Gainesville, FL Instructors
Owner – Barre & Bodyflow Instructor
Brinn is from central California where she received her Masters in English. While writing for local magazines and teaching freshman composition, she has also been teaching a variety of group fitness formats (from yoga to kickboxing to weight lifting) for the past 7 years. When she took her first Barre class, she knew it was “the one”; she decided to change career paths and dive fully into fitness. Brinn loves the camaraderie and energy of group workout classes as well as encouraging her participants to “embrace the shake.” It has been a longtime dream of hers to own a fitness studio, and she could not be more excited to bring Barre Forte to Gainesville. Brinn is also an avid triathlete and loves how Barre workouts compliment her training.
Alicia has been in the Fitness Industry for over 34 years; she is certified to teach everything from Aquatics to Yoga. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer through ACSM. Additionally, she is a Licensed Massage Therapist and has her own practice here in town. Alicia loves helping people learn how to make fitness a fun and healthy part of their everyday life!
Alicia’s first experience at Barre Forte was actually at the instructor training, and when you meet her, you’ll know she’s the type of person who dives right in! She says it was easy to jump in because, on the morning of the training, she “was welcomed to Barre Forte with warm smiles, encouragement, and open arms.” Barre’s focus on form and technique go hand-in-hand with her other trainings and, since starting, Barre Forte has become her constant. No matter what else is going on in her day, she knows that she, and everyone at Barre Forte, will be encouraged and loved while meeting their best!
Alix was born and raised in Cape Coral, FL, but when her husband accepted a job in Gainesville they relocated with their daughter and two dogs. Being in a new town and deciding it was finally time to step out of her comfort zone, she tried her first Barre class after hearing a friend rave about the workouts. Alix was instantly hooked, and is now excited to share her passion with clients. She also has a love of fashion and interior styling, and currently manages a clothing boutique. However, her heart is in animal rescue, and she hopes to start a rescue of her own someday, but until she can get her husband on board with the idea, she is thankful they’re able to foster dogs. When she’s not at the boutique or the Barre, Alix loves to travel, see shows, and try new restaurants, but is just as happy baking with her daughter at home, or binge watching New Girl with her husband. Life is short, so finding new experiences and making memories with family and friends is one thing she always looks forward to. Look for Alix teaching challenging and fun classes throughout the week!
Deanna grew up in Tampa, but came to Gainesville for college. After earning her Master’s in Math from UF, she started teaching at Santa Fe College. She’s married with two young girls. After her second child, Deanna decided it was time to devote some time to herself and get fit so she could keep up with the kids. She tried a couple of different group exercise options, but really fell in love with Barre Forte. The combination of the welcoming and relaxed atmosphere with the encouragement to push yourself to meet your best hooked Deanna from the start. She loves the community of strong women she sees every time she’s at “the Barre.” She has attended over 250 classes and recently became a Barre instructor. She’s eager to have you in class so she can help you meet YOUR best!
Ellie was born and raised in Gainesville, and she graduated from Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL with a BS in psychology. She has worked as an event planner in Gainesville for the past 7 years. Ellie’s father, a past President of the Exercise Science department at UF, impressed a passion for fitness and health in her at an early age. She has enjoyed a wide range of team sports, exercise programs, and group fitness classes throughout life. Ellie is a registered yoga teacher through the nationally accredited Yoga Alliance. She completed her 200 hour training program locally in Alachua, FL, and she loves sharing this practice with the Gainesville community. Ellie enjoys all things in nature and her hobbies include kayaking, hiking, camping, beading bracelets, traveling, and cooking. She looks forward to meeting you on the mat.
Erica was born and raised in Newberry, Florida. After graduating high school in 1999, she attended cosmetology school and has been a cosmetologist for the past 18 years! She met her husband Joey in 2006, and they’ve been married for 10 years. They have 3 children: Eva, Elizabeth, and Jaxon. Erica has always been engaged in athletics, playing volleyball and basketball throughout high school, running, and taking many group exercise classes to stay fit! She knew she wanted to become some kind of fitness instructor, and–after starting Barre a little over a year ago–she realized that this was the perfect format for her! She loves the mind-body connection Barre Forte creates, helping women not only strengthen themselves on the outside, but the inside as well. Barre Forte has helped her both mentally and physically to become a more confident woman! She has done a lot of physical fitness over the years, and never received the results that she has experienced from Barre. Erica believes in the Barre Forte method and is very excited about helping other women achieve their goals, too!
In 2007, Erica moved to Gainesville from the Tampa Bay area where she was born and raised. In addition to teaching Barre classes at Barre Forte Gainesville, she is a professor of special education at the University of Florida. Erica took her first class at Barre Forte Gainesville in September 2016 and has made herself at home in the studio with all the Barre Babes!
