There is no doubt about it, barre is one of the biggest workout crazes to hit the fitness scene since yoga became a mainstream staple. Barre has an appeal to dancers because of its basis in ballet but it also speaks to the general public because of the accessibility of the moves and class format. I took my first barre class in 2008 and was hooked. Although I didn’t immediately decide to become an instructor, I loved barre so much that I started blogging about it all the time. Then I decided to create my own videos to share on my YouTube channel. I began creating classes using my background in ballet and dance (I started dancing when I was 5 years old and was in a dance company in college) and also what I had learned from taking every barre class I could find.
After having my son, I decided I wanted to focus on barre as a career path. Because most studios who offer barre trainings require you to teach at their studio and not compete with them using any other method, I decided to pursue a pilates certification. I became certified in pilates mat, which helped me understand some great principles that were linked to a lot of my barre moves including working from the core.
Having my pilates certification allowed me to work as a pilates instructor at a local gym. However, I knew I wanted to teach barre. I decided to open up a pop-up studio in Cape Cod during the summer. My aim was to target summer residents who take barre regularly near their homes but wanted to continue during the summer months.
I found a local ballet studio that was already outfitted with a stereo system, mirrors, barres and a bathroom. I then purchased my own barre class equipment and opened up my pop-up studio! The first summer was a huge success and I’ve been doing it ever since!
Of course, this meant I could only teach a few months out of the year, so I decided to expand my reach by offering online classes. Plenty of people don’t have the opportunity to take barre classes because there are none in their area. I started offering Live Streaming Classes so people could log in at home and workout with me live online! This naturally lead to adding pre-recorded videos for people who can’t make my live class times!
In the meantime I decided that I wanted to pursue additional certifications to help me with my barre journey including a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant Certification and a Pre- and Post-Natal Certification.
Finally, this past January, I took the plunge to add a barre certification to my credentials. I didn’t feel that I necessarily needed it since I work for myself, but I felt it would provide me with greater legitimacy with my clients and also would help me be viewed as an expert. This I find is helpful for creating publicity and marketing! I decided to pursue a certification with Balanced Body because they don’t require you to limit your work to a certain studio and it allows for a lot of creativity.
So now I feel like I’m a bona fide barre instructor! It’s been a long journey but totally fun and worth it!
I know that you’ve gotten a bunch of fitness certifications and are a barre lover, but I enjoyed reading more about your journey into becoming a barre instructor! I’ve always thought that the pop-up studio is such a neat idea. I can tell that you have fun teaching classes & sharing your love of pilates, barre & dance!
Your credentials are high level and it is evident that you will keep up with continuing education. Barre and Pilates participants are lucky to have you as an instructor. When I follow your classes your attitudes makes me know I can do the hard work. Keep up the good work–for all of us out here.