Jacquie’s childhood was occupied with all things musical. From singing in the church choir, piano lessons
& Royal Conservatory piano exams, to figure skating, tap, jazz and ballet classes and Royal Academy of
Dance ballet exams. Jacquie’s true love was on the dance floor.
Over the years Jacquie competed in many competitions and dance festivals. Jacquie travelled with her show group representing her home town and Province of Southern British Columbia in Canada at the Expo 86 Worlds Fair in Vancouver, B.C. where they performed three times a day for seven days.
After graduation, Jacquie decided to take her love for dance and physical activities to the next level and begin her professional career teaching dance in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia and eventually
relocating back to her hometown of Penticton, B.C. teaching at the local Dance studio.
After the birth of her daughter, Jacquie completed the CFS Canadian Fitness Standards Program offered at her local gym for Group fitness to Music. This in combination to the Aerobics Instructor course she took at Ron Zalko Fitness in Vancouver B.C., Jacquie immediately began teaching a variety of fitness classes from Cardio Funk Dance Aerobics, Floor aerobics, stretch n strength classes, step aerobics and Cardio Kickboxing. Her extensive dance background has allowed Jacquie to adapt and pick up different modules of fitness. And she has now added ‘Barre” to her repertoire which comes so naturally as it’s a ballet-based workout.
Jacquie is thrilled to be here in Los Barilles leading classes again and sharing her passion for fitness. You can find her on the dance floor three times a week here at the studio: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturday at 9:30am. You will leave her class feeling energised and stronger and with a huge smile on your face!
What is Barre?
Below you'll find out the benefits of taking a Barre class and adding it to your repertoire.
By strengthening each muscle group thoroughly be executing specific exercises for that muscle group, your not only developing definition, your strengthening muscles that are often underdeveloped and undersued.
When performing different movements in Barre such as the use of isometric contractions and small isotonic movements, we tighten and contract the muscle without changing its length, utililizing slow twitch muscle fibres that can improve stamina and your overall endurance.
Wherever you are in your fitness journey, stretching our muscles will help relieve stress thus allowing us to move thoughout our day with a little more ease.
Engaging our core thoughout the Barre class is beneficial and is a constant reminder to focus and help you with your stability. As you strengthen your core you'll begin to notice the benefits of Barre outside of class walking tall and graceful like a dancer.
5. MIND-BODY CONNECTION
Barre requires your complete attention focusing your thoughts soley on each and every tiny muscle you're working. Daydreaming?? I'll be giving step by step instructions throughout the class where to position your feet and hands and how to use the weights and other props during class. Overall, at the end of the workout you leave feeling lifted and calm.
"Hard core", is an old school aerobic class. A mix of everything and good for anybody!
Barre class mixes elements of Pilates, dance, yoga and functional training into one upbeat full body workout. The moves are choreographed to motivating music and all students do the exercises as one large group. In each energizing and targeted workout , you'll perform movements on the barre to slim and tone, or you'll use exercise equipment such as small hand weights to sculpt your muscles on your exercise mats. This is a low intensity class and great for all levels.
Cardio Barre & Strength
A high intensity 60 minute barre workout pairing bodyweight strength training and high reps of tiny pulsing movements with cardio intervals to raise your heart rate. Jacquie will coach you through 60 minutes of sweaty, bodyweight barre exercises promised to challenge you!