What to expect

What can I expect in a Barre & Baby class?

I created Barre & Baby to not only support you physically, but mentally. Every class carries a theme – such as ‘Flexibility’ or ‘Balance’ – and we explore what this theme means for your body and mind.

Each class usually begins with warming-up exercises on the floor or at the barre, followed by intensive toning and strengthening exercises at the barre or centre, before finishing with stretching and relaxation exercises.

In the Mum&Baby Ballet classes we dedicate some ballet time to your baby, either resting on your lap or laying on a pillow, while the class sings nursery rhymes. During the toning exercises at the barre, you’ll wear your baby in a sling or wrap.

When can I start and what should I wear?

I encourage mamas-to-be to start Barre & Baby from week 12 of their pregnancy. New mamas are welcome to join when their babies are six weeks old.

Please wear whatever makes you feel comfortable! Anything that allows you to move easily is fine. Ballet shoes are welcome if you have them but bare feet work just as well.

If you’re coming to a Mum&Baby Ballet class, your baby should also be in comfortable, soft clothes that allow her to move and kick happily.

Bring a sling that offers a tummy-to-tummy or back-hold. (I don’t recommend cradle-hold or forward-facing slings for this class.) If you’re not sure which carrier is right for you and your baby, try visiting your nearest Sling Library. I have extra carriers I’m happy to lend, but please get in touch before the class to reserve one.

I love the class!! You’ve created a wonderful atmosphere and I really enjoy being able to get a workout while bonding with Sophie. I always feel energized and happy after class. I have never been a dancer, but your patience and emphasis on smiling definitely help me have a great time.
- Helen, mum of Sophie