Pilates and dance conditioning have a long history, and they make for a highly effective combination. Joseph Pilates himself was well-known for working with many prominent dancers during his lifetime. I’d heard the buzz about barre-style workouts such as Lotte Berk, Fluidity, and Bar Method. I had even tried out a few videos. But it wasn’t until I ran across Barre3, the Portland, Oregon, based studio with the tagline, “Where ballet barre meets yoga and Pilates,” that it hit me: Dance conditioning can be a breath of fresh air for Pilates studios, to draw new clients and keep existing ones coming back for more.

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Great minds think alike, eh?  This article appeared on Pilates-pro.com in January 2010.  Just a few months later, PilatesStyle Magazine featured Barre work in its May 2010 issue.  And in the July 16, 2010 issue of US Weekly magazine, we hear about Barre3 founder Sadie Lincoln being flown from Portland OR to NYC to work with Madonna!  There’s a reason I often refer to Barre-style movements as ‘all-natural liposuction’…