Alanna spent her childhood training as a competitive gymnast and later transitioned into dance. She trained in the styles of ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, and hip-hop and went on to compete in dance as well. Alanna is presently a student at the University at Buffalo where she is pursuing a double major in dance and exercise science. In the Spring of 2016, she received a scholarship to become certified to teach barre classes. Since completing her certification, Alanna has taught barre classes at studios in the Buffalo area and on campus at UB. During her breaks home from school, Alanna brings her love for barre fitness classes to Syracuse where she teaches at her home dance studio, The Movement Box. Alanna’s favorite part about teaching barre classes is empowering women as they become stronger mentally and physically. She hopes to share her passion for dance and fitness with all of you at Barre Fitness and Beyond!
Arielle graduated with honors with her BFA in Dance, and Bachelors in Communications from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, where she received the Margery J. Turner Award for sustained choreographic excellence. Arielle has been performing since she was 9 years old. She began teaching at studios, choreographing, and presenting her own work in 2009. She formed her company, Zella Dance in 2013, which presented work in NYC, Boston, and across the north east. She has danced for choreographers Brian Brooks, Julie Bour, and Stefanie Batten Bland among others.
Arielle has been teaching Barre since 2013. She has a passion for fitness, and believes strongly that Barre is a great way to build long lean muscles that make people look and feel great.
Today, when she's not at the Barre, you can find Arielle working as a Graphic Designer. More info about Arielle's work as a designer and choreographer can be found at www.AriellePetruzzella.com
Arielle is excited to be a part of the BF&B family, and looks forward to seeing you at the Barre!
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After walking into a yoga studio in 2012, Kelly has dedicated herself to the study of yoga. From a young age she studied classical ballet and then went on to be a competitive distance runner. Highly motivated by competition, yoga wasn’t something that appealed to her. Struggling with infertility Kelly decided to take up yoga as a way to de-stress. After her first class her life was completely changed forever. Physical benefits are only a small portion of what she received from beginning a yoga practice. Breath, asana, and meditation revealed what was hidden deep down inside of her; confidence, peace, happiness and gratitude. Within a few months Kelly found out that she was expecting. She is now the proud mama of a wonderful baby boy. She believes yoga led her to inner peace that opened her mind, body and heart to creating a life.
As a teacher Kelly hopes each student can have that breakthrough moment too, that moment where your mat becomes a place where all opportunities are possible. In her classes, students will go beyond their boundaries to find their inner and outer, strength and balance. “Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.” -B.K.S. Iyengar
Kelly is an RYT-200 and continues to expand her knowledge of yoga through seminars, workshops, trainings and reading.
René grew up dancing at the age of 2 1/2 and studied at the David DeMarie Dance Studio and the Royal Academy of Ballet. She trained and competed at regional and national levels. After graduating with a BFA in dance from SUNY at Buffalo, she moved to the west coast to perform, train, and audition in Los Angeles. After also living in San Diego and Las Vegas teaching and performing, René decided to re-route back to the East Coast to continue spreading her knowledge of dance. She is currently on faculty at many local dance studios teaching ballet, jazz, hip hop, modern, lyrical, contemporary, musical theatre, and tap. René teaches master classes and adjudicates for dance competitions throughout the US and Canada for the last 10 years. You might see her on Lifetime's "Dance Moms" as one of the dance judges in Seasons 3,4, & 5.
She performed at the Michael Landon Awards in NYC, the MTV Movie Awards with the Pussycat Dolls in LA, and choreographed and performed in France for the Cannes Music Festival. She also choreographed the Los Angeles premiere of the musical "Pageant" which received the LA Times Critics Choice. René choreographs for world-renowned record label, Del Oro Music, in Studio City, CA. She has been seen on T.V. in shows such as The West Wing, Charmed, ER, and American Dreams as a bandstand dancer and also appeared in the movies The Italian Job, Freaky Friday, and Oh Baby! Starring Didi Conn.
René started taking barre classes and instantly loved the burn and results. She then became Booty Barre certified in 2013 and Ultra Barre certified in January 2014. She has always had a desire to add to the health and wellness community, opening this wellness facility has been a dream come true. René has discovered a way to heal past injuries, to improve the skeletal structure, gain muscle tone, and strengthen the cardiovascular system.
Barre Fitness and Beyond is excited to bring barre fitness to Hertel Avenue! Stemming from the Lotte Berk Method, barre fitness combines dance, yoga, and pilates in an amazing 60 min class. You will firm, lengthen, and shape your muscles to their most optimal form. B.fab also offering other types of fitness activity including yoga with much more to follow!