Welcome to Modern Barre, a boutique fitness studio located in Chestnut Hill, MA offering barre classes for adults of all levels. The Modern Barre approach offers a balanced and effective workout that will strengthen, lengthen, and tone your entire body. Clients will benefit from small class sizes allowing for individualized attention and personalized instruction. Our mission is to create a challenging yet supportive environment to leave you feeling energized, refreshed, and inspired. We look forward to seeing you in the studio!

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Classic Foundation | Modern Technique

Modern Barre classes are full body, low impact workouts inspired by the foundations of ballet, Pilates, and yoga. Classes utilize the ballet barre, light resistance, and body weight exercises to increase total body strength with minimal stress on joints. Each strength exercise is followed by a targeted stretching segment to increase flexibility and lengthen muscles. No dance experience is required and clients of all ages and fitness levels will benefit from this safe, yet challenging workout. Each class is set to upbeat music and ends with a calming cool down to leave you feeling centered and refreshed.




  • Improve posture
  • Increase core stability
  • Improve flexibility
  • Increase strength
  • Burn calories
  • Boost metabolism
  • Enhance weight loss
  • Reduce stress

Past | Present

Barre fitness has been adapted over the years from a system created in the 1950s by professional ballet dancer, Lotte Berk. After sustaining a back injury, Berk began rehabilitating her body using a combination of orthopedic stretches and ballet barre exercises, resulting in a unique workout program which is now known as barre fitness. Modern Barre has combined these classic foundations with modern technique to deliver a simple yet effective program with a multitude of benefits.


Beginner Barre & Stretch

An introduction to the Modern Barre technique focusing on alignment, core stability, and flexibility. Classes work at a slower pace with fewer strength repetitions and increased stretching segments. A perfect choice if you are new to barre, haven’t worked out in a while, or are looking for a break between higher intensity workouts.

Signature Modern Barre

Our signature class offers a low impact, total body workout utilizing the ballet barre, light resistance, and body weight exercises. Each exercise works muscles to fatigue and then stretches them to increase flexibility and create long, lean lines. Sessions end with our calming cool down for total mind-body integration. Clients of all levels are welcome and modifications will be offered.

Signature Modern Barre Express

Your favorite class condensed into an efficient 45 minutes to leave you feeling toned, energized, and ready for the day ahead. Your go-to when time is of the essence.

Cardio Barre Fusion

Everything you love about our Signature Modern Barre class, with the addition of an upbeat, aerobic workout. Cardio Barre Fusion is open to all fitness levels and is a perfect choice for those looking for a dynamic, cardio workout with all of the benefits of barre.

Ultimate Modern Barre

A full body toning and fat burning workout from start to finish. Ultimate Barre utilizes compound exercises and strategic cardio intervals to maximize caloric burn, build lean muscle and increase metabolic rate (aka you'll burn more calories throughout the day!). An intermediate to advanced class - modification options will be offered.

Ultimate Express

Arms, legs, core, and cardio packed into 45 minutes. A focused and efficient full body workout that will fire up the muscles and kick start your metabolism. A fast paced, intermediate-advanced class - it is recommended that clients attend Signature Modern Barre prior to signing up for Ultimate Express

Vinyasa Modern Barre

Flowing movements, flexibility training, and breath work combine with core activation, light resistance, and barre exercises to give you a comprehensive workout for your body and mind. With upbeat and unique tunes, dynamic movements, and a mix of two worlds, this is the yoga class for barre fanatics and the barre class for devoted yogis.


Modern Barre virtual classes are LIVE classes taught to you by our instructors through Skype. Although we love to have you in the studio, these classes allow you to get all of the benefits of the Modern Barre workout without leaving the comfort of your own home, your hotel, or wherever you have a computer and an internet connection.

Since these classes are live and not video recordings, we can see you, you can see us, and you can see everyone else in class. This means we will be motivating you, correcting form, and providing modifications just like we do in the studio. Enjoy all of the benefits of the Modern Barre workout no matter where you live. Traffic, babysitters, and timezones are no longer an issue - we are coming to you!

What you'll need for class

  1. A computer with a webcam - most laptops have built-in cameras.
    * Please note iPads are not compatible with this program.
  2. The latest version of Skype (it is Free! www.skype.com). Please email us at with your Skype name as soon as you sign up!
  3. A small space in your house for a mat or a large towel.
  4. The back of a chair/counter (to simulate a barre).
  5. 2-3lb set of hand weights (or 2 water bottles or large soup cans to use as weights).
  6. A rolled towel or throw pillow.

