Ash Daniec spent her childhood in dance studios, learning the ins and outs of ballet from her mother, a professional dance teacher. Though Ash went on to pursue a career in public relations and marketing, she always felt drawn to dance.

In the end, the urge was too strong to ignore. At the age of 26, she took a risk and let go of her major marketing clients to start her next chapter: Barre Brisbane located in West End.

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Less than a year later, Ash’s studio has become a thriving fitness and dance business. Barre Brisbane now has five instructors, is open seven days a week, and holds classes ranging from Barre Cardio to Yummy Mummy.

Barre’s ever-increasing popularity in the fitness world is due to its ability to lengthen and tone muscles all over the body, allowing you to feel strong in both body and mind.

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With an ultimate goal to succeed and make a positive mark on the world (starting in her local community), Ash’s drive and vision has helped her make it in the competitive fitness industry. But it hasn’t been without blood, sweat and tears.

Her advice for small business owners is simple:

“The spectrum of highs and lows will be intense, but above all go for it and be bold.

“Dreams can come true, but they can also unravel. You need to work harder than anyone you know and back yourself even on the sh*t days.”

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2017 will be even bigger and better for Ash and Barre Brisbane. Newcomers can take advantage of a special introductory offer (a five-class pass for $50), and on March 31, Barre Brisbane will hold a 1st birthday party at Miss Bliss Whole Foods Kitchen.

Following the success of a sold-out barre retreat in Noosa, Ash has teamed up with yogi master Patty Perlman for an all-inclusive seven-day Bali retreat in April, with places available for only $2900.

Ash is also hoping to open a new studio on Brisbane’s north side in the coming months. She’s currently on the hunt for an exciting new location.

So what is Barre?

Ash: Barre is a 60 minute workout combining pilates, ballet and yoga. Using isometric movements with the power of music to increase strength, flexibility, stamina and dynamic stability. It is a class geared for everyone not matter age or fitness level—no ballet experience required! As long as you can hold a ballet barre, you can do Barre. That’s not to say that it’s easy, your first class will likely feel challenging at times, but we encourage you to stick with it. Try your hardest and let loose and feel free to ask your instructor plenty of questions after class if you weren’t clear on any of the moves.

What are the benefits?

Ash: Those tiny movements can help you get stronger.The isometric contractions that make up the bulk of a barre class occur when the muscle tenses without changing length. Think of these movements as the opposite of typical strength training moves (or concentric and eccentric contractions), which occur when a muscle stretches then shortens (as in a biceps curl). Isometric exercise is agreat way to maintain muscle strength.

You’ll target multiple muscle groups at once
which increases your heart rate as more muscles are working.

You’ll improve your mind-body connection.
The smaller movements in a barre class can bring a new level of awareness to the body that you don’t get in regular strength workouts

Depending on your body type and fitness level, you’ll see and feel changes
in your weight and body shape
in three weeks to three months,
though making a major change in your body and losing a significant amount of weight could take more than a year. All that hard work will pay off, though: “Our ​ ​ clients ​ ​ develop a natural youthfulness, power, and grace, and wonderful, natural posture and a lifted derriere ​ ​ from classes.

Strength level needed?
Ash: High strength level is not needed, all classes are low impact and our weights training is no higher then 5kg at a time.

Who can do it?

Ash: We strive to make our studios a place where everyone will feel comfortable. Barre Brisbane classes are low-impact workout and can be done by people of all shapes, sizes, and ages. As long as you can hold on to the ballet barre, you can do a workout! No dancing experience is required. While the Barre Brisbane technique is high intensity, it is very low impact, meaning you’ll get a great workout without putting excessive stress on your joints. If running or jumping has ever caused pain or stress to your joints, Barre may be just what you’re looking for. We focus on very tiny isometric movements, so size truly does not matter. Barre is one of the fastest, most effective ways to change the shape of your body. Clients typically see the best results when they take 3-4 classes per week.

Photography: Frankie Owen, Moments By Frankie
Talent: Ash Daniec, Barre Brisbane
Hair: Rokstar West End
Makeup: Ginelle Dale, Ginelle Dale Creative
Location: Miss Bliss Whole Foods Kitchen