Will Workouts Take A Bow To Ballet?

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Michael Cornell's Ballet 101 is redefining Hollywood fitness.

According to ballet virtuoso and personal trainer Michael Cornell, ballet could just become the new boot-camp workout. Cornell’s PRIVATE BALLET LOS ANGELES (PBLA) classes are filling fast as New Year celebrations wind down and those promising to turn over a new leaf discover the power of the plié.

Cornell, who choreographs and teaches ballet not only to name-actresses and other tinsel-town notables, but also to those who simply want to enjoy exercise with optimal results, says that many of his Ballet 101 students have forsaken traditional fitness training or even yoga classes in favor of learning classical ballet technique. He explains why: “Ballet training improves flexibility, balance and posture while sharpening mental acuity. Every class presents a powerful mind body connection set to different music. Imagine reaching your full potential with strength and style. Welcome to Ballet 101!”

PBLA’s highly-popular Ballet 101 class has seen over 120 graduates since Cornell staked his claim on a 3rd Street studio location last year. “I want my students to dance. I want them to express their individuality through movement. I want them to develop their musicality,” Cornell says with exuberance. He clarifies that this is not a fusion pilates-based workout barre class, but rather this is true ballet as it was taught to him by the best in the world.

“Ballet works every muscle in the body - including your brain!” says PBLA student Marine Azria. “It is technical and demanding in a good way. Also, ballet is a very feminine exercise, for me at least. It has helped me in my everyday life to be more graceful and poised."

Another PBLA student from Toluca Terrace puts it this way: “The total mind-body-soul experience teaches you to isolate the muscle groups by identifying your core and learning that all movement emanates from this center.”

“No more wandering miserable and clueless around the gym! “ states another ardent client. “I look forward to my weekly ballet classes at PBLA. I've lost pounds and inches while gaining strength and flexibility and, best of all, I'm enjoying every minute of it.”

PBLA’s Ballet 101 students complete all the fundamental movements of the ballet barre in six classes. “We keep it simple, but we are goal-oriented. We have a breakthrough approach and method,” Cornell says and adds that women and men of all ages and body types see results.

He credits PBLA’s sudden expansion to enthusiastic word-of-mouth, transformational results, continual new class offerings for novices, and the box office success of Black Swan.


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