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* For all classes, minimum 2 participants required for class to run.

Allegro Ballet Bootcamp

Allegro: A term applied to all bright, fast or brisk movements.

Allegro: A term applied to all bright, fast or brisk movements.

Our signature class, Allegro Ballet Bootcamp defines all elements of classical ballet in a dynamic, intense workout conducted away from the barre. Cardiovascular and muscular endurance are the focus in this fun, high energy workout. Jeté, pirouette, and grand battement your way to a dancer’s powerful, resilient body!

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DÉVELOPPÉ BALLET SCULPT

Développé: Developed with control; in ballet, a smooth, gradual unfolding of the leg.

Développé: Developed with control; in ballet, a smooth, gradual unfolding of the leg.

Conducted with a focused and controlled pace, Développé Ballet Sculpt brings attention to alignment, correct posture, and muscular endurance. A standing centre practice of adage with light weights is followed by a floor barre and detailed lower body mat work. This class challenges balance and hones the long, lean dancer shape.

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BARRE 101

Barre: Referring to the exercises that are performed at the barre at the beginning of a ballet class.

Barre: Referring to the exercises that are performed at the barre at the beginning of a ballet class.

The ultimate barre fitness workout, this class guides participants through a full hour series of the traditional classical ballet barre with a fitness twist. Using the barre as a tool for developing balance and strength on one leg, this class fine tunes muscles in isolation and allows for focus on pelvic and spinal alignment. Barre 101 does not simply use the barre as a prop, it follows the detailed structure and technique of a professional dancer’s warmup.

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ADAGIO BALLET STRETCH

Adagio: A tempo having slow movement; restful, at ease.

Adagio: A tempo having slow movement; restful, at ease.

Using classical ballet’s timeless strategies for extending range of motion, Adagio Ballet Stretch is a gentle class which progresses through a series of stretches on the mat and the ballet barre. Participants discover new strategies for releasing tension, increasing flexibility and developing healthy posture. This class focuses on the coordination of musical phrasing and breath to help you move deeper into each stretch, side bend and plié.

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LA RONDE

Ronde: A dance in the round; ronde de jambe - circle of the leg.

Ronde: A dance in the round; ronde de jambe - circle of the leg.

This ‘ballet on the ball’ class incorporates a stability ball to greater challenge balance and pelvic alignment through a series of ballet enchainments. La Ronde uses spherical, circular movement to develop spatial awareness and postural strength. Students use the ball for supported leg extension and hip opening exercises, challenging balance and upper body strength. The class concludes with an invigorating, deep stretch sequence, using the support of the ball to open the chest and release the back and hips.

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CLASSICAL CORE & PORT DE BRAS (Abs and Arms)

Core: The central, innermost, or most essential part of anything. Port de Bras: The technique of positioning and moving the arms in ballet; the correct carriage of the arms.

Core: The central, innermost, or most essential part of anything. Port de Bras: The technique of positioning and moving the arms in ballet; the correct carriage of the arms.

Designed to develop the supple, strong core and sculpted, lean arms of a ballet dancer, Classical Core & Port de Bras isolates the small muscles traditionally overlooked in most fitness programs. Using aids such as resistance bands and light weights, this class encourages the use of intrinsic muscles to develop balanced strength and definition rather than mass. Discover why Swan Lake is harder on the arms than the legs...well, almost.

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CODA BALLET CARDIO

Coda: The conclusion or climax of a piece.

Coda: The conclusion or climax of a piece.

An intense, dynamic class which pushes cardiovascular endurance and stamina to the max. Participants will challenge themselves with plyometrics, exercises similar to those in Allegro Ballet Bootcamp, additional sequences across the floor, and the infamous ‘marathon jump’. Coda is the ultimate cardio sweat for those wishing to take their skill and stamina to the next level. Don’t be afraid...give it a try!

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DOUBLE BILL

Double Bill: A mixed program with two main features.

Double Bill: A mixed program with two main features.

This class is the ideal balance for those looking to fit a little bit of everything into their workout for the day. Structured in two parts, the first half of the class focuses on highlights of the Allegro Ballet Bootcamp, followed by selections from Developpe Ballet Sculpt. A perfect blend of cardio and sculpt, this is an efficient way to tackle all fitness elements in one class.

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PILATES

Improve vitality, mobility & quality of life with Pilates.

