Lotte Berk

LONDON (AP) German-born dancer and teacher Lotte Berk, gastritis who used her training as the basis for an exercise program that became popular with the stars, died Nov. 4. She was 90.

Berk started modeling at Heatherley’s School of Fine Art and later danced with the Ballet Rambert at London’s Covent Garden. During World War II, she entertained British troops.

She developed her dancer’s training regime into a set of exercises that improved muscle tone and posture, including a series of somewhat raunchy stretches with such names as “The Prostitute.”

At 46, she opened her women-only studio in London’s Manchester Street. Clients included actresses Joan Collins and Sian Phillips, singer Barbra Streisand and model Yasmin Le Bon.

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