Commonly Asked Questions
Do you have to know how to belly dance or have barre teaching experience to be an instructor?
RAQ THE BARRE™ is for everyone! Whether you are a barre-fitness professional, a Zumba or dance instructor, or student of RaqiSa® who is enthusiastically seeking to grow and learn our method, this program is great for you! While many professional dancers are learning our method to add to their dance studios, there are equally as many successful fitness professionals who are loving this training method to add to their expertise! Rest assured that those who are new to [the seven fundamental] belly dance movements and their variations will be set up for success; more over, you will learn authentic postures with each belly dance fundamental movement and how to incorporate the method seamlessly, into an on brand barre workout! RAQ THE BARRE™ is a barre certification, while our brand is inspired by belly dance vs traditional barre formats, such as ballet, our repertoire of barre fitness progressions and our mat series have been approved as safe & effective. Learning how to integrate both authentic belly dance technique and a group fitness barre method takes time. Our program carefully considers both and bridges the two so that no matter where your strength lies, you are set up for success as an on brand RAQ THE BARRE™ professional.
Will I immediately become a certified instructor after doing the training and can I call my class RAQ THE BARRE™?
No. The live and/or online training will provide continuing education credits for fitness professionals and a certificate of completion, which sets you up for success with the foundation to becoming a Certified RAQ THE BARRE™ Specialist; however, an additional video submission will be required before one can become an official RAQ THE BARRE™ Certified professional, specializing in teaching this method. The video submission should include a sample class whereby you are demonstrating the RAQISA® safety standards and on brand teaching methods. Your video submission is reviewed at no additional cost to you, but will be closely examined to ensure that the RAQISA® safety standards are met and that each authentic RAQISA®, Belly Dance movement is performed with proper technique; equally important, to ensure that teaching cues are communicated properly. In effort to claim you are a "Certified Specialist" additional practice hours of teaching will be required as well as a PASS earned from the video submission. Rest assure that it is our goal to set you up for success. Your efforts to prepare prior to the training, coupled with the RAQ THE BARRE™ Instructor training/intensive will provide you with all you need to ensure all areas from technique to teaching are covered. *Video submissions are due within two months after a certificate of completion is issued. An extension is accepted should unforeseen circumstances arise. Finally, in effort to call your class RAQ THE BARRE™ and to use our logos and promotional materials, a minimum monthly fee will apply.
Where is RAQ THE BARRE™ being taught?
Our format is currently being taught in general fitness clubs, barre studios, and dance studios on the East Coast and in Middle America. As a result, both professional dancers and fitness professionals who have completed our training are providing their students a solid, results based program, which has been overwhelmingly well received!
How do I prepare for the live or online training?
Once you have purchased your training, you will be provided a downloadable manual which will need to be read thoroughly prior to beginning the training as a prerequisite. You will also be provided a belly dance download of songs to begin learning to work with 32 count fitness beats. This song will be used during our training. If you are seriously interested in teaching this method, we highly recommend you invest now in our bundle to ensure your optimal success. Study, practice, and perfect each fundamental provided with the step by step demos and drills included in our bundle. In addition, practice the at home 55 minute workout as this is very much in-line with a live class experience. (Naturally two pricing options will be available with or without the bundle for those who have already purchased their bundle prior to the training). Preparing in advance these steps will be helpful in maximizing your success during our training time.
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Do you have to have a fitness certification to teach?
Having a CPR certification is a must and a fitness certification (such as ACE or AFAA) is helpful, especially if you are seeking to work in a fitness club. However, our job is to equip you to be an on brand RAQ THE BARRE™ Professional, which means you will be provided safe & effective barre fitness exercises, with additional support to set you up to teach an on brand class format that is both memorable and fun! Currently many trained dancers are enjoying teaching RAQ THE BARRE™ in their dance studio for additional income and as a method to support their own dance class. And barre fitness professionals are bringing a fresh new approach to barre fitness that their members are loving!
What are the Benefits to our Instructor-Training?
● Train with an accredited barre fitness program
● Earn 8 hours of CEUs (ACE & AFAA)
● Variable format options for dance teachers
● At Home Practice Videos
● Facebook community/support
● Become a part of a growing brand
● Master how to teach safe & effective belly dance & barre technique
● Provide your students a fun & creative fitness format
● Potential to provide an additional class option to earn extra income
● Learn & teach safe / effective barre progressions & the RAQ THE BARRE® building blocks method
● Learn & teach belly dance fundamentals
● Learn how to work with various music styles to create a lively class experience
● Become a RAQ THE BARRE™ Specialist, with an option to use our RAQ THE BARRE® logo and promotional materials for a low monthly fee/with additional support
● Provide for students & teachers of belly dance a solid fitness program which will reinforce dance technique.
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COURSE MATERIALS PROVIDED AT TIME OF PURCHASE
• Electronic Instructor's Manual
• 2 Digital RAQ THE BARRE™ workout downloads
• Digital Step by Step Hip Fundamentals
• Digital 32 Count Arabic Fitness Beats