NYC’s Top Dancers Teach Fun, Dynamic Outdoor Fitness Workshops Featuring The World’s First Portable Ballet Barre

 Dates: October 15-31, 2020

Photo credit: Shannel Resto/SJR Photography


New York, NY, October 13, 2020 – Be among the first to experience BurnBarre throughout October with outdoor socially-distanced workshops led by NYC's top professional dancers and trainers. BurnBarre™, invented and founded by Eryc Taylor, Artistic Director of Eryc Taylor Dance, is the world's first patented portable ballet barre. The barre is exceptionally mobile (weighing only 4 pounds), can be set up anywhere, and is the perfect innovative tool for fun and fitness at home or on-the-go. 


BurnBarre: Barre In The Park series launched October 10 and continues through October 31 in various scenic locations around New York City, such as the Bethesda Fountain Terrace and Sheep's Meadow in Central Park, Madison Square Park, and Hudson River Park, Pier 64. These workshops offer an exclusive opportunity to explore the many abilities of the revolutionary fitness product in action before it is available to the general public. Classes are $20 per person, limited to ten participants each, and will follow all Covid-19 prevention safety guidelines and procedures, including mandatory mask-wearing, social distancing, and temperature checks. Open to all levels, BurnBarres provided. Pre-registration is required and can be done directly through the BurnBarre website. Be prepared for intense, satisfying workouts that will make you feel the burn!

The official BurnBarre instructors include Nicole Baker (Rehearsal Director for Eryc Taylor Dance), a professional dancer, and a full-stack fitness instructor. Her "BurnBarre: Find Your Fire" classes, which focus on the fundamentals of barre technique with the transportable ballet barre, are Saturdays, October 17 (11:15 am) at Madison Square Park, October 24 (11:15 am) at Pier 64, and Monday, October 26 (9 am) at Central Park Bethesda Fountain Terrace. Richie Ruiz (Atlantic City Ballet, Disney, and Broadway National Tours) gets the heart pumping, and the party started bringing energy and enthusiasm to "Barre Disco" on Thursdays, October 15 & 22 (4 pm) at the Bethesda Fountain Terrace in Central Park. Larissa Gerszke (Complexions Contemporary Ballet) establishes reliable technique with her "Ballet & Barre Foundation" on Saturday, October 17 & 31 (10:10 am) at Madison Square Park, and Mondays, October 19 & 26 (10:15 am) in Central Park at the Bethesda Fountain Terrace. Dakota Johnson (Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Dance Machine International) ignites inspiration and joyful expression with her "Find Your Fire" workshop at Central Park on Thursdays, October 15, 22 & 29 (5:15 pm). Cross-training teacher and dancer Emily Jones incorporates dance, barre, yoga, and rhythm to build a complete physical toolkit in "Barre Strength" on Saturdays, October 17 (9 am) at Madison Square Park, October 24 (10:10 am) at Pier 64, and October 31 (9 am) at Central Park. Eryc Taylor, BurnBarre™ founder, inventor, and the creator of the BurnBarre Technique teaches a dynamic, high-intensity, full-body conditioning called "Total Body Barre Workout." Taylor's workshop utilizes the world's first portable barre and various resistance props focusing on men's strength training at sunset (6:30 pm) on Thursday, October 29, at the Bethesda Fountain Terrace in Central Park. Special costumed classes on Halloween on Saturday, October 31, are taught by Emily Jones (9 am), Larissa Gerszke (10 am), and Eryc Taylor (11:15 am) at Sheep's Meadow in Central Park. Join us for some spirited fun that will ensure you'll be looking fit and fabulous in your festive attire! Free BurnBarre private session to those who dress up!


While the pandemic interrupted the mass production slated to begin early 2020, BurnBarres are available to preorder at, purchase before December 31, 2020, for 30% off. For more information about BurnBarre and to stay tuned to the latest fitness routines, instructor profiles, news, classes, and product information, please follow BurnBarre on social media at @burnbarre and @burnbarretechnique on Instagram and sign up for the mailing list to receive the latest information about BurnBarre products and workshops at


ABOUT ERYC TAYLOR: Eryc Taylor is the Artistic Director of internationally recognized nonprofit dance company Eryc Taylor Dance, and its social impact division, ETD Outreach. He is an artist, performer, speaker, writer, choreographer, director, producer, inventor, board member, and curator. Taylor holds an MFA in Dance from NYU Tisch. He has been invited to instruct, perform, or speak at Google, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Cadwalader Wickersham Taft, Supportive Housing Network of NY, Gibney Dance Center, The Busan International Dance Festival, PBS, and more. Taylor curates 20+ therapeutic movement workshops throughout NYC weekly for ETD Outreach. He has received grants, awards, commissions, city, and state funding from NYSCA, The Office of Governor Cuomo, and the Dance/NYC Coronavirus Relief Fund. Taylor is the Founder and Inventor of BurnBarre, LLC, the world's first patented portable ballet barre.



Nicole Baker received her BFA in Dance from Adelphi University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She is the Rehearsal Director for Eryc Taylor Dance and a founding member of ChrisBellDances. Nicole performed in Mumbai under the direction of Nikos Lagousakos, starred in Louis van Amstel's La Blast for DailyBurn, Amazon's Marvelous Ms. Maisel, and was a dancer for Meredith O'Connor at multiple events, including New York Fashion Week.


Larissa Gerszke is a Canadian ballerina. She holds a BFA in Dance from Fordham University and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and is a member of Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Larissa collaborates as a guest artist for various projects and teaches in the United States, Canada, and The Bahamas. She is a sponsored ambassador of Gaynor Minden and represented by Clear Talent Group NUC. Larissa is the lead instructor for the BurnBarre technique.


Dakota Johnson trained in Juneau, Alaska, with Zakary Hench and Julie Diane under the central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Curriculum. While in Alaska, she worked with Ricci Sudan for Dance Machine International then danced as a trainee for Alonzo King Lines Ballet in San Francisco. Since coming to New York, she has begun training clients in Gyrotonic and has launched a fashion modeling career. Dakota is in her first season as a guest instructor for BurnBarre.


Emily Jones is an artist and educator who has a passion for cross-training. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a BFA in Dance and has since performed and freelanced professionally throughout New York and the Midwest. Emily incorporates dance, yoga, barre, and rhythm in her BurnBarre workshops to build a complete physical toolkit. 


Richel "Richie" Ruiz was born and raised in the Philippines. He moved to New York City to train at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet. Richel has danced with Atlantic City Ballet, Ballet Palm Beach, and Anaheim Ballet and performed in South Pacific, Carousel, Tarzan, Mary Poppins, West Side Story, the Broadway National Tour of The King and I, and theme park entertainment in Disneyland and Busch Gardens Williamsburg. We're happy to have Richie's fun spirit at BurnBarre.