Open Barre℠


This class is taught by:

Marisa Montella

Originally from Howell NJ Marisa graduated from Montclair State University with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Communications. After graduating, Marisa’s passion for dance evolved into an equal passion for fitness. Starting out as a Local Barre client, it wasn’t long before Marisa started to see how Local Barre brought both her love for Dance and Fitness together! Marisa is so excited to be a part of the team and can’t wait to meet you!

Amanda R Robinson

Amanda is a New Jersey native, who began training in dance at the age of 3 and teaching the discipline at her local dance studio at the age of 13. During her teens, Amanda also studied classical ballet and pointe at the training school for the New York City Ballet, The School of American Ballet. During this time, she was casted as a member of George Balanchine’s, “The Nutcracker” and “A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream.” Amanda continued to dance throughout her college years on the nationally ranked TCNJ Dance Team, where she was captain her senior year. Currently, Amanda is a 3rd year veteran as an NBA Dancer for the Brooklyn Nets and has had the privilege to represent the brand performing overseas in eight countries including China, Italy, Brazil, Turkey, London, Spain, Jamaica, and Singapore. Performing over the years, Amanda has realized not only how important health and fitness is to her dance career, but also to everyday life. She understands conditioning on machines at the gym is not for everyone, including herself, and has found that Barre is an awesome total body workout that she cannot wait to share with you!

Kaitlyn Frotton

Kaitlyn Frotton is thrilled to finally be joining the Local Barre family! Kaitlyn is a seasoned performer, and dance/gymnastics teacher, with an undying passion for health and fitness. She’s performed in various shows Off-Broadway, Nationally, and Internationally both on land and on cruise ships in shows ranging in style from 50 Shades the Musical Parody to Macbeth. Maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle has always been key in her ability to handle the stress of the uncertainties and inconsistencies of show-biz, Kaitlyn spent the majority of her childhood competing in dance, soccer, and track. She’s an AFAA certified group fitness instructor, with years of teaching experience in zumba, dance, gymnastics, and acting. She’s become mildly obsessed with Local Barre and can’t wait to share her passion and love for this incredibly effective work out with her clients!

Janelle Lyons

Janelle Lyons has a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Movement Science, as well as a Masters in The Art of Teaching. She has studied Anatomy and Physiology, Kinesiology, and Exercise Physiology, and has been a Physical Education and Health teacher in Allendale, N.J for the past 8 years. Janelle has always had a passion for exercise, eating healthy, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. She has worked as both a Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor. Janelle found that Barre was a great way to work every muscle in your body- while being safe at the same time. She was immediately obsessed with Barre and decided to pursue becoming an instructor. She loves that the class focuses on building lean long muscles and is based on the methods of Lotte Berk. Janelle is excited to be a part of the warm and welcoming Local Barre family, where the staff and the clients are open and eager to learn and work hard. She enjoys thinking of ways to teach a challenging class while encouraging her clients to push themselves. Nothing makes her happier than when she knows she has given her clients a great workout that will keep them looking and feeling their best.

Andrea Ellis

Andrea Ellis was born and raised in New Jersey where she began dancing at the age of three. Throughout high school she studied dance extensively at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School’s gifted and talented dance program, New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble and New Jersey School of Ballet. Graduating from Montclair State University cum laude, she earned a BA in Communications with a minor in Dance. She is currently a member of Ariel Rivka Dance and Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre. Andrea is eager to bring her passion for dance and fitness to Local Barre!

Amber Hirsch

Amber Hirsch graduated from the University of the Arts with a BFA in Dance Performance. In addition to her passion for dance, she has always had an interest in health and fitness and began to explore how the two can be brought together. In 2002, her journey into the fitness industry began as she immersed herself in learning as much as possible through different certifications and life experiences. Some of these certifications include NASM, AFAA, Practical Pliates, Spin and Scwinn. In 2010, her career found the perfect balance of dance and fitness when she began instructing at Local Barre and is now loving her position as Director of Fitness.

