Barre classes are all the rage. The point of the workout is to exhaust your muscles using very small movements. An actual ballet barre is used, mainly for balance, and some elements of dance are incorporated, but no experience, or even grace, is required.
I’ve tried two different studios and had vastly different experiences. Although the first was pretentious, the second – Pink Barre – was welcoming and exhilarating.
The instructor at Pink Barre was encouraging, helpful and actually did the workout with us. Pink Barre was just as challenging as the first class I took, but much more fun and lighthearted.