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Excellent place! My first ever barre class was challenging and exciting. Denise is an amazing instructor and she motivates you throughout the entire class, always making sure that you’re doing the exercises properly, correcting your posture.

Everyone should try this out, you’ll love it!

Aline D.

  • What is a Barre class?
    Barre is a balanced, mind/body strengthening and stretching technique centered on the core muscles, that creates strong, lean, and flexible muscles. After a thorough warm-up that includes arm weights, we use the barre for support, balance, and bracing to work the thigh and gluteal muscles. While the abdominals are a major component of every exercise at Motion Study, we complete the class with a core-focused section, using both the barre and mat work, followed with a Savasana and final stretch series to help you leave the studio focused and energized.
  • What is the difference between Barre and Cardio Classes?
    Barre classes use a support such as a barre, chair, countertop, windowsill, or even a wall. They are more alignment-based and are low impact. Cardio classes use a yoga mat and are usually done in the center of the room, but can use the barre for some exercises. Cardio classes incorporate more dynamic movements but we will always give you options to modify or advance the exercises. Sneakers are recommended for this class, but not required.
  • Is Barre for me?
    Barre classes are for everyone! Our classes are designed to teach anyone of any fitness background, and will teach you how to build strength while moving from optimal body position and alignment. We will guide you through your class with enhancements to help you get the most out of your workout. We can also give you specific modifications if you have any injuries or limitations.
  • Do I need a dance or fitness background to take a barre class?
    No! Anyone can, and should try barre classes. No previous dance or fitness experience is required.
  • Can I take barre class if I have an injury or am pregnant?
    Yes! Let your teacher know privately before class about your pregnancy and/or specific injury, and we will help you to safely modify class.
  • What do I need to take an In-Studio class?
    Please wear comfortable workout clothes to classes. We require socks for the barre classes and we sell grippy socks at the studio if you need them. We recommend sneakers for the Cardio and Bounce classes but you can wear socks, sneakers, or bare feet. We will supply all the props for the classes!
  • What is a Livestream class?
    Livestream Motion Study classes target all of your major muscle groups using either your own bodyweight or hand weights. These classes focus on form and alignment to build strength and flexibility, and are taught via the Zoom app.
  • How do I connect to a Livestream barre class?
    Once you sign up for class, you will receive an email confirming your reservation. You will then receive a separate email 20 minutes prior to the start of class with a unique Zoom link. You will need an account on Zoom to use the link.
  • What do I need to take a Livestream barre class?
    Classes can be taken on any device, such as a computer, tablet or smartphone, and are accessed via the Zoom app. You will need an account on Zoom to access the unique link you will receive for class when you sign up. Download Zoom here. A mat or carpeted space for floor work such as planks, pushups and abdominals. A stretch belt, resistance band or loop, or towel for stretching Hand weights: 2-5 lbs recommended for barre classes (cans or bottles can substitute)
  • Do you offer private barre classes?
    Yes! Reach out to us through our contact form to schedule a private or small group class.
  • Booking window
    The booking window will close five minutes prior to the start of class for both Livestream and In-Studio classes.
  • Cancellation Policy
    You may cancel a Livestream or In-Studio class online or by calling the studio without penalty up to three (3) hours before the start of class.
  • Arrival time/check in
    We recommend arriving 15 minutes before the start of class to check in with our front desk, and store your belongings in a locker in our changing room. For your safety and the safety of the class, you will not be permitted to enter class if you arrive more than 10 minutes past the start time.
  • Waitlist
    When a class is full, you can join the waitlist. Joining the waitlist is just like signing up for class, meaning you will need class credits in your account to join. As spots become available, they will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. You will be notified via email if you are added to class from the waitlist. Please cancel your spot if you no longer wish to be on the waitlist, which you can do at any point without penalty if you have not already been added to class.
  • Missed Classes
    General policy: If you do not attend a class that you have booked (and have not cancelled within 3 hours before the start of class) this class credit will be lost. Please contact us regarding any illnesses or extenuating circumstances and we will be happy to discuss further. Illness policy: If you are feeling unwell or are otherwise experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or other illness, please stay home. We will work with you to rebook when you are feeling better!
  • What should I know before my first class?
    We invite new guests to arrive early so that your first class in our studio can be a fun and stress-free experience! Please arrive 15 minutes early for your first class so that you may get settled, tour our studio and meet your teacher.
  • Are there any points of etiquette for class?
    Please consider leaving your phone outside the classroom in one of our lockers with all your other belongings during your class. You will reap the mental benefits! Please tell your teacher if you need to leave class early for any reason, and please do stay for the duration of class, including Savasana and final stretches!
  • I’ve heard barre classes are tough! Will I be able to do this?
    Barre classes are taught via progressed sequences, always starting from the most basic position. In this way, everyone from beginners to the most advanced practitioners can take class together. While your teacher will encourage you to leave your comfort zone and challenge yourself, you are in charge of how far to take each exercise. Our classroom environment is non-judgmental and non-competitive, so you can feel safe to both push your limits and pull back when necessary.
  • Why are socks required for Barre classes?
    We require socks (or feet otherwise covered) for barre classes to keep the mats and barres clean, since students are asked to put their feet to the barre for certain exercises and stretches. We also recommend them to keep your body warm. Barre is an interval-based exercise technique, with alternating strength and stretch segments. Socks help keep heat in the body during the stretch segments.
  • Studio Amenities
    Lockers with studio-issued keys Changing room with shower 2 gender neutral bathrooms Hair dryers with styling products Complimentary towels, shampoo/conditioner and shower gel Complimentary studio towels Purified water station Complimentary coffee station
  • Parking and Transportation
    Parking is available in several places around the studio: The Hartford Street municipal lot is directly across the street from the studio. 2-hour parking is available on Lincoln, Chester and Bowdoin Streets, and Erie Avenue adjacent to the studio. 1-hour parking is available on Lincoln, Hartford and Columbus Streets adjacent to the studio. The Newton Highlands T Station on the Green Line D branch is located at the intersection of Walnut and Lincoln Streets.
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