Ballet dancers must be flexible and strong so they can perform the final scene in "The Nutcracker," in which they open thousands of pistachios using only their feet. Get fit through dance with this Groupon.
- $43 for 10 cardio barre classes, valid at the Santa Monica location only (a $170 value)
- Click to see the class schedule.
Classical dancer and choreographer Richard Giorla's had been working on stage and on screen for 30 years when he suffered a career-ending hip injury. He wanted to stay in shape despite his ailment, but few exercise programs offered the movements that dance once did. So he invented his own— Cardio Barre. It's composed of graceful ballet movements, such as pliés and dances with Nutcrackers, but they've been adjusted to be easier on the body. The workout's continuous barrage of ballet, resistance, and light-weight exercises has caught on; there are now 16 Cardio Barre studios in total, each one dedicated to forging long, lean muscles, improving balance and coordination, and burning calories.