The gorgeous Bec has been teaching classes at Aleenta Barre for the past year after a stint at an American barre fitness franchise. With qualifications in dance performance and Pilates, she’s well-loved by Mawson Lakes devotees, teaching up to 10 classes a week. As we search for more amazing barre tenders at three studios across Adelaide, we hope you’ll find her journey inspiring!
Bec, why is teaching barre fitness your dream job?
I literally can’t think of a better gig for me to be doing. I get to do everything I love every day! When I first started teaching, I didn’t really know if it was something I wanted to do. I was at a stage where I was like, ‘What am I going to do, because dance alone isn’t giving me what I need?’ And then I fell in love with it and the ability I had to change people’s lives. You can change someone’s life dramatically through two to three barre classes a week – you can help improve a person’s posture and their flexibility, and they can see it transfer into their daily life.
What makes an awesome barre tender?
Dance and ballet training is a great background because it just gives you that automatic knowledge on how to use rotation, how to correct posture and how to blend the exercises in the class and make it really fluid.
What sets Aleenta Barre apart?
I think what’s really nice about Aleenta Barre is the control they keep over the classes. Barre tenders do training once a month, and the classes roll out from that change in each studio. I really like that we give our clients a chance to learn the routine and work the routine – I like that we challenge the brain as well as the body.
I also like the freshness in the studios. They’re really bright and welcoming and the colour schemes are really beautiful. It just makes you feel like you are in a healthy environment.
Your favourite class to teach?
Definitely Yoga Barre. You get the workout and the stretch. I love doing core conditioning and working different muscles.
We love your hair!
Haha. At the moment it’s red and half of it’s shaved. I have a new hairstyle all the time!
The spine should feel long and lithe. Imagine a puppet string attached to the base of your spine coming out through the crown of your head. If you imagine someone pulling upwards on this string, you should feel the body straighten and get a bit taller.
Watch out that you don’t puff open your ribs/chest. It’s very important to keep a soft upper body and relaxed chest for ease of breath.
2. Water – the way to healthy, clean, glowing skin. Try to drink two litres a day.
3. Smooth foods – smoothies, juices and soups are easier to digest and a great choice if you have to eat before barre class