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12 Days of Christmas Sale!

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Forget the partridge in a pear tree, we want pulses and plies this Christmas! Whether you are looking for a gift for the barre babe on your list or you want to treat yourself to something special, we've got you covered!  From December 1st to December 12th we will be running our 12 Days of Christmas Sale! Each day we will be having a different special or promotion but you have to jump on it quickly because the sale will only last for that day! 

Check social media at 8:00 am each morning to find out what special is going on that day. You can find us on Facebook at Barre Body Studio Edmonton, Instagram at @barrebodyyeg, and Twitter at @barrebodyyeg. Most of our promotions will be available both online and in the studio. For online promotions, the promo code will be given on the day of. 

 

XO 

Barre Body Studio - Edmonton 


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Hey @bbsyegtribe, need more #BBSYEG in your life?

Are you on Instagram? If you are and haven’t yet followed our BBS tribe page, I’m going need you to stop, drop everything for a hot minute and get on it! Here is what you’re going to do: check out @bbsyegtribe on insta aaaaand press follow! BOOM, you can now go back to binge watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix.

We have created a space, through social media, to bring the barrestars of our fierce tribe together to share in all things BBS. How is it different than our Barre Body Studio Instagram? Well this one is all about you! We repost and share everything that is going on in the studio from the perspective of both our instructors and our barrestars. Have a milestone that you want to share? Putting your barre skills to good use half way across the world? Take a selfie with your barre bestie? We want in on it! Tag us or use the hashtag #BBSYEG to stay connected to the tribe and also follow along with what your fellow barre addicts are getting up to! Here are a few of our studio shots that can be found on the BBS tribe page.
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If you want more of these silly studio selfies and even more connection to the incredible community that is the BBS tribe, throw @bbsyegtribe a follow!

XO,

Barre Body Studio – Edmonton

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#WomanCrushWednesday - Instructor Spotlight: Kristin

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Describe the BBS Tribe? 


The people who teach and people who take barre are just genuinely lovely people! I love seeing everyones smiling faces when I come take a class or teach. It always puts a positive spin on my day.

What keeps you inspired and motivated in your own personal fitness?
 
I want to stay strong as I get older and make sure I am staying in a good place physically so my body can carry me through till I am 80! I am completely envious of the old ladies you see in YouTube videos, doing gymnastics or dancing up a storm, I want to be that strong when I am that age and I think barre will get me there.

What is your favorite series to work into your class?

Anyone who has been to my class knows that I love Clamshell. It is a series that always works and gets those booties burning. It doesn’t matter now long you have been doing barre, clamshell always fires the glutes up and sculpts beautiful bums!

Share a tip with your barrestars to help them get the most out of each class.

There is a reason we all talk about small movements. The smaller and more concentrated the movements are, the more effective they are going to be. If you focus on those small, controlled movements, you are really going to get deep into the muscles and be able to focus on where you should be squeezing.



Tell us something that has happened since your last blog spotlight!

Since my last blog post, I have been focusing on my business as a graphic designer. I work for myself and I am now in year two of being on my own and it has been fantastic! The Edmonton community is so supportive of small businesses and working with local people and it has helped me to flourish and stay very busy. At the barre, I am making sure I have fun new playlist for my classes to enjoy and I recently split a pair of jeans from my growing barre bum! Growing glutes won’t be contained by constrictive denim.

What is your favourite spot/favourite thing to do in YEG?

My family has the Naturally Edmonton pass, which gives us unlimited access to the John Janzen Nature Centre, the Muttart Conservatory and the Valley Zoo, so we spend a lot of time between those 3 facilities. The play area at the John Janzen is a hidden treasure!

Tell us about one of your quirks.

I am really, REALLY organized. I have a hard time working in chaos so I always have to make sure my house is clean so that I can focus and get my work done. It’s a good thing the studios are so clean, no distractions!

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Sweat For Santa Prizes!

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One Year of Unlimited Barre
- Donated by Barre Body Studio

Oilers Tickets with Club Access - Donated by Eckel Xtreme Truck Paint & Body Repair Ltd.

