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About The Lotte Berk Technique

The Original Technique was created by German ballerina Lotte Berk in 1959. Her innovative and highly effective exercises are a blend of yoga, modern ballet and physical therapy. Berk created the system of exercises specifically with non dancers in mind. The technique uses tiny movements to shape, strengthen and tone the entire body. The Original class improves balance, flexibility and builds overall strength. Lotte’s exercises place great emphasis upon core stability, form and proper alignment. The true roots of barre.

About The Good Barre

Hi, my name is Angela Karner. I have been teaching the Original since 2018. I am trained and certified by The London Method. In 2020 I earned an endorsement from Lotte Berk’s daughter, Esther Fairfax. I am a mother of 2 toddlers, a wife and a runner. My family and I live in Portland, OR USA.

The Good Barre was created in 2020 during COVID lockdown. I wanted a way to share classes with clients and friends during the time that we all spent confined to out homes. I had never taught on camera. I know now that the desire to connect during that period of time is what gave me the courage to start. I have been adding on demand content and hosting live stream classes ever since.

My family has recently relocated to Portland, OR and my new studio space is under construction. Upon completion, in-studio classes will resume in addition to the live stream schedule. My husband and I are transforming the space ourselves and we are excited to unveil our creation in November 2021.

It is an absolute pleasure to share the technique that I love! I am enthusiastic to teach and to create a safe and supportive space for others. The Good Barre is body positive, inclusive and encouraging. All are welcome!

What to Expect in Class

The Original Technique is a strength conditioning class. The workouts are designed to work each muscle group followed by an immediate stretch. The class moves fluidly; however, is not a cardio class. Each class starts with an invigorating warm up and ends with a relaxing final stretch.

Live stream: Please download zoom prior to your session. You may keep your camera off, is you prefer. The classes are recorded: however, only the speaker view is recorded. Clients will not be shown on the recordings and everyone registered for the session will receive a recording after class. Recordings expire after 48 hours. Be sure to read “Tips to Maximize Your Live Stream Experience” at the bottom of the schedule page.

In-Person: Please bring sock to be worn in-studio, grippy socks are preferred. Hands-on corrections will be given, please let me know if you are uncomfortable with hands-on and prefer only verbal corrections. Current COVID protocols will be discussed prior to your session and are ever-evolving to meet current standards for safety.

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