MEET THE TEAM

 

 

 

Our certified instructors (Barre-tenders) will work with you to provide a comfortable and personalized experience at any fitness level.

Barre-tenders

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Laura C.
Founder, classic Barre, barre brawl, balletone, barre cardio instructor

Laura has always been drawn to sports, dance and fitness. She was a dancer for 15 years and taught dance classes for four years at a studio in Iowa.  She’s been engaged in group fitness for over 20 years, as a student and instructor, and she loves empowering others to reach their health and fitness goals.  

Laura is certified in the Barre Amped and Barre 60 methods, although she’s comprehensively studied six different styles of barre, as well as the human anatomy of exercise and movement.  She's also certified in Barre Fight (a barre and kickboxing fusion), and Balletone. She strives to connect with clients and create a relaxed class setting where students feel comfortable challenging themselves and trying new postures when they’re physically ready. Laura's grown to love the extreme physical and emotional benefits of a well-crafted barre session. She’s also CPR/AED certified.

When she's not engaged in group fitness, Laura loves baking, crafting, traveling, reading, outdoor activities and spending time with her husband and two daughters. 

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erin
classic barre, barre brawl, Balletone, Cardio Yoga, barre cardio instructor

Erin has had a passion for movement, dance, and fitness since she was a young girl. After years of studying dance, Erin turned to group fitness to stay active in college while studying music education. Shortly thereafter, she began her journey as a group fitness instructor.

 

Erin is certified in Barre Above, Cardio Yoga, Balletone, Barre Fight (a barre and kickboxing fusion), and POP Pilates, in addition to other group fitness strength formats.  She's also AFFA and CPR/AED certified. She has been teaching throughout Central Florida for over five years. Erin’s classes are driven by music! Her history of studying and teaching music inspires her classes to move with the music as you work toward a stronger, healthier you!

 

Erin works full time as an elementary music teacher. When she’s not teaching, Erin enjoys rock climbing and exploring the outdoors – though she is equally happy to be inside with a good book!

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HARLEE

MAT PILATES Fusion, Pilates Fusion instructor

Harlee graduated as a Theatre Major from Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in 2010, with a concentration in Performance, where she studied Dance Technique from Broadway Dancer-choreographers: Byron Easley, Lloyd Culbreath and Gary Lewis. Harlee has over 10 years of musical theatre dance experience and has several years of experience instructing Barre Above, Pilates Barre, Ballet Sculpt and Cardio Dance classes with students of all ages and fitness levels.

 

Harlee was a dancer in the Lake Worth Playhouse's productions of School House Rock Live and Godspell.  Harlee's goal is to use the conditioning exercise knowledge attained from her performing arts background as well as her Barre Above (BA), BA Pilates Focus, and AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor Certifications, to empower others to love and respect their bodies by emphasizing the health benefits of exercise.  Harlee is also CPR/AED certified.

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amanda
barre asana, yoga instructor

Growing up in a competitive dance studio and becoming an apprentice for a national dance convention gave Amanda the ‘dancing bug’. While traveling the world dancing on cruise ships and around the U.S., she fell in love with teaching group fitness in between each job. 

 

Amanda loves teaching all types of fitness, including Power, Yoga, and cardio interval training, but barre holds a special place in her heart because it works all the 'dancer muscles’. Barre also carried her through a neck injury, allowing her to feel successful due to the low impact, yet high intensity nature of the workout!  Amanda earned certifications through Barre 54 and Barre 3 and has 13 years of experience teaching barre fitness.  She's also CPR/AED certified.

 

When Amanda isn’t instructing, she’s helping people get healthy through nutrition coaching, her other passion. She's also Mom to a 1 year old girl and 3 year old boy who keep her busy! She loves outdoor activities and traveling with her ‘high school sweetheart’ husband and 2 kiddos! 

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Chrissy

ballet BARRE instructor

Chrissy has been teaching dance in the Central Florida area for almost 20 years. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, she began her teaching career at The School of Performing Arts, working with dancers of all ages, with a concentration in ballet and jazz.

 

During this time, she became a Licensed Massage Therapist and earned her Masters in Arts Sports and Fitness: Health/Wellness and Applied Exercise Physiology from UCF. She now teaches at Tutus School of Dance in Oviedo. 

Chrissy recently earned her barre certification through Barre Above.

Combining her multi-disciplinary expertise and specialized training, Chrissy integrates her knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and overall body functionality, into her dance and fitness classes. She’s excited to bring her love of Classical Ballet Barre, and knowledge of the body, to Breaking Barre to create a dynamic exercise experience for her students.

