The Barre Fitness Alliance's mission is to support, educate, and provide resources for barre fitness professionals and enthusiasts. By empowering our members, we create a community dedicated to elevating the transformative practice of barre.
Lara has been dancing for over 50 years. At the age of four, she began her training in classical ballet at the Boston Ballet, then the New Haven Ballet. She is a Certified Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer through ACE (American Council on Exercise), with additional certificates in yoga (RYT200), mat Pilates, senior & aqua fitness.
The need for a Barre Fitness Alliance and industry standards came as Lara trained and was certified in multiple barre certifications, including those from Barre & Soul Academy, Physique 57 Barre Academy, The Dailey Method, and The London Method, where Esther Fairfax, the daughter of Lotte Berk, gave Lara her stamp of approval.
Lara holds barre classes at her private studio, The BOG (Barre On the Go), as well as livestream classes. The BOG also offers videos on demand. She loves being able to virtually guest teach for friends and colleagues around the world.
Andrea Isabelle Lucas is the Founder & CEO of Barre & Soul. Her renowned barre method is informed by extensive training in Lotte Berk's technique, both under Elisabeth Halfpapp and Fred DeVito in the United States as well as being one of only a few in the world to have studied one-on-one in England with Esther Fairfax, the daughter of Lotte Berk. Andrea is also the creator of Barre & Soul Academy teaching certification, author of “Own it All” and a keynote speaker passionate about making a difference in your life and the world around us. She has shared stages with Michelle Obama and Billie Jean King. Her writing and thought-leadership on business, women's issues and fitness have appeared in Forbes, Huffington Post, xoJane, Entrepreneur, and more, and her barre method has been featured by Women's Health and the BBC.
Jennifer Maanavi is the CEO and cofounder of Physique 57, a barre fitness and media company offering a specialized fitness experience in boutique studios around the world and through numerous digital platforms. Since 2006, she has been a connection, impact and purpose focused entrepreneurial leader in the health and wellness industry and currently serves as an advisor to several companies in the wellness space.
Jennifer is a frequent speaker on business and entrepreneurship and has been featured on media outlets including Bloomberg TV, Fox Business, the New York Times, and Inc.com. In addition, she is a guest lecturer at Columbia Business School. In recognition of her professional successes, Jennifer was awarded the 2013 Columbia Women in Business Distinguished Alumna Award.
Jill Dailey is a true innovator of the dance barre fitness revolution on the West Coast. A degreed Kinesiologist, Jill soon found that her true passion was helping people transform their lives through fitness. Seeking the most advanced methods to sculpt the body, Jill became an early trainee of the famed Lotte Berk method. Taking what she learned through the Lotte Berk program in New York City, Jill brought the ballet barre to California. Focusing on micro-movements and stretches to strengthen and condition, Jill’s classes soon built a buzz in San Francisco. Clients couldn’t get enough of the fresh, evolving workouts—and the extreme results.
In 2000 Jill opened The Dailey Method in San Francisco’s Marina District. Amassing passionate devotees, The Dailey Method was soon expanding to new studios as an explosive community was born. Throughout the process, she has never lost sight of her original goal of improving the lives of those she teaches. Jill loves The Dailey Method because it gives people confidence, community, and a way to effect positive change in their lives.
Jill has evolved her brick and mortar studios to a thriving online platform. Offering livestream and recorded choices and continually developing new programs to help individuals grow and perfect their practice wherever they are in their life. She places a strong emphasis (and passion) on continually evolving the method through thought and gained knowledge. She has also cultivated a strong, all-female-driven company that provides a healthy work/life balance for everyone on her team. She strongly believes finding balance makes for a happier and more fulfilled life overall.
As a fitness studio advisor, Business Consultant Stephanie Bradley partners with motivated fitness and wellness studio owners to formulate a customized plan focused on business process improvement, financial solutions, budgeting, training, and revenue growth. Having been a wealth management analyst (earning her CIMA from the Wharton School of Business) and franchise Barre studio owner for five years, Stephanie is uniquely positioned to create effective sales processes, assess value-based pricing based on your KPIs, assist with organizational structure, and get to the root of the issues—all based on authentic, relatable, and data-driven feedback.
