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All of our Dance, Yoga teachers and choreographers are professionally trained with a portfolio of teaching experience and professional work. All of our teachers are fully insured as danceinstructors, are DBS checked and are First Aid qualified. They all have an understanding of anatomy physiology, and nutrition and understand that no two bodies are alike and will work with you to get fit at the right pace.

We can bring Black's Barre to you just select the class or workshop that you would like to host in your venue and contact our instructors who will be happy to create a bespoke package to suit your needs.


Melissa Black

BarreFit, StrictlyFit, Jazz Dance, Contemporary Dance Technique, Aerial Dance and Fitness training, Musical Theatre Dance Styles, Dance Education and PLP, Wedding choreography and Hen parties.

Melissa the founder of Black's Barre is a professional dance practitioner based in Newcastle Upon Tyne. She has led Dance as a subject in Kenton School since 2006 and has a vast experience in leading, assessing, moderating and internally verifying AQA GCSE and A Level Dance alongside Edexcel Levels 2 and 3 QCF and NQF Dance and Musical Theatre qualifications. Melissa developed dance qualifications and raised participation in dance across the city as a Dance Coordinator for Newcastle's SSCO, delivering Dance and Performing Arts PLP to teachers of KS1,2,3,4,& 5, was employed by Steve Halsey as the rehearsal director for Newcastle's Music Service annual Summer Blast at The Sage Gateshead and choreographer for the Games 500 opening Ceremony at Sports Central, toured in the Balearic Islands as a professional dancer for Main Feature Productions, commissioned as a dancer and choreographer with Nhdanza Dance, was part of the Creative team for Try Dance at Newcastle Falcon's Rugby Club and has choreographed 13 Musicals and Pantomimes including Little Shop of Horrors, Guys and Dolls, Beauty and the Beast, Oliver and The Jungle Book, teaches at Stages School of Dance and is about to launch LAMDA Drama and Musical Theatre qualifications at Startastic in Cullercoats in September. 

Melissa has always used her professional work as a dance artist to enhance and inform her teaching, offering her students fresh and  relevant training in order to prepare them for the ever-changing industry of Dance and Performing Arts.  

Black's Barre is her new venture, based at Space Six in the heart of Newcastle with an aim to increase participation in dance and movement across the North East regardless of age gender, background or fitness level. Dance is coming for you!

'Why walk when you can dance?'





Beverley Craggs


Hatha Yoga

Beverley gained her Hatha Yoga teachers training in Mysore, India. Her Hatha Yoga for beginner’s class teaches the root of physical yoga asana along with Surya Namaska Mantra and traditional starting and ending prayer. Classes are designed to help activate chakra energy, purify and balance the mind and body and bring a sense of sacredness to your yoga practice. 

Qualified with a HND in Musical Theatre Beverley is a trained dancer and has worked as a professional dancer throughout the Balearic Islands. Her passion for movement and dance has transferred into her unique yoga style which is continuously developing.  Beverley is also a professional singer and lyricist. The importance of sound, word and vibration plays a strong role in her yoga practice and teaching.

Beverley also has vast experience as a Trainer and Master Coach specialising in motivational coaching and life skills training, she brings this knowledge and support to her classes along with an in-depth understanding of the stresses of modern day life and the importance of maintaining a good work life balance.

Her yoga classes invite you to take some time out, to spend some time with you, for you, to simply be.


 “The best teachers are those who show you where to look but don’t tell you what to see.”



Kristy Appleby


Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga, Power Yoga, Dynamic Yoga

Kristy is a yoga teacher, traveller and PE & Dance teacher. She offers Vinyasa Flow, Power and Yin Yoga classes to meet the changing and unique desires of your emotional and physical state. 

Movement has always played a significant role in Kristy’s life. She was a dedicated artistic gymnast for 15 years, which led fluidly into trampolining. Once the competitive days were behind her, she continued to share her passion for both through coaching children. Kristy has been working as a PE teacher at Kenton School since 2008.

No longer getting her movement fix from gymnastics or trampolining, Kristy explored different sports and fitness trends but nothing hit the spot quite like yoga. It was far from love at first sight…or Om, but she persevered until she found a teacher and style that she really connected with. In 2014, Kristy had the privilege of being taught by some very wise, experienced yogis in various ashrams around India. From there Kristy took her yoga mat around the world on her 2 yearlong adventures. While living in Queenstown, NZ she trained with the inspirational international yoga teacher Nianna Rose Bray in conjunction with Yoga Nadi completing the 200Hr YTT course specialising in Vinyasa Flow.  Kristy loves to practice flowing sequences, deep hip openers to release tension and learning to fly with playful arm balances.

“Yoga found me at a time when I was looking for answers in a world that did not make sense  I practice yoga as it provides moments of stillness during times of chaos and helps to keep me grounded and open minded. Simply connecting breath with movement brings the mind and body together as one, and when you really feel that, it’s euphoric. The fitness gains and adaptations to the physical body are bonus by-products to something much greater. I love to teach my knowledge of yoga as it can help people in endless ways, and it is beautiful to observe everyone’s unique journey.”

Kristy delivers classes and workshops, or can bring the flow to you with personalised one to one or small group sessions.

 Come along and find a flow that suits you.

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