Dancers are toned but not bulky, fit but not ripped. Want a body like that? Find it in Grandview.

Dancers are toned but not bulky, fit but not ripped. Want a body like that? Find it in Grandview.

Participants of the Pure Barre fitness technique hold different poses that isolate muscle groups - abs, thighs, butt, arms - while at a ballet barre, the waist-level wooden bar used for practicing technique at dance studios. Each area is stretched right after it is fatigued to elongate the muscles.

Former Ohio State cheerleader Emily Johnson opened the first Columbus location of the Pure Barre chain earlier this year.

"I've been dancing since I was two," said Johnson, who is 25, "so I always had that to keep me in shape. Then I went to grad school and I tried running. I ran a half marathon, but running was not my thing."

Then her brother, a fellow dancer, took her to her first Pure Barre class and she was hooked. The most rewarding part of her new gig has been seeing clients' progress. Most students, Johnson said, will see an improvement in body tone after 10 of the hour-long classes.

"Long and lean is every woman's dream," said Erica von Lohr, the receptionist and a participant at Pure Barre. "I love it."

The rhythm of the sessions, said client Sara Jones, makes Pure Barre an upbeat alternative to a mellow yoga class and a curvy-figure-friendly substitute for heavy weightlifting.

"No woman goes to the gym and says, 'I want to work on my lats all day,'" Jones said.

Pure Barre offers classes seven days a week, starting as early as 5:45 a.m. There's a variety of pay options, such as one class for $23 or five for $105, and new moms and brides-to-be can receive special discounts.