Ready to Try It?

  1. Download Skype (or check for updates www.skype.com/updateme) and use this speed test to make sure your computer is compatible with skype (minimum upload/download speed: 4Mbps / 128kbps - ideal speed: 8Mbps/512kbps).
  2. Register for class online via MindBody.
  3. Email with your Skype username at least 24 hours before your first class.
  4. Review the email we will send you with important details to ensure a great first experience!

It's time for class, what do I do?

Just roll out of bed... arrive home from work... or step away from the kids and simply sign into Skype 5-10 minutes before class time and we'll call you! It's really that easy!


We look forward to seeing you in the studio! Click to visit our online schedule and reserve your spot. If you have questions regarding potential times and classes please contact us at . We're happy to hear from you!


Purchase Classes
Price Price/Class
New Client Special - 3 classes
(expires 30 days after first visit)
$30* $10
New Client Special - Unlimited Month
(expires 30 days after first visit)
Single Class $22 $22
Five Pack $100 $20
Ten Pack $180 $18
Twenty pack $320 $16
Virtual - Single Class $15 $15
Virtual - Five Pack $70 $14
Virtual - Ten Pack $130 $13
Virtual - Twenty pack $240 $12
Unlimited Month $200*
Bridal Barre - 6 weeks unlimited
(email to purchase)

Policies and Info

Reservation Policy

  • Online sign up is required to secure your spot for class.
  • Classes must be paid in full before attending.
  • All class purchases are non-refundable.
  • 10% student discount applies to standard pricing and cannot be combined with specials or other promotional offers (email info@modernbarre for details.)
  • Expecting moms, please bring a doctor’s release.
  • Clients under 18 years of age require parent/guardian permission.

Class Info

  • Equipment and mats are provided by the studio.
  • Socks are required for all classes.
  • Sticky socks are available for purchase at the studio for $10.
  • Shoes are not allowed in the studio.
  • Please enter through the rear door behind the building.

Cancellation Policy

  • Please allow 12 hours for cancellations to avoid a full class charge.
  • When cancelling within 12 hours, please use the “Late Cancel” function to allow other clients to sign up for class.
  • *Clients with Unlimited packages are subject to a $10 cancellation fee for all late cancels and no-shows.

Expiration Policy

  • Class credits expire 6 months from date of purchase.
  • New Client Special (3 classes for $30) expires one month after client’s first visit.
  • Unlimited Month packages expire one month after client’s initial visit.
  • Bridal Barre packages expire 6 weeks after client’s initial visit.
  • We are not able to offer extensions.


Julia Robinson | Owner - Principal Instructor

With more than 25 years of dance and athletic training, Julia has taken inspiration from a variety of techniques to develop the Modern Barre Method. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to share her knowledge to help others find balance, confidence and fulfillment while reaching their health and fitness goals. Her mission is to create a supportive and energizing experience clients can look forward to every week.

Growing up in the Boston area, Julia began dancing at the age of 3. With a foundation in classical ballet, she pursued her love of dance and fitness as a member of the New England Patriots Cheerleading Squad, performing at games and appearances throughout the '08 and '09 seasons.

Julia graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Hamilton College, where she was a member of the Dance Team, Varsity Lacrosse Team and Varsity Cross Country Team. She is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and a Certified Group Fitness Instructor through the American Aerobics & Fitness Association (AFAA).

Favorite band, artist, or type of music?

Motown & Classic Rock. Janet and Michael, of course. And my brother's band CPmotion!

Favorite Modern Barre exercise?

Barre Bridge.

Your most memorable dance or fitness experience?

Scoring the winning goal in my high school lacrosse game to beat St. Marks for the first time in school history. Go Rivers!

What are three words to describe your class?

Energizing ,challenging, uplifting.

How you want clients to feel as they leave the studio?

Accomplished, inspired, and ready to take on anything.

Quinn Sonia-Sergi | Lead Instructor

Quinn Sonia-Sergi is a classically trained ballet dancer and instructor who began practicing yoga to alleviate lower back pain and to quiet mental chatter. What she gained, in addition to these benefits, was a deeper, more compassionate connection to her physical body. Inspired by this radical shift in consciousness and by her skilled and caring teachers, she sought to carry on the thread of compassion by becoming a movement and mindfulness educator herself.

