Welcome to Barre Centric!
Barre Centric is Buffalo’s first barre fitness studio. The studio features a unique workout class that fuses ballet, yoga, Pilates and orthopedic stretching to achieve strength, flexibility and balance. The class is broken down into 4 sections– warm-up, thighs, seat, and abdominals, to target major female “problem spots”. Using small isometric movements to fatigue the muscles completely and lengthening stretches to increase flexibility, this workout is sure to produce long, lean and toned muscles similar to that of a dancer’s body.
Rachael Hughes, co-owner
Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, Rachael has always been passionate about fitness and living an active lifestyle. She grew up playing several sports and dancing competitively at David de Marie. While completing her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Spanish minor at The Ohio State University, she was a member of The Ohio State Dance Team all four years. She competed nationally at NDA and UDA Collegiate Nationals and served as captain her senior year. Always interested in new cutting-edge fitness regimens, Rachael wanted to bring a new, effective, and fun workout to the Western New York area and the Barre Centric technique was soon born. Rachael is an AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor and is excited to inspire others to strengthen and lengthen their bodies at the barre!
Giavana de Zitter, co-owner
Giavana de Zitter is originally from Buffalo, New York where she grew up dancing at David de Marie and American Academy of Ballet. She later graduated from Point Park University in Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Dance and a Bachelor of Science degree in Arts and Entertainment Management. Giavana danced professionally with Royal Caribbean Cruise lines traveling the world for two years. In between contracts she was certified to teach Pilates with Body One studios Inc. and started studying and training Barre Fitness methods. Moving back to Buffalo, Giavana began personal training in Pilates, and decided to combine her passion for dance and education in business into a studio that offers a healthy, fit and fun lifestyle for women of all ages. The Barre Centric technique was formed with co-owner Rachael Hughes over two years time and they are thrilled to finally share their classes at Barre Centric!
Kaitlin Monaco, teacher
Kaitlin Monaco is originally from Lancaster, New York. Kaitlin began her dance careerwhen she was 3 years old at Karyn Kelly Dance Center, competing on their National Dance Team until she was 18 years old. Kaitlin attended Lancaster High School, where she was a Varsity Redskins Cheerleader. She graduated from Canisius College with a Bachelor of Arts and went on to further her education by obtaining a Master’s of Science. She cheered at the collegiate level for 1 year and then transitioned into cheering for the NFL for 3 years. Her passion for fitness and dance has led her to become a Barre Fitness enthusiast and is thrilled to become a member of the Barre Centric team.