INSTRUCTORS

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KC Brunini

Owner

KC Brunini is the owner of THE BAR[RE] & Hot 11 Yoga. She is Barre Certified by Exhale, the most credible, comprehensive, and in-depth barre instructor training program. At 40 hours, Exhale's program is 3x the industry standard, and is ACE / NASM / AFAA approved. KC has also completed a 20 hour barre certification through Union Collaborative as well as her 200 hour YTT through Union Collaborative and Cape Ann Power Yoga. Since moving from Massachusetts to Connecticut in 2017, KC has brought with her an extensive knowledge of fitness and wellness originating from her strong dance background. She has had the privilege of being trained by some of the most elite professionals in the dance industry and was able to pursue a professional career of her own, dancing for various companies in the Greater Boston Area. 

 

One of KC's core missions at THE BAR[RE] is to make the exercises in each class accessible for every practitioner, regardless of age or fitness level. Incorporating ever-changing moves to the rhythm of upbeat music, barre targets specific muscles to create a long, lean form. Recognized for her upbeat personality, KC brings her high energy to motivate clients in every class, leaving you feeling energized, empowered, and confident

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Marissa r.

Marissa loves all movement and strives to help you find joy in your workout! With a positive attitude and creative cueing, Marissa leads an uplifting and invigorating class. She is certified in Barre through the International Ballet Barre Fitness Association, certified in POP Pilates®, certified in Mat Pilates through Balanced Body, and holds certifications in Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) and Functional Range Conditioning (FRC)®. Marissa is constantly learning new techniques to keep your workouts interesting, challenging, and as effective as possible. Outside of fitness, Marissa is a software engineer who loves spending time with her two rambunctious cats.

MICHELLe i.

Michelle started her journey as a student of Barre 3 years ago but knew that she wanted this to be a life long journey and became an Instructor. Michelle is a certified Total Barre Instructor and has completed her Barre training through Merrithew Education. She is always incorporating new music and moves into her classes to keep your routine fresh, while working your body from head to toe! “Although she may be tiny, she is fierce!” 

STEPH D.

Steph has a business degree from the University of Connecticut and is a licensed educator in PE/Health & Dance grades Pre-K through 12 in the state of Connecticut. She grew up dancing at a local dance studio and competed in ballroom dance on the UCONN ballroom dance team.  After her undergraduate degree, she decided to go back to school to get certified to teach PE/Health & Dance in the CT Public School system. After dancing throughout college, she gravitated to barre, dance fitness and HIIT to keep moving. The first time she took a Kick It By Eliza class, she was hooked.  The award-winning kickboxing and music inspired work out is right up her ally and she decided to get certified June of 2019.  Steph’s upbeat and motivating personality will keep you moving throughout all 13 rounds of the Kick It By Eliza workout! 

brittany c.

Brittany found her mat as a client of The Barre back in 2018. After getting tired of her usual workout routine she wanted to change things up and try something new. She found not only was it a fun way to get in shape but also a new way to clear her mind. After a year or so of taking classes and trying new formats, Brittany realized she wanted to try and help others fall in love with fitness like she had. She was trained by our one and only K.C. and cannot wait to share her love of barre with you all. Brittany is known to crack a few jokes to put a smile on your face during class but ultimately she wants you to leave her class feeling accomplished and strong.