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.
International Accreditation, Approval and Education Points
This online course has international approval for continuing education credits and has been awarded the following points –
CIMSPA – 10 CPD’s
Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) – 4 CEC’s
Canfitpro – 4 FIS, PTS, PFS CEC’s
Australian Pilates Method Alliance (APMA) – 14 CEC’s
Fitness Australia – 12 CEC’s
American Council Exercise (ACE) – 2 CEC’s
Any of the following qualifications are suitable:
Level 3 Pilates Teacher
Level 3 Yoga Teacher
Level 2 Exercise to Music
Level 3 Personal Trainer
Qualified Dance Teacher
Group Exercise Instructor
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
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.
There are 25 units and you are allowed 150 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 – 2videos
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 150 days is up. There is no way to extend learning for a student as the software on the website has not been designed to offer any course extensions.
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)
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.
The course costs £225 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 a 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.