GENEVA – As a member of the dance team at Geneva High School, Brynn Hanson knew a few things about ballet exercises.
But when she visited her sister-in-law in Missouri and took a Pure Barre exercise class, she was hooked.
“I fell in love with it,” Hanson, 26, of Geneva, said. “My sister-in-law is a certified instructor. I came back here and there were zero classes here. They were looking to expand in Illinois so I applied for the opportunity to be a franchisee.”
Hanson plans to open a Pure Barre exercise studio at 500 S. Third St., Geneva next month.
The program is a 55-minute class where participants do small isometric movements that exhaust each muscle group, then the muscles are stretched out to create a lean dancer’s body instead of bulky muscles, she said.
“The muscle groups are upper body, thighs, buttocks and abs,” Hanson said. “Anyone can do it. If you can hold on to a ballet barre, you can do it. It’s intense but low impact and easy on the joints. There’s no jumping or kicking.”
Hanson – whose last name was Snyder in high school – graduated with the class of 2005. She worked in marketing, but always wanted to own a business and Pure Barre seemed to be the perfect fit.
Carrie Dorr, a dancer and choreographer, started Pure Barre in 2001, incorporating elements of ballet, Pilates and yoga at her first studio in Michigan.
“She was a dancer and very into fitness and blended the two to create Pure Barre,” Hanson said.