60 Minute Acupuncture/Cupping/Massage Treatment - Donated by Danielle Cyr (@dvcyr)

60 Minute Acupuncture/Cupping/Massage Treatment - Donated by Danielle Cyr  

60 Minute Acupuncture Treatment - Donated by Charlene Markus (www.bodydevotion.com)

60 Minute Massage Therapy Treatment - Donated by Alex Gold, RMT. 

3D Lashes with Beauty Products - Donated by Kayla Greencorn

$50 Gift Card for any Facial/Body Treatment - Donated by UrbanBody/Cosmetics Spa

$50 Gift Card for any Facial/Body Treatment - Donated by UrbanBody/Cosmetics Spa

$50 Gift Card for any Facial/Body Treatment - Donated by UrbanBody/Cosmetics Spa

$50 Gift Card for any Facial/Body Treatment - Donated by UrbanBody/Cosmetics Spa

$50 Gift Card for any Facial/Body Treatment - Donated by UrbanBody/Cosmetics Spa

$100 Manulife Place Gift Card - Donated by Manulife Place

Clarifying Mist - Donated by Pura Botanicals 

Made Social Mini Craft Kit - Donated by Made Social Co (@madesocialco)

Leggings - Donated by TrueLife Fitness Apparel 

Handmade Design - Donated by Justine Ma

Clothing, Merchandise and Swag - Donated by Lululemon YEG 

$50 Gift Card - Donated by Pamper & Play Salon and Spa

$50 Gift Card - Donated by Pamper & Play Salon and Spa

1 Hour Makeup Appointment - Donated by Lux Beauty Boutique 

1 Hour Makeup Appointment - Donated by Lux Beauty Boutique 

Jewelry Prize - Benefair  

We are also excited to announce that any challengers that get 20 points or over receive a gift card for a free float donated by our friends at Modern Gravity and any challengers that get 60 points or over will get a gift donated by Barre Body Studio



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#GirlBoss: Jessica Baudin-Griffin

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You may recognize this pretty, new face around the studio ... she is our newest instructor, Jessica! Not only is she already a boss at the barre, she is also this months #GirlBoss. Read on to learn more about her background in dance and how it led to her creation of Intellidance®.

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We started by asking her a bit about herself and her background. Fitness and dance play such a huge role in Jessica's life, and here she tells us all about it and how she uses it as a muse to create her program, Intellidance®.

I have been working as movement educator in Edmonton for the past 16 years. I 

have spent most of my life dancing because I love the physical, mental, and spiritual
benefits moving provides me. As a young adult I began to explore many other ways
to keep moving such as pilates, yoga, and general fitness and found they brought me
the same holistic benefits as dance. To me dance and fitness have never about
perfection or competition, they simply a way I experience JOY! I wanted to share this
joy with others.

In 2005 I graduated from the U of A with a degree in Education and after a short
stint working for the public school board, my first daughter was born in the Spring
of 2006. I realized I wanted to combine my loves of dance, education, and my
beautiful baby girl into a career. I began working full time as a dance and fitness
teacher, running a studio called J’Adore Dance, creating programs that specifically
catered to young families. As I watched my daughter grow, I spent more time
researching how movement in early childhood supported critical brain
development. I created dance and music activities based on my research to bond
with my daughter at home, and eventually began to share them with the families in
my dance classes. In 2008, when my second daughter was born, I officially launched
the Intellidance® programs. In 2010 I launched an in-person certification and
licensing program so others could teach and bring the Intellidance® programs to
their community. In 2015, along with the help of my awesome, web programmer
hubby, we launched an online certification and licensing program for Intellidance®,
allowing movement educators from around the world to bring Intellidance
programs to their communities. In the Spring of 2016, I made the decision to sell my
studio J’Adore Dance, so I could focus on developing the international and online
aspects of Intellidance® and enjoy a less hectic lifestyle after 10 years of studio
ownership.

It been a wonderful, sometimes crazy, experience growing two successful businesses
from the ground up. I often look back on the last 10 years and wonder how I
managed to achieve so much as a young, usually sleep deprived mom, but I am so
thankful I took and risk and followed my dreams! You never know your true
potential unless you challenge yourself to grow!

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Next Jessica goes on to tell us about all things Intellidance®. She lays out the values, structure and ideology behind her program and her brand. 

By combining my background in early childhood and dance education, the
conceptual, brain-compatible dance education model created by my mentor Anne
Green Gilbert (www.creativedance.org), and scientific research that supports the
importance of movement in development, I have created a robust program model
that is fun with purpose!

Intellidance® is a unique series of creative dance programs that foster critical
development in children ages 0-5. Combining movement vocabulary and dance
concepts, Intellidance® programs lay the foundation for lifelong physical literacy on
and off the dance floor. (https://www.intellidance.ca/about)

Intellidance® is a playful and creative approach to movement education in the early
years. My programs are based on current best practices and recommendations in
early childhood development and education, coupled with child and
caregiver-approved fun!

