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What Does Haute Barre Mean To You?

What Does Haute Barre Mean to You?

Last week was the ending to our pre-holiday challenge.  We were thrilled with how many chose to participate! We could feel the buzz in the air, spirits were lifted, a little fun side challenges along the way and so much more comradery.  The stars on the charts started filling up fast!

You could earn bonus stars for weekly challenges and because of all the excitement, we decided to ask a question to earn the stars for weeks four and five.  We asked, “What 3 words would you use to describe Haute Barre?” and “What inspired and motivated you to participate in the Challenge?”   Here are some of the responses we received:

Exhilarating. Sweaty. Satisfying.   – Alexis

MY WEDDING MOTIVATED ME!  To feel uber confident trying on wedding dresses (check and check!!) and also to stick to something for once. – Corin


I went into the challenge thinking it was just a fun thing to do. I was surprised by how adding the morning class as part of my day was easier than I thought. I feel better with more energy. In addition to more energy, my lower back pain is gone!!!  That makes me happy!    Thank you for this challenge, I loved it!  – Jennifer

Challenging, Exhilarating and FUN!!!! – Corin

The holidays coming up and wanting to be in great shape for the winter! – Libby

Encouraging, Welcoming and Positive – Kendyl

Inclusive, Comfortable, Motivating – Suzie

Challenging, Inspiring, Motivating – Monika

And, of course, there is nothing like an awesome Haute Barre tank to wear as a badge of accomplishment!

We had so much fun with the challenge and are glad you did as well!  We hope you feel stronger and more a part of our special community.  Thank you to all who participated and we can’t wait to share with you our next challenge!



Haute Student of the Month: Kristen

Each month we talk with one of our students so they can share their experience with others.  This month we’re chatting with Kristen.

What do you love about Haute Barre?

The fact that I am always challenged and never bored with the workout.  The instructors are outstanding – always inspiring and motivating.  The overall vibe of the studio is warm and welcoming.  The familiar faces in classes.

What’s the biggest change you’ve noticed? 

Increased strength and tone in leg muscles.

What part of class do you love to hate?  

Using the blue bands for resistance while doing exercises laying on our side. So painful but effective.  Also, holding onto the barre with both hands and repeatedly squatting all the way down and then “halfway up.” I usually curse to myself when I hear those words.

What advice would you give to someone coming to HB for the first time? 

Don’t compare yourself to others, and know there are many ways to modify if something doesn’t feel good.  Stick with classes and you will be amazed to see a difference in time.  Try to embrace the shake and hang in there.

What motivates you to come to class?  

The music, positive energy of the instructors, seeing friends who attend class, and the awesome feeling I have when class is finished.


Haute Meals for the Holidays Benefiting Ascension’s Food Bank

This holiday season, Haute Barre, Fiercely Fetching and Willful Goods are partnering on a community event benefiting Ascension’s Food Bank.

The event, Haute Meals for the Holidays, offers the community the opportunity to come together in support of the local families-in-need.

Join us to help put food on the table for those in need during the holiday season.


DATES: November 28th – Dec 11th with the community class and meal packing party on Dec 11th


  1. Donate items (suggestions below) at the studio from Nov 28th – Dec 11th.
  2. Join us on Sunday, Dec 11th, at 5:30pm for a community Haute Rejuvenate Class.
  3. After class we’ll head to Lululemon for a meal packing party and private shopping event. (Can’t make the class, you can still join us at Lululemon from 6:30 – 7:30pm.)
Help us reach our goal of donating 30 meals to families-in-need!



  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Potatoes – regular or sweet
  • Any canned goods – vegetables, fruit, soups, etc.
  • Macaroni & cheese
  • Pie shell
  • Canned pie filling
  • Kosher dill pickles
  • Apple sauce
  • Apple or grape juice
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
Candy canes/Christmas candy
  • No fruitcake, please!
  • Cub gift card to be used to purchase ham or turkey


Visit our Facebook event page for more details and updates.

Sign up for the community class here.

Bring your donation item(s) and water and come ready to move in support of a great cause!  You will leave with stronger muscles and a full heart.
Can’t make the class, but still want to support the food drive?

Bring your food or monetary donation to Haute Barre or Willful’s showroom located at 319 West 48th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55419.


Haute Student of the Month: Joanie

What do you love about Haute Barre?

I love the energy of the studio, the music and the awesome instructors.

What’s the biggest change you’ve noticed?

Longer leaner muscle, more core strength and better posture.

What part of class to you love to hate?

Probably the water skiing pose.

What advice would you give to someone coming to Haute Barre for the first time?

Keep coming, you will continue to improve but it will always be challenging.

