36 episodes

The Barre Variations Podcast gets behind the barre! Join host Michelle DuVall as she interviews leaders in the industry to talk about how barre impacts their lives, what’s inspiring them today, and takes the conversations that usually stay in the studio out into the community. Grab a seat because there’s plenty of room at the barre!

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.5 • 13 Ratings

The Barre Variations Podcast gets behind the barre! Join host Michelle DuVall as she interviews leaders in the industry to talk about how barre impacts their lives, what’s inspiring them today, and takes the conversations that usually stay in the studio out into the community. Grab a seat because there’s plenty of room at the barre!

    Ep. 36 | Interview with Jill Dailey

    Ep. 36 | Interview with Jill Dailey

    The Dailey Method franchise founder Jill Dailey joins Michelle on the podcast this month to talk about her start in movement, her exploration in the Pilates world, her national barre franchise, and becoming a parent through it all. Jill explains the philosophy behind her alignment-focused barre method and how it has evolved over the last twenty years to incorporate more mind/body connectivity. They discuss the realities of the business side of the fitness industry such as friendly competition and knowing your financial worth.

    Show Notes:

    The Dailey Method

    The Dailey Method Instragram

    Jill Dailey Instagram



    Sponsors:

    Barre Where You Are

    Barre Goods Co

    Fit For Barre

    Pointe Studio




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    • 56 min
    Ep. 35 | Interview with Fred DeVito & Elisabeth Halfpapp

    Ep. 35 | Interview with Fred DeVito & Elisabeth Halfpapp

    This month’s episode is an exciting one to say the least. Michelle interviews legends of the barre fitness industry, Elisabeth Halfpapp and Fred DeVito. Michelle learns how the two of them first met and how their focus on the future helped them build a life together. Elisabeth was one of the first Lotte Berk Method teachers in the United States and Fred was the first male barre teacher ever.

    They were later founders of Exhale and helped the expansion of Exhale to 26 locations globally. When creating the curriculum for their proprietary Exhale Spa barre classes and teacher training programs, Elisabeth and Fred took their different movement backgrounds, the Lotte Berk Method, and research with movement specialists to create an approach to barre fitness from that hones in on form, function, alignment, and musicality.

    In 2019 they opened CoreBarreFit in 2019 where you can take classes with them in-person or virtually today.



    SHOW NOTES:

    CoreBarreFit

    Website

    Instagram



    SPONSORS:

    Barre Where You Are

    Barre Goods Co.

    Fit For Barre

    Pointe Studio 


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    • 47 min
    Ep. 34 | Interview with Michelle DuVall

    Ep. 34 | Interview with Michelle DuVall

    The tables are turned in this episode and Michelle is in the hot seat. Michelle DuVall is interviewed by Barre Variations Video Library guest teacher and founder of Barre Where You Are, Heather Johnson. They discuss how Michelle got her start in the fitness industry and the journey she's had up to now. The Barre Variations community submitted questions for Kendra to ask Michelle. Learn all the little details that make Michelle who she is!



    Sponsors:

    Barre Where You Are

    Barre Goods Co

    Fit For Barre

    Pointe Studio


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    • 1 hr
    Ep. 33 | Interview with Jenny Niggle

    Ep. 33 | Interview with Jenny Niggle

    This episode Michelle is joined by Barre Variations Video Library guest teacher Jenny Niggle. Jenny is a professional dancer, ballet teacher, and hosts her signature ballet barre fitness classes ‘Body by Jenny.’ Since the pandemic she has shifted her classes to a virtual studio like many others. Michelle and Jenny discuss their shared experience of growing up dancing in smaller towns that were close to larger cities, giving them the best of both worlds. They chat about the social media games that have to be played to best the algorithms and whether it’s worth it, the sudden shift to virtual classes in the fitness industry, and the need to have a certain level of assertiveness in order to succeed in the professional dance community.



    Show Notes:

    Body by Jenny Niggle Youtube Channel

    Body by Jenny Instagram

    Sponsors:

    Barre Where You Are

    Barre Goods Co

    Fit For Barre

    Pointe Studio


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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ep. 32 | Interview with Andrea Isabelle Lucas

    Ep. 32 | Interview with Andrea Isabelle Lucas

    Andrea Isabelle Lucas, owner of Barre & Soul, author of “Own It All,” and the founder of Barre Guild Academy joined host Michelle DuVall to swap entrepreneurial stories and goals. Having started her teaching career with Exhale Spa and Fred DeVito and Elisabeth Halfpapp, Andrea shares some lessons that she learned early on that have stayed with her. Michelle and Andrea discuss Ester Fairfax’s warm, welcoming personality coupled with her impressive showmanship and performance quality. They also mention the insights into her world that Ester’s memoir, “My Improper Mother and Me, “ provided each of them. The original Lotte Berk training program, run by her daughter Ester Fairfax challenged Andrea’s perspective on teaching and helped her grow to encompass more into her personal teaching style.

    Show Notes:

    Andrea Isabelle Lucas

    Barre Guild Academy 

    Barre&Soul

    Sponsors:

    Barre Where You Are

    Barre Goods Co.

    Fit For Barre

    Pointe Studio 


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    • 57 min
    Ep. 31 | Interview with Andrea Rogers

    Ep. 31 | Interview with Andrea Rogers

    In this episode Michelle talks with Xtend Barre founder Andrea Rogers. They discuss the organic development of Xtend Barre from one class in south Florida to a global franchise. Andrea shares her philosophy when it comes to working with other companies and partnerships, and learning when she needs to set boundaries. Michelle mentions how exciting it was to watch Xtend Barre become a trailblazer in the industry. Andrea shares the trajectory and determination that became her collaboration with OpenFit, the on demand fitness app where her classes can be found.

    SHOW NOTES:
    Xtend Barre
    Andrea Leigh Rogers
    Xtend Barre on OpenFit

    SPONSORS:
    Barre Where You Are
    Barre Goods Co
    Fit For Barre
    Pointe Studio

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    • 56 min

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