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New courses announced starts in early 2022. Dates TBA.


How To Become a Barre Instructor

This revolutionary Barre training combines the six Essential Pilates Principles of alignment with Ballet Barre and functional fitness techniques to give you a well-rounded innovative approach to teaching Barre to all levels.


This is not your average training! Our master instructor took her years of teaching group classes, one-on-one, and clinical Pilates experience and condensed it into an easy to follow recipe for exceptional classes. This course is 39 hours of in-person learning to create high quality, well-educated instructors. We will teach you what it takes to attract a high volume of participants, keep them safe, and create fun, challenging classes!

This is the longest, most comprehensive Barre Instructor Training Course in all of Canada and we are so happy to offer it in beautiful Victoria, BC, on Vancouver Island.


Barre Level 1 Curriculum Outline

  • Essential principles and philosophy

  • Barre specific cueing techniques

  • Progressive teaching technique

  • Sequencing/choreography techniques and implementation

  • Transitioning for a smooth class flow

  • Refining observation skills

  • Tactile cueing methods

  • Musicality modules

  • Musculoskeletal system module

  • Guest Instructors and Physiotherapists sharing their expertise

  • Learn a wide array of exercises to keep your classes varied and fun

  • Benefits and contraindications for all exercises

  • Modifications and variations for all exercises

  • Use of small equipment

  • Pre/post natal modifications

  • Introduction to special population considerations

  • Self-care


Next Course

  • Location: TBA

  • Length: 39 hours


Dates and Times

  • 2022 Dates TBA.


You Will Receive

  • Anatomy handouts

  • In-class teaching time to refine your skills

  • Written tests to guarantee your understanding

  • A detailed final practicum review for your further growth and refinement

  • A certificate of completion

  • Options to teach real students in our alumni-led classes and receive feedback

  • One month unlimited Mat class pass to the studio for the month of October so you can attend classes and continue to learn. 


Program Cost

  • $625 taxes included - including a $250 non-refundable deposit 

  • Easy and flexible, no interest payment plans available and catered to your need. 

Additional Costs

  • Stretch Collective Comprehensive Barre Manual Lvl 1 ($129) This manual includes safety cues, modifications for injuries/illness as well as 50+ individual exercises, and is not available for purchase outside the course

To Successfully Complete the Program You Must Achieve the Following

  • Complete all in-class activities

  • Participate in all teaching, classes and lecture time

  • Complete all homework prior to receiving your certificate

  • Pass your final anatomy exam with 80% or higher

  • Pass your final practicum with 80% or higher

  • Complete 8 classes (60-min) to participants of your choice.

  • Abide by our Barre Instructor Code of Ethics

Maintaining Certification - Must Renew Every 3 years

  • Maintain the Dana Carter /Stretch Collective Code of Ethics

  • Teach safe and inclusive classes

  • I understand that any awarded certification from Dana Carter / Stretch Collective expires every 3 years and must be renewed in order to continue teaching and be eligible for insurance.

  • In order to re-certify, you must complete 80 hours of continuing education every three years consisting of a minimum 45 teaching hours and 35 Continuing Education hours. Your continuing education hours must be composed of:

    • ​​​​​​Minimum 15 contact hours (in person or LIVE Zoom with an approved instructor)

    • Up to 20 hours can be non-contact learning. Example Online (not-live courses), or other approved continuing education.

    • No more than 10 hours of non-contact learning may be self-study (for example books, and attending classes)

    • IMPORTANT - If you are certifying in any advanced Pilates Apparatus (Chair, Springboard, Ladderbarrel, and Cadillac) you must add another 2 hours of non-contact or contact learning for every additional apparatus. Max Required is an additional 8 contact or non-contact hours for comprehensively trained Pilates instructors.

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