Las Vegas, NV, June 27, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Las Vegas is home to several ballet-barre-based fitness classes and more than a few studios, but only one of those studios, Barre Definitions, and its owner/founder, Nami Oneda, can trace her barre heritage directly back to the beginnings of the movement.
Originally developed by the once famous European dancer Lotte Berk in the late 40s, the Lotte Berk Method is a unique fusion of ballet, yoga, Pilates, and body sculpting. The technique made its way to the US in 1971, when an American named Lydia Bach opened the first studio in Manhattan's upper east side. After studying with Berk in London for a year, Bach was so taken by the method's unique results that she purchased the rights to Lotte Berk's name and technique.
Nami Oneda began her classical ballet studies at the age of 5 in New York City at the prestigious School of American Ballet, founded in 1934 by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein. She consequently worked with numerous choreographers and performed throughout New York. After graduating from New York University with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology, Nami studied all styles of fitness, focusing initially on Pilates to manage her dancing injuries. She earned her certification in Mat Pilates at LindaFit Pilates with Linda Farrell. In 2008, Nami was introduced to the barre-based fitness method in New York City by former trainers of the Lotte Berk Method. With her Pilates and ballet backgrounds, Nami was instantly drawn to the method, and wanted to share the wonderful benefits of this fitness system. She taught barre classes at several prestigious studios in New York before deciding to move to Las Vegas.
In late 2012, Nami opened Barre Definitions in the south central part of the Las Vegas valley, in a large, naturally-lit studio at Loftworks on Tenaya Way, just north of the 215. Her mission is to educate, motivate, and encourage her clients—in addition to providing them a challenging workout. Barre Definitions creates a fun and uplifting community atmosphere that embraces health, growth, confidence, self-worth, and self-definition.
Barre: The Definition, The Benefits
Barre fitness is a low-impact workout that simultaneously works the entire body, while targeting individual body areas, working muscle groups to exhaustion with small isometric movements, followed by stretching the muscles to lengthen them. The result is a longer, leaner “dancer’s body,” with increased flexibility, and improved body alignment. Improvements are also realized in energy, strength, endurance and the mind-body connection.
The concentration on the core creates the foundation for all the movements, and creates visible changes in the body in as few as ten sessions. Barre fitness is an athletic fusion of elements from dance, Pilates, yoga and weights. A few pieces of equipment beyond the barre itself may be used. This varies from studio to studio, but they may include light hand weights (two to five pounds), a rubber ball, and a canvas stretching strap. Barre Definitions also offers Pilates Reformer® classes, and will soon offer TRX Suspension® classes, as well.
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About Barre Definitions
Barre Definitions, established in Las Vegas by Nami Oneda in 2012, is a highly effective, total body conditioning technique utilizing the ballet barre. The method combines the principles of isometric exercises and progressive overload, balanced with musculoskeletal stretches to strengthen and lengthen the body. In each one-hour class, clients experience fat-burning cardio bursts, intense muscle conditioning, core strengthening and toning, along with effective stretches to lengthen and relieve the muscles. An added benefit is a heightened awareness of the mind-body connection. Pilates Reformer and TRX suspension classes are also offered. Barre Definitions is located off the 215 at the Rainbow exit, inside of Loftworks, north of Sunset on S. Tenaya at 6445 S. Tenaya Drive, Suite 110. For more information, visit www.barredefinitions.com