Our Flock Leaders

Our instructors each bring their own unique gifts, talents and personality to each class.  We are truly blessed by these incredible ladies who make up our Sand Barre team.  Our strengths and weaknesses have been woven together seamlessly.  Every one of us can't wait to get to the barre when it's our turn to teach!  We share a passion for all things fitness, health and YOU!  #weloveyourface

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Audrey, Instructor & Co-Owner

As a self proclaimed "gym rat", no amount of work in the gym gave her the results she sought after until Audrey was introduced to Barre in 2012.  Within just a few weeks of classes at her local BarreAmped studio she started to notice the "long, lean muscles" she had always strived for in the gym, but couldn't achieve. Now, as an instructor, she is passionate about encouraging women to work hard at their fitness goals, yet continue to love their bodies during their fitness journey. 

Audrey moved from Nashville to Naples in 2015 and opened The Sand Barre in January 2016 with her sister, Brooke.  She's excited to continue this business adventure with her new partner, Erika, and is looking forward to The Sand Barre's future!

Audrey is advanced certified in all BarreAmped classes, tap 'n pow{h}er, and Buti Yoga.

When Audrey's not at the studio, she is most content spending time with her husband, Chris, and four children - especially while soaking up some SWFL sunshine!

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Katherine, Lead Instructor

The pursuit of optimal health, fitness, and a sound mind-body connection has been an important part of Katherine's life since her teenage years. Weight lifting, pilates, yoga, boxing, and other forms of fitness have helped her achieve goals during various times in her life, but nothing ever felt like the perfect fit. 

At The Sand Barre she found a method that would push her to go to beyond her boundaries not only physically, but mentally as well. She found herself focusing so intently on connecting her mind and body that she had completely forgotten about the stresses that were weighing her down. 

When the time was right, she jumped at the opportunity to train under Lori Winter, Audrey Curran, and Brooke Lackey to get barre certified by BarreAmped and she's never looked back since.

Since teaching barre she found her true fitness passion in Buti Yoga! She quickly became advanced certified in Buti Yoga and is our lead Buti Yoga instructor.

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Danielle K., Instructor

Danielle, a.k.a. “Krivda” walked into The Sand Barre over a year ago and was instantly hooked. She was a mom of two busy boys looking for that workout that would provide her with the full body transformation she was longing for AND fit into her schedule. She’d be the first to tell you she is NOT an early morning person, but she now enjoys taking or teaching the “middle of the night” classes at 5:30am Monday -Friday.

Danielle has always enjoyed a group workout setting much better than a muscle-bound gym. She became a brown belt in Kyokushin Karate before the school closed in 2004. After working out at local gyms and even at home, she became frustrated that she wasn’t getting the results she was seeking. Since her first visit to The Sand Barre, she knew she had found the perfect fit. Danielle loved how encouraging and loving the instructors were - always pushing her harder and farther than she thought she could go. She now pours that love and encouragement into others as an instructor.

When Danielle’s not at the barre, she’s helping run her father’s concrete and masonry company as a Construction Manager, building many of the multi-million-dollar homes in Port Royal. She loves spending time with her husband and two boys (ages 10 & 8), especially outside and at the beach, working on creative projects at home, and singing and leading out her praise team at church.

Danielle is barre and tap ‘n pow{h}er certified through the pow{h}er method.

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Jules, Instructor

Born and raised on the east coast of Florida, Jules discovered her passion for health and fitness while living in the small mountain town of Lander, Wyoming. During her six years in the mountain west, she discovered a passion for teaching and outdoor activities, and taught elementary school while instructing rock climbing and backpacking expeditions over the summers.  

After moving to Naples, Jules was looking for a challenging, full-body workout and an uplifting community of women.  After she took her first barre class at the Sand Barre she was hooked, and jumped at the chance to earn her Level 1 Barre certification from BarreAmped a few months later.  

In addition to loving fitness, Jules is passionate about health and wellness, and is a certified health coach with a focus on pregnancy.  She enjoys teaching others about wellness and nutrition, and helping them reach and surpass their goals.  She especially loves cooking nutritious meals and experimenting in the kitchen!

When not in the studio, Jules enjoys being outside, running, writing, and spending time with her husband (and Sand Barre flock member!) Scott.

 

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Erika, Instructor & Co-Owner

Erika grew up working out along side her mom who taught her the importance of fitness and healthy living by example. Friends have always come to Erika with questions on fitness and eating choices.

In 2008 she made the decision to attend Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC to further to expand her knowledge in holistic wellness. It was a life changing experience. For years Erika had dreamed of opening a studio combining health and fitness. When The Sand Barre opened its doors in January of 2016, she knew she had found home.  After a few months of loving classes she decided she wanted to teach thinking this would fulfill her desire to help others with their wellness goals.  

Teaching and getting to know the community of women at the studio filled a space in her heart she never realized was missing.  When the opportunity to purchase Brooke’s ownership in the studio was presented she felt like it was all God’s doing.  She and Audrey make an awesome team and are so excited for what’s in store for The Sand Barre’s future.   

