Today we’d like to introduce you to Danielle Morano.
Hi Danielle, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
A classical ballet dancer since childhood, movement has always been part of my life and something that brings me so much joy. But like so many professional dancers, I struggled with injuries, overtraining, and the pressures of the ballet world. After a serious hip injury, I made the decision to end my career as a ballet dancer. As tough as it was stepping away from what I had trained my whole life for, I knew that ballet was pushing my body to the limit and wasn’t something I could sustain in a healthy way. In transitioning from ballet to fitness, I made the commitment to design workouts that were accessible, educational, and all about connecting to our bodies. I then set my sights on opening my own fitness studio with these tenets at the core of our brand.
Studio 3 opened to the community in November 2017 and offers group classes in barre, Pilates, & yoga – as well as private lessons in Pilates reformer. Our mission is to take the intimidation out of fitness and create an environment in which our clients feel valued, educated, and empowered. I love that we’re able to offer our clients such a great variety of classes not only because variety is amazing for the body, but because it’s fun!
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
When selecting the classes for Studio 3, I knew I wanted to offer pilates and yoga for the amazing benefits they offer the body and mind. I also wanted to include barre classes, but couldn’t find a barre program that was a good fit.“Barre” is a style of training where a ballet barre is used, but oftentimes has very little or nothing to do with ballet technique. With my background and expertise in classical ballet, I set out to create my own barre method that fused ballet and fitness together. It was a huge undertaking, but I’m so glad I did it! We now offer a comprehensive instructor training program in which dancers and non-dancers can learn the Studio 3 barre method and become barre instructors.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
This year hasn’t been an easy one, but we’re so incredibly grateful for the members of Studio 3. We’ve stuck together as a community of movers and have experienced firsthand how important movement and exercise is for our mental and physical health. Out of a scary and uncertain time, we were able to grow the Studio 3 community by launching an online platform of pre-recorded and livestream classes. It’s such a cool and inspiring thing to see members login and take class with us online in Scotland, Mexico, and all across the U.S. We’re not afraid to be a bit different than what is traditionally offered in fitness, and finding a larger community that connects to our approach has been such an amazing thing to come out of a tough year. All in all, we’ve seen that movement and exercise can have such a positive impact on people’s lives and we are so grateful to be a source of that.
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