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Our Commitment

We opened our flagship location in 2012 and were so excited to be the first barre fitness studio in Toronto. Our methodology was crafted with a dedication to an effective and fun exercise system, developed by a team of expert dance and fitness professionals. 

From inception, we strived to stand apart from the norm and lead the way with best practices in physical fitness. We also committed to giving back to the community via our Raise the Barre charity classes, in addition to numerous charitable donations.

While we are proud of the ways in which we have been able to support various causes over the years, there are also areas in which we have fallen short of our commitment to be a leading force in the fitness community. As we move forward, we need to own where we’ve been, where we’re at, and where we’re going.

We invite you to join us as we work to do and be better. We thank you for your feedback, support, and grace as we continue to evolve Barreworks into the safe and accessible place it was meant to be.

Where We've Been

We acknowledge and take ownership for the limited cultural diversity across our barre instructor roster, noticeably regarding BIPOC representation. We also acknowledge that our previous physical space could have done more to create and maintain safe spaces for the most vulnerable individuals in our midst, as exemplified through our lack of accessibility and gender-neutral/non-binary change rooms.

Where We're At

We are deep in the learning and the unlearning. We are dedicated to moving forward as a team to make Barreworks a better, safer, more inclusive space for all.

CURRENT ACTIONS

  1. Our management & instructor team recently participated in Sharing Privilege, an anti-oppression online course created by Robin Lacambra, Founder of GoodBodyFeel. We are actively engaging in continued conversations to further the implementation and understanding of material covered and integrate this work into the fabric of Barreworks.
  2. We have launched our BIPOC Barre Certified by Barreworks Scholarship, awarding 8+ scholarships annually, each covering full tuition for one of our Certified by Barreworks courses. Selection of scholarship recipients includes consultation with  a diversity & inclusion professional.
  3. We are proudly continuing our Raise the Barre charity classes on Instagram Live, where we feature a monthly charity and raise funds to support their mission. In addition to our RTB charity classes, we remain committed to supporting numerous charitable fundraisers and community initiatives through the donation of Barreworks at Home gift cards and memberships.
  4. We have clarified our company values and are continuing the work to ensure they translate through tangible action and follow-through company-wide.

Where We're At

We are deep in the learning and the unlearning. We are dedicated to moving forward as a team to make Barreworks a better, safer, more inclusive space for all.

CURRENT ACTIONS

  1. Our management & instructor team recently participated in Sharing Privilege, an anti-oppression online course created by Robin Lacambra, Founder of GoodBodyFeel. We are actively engaging in continued conversations to further the implementation and understanding of material covered and integrate this work into the fabric of Barreworks.
  2. We have launched our BIPOC Barre Certified by Barreworks Scholarship, awarding 8+ scholarships annually, each covering full tuition for one of our Certified by Barreworks courses. Selection of scholarship recipients includes consultation with  a diversity & inclusion professional.
  3. We are proudly continuing our Raise the Barre charity classes on Instagram Live, where we feature a monthly charity and raise funds to support their mission. In addition to our RTB charity classes, we remain committed to supporting numerous charitable fundraisers and community initiatives through the donation of Barreworks at Home gift cards and memberships.
  4. We have clarified our company values and are continuing the work to ensure they translate through tangible action and follow-through company-wide.

Where We're Going

There is much we are excited to do in the future, some of which is dependent on our continued progress through the COVID-19 pandemic and the growth and expansion of Barreworks as a whole.

FUTURE ACTIONS

  1. Working with marginalized communities, specifically BIPOC-centric, to increase accessibility to wellness through sustainable means. Examples of this include community classes and sliding-scale payment options. 
  2. Developing increasingly accessible programming so that all bodies feel welcome and safe in our space. This includes community programming led by and for marginalized peoples, physical accessibility options for disabled folx, and gender neutral amenities for non-binary and gender non-comforming individuals.
  3. Working to expand our instructor roster to accurately reflect the diversity in our city and the talent in the fitness community. Note that this process is paused until we are able to resume in-studio teacher training, but is at the top of our priorities once Toronto is safe in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  4. Creating and developing a Community Leadership role at Barreworks, solely dedicated to inclusion, diversity, and community outreach. Please note: feedback and comments are always welcomed and appreciated. Feel free to contact us at info@barreworks.ca to share your thoughts.

Where We're Going

There is much we are excited to do in the future, some of which is dependent on our continued progress through the COVID-19 pandemic and the growth and expansion of Barreworks as a whole.

FUTURE ACTIONS

  1. Working with marginalized communities, specifically BIPOC-centric, to increase accessibility to wellness through sustainable means. Examples of this include community classes and sliding-scale payment options. 
  2. Developing increasingly accessible programming so that all bodies feel welcome and safe in our space. This includes community programming led by and for marginalized peoples, physical accessibility options for disabled folx, and gender neutral amenities for non-binary and gender non-comforming individuals.
  3. Working to expand our instructor roster to accurately reflect the diversity in our city and the talent in the fitness community. Note that this process is paused until we are able to resume in-studio teacher training, but is at the top of our priorities once Toronto is safe in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  4. Creating and developing a Community Leadership role at Barreworks, solely dedicated to inclusion, diversity, and community outreach. Please note: feedback and comments are always welcomed and appreciated. Feel free to contact us at info@barreworks.ca to share your thoughts.

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