I'm Danielle! A registered nurse, barre instructor, educator, creator and wife. I'm a lover of movement, the beach and lattes. I am excited about health & wellness and sharing this passion with my community. The DH blog is a place where all my passions collide!  


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March 11, 2019

Barre Teacher Training

As some of you may know, I’ve been training to become a certified  Barre instructor for several months! Curious as to what type of training I completed?!

Here’s a quick recap!

// Choosing the right training

If you google “barre teacher training”, a plethora of options are available. It was a little overwhelming at first. I had a few decisions to make. The first was choosing between a franchise training or private training. I opted to complete a private training. This allows me to teach classes independently and not be tied to a specific studio.

// Length of training – Barre teacher training can range from a day long workshop to month long apprenticeships. I truly wanted a solid foundation in anatomy and safety for my classes, and opted for a more intensive in-depth training to prepare me as a barre instructor

// Accessibility – Working as a full time pediatric nurse meant that I need a program with a flexible schedule

// Prioritizing My Values – I value authenticity, safety and anatomy (I am a nurse after all!) in barre classes. Musicality and variety in exercises are also important to me. Once I narrowed my values down, it made choosing the right training so much easier!

// Barre Guild Academy 

I ultimately chose to complete my teacher training through the Barre Guild Academy! I enrolled in November of 2018, and completed the training by March of 2019.  I learned the history and philosophy of barre, anatomy, safety modifications for every fitness level including pre-natal modifications, class formats, and body alignment with hands on adjustments. This training is led by the founder of Barre & Soul, a yoga and barre studio based in Boston, MA and Portsmouth, NH.

“Barre Guild Academy is an 8-week online course that will teach you to become a certified barre instructor in an authentic Lotte Berk-based barre training.”




Here are some of my amazing instructors- their knowledge, guidance and attention to detail helped me feel confident and prepared to start teaching my own barre classes!

I could not be happier with my decision to enroll and complete the Barre Guild Academy teacher training. My training was thorough, fun and hands-on. I am so grateful for the community that its brought me, with ongoing support from other barre teachers and continuing educational opportunities.

If you are interested in signing up for the Barre Guild Academy and become a certified barre teacher yourself click here or contact me with any questions!!


I can’t wait to share my classes with you!!




  1. Gwynne

    March 12th, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    I want to take your classes! Keep me updated on where you’re teaching come May! ;D

  2. daniellehavens

    March 12th, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    I will!! xx

  3. Lotte Berk & The History of Barre – daniellehavens

    May 12th, 2019 at 9:17 am

    […] Andrea Lucas founded the Barre Guild Academy based on the Lotte Berk methodology.  This is where I come into the picture! I completed my barre training with Andrea at the Barre Guild Academy in 2019. You can read more about that here. […]

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