Welcome!

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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Techinque

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.

STRENGTHEN

LENGTHEN

TONE

  • 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.

Classes

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 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.

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.

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.

Schedule

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!

Pricing

Price Price/Class
Single Class $22 $22
Five Pack $100 $20
Ten Pack $180 $18
Twenty pack $320 $16
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Policies and Info

  • Online sign up is required to secure your spot for class.
  • Classes must be paid in full before attending.
  • Clients must be 16 years of age or older; clients under 18 years of age require parent/guardian permission.
  • Expecting moms, please bring a doctor’s release.
  • Class credits expire 6 months from date of purchase.
  • Please allow 12 hours for cancellations to avoid a full class charge.
  • All class purchases are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • 10% Student discount applies to standard pricing and cannot be combined with specials or other promotional offers.
  • Equipment and mats are provided by the studio. Barre socks are available for purchase.
  • Sticky socks are recommended for all barre classes.
  • Please enter through the rear door behind the building.

Instructors

Julia Robinson | Owner

With more than 25 years of dance and athletic training, Julia has taken inspiration from a variety of techniques to develop the Modern Barre approach. 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, and Country. 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 be 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 | 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.

Jenn Cannon | Instructor

Jenn grew up Marshfield, MA and currently resides in Brighton, MA. Jenn has always lived a healthy and active lifestyle growing up in a fitness minded family. She started playing soccer at the age of 5, going on to win the Massachusetts State Champion in 2005 with her club soccer team. After an injury that ended her soccer career, she found a love for running, completing multiple half marathons.

Since taking her first barre class Jenn has been hooked! She finds it is the perfect compliment to running and loves the intensity of the workout while being low impact. Knowing the importance of strength training, she believes it is an essential part to living a long, healthy, and happy life. She wants to be able to inspire and motivate her clients to feel good about themselves inside and outside of the studio.

Jenn graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Program Administration. She has worked as a personal trainer and currently holds a position as school Administrator. Jenn is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Association of Sports Medicine and is a Certified Modern Barre Instructor.

Favorite band, artist, or type of music?

I'm a sucker for the 90's boy bands.

Favorite Modern Barre exercise?

Water Ski Position.

Your most memorable dance or fitness experience?

Winning the State Championship with my club soccer team.

What are three words to describe your class?

Energizing, challenging, and effective (and fun!)

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

Accomplished, refreshed, motivated, and 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?

Accomplished.

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 currently an undergraduate student at Suffolk University and will graduate in May of 2015 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?

Beyoncé.

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!

Ciea Palmer | Instructor

Ciea is an Oregon native, born and raised outside of Eugene - Go Ducks! Her marketing career has moved her all over the country, and the world, and she is happy to have recently landed in Boston.

Ciea fell in love with dance at an early age and studied classical ballet and tap for over 10 years. Participating on her high school dance and drill team was a dream come true, and competing at the state championships was an amazing experience. Sports and fitness have always been a huge part of her life and depending on her geographic location you can find her paddle boarding, skiing, hiking, practicing yoga, running, boxing, surfing or working on her equestrian training.

Ciea discovered barre fitness in Oregon many years ago and loved it from the first class she took. The exercises were challenging, graceful and fun and worked muscles in such a unique way. What she loves about the Modern Barre technique is that it is accessible to everyone regardless of age or fitness level - and most importantly it is fun! Even though students work their butts off (literally) the energetic and dynamic atmosphere in the studio keeps them engaged and motivated.

Fitness has always been the yang to the yin of her corporate life, and she hopes that people who come to her class are able to refresh and re-energize their minds and bodies so they can accomplish more throughout their busy days. Ciea is a Certified Modern Barre Instructor and is proud to help bring her passion to the studio community and beyond.

Favorite band, artist, or type of music?

I can't pick one as I have too many but this is what I am listening to now: Waylon Jennings, Slightly Stoopid, Jhene Aiko, Kid Cudi.

Favorite Modern Barre exercise?

Chair Pose.

Your most memorable dance or fitness experience?

Weekends spent skiing with my Dad, surfing during a snowy Thanksgiving day in Oregon, paddle boarding with the dolphins in Florida, and standing ovations after dance recitals.

What are three words to describe your class?

Fun, challenging and uplifting.

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

Happy and strong!

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?

Vibrant!

Maryellen Walsh | Instructor

Maryellen grew up in Milton, MA and graduated from Curry College with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education. She worked for four years at a Non- Profit organization that partnered with Boston Public Schools to transform the academic achievements, self-confidence, and life trajectories of children living in under-resourced, urban communities. One of her most crucial responsibilities was educating children about the importance of health and fitness, which led her to focus her career path more intensely in the wellness field.

Maryellen was a gymnast for thirteen years and was captain of her high school cheerleading team. Having been involved in many different fitness experiences she sees barre as the most graceful and elegant way to get one heck of a workout! Maryellen completed the Modern Barre training program and is a Certified Modern Barre Instructor.

Favorite band, artist, or type of music?

The Clash or N’SYNC.

Favorite Modern Barre exercise?

First Position Plies.

Your most memorable dance or fitness experience?

Completing a four day 27 mile hike in Peru on Macchu Picchu with my family!

What are three words to describe your class?

Challenging, fun, life-changing!

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

I want clients to remember class as their favorite hour of their day!

Contact

242 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Please enter through rear door.

Parking

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