Open Barre℠


This class is taught by:

Janelle Lyons

Janelle Lyons has a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Movement Science, as well as a Masters in The Art of Teaching. She has studied Anatomy and Physiology, Kinesiology, and Exercise Physiology, and has been a Physical Education and Health teacher in Allendale, N.J for the past 8 years. Janelle has always had a passion for exercise, eating healthy, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. She has worked as both a Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor. Janelle found that Barre was a great way to work every muscle in your body- while being safe at the same time. She was immediately obsessed with Barre and decided to pursue becoming an instructor. She loves that the class focuses on building lean long muscles and is based on the methods of Lotte Berk. Janelle is excited to be a part of the warm and welcoming Local Barre family, where the staff and the clients are open and eager to learn and work hard. She enjoys thinking of ways to teach a challenging class while encouraging her clients to push themselves. Nothing makes her happier than when she knows she has given her clients a great workout that will keep them looking and feeling their best.

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!"....

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!

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!

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

Donielle Janora

DONIELLE EJ JANORA had a childhood filled with dance, gymnastics and athletics. She received a B.F.A. in Dance Performance from the University at Buffalo while being a nationally ranked Track & Field heptathlete (7 events). Her professional dance career travelled nationally with the “The Will Rogers Follies” and “Footloose” tours and continued internationally on Norwegian Cruise Lines. She has danced for L'oreal, Paul Mitchell, Studio 54 SiriusXM Radio,Target, XBox Kinect and ILuminate (featured on "America's Got Talent") to name a few. Donielle is also the dance coordinator/choreographer for the United States Tournament of Dance and Acrobatic Team where they have performed at Disney, Universal Studios, Hershey Park,Madison Square Garden and the Prudential Center. She is on the faculty at Steven Institute of Technology, STEPS in New York City and Icon Dance Complex (home of the ICONic Boyz from MTV's "America's Best Dance Crew"). She is also a 200 hour vinyasa flow yoga instructor. Donielle is thrilled to share her passionate blend for barre, dance and yoga with you at Local Barre.

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.

Marisa Montella

Originally from Howell NJ Marisa graduated from Montclair State University with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Communications. After graduating, Marisa’s passion for dance evolved into an equal passion for fitness. Starting out as a Local Barre client, it wasn’t long before Marisa started to see how Local Barre brought both her love for Dance and Fitness together! Marisa is so excited to be a part of the team and can’t wait to meet you!
Our signature class, 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 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Janelle Lyons
    at Uptown
  • Wed Jun 28 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Kristina D Del Grosso
    at West
  • Wed Jun 28 8:45 am - 9:45 am with Charlotte Richman
    at Uptown
  • Wed Jun 28 9:45 am - 10:45 am with Charlotte Richman
    at Uptown
  • Wed Jun 28 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Andrea Ellis
    at Uptown
  • Wed Jun 28 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Amanda F Fontana
    at West
  • Thu Jun 29 9:45 am - 10:45 am with Andrea Ellis
    at Uptown
  • Thu Jun 29 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Donielle Janora
    at Uptown
  • Fri Jun 30 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Amanda F Fontana
    at West
  • Fri Jun 30 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Charlotte Richman
    at Uptown
  • Fri Jun 30 8:45 am - 9:45 am with Donielle Janora
    at West
  • Fri Jun 30 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Andrea Ellis
    at Uptown
  • Sat Jul 01 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Charlotte Richman
    at Uptown
  • Sat Jul 01 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Amanda F Fontana
    at West
  • Sat Jul 01 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Charlotte Richman
    at Uptown
  • Sat Jul 01 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Amber Hirsch
    at Uptown
  • Sun Jul 02 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Marisa Montella
    at Uptown
  • Sun Jul 02 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Amanda F Fontana
    at West
  • Sun Jul 02 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Amanda F Fontana
    at West