The program model combines exploration and discovery with dance, music, and play
designed to nurture the littlest dancers, while strengthening the caregiver-child
bond!

When I am creating new curriculum and activities for Intellidance® I am looking at
3 specific areas:

1)How do I create an activity that supports the Music/Movement concept being
explored in that lesson?

2)How do implement the activity using best teaching practices for the specific
learning needs of the age group of that class (Babies (3-11 months), Tykes
(12-24 months), Tots, (2-4), Kids (3-5)) and also ensure I have modification
to suit the diverse needs of all learners?

3)How does this activity support specific developmental targets (physical,
cognitive and social/emotional)?

I’m a very playful, creative, imaginative person, so I love being able to bring that to
my activities, but I also am very analytical, so I love breaking down those activities
and really looking at how they can help children grow and learn. I am always
balancing my inner artist with my inner scientist. Some common comments I hear
from student going through the Intellidance® Method Certification is how in-depth
the training is, how it changes the way they think about and understand early
childhood dance, and how it challenges and changes them to be the best teachers
they can be!

Nothing brings me greater joy than seeing what a positive impact Intellidance® has
on young children and their parents! Every time I teach an Intellidance® class I feel
like to get to witness the best of humanity: joy, love, and community! Having an
online platform to share my methodology, curriculum, and proven business model
has given me the opportunity to reach movement educators from all over the world.
Watching their class videos always makes my heart sing, as I get to witness the
families in their communities experiencing the same benefits and joys. I feel like
sharing Intellidance® is a small way I can make the world a kinder, happier, better
place.

Having been a business owner, I know first-hand how challenging, stressful, and
lonely it can be running a business of your own. I spent much of my first few years of
business fumbling along, so I’m thrilled to have a licensing program that allows me
to support other small business owners and share my successful business and
marketing strategies with them. Most dance teachers go into business for
themselves because they love to teach, but often end up so dragged down by
branding, administration, and business development they spend less time teaching
and have reduced job satisfaction. I love helping my Intellidance® licensees develop
impactful business strategies that allow them to do more of what they love - TEACH!

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Finally, Jessica brings it home by talking about her connection with and in the community and what this means for her business. 

I will proudly say I am a community builder! In 2013 I had the pleasure of being
selected as one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40, for being a community
builder for new moms and their young families. I strongly believe in the current
business world, all successful businesses are based on building a common
community for their customers. This means building relationships with your
customers and building them up! My goal is always to have people leave my classes
feeling happier than when they arrived. I try to connect people within my classes
and online networks so they can take the strength and connections of our
community into day to day lives. The young family community in Edmonton has
exploded over the past 10 years and I am proud to have been part of that
development. My greatest business successes have never been monetary, but the
lasting relationships I have built with people in the greater Edmonton area. My hope
is I can translate this successful local community and bring it to an international
level with Intellidance®!

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Contact Information: 

Website: www.intellidance.ca
Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/Intellidancing
Instagram: @intellidancing


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Sweat For Santa Mini Challenges



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SWEAT for SANTA Mini-Challenges:


Take a class at BBS Whitemud Crossing
Take a class BBS Holland Plaza
Try a Blast Class
Take a 6am Class
Try an instructor that you have never had before (you can earn this one 3x)
Use a blue band in class
Use a red band in class
Christmas music on playlist
Donate to Santas Anonymous (you can earn this one 3x)
Bring a friend to class (If it is their first class, it is on us!) (you can earn this one 3x)
Share your favorite holiday recipe
Complete 5 classes in one week
Leave a review on Facebook
Leave a review on Google
Leave a review on MindBody
Share a studio photo on Instagram with #bbsyeg (you can earn this one 3x)
Share a “barre around the world” picture with #bbsyegtribe (you can earn this one 3x)
Refer a friend through Perkville (you can earn this one 3x)
Wear an ugly Christmas sweater (or any piece of clothing) during class
Bring a Christmas treat for your instructor (you can earn this one 3x)
Pay it forward - use your Perkville points to treat another barrestar
Take a Stretch + Core class
Instructor talks about food or wine in class
Instructor says "just kidding, one more set"
Justin Bieber song on playlist
Buy a red or green Glow juice after class

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#BarreFavs - All Around the World

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As much as we love our city (and we are NOT complaining about this beautiful weather, you've done good YEG), who isn't in need of a vaykay? Your barretenders certainly are! This week we asked them if they were to escape anywhere in the world for a week, where would they jet off to? Take a read where you might find them on their next adventure! 

