Stretch, strengthen, lengthen, and tone – no dance experience required.
MINT barre combines elements of ballet technique, Pilates, and yoga to give you a low-impact, high-intensity workout to both strengthen and stretch your body in a fun, safe environment. Appropriate and accessible for individuals of all fitness levels, ages, and body types, MINT instructors will work with students to tailor the workout to your individual needs. It’s challenging, it’s effective, and best of all, it’s one of the many studio classes that come free with your membership at MINT.
At MINT, you don’t sacrifice your favorite cardio or strength workouts for access to Barre classes, and vice versa. Our Barre program will challenge you in new ways, creating long, lean bodies while delivering a great workout.
Unlimited barre classes are included with MINT class-access memberships or our class packages program.
Meet our Instructors
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Kathryn is a professional modern dancer and actor who has performed all across the country. She is a company member with internationally-acclaimed Synetic Theater (2010-present) as well as a company member with the award-winning Chesapeake Shakespeare Company (2011-present). Kathryn has been relying on Barre exercises to compliment her dance training for the past 10 years, and she’s thrilled to have the opportunity to share this incredibly effective fitness method with her students. In addition to Barre instruction, Kathryn works as a professional coach, guiding and supporting individuals working to achieve their goals and find balance in all aspects of their lives.
Elizabeth Glidden has been teaching group fitness classes since 2006, most recently joining the team at MINT in 2015. Elizabeth’s barre classes combine elements of ballet and strength training, giving participants the opportunity to tone their muscles and enhance balance and stability.
Sarah is a professional ballet dancer at The Washington Ballet. Trained to be a ballet dancer from an early age, she found that Pilates and Barre principles hugely improved her work in the ballet studio by filling out her routine with additional strength training. Since earning her Stott Pilates certification in Toronto in 2015, she can be found teaching both Pilates and Barre classes when she isn’t on stage performing! Sarah has received awards for her dancing at Tanzolymp International Ballet Competition in Berlin and Boston International Ballet Competition. She is also currently on leave from Harvard University so that she can pursue a career in ballet and fitness.
Connie has been active and leading a healthy lifestyle at least since the days she tried to keep up with her physically fit Mother and friends as they power walked through the lush trails of her home in the Midwest. While never making a career out of fitness, Connie was inspired firsthand by those who did like Corey Everson, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Cameo Kneuer, all whom she met while working at both Warner Center Health Club and Joe Weiders’ Health and Fitness—publisher of Muscle and Fitness, Flex, Shape and Men’s Fitness living in southern California—a long, long time ago!
No matter what Connie has done professionally, she has always made time for her love of fitness and for helping others dig deep to reach their fitness goals. While in college she taught weight lifting and high impact aerobics. While working full time and attending graduate school here in Washington, DC she picked up ACE, AFFA and personal training certs. Even when she worked 24/7 in 1996 on the US presidential election, she escaped religiously for an hour each day to get her fitness fix. Connie attributes keeping her calm demeanor during the chaos of a presidential campaign to keeping sacred that hour to sweat and decompress. In 2010 Connie discovered Les Mills International and became a Body Pump and Body Flow Instructor and fell in love with the concept of muscle contraction (lifting) followed by muscle elongation (Body Flow).
Shortly after, Connie was trained in the original Lotte Berk Method (Barre). Today Connie teaches various fitness formats including Barre, Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, Body Pump, Body Flow, Kickboxing, Plyometrics, Boot Camp, Cardio Strength, Tabata, F.I.T.T., Extreme Abs, Shred Step and more! In between professional deadlines and the active lifestyle of her 10 year old, Connie trains clients 1-1 on a referral only basis at her small studio where she’s helped high school boys and girls as well as senior citizens and everywhere in between reach their goals to live a healthy lifestyle.
Laura is a 200-hour Yoga Alliance registered teacher trained in vinyasa yoga. In addition, she studied at the Kripalu Center for a specialty for yoga teachers to adapt yoga practices to the special needs of people living with heart disease, cancer and other life challenging diseases. Most recently, she completed level one and two Reiki training.
Laura’s special interest is in teaching athletes to use yoga to prevent injury and/or recover from sports-related injuries. She credits her longevity as a martial artist to her daily practice of yoga that has developed her flexibility, focus and resilience.
Laura believes in the body’s innate healing abilities and in using yoga as a vehicle to maintain good physical, mental and emotional health. She uses deep relaxation exercises in class to cultivate a calm mind and heart and makes yoga philosophy and practices accessible to her students by encouraging them to integrate yoga into their daily lives.
