Your barre class since 2009  -



***** November 23, 2020 - January 19, 2021: NO in-studio classes will be held at The BOG; All classes from The BOG will be livestream via zoom *****

Purchase a bootykicker barre for at-home classes ($20 off retail, includes squishy ball): bootykicker

*** SALE through November 30, 2020: class packages are 20% off with the discount code BIRTHDAY20 when checking out on Punchpass ***



YoLarates barre classes are offered livestream and in-person* at The BOG (Barre Over Garage) in Cheshire, CT.

YoLarates has self-certified with the State of Connecticut on safe re-opening practices.  

Safety protocols:

- Classes must be reserved and paid for (no cash or check accepted) online in advance (30 minutes before class starts)

- Max of 4 students per class (in person)

- Students must sign new waiver

- Students must take temperature upon entering building

- Students must sanitize and/or wash hands before class

- Students must leave shoes and other belongings in assigned cubicles in building entranceway

- the bathroom is for emergency use only

- Socks must be worn in the studio

- Students must remain in their assigned and marked areas, staying 6 feet from others at all times

- Masks are required unless the class is not at capacity and we can have 12 feet between each other

- Mats must be brought from home as well as weights and balls as no equipment other than the barres will be provided

- Floors and barres will be cleaned and disinfected before and after every class

- Hand sanitizer, disinfecting spray, and disinfecting wipes are provided at the studio

- The door to the building will be locked once class has begun, so please be sure to arrive early

- Please stay home if you are ill; we will do the same

- Zoom classes will continue 


If you would like to sign up for virtual classes, please email lara@yolarates.com or sign up at Punchpass


Please take a moment to sign this prior to attending class. 

2020YoLarateswaiver.pdf (PDF — 56 KB)


If you have not participated in an online barre class, please take a moment to review this tutorial:

Props are not necessary for an at-home barre class, however, if you do not have light (1-3 pound) handweights or a squishy ball, you can use items found in your home.

1-pound weights:
  • full water bottles or soup cans (soup cans can sometimes be too large for small hands)
  • empty wine bottles
3-pound weights:
  • full wine bottle
Squishy ball:
  • yoga block
  • throw pillow
  • playground ball
Yoga mat:
  • thick beach towel
  • blanket














YoLarates is (more than) TEN YEARS OLD! 

And is more than just the first and longest running barre class in Cheshire, CT USA.  YoLarates™ is now national AND international as an approved continuing education provider for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) AND the International Ballet Barre Fitness Association (IBBFA) Barre Certification®!  Take your barre and fitness education to another level.  Click here or email Lara for more information and/or to schedule a workshop at your studio (Lara will travel to accommodate your needs.)


























ASFA Press Release
ASFA Press Release



Getting fit doesn't have to hurt!
Let me show you what a safe and effective (and fun and balanced) health and wellness program can be, whether it's in the form of my YoLarates™, BarreSlim®, Ballerobica®, PBT, Pilates, yoga, or adult ballet classes, or my holistic plant-based nutrition coaching.

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When you take a class with Lara, you will get a safe, effective, high quality, true barre class, backed by:

~ 48 years of classical ballet
~ Training in the Vaganova syllabus of ballet
~ Sports Yoga certificate from NESTA
~ 200-hour yoga teacher training certification from YogaRenew
~ RYT200 Yoga Alliance
~ Practical Pilates from AFAA
~ Pilates Mat Certification from AFPA
~ Group Fitness Certification from AFAA & ACE
~ Personal Training Certification from ACE
~ Aqua Fitness Certification from AEA
~ Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Stretch & Tone Special Populations, Pre/Post-Natal Barre Certifications from IBBFA
~ Master Barre Instructor with IBBFA Barre Certification
~ Barre Guild Academy certified
~ CoreBarreFit certified
~ SCW Aqua Barre certified 
~ Barre Intensity certified
~ the ORIGINAL class certified instructor by theLONDONmethod, approved by Esther Fairfax, daughter of Lotte Berk
~ Over ten years teaching barre- the first barre class in Cheshire!

Don’t be fooled by a popular class. You cannot teach a safe, effective, high quality, true barre class without the proper education. A Pilates or yoga class with weights, a squishy ball, and a ballet barre don’t count. Don’t let the YouTube and Instagram “experts” fool you.
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Cheshire, CT's first barre class, since 2009.  A classic and fun fusion of yoga, Pilates, ballet, and original Lotte Berk barre exercises created and taught by Master Barre Instructor, Lara Foldvari, set to upbeat music.