 

"If I could be anywhere in the world I would be travelling the UK in the 90's with the Spice Girls. #PumpkinSpice." - Katharine

"I'd be a groupie following Katharine on tour. Just kidding ... If I could be anywhere at this very moment, I'd be eating tacos and climbing mountains and visiting family/friends in Arizona. I've been missing my second home a lot recently!" - Katarina

"Hawaii or Mexico- just give me the beach! I’m off to Bali in February so I’m excited to get my beach fix as I explore new destinations!" - Jessica

"I would love to be in Australia visiting one of my favourite people. To be someplace warm and being around friends sounds like a pretty convincing reason to hop of a plane in the middle of winter." - Erin

"I've been traveling so much for work these last few years that all I want to be is home for a little while. But a trip to Maui wouldn't hurt!" - Lindsey

"I would be in California, surfing! Well... learning to surf!" - Michelle 

"I would love to be in the Philippines or Brazil. I have never been to either and they are on my list for upcoming travels! Not to mention they are likely a fair bit warmer than Edmonton right now." - Jaime

"If I could be anywhere in the world right now it would be on a beach with a great book, cool beverage and the sound of the waves crashing on the shore." - Erika 

"If I could be anywhere right now - it would be any where warm, with a beach! Like Hawaii!" - Sarah

"Oh my goodness this is my favourite question, if I could be anywhere in the world right now I would definitely pick Tanzania, the Serengeti is next on my to do list. But I also wouldn't turn down a week in North Shore, Oahu." - Charlotte

"Anywhere warm and sunny, so I am going to say Hawaii! Driving up the coastline, eating pineapple and spotting turtles surfing on the waves is my idea of a perfect winter." - Kristin

"Definitely somewhere sunny and warm! I've never been to South America and since the southern hemisphere is heading into their summer months right now, I could be easily convinced to make a trip down there. Alternatively, my parents are heading to Spain (without me)... That would be ok too!" - Kyra

"I would at a night market somewhere Asia eating all of the food!" - Julia

"Anywhere where I could be living 24 hours a day with my bathing suit on, hair up in a bun and barefoot. But if I had to choose I'd have to say Australia! We have friends that live there and all their "snaps" of surfing and patio parties are making me jealous! I also tried surfing on our honeymoon in Hawaii so I wouldn’t mind trying to surf the Gold Coast right about meow ; )" - Jill 


XO, 

Barre Body Studio - Edmonton 




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BBS Cancellation + Reservation Policy: Part 2

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Alright BBS, we are going to be enforcing our reservation + cancellation policy and we need your help! While we are happy to offer you the opportunity to reserve a spot at the barre up to two weeks prior to class, we kindly ask that if you are unable to attend the class that you have registered for, you remove your online reservations at least two hours before the classes start time. If you fail to remove your name from the class list and do not show up to your reservation, you will be charged a $15 NO SHOW fee for both BBS and SOAR classes. If you remove yourself from class after the two hour cancellation period, you will be charged an $8 LATE CANCEL fee for barre or a $15 LATE CANCEL fee for SOAR.

All of our cancellation + reservation policies can be found on our website, your MBC account, or on our BBS blog. But we are going to break it down a little bit further ... you can register online for any class up to two weeks before the date of the class, however, if the class that you are registering for is full, you will be put on a waitlist. As spots become available in the class, through early cancellations, members of the waitlist will be added into the class. If you are added into the class, you will receive an email and/or a text message notification, we ask that you confirm your reservation in reply to this. Waitlists are closed 60 mins prior to class, this means that there will be no more movement from the waitlist to the class. (Still on the waitlist with 60mins to go? check the online sign ups, if someone cancels a spot will open and you can sign right into the class)To avoid any additional fees and assist in giving everyone ample opportunity to get into their desired class, we kindly ask that you continue to be diligent in revoking your online reservation when you are unable to attend a class. Because you can be added from the waitlist to the class at anytime before the 60 minute period, we ask that you continually check your email/texts for notifications. Please also take your name off of the waitlist if you know that you will be unable to make the class in the chance that a spot does become available. If you do not remove yourself from the waitlist and are added to the class cancellations and no shows will be charged accordingly. If you are on the waitlist plan on coming to class. Remember if you are running late, call the studio to let them know you are still on your way so your spot does not get given away to a drop in.

