INSTRUCTORS

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

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!” 

ERIN B.

Erin’s passion for yoga, dance, traveling, and healthy living are at the core of her practice. Her dedication to the art of fluid movement blossomed early on with her tireless devotion to competitive dance and cheerleading, which later morphed into several variations of yoga. She is certified in Norby Method Yoga Barre and has her 200 hr Vinyasa Flow certification.

 

After graduating college in Boston, Erin journeyed west to follow her love of warm weather and surf culture. She has taught with Hot8 in Santa Monica and Malibu Beach Yoga along with locations around the world including South America, Europe, and the South Pacific. In addition to teaching, Erin also holds teacher trainings' yearly in Bali. Now happily residing back on the East Coast, she is excited to bring her love for yoga to new students and friends. 

 

Erin’s teaching philosophy is simple and sincere: she aims to help others thrive by nurturing the body, mind, and soul. She yearns to share the beauty of yoga with others by creating a healthy, and positive environment that all skill levels can thrive in. Her hope is that you step off the mat or leave the barre feeling refreshed, nourished, and balanced. Through practice you will experience the freedom of self-discovery that yoga offers and have a great time!

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! 

Caitlyn k.

Caitlyn will be teaching Barre classes at The Barre CT. She trained with KC in January, and am new to the schedule this June. Caitlyn has been working out at The Barre CT for over a year. Prior to The Barre CT, I have done all different format barre classes for several years and fell in love with barre classes in general, and moreover the style of teaching at The Barre CT. Caitlyn is a former Division 1 lacrosse athlete and barre classes help her in adult life to feel amazing and push herself, without putting stress on my joints from years of athletics. Caitlyn's mantra is... show up for yourself and do what feels right for YOUR body!

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.

stef l.

Stefanie finished her 200 hour Baptiste inspired power yoga teacher training through Cape Ann Power Yoga and Union Collaborative. Yoga has been a huge part of Stefanie’s daily life for more than a decade. The health benefits she gained, made her crave yoga everyday. Stefanie can’t wait to share her love of yoga with her students, so they too can feel the benefits and enjoy the post yoga bliss.

Stefanie is also a yoga instructor at Hot 11 Yoga and a dance teacher. Fitness has always been a huge part of her life. When she’s not teaching her classes you can find her working in a salon as a hairstylist, or snuggling with her adorable dog. Stefanie and her husband will also be welcoming their first baby in December 2020!! 

pam j.

Pamela is a certified HOT HIIT (high intensity interval training) instructor and is teaching LIIT at THE BAR[RE] and HOT LIIT at Hot 11 Yoga.  She has been in the fitness industry for 10 years, mainly teaching Spinning classes at numerous locations.  Pam is also 200 hour yoga certified specializing in 26/2, children’s yoga and Reiki 1 certified.  “Strength and endurance is what makes your mind, body and soul align.  I firmly believe that keeping your body fit and healthy keeps us young and vibrant.”