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Total Barre

Instructor Training

Total Barre Group

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 courses

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.

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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.

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The Total Barre™: The Foundation Manual has arrived

Get the go-to resources for building safe and effective Barre programs

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Student testimonials

bianca bolissian

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
berni leslie

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
stamant lesile

The 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.

Leslie St. Amant
West Hartford, USA
fruehman anke

I 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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