I recently read that the Lotte Berk Method is making a comeback in New York and San Francisco. This is amazing news for lovers of The 80s Bod! I remember doing Lotte Berk with my mom in our living room when I was a really small kid, using a tape and a book. Seriously.
Check her out, she’s like the world’s most judgemental choreographer giving you shit for eating a cookie.
Her program focused on dance moves to get a ballerina’s figure, without the years of training and self-loathing that usually are required. Lotte herself was by all accounts a total badass and, according to her daughter, completely batshit insane.
Let’s peep some moves from her 1982 video series.
I would say that our instructor here had proto-80s bod. I could use a few more inches on the leotard legs. You really want to see a full rounded hip bone jutting out in an A-line from the leg hole.
Berets off to Lotte Berk, our first 80s fitness icon! They’ve just released an updated version of her Method on DVD, which I will be acquiring and reviewing shortly.