Our people are the difference.
They lead. They motivate. They challenge.
And they always manage to inspire us to achieve even more than we knew was possible.
Amazing results and incredible classes aside, if the barre boutique brand had its own brand of pixie dust, it’d be our outstanding team of instructors. Here are the top 3 reasons why and how our instructors are…well…magical.
THE BEST OF THE BEST. They are among the chosen few, professionally trained dancers, trained extensively in not just ballet, but in physiology, anatomy and alignment as well. Words like “discipline” and “experience” and “dedication” don’t even begin to capture it.
CLIENTS FIRST. ALWAYS. Without exception, we hire dynamic, energetic people whose first priority is to challenge, inspire and support our clients as they transform into the very best version of themselves.
THEY LOVE WHAT WE DO. Our instructors are passionate about ensuring that every single class leaves our clients challenged, invigorated and hungry for more! They are regularly evaluated on everything that makes a barre boutique class unique and special, from learning clients’ names, stories and fitness goals, to keeping the class formats fresh and engaging while maintaining the roots of our scientifically backed format.
Meet your motivator!
Lauren Fagone began dancing at the age of four, and after extensive training at schools in New York City and Pennsylvania, she joined the ranks of professional dancers as an apprentice with the North Carolina Dance Theatre in Charlotte, NC. She then continued her studies at Indiana University before accepting an apprenticeship with the Richmond Ballet. After two years she was promoted to a full-time company member, and is now in her fourteenth season as a professional ballet dancer with the Richmond Ballet.
Sarah Ruppel Bullis began her dance studies in Maryland at the age of 4 with Ballet Theatre of Maryland and later at the Kirov Academy and Washington School of Ballet. After graduating high school, she studied in the B.F.A program of the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati for 1 year and then with Edward Ellison in New York City before joining the Richmond Ballet as a trainee and later the Sarasota Ballet of Florida. She began her teaching career in 2010 with the Richmond Ballet as a children’s division faculty member, and currently teaches in the adult ballet division and is one of four instructors for the Rhythm and Motions dance aerobic workout program. She also teaches creative movement and ballet classes at the JCC, Country Club of Virginia, Regency Dance Academy, Cartwheels and Coffee and the Goddard School of Short Pump. She is thrilled to add Barre classes to her repertoire!
Shira Lanyi, a Richmond native, a graduate of The School of Richmond Ballet and a member of professional company for eight seasons is now member of our team of barre boutique instructors! Known to so many Richmond Ballet fans through her memorable appearances as Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Juliet inRomeo & Juliet, as the title role in Cinderella and Giselle, and as one of The Nutcracker’s Sugar Plum Fairies nearly every holiday season, Shira began her dance training at the age of eight with The School of Richmond Ballet, also attending summer programs at Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. When Shira is not at the barre, you can find her studying biology at VCU!
Abi Goldstein began her professional training at The Sarasota Ballet School. She attended summer programs at The School of American Ballet and The Miami City Ballet School. As a trainee at the Boston Ballet for two seasons, performed with both the second and professional companies. She is a member of The Richmond Ballet’s professional company and is excited to welcome you to our barre!
Kate Brady began taking dance classes at age 4. Growing up, she studied ballet, tap, lyrical, jazz and modern dance and participate in the Gifted Dance Education Program through Virginia Beach public schools. In college, Kate continued her dance education in ballet and modern dance classes and was an active member of a student run dance company. After college, Kate moved to Richmond and began taking adult ballet classes at The Richmond Ballet and has recently joined the ranks of of a local performance company. Katie found our studio as a client and immediately fell in love with the classes and our technique. She is overjoyed to have become a barre instructor and loves that she can be a part of helping others on their fitness journey!