An Arizona native, who moved to San Diego a few years ago looking for a change in scenery. She grew up participating in dance and cheerleading and has always loved to choreograph and move the body in new ways. Britt first trained in barre in 2012 in Scottsdale, AZ at a studio called The Dailey Method.
When she’s not teaching, she enjoys practicing yoga, being outside, taking pictures, or spending time with her dog. Britt’s favorite thing about the barre workout is that you can modify or layer on as many challenges as you want. Like yoga, it is a self-paced practice that provides a full body workout! Britt’s favorite barre exercises are glutes and abs!
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Dana’s two strongest interests have always been fitness and animals. After graduating from Boston University and working in the corporate world, Dana discovered yoga and was an instructor for years before getting her masters degree from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. She moved to beautiful San Diego in 2004 and has worked for almost 2 decades in animal sheltering & welfare, zoology, and veterinary medicine. After attending barre as a student for about 5 years, Dana took the opportunity to train to become an instructor and has been enjoying teaching fun and invigorating classes since 2017. In 2020, Dana and her husband Torrey purchased Spirit Yoga, and then in 2021 created Spirit Barre. When not at yoga class, at the barre or managing a veterinary hospital, Dana likes to run, strength train, and walk her beloved dog (and Spirit’s official mascot) Armani.
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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.
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Amy discovered a love for barre in 2014 while living in Miami, and has been dropping plies ever since. She loves that barre makes her feel both strong and graceful. Even more, Amy loves helping clients tap into reserves of strength they didn’t know existed, and have fun doing it in the process. Amy is currently pursuing a PhD in Sociology at UCSD, but when she’s not studying or teaching undergrads, she can be found at Azucar with a cuban pastry in hand or on her paddle board in Mission Bay.
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Melanie has a wide range of interests and passions in the creative and healing arts. She has an extensive background in theatre, music, and dance which led her to bodywork and fitness. Melanie is a barre and yoga instructor, massage therapist, and has been teaching classes in yoga, dance, music, and theatre for children and adults in San Diego since 2012. But the true love in her life is her dog Morty, and most any dog that crosses her path!
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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!
Courtney (E-RYT 200) began practicing yoga in 2013 and instantly recognized the countless healing benefits yoga has to offer. In 2015, she completed her RYT 200 Yoga Alliance certification through CorePower Yoga in Denver Colorado, with an emphasis in Baron Baptiste’s Power yoga and Vinyasa. Courtney’s classes specialize in biomechanics, injury management, and smart sequencing. Being a lifelong learner, she continues to study and practice to continue to bring the most innovative techniques to her classes while sticking to the true healing foundations of the practice. Courtney has continued her education to include yoga sculpt, barre and mat pilates certifications, mat pilates holding a special place in her heart.
Courtney creates a safe, non-competitive space for her students to dive beneath the surface of their daily lives to find deeper meaning and inspiration. Her classes offer intentional themes, emphasizing the importance of proper alignment, pranayama breathing techniques, mindfulness, and meditation. Modification and advanced options are made available for new students and experienced practitioners so that all can reach their potential. Courtney is honored to teach yoga & barre, helping to bring balance, awareness, health, and happiness into other’s lives.
Find her on Instagram @wellnesswarrior_111
Danielle is a barre and yoga instructor from Seattle, who moved to San Diego in 2020. She has been teaching since 2015, and has lived and taught in Thailand and Vietnam. Danielle completed a yoga teacher training in Bali, as well as other various immersions throughout Southeast Asia. It goes without saying that she loves traveling and has led international retreats! When she’s not on her mat doing yoga or barre, you can find her anywhere in nature: hiking, hanging out in the desert, at the beach, or just soaking up the sun somewhere.
She is passionate about all types of movement and is such an advocate for finding what feels good in your body. Danielle loves barre because it’s a killer workout, extremely effective, and SO much fun! She discovered her love for barre at one of her favorite studios, Bohemian Studios in Seattle, and completed barre training with them in 2019. In Danielle’s classes, you can expect an amazing workout, to rock out to an upbeat playlist, move with the beat, and have a ton of fun doing it!
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Matt was a division 1 athlete in college and has a background in competitive rowing. He brings a level of energy and enthusiasm to his classes that is fierce yet playful. He found yoga several years ago as a way to find balance and recovery in his active lifestyle of surfing and working a stressful sales job. Inspired by his peers he became Yoga Sculpt certified in 2019. What he enjoys most about Barre is the focus on joint safety. Matt aims to make you laugh and bring out your inner athlete!
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At the ripe age of three, Tess began dancing and continued through College. While she loves all styles of dance, ballet has always been her specialty. She found Barre in 2015 right after graduating from SDSU and absolutely loved the workout. She likes how ballet positions are incorporated into each workout and enjoys the intensity of getting those muscles to shake!
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.
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Steph has been a barre teacher from the past few years, and got her training from the Dailey Method. Steph loves to help clients get into full body alignment in order to get the deepest muscle contractions for results, and also showing modifications for different needs. She loves that Barre is a forever practice through safe effective movements, no matter age.
Steph is from Philadelphia, trained at Pennsylvania Ballet, performed in professional ballet companies in different states, then in a show, “Jubilee” in Las Vegas for seven years, as a dancer in short line, and a magician’s assistant. Then she moved to Pacific Beach, finding Barre, and loving everything it is.
Steph loves taking barre class, yoga, basically spending any time outdoors, and constantly learning to grow as a person.
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Natasha is an accomplished choreographer, professional dancer, and fitness instructor originally from Ukraine. She has multiple degrees from universities in Ukraine and Russia as a Ballet Master and Choreographer. For ten years her career as a professional dancer allowed her to showcase her talent around the world in places such as Morocco, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, and Japan. After the birth of her daughter in 2007 Natasha focused her career more on choreography and fitness. She choreographed the award winning show group Molodost as well as shows for Louis Cruise line based out of Greece. She began incorporating her passion for fitness into her career in Ukraine teaching Body Ballet, Pilates, and Dance Fitness. Natasha came to visit her sister in San Diego and fell in love with America’s Finest City. She moved from Ukraine with her daughter in 2013 and remains excited to share her enthusiasm for fitness and dance in the San Diego area.
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!.