Barre Fitness & Yoga Stretch ~ Be Strong Like a Ballerina! (ONLINE)

How is it that ballet dancers are some of the strongest athletes in the world yet so lean?  Barre fitness, inspired by ballet barre exercise, strengthens muscles, but with small, controlled movements. These isometric movements develop deep strength in both large and small muscles, while also helping to increase bone strength, improve alignment, support joints and enhance posture. Toning balls and flex bands aid in sculpting the muscles to create a more toned appearance. Proper breathing techniques integrated with core exercise improve pelvic floor health.  Class ends with yoga stretch for flexibility.  Anyone of any fitness level can take a barre class.   For online class, the back of a solid chair acts as your barre. 

  • Chair
  • Mat
  • 1, 2 or 3-pound toning balls
  • Flex band


instructor

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Susanne Liebich

Susanne Liebich has been a professional dance and certified movement educator, choreographer and program director for over 30 years. As a senior fitness expert, her knowledge includes exercise which enhances and sustains the health of adults of all ages and mobility levels. Her balanced, holistic approach blends traditional, expressive and therapeutic movement to foster overall wellbeing. Her certifications include Dance for PD®, Stott Pilates®, Black Belt Nia®, Moving to Heal® and Total Barre®. She is trained in injury prevention for older adults and individuals with Parkinson’s, MS, osteoporosis and arthritis.

She was one of the first Certified Dance for PD instructors in the world, and her class was featured in the Boston Globe. She is a member of the Emerson Hospital Parkinson’s Disease Committee. Her work includes classes at independent senior, assisted living and memory communities, and hospitals in the Greater Boston area.

Student Testimonial:
I have already noticed a decrease in the severity of PD symptoms in my body. You inspire me to vigorously dance with intention.