Southie Team

Karen from Simply Barre


Karen, Lead Instructor

Karen found her way to her first Barre class in 2013 as a way to recreate the childhood nostalgia of years of ballet classes. What she found; however, was a place where she could truly be present in each musical beat, body movement, and heart sound. Karen embraces the idea of helping her students find their own joyful movement while accepting and loving the body they are in. Her passion for her own body acceptance is what drives her to be a part of others' healthy living journeys. For Karen, it is an incredible opportunity to be a part of the day that you chose as part of taking care of your body, mind, and spirit. Meet her at the barre, where all you need is a willingness to listen to your own body and the desire to groove to whatever music is playing!

Michele from Simply Barre



After years of running on treadmills and working out individually at the gym, Michele decided to try something completely out of her comfort zone. She took her first barre class at Simply Barre in 2016 and was immediately hooked. She found barre to be challenging and fun and appreciated how quickly her body and mind responded to the new exercise. A year later she decided to take her love of barre to the next level and become an instructor and is excited to share her love of barre with you.

Erica from Simply Barre



Erica grew up in Medfield and began dancing at the age of 5. She competed in dance throughout school and during college she became the Vice President of the Providence College Dance Company. Once Erica graduated, she wanted to find a class that would help her stay in shape and maintain flexibility. About a year ago, she tried her first barre class and knew she found the perfect exercise for her body and 10 months later she became a certified barre instructor. 

Erica is excited to share her passion for barre with her students and hopes they will leave each class feeling strong and fulfilled!

Frances from Simply Barre



Frances grew up in Boston and maintains an active lifestyle. She first started barre classes two years ago and is very excited to be an instructor at Simply Barre. She loves to take classes and is excited to share her enthusiasm for barre with the clients. Frances loves to run and has completed several marathons, including the Boston Marathon. She is a big Boston sports fan and loves being in Southie.

Lonnie from Simply Barre



Lonnie is a Northern California native, based in Boston. She is a dancer, dance educator and movement enthusiast. Lonnie is very excited to balance her dance career with teaching at Simply Barre. Three years ago she took her first Barre class and enjoyed how complimentary the workout was to her dance training. She has enjoyed the musical, detailed and intense classes since! Lonnie graduated from the Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Dance. She currently teaches students at the School of Classical Ballet and Pembroke School of Performing Arts. She performs regularly with Jean Appolon Dance Expressions and Prometheus Dance for her 7th season with the company. Additionally, she is a 200 hour certified yoga instructor. Lonnie looks forward to sharing her passion for movement and fitness with every class taught. 

Heather from Simply Barre



Heather took her first barre class in the summer of 2012 when in search of a new and refreshing way to workout, and she has never stopped! Barre helped Heather to shape and tone her body like no other fitness class she had ever taken, and the studio became a place for her to dedicate time to herself each day. Heather took her passion for barre one step further by pursuing her teaching certification. Through her love for barre she hopes to help other people discover this amazing form of exercise. Heather became a certified barre teacher in January 2016 and is now excited to join the Simply Barre team! She feels that everyone should try a barre class, at least once. You will not regret it...although your thighs might ;)

Rebecca from Simply Barre



Becca took her first barre class in 2016 but shied away from it after being intimidated by the movements and elements in the class. Back in January of 2018, as her wellness journey developed, she took another stab at barre and this time, she fell in love. Barre allows you to challenge your mind, body, and spirit in a way that does not harm the body - that’s what drew her back in. After finding Simply Barre, she decided to share her passion for wellness and what she has learned from barre with the community.  Wellness is more than our activity level and nutrition; it’s deeper and involves our mental and spiritual health, as well. She aspires to empower others to do more than what they think they are capable of doing.  Too often our mind limits us, but really, we are capable of so much more than what we think.  Becca seeks to create an environment where clients feel safe to focus on their mind and body and challenge themselves in a way they never thought possible.