Improve vitality, mobility & quality of life with Pilates.

Pilates is a body conditioning program closely associated with dancers and developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. A series of exercises follows the six principles of concentration: control, centre, flow, precision, and breath. The goal of these exercises is to build strength, flexibility and muscular endurance. Pilates strengthens the abdominals and back, while toning the hips, legs, shoulders and arms. It is a form of low impact exercise. Pilates at The Extension Room focuses on the development of a strong core, realignment of the spine, and improvement of balance and coordination, leaving you standing taller and feeling more confident.

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Pilates Mat

Improve vitality, mobility & quality of life with Pilates.

Improve vitality, mobility & quality of life with Pilates.

Pilates mat classes are low impact, challenging workouts for the whole body, incorporating principles such as breath, balanced muscle development, control and precision. Through a series of guided exercises on the mat incorporating resistance rings and balls, clients will target deep core muscles and increase range of motion in a stabilized, focused manner.

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Pilates Circuit

Improve vitality, mobility & quality of life with Pilates.

Improve vitality, mobility & quality of life with Pilates.

A multi-week workshop in a small group setting designed to provide individual attention and correction to clients as they cycle through a series of Pilates exercises using a variety of equipment. Equipment utilized includes the reformer, chair, barrel and various specialized props such as balls and rings. Each week’s mini-circuit is structured with cardio intervals throughout to create a challenging, fast paced class. Benefits include improvements in strength, posture, tone and overall body awareness. No previous experience required.

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Pilates Privates

Improve vitality, mobility & quality of life with Pilates.

Improve vitality, mobility & quality of life with Pilates.

In one-on-one sessions, instructors give you the personal attention your body needs, whether it be for rehabilitative purposes or to further your specific fitness goals. Individual sessions allow our instructors to adjust the intensity of each exercise to your capability, motivating and supporting you to your potential. These private sessions will introduce you to resistance training with the reformer, tower, chair, jump board and other small equipment.

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Classical Ballet Technique

In addition to ballet 'fitness' classes, The Extension Room offers a program of traditional adult ballet classes, structured on the foundational basics of the discipline. Progressing from ‘Barre’ work to ‘Centre’ work, classes give beginners an opportunity to learn each movement correctly, and experienced dancers the structure to consistently develop their technique. The Classical Ballet Technique class follows anatomically correct strategies to achieve the right articulation, alignment, strength and flexibility of the body. Strong emphasis is placed on the safe and accurate execution of each movement. Participants are educated in names, meanings, and precise technique of each step they learn, while simultaneously encouraged to develop their personal artistry. This is an excellent complement to the Extension Method™ program, providing a foundation in the basic movements of ballet, which can then be applied to the intensity of the ballet fitness classes.

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Absolute Beginner Ballet

This class provides a truly introductory experience, for those stepping into the world of ballet with absolutely NO background. From establishment of basic positions and vocabulary comprehension to exploration of safe muscular engagement and alignment, Absolute Beginner Ballet is the platform on which to begin to build a ballet foundation.

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Level 1 Ballet

The next step in your ballet journey begins here. After establishing a basic foundation, this class will present you with new steps and longer exercises to challenge your body and memory. Work will progress from the barre to centre practice.

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Beginner Pointe

This class takes you through the very first steps of pointe work, beginning with the foot exercises that dancers perform daily to ensure strong feet and ankles. From there the class progresses to the barre to continue building strength and learn the foundation of work ‘en pointe’. Shoes and ribbons may be fit and purchased from the Shoe Room. It is strongly recommended that you have previous ballet experience (minimum one year study) and are currently attending ballet classes regularly.

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PAS DE DEUX

Pas de deux: A classical ballet term meaning 'dance for two'.

Pas de deux: A classical ballet term meaning 'dance for two'.

Instructors guide participants through the basic concepts of partnering in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. This class is designed for those passionate about ballet technique and wishing to study the fundamentals of classical pas de deux. Gentlemen are taught proper hand placement/stance for beginner exercises, while women will learn correct posture and core engagement. Students will be given the opportunity to learn supported balances, basic turns and promenades, and even some lifts!

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Private Coaching for Ballet or Pointe

Private coaching is available for those wishing to spend additional time on focused and tailored personal work, whether the goal is to become a professional dancer or to simply hone technique with a little extra one-on-one focus. Classes are designed specifically for each student’s needs.

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