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AVA
classic barre, BARRE FLOW, cardio yoga, barre cardio instructor

Ever since she was young, Ava channeled her energy into ballet, jazz, and tap classes. She attended a variety of different dance studios, including competition studios and ballet companies. When she moved for college and was no longer able to take dance classes on a regular basis, Ava discovered her love for group fitness, specifically yoga and barre. She loved the dance-like movements that were incorporated into the workouts! Ava also found that group exercise was an incredible outlet that helped her live a more balanced life, rather than one that was solely focused on school. She decided to pursue her barre certification through American Barre Technique (ABT) so she could instruct the barre classes that she enjoyed so much!

 

Ava is a Biomedical Sciences major at the University of Central Florida. She's excited to apply the knowledge she is gaining about the human body to ensure participants are using proper body alignment. Ava has a deep appreciation for the role of exercise in both physical and mental health!  Ava is currently ABT barre and CPR/AED certified.

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erika

cardio dance Instructor

From the moment Erika slipped on her first pair of ballet shoes at the age of two, she was hooked. Erika has studied dance extensively with over  20 years of training. She graduated from UCF with a degree in Physical Education and served as a dance instructor in the Florida public school system for 10 years.

Erika is certified in both Zumba and Zumba Gold. She incorporates her knowledge of Zumba and her diverse dance background into a dynamic cardio dance class that's exciting and engaging. She's also currently CPR/AED certified.

 

Erika loves that cardio dance masquerades as a workout in disguise, providing an opportunity to let loose, sweat and smile. When Erika isn’t instructing, she’s running her wreath-making business, Handmade by Harvey. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the beach, traveling, spending time with family and baking with her daughter.

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EVELIN
BARRE FLOW, BALLETONE, barre core instructor

Evelin was a dancer for sixteen years. She started dancing when she was five in Brazil, and continued to take dance classes when her family moved to Orlando in 2000. She was trained in ballet, jazz, hip hop, and tap at the Columbus Center Dance Academy in Orlando, and she taught ballet and tap classes there. After leaving, she missed dancing regularly and struggled to find a form of exercise that she enjoyed and didn't feel like a chore. 

 

She was introduced to Breaking Barre when it first opened and fell in love with the classes, instructors, and members. She loved the variety of classes, and she was happy to find a form of exercise that she looked forward to. Evelin recently became certified in Vault Barre and Balletone, and she hopes to share her passion for barre classes that she felt as a member, but now as an instructor. Her goal is to make her classes enjoyable to both former dancers and members who have never danced a day in their lives, and leave them feeling empowered. 

 

Evelin teaches Portuguese and Spanish full time at the University of Central Florida, and spends as many weekends as possible at the beach."

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Jeri
Yoga Instructor

Jeri has more than 35 years of experience in physical fitness and mind-body healing. She began her career teaching dance fitness with her own Jazzercise franchise. After a back injury, she gravitated toward yoga, Pilates, strength training, and other mind-body modalities, that not only helped her to heal but also set her on a new path.  

 

Today, Jeri enjoys making yoga, Pilates, and yogilates accessible to all her students, who range in age from 14 to 88, with all abilities and body types. She uses her intuitive nature to heal while also creating a nourishing, playful and relaxing environment. 

 

Her innovative style is both fluid and eclectic, incorporating years of learning and training.  As a result, her students have described their experience as becoming more flexible, stronger, fit, more relaxed and more aware of their body.

 

In addition to multiple certifications, Jeri is an Accessible Yoga Ambassador, and is certified in LoveYourBrainYoga which helps people affected by traumatic brain injury.

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MELISSA

classic barre, Barrelates, balletone

INSTRUCTOR

Melissa has loved dance and music from a very young age. However, it wasn’t until grad school that she discovered both loves could be expressed through fitness. It all came together with POP Pilates in 2009.  Bringing together core chiseling moves with music you can jam to was a dream come true. Sharing that love through teaching keeps her upbeat and excited to learn and grow with each new phase in life. Her bubbly personality brings life and light to her classes, even in the early morning hours. She is committed to showing her students that fitness can be fun and not a chore. Melissa is Barre Above, Balletone, and POP Pilates certified and she's earned advanced certifications through Barre Above.

When she's not teaching, you can find her slinging drinks at her full time job, enjoying the magic that is Disney, because  let’s face it, it’s her second home and where her heart lives. She also enjoys baking, sewing and reading in her spare time.

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laura b.
barre core, yOGA instructor

Laura B. is excited to bring her zany blend of wellness and motivation to the tribe at Breaking Barre! Formerly an All American springboard diver, Laura discovered dance while competing for Purdue University in the 80's. Weary of being frozen, soaking wet, nearly naked and terrified, she retired from competition and began coaching professionally. At about that time, Laura stumbled into serious dance classes, applied that to what she knew from sports, and found purpose. Thirty-six years later, she is still helping people reach their goals, stay in shape, and conquer their inner demons. Her connection with students, down-to-earth conversational style, and cross-training make her classes something unique. She specializes in stretching, classic barre fitness and dance fitness, but you may see her filling in for other styles. Laura is certified in the Barre Revolution method and has been instructing barre classes for years.