Stretch & Tone

If you want to stretch, tone, and strengthen your body like a ballet dancer, try this class! Combining toning and stretching movements at the barre and on the floor in a no-impact class, you will get long, lean muscles while increasing your flexibility! No dance experience required; all levels welcome.









Cardio (non-impact, low impact, high impact), strength training/conditioning, and stretching in a class that bridges the world of ballet with the world of fitness- no ballet experience necessary! 








The ORIGINAL Lotte Berk Technique!  No props, but plenty of strengthening and toning, while stretching at the same time.  This technique has been around since 1959 for a reason- it's tough, yet fun and so effective! 

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The YoLarates™ schedule:

Monday 5:30 PM:  YoLarates™ barre
Tuesday 5:30 PM: YoLarates™ express
Thursday 9:30 AM: YoLarates™ express
Thursday 5:30PM:  Legacy Barre
Saturday 9:30AM: Stretch & Tone

Pre-Registered Drop-ins welcome! $20.00/class
(Your first class is $15.00)

The BOG, 1459 Cheshire Street, Cheshire, CT USA
By reservation only

2020waivercomplete.pdf (PDF — 57 KB)






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YoLarates™ Mission Statement:

"To provide a fun, balanced, safe & effective barre fitness class that is accessible to men & women of all ages & abilities."


YoLarates™ Code of Ethics


  1. Provide a safe and effective class for all levels of fitness, age, gender, race, and creed. 
  2. Teach and advise within scope of practice.
  3. Maintain professional boundaries.
  4. Maintain client confidentiality.
  5. Direct clients to seek medical attention when necessary.
  6. Do not discriminate against clients or colleagues on any level.
  7. Do not intentionally solicit for other barre professionals’ clients.
  8. Treat clients and colleagues with respect, truth, fairness, and integrity.
  9. Comply with all applicable business, employment and intellectual property laws.
  10. Maintain professional appearance and conduct.
  11. Do not misrepresent skills, training, professional credentials, identity, or services.
  12. Continue gaining education to enhance skills and knowledge, and to provide the highest quality services to clients.
  13. Maintain current Group Fitness, Barre, and other international certifications, including, but not limited to those in fitness and nutrition.
  14. Maintain appropriate insurance.
  15. Maintain CPR/AED/First Aid certification.
  16. Maintain appropriate teacher-to-student ratios in all class settings.


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Policy/class etiquette update/reminder:



  • Classes start promptly at the times listed- please try to arrive a few minutes early to prepare for class
  • Please share the studio space and be aware of the people around you; this includes the instructor (crowding the instructor makes it difficult for others in the class to see)
  • The Studio does not have the facilities to have children (and observing adults) at classes; it is a liability, and a distraction to the instructor and other class participants.  Please ensure that you have made alternate childcare arrangements 
  • Please turn phones off or to silent while class is in session
  • Talking while class is in session is distracting to the instructor and others in the class who are not part of your conversation.
  • Please remember that it is impolite to stare
  • The recommended weight for YoLarates, Boomers & Beyond, and exhiLarate is 1-3 pounds per dumbbell; the use of anything heavier than this is at your own risk (and will void any participation waiver) (men may go as heavy as 5-pound weights)(ankle and wrist weights up to 1 pound are allowed for BarreSlim & Ballerobica classes with instructor approval)
  • Please follow and wait for the instructor's direction and cues
  • Dress comfortably- think yoga wear.  Bare feet, ballet slippers, or grippy socks recommended.  Dance sneakers recommended if you need more support
  • Please do not wear outdoor footwear into the working area of the Studio in an effort to keep the floors clean and safe
  • Drop-ins are welcome.  $20.00/class or purchase 5-, 10-, or 20-class cards for a discount  Unlimited packages also available



Thank you for helping to make classes enjoyable for everyone!


You can purchase class cards for Lara's classes!  Go to Punchpass.

Please check the YoLarates™ Facebook page for new classes or cancellations

If Cheshire schools are canceled or have an early dismissal/no evening activities, classes will be not be held. For summertime, weekends and scheduled school holidays, please check the YoLarates Instagram and Facebook pages.  Emails will only be sent if there is a non-weather emergency.


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YoLarates™, Boomers & Beyond™ Body Camp, and exhiLarate™ Cardio Core are Trademarked classes by Lara Foldvari.  Use of their names for any similar classes not taught by Lara Foldvari, or a designee of hers, is not permitted. 

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