Erica will be an empty-nester when her daughter starts at the University of Delaware in fall 2017! She is excited to see what the next chapter of her life will include and is thrilled that Barre will be a big part of it. When she’s not at the studio or on campus, she enjoys reading, traveling, eating–and preparing–good food. When you take classes with her be ready to Meet Your Best and have a good time!
Though she’ll always consider her home to be the Cayman Islands, where she grew up for most of her life, Genet has lived in Miami, New York, and now Gainesville. She’s currently finishing her degree in Christian counseling with Liberty University online. She’s passionate about her role in her church and helping those around her. Genet recently married her husband Zack and moved to Gainesville to live with him. She is excited to be working at Barre Forte! While at the front desk, Genet loves making people feel welcome and comfortable. When not at work or doing schoolwork, she enjoys spending time with friends, baking cookies, and keeping up with church. She’s so glad to be a part of the Barre Forte team (and we are glad to have her!).
Hannah was born in Gainesville and currently attends Santa Fe College as a dual-enrolled high school student. She began Barre classes with her sister (who’s now an instructor) Sarah to stay fit when she stopped volleyball. Hannah wants to major in forensic science and loves traveling when she can. She hopes to attend a college out of state when she graduates in 2018.
Hannah will always greet you with a smile and enjoys talking and interacting with all the lovely Barre Babes. She loves working at Barre Forte and seeing all of the wonderful ways the instructors support every individual on a personal level, and she aspires to always make costumers feel like they are at home when they enter the studio. Hannah looks forward to meeting and getting to know every one of YOU!
Hannah was born in Phoenix, AZ and later moved to Orlando where she started taking group exercise classes and was introduced to BodyFlow. When she moved to Gainesville, Heather, one of our instructors and her mother, encouraged her to try barre to help condition and prepare for school lacrosse. When not taking classes or working at the front desk, she enjoys reading, watching Marvel movies, baking, lacrosse, and playing with her dog. She aspires to be a Marine Biologist. Hannah is very excited to be a part of the Barre Forte team!
BARRE & BODYFLOW INSTRUCTOR
Heather Nations was introduced to group fitness while earning her Bachelor of Health Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Florida in the early 90s. While always a part of her life (and a welcome stress relief), it became a passion—and an essential component of her recovery after a Stage III Synovial Sarcoma diagnosis in 2007. She holds certifications in LesMills BODYPUMP, BODYVIVE, BODYSTEP, and BODYFLOW.
She strongly believes that group fitness is for everyone—and her background in therapy allows her to adapt classes—especially BODYFLOW—to maximize the experience for each individual. Her aim in every class is for you to leave feeling strong, calm, energized and positive.
When not teaching, Heather is a full time wife and mom of four amazing kids, and a part time administrative assistant at a local church—at least until she is able to pursue her next dream, a graduate degree. She couldn’t be more excited to be part of the Barre Forte team and have the honor of bringing BODYFLOW to Northwest Gainesville.
RESTORATIVE ROLLING INSTRUCTOR
Kathy has been coming to Barre Forte – Gainesville since July of last year, and she loves the accepting culture here. Originally from Iowa, she lived in New York and New Mexico before moving to Florida in 2011. She is an oncology nurse, writer, mother of two adult children (and many of their friends) and loves hiking, tennis, reading, and family meals. Most of all, she is looking forward to meeting YOU and getting to know everyone in our amazing #BarreForte Family!
Katie is a proud Army brat who has called Gainesville her home for the past 7 years. Katie took her first barre class at Barre Forte in July of 2015and instantly fell in love. She finally found a workout that was challenging and fun! She has loved getting to know all the wonderful instructors and women that attend the classes. Katie has especially enjoyed BodyFlow, which provides a challenging yet relaxing workout. When Katie isn’t at Barre Forte, she is a speech language pathologist at Tacachale, a community for adults with intellectual disabilities. Katie loves her patients and helping them communicate is her dream! Katie also loves spending time with her family and friends, especially cheering on the Gators with her fiance John.
Kristy is originally from the Orlando area and moved to Gainesville to attend the University of Florida, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology. Kristy made a home in Gainesville in 2007 when she found her career in law enforcement at the University of Florida Police Department. Having spent years cheering and dancing, Kristy instantly found her niche after her best friend and fellow Barre Instructor Mandy introduced her to Barre Forte – Gainesville. She loves the physical challenge, fun music, and positive atmosphere!
When not at the Barre, Kristy likes to relax by reading or spending time with her friends, sorority sisters, and family, including her husband Will, two step-sons, and all of their pets. She is also passionate about fashion and traveling, having visited Italy, France, England, Ireland, and Ukraine, but she still has a long list of destinations she hopes to experience! Get ready for a kick-butt class with Kristy!
Lauren is from Sarasota, FL, and moved to Gainesville in 2009 to pursue her bachelor’s degree in economics and accounting. After graduating and starting her career in banking, she decided to make Gainesville home. She and her boyfriend Michael bought their first home in 2014. In their free time, you can catch them enjoying the restaurants and bike trails throughout Gainesville!
