The BarreShape® Method

A complete and balanced workout

BarreShape® is an intensive full body workout that takes its inspiration from ballet, Pilates and cardio training, improving your overall well-being and posture while transforming your entire body.

The BarreShape® workout alternates  exercises at the ballet barre and mat to help create long, lean muscles and a graceful silhouette no matter what your sex, age, body type, dance or fitness level.

Each group of muscles is targeted and worked intensively, yet safely, then stretched to create a long, lean profile. BarreShape® focuses on core muscles, correct posture and improved body alignment.

The workout gets its rhythm from a dynamic soundtrack.

The results:

- An evenly, conditioned body

- An improved posture

- A strong, developed core

- Flat abdominals and a strong back

- Elongated, firmer arms and thighs

- A lifted seat

- Better stamina and resistance

- Improved flexibility and grace

- Increased body awareness

- Better weight control

- Well-being and energy


From ballet to the BarreShape® Method

Geraldine, Founder and Creative Director

BarreShape® founder and trainer Geraldine Werner fell in love with dancing at the age of 10, touring with various dance companies and participating in performances throughout France. She continued dancing while studying law and remained intent on one day becoming a professional dance teacher.

During a short stay in New York, she took advantage of classes at the renowned Studio Cunningham and the Limon Institute in Manhattan to discover new dance techniques.

Once back in France and working as a corportate lawyer, she joined the contemporary dance school of Peter Goss where she discovered other disciplines such as yoga and the Feldenkreis method that developed the notion of body awareness.

This gave her the idea to complement her training as a dance teacher with anatomy, physiology and body movement analysis courses and she obtained full certification in Paris in 2006.

She soon became interested in combining dance movements with other methods like yoga or Pilates to make her classes more accessible to non-dancers.

While living in London and teaching professionally, she continued practicing yoga and discovered Pilates and other fitness trends in some of the well-known London studios. Here she was first introduced to barre classes, based on the famous Lotte Berk method.

Eventually, Geraldine’s passion for dance and fitness merged with her desire to teach and share these passions with others. Returning to Paris in 2012, she dedicated her time to refining what has called the BarreShape® Method. The first studio classes were introduced in early 2014.

Discover BarreShape® classes in 3 studios in Paris, at home or office.

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Jenn, BarreShape Instructor

In 2013, Jenn graduated with honors from Texas Christian University’s School for Classical and Contemporary Dance in the United States with a Bachelors of Fine arts in Ballet.

During this time, she studied ballet, contemporary dance, pilates, music, choreography, and pedagogy. Since her time at TCU, she has received a certification as a Pure Barre® fitness instructor in the United States, and has performed professionally with dance companies in Texas and North Carolina.

Her desire to explore dance within another culture led her to Jerusalem where she spent six months with Vertigo Dance Company studying their unique style and répertoire, contact Improvisation, and Ohad Naharin’s Gaga movement language.

Once again, she decided to discover dance in another country, and her interests led her to France where she discovered the BarreShape® Method in Paris.

Jenn is passionate about teaching and discovering ways to strengthen the body physically, mentally, and artistically, and she believes that the BarreShape® method encompasses all of these aspects of training. In 2018, she helped in the training of the new BarreShape teachers.

Discover BarreShape® classes in 3 studios in Paris, at home or office.

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Déborah, BarreShape Instructor

I started dancing in Li Marteling’s dancing school in Luxembourg before I continued my dance training in the “Institut de Formation Professionnelle Rick Odums” in Paris. I received my dance teacher diploma in jazz in 2016 and completed my studies with a bachelor in dance at the University of Paris 8 in Saint-Denis.

My participation in many dance workshops,  in France, Germany,  and in the United States, ( where I attended the prestigious “Jacob’s Pillow Festival”) contributes to my formation as a professional contemporary and modern jazz dancer. I have had the chance to work with famous choreographers like Desmond Richardson, Elizabeth Roxas, Nathan Trice, Milton Myers and Chet Walker.

I first started dancing professionally with the “Jeune Ballet Jazz”, and continued on to dance with “N’Kialeko Dance Project”, “Ballets Jazz Rick Odums” and “Armstrong Jazz Ballet” by Géraldine Armstrong.

Passionate about fitness and physical wellbeing, I am happy to have discovered the Barreshape® method which allows me to unite the disciplines that I love most. Motivating, moving and spreading a positive energy are key words in my classes.

Discover BarreShape® classes in 3 studios in Paris, at home or office.

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Kasia, BarreShape Instructor

Polish soul shaped in Paris and Berlin. Professional contemporary dancer with classical background, full time mover and exercise junkie. I started dancing as a child in Warsaw Ballet School, then continued my education in Zawirowania Dance Academy, Harmonic Dance Studio in Paris and Marameo in Berlin where I discovered my newest obsession – Gaga movement.

Outside of dance studio I love practicing yoga, spin and tennis, and when I’m not exercising you’ll probably find me cooking or reading books.

What’s amazing about BarreShape is that whatever your level of fitness is you can be sure you’ll feel that barre burn and energy during the class. Being on the other side of the room as a teacher, helping people push their limits and become better versions of themselves is very inspirational and rewarding.

Discover BarreShape® classes in 3 studios in Paris, at home or office.

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Karolina, BarreShape Instructor

Passionate since I was a kid, I started dancing at the age of 4 in Poland where I had a danse professional career in the Danse Jazz Theater. In 2006, I got my State Diploma of Dance Teacher. I started then teaching danse et created choreographies in a cultural center.

In 2010, inspired by the cabaret world, I came to Paris to accomplish my dream et integrate the cabaret troop « La Nouvelle Eve ». One year later, I became a Bluebell Girl at the Lido in Paris. Also, I intensively practice Pilates and Yoga to keep me in a good shape but also to prevent injuries.

The desire to travel led me to India where I practiced Yoga Ashtanga beside Kino McGregor and Tim Feldman, than to the US where I got my diploma RYT 200 Strala Yoga beside Tara Stiles and finally to Bali where I’ve learnt Pilates Mat with Balanced Body.

When I came back to Paris, I discovered Barreshape®, the perfect mix between ballet, fitness and Pilates. Body and mind’s benefits gave me the envy to share my experience and this knowledge to others.

Discover BarreShape® classes in 3 studios in Paris, at home or office.

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Alexandra, BarreShape Instructor

I have been performing since I was a child in both the UK and in New Zealand. I trained in both ballet and jazz dance and gained a vocational certificate in modern theatre dance. I obtained my Bachelor of Music (Performance) from the University of Auckland as well as my Trinity College London ATCL Diploma in Musical Theatre with Distinction. I have experience working as an event singer, Disney Princess entertainer, and on stage as a musical theatre performer.

I was introduced to Pilates in 2012 and instantly fell in love! After 3 years of attending classes I was asked to become an instructor at the studio I was going to as a client and completed my training through Stability Plus Pilates. Since then I have worked full time as both a Pilates and Barre instructor. I have taught at lots of the best studios in Auckland, NZ as well as leading classes for health and fitness festivals, school groups, and for media events. I also hosted my own signature class ‘Triple Threat Pilates‘ – a mix of Pilates, Barre, and Dance Cardio to fun music.

I am very happy to now be living in Paris – the city where I was born and to have found the Barreshape studio. I have loved learning to teach the French Barre method – I think a Barreshape class is not only a great full body workout but also lots of fun. Everyone leaves the studio with a smile on their face!

Discover BarreShape® classes in 3 studios in Paris, at home or office.

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