 

“I was put on this earth to make people redefine age”, says Laura. She and her husband Tom have 3 grown children, and a grandbaby!

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Janina

barre flow instructor

Janina been a fitness instructor for 20 years and earned certifications through AFFA, Vault Barre, Reebok Cycle and TRX - but by far, her favorite format to teach is barre. Barre allowed her to channel her inner ballerina by incorporating ballet movements with lengthening and toning exercises. She remembers her first barre class vividly. She had been doing Crossfit for 9 years and was confident she would crush the barre workout as a result. But she couldn't even make it through the arm section with 1 pound weights! This was when she saw the true value of barre; not only does the time fly because you're dancing the hour away, but you target small muscle groups you wouldn't typically notice!

 

Her family moved to Orlando 2 years ago from West Palm Beach, where she taught at Vault Fitness and Tribe Studios. She adores her husband, who is her best friend and allows her to test her classes on him. Together, they have been blessed with two precious little boys. 

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marie

barre flow, balletone, yoga instructor

Marie has been instructing group fitness group classes for over 10 years. She fell in love with group classes after taking an interest in fitness and dance in high school.  With a desire to share her passion for movement with others, she began instructing while still pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Health and Wellness at UNC Asheville. 

 

Marie is currently a certified ACE Group Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer and Experienced 200 hour Yoga Instructor.  Marie is certified in a wide range of specialty class formats, including: Barre, Zumba, Yoga, Kickbox, Strong, Aqua, TRX, Cycle, and most recently Balletone. 

 

Marie loves how Barre classes can provide a cardio workout while staying low-impact, improve flexibility and strengthen the entire body.

 

Outside of the studio, Marie enjoys spending time outdoors, kayaking and traveling.

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Kelly
classic barre, barre asana, barre core instructor

Kelly’s passion is helping people find joy through movement. She began dancing at age ten and trained for 12 years in the styles of tap, jazz, ballet, and musical theater. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in Dramatic Arts and Media Studies, she taught dance and acting classes at public and private schools in Western North Carolina and North Georgia. While a regular participant in group fitness classes since high school, Kelly discovered her love for barre while working at a dance and fitness studio in New Zealand. She soon decided to become a barre instructor and earned her certification through the International Ballet Barre Fitness Association. Currently, Kelly is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and holds an active CPR/AED certification.

 

When not in the fitness studio, Kelly is in the dance studio. She teaches ballet, tap, and jazz at Joy Performing Arts in Oviedo. In her spare time, Kelly can most likely be found planning her next trip, working on her latest crafting project, theme park hopping, or learning obscure history facts by listening to podcasts.

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KID CARE ASSOCIATES

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melissa

kid care ASSOCIATE

Melissa is the proud grandmother of two little girls (ages 5 and 7), and she loves spending time with them.

 

Melissa is a member of the Oviedo Woman’s Club and serves as the Education Chair and Philanthropic Chair.  

 

She also currently volunteers at Evans Elementary and oversees the Reading Acceleration Program (RAP) and the Healthy Hands Program, where she teaches children how to properly wash their hands.  In addition, she's a RAP volunteer for several other local elementary schools.  She truly enjoys teaching children to read!

Melissa is also CPR/AED certified.

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sarah
kid care associate

Sarah has over six years of experience working with kids and spent a significant amount of time throughout high school volunteering as a Childcare Attendant and a Camp Assistant for several Children’s Theaters in the Oviedo and Winter Springs area. She also has several years of experience working as a choreographer/director for Children’s Musical Theater Productions around Central Florida.

Sarah is currently studying Communications at UCF and has a passion for kids and performing. She believes in creating a safe environment for all children to be themselves and aspires to continuously foster their imagination and creativity.  She is also CPR and First Aid certified. 

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sOPHIE
kid care associate

Sophie has over seven years of experience working with kids of all ages and loves every opportunity to facilitate a positive, healthy, and happy environment for them. Over the years, she’s worked and volunteered at a local children’s theatre, in after-school programs, and has spent significant time babysitting for families in the Orlando area. Her passion for the arts and theatre led her to teach music and assistant direct students in children’s theatre programs. She is also CPR and First Aid Certified.

Sophie is currently a student at the University of Central Florida, majoring in Psychology, with a minor in Gender Studies. She hopes to eventually pursue a career in mental health counseling, where she plans to use her education to empower adolescent girls and young women.