Next Barre Certification module March 4&5, 2017

 Brooklyn barre certification

Learn how to teach a smart, dynamic barre class that combines functional exercise with basic dance moves, Pilates abdominal exercises as well as Pilates Springboard exercises. Props will be incorporated including yoga block, yoga blanket, Gertie Ball, theraband and magic circle. You will learn how to teach a barre class in a variety of studio settings (Pilates studio, yoga studio, or a gym). You will learn how to put together your own class that flows and challenges people of all levels and ages. Learn proper alignment for basic fitness exercises like squats, lunges, planks, and single leg balances, as well as safe and challenging combinations to build cardio stamina and tone all the muscles of the body. You will learn how to modify for pregnancy, post-natal, spine injuries, knee injuries, osteoporosis, etc.

Prerequisites: Pilates mat certification, yoga certification, personal trainer certification, or professional dance experience. Anatomy knowledge required. Students may enroll in the Functional Anatomy Module October 15 & 16 to fulfill their anatomy requirement but other anatomy courses accepted.

Hours: 12 hours training with Ellie Herman. Students must take a minimum of 10 Barre Classes at Ellie Herman Studio, either before during or after the weekend training. 

Test out: After the module, students will have up to 6 months to study and prepare choreography for a practical test-out. Students traveling from out-of-state or abroad can submit a video of their class for test-out. Test out: teach a 45 minute barre class. Feedback will be given after test out.

Price: $500 Barre Certification Weekend (12 Hours), $195 for 10 Barre Classes. Test out: $125.

What is Brooklyn Barre?

It's Ellie Herman's newest fitness regime. After 25 years of teaching Pilates, Ellie has finally come up with what she thinks are the most important exercises to keep your body healthy, injury free and looking great.  A smart mix of functional exercises combining Pilates Mat and Springboard sequences, squats, lunges, planks, and basic dance moves that build cardio and tone your body fast while protecting your precious knees and spine!

sBrooklyn Barre incorporates props including yoga block, yoga blanket, Gertie Ball, and theraband.

 Ultimately, Ellie’s vision is to create a fitness regime that can be done in a jail cell. While having access to a Pilates studio with all the accessories is ideal, complete fitness can be achieved with just a space on the floor. Most important when doing any exercise regime is that the form is correct. 


The History of “Barre” Methods
Ballet originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century and later developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia. Barre is French for bar, and a “barre” has been used in ballet training as a support to help with balance while practicing traditional ballet technique.

Modern “barre” techniques can be traced back to Lotte Berk who, like Joseph Pilates, fled Germany because of the Nazis. (Lotte Berk fled to the UK in 1938 because she was Jewish, while Pilates fled to New York City supposedly because the Nazis wanted to recruit him to train the uber German body).

Lotte Berk developed a fitness regime in the UK that incorporated barre and other dance-related and core strengthening exercises. Her technique was popular in the sixties and seventies in New York city and other cities around the world. Since then other individuals and companies have developed “barre” programs that use a ballet barre and incorporate different fitness concepts. Now there are many fitness franchises in the US that incorporate the ballet barre.

 How is Ellie Herman’s Brooklyn Barre different from other Barre Methods?

While many of the current barre methods do exercises that may make your legs and tummy look good, they ultimately can damage the knee joints and lumbar spine.  

Neutral Pelvis v. Flat Back

Like classical Pilates and the Lotte Berk method, many of the current barre franchise regimes place the pelvis in a poster pelvic tilt instead of a neutral pelvis. Why is this not ideal? Posterior pelvic tilt can put pressure on the lumbar vertebrae and can ultimately lead to disc dysfunction.  Also when performing a squat or “plie” (French for knee bend) in a posterior pelvic tilt, it puts pressure on the patella and knee joint, while doing these exercises in a neutral pelvic placement distributes the load evenly to the hips and the knees.

Up on your Toes v. Heels Down

Also many of the barre franchises teach squats and “plies” while up on the toes instead of keeping heels down on the ground. Why is this not ideal? Doing squats and “plies” on your toes puts undo pressure on your patella and ultimately damages the knee joints.

Call 718.923.1234 or email to register.