What motivates you to come to class?

Knowing that it will be great once I start and I will definitely feel great physically and mentally after class.


Haute Student of the Month: Caitlin

Each month we talk with one of our students so they can share their experience with others.  This month we’re chatting with Caitlin.

What do you love most about Haute Barre? 

I love that it is a fun, fast paced, full body workout and each day is different. Before I was a runner, dancer, and tennis player.

I can get the same benefits from each activity in one barre class. I love that barre is a challenging workout, but also has some dance themes. I love that you push yourself during class and feel the burn later!
What is the biggest change you have noticed?

I feel strong. I have biceps now! I am proud of my progression from my first class – it does not get easier but I can tell I have improved my strength and flexibility. I also can tell I have more energy.

What part of class do you love to hate?

Chair. When I first started classes I had to stand up and take breaks during the series, but now I push myself to embrace the shake and push through. It never gets easier for me! But either looking around the room and smiling at each other or looking in the mirror telling yourself you can helps so much 🙂
What advice would you give to someone taking their first barre class?

It is hard, but it is FUN! Don’t take yourself too seriously, embrace the shake, push yourself and smile through the tough parts. What is not to like about listening to fun music and getting a great workout?!

Haute Barre Student of the Month-Ashley

Haute Student of the Month: Ashley

Each month we talk with one of our students so they can share their experience with others.  This month we’re chatting with Ashley.

What do you love most about Haute Barre?

I love the welcoming feeling when you enter the studio.  I also love how inspiring the Haute Barre instructors are, the music that they choose helps motivate us to work harder.

What is the biggest change you have noticed?

I have been going to Haute Barre now for almost 5 years and have noticed the most change in my arms. I also feel stronger in my core and legs as well.

What is your favorite part of class?

My favorite part of class is the abdominal work toward the end.  I feel sore the next day, so I know that it is working.

What part of class do you love to hate?

I love to hate the water ski position.  It burns so much, but it’s a good burn.

If you could describe Haute Barre using 3 words, what would they be?

Friendly, intense, and addictive.

What advice would you give to someone taking their first barre class?

Don’t worry if you can’t do all of the moves, do your best and modify as needed.



KINDness Changes Everything

We are thrilled to partner with KIND on our mission to spread KINDness in the community. Kind acts can be large or small. No matter the scale, they make an impact on those around us. We invite you to take a moment today to reflect on a kind act that changed a mood, outcome or event in your life. Maybe it was an act that you performed for someone else or an act gifted to you.

Thanks again to everyone who joined us at the studio this weekend for the launch of our Spreading KINDness campaign. We loved sharing KINDness with you. We’re excited to announce that Lisa Pollack and Johnna Rossbach were the winners from our Saturday and Sunday drawings. Lisa and Johnna each won one of our signature J’Adore Barre tanks! We have lots of other fun Haute Barre and KIND items to giveaway through the rest of our campaign. All you need to do is attend class and you’ll be entered into our daily drawing.

Again, we are so grateful for our community. We’ll end with today’s KINDness quote, “KINDness changes everything.”

#KINDHautie #spreadKINDness #liveKIND


A Spark of KINDness

A little spark of KINDness can put a colossal burst of sunshine into someone’s day.

Be the sunshine for someone today.  A little act can go a long way to brighten the day for another.  Pay someone a compliment.  Smile at a stranger.  Hug a friend.  Watch your small spark light up the day for another.

Congrats to our latest KINDness winner, Sue Grahek!  Sue won an Urban Halo headband!  There’s still plenty of time to join us in our Spreading KINDness campaign.  Be KIND to your body with a free KIND snack at the studio.  Be KIND to a friend with a beKIND barre class pass!  Share this beKIND barre class pass link with a friend and join us at the studio now through July 31st for our campaign!


Haute Barre 3 Year Anniversary

Wow… words can’t express how inspired we are by the generosity, strength and commitment of our ‪Haute Community‬. Our ‪Haute Tri‬ was an AWESOME success!  ‪Hauties‬, you killed it at the studio and together we will make a huge impact on the community.

We raised enough money for Tubman to sponsor a six week domestic violence prevention program for a class of ninth-grade students and provide 5 nights of safety, support and shelter for a young victim of sex trafficking or domestic violence. In addition, we collected a tremendous amount of clothing that will be used to help women and teens build new lives for themselves.

Susan Miller Thiede, Zion Wu Anderson and Heide McDermott, thanks for leading such rock star classes! And, a special thanks to Surge Cycling for collaborating with us on this amazing event and KIND Snacks and Juice So Good for the tasty snacks and juices that helped us all re-fuel after!