Quinn holds a B.S. in French from Wells College, is a Certified Modern Barre Instructor, and is a graduate of Daniel Orlansky’s Yoga of Energy Flow 200-hour Training Program. She holds an RYT 200 level certification with Yoga Alliance and is also a certified Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra meditation guide. Her teaching style blends the quiet strength and precision of ballet with the meditative breath and flow of a traditional Vinyasa practice.

Favorite band, artist, or type of music?

Oh, I can't pick just one! My iPod is filled with hundreds (thousands!) of dance tracks and pop music. I can't get enough.

Favorite Modern Barre exercise?

"Arabesque"-style leg lifts.

Your most memorable dance or fitness experience?

Performing in the Boston Ballet Nutcracker as a little girl. That was my first experience of euphoric adrenaline -- I was hooked.

What are three words to describe your class?

Strengthening, uplifting, and calming.

How you want clients to feel as they leave the studio?

At ease.

Becky Hodson | Instructor

A Massachusetts native, Becky has been involved in group exercise since the days of Junior Jazzercise. She has practiced everything from Step Aerobics and Kickboxing to Pilates and Vinyasa Yoga. Becky has always found group fitness to be a fun and motivating way to stay active. Once joining the workforce, Becky turned to group fitness as a means of stress release and came to most appreciate the mind body connection found in Pilates and Yoga classes. She began practicing Barre over a year ago and fell in love with the challenging movements, toning and stretching components.

She holds a BA from Simmons College in Communications and an MAT from Northeastern University. Becky works as a full-time special education teacher, working with students who present on the Autism spectrum and/or with behavioral challenges. She incorporates movement in to the day of her students and uses it as a tool to facilitate body regulation, following directions and social interactions.

Inspired by her mother who is a certified yoga instructor, Becky pursued her love of group fitness and barre and became Barre Boston teacher certified through Endurance Pilates. After teaching barre at Gold’s Gym, Becky stumbled upon Modern Barre and fell in love with the fun and motivating class format as well as the emphasis on mind body connection. She completed the Modern Barre instructor training and is a certified Modern Barre Instructor.

Favorite band, artist, or type of music?

For working out anything that is uplifting and fun with a good beat! I also love country and 90’s throwback songs.

Favorite Modern Barre exercise?

Lunges – they hurt so good!

Your most memorable dance or fitness experience?

Finishing my first 5k. I never considered myself a “runner,” and it showed me that anything can be accomplished with a little work and will power.

What are three words to describe your class?

Motivating, Challenging and Fun.

How you want clients to feel as they leave the studio?

Better than when they came in!

Amanda Howley | Instructor

Amanda is a Connecticut native who has over 23 years of cheerleading, dance and gymnastics experience. Ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and hip hop are all forms of dance that fall into her pool of experience; however, gymnastics will always hold the biggest place in her heart. Amanda is a former All Star Cheerleader and found gymnastics and cheer coaching to be an exciting way to share her love and knowledge of these sports with children.

Amanda graduated with a Master’s degree from Suffolk University and began a full-time career in the field of learning and organization development. Since moving to Boston she began exploring various types of fitness classes including barre classes - she was hooked! Amanda fully believes the Modern Barre method gives results with consistency and is the best form of strength training for those looking to achieve or maintain the long, lean lines of a dancer.

Amanda's goal in each class is to make clients feel great about what they can achieve, regardless of their fitness level - and always give them the motivation to improve with each class. Her mission is to boost each client’s determination when the body has given up, so that their goals can become reality. Amanda completed the Modern Barre training program and is a Certified Modern Barre Instructor as well as being certified in BarSculpt.

Favorite band, artist, or type of music?

Too many to choose! Pop/hiphop/country. You will often hear throwbacks in my class!

Favorite Modern Barre exercise?

Arabesque Leg Lifts.

Your most memorable dance or fitness experience?

Competing in Disney World!

What are three words to describe your class?

Goal Oriented, Non-judgmental, Uplifting.

How you want clients to feel as they leave the studio?


Jacqueline Jamiel | Instructor

A native of Yarmouth, MA, Jacqueline has nearly 20 years of dancing experience in ballet, jazz, and hip hop. She was a member of the NBA D-league Erie Bayhawks Dance Team for 2 years and is currently a New England Patriots Cheerleader.

Inspired to teach by her ballet teacher, Tanya, who was a positive spirit and role model during her young life, Jacqueline brings energy and a smile to all of her classes. She stays active, with an interest in spinning, hot yoga, skiing, and any activity she can do on the beach!

