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.