When not at the studio you can find Erika at home with her husband Travis and their fur-baby, Reina.  She loves cooking with Travis, spending time with family and friends and getting out on the boat.   

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Danielle C., Instructor

Danielle has been a Sand Barre member for over a year now and is excited to channel her love for the BarreAmped method into teaching classes! Growing up in Naples with a love for health & fitness, Danielle has always explored different ways to enhance her strength and challenge herself. After her first few classes at the Sand Barre, she knew this was the place for her. Her favorite classes include Tabata Barre & Buti Yoga - there's nothing like the energy of them!

Danielle is the director of My Gym Children's Fitness Center in Naples. When she's not at the gym you can often find her running through her neighborhood or at an occasional Bikram yoga class. A homebody at heart, her favorite way to spend her weekend is relaxing with her family, in the kitchen cooking, or boating in the beautiful Naples sunshine.

Danielle is Level 1 Barre certified through BarreAmped.

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Janine, praise ‘n pow{h}er

Janine discovered the Sand Barre in 2017 after a back injury motivated her to seek out an exercise method that would produce results without irritating her back. She was quickly hooked and became a member of the 100 Class Club within six months of joining the studio. Not only did she find the barre method was exactly what she was looking for, but she found a warm, friendly community of fabulous women!

Janine is barre certified through BarreAmped and also holds a certification to teach praise 'n pow{h}er, a class now offered at the Sand Barre that beautifully combines the pursuit of spiritual fitness with physical movement. Her heart is to share the message of freedom in Jesus Christ and encourage women to joyfully celebrate the unique way their loving Creator wonderfully made them. 

Janine has been married over 20 years to TJ, a local orthodontist, and together they love homeschooling their three awesome teenagers. Occasionally you'll see Janine forecasting the weather on WINK news or chasing a hurricane - she's been a broadcast meteorologist for almost 25 years. The Albert family is crazy about world travel and they're dual Italian citizens. Their fun family goal is to visit all seven continents before the kids graduate high school!

Janine is also certified to teach barre through BarreAmped.

 




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Danielle S., Lead Instructor

Danielle, lovingly referred to as "Despicable Danielle" by our clients is, despite her flock-given nickname, one of the sweetest people you will ever meet. Growing up in Michigan, Danielle always loved running and the great outdoors before she discovered Barre in 2010 shortly after having her second son. It was a less body-taxing workout that gave her amazing postpartum results. At the urging of one of her friends she tried out The Sand Barre and fell in love with the environment and variety of classes. Within three months she was teaching and earning her nickname. She's passionate about seeing other women reach their fitness goals through barre and the community at The Sand Barre.

Danielle has been married for 17 years and living in Florida for 11 of those years.  She is a mom to three boys, 10, 8, and 5 and they keep her on her toes!  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family outside or at the beach (especially her annual couples trip to the Keys), reading, trying new things in the kitchen, and spending time with her friends. Oh, and look out, she's a hugger!

Danielle is barre certified through BarreAmped and tap ‘pow{h}er certified through the pow{h}er method. 

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Katie, Instructor

Katie is a Naples native who actually hated working out until she found The Sand Barre. Katie loved the specific methods of barre because it reminded her of dance, a hobby she had pursued since she was little. Unlike other workouts she had tried, she found a deep connection with the barre method, the instructors, and the clients at this studio. You could find Katie at the studio almost every day and she was so excited when Brooke and Audrey approached her about becoming an instructor. Since Katie is a 2nd grade teacher she already had a passion for teaching and was excited to take her teaching skills to the studio. Katie is focused on encouraging and challenging other women to deepen their mind and body connection and to find genuine friendships in this flock.

Katie is barre certified through BarreAmped and Buti Yoga certified.

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Ali, Instructor

A Michigan native, Ali first found barre in 2013. Eventually, she wondered if she would enjoy being an instructor—and once she found The Sand Barre she knew she had to go for it.  What she loves most about barre is the incredible amount of strength you can build in those tiny movements, and focusing on the mind-body connection to truly appreciate the progress your muscles are making. After breaking her leg in three places in 2017 shortly after the birth of her son,  Ali feared she’d never be able to stand in releve or practice barre anymore—but 11 months after the break, she limped into the Sand Barre is now in the best shape of her life; she is a real testament to the low-impact strengthening  that happens in a barre class—and she doesn’t limp anymore!

When Ali isn’t at the studio, she’s chasing her son, Henry, around SWFL (this frequently happens in the studio as well), and spending time with her husband. She also owns a small photography business, loves the beach, likes to have her groceries delivered, and frequently starts home improvement projects that she then decides she doesn’t really want to finish. If you see a freakishly tall brunette with a bun on the top of her head, that’s Ali—say hi!  

Ali is Level 1 Barre certified through BarreAmped.

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Hanna, Youth Services

You can have the peace of mind knowing your child is in good hands with Hanna while you get your sweat on! Hanna has been taking care of little ones at our studio for nearly a year and it doesn’t take long for them to warm up to her. Hanna gives out lots of hugs when the kids come and go! Hanna recently became Level 1 Barre certified through BarreAmped. She enjoys taking Barre and Bounce classes at the studio and loves being part of The Sand Barre team!