Ballet Barre Studio "The Dailey Method" Opening Soon in Area

Featured in several fitness and beauty publications, the fitness facility franchise is opening its first location in the Pittsburgh area.

It has celebrity following and has been featured in publications such as Allure, InStyle and FitPregnancy, now The Dailey Method is coming to the Cranberry area.

Owner and instructor Joanna Amelio is opening a franchise of the fitness studio, which has 35 locations around the world, at the former Couture D’Jour clothing store in the Village at Pine Shopping Center in Pine Township.

Founded by San Francisco native Jill Dailey McIntosh 13 years ago, The Dailey Method combines ballet barre work, core conditioning, stretching and orthopedic exercises.

Amelio said the exercises focus on different body parts and sculpt long lean muscles in the abdominals, back, shoulders, quadriceps and calves similar to a dancer’s body—quickly.

“Literally, in three weeks I saw dramatic changes in my body,” Amelio, a longtime fan of the practice, said.

Although Dailey’s barre workout have been popular for years in places such as California, Arizona and Chicago, the Pine location will be the first Daily Method studio in the Pittsburgh area.

Amelio, a Notre Dame graduate who spent more than a decade living in Chicago before recently returning to her hometown of McCandless, said she spent two years researching The Daily Fitness methods and taking classes before she decided to open a studio in the North Hills.

The workouts, which emphasize a neutral spine, are beneficial for those with osteoporosis and back problems, Amelio said.

It also is safe for women through out their pregnancies. As an added bonus, the workouts may help women’s bodies bounce back quicker after giving birth, Amelio said.

“I feel like everyone here is ready for something like this,” she said.

Construction began on the new studio in early March. Besides the workout room, the 1,600 square foot facility will house changing rooms, showers and a staffed, child-friendly room where customers may drop off their kids while they take classes.

As the mother of two young boys ages 6 and 3, Amelio said it was important to her the studio be as family friendly as possible. In fact, family is what the North Allegheny High School alum said inspired her to return to the Pittsburgh area

“I’m so happy to be back to my roots,” she said.

The front of the studio will feature a small retail area selling active and lifestyle brands not typically found in the Pittsburgh area, including Splits59, DINO Apparel and Beyond Yoga, Amelio said.

As for the studio, Amelio said she wanted to create a warm, inviting atmosphere that would make clients feel at home as soon as they walk in the door.

Although there only are white walls now, plus a few pieces of construction equipment, the studio, once opened, will have bamboo floors, comfortable changing rooms and a stylish filtered water feature where clients may refill their bottles. 

“It’s more of a spa-type environment,” Amelio said.

A grand opening is planned for Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 at the studio. On those days, the Dailey Method will host free classes and have prize giveaways.   

In addition, a special unlimited six-week Package for $100 is available through April 27. Once opened, a special four-week unlimited package is an option, Amelio said. To learn more about The Daily Method studio in Pine, click here.


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