Tess completed her Instructor Training Program through BarreBody Studios and has been teaching for over a year. Tess is thrilled to join the Spirit Barre team and bring barre back to the community! Her goal is to safely challenge those muscles and get you to reach new levels of strength.
Follow her on instagram: @tessklein
Lisa moved to Pacific Beach from Long Island, NY in 2012. She has an athletic background of playing sports her whole life and continues her active lifestyle with a regular yoga practice and longboarding with her dog, Larry David! She’s been practicing yoga for over 10 years, and teaching since 2008, the same year she received her cert as a Massage Therapist . Being an experienced practitioner and instructor of both, Lisa utilizes her knowledge of the way the body moves and connects to the mind to create fun, innovative classes. She teaches multiple yoga classes at Spirit Yoga and now at Spirit Barre, where she has created a stimulating, energetic workout experience called Spirit Sculpt, a 45 min class where the music is upbeat, vibes are high and the booty is burnin’. Her favorite yoga class to teach is a Power Flow so you know you’ll be feeling the burn in all the best ways. Some of Lisa’s favorite life things include smiling, going upside down, acroyoga, eating,and laughing.
Follow her on instagram: @lisafasa
Courtney grew up spending most of her free time in the dance studio. She took classes in ballet, tap and jazz throughout her childhood. As she grew older, Courtney found a way to continue to dance, joining the cheer squad at her high school. As a young adult, Courtney entered the workforce but it didn’t take long for her to find that movement was what she was meant to be doing. She started her journey to teaching fitness in 2015 when she took yoga teacher training. From there she launched a career in the fitness industry, teaching yoga and yoga sculpt. As her career progressed, Courtney found herself drawn back to her roots and was inspired to teach barre and Pilates workouts. Courtney’s classes are formatted to incorporate both Pilates and Barre movements that are safe and effective focusing on alignment and functional movement patterns.
Follow her on instagram: @courtneyfordwellness
Samara’s love for movement and dance began at 3 years old. Performing on stage and learning choreography built her confidence from a very young age. She deeply values living her life for the present, and believes there is no better way to experience the present than through fitness and the performing arts. Samara studied Musical Theatre at Manhattanville College and performed off- broadway in New York City. She has an affinity for teaching Barre, is American Barre Technique Certified and teaches Barre classes in San Diego. As an avid educator and traveler, she taught English abroad in Israel and currently curates travel retreats to Greece, Belize, Iceland and Cuba. Samara is also an NYU Certified Coach, guiding her clients to set goals to live their lives at their highest potentials. She believes that mental and emotional health are equally as important as physical health. Samara is a true follower of her passions. She finds joy and excitement in change and leaning into new challenges to further progress her abilities personally and professionally.
Armani was adopted by studio owners Dana & Torrey in 2018. He was rescued from the streets of Tijuana where he was found with a shattered hip and many bite wounds. Now living the good life in Pacific Beach, he spends his days sleeping under Dana’s desk as she manages the veterinary hospital. He loves visiting Spirit (and is the official mascot…Insta-famous!) and you can often find him sitting on the benches in the front lobby or napping in his bed between his mom & dad’s yoga mats. He’s a little shy because of his traumatic time on the streets, but once he gets to know you, he’ll give you big smiles & wags!
Follow him on instagram: @armani_thedoodle
Amanda has always loved taking group fitness classes and can be found class hopping around gyms and studios. Being a former dancer, competitive cheerleader and gymnast, Amanda naturally fell in love with barre. With over 8 years of teaching experience, she holds multiple barre certifications and is AFAA group exercise certified. Amanda has taught various other class formats and has built a reputation of presenting a challenging class. While it is her hope that clients’ limits are pushed, she will never let you forget the importance of form and encourages clients to always do what is best for their bodies.
Follow her on instagram: @mandahowww
Brittany has called San Diego her home since 2001. She stumbled across barre in 2013 and has been hooked ever since. After instructing hot barre for 3 years she is excited to get back into the studio as part of the Spirit Barre team!.