Open Barre℠ {Quickie}

This class is taught by:

Andrea Ellis

Andrea Ellis was born and raised in New Jersey where she began dancing at the age of three. Throughout high school she studied dance extensively at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School’s gifted and talented dance program, New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble and New Jersey School of Ballet. Graduating from Montclair State University cum laude, she earned a BA in Communications with a minor in Dance. She is currently a member of Ariel Rivka Dance and Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre. Andrea is eager to bring her passion for dance and fitness to Local Barre!

Charlotte Richman

Charlotte loves all things fitness and health. Born and raised in uptown Hoboken, Charlotte was thrilled to see Local Barre make waves in the community when it first opened and has been attending classes for years. When the opportunity arose to become a Barretender, Charlotte couldn’t wait to get started. Growing up as a dancer, competitive swimmer and yogi, Charlotte has formed a deep connection with her body’s strength and flexibility and looks forward to sharing a Barre or Night Cap class with you. Some of Charlotte’s physical and athletic accomplishments include: a proclamation from the Mayor of the City of Hoboken for outstanding state-wide rankings in the 100 yard butterfly and 50 yard freestyle, High Tech High School Dance Department ‘Dancer of the Year’ Award (North Bergen, NJ), dancing professionally in New York and Los Angeles, the design, production and world-wide release of a fitness and mindset App called Fit, Flexible & Fabulous, and is 200-hour Hatha Yoga Certified from City Yoga in Los Angeles. As a graduate of University of Chicago with a double major in Linguistics and International Relations, Charlotte is enthusiastic about communication, business and travel, but health and movement still come first! She looks forward to meeting you in class soon!

Amanda F Fontana

Amanda Fontana is originally from a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA and started dancing at the young age of 2. She competed nationally in dance and went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Point Park University with a Bachelors of Arts in Musical Theater and a minor in Dance. Since her arrival to NYC post-graduation, she has been fortunate to work professionally as a dancer and choreographer. Her favorite credits include the national tours of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Dance Captain, Silly Girl) and ELF the musical (Assistant Choreographer, Dance Captain, Swing). Newly married, she happily resides in Hoboken with her husband. Amanda is thrilled to be a part of such a talented team of Barretenders and can’t wait to share her knowledge and passion for dancing and fitness with you! Be sure to follow Amanda’s Instagram for class updates, health info, and inspiration to help conquer your fitness goals - @amandagracefontana

Amber Hirsch

Amber Hirsch graduated from the University of the Arts with a BFA in Dance Performance. In addition to her passion for dance, she has always had an interest in health and fitness and began to explore how the two can be brought together. In 2002, her journey into the fitness industry began as she immersed herself in learning as much as possible through different certifications and life experiences. Some of these certifications include NASM, AFAA, Practical Pliates, Spin and Scwinn. In 2010, her career found the perfect balance of dance and fitness when she began instructing at Local Barre and is now loving her position as President.

Kristina D Del Grosso

Kristina is delighted to join the LB Team! She discovered Local Barre in 2011 and has been an avid member since her very first class. Kristina is quick to share her passion & will tell anyone that Local Barre techniques are truly the only exercises that challenge her body and has given her clear muscle definition (Yea Core muscles!!). Kristina loves creating a curriculum that is engaging and effective with some cool tunes. She embraces a healthy lifestyle and is an advocate of mental and physical wellness overall. Kristina graduated from Villanova University where she received a degree in Psychology and she is currently working toward her spin certification through Madd Dogg spinning! Her transition to Barretender was rooted in her enthusiasm and desire to coach others in their own unique journey toward fitness- As Kristina always says "Strong is Sexy!"....

Our signature class, Open Barre℠, packed powerfully into a 45 minute format! Open Barre is a fusion of ballet fundamentals, core conditioning, Yoga and stretching for a total body workout using lightly weighted yoga balls, stretching strap, ballet barre, playground ball, and yoga mat to achieve a lean, flexible, youthful body. Open Barre℠ is just that, open to beginners and all levels of practice. Socks are required.

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Jun 28 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm with Andrea Ellis
    at Uptown
  • Wed Jun 28 5:45 pm - 6:30 pm with Charlotte Richman
    at West
  • Wed Jun 28 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm with Amanda F Fontana
    at West
  • Thu Jun 29 6:00 am - 6:45 am with Amanda F Fontana
    at West
  • Thu Jun 29 6:00 am - 6:45 am with Charlotte Richman
    at Uptown
  • Fri Jun 30 8:45 am - 9:30 am with Amber Hirsch
    at Uptown
  • Fri Jun 30 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm with Kristina D Del Grosso
    at West
  • Sat Jul 01 7:15 am - 8:00 am with Charlotte Richman
    at Uptown
  • Sat Jul 01 8:15 am - 9:00 am with Amanda F Fontana
    at West
  • Wed Jul 05 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm with Andrea Ellis
    at Uptown