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Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions? We've got answers! If your question isn't answered here, give us a call or text at 240-515-7054, or email openbarrestudios@gmail.com. We'd love to chat!

• What makes OpenBarre different from other barre studios?
When most people hear “barre class,” they think of paying hundreds of dollars per month, or close to $30 for a single class. That’s not what we’re about. We want to make barre accessible for everyone, because we believe barre is for everyone! We provide high quality classes that we keep small enough that our instructors can give everyone the personal attention they deserve. We offer a variety of classes, from guided stretching to barre cardio circuit, so you’ll be able to find a pace that’s right for you.
• Who can take an OpenBarre class?
Everyone! That’s the great thing about OpenBarre! Our classes are “all-levels,” and you’ll get a challenging workout whether it’s your first class or your 1,000th. Our goal is for our team to connect with you and enable you to succeed in class, and to that end, we’re able to modify or amplify everything we do so that you can take it to the level that’s most appropriate for you. If you’d like to take things a little bit slower, we’d suggest starting with our First Timers Free Class.
• Do I need to sign up in advance?
YES! While some classes are relatively small, there are others that sell out regularly! Sign up early to reserve your place. If you are not signed up before the class is scheduled to begin, we cannot allow you to participate in the class.
• What if it’s my first time at OpenBarre?
We ask that you arrive ten to 15 minutes early for your first class. Our studio can be hard to find, and we don’t want you missing the class as a result! Once you get to the studio, you’ll meet your instructor, we’ll show you around, and you’ll claim a space in the studio. Studio doors are locked when classes are in-session, so if you arrive late, you won't be able to participate.
• Where is the studio?
We’re at the intersection of Route 1 and Knox Road. There’s a big shopping center at that intersection – Starbucks, CAVA, and more. We’re upstairs – you can either take the stairs to the right of Starbucks or skip a flight of stairs and enter through the back of the building.
• Where should I park?
There are several parking lots in the area! The ones in front and back of the shopping center accept credit cards and are free on Sundays and before 8am every day! If you're parking behind our building, make sure you park in a spot with a meter, not one that says a permit is required. Across Knox Road, you’ll see a lot operated by Spot Hero (4350 Knox Road Lot). You can book a spot there, though it’s more expensive to park in that lot than it is in ours if you’re just staying for one class. If you want to walk a little, or if you’re here on a summer evening, check out the parking garage by Cornerstone. It’s free after 5pm all summer long!
• Do I need to start with First Timers Free Class?
First timers are absolutely NOT required to start in the first timers class! We offer those classes for people who either a) are a little apprehensive about taking their first class and want to get some extra info and more at a slower pace, or b) want to try us out for free. First Timers Free Classes are ONLY for first timers, so no, if you've taken a class with us before, you won't be able to take that class.
• Can I come to $5 Happy Hour classes?
YES! These classes are just like our regular Barre classes, but less expensive! If you have an unlimited membership, these are already covered by that package. This is a great opportunity to introduce a friend, family member, or neighbor to the barre! We tend to get more significant others in these classes, so if you want to bring yours, they likely won’t be the only one!
• What should I wear?
We encourage you to wear leggings and a comfortable top. You won’t need shoes for our classes unless you’re signed up for Barre Cardio Circuit (wear clean tennis shoes for that one!). We recommend socks with grips for all of our other classes, which we sell in the studio for $14. If you’ve ever been to SkyZone, their grip socks are also great!
• What should I bring?
If you're signing up for an indoor class, we'll provide all the equipment! Feel free to bring a towel if you like to have one with you, and don't forget your water!
For outdoor classes, bring a yoga mat or towel to use as your mat. We encourage you to bring your own light weights or canned goods to use for outdoor classes. If the class is outside, we also recommend wearing sneakers!

If you'd like to buy an outdoor mat from us, let us know ahead of time - we've got some gently used outdoor mats available for purchase for $3 each.
• What if I signed up but need to cancel?
If you need to cancel (and we hope you don’t!), make sure to log into your MindBody account and do so at least three hours in advance. We understand that things come up, but we don’t want to keep someone else from signing up in your place. You must cancel at least three (3) hours before your class to avoid being charged for the class. If you “no-show” for a class, which means you’re signed up and occupying a spot but fail to show up, you will be charged a no-show fee of $14. If you “late cancel” (canceling less than three hours before your class), you will be charged a $10 late cancellation fee for the class.

How can you avoid the fee? Commit to your body! If you sign up for a class, show up for it. If you need to cancel, do so early enough so that another person has the opportunity to take your spot.
• How does the waitlist work?
If a class is full, add your name to the waitlist! The waitlist works - we find that most clients who are waitlisted usually get added eventually.

To put yourself on the waitlist, you must have a class or package on your account. If you don't get added from the waitlist, the class will remain on your account to use prior to its expiration date.

Our system will only add people from the waitlist to the class if there are at least three hours prior to the start time. Once we're within two hours of the class starting, you won't be added from the waitlist, but if you happen to notice that a space is open and MindBody will let you register, go right ahead!

The reason MindBody won't add you from the waitlist within two hours of the class is that you'd already be within our late cancellation window and we don't want you being notified just a few minutes before a class starts that you're in it! We're making every effort to be considerate of your time.
• What if I try to sign up for a class but it is full?
Add your name to the waitlist! We frequently add people from the waitlist to our classes, so it’s always worth putting your name on it. Make sure you’re opted-in to emails, so that you get the notification in case you’re added. If you do make it off the waitlist and into the class, you will be automatically enrolled in the class. Not showing up will be considered a no-show.
• Do you have changing rooms and showers?
We have dressing rooms in the back, but no showers.
• Can I rent OpenBarre for special events or private lessons?
Yes! OpenBarre can be rented by teams, businesses, departments, and individuals for parties, clubs meetings, and private classes. You bring the participants, we’ll provide an instructor. Taking a barre class together is a great cross-training and team building activity. Email openbarrestudios@gmail.com for more information.
• Are online classes included with in-person packages?
If you purchase a one-year package and pay in-full up front, online classes are included! Otherwise they are separate.