Instructor Training

Gain the knowledge and confidence to design and teach highly evolved barre classes in any setting

Learn choreography, exercise essence and correct biomechanics of movement, as well as how to effectively utilize the power of music to create safe and fun barre classes that focus on increasing strength, flexibility, stamina and dynamic stability. It truly is a program geared for everyone—no dance experience required!

Foundation Course

The Total Barre Foundation Course provides the groundwork education for Instructors, enabling them to produce safe, effective and varied barre training programs that address the needs and goals of every client. The Course presents 11 specially arranged and selected segments – accompanied by timed selections of music – that serve as the template for each session or class and produce a balanced and complete barre workout. Participants are also introduced to the Total Barre principles.

Professional development and continuing education

Designed to support the groundwork learned in the Foundations Course, a series of programmed workshops are available. Sessions focus on barre exercise progressions, movement form and efficiency, and the importance of cueing with music for movement quality. Workshops offer instructors with pre-programmed workouts designed for a specific aspect of fitness or to suit a particular target group. More concepts are explored – including the value of cardio-based intervals, theme suggestions and gearing training programs for specific fitness goals.

Student testimonials

I love Total Barre because it includes different aspects of dance and Pilates, but at the same time is very user-friendly. So you can cater it to clients who have some fitness background, or some dance or clients that have nothing at all

Bianca Bolissian
Toronto, Canada

Total Barre training from Merrithew is very well-researched and the teaching is comprehensive and clear. The online videos are great for refreshing my memory regarding the choreography and proper technique

Leslie Berni 
Stamford, USA

Total Barre training through Merrithew is extremely thorough. Other courses may teach the material, but sometimes you lose the purpose or intent of the class while you are learning. That’s not the case with Total Barre

Leslie St. Amant
West Hartford, USA

 started teaching Total Barre and my clients loved it and now I teach it on a regular basis. My training ensured that I got an instructing job right away

Anke Fruehman
Oakville, Canada

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