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.
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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 years. Tess is thrilled to be a part of 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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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.
Follow her on instagram: @samaraariel
Brielle is a born and raised San Diego local who grew up a competitive gymnast and swimmer. After injury and life took over, Brielle’s mom introduced her to mat pilates in 2006. Loving what pilates had to offer in terms of toning and injury prevention she began diving into similar low impact workouts, like barre. One class later and she was hooked on the shake, soreness and almost instant muscle definition. After her two boys were born and not wanting to get back to the “gym grind”, she dove deeper into barre, yoga and pilates. Seeing what benefits these workouts offered her both physically and mentally, she was inspired to take the plunge and get barre certified as well as currently completing her RYT-200 hour yoga certification through CorePower Yoga. When she’s not at the barre or on the mat you can find Brielle spending time with her family boating, biking, paddle boarding and beaching throughout San Diego.
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.
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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!.
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Sam is a native New Yorker, lifelong athlete, and fitness enthusiast. He played baseball competitively from a young age and throughout college before falling in love with Japanese martial arts. He has trained for 14+ years in Shotokan Karate and competed across Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, and the United States, winning numerous Kata and Kumite championships. Sam is also an NASM and AFAA certified Muay Thai Trainer and Self-Defense Instructor. He is passionate about teaching kickboxing, personal safety, and empowering his students to achieve their maximum potential.
Follow him on instagram: @samjusino
Olivia is a lifelong dancer, born and raised in San Diego, with a background in ballet, jazz, and contemporary. After attending art school in San Francisco, she travelled to Australia, where she received a dance teaching and management certification and also trained for barre instruction with Xtend Barre. Upon completing both certifications, she committed to a teaching path in fitness and dance. When she’s not in the studio, she dances professionally within the electronic dance music and festival scene.
Follow her on instagram: @livyyng