A world-class program.
With world-class instructors.
In a world-class studio.
Our Barre & Soul® Method Teacher Training Program methodically and rigorously prepares students from around the world to become top instructors of barre—right here in our collection of boutique, top-notch studios in New England.
Whether you’re looking to catapult an all-new career, or simply supplement your existing one with a modern, mobile skillset that you can take with you, anywhere you go, the Barre & Soul® Method Teacher Training Program is a highly sought after curriculum that opens during select times each year, for an appointed number of students selected for the experience.
The program, which spreads 100 hours of training over an intense 8-week period (with the exception of our summer intensives) will teach you to become a certified barre instructor as you learn, week-by-week, the original principles and techniques inspired by the classic Lotte Berk Method, as a way of honoring the integrity of the tradition— from the perspective of the teacher.
You’ll be trained in the private methods that our very own Barre & Soul® instructors use to supplement the Lotte Berk method, in order to create the fiercely loyal following we experience at our studios. Barre & Soul is the only collection of studios in the U.S. to have had its leadership train in London, directly with Esther Fairfax, the daughter of Lotte Berk.
I completed the 100-hour barre teacher training this fall and it was worth every minute!! The training curriculum and sessions are thorough, detailed, so fun, hands on and you leave feeling comfortable to teach with a plethora of tools and hands on experience under your belt. Andrea Isabelle Lucas and her team are incredibly dedicated, passionate and supportive. You won't regret taking this journey!
– Jenna, 2015 Graduate
Our curriculum includes:
1. The Barre & Soul® Philosophy
It’s real world training for real people, which means that our curriculum doesn’t just teach you how to teach barre—it teaches you how to manage everything that comes along with the role. From managing a class full of people to handling delicate matters to avoiding some of the more challenging aspects of being a leader, we place a special emphasis on modeling real-life scenarios in an effort to prepare you to become a powerhouse teacher from all angles, giving you a skillset most instructors are forced to learn on their own. Our program is honored and proud of its unique feminist angle, in which we strive to empower our students on a level beyond the physical, to go forth and be brave in this world and consider mental strength as an equally important asset.
2. The History of Barre
Every barre class is not made equal—and there’s a reason why. In this section of the curriculum, you’ll learn the theory behind authentic barre, born of thought, rigor and a thorough background in movement, and how you can use this to inform your credentials and demonstrate your knowledge in a genuine and legitimate way. (Hello, competitive edge.)
3. Attributes of a Phenomenal Barre Teacher
In the years we’ve been training new instructors, we’ve developed over 30 attributes we’ve found to be a positive addition to any class’s repertoire. For example, do you know what every barre student’s favorite word is? How about the best way to make a class fly by and make students excited to come back for more? In this portion of the curriculum, we’ll discuss what works, and what doesn’t, and help you to create your own signature style as a result.
4. Human Physique Anatomy 101
The science of why it works is just as important as the practice itself. During this portion of the training, we’ll be putting you through a rigorous but fascinating curriculum designed to enable you to understand the human physique as a whole, speak intelligently and authoritatively about the muscle groups that students are using, why and how these muscles work together, what proper and safe alignment looks like, and how to provide safe modifications for anything under the sun.
5. The Artful Engineering of a Barre Class
Beyond excellence in technique, method and order, variety is always a significant factor making for an exceptional class. Student engagement—and enjoyment—is critical, and students must continue to be challenged in thoughtful ways without leaving new learners behind. During this part of the training, we’ll reveal our very own methods for accomplishing this ideal with both strategy and efficiency, and walk you step-by-step through the development of your very own.
6. Mastery of Music, Rhythm and Implementation
One of the components of barre that makes it so exciting—and that is particularly attractive for students—is the music component. That said, pulling any old random track into your class might not be the best idea. :) Selecting music for barre is an art form in its own right. You’ll learn how to deftly navigate tempo changes, break down the structure of a song, harness the power of the 1count, and tap into the power of rhythm to ensure students are working their hardest. Here, we’ll actually teach you the finer points of selecting and curating music playlists designed to match your own signature style, while still keeping true to the movements—which includes transitioning out of those movements, as well, and creating a kick ass experience that makes time fly (and students high!)
7. The Four Agreements
One of the pieces of the Barre & Soul® curriculum that’s especially relevant is our emphasis on something called The Four Agreements, originally developed by a philosopher named Miguel Ruiz. The Four Agreements are four simple contracts you make with yourself in order to lead a happier, more fulfilling life; however, we’ve found these to be particularly useful within the studio setting as well. As you practice The Four Agreements, your life won’t just change—the way you handle every situation will. And this is a critical piece of being a smart, savvy barre teacher who can manage herself with as much grace in the world as she does a plié.
8. Injury and Pregnancy Modification
Finally, as a barre instructor you’ll be helping many different students of all shapes, sizes, fitness levels and limitations, and it’s our job to give you the tools you need to safely and intelligently provide substitutions so all students can participate while still being individually challenged at the appropriate level. Injuries and pregnancies are common to barre class, and bringing your expert A-game will ensure that your students stay happy—and you stay confident.
Barre & Soul® teacher training is amazing! Over five weekends, I formed friendships with a great group of women who were so supportive and encouraging. I looked forward to each session and the studio became my happy place. Andrea is amazing to work with and she helped each one of us break through our barriers in order to become the best barre teachers that we could be. It's one of the best decisions I've made and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
– Amy, 2014 Graduate
This training taught me to remove ‘me’ from the spotlight and make teaching about my community. Andrea instills in her students a passion for leading, reminding us that we’re strong, skillful and beautiful, and teaches us how to impart this onto our students; encouraging them to feel the same way. Andrea’s capacity to empower and inspire the women around her comes from a truly authentic self.
– Sarah, 2015 Graduate