How I Became a Barre Instructor – My Unique Skillset

As both a registered nurse and classically trained dancer – I bring a unique skill set to my classes as a barre instructor.

Not all barre instructors are the same. I feel proud to offer one-of-a-kind expertise and knowledge base to my clients:


I have been dancing since the age of three. (Thank you, Mom & Dad, for enrolling me so young!) I was grooving to Elvis Presley’s ‘All Shook Up’ at two years old every night before bed! And yes, there are videos to prove it. My dance training was extensive. I took lessons in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip-hop, jazz, and contemporary. I competed in both local and national dance competitions yearly, took masterclasses from some of the biggest names in the dance community, and continued dancing through college where I was captain of the UVM dance team.


My years as a dancer have allowed me to feel confident with music choices for barre classes. I create exercises and barre choreography specifically to the tempo of each song on my playlist. Luckily, being able to hear the beat of the music comes naturally to me. A key component of my barre classes is musicality. Instead of just playing music in the background during class – which is the typical format of group exercise classes – each song has a dedicated exercise. Teaching barre with musicality not only deepens the mind-body connection for students but also allows them to get out of their minds and into their bodies. Students usually can’t quite put their finger on why my barre class felt *different*, but I guarantee it is because of the music component! You can check out one of my barre playlists here.


I am classically trained in ballet technique and did pointe for many years. Barre fitness classes utilize ballet barres, and I am always looking for new ways to incorporate the ballet barres in the barre class! It is a natural place for me, it feels like home.


In addition to having taught numerous dance classes, I also started creating my own dance choreography in high school. The skill of being able to count music out and design a sequence of moves to fit it is invaluable to me. Because of this knowledge, I can quickly come up with new choreography for every barre class and remember it quickly.


I studied nursing at the University of Vermont, and have my bachelors degree in Nursing. I am currently a full-time RN. I’ve always been fascinated by the human body and its anatomy. This is where my two worlds collide! I bring my nursing knowledge to my barre classes and am able to safely teach students of all fitness levels and offer proper modifications. I challenge myself to continue learning and deepening my expertise in this area.


I completed an in-depth barre teacher training at the Barre Guild Academy.

These experiences have shaped me into the barre instructor I am today. I am so thankful to have decided to start this journey and can’t wait to see where it leads me!

xx Danielle

I had a point solo in ‘Coppelia”. I was so excited about my first “real” tutu!

Here I am during my senior year as captain of the UVM Dance Team!

Another favorite solo of mine was “Fly” – this was taken at a dance competition in Massachusetts.

I currently work as a pediatric nurse!

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