by November 9, 2010 at 7:00 am 4,602 3 Comments stuido Lotte Berk method of fitness

Barre-tender Rachel Bell demonstrates exercises from the barre method. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Cecile Oreste at danceDC

After 15 years of working in the magazine industry in Detroit, Linda Bachrack had a ‘mid-life crisis’ that led her to her current role as owner of studio on 14th Street NW. Realizing that there is no better time than now, Bachrack turned her passion for the Lotte Berk method of fitness into a successful business in the District.

But, with the fragile economic climate, Bachrack understood the importance of being cautious when starting a business. Shortly after moving to DC, she got in touch with a studio owner in Detroit who was interested in licensing the barre method of fitness in other markets.

Linda Bachrack, owner of studio. (Luis Gomez Photos

Bachrack rented space from a yoga studio on U Street where she introduced residents of the District to this new, transformational exercise. After building a base of loyal students, Bachrack eventually broke off from her licensing partner and opened at its current location at 1339 14th Street NW, just south of Rhode Island Avenue.

The Exercise Method

Although based on the Lotte Berk method that started the barre fitness movement, has its own system of training for its teachers or ‘barre-tenders.’



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