The ballet-inspired “barre” workout that’s been sweeping the nation has finally chasséd its way into the Twin Cities. Skip the tutus and ballet slippers and grab a sweatband. The combination of Pilates, yoga and ballet movements, along with bursts of cardio and the use of a ballet barre for support and resistance, have given barre classes a reputation for being tough-as-nails workouts. With every pose you’ll pulse — or make tiny movements — and push every muscle group to exhaustion. Just when you think your quivering legs can’t take anymore, saddle up and hold on for just a few more seconds. It’s this high-intensity sculpting approach that keeps barre enthusiasts coming back for more in pursuit of a long, lean and chiseled dancer’s body.

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