What it really takes to be a barre instructor at USA’s most elite studio

As previously written for and published by Body + Soul.

Exercise has always been an important part of my life. I was in my local newspaper at the age of three for winning a gymnastics meet, lead campers as a summer camp counselor on four-day hiking excursions through Southern California, and have logged more hours bouncing and stepping in unison during aerobics classes than I can count.

Most recently, I fell in love with the lengthening and shape-defining moves of barre classes. So when America’s most prestigious and successful studio Pure Barre announced it was opening its first international location mere metres from my door in Toronto’s trendy Queen Street West neighborhood, I jumped at the opportunity to apply as an instructor. “Free classes!” I thought (if only that was the hardest part!).

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