How much time do you spend mindlessly listening to the radio or T.V. each day? If days fly by and hours disappear, it is likely that you lose valuable time doing even necessary tasks like driving or preparing meals. If you have never listened to podcasts, you will find a whole world of people out there with similar interests as you that are talking about issues and topics that you care about! Podcasts are a fantastic way to learn about things you are fascinated by and hear experts discuss things you care about. Some of the most popular podcasts out there are on topics like sports, politics and true crime. There are so many more possibilities, however, that allow listeners to dive in to more specific topics like startup businesses, specific television shows and behavioral psychology, for example.
THAT is why we decided to create our very own podcast about what it’s like to be a barre instructor. BarreCast was created to bring instructors together in an industry that can often feel very isolated and even cut throat. We all have the same vision to make our communities better by teaching classes we love. Take a listen and see what you think!
Episode 1, we discuss with one of the authors of our manuals and Master Instructor, Hallie Edmonds, how the integration of ballet makes fitness more attainable-not more elite. Many barre classes you may come across make students feel left out if they don’t have a ballet background. Ballet is the foundation of barre because of the discipline and shapes the body makes in the movement. It is unlike any other movement form out there and that makes it seem out of reach for the general population. Our job as Barre Instructors is to make that accessible for our students- not to ‘dumb’ it down but really to explain why certain positions and movements have the names they do. We can also bring the ballet fundamentals to athletes that are used to training in a very different way. By focusing the work on smaller muscle groups in the body, we create a physical discipline that athletes do not typically get in their training elsewhere.
If you are an avid podcast listener, share what inspires you! If you have never even heard of podcasts, try searching a topic you are interested in and see what you find. Your challenge is to find new ways to be mindful in the mundane tasks you do so you are growing and learning throughout each day. Don’t let those precious seconds fly by!
Listen to our BarreCast Podcast: