Energy Bar By Dancers For Dancers

November 28, 2001

Keeping a snack in your dance bag is a must. But finding one that’s portable, healthy and will sustain your energy? That can be a challenge. Energy bars are a frequent go-to solution for dancers. Unfortunately, however, they are often loaded with refined sugars and lack “real” ingredients.  


There is now a solution to your snack search conundrum: the Real Food Barre. Developed by Julia Erickson (a principal dancer at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre) and Aaron Ingley (a former PBT principal), the Barre is made of only natural, raw ingredients. The two felt there was a lack of healthy bars for dancers, and set out to create a solution. Their mission statement reads: “The mission of Barre is to provide exceptional nutritional fortification for dancers and everyone else who demands clean, wholesome, nutritious and great tasting sustained energy.”


In their products, you won’t find any processed sugars or impossible to pronounce ingredients—a telltale red flag in many manufactured foods. They’re also free of common allergens like dairy, soy, and wheat. There are currently two varieties: Pirouette, a cinnamon nut flavor, and Pirouette Crunch, the same  with an added crunch. A third flavor, Black Swan, combines dark chocolate and nuts, and is scheduled for release soon.   


And the benefits of this bar extend beyond its healthfulness—a portion of the sales proceeds goes to supporting arts education!  Go to to learn more, and order online.