Timea Presley is the Pilates Program Director of MINT’s Pilates Studios in Washington DC. She is a former professional dancer and Pilates studio owner born in Budapest, Hungary, with over 15 years of teaching and managing experience. Washington Ballet Faculty member Kristy Windom called her “”a creative teacher, who provides a safe place to explore a side of Pilates that few understand””.
Having achieved certifications from STOTT PILATES (Post-Rehabilitation Specialist, Injuries and Special Populations, Mat, Reformer, Caddillac, Chair, Barrels, Advanced Mat & Apparatus certified), Polestar Pilates (Mat certified) Yoga in the Shivananda tradition (200hr Yoga Alliance certified) and Spinning (certified), she has a wide arrey of knowledge and is dedicated to helping her clients with their health and fitness goals.
Timea Presley founded and operated Soma Pilates Studio in Berlin, Germany, which she succesfully sold before her move to her husband’s home country, the US.
Ms Presley studied at the Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy and Dance Academie Balance 1 in Berlin in combination with courses in Functinal Anatomy and Performance Analisys at the Freie University Berlin. To deepen her talents as a performer and movement instructor, she explored the practice of the Gyrotonic Expansion System, Gyrokinesis, Alexander Technic, Feldenkreis, Authentic Movement, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Contact Improvisation and Release Technique. To gain better understanding of the mind – body – soul connection, she lived in a yoga ashram, where she focused on the study of bhakti yoga and yogic diet.
Currently Washington DC is Timea Presley’s home. She served as Yoga Studio Director at DC Yoga and as an independent instructor at the Washington Ballet, IMF, World Bank, FBI, Smithsonian and the DC Recreation Department. She has been with MINT Health Club & Spa for many years now in different roles, like Pilates Program Director, Head Pilates Instructor and Mind Body Program Director. Alongside the traditional STOTT PILATES programming, she focuses on specialized instruction (pre- and post- natal, challenging the athlete, post rehab) as well as new ways to move on the Pilates equippment.
To stay current in her field, Ms. Presley completed following continuing education and specialized courses with STOTT Pilates: Pilates Programming for Osteoporosis Management, Pilates Equipment Programming for Breast Cancer Rehab, Programming for Scoliosis Management, Stabilization and Function of the Knee, Prenatal Pilates on Reformer, Cadillac and Stability Chair, Optimization of the Lumbopelvic Region, Optimization of the Shoulder Complex, Principles of Stabilization, Postural Analysis, The 5 Pilates Basic Principles Explained, Athletic Conditioning on Stability Coushions, Jumpboard Intervals, V2 Max Plus Programming, The Reformer and the Padded Platform Extender.
“Karla Brooks Adams is a native Washingtonian. She graduated from Duke Ellington School of the Arts where she majored in classical ballet. She danced professionally for over a decade with various ballet companies throughout the states. Karla was introduced to the Pilates discipline during her dance career. She has over 20 years of personal Pilates practice and teaching experience.
Karla was a member of the teaching faculty at Body Arts and Science International(BASI), an internationally recognized certifying organization. She remains a featured model in many of BASI’s study guides and manuals.
Karla’s fitness background includes certifications from the American Council on Exercise(Personal Trainer) AFAA(Group Exercise Instructor) Healthy Mom’s Fitness(Perinatal Specialist) and BASI(Comprehensive Pilates). She is a member in good standing with The Pilates Method Alliance.”
Hillary Zeiss is a full-time barre, pilates and yoga teacher within the DC area. She never uses the same sequence twice, often borrowing from other conditioning systems such as Alexander Technique, Franklin Method, and Feldenkrais. To her, mind-body conditioning is not just a workout, it is an insurance policy to keep the body whole and safe, a way to make all movement efficient and meaningful.
Tori Ellis sought out yoga for flexibility and serenity while training for her rigorous black belt test in Tae Kwon Do. While continuing to train in martial arts, she did her 200 hour teacher training at Flow Yoga Center, and then went on to the Fuse Pilates teacher training in Washington, DC. Tori has found that the restorative and athletic practices of yoga and Pilates has brought her into a healthier lifestyle that she hopes to spread to her students and community. Tori brings creative and dynamic sequences to her students for challenging but alignment-focused classes. Tori has completed her Balanced Body Pilates Apparatus training in 2014. In terms of specialty training, Tori is a certified Pre-and Postnatal Pilates specialist, studied Pilates for scoliosis with Karen Clippinger, and has completed shoulder workshops for yