Ballet Barre

This class is taught by:

Julia Sotnik

Iuliia Sotnyk comes to Paris from Ukraine. A student at Rick Odums Institut in Paris, she arrived in 2014.

A graduate from Kirovograd state pedagogical university in Ukraine, Iuliia also attended Norwegian College of Dance in Oslo in 2011.  She holds degrees from both Universities.  

She dances ballet, modern, contemporary, and jazz. She has also been an active dancer in Sport dance (disco, disco-freestyle, hip-hop, dance show) and has participated in many international competitions. She has won three First Place awardss in the world championship in Italy in 2007.

Iuliia loves to be creative and see people enjoying her class.

Gillian Grant

Gillian is an American living in Paris for over a decade. Yoga became a major part of her life after giving birth to her son 10 years ago. Her practice has helped to maintain balance in her personal and professional life. Teaching for Gillian is a way to help others also find balance in the often hectic urban environment.

Also, as a student of Ayurvedic medicine, Gillian finds much joy in working with homeopathy as an alternative way of healing that is complementary to modern medicine. As a Reiki master, she has practiced the healing arts through touch and the redirection of energy in the body.

Gillian completed her Yoga training (200 RYT) at the Sivananda Ashram in Orleans, France. The Sivananda style is very traditional Hatha with a major focus on meditation and spirituality. Hatha is a slow and steady practice that helps build a strong body and mind while focusing on the breath and energy centers of the body.   Gillian completed her Kundalini Yoga training with 3HO, the association formed by the Guru Yogi Bhajan to bring the practice of Kundalini to the West. Kundalini Yoga is called the Yoga of Awareness. It is a dynamic, powerful tool that is designed to give you an experience of your soul.
This increasingly popular exercise regime incorporates the precision of Pilates with the positions, moves, grace and technique of ballet. Add to this the alignment of yoga and the strength from sports conditioning and you will have all of the aspects of a typical Barre workout. The combined elements of the different methods fuse to form a challenging and exciting workout, which stretches and sculpts the muscles, whilst burning fat. Balance, strength, stamina, power, flexibility and motor control all improve. This workout produces dramatic results that sculpt and redefine the entire body, without even being a dancer.

The result is a body that is realigned, rebalanced and works harmoniously and efficiently. This workout is suitable for every-body as various adaptations are given throughout the class to suit the abilities of all students.

Ce régime d'exercice de plus en plus populaire intègre la précision de Pilates avec les positions, les mouvements, la grâce et la technique du ballet. Ajoutez à celà l'alignement du yoga et la force du conditionnement sportif et vous aurez tous les aspects d'une séance d'entraînement de Barre typique. Les éléments combinés des différentes méthodes se fondent pour former une séance d'entraînement stimulante et excitante, qui étire et sculpte les muscles tout en brûlant les graisses. L'équilibre, la force, l'endurance, la puissance, la flexibilité et le contrôle du corps s'améliorent. Cette séance d'entraînement produit des résultats dramatiques qui sculptent et redéfinissent tout votre corps, sans être danseur.

Le résultat est un corps qui est réaligné, rééquilibré et qui fonctionne harmonieusement et efficacement. Cette séance d'entraînement est adaptée à tous les corps car diverses adaptations sont offertes dans tous les cours en fonction des aptitudes de chaque élève.


- Just like for yoga, comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely with no restriction are recommended.- This class is mostly done bare foot, however students can wear dance shoes or specially designed ballet barre grip socks available at most dance outfitters.

*Showers and designated changing facilities available only at Studio Bleu in 75009; all other indoor locations have restroom facilities available for changing.


- Please bring water and a sweat towel if you would like.
- Due to some exercises that take place on the floor, a yoga or fitness mat is recommended for safety.

*Yoga mats are available to purchase for 24€ each.Non-toxic materials, variety of colors, size: 63cm x 183cm. Follow link to purchase:

Mats can be delivered to our classes in the locations in 75001 (St. Roch), 75015 (Etienne Pernet) and 75009 (Studio Bleu). Once ordered, email, and let us know during which class and at which location you would like to pick up your mat. Please bring your receipt to the class. In some cases a few days notice may be needed to make sure the mat is at the class, so we appreciate your patience if and when this happens.


As we rent space in several venues across Paris, please verify the class location as listed on our schedule:

Location addresses and transportation details can be found on the ‘Contact Us’ page:

When you enter the building, look for the Affordable Yoga signs to guide you to your specific room.

Any problems, follow link for teacher's phone numbers:

*Please note that there is limited mobile phone reception at the studios. If you need to contact the instructor, please do so at least 20 minute before the start of class. Since our teachers will be busy checking in students with their personal smartphones starting 15 minutes before class, please send a text as opposed to calling as they will most likely not be able to take a call. No communication will be possible after the start time of class.


This class is open to both men and women of any age or physical ability.


Please notify your instructor if you have undergone any recent surgeries or are currently experiencing any physical injuries. While dance and fitness have many very beneficial health effects, we want to know how to best work with each of our student’s individual restrictions. Please consult a doctor if you have any personal concerns about practicing physical fitness.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sat 26 Aug 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Julia Sotnik
  • Sun 27 Aug 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Julia Sotnik
  • Mon 28 Aug 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm with Gillian Grant
  • Sat 02 Sep 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Julia Sotnik
  • Sun 03 Sep 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Julia Sotnik
  • Mon 04 Sep 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Gillian Grant
  • Sat 09 Sep 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Julia Sotnik
  • Sun 10 Sep 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Julia Sotnik
  • Mon 11 Sep 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Gillian Grant
  • Sat 16 Sep 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Julia Sotnik
  • Sun 17 Sep 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Julia Sotnik
  • Mon 18 Sep 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Gillian Grant