The story behind Ballet Bootcamp
Victoria Marr and Flik Swan
With 32 years of combined experience dancing on the world's most prestigious stages from Broadway in NYC to London's West End, this graceful duo met aged eleven at the Elmhurst Ballet School in Surrey.
Victoria went on to train at the prestigious Royal Ballet School in London, and quickly received a contract with the company. Her professional dance career began to take off when she turned 18, progressing onwards and upwards until she reached the acclaimed First Soloist position, where she has remained for the last seventeen years, touring the world in beautiful productions from Swan Lake to Sleeping Beauty.
Flik, on the other hand, followed a very different path to dancing success. After being spotted by an agent at aged 17, Flik was signed on the spot and soon began living her dream career of performing in shows such as A Chorus Line and Chicago in the West End.
Careers in top-level dance are always relatively short, however, so it was a few years ago when these talented ballerinas came together again with the question, 'What's next?'
Throughout their careers, both Flik and Victoria had used their off-stage time to develop their fitness portfolios further. While Flik had become a professional dance coach, Victoria was now a qualified fitness trainer. They shared a passion for both ballet and fitness...which led to an idea.
Combining their love and talent for dance with their impressive experience and fitness training, the pair decided to make use of what they had spent so many years perfecting.
They developed SleekTechnique.com - a ballet-fusion workout designed to shape, tone and strengthen the female physique. Their belief? You need only the weight and resistance of your own body to improve balance and muscular structure. Sleektechnique.com hosts live classes and offers a range of on-demand workouts designed to fit in around busy lifestyles.
With SleekTechnique.com now flourishing, Sweaty Betty sought out these esteemed instructors for a new Get Fit 4 Free campaign.
The talented duo agreed to create an exclusive class just for Sweaty Betty that combines military-style pace and energy with the posture-correcting movements of ballet. Aiming to sculpt the body, they combined planks with plies, moving from first position to third, with downward dogs thrown in to enhance flexibility. We tried it. We loved it. Ballet Bootcamp was born.
Ballet Bootcamp begins as part of Get Fit 4 Free on Wednesday 5th February in all our stores and online. To find the date and time of your nearest class, visit www.sweatybetty.com/balletbootcamp