Meet Elisa

Meet Elisa, the creator of Barre & Baby

Born and educated in Italy, I have over 15 years of ballet and contemporary dance experience and over 5 years of antenatal and postnatal ballet teaching experience. I’ve also trained as a baby-wearing peer supporter.

Hi! My name is Elisa Reinerio and I moved to London over 10 years ago to follow the love of my life, who then became my husband and the father of my two boys.

I started dancing at the age of 6 in a local ballet school back in Italy. My passion for dance came at once, and I wanted to practice almost every day. At the age of 15, I started teaching ballet to children from two to 10 years old and I loved it!

But as I got older and started working, dance took less of a central role in my life.

Six years ago, when I was expecting my first child, Nicolo’, I felt compelled to learn more about pregnancy, the most transformative moment of a women’s life. So, I decided to train to become a pregnancy and postnatal yoga teacher with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Tara Lee, both having incredibly inspirational hearts and minds.

After the birth of my second child, Gabriele, I started taking group ballet classes again, realising soon how much I’d missed it. What if I could combine my pregnancy yoga knowledge and experience with my passion for ballet? And that’s how Barre & Baby was born.

It was one of the best decisions of my life! Every time I get to spend time with the mamas in the class, learning together, sharing laughs, tears and emotions, I feel happy, lucky and blessed.

Plus my learning continues, through the ballet classes I attend weekly, the regular teacher trainings and the many readings I do to learn more about pregnancy and postnatal body and emotions. I recently trained with James D’Silva, Madeline Black and Jenny Burrell, all helping to empower the body to a higher level of consciousness – something I now bring with me to every Barre & Baby session.

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There is something quite magical about dancing beautiful steps to beautiful music whilst holding your baby so close. “
– Yvonne, mum of James

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