Raising the Barre is an evolution of The Lotte Berk Method that originated in London in 1959. Celebrity clientele including Britt Ekland, Joan Collins, Yasmin Le Bon, Shirley Conran and Edna O’Brien were testimony to the programme designed to give non-dancers a dancer’s body.
Today the methodology is known as Barre: a total body, bare-foot, dance-movement conditioning class that combines ballet, yoga, and pilates.
All levels, genders, sizes and shapes are welcome to Raising the Barre!
About the tutor
Jill is currently in doctoral research at Queen’s University, having accepted an International Faculty Award for academic achievement; she is on leave from her position at New York University where she was instructing dance-movement courses in the department of Performing Arts Professions.
She holds a master’s degree from NYU in Dance Education and was awarded academic scholarships throughout her study.
Her students are currently performers on Broadway, performing in musicals and operas across the country and abroad, and many are Barre instructors for leading fitness corporations such as Equinox.
Prior to relocating to Belfast, Jill was also a Group Fitness Instructor with the Equinox where she specialized and launched Barre programs.