Lauren developed a love for group fitness ten years ago when taking yoga and Pilates classes to manage the stresses of coursework. With a job that requires much travel, it was difficult to find a fitness routine that she could commit herself to. However, after taking her first few Barre and BodyFlow classes, she fell in love with Barre Forte. Barre challenges her with every class and BodyFlow provides the perfect balance of zen while helping her get stronger and more flexible. She loves the way the BodyFlow choreography is perfectly complemented by the music and can be modified to meet all fitness needs. Lauren can’t wait for you to join her in getting your flow on!
Lindsey is a Northwest Georgia native who gravitated to Atlanta to study Chemical Engineering at Georgia Tech. While attending Tech, Lindsey was a part of the cheerleading program where she was exposed to intense team fitness training programs provided by the athletic association. In the fall of 2015, after hearing wonderful things about Barre classes from her former cheer teammates, Lindsey decided to give it a try and was instantly hooked. She felt the familiarity she craved in a group fitness atmosphere that was challenging and fun. Lindsey recently moved to Gainesville and is working on becoming an instructor at Barre Forte. She looks forward to meeting each of YOU!
Mandy is originally from Jacksonville, Florida, but has called the Gainesville area home since 2000. Mandy is a law enforcement officer in Gainesville and has been serving the community since 2005. She has always had a love of fitness, but absolutely fell in love with barre workouts. She loves the physical and mental benefits of the workouts at Barre Forte. Barre Forte is truly her “happy place,” and she looks forward to sharing her love of Barre Forte by instructing fun and challenging classes! Mandy’s other passions are her loving husband, Hank, and their adorable four year old son, Henry.
Megan moved to Gainesville after earning both a Bachelors and Masters degree from James Madison University. While in graduate school, Megan worked at the Campus Recreation center and developed a passion for living an active and healthy lifestyle. Megan loves supporting and cheering on others as they achieve their academic, career, health and life aspirations. When Megan is not at the barre, she works at Santa Fe College in the Academic, Career and Counseling Center. Megan also loves spending time with family and friends, running, practicing yoga and taking classes at Barre Forte!
Nicolle recently graduated from the University of South Florida with her Masters of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs. For undergrad, she studied psychology at the University of Florida, where she met the love of her life Bradley. Nicolle and Bradley moved to Gainesville and bought their first home together in May of 2016. When Nicolle is not working on renovating the house she spends time enjoying the outdoors, traveling to new places, working out at Barre Forte, and playing with her three lovely Husky pups (Gunner, Cato, and Luna). Nicolle fell in love with the barre community and is extremely excited to meet current and new members. If you see her at the front desk she will greet you with a smile and make you feel right at home.
Sarah was born and raised in Alachua, FL; she is a small town girl with a big city heart. She and her husband of 9 years, Derek, recent welcomed their first child Bryce into their home (and hearts) last year. And, in turn, Sarah tried Barre as an enjoyable way to lose her baby weight. She quickly became quickly immersed in the classes and is now a proud part of the Barre Forte family. Sarah is a hairstylist by day (when she’s not at theBarre), and had been cutting and styling hair for 10 years. She is extremely passionate about hair and fashion, and travels frequently with her family during her free time. While Hawaii is her favorite destination as of yet, New York City is a close second. With a love of performance, fashion and big city life, NYC is her home away from home!
Barre Forte has truly changed her in many ways. Increased energy improved body position while at work, and, in general “feeling great” are just a few of the benefits she has experienced from the studio. Check out our new BarreTender, Sarah – she is silly, energetic, and can’t wait to have you in her class!
Sasha is originally from South Florida, but considers Gainesville her home. Sasha began attending barre classes in August of 2016 and instantly fell in love with barre and the Barre Forte community. Sasha works as a Speech-Language Pathologist, serving adult and geriatric populations, in a rehabilitation center outside of Gainesville. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., enjoys traveling, attending group fitness classes, spending time with her family, and attending Beyoncé concerts with her friends. Sasha is excited to meet you at the barre and help you to meet your best!
RESTORATIVE ROLLING & PILATES INSTRUCTOR
Kathy Sylvia is from Los Angeles, California. She has a AA degree in Travel and Tourism but chose to focus her energy in the Health and Fitness industry. She recently moved from Charlotte, NC where she owned and operated a Yoga and Pilates studio.
Sylvia has certifications in Pilates (mat/apparatus), personal training, group cycle classes, senior group fitness classes and has been teaching for 17 years. She has been featured in Charlotte Health and Fitness magazine and has had the opportunity to train with the last surviving students of Joseph Pilates.
Staying fit has been her lifetime goal and she is dedicated to helping and motivating others to build their inner strength and self confidence. She focuses on correct posture and alignment as she cues each movement. Taking Sylvia’s class is challenging and fun whether you are a beginner or an advanced student!