Welcome to Barre Centric!
Barre Centric is Buffalo’s first barre fitness studio, founded in early 2012 by two local dancers! The studio features small group fitness classes that are ideal for toning, flexibility, strength, and balance. We offer various types of barre fitness classes and constantly change our choreography so that your body refrains from plateauing and your muscles keep changing. Our certified and motivating instructors, fun and innovative classes, and positive and encouraging community make Barre Centric the perfect place to change your body and lifestyle. Voted Buffalo’s Best Fitness Classes 2013!
Rachael Hughes, Co-Owner & Instructor
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 & Instructor
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, Instructor
Kaitlin Monaco is originally from Lancaster, New York. Kaitlin began her dance career when 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.
Jessica Fancher, Instructor
Jessica was raised in Lancaster, NY, and currently resides in Clarence, NY with her husband and two kids. Jessica was active in sports throughout high school, and had a love for Music and Arts where she became involved in several Musicals, and Show Choirs singing during her school years and beyond. Jessica graduated from Houghton College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration which took her to a career in Marketing at Fisher-Price, where she worked for 7 years before having her first child and becoming a stay-at-home mom. Throughout the years, Jessica has been a fitness junkie, focusing on yoga, spinning, strength training, running and now barre! Jessica began attending Barre Centric as a client when the studio first opened and was immediately hooked. She is a member of the Centric Centennials Club and is so excited to pass on her passion for barre with others as an instructor. Jessica is studying to be a certified AFAA Group Fitness Instructor. She loves the effectiveness and healing nature of this workout and 100% believes in its ability to tone and sculpt your body in the smartest and safest way!
Maria Alsup, Instructor
Maria Alsup was born and raised in Atlanta, GA where she received her early training at Dance Stop Studios. With a lifelong passion for dance and living an active lifestyle, Maria has been dancing on-and-off since the age of three. She is an alumna of the Dance Stop Company and has extensive experience in ballet, contemporary, tap, and jazz. Maria holds a B.A. in Communication from Auburn University. She moved to Boston after school where she enjoyed taking adult tap and contemporary classes and was later introduced to Barre Fitness. Barre Centric opened its doors shortly after Maria moved to Buffalo and she immediately became a devoted client and most recently, a member of the Centric Centennials Club. Barre Centric also helped Maria become her fittest self in preparation for her wedding this past June. As an instructor, Maria looks forward to sharing her passion for dance and healthy living with Barre Centric clients.
Elle Anderson, Instructor
Elle Anderson was raised in Lancaster, New York, where she graduated from Lancaster High School. Elle had taken a passion for fitness at a young age where she cheerleaded locally for about 8 years, and nationally on a competitive travel team for several years. When she graduated high school, she decided to take her passion for health and wellness even further. She is currently studying in her last semester to graduate with her Bachelor’s of Science in Health & Wellness, and a minor in Psychology. Elle is a Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine. Throughout the past year Elle has focused on training friends and colleagues. Always looking to help people become their best, she highly believes in barre classes and their effectiveness. She can’t wait to share her enthusiasm as an instructor with barre centric clients!
Kelsey Block, Instructor
Kelsey is a native “Buffalonian,” and spent most of her childhood dancing competitively. She continued dancing in college and graduated from the University at Buffalo with a B.F.A. in dance. During her time at UB, she suffered a back injury that inspired her to become certified in Pilates so that she could help others dealing with injuries that affect their everyday lives. While she was completing her certification, she also discovered barre fitness classes, which combine her passion for dance, Pilates, and fitness all in one effective and safe workout. She is so excited to be a member of the Barre Centric team, and is looking forward to helping inspire others to live a healthier lifestyle!
Mandy Kellner, Instructor
Mandy is from Buffalo, NY. She grew up dancing competitively at David DeMarie Dance Studio as well as dancing in the advanced level at Royal Academy of Ballet. She then pursued her passion for dance in college graduating from SUNY Fredonia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance along with Bachelor of Science in Communication. Mandy now dances with Buffalo’s contemporary jazz company ConvergeDance Buffalo. She also dances for the Buffalo Bandits as a Bandette. Along with teaching at Barre Centric, you can find Mandy teaching at Stretch Pilates, and Jazz dance at Royal Academy of Ballet. Mandy is PiYo Strengh certified, Group Exercise certified and PMA Reformer certified. She is excited to combine her passion for dance and fitness into her classes at Barre Centric!