BarreConcept BarreConcept Online Instructor Training Course
BarreConcept is the first internationally accredited barre instructor training course in the world. BarreConcept Training is one of the most comprehensive barre instructor courses available on the market today. Each exercise is dissected, with an emphasis on correct technique and alignment, for the maximum results. Modifications, contraindications, adaptations, variations and progressions are covered in great detail, along with common pitfalls and tactile cueing. This information gives our instructors the best knowledge possible so that they can effectively teach them.

This increasingly popular exercise regime incorporates the precision of Pilates with the positions, moves, grace and technique of ballet. Add to this the alignment of yoga and the strength from sports conditioning and you will have all of the aspects of a typical Barre workout. The combined elements of the different methods fuse to form a challenging and exciting workout, which stretches and sculpts the muscles, whilst burning fat. Balance, strength, stamina, power, flexibility and motor control all improve. This workout produces dramatic results that sculpt and redefine the entire body, without even being a dancer

The low impact, total body workout lifts the butt, tones the thighs, flattens the abs and sculpts the arms, whilst protecting the joints. Small isometric contractions are performed and integrated with an interval training approach that burns fat and improves cardiovascular fitness. Posture, flexibility, stamina and core strength improve. The result is a body that is realigned, rebalanced and works harmoniously and efficiently. Stretches are performed after each strength section of the class to ensure the muscles are re-lengthened to create a body that is strong without the added bulk of other regimes. This workout is suitable for everybody as various adaptations are given throughout the class to suit the abilities of all students.

Our programmes work perfectly alongside other training modalities and are suitable to run in existing Pilates studios, gyms, health and fitness centres and retreats.

By adding this hot new workout method to your existing schedule, you can drive new traffic to your website and open your doors to a varied range of clientele. Offering BarreConcept training keeps your existing clients interested as well as attracting new ones. This allows you to remain competitive in an increasingly tough marketplace by offering something different in addition to increasing revenue to your venue.


International Accreditation, Approval and Education Points


The content of this training has been professionally recognised and endorsed by the awarding body, Active IQ - a CIMSPA Endorsed Awarding Organisation

This online course has international approval for continuing education credits and has been awarded the following points -


National Pilates Certification Program (NPCP) - Former Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) - 12 CEC's

Canfitpro - 4 FIS, PTS, PFS CEC's

Australian Pilates Method Association (APMA) - 14 CEC's

Fitness Australia - 12 CEC's


Any of the following qualifications are suitable:

Pilates Teacher

Yoga Teacher

Exercise to Music

Personal Trainer

Qualified Dance Teacher

Group Exercise Instructor


Course Aims

For learners to develop a comprehensive understanding and awareness of the ballet barre and the exercises that can be performed on it. To be able to apply this knowledge in developing a personal programme for a range of clients of differing needs and abilities

Course Outcomes

Learners will be able to instruct basic to intermediate exercises at the ballet barre to a variety of clients of different ages and capabilities. Learners will be able to identify exercises which may need to be modified for a particular client group and they will be able to adapt or progress an exercise where necessary. Learners will be able to devise choreographed lesson plans to relatively healthy clients.

Course Structure

There are 25 units and you are allowed 180 days access to complete the course. You have instant access upon purchase and you are ready to start immediately. Just log in and go to unit one. On each screen, you will find the video of the exercise and how to teach the movement. This includes alignment, breathing, correct technique, common errors and how to correct them, modifications, progressions, contraindications and tactile cueing. Underneath each video, you will find the appropriate page from the Pilates Union BarreConcept Manual with detailed text and explanation. This has been put online for you, including JPEG images of the movements.
You will work at your own pace and when you have time, just login and go to the appropriate unit and work your way through the material.

The comprehensive course material consists of over 12 hours of video material, split into the following units -

Unit One - Introduction -1 video

Unit Two - Exercises at the Barre -31 videos

Unit Three - Learn to teach the choreographed Barre routine -1 video

Unit Four - Barre section quiz

Unit Five - Working with music and cueing skills -1 video

Unit Six - Warm Up component - 2 videos

Unit Seven - Learn to teach the choreographed Warm Up routine -1 video

Unit Eight - Warm Up section quiz

Unit Nine - On the Floor - Leg and butt exercises -19 videos

Unit Ten - On the Floor - Upper body exercises -10 videos

Unit Eleven - On the Floor - Back strengthening exercises -4 videos

Unit Twelve - On the Floor - Abdominal exercises -25 videos

Unit Thirteen - Learn to teach the choreographed floor routine -1 video

Unit Fourteen - Floor section quiz

Unit Fifteen - Cool down stretches

Unit Sixteen - Learn to teach the choreographed stretch routine -1 video

Unit Seventeen - Fitness Principles

Unit Eighteen - Health and Safety

Unit Nineteen - Teaching Skills

Unit Twenty - Special Populations

Unit Twenty One - Class Planning

Unit Twenty Two - Exam lesson plan practical routine -1 video

Unit Twenty Three - Final assessments -1 video

Unit Twenty Four - Setting up classes and marketing -1 video

Unit Twenty Five - Membership, education and support -1 video

Course Duration and video breakdown

There are 102 videos on this course. If you watched one video per day, it would take 102 days. It is really dependent upon individual instructors and the time they have available to devote to learning. All learning must be completed before the 180 days is up.

Total number of videos = 102

Total Video Playing Time = 662 (11.03 hours)

Total Quiz Time = 80 minutes

Total Reading Time = 975 minutes

Total minutes = 1717 (28.6 hours)

Professional Development

BarreConcept is classed as CPD - meaning that you already have to be a certified instructor in possession of an industry award (qualification) in order to take the course. You are therefore building on your skills that you have already acquired as a qualified instructor. Upon successful completion of the course, you would be certified to teach BarreConcept (but it is not a qualification in and of itself)

In order to achieve a pass in this course, 2 assessments must be successfully submitted -

Assessment One - BarreConcept Theory Quiz (80% pass)

Assessment Two - Practical one hour exam. You must submit a video of you teaching a healthy adult. You must teach from your choreographed week 5 lesson plan routine that you will learn on the course.

Ideally, you can use an iPad to film your exam video. Place the iPad on a surface where you and your client are in full view for the entire video. It is suggested to film for a few minutes and then check your video to see that the angle is correct and that your voice is sufficiently audible. If everything seems fine, go ahead and video your full lesson.

Upon completions of your video, you can upload this onto any internet application that allows you to send large files (such as Dropbox, Google Drive or You Send It for example). You must not upload to You Tube or any publicly viewable social media. You may also put your video onto a CD or USB stick and send via the post.

Please note that there is a £45 cost for your assessment. This covers your assessors time to watch your video and give you feedback. This also covers the cost of your certificate.

Upon successful completion of all assessments, you will receive 10 CIMSPA CPD points (if you are a member) along with the Pilates Union certificate of competency to teach BarreConcept


The course costs £245 GBP. A copy of the information contained in the Pilates Union BarreConcept manual is viewable online. Should you wish to have a hard copy of the manual, this costs £21.99 and is available online. The other cost is for the practical assessment. A fee of £45 is payable when submitting your practical exam video. This covers your assessors time to watch your video and give you feedback. This also covers the cost of your certificate. There is also an optional cost of £120 for your lifetime membership, which gives you a business listing on the international BarreConcept website, so that the media, public and employers know that you are the local accredited instructor for your area. In addition, you will receive the BarreConcept trademark, logos and marketing pack. Most importantly, you will receive online ongoing education to support your classes. You will have access to new choreographed routines to encourage client retention.

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