080: Kristen Zurek on Raising the Barre for Fitness

Oct 14

Instructor, dancer, and entrepreneur, Kristen Zurek has 20 years of experience in ballet as well as extensive training in jazz, tap, and modern dance.

She received her dance training from Marymount Manhattan College (from where she holds a B.A. in Dance and Communication Arts), Ballet Academy East, the Broadway Dance Center, the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, the University of the Arts, and the Parsons Dance Company summer intensive program.

Kristen also worked as a professional tap dancer for five seasons with New York’s Peggy Spina Tap Company. She is originally from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, where she began her dance studies with the Joan Harris Center.

After moving to Littleton, CO, in 2008, Kristen expanded her program (now called The Ballet Physique) and opened her first studio in 2010. Kristen was thrilled to realize the dream of owning a business that would positively impact the lives of her students while contributing to the local economy.

The Ballet Physique was, in fact, the first independently-owned barre studio to open in the region, and it continues to be one of Littleton’s premier fitness destinations. In December 2012, Kristen expanded her brand’s reach by co-producing and starring in a pair of DVDs. And just last year, she debuted her newest venture—an online streaming platform for barre classes called The Ballet Physique Streaming Studio.

Away from the barre, Kristen and her husband Michael enjoy spending time with their three adopted kitties and their 2-year old son Julian. They love movies, cooking, animals, and the outdoors.

In this episode, Kristen Zurek talks about:

  • Kristen’s evolution from dancer to barre instructor
  • What is barre
  • Body weight and alignment
  • Incorporating ballet movements
  • Body benefits of barre
  • Precision of movement
  • Barre for all levels of fitness
  • Exercise must feel good on the body
  • Intensity of barre
  • Music as motivation
  • Barre discrimination
  • Mind Body component of barre
  • Equipment for barre workouts
  • Studio workouts vs Streaming
  • Doing a barre workout without a bar
  • Barre with babies and kids
  • Lose the intimidation
  • Empowerment on all levels

Featured Guest

Kristen Zurek


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About the Author

Kate Jaramillo: Creator of Ketogenic Living 101, 102, Straight-Up Wellness & Keto Living Coach Certification. Wellness Advocate & Badass.