Jacqueline is a graduate of Suffolk University with a degree in Interior Design. She completed the Modern Barre training program and is a Certified Modern Barre Instructor.

Favorite band, artist, or type of music?


Favorite Modern Barre exercise?

Chair Pose, love those squats!

Your most memorable dance or fitness experience?

The most recent Patriots game against the Baltimore Ravens as we won our first game of the AFC Playoffs! Dancing for such an electrified group of fans was the most amazing experience and I will never forget it.

What are three words to describe your class?

Balanced, rhythmic, and encouraging.

How you want clients to feel as they leave the studio?

I want clients to feel confident in themselves, accomplished as they are one step closer to a fit and healthier life, and empowered to continue their journey.

Camille Kostek | Instructor

A native of Kilingworth, CT, Camille has 20 years of dance experience, competing nationally in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, and modern and performing on a an all-star cheerleading team. Graduating with a BS in Communications and a Minor in Marketing and Nutrition from Eastern Connecticut College, Camille was a part of the Varsity Lacrosse team as well as their nationally ranked Dance Team. During this time Camille also danced professionally as a member of the UFL Cheerleading Team, the Hartford Colonials. Camille continues to pursue her love of dance in her second year as a member of the New England Patriots Cheerleading Team.

Her love for dance and fitness brought her to Modern Barre where she was hooked after her first class. As an NFL cheerleader, Camille always looks for the best ways to stay fit and balanced and found that the combination of ballet technique and low impact moves created the best workout to tone and tighten her entire body. Camille completed the Modern Barre training program and is a Certified Modern Barre Instructor.

Favorite band, artist, or type of music?

R&B and Reggae. My mom is from the islands so I grew up listening to steel drums and Bob Marley.

Favorite Modern Barre exercise?

1st Position Plies.

Your most memorable dance or fitness experience?

Traveling to China with the NFL to teach dance to young children throughout Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong. Although I couldn’t communicate with the students I found that there’s a real truth to the thought that dance is its own language. It was amazing to travel the world and connect with all of these kids without being able to even converse. It was very rewarding to coach them since there are not many opportunities for children in these communities to partake in formal dance training - many would cry in happiness at the end of our workshops!

What are three words to describe your class?

Energizing, upbeat, rhythmic.

How you want clients to feel as they leave the studio?

Strong, toned, and accomplished!

Elyse Reardon | Instructor

Elyse, a native of Arlington, MA is a Registered Nurse with a specialty in oncology. She has a passion for preventative medicine and healthy, balanced living.

Elyse started training in Modern Barre technique after falling in love with it as a client. She loves how it strengthens her body, calms the mind, and is a safe workout with low risk of injury. She knew it was the right workout for her because she never dreaded going and always wanted to challenge herself and perfect her practice in every class.

Favorite band, artist, or type of music?

I love it all! Rock, pop, country...anything that makes me want to move or sing!

Favorite Modern Barre exercise?

Water ski.

Your most memorable dance or fitness experience?

Completing a sprint triathlon!

What are three words to describe your class?

Uplifting, challenging, energetic.

How you want clients to feel as they leave the studio?


Kristen Sherrerd | Instructor

Kristen, a native of Seekonk, MA, is a physical therapy student pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Simmons College. She began dancing at the age of two and trained throughout the years in many styles of dance including ballet, jazz, tap, and contemporary. In addition to dance, Kristen was a member of her high school swim team. Kristen has continued to pursue her passion for dance and fitness as part of the Simmons College Dance Company and professionally as a member of the New England Patriots Cheerleaders.

Kristen chose to train in the Modern Barre technique because it is something that everyone can do and benefit from - it not only strengthens the body, but it also reminds you how important it is to take care of your mind. After taking her first barre class, she fell in love with the way she felt leaving class. After every class she takes, she feels strong and relaxed and wants to bring that same feeling to all of her clients. Kristen completed the Modern Barre training program and is a Certified Modern Barre Instructor.

Favorite band, artist, or type of music?

Sam Hunt.

Favorite Modern Barre exercise?

Ab Activation.

Your most memorable dance or fitness experience?

Dancing on the sidelines of Gillette Stadium as a New England Patriots Cheerleader.

What are three words to describe your class?

Energizing, Empowering, Refreshing.

How you want clients to feel as they leave the studio?



242 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Please enter through rear door.


Free on-street parking is available on Commonwealth Ave and on the Commonwealth Ave Carriageway (please be careful crossing!)

1/2 mile from the Green line

Two blocks west of Boston College