natural turnout by allowing movement that is both gravity resisted and assisted.*
Pilates aims to strengthen the body in an even way, with particular emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness and wellbeing.
Pilates exercises are done on a mat or using special apparatus which can provide either resistance or support, depending on your needs.
Practitioners say regular pilates can improve posture, muscle tone, balance and joint mobility, as well as relieve stress and tension. For elite athletes, including dancers, pilates can complement training by developing whole-body strength and flexibility, and help reduce the risk of injury.**
(*Information taken from Wikipedia)
(** Information taken from the NHS website)
Instructor: Bianca Borlant
Wednesday 5:15PM - 6:15PM
Max number of students: 10
Min number of students: 3
£15— Single Class Drop-In
£55 — 4 Week Course
What to wear during Floor Barre & Pilates
When it comes to our contortion classes we recommend that you wear comfy, stretchy clothing that won’t restrict your freedom of movement. Equally, close fitting items are ideal as baggy clothing can become tangled, creating a hazard for you and others in the group. When performing the backs of knees, elbows, wrists, backs and hips can be prone to bumps and bruises, so we advise wearing multiple layers along these areas, as well items such as leg warmers, leotards, long socks and gaiters. Additionally, long hair must be tied back, and all jewellery removed.