Stephanie is known for her southern wit and straightforward approach when it comes to working with her clients to create a win-win. She feels it's vital to have a clear understanding of the numbers to take the fear out of the process and ensure more focused decision making across the board as you move forward.
Elisabeth began her barre fitness journey as an associate in Dance Education at the School of the Hartford Ballet. From that moment she knew this would become her life’s work. Trained in classical ballet, Elisabeth saw the future in barre training early on. She became a pioneer leading the Lotte Berk Method (LBM) in New York City, the Ha
Elisabeth began her barre fitness journey as an associate in Dance Education at the School of the Hartford Ballet. From that moment she knew this would become her life’s work. Trained in classical ballet, Elisabeth saw the future in barre training early on. She became a pioneer leading the Lotte Berk Method (LBM) in New York City, the Hamptons, and Los Angeles, attracting an eager audience looking to adopt a new fitness regimen. Following more than two decades growing the LBM business, Elisabeth became one of the founding partners at Exhale, where she developed the proprietary barre class as well as the cardio and yoga programs. With the barre industry’s growing admiration for the Exhale brand as the industry leader, Elisabeth co-created the Exhale Barre Teacher Training certification and Yoga Teacher Training programs and has trained hundreds of teachers. She also created a series of 12 barre videos and co-authored the Barre Fitness Book which has quickly become the industry’s revered bible. After helping to grow Exhale to more than 26 locations, the company was acquired by Hyatt, where Elisabeth was promoted to Senior Director of Mind Body Fitness at their Miraval properties.
Elisabeth has danced with the Mercer Ballet, Princeton Ballet, Hartford Ballet, and continues to perform as the “Dutch Mom” in Dances Patrelle The Yorkville Nutcracker. She is also an ABT certified ballet teacher in pre-primary through level 3.
With her sights set on leading her own classes and training curriculum, Elisabeth started CoreBarreFIt in 2019. She is a sought after authority and expert in the field, frequently appearing as an industry spokesperson on national media as well as an expert presenter at trade events. Elisabeth is excited to continue offering her unparalleled expertise to loyal fans through her own venture.
Fred grew up as an active participant in all sports and could always be found on the athletic field. Armed with a BS in Physical Education and Health, Fred embarked on a career teaching phys ed in public school and offering personal training & group fitness instruction at local health clubs. Shortly thereafter, he joined his wife and par
Fred grew up as an active participant in all sports and could always be found on the athletic field. Armed with a BS in Physical Education and Health, Fred embarked on a career teaching phys ed in public school and offering personal training & group fitness instruction at local health clubs. Shortly thereafter, he joined his wife and partner, Elisabeth, and the Lotte Berk Method (LBM) team, as the world’s first male barre teacher. Fred continued on this journey for nearly two decades with LBM which eventually led him, along with Elisabeth, to a new opportunity with Exhale, as one of the founding partners.
Fred co-created the Exhale Barre Teacher Training certification and has been instrumental in training hundreds of teachers. He has created a curriculum to certify a growing legion of barre fitness professionals around the world. He is a regularly featured fitness expert on the national scene where he has written for numerous journals, magazines and publications on topics ranging from Stress Management and Benefits of Movement, to Tips for Living a Longer & Healthier Life. Fred also co-created a series of 12 barre videos and co-authored the Barre Fitness Book, the industry’s go to manual, which provides 100 at-home barre exercises from the fundamentals to more complex moves with a focus on building strength and improving technique. Fred offers sessions in Thai stretch, a dynamic bodywork therapy based upon yoga and Ayurveda practices, receiving his certification from the world renowned Lotus Palm in Montreal. With his tremendous interest in music, Fred has created a side profession as an accomplished jazz double bass player and parlays this talent to inspire the incredible playlists used in all CoreBarreFit classes.