Meghan Grant

Meghan Grant has always had a strong passion for exercise, being active, and living an overall healthy lifestyle. When she moved to Hoboken and found Local Barre she quickly became addicted, finding the classes invigorating and challenging, the instructors inspiring, and the entire staff warm and welcoming. After having her son in 2012 Meghan used Barre to get herself back into shape and loved how it made her stronger and changed her body...she even saw her abs again! After a long career in public relations she finally decided to turn her love for fitness into something more and pursued becoming a Barretender. Also an avid cycling enthusiast, Meghan is so excited to join the Wheelhaus team, and has a certification in Mad Dogg Spinning. Meghan loves being a part of the Local Barre family and creating lively and challenging classes to help clients to achieve their fitness goals.There's nothing better than helping people to look and feel their best!

Amanda F Fontana

Amanda Fontana is originally from a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA and started dancing at the young age of 2. She competed nationally in dance and went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Point Park University with a Bachelors of Arts in Musical Theater and a minor in Dance. Since her arrival to NYC post-graduation, she has been fortunate to work professionally as a dancer and choreographer. Her favorite credits include the national tours of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Dance Captain, Silly Girl) and ELF the musical (Assistant Choreographer, Dance Captain, Swing). Newly married, she happily resides in Hoboken with her husband. Amanda is thrilled to be a part of such a talented team of Barretenders and can’t wait to share her knowledge and passion for dancing and fitness with you! Be sure to follow Amanda’s Instagram for class updates, health info, and inspiration to help conquer your fitness goals - @amandagracefontana

Robert Burke

Robert Burke graduated cum laude with a BFA in Dance from Rutgers University. He was recently seen in the North American Tour of "Cats" and can currently be seen dancing for Randy James' 10 Hairy Legs, Zella Dance, Yin Yue Dance Company, and Meagan Woods. Robert is also the Artistic Director and Choreographer for Robert Mark Dance and co-curator for "The 12 by 12 Dance Initiative" alongside Arielle Petruzzella. Robert is also a NASM Certified Personal Trainer.

Our signature class, Open Barre℠ is a fusion of ballet fundamentals, core conditioning, Yoga and stretching for a total body workout using lightly weighted yoga balls, stretching strap, ballet barre, playground ball, and yoga mat to achieve a lean, flexible, youthful body. Open Barre℠ is just that, open to beginners and all levels of practice. Socks are required.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sun Mar 26 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Marisa Montella
    at Uptown
  • Sun Mar 26 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Amanda R Robinson
    at West
  • Sun Mar 26 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Bethany Tyrrell
    at Uptown
  • Sun Mar 26 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Bethany Tyrrell
    at Uptown
  • Sun Mar 26 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Kaitlyn Frotton
    at West
  • Mon Mar 27 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Janelle Lyons
    at Uptown
  • Mon Mar 27 8:45 am - 9:45 am with Andrea Ellis
    at Uptown
  • Mon Mar 27 8:45 am - 9:45 am with Amber Hirsch
    at West
  • Mon Mar 27 9:45 am - 10:45 am with Meghan Grant
    at Uptown
  • Mon Mar 27 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm with Bethany Tyrrell
    at Uptown
  • Mon Mar 27 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Andrea Ellis
    at West
  • Mon Mar 27 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm with Amanda F Fontana
    at Uptown
  • Mon Mar 27 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm with Amanda F Fontana
    at Uptown
  • Tue Mar 28 9:45 am - 10:45 am with Amber Hirsch
    at Uptown
  • Tue Mar 28 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Andrea Ellis
    at West
  • Tue Mar 28 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm with Amanda R Robinson
    at Uptown
  • Tue Mar 28 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm with Amanda R Robinson
    at Uptown
  • Wed Mar 29 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Janelle Lyons
    at Uptown
  • Wed Mar 29 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Robert Burke
    at West
  • Wed Mar 29 8:45 am - 9:45 am with Robert Burke
    at Uptown