DiscoBarre™

 

Created by studio owner, Sophie Ritchie, with the aim for you to feel more a slave to the rhythm than the treadmill, Disco Barre is notorious for it’s waiting lists and has received press in The Huffington Post, The Metro, Time Out and Tatler. 

It combines the discipline of ballet with strength training, isometric holds, circular movements for mobilisation and small but intense and at times sexy, choreographed sequences. Bridging the gap between a dance and a fitness class, you will feel like a dancer and get strong fast.

The music gets as much attention as the moves as each class is set to a personal selection of sublime underground disco, house, boogie, funk, pop, Balearic, Italo and acid - anything that will help you get into the groove and help you forget just how hard you’re working -your muscles will be literally pulsating to the beat. Close your eyes, feel the burn and you could be in Studio 54 or the Paradise Garage.  Listen here.

“I can honestly say that Disco Barre has changed my life. I had always found exercising a chore and it was never something I enjoyed, but since discovering Disco Barre I have not only become fit and toned but have enjoyed every second of it. The classes are in a low lit studio with disco lights and a careful selected disco soundtrack so getting in the zone is easy. The exercises always vary so I am always learning and pushing myself. Everyone gets attention from Sophie and she checks posture and technique throughout the session. I look forward to every class! – Georgia.

“Sophie Ritchie's Disco Barre is almost like a religion to me. I am so grateful to have it in my life.  I've tried so many fitness trends - Pilates, all the yogas, running, boxercise, weights, martial arts, bootcamp, personal training etc. I've embraced each one fully and thrown myself into various regimes, yet none of these things have ever held my interest. I was beginning to despair of ever finding my exercise 'thing' until I discovered Sophie's class.  I've been doing Disco Barre for over 4 years and I'm totally evangilical about the benefits. It's so  effective and rewarding - I could actually see a difference in my muscles after the first class. Without fail, I leave each class feeling energised and empowered”. – Emily 

 

 

The ORIGINAL Lotte Berk Technique

Lotte Berk invented this powerful, fiercely feminine and fun series of exercises 60 years ago and we are thrilled to be the first studio to bring the ORIGINAL barre class back to London.

Lotte was a contemporary dancer with a fascinating history and character and when she retired, devised this stunning regime with the help of an orthopaedist to help women achieve the body and poise of a dancer whilst supporting spine health. Extremely effective and highly efficient, some moves are a little bit cheeky, plus there’s a whole segment dedicated to the pelvic floor. Working in the pelvic tilt to decrease the range of movement, muscles are deeply targeted and there’s something almost magical in it’s biomechanics that makes you lose inches from stubborn areas, feel more feminine, yet stronger than you’ve every been in your life.

Sophie recently trained with Esther Fairfax, Lotte's daughter and is the master trainer in the UK.  If you are interested in teacher training please contact us for more information.

Ballet Fitness

Ballet Fitness is a high intensity mixture of ballet based exercises, Pilates, barre work, floor barre and deep stretching taught by professional ballet dancers who are now incredible teachers.

It focuses on concentrated muscle activation, technique and correct alignment of the body, but with the classical movement and grace of a ballet class. 

Lengthen, strengthen, tone and sculpt in a safe and unintimidating environment.  No dance experience is necessary, but leave feeling with greater body awareness and the poise and strength of a ballerina.

Fit and fierce

Dance away the stresses of the week and leave feeling fierce, empowered, oozing self confidence and ready to strut into the weekend. From House to Hip Hop, Slow Jams to R&B, Latin vibes to UK grooves, Georgi creates a safe space with zero intimidation to learn a different, easy to follow dance routine each week with moves from the urban music scene. Absolutely no dance experience needed, but you will get your sweat on with this high energy, low impact workout. Warning: you may feel compelled to try out your newly learnt moves on the dance floor, so please remember to warm up.

 NRG BARRE

NRG Barre is the high energy ballet fitness class mixed with high energy tunes to take you through to next weekend. Influence is drawn from the Merce Cunningham Technique, so as well as getting your booty whipped and working up a sweat, there will be focus on correct alignment and feeling mobile and free within your body. Endorphins will be flying.

UNLOCK YOUR BODY

Unlock your body is about stepping out of your body comfort zone by simply moving in ways you normally wouldn’t accompanied by the use of percussion instruments and interactive exercises to strengthen the connection with yourself and others around you.

Expect intensive work in all the energetic points of the body with great focus on the hips, where the sacral chakra is located. This chakra symbolises flexibility, fluidity, change and adaptation, and it is related to our creative instincts and sexual impulses.

Come to shake your emotions, get rid of any blockages that might be present in you and learn how to take control of your body. This is a class to have fun, feel free and revitalised.

 FIRM FEET

Firm Feet’s AM Movement meditation. Elevate your Light. - “An amazing experience. I never really saw dancing as meditative until now."

Firm Feet’s PM Dance in the dark. Embrace your Dark. - “A meditative disco for introverts."

The Firm Feet morning movement meditation will invigorate your day. Dance in the dark will aid you to deepen your practice. In both sessions you will be invited to close your eyes to drop out of your mind and into your body. In the darkness, there is no visual stimulation, which allows us to drop deeper into meditation. There is nothing to learn or follow, it is simply a space to be. Nobody is watching you. Dancing can boost your overall happiness, release serotonin and endorphins, balance the mind and body and is a great form of low impact cardiovascular exercise. Dance to deep electronic, experimental, uplifting drumming and ambient music from all over the globe. People often come away feeling refocused, reformed and with a deeper conscious connection. Experience a sense of liberation, purpose and self-empowerment.

Firm feet is run by Charlie Boyd, combining her experiences and qualifications with movement, integral thinking, macrobiotics and traditional healing systems. Charlie has a keen interest in promoting everyday mental well being and believes movement is fundamental to releasing physical and emotional stagnation in the body. She is a singer/songwriter and exploring making meditative deep experimental music.

 DANCE CHURCH TM

Hot from NYC, Dance Church is an all abilities movement class that offers a fun, nonexclusive approach to dancing. Designed for people of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds and identities, Dance Church is a communal space for everyone who wants to move their body. No previous training is required, but open-mindedness is a prerequisite.

 Sound healinG/JOSIE, ELEVEN HEALING

Join Josie for a calming yet powerful sound journey through the healing frequencies of alchemy crystal bowls, drums, chimes, tuning forks, melodic instruments and light language channeled through her voice. The dreamy sounds will guide you into a relaxed and receptive state as your brain waves change, breath pattern deepens and effortlessly you fall into a deep surrender, often drifting into higher states of consciousness. Naturally the vibrations effect every single cell in the body, washing through the entire energy system, igniting releases and shifts in mind, body and spirit. Sound is an ancient tool which has been used for thousands of years to promote healing on all levels of being - emotional, physical, spiritual and mental. Come and receive the healing power of sound in a safe and nurturing space. It is to be experienced to be truly understood.