Finally, lets talk about Waitlist crossover reservations. The only exception to the 2 hour cancellation time frame is if you are signed up on a waitlist and also booked into another class. In the case that your name gets moved from the waitlist to the class, you can remove yourself from your 2nd choice class as a late cancel, but to avoid the late charge fee you must provide more then 60mins notice.

If you have any questions at all regarding the cancellation + reservation policies and their implications, do not hesitate to ask or send us an email at edmonton@barrebodystudio.com. We want to thank you SO much for obliging by these procedures and restrictions - we truly hope that these policies guarantee that nobody ever misses a chance to sweat!

**Please note: you can book a spot right up to the start of class, if you schedule is a bit tricky just book your spot when you leave work or home to avoid any charges


katarina@barrebodystudio.com

SWEAT For SANTA Challenge

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End 2016 with a chance to WIN a free YEAR of barre! Our biggest challenge yet with over $2000 in prizes including a one year unlimited barre pass, clothing, pampering and gifts from many local favorites such as Justine Ma and Truelife Leggings.

The holiday season is quickly approaching and with it comes a season of parties, social events, great food, and vino in abundance (... they don't call it the most wonderful time of the year for nothing.) And while we do love to indulge ourselves in holiday celebrations as much as the next girl, we know that balance is key heading into this time of year! It is easy to let yourself slip into bad habits during the last few months of the year, but we assure you that it is also possible to accommodate the holidays to fit within your healthy lifestyle. 

To help you successfully mix work and play, we are bringing you our latest and greatest and best challenge yet, the BBS Sweat for Santa Challenge. Starting on November 14th and running all the way through to December 23rd, this challenge will lead you right into Christmas! But don't worry, we know that the holidays are a busy time for most people, so we designed this challenge with flexibility in mind. 

This will help to keep your fitness game on point throughout the holidays! But we also want to have a little fun with this one, so we added a twist. We will be giving you a list of different mini-challenges to complete over the course of the challenge; these include things like "bring a friend to barre" or "try a class that you have never taken", "post a photo to social media", "submit your favorite holiday recipe" and many more. For every class that you take and every mini-challenge that you complete, you will get a point.  The more points you get the better chance you have to win! If you earn  60 points you are guaranteed to get a holiday treat.  All participants are qualified for our grand prize: ONE YEAR UNLIMITED BARRE but the more points, the better the chance! We have many other great prizes generously donated by Justine Ma Design, TrueLife Apparel, Glow Juicery and many other of our favourite local businesses and brands! Stay posted to both social media and the BBS blog for an entire listing of prizes coming soon!

Ready to make the commitment to a happy AND healthy holiday season? Lets sign up! This can be done through your MindBody Connect account or in studio. The cost is $25 to members and $225 for non-members (this price includes 40 days of unlimited barre). Sign up before November 7th to save $10 off the cost. If you are registering for the challenge through MBC, choose your studio of choice then book yourself into the SWEAT for SANTA event on November 14th.

Members $25 SIGN UP
Challenge Pass $225 SIGN UP - Pass in valid for unlimited classes from Nov 14-Dec 23

If you have any questions about this challenge or questions regarding how to register, feel free to reach out to any of us at the studio or email edmonton@barrebodystudio.com. 

Lets get ready to tuck for turkey, plie for pie and sweat for santa!! 

XO, 

Barre Body Studio - Edmonton

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October #20in30Challenge - Wrap Up

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Congratulations to all of our challengers that rocked the barre 20 (or more) times in past 31 days of October! What a great way to get back into your fitness routine and fall back to the barre this month. First off we want to recognize a few of our barrestars that went above and beyond the 20 class goal. These girls killed it:

Kylee Q M - 37 classes
Mina  - 27 classes
Gloria  - 27 classes


We want to give mad love to all of the challengers that were successful in this challenge - we had 57 barrestars finish all 20 classes. All 57 names were entered into a random draw ... and here are you winners! *drumroll*


Private class: Sonja Kuehnle

Free entry to Sweat With Santa: Gillian Thomson

Barre tank: Shakera Mairs

$50 barre credit: Gail Logan

ToeSox: Sue Tang

ToeSox: Lily Halinen-Pardy

ToeSox: Carol Ostawsky



Check out the blog tomorrow for all the details on our next challenge!


XO

Barre Body Studio - Edmonton





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