Barrecontrol™ online certification has been developed by APPI co-founder, physiotherapist, Pilates Master trainer and classically trained ballerina Elisa Withers; and San Diego Ballet Company Professional dancer, Pilates master trainer and Doctor of Physical Therapy Kirsten Roberts, Barrecontrol™ is the world’s foremost barre program.
This online certification aims to set the standard for barre certification training around the world by ensuring dedication to the technique of the exercises and the quality of the teacher training program that accompanies it.
Barrecontrol™ is unique in its focus on the quality of the movements performed at the barre and on the floor and as such delivers outstanding results for our clients and our teachers. You begin your barrecontrol™ session by being taken through the key elements of ballet technique as taught to professional dancers. This allows you to truly understand the intricacies of the ballet technique and it is this attention to detail that delivers the perfect ballet posture and body that barrecontrol™ delivers.
The Barrecontrol teacher training program is broken down into a 4-stage, 7-module.
Stage 1: Preparation
Start your training with a 50-minute BarreControl master class that will give you a true sense of what a class will look and feel like. We ask to complete this class 5 times before progressing onto the course modules to allow yourself and your body to truly feel the method.
Once this is completed and your logbook filled in you begin the teaching sections of the program.
Stage 2: Complete your 7 online modules
Module 1: Introduction to Barrecontrol Method Approx. viewing time 3 hours
In this introductory module, you will have both a theory and a practical program to follow.
Theory – In this online theory section you will review the basic anatomy of the ballet posture and specifics related to the teaching of the barrecontrol concept.
Practical – Begin your journey into barrecontrolTM with a practical session on the basics of ballet posture and movement.
Module 2: Warm Up flows Approx. viewing time 40 minutes
Once you have mastered the basics of the ballet posture and learned the fundamental movements and positions of barrecontrol you progress your training to begin creating the essential flows that will form your warm-up in a class. This section will teach you 5 different warm up flows and then put it all together with a sample warm-up to music.
Module 3: Floor Barre Exercises Approx. viewing time 1 hour 30 minutes
In this module, we take you onto the floor and explore all the relevant floor barre movements to include variety, mobility, strengthening and toning exercise away from the barre that gives the dancer that specifically toned and shaped body.
Module 4: Ab flows Approx. viewing time 1 hour
In this module, you challenge the abdominal strength, tone, and endurance of your class. We have a range of abdominal focussed movements for you to learn and to master as a crucial part of your barrecontrol class. In this module you challenge the abdominal strength, tone and endurance of your barrecontrol class. We have a range of abdominal focussed movements for you to learn and to master as a crucial part of your class.
Module 5: Leg flows Approx. viewing time 2 hours
In this module, you progress your learning with classical ballet leg and foot positions that form the basis of the leg strengthening section of your barrecontrolTM classes. It is here that the true toning effect of ballet barre work comes to the fore and will be one of the most challenging sections of your training program.
Module 6: Hip and backflows Approx. viewing time 30 minutes
Fire up those glutes as barrecontrol hits the hip and back to get a toned, sculpted and ballet ready bottom, thighs, waist, and lower back. Become stronger and more stable through these key areas of posture and movement control and continue your path to the ballet body.
Module 7: Stretching and Articulation Approx. viewing time 45 minutes
In this final module, we investigate the ways barrecontrol can stretch and mobilise your body to keep it fluid, mobile, graceful and lengthened just like in the true ballet world. Many barre programs only focus on the strength and tone element and as a result, miss some crucial aspects to truly achieving the ballet body.
Stage 3: Review your master trainer class
Head back to the start of your journey and undertake your barrecontrol Master Class once more. This time you will be more familiar with the movements, the flows, the sequencing, the terminology. Use this as your chance to really finesse your own practice and start to prepare yourself for your certification.
Stage 4: Certification process and exam
You will have to complete a logbook to track your self - practice and study. For this certification the log requirements are:
• 5 x barre control classes
• 50 hours of self - practice study
• 10 hours of practice teaching
On completion of all your modules, you will be required to submit a video of yourself teaching a barrecontrol class.
Along with the video of your teaching, you will also be required to submit a detailed class plan for your certification. You will design a 50-minute barrecontrol class that incorporates aspects of all 7 modules and shows your understanding of teaching and teacher-specific cues and flows that you have learned throughout the program.
Please deliver this direct to the camera and have at least 1 other person in your class to show us your teaching techniques. You will be marked on your session planning, demonstration, movement quality, feedback (verbal, tactile and visual imagery).
The Barrecontrol method has been developed by APPI Pilates.
Developed by APPI Co-Founder, physiotherapist, Pilates master trainer and classically trained ballerina
Elisa Withers; and San Diego Ballet Company Professional dancer, Pilates master trainer and Doctor of Physical Therapy Kirsten Roberts, Barrecontrol is the world’s foremost barre program.
Barrecontrol brings together the fantastic benefits of classical ballet technique training, posture
retraining, Pilates and HIIT to create the ultimate workout class for any body type.
Barrecontrol aims to set the standard for barre certification training and barre products around the
world by ensuring dedication to the technique of the exercises and the quality of the teacher
training program that accompanies the barrecontrol method. With over 30 years of experience in
the professional dance world and 20 years of experience in movement re-education, the
barrecontrol team provides one of the most well-qualified foundations to base its method on.
This course is aimed at all movement teachers, dance teachers, personal trainers, Pilates Instructors, physiotherapists, Yoga Instructors and anyone with experience in the health and fitness industry.
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