Liza Gishen-Kloeckner – founder & owner @theBarre

I have had a love affair with movement my whole life that feeds my energy and soul! If you aren't having fun exercising what's the point? Join me as we turn exercise in wellness and fun!" 

I am a mum of two beautiful adult children and married for 31 years. My experience as a Barre-ista comes from a 20-year professional dance career that started at age 16 and I strive to bring my company experience, stage presence and technical strengths and corny humour to every beautiful, challenging class as a performer, dance expert and choreographer. My studios are dedicated to offering a warm hearted, caring, holistic and loving approach to exercising and I incorporate my expertise as a practicing homoeopath, counsellor and meditation teacher to bring you emotional well- being and support. We really are a love studio! A place our members come to get away from all life’s stressors and they always leave with a smile on their faces.

I lovingly started my professional career as a ballerina in 1982 travelling to the USA to join my first Ballet company The Austin Ballet Theatre, thereafter, dancing the national company of Johannesburg. Specialized in pas de deux and Adagio loving the grace and storytelling of partner work I further branched into contemporary dance and my love for modern/jazz/hip hop/street/funk and really all forms of dance I took off and danced my way onto SABC and MNET television, film and theatre all for a long, wonderful 20 year career working with some of South Africa's top performers, choreographers such as Neil McKay from Razzle Jazzle, Wally Green artistic director SABC television, Adele Blank Free Flight Dance Company and many more, I worked under South Africa’s top television and film producers and directors and worked with so many brilliant singers and artist. wow what a career I sometime feel quite exhausted yet grateful at what I accomplished! 

I moved to beautiful Sydney Australia 21 years ago and became a Fitness Expert specializing in Les Mills programs, Yoga and Pilates, educated in the STOTT Pilates method training with some of the leading experts in the field.

When beautiful barre became in vogue I began exploring different programs both nationally and internationally finding a monotony in the music beat and movement choices I found after a year or two of doing barre that way I became bored so it was therefore a no brainer to take all my professional experience and many years of expertise and develop @theBarre classes to bring more innovation, exciting choreography. Using graceful movements through two uniquely different programs and changes in pace, we move the fascia in challenging patterns to create gorgeous body shapes. I constantly draw on expertise in exercise physiology to create greater safety when doing our @theBarre workouts. These challenging courses are registered, certified barre courses with Fitness Australia and are unique, innovative and simply pre-choreographed so qualified instructors and members alike can learn with ease. The programs are refreshed on the quarterly so classes are always a surprise, never monotonous and members don't lose motivation! I continue to be totally driven by the wonderful music our world of artists has to offer and their great songs are my inspiration when choreographing my programs.

 To check out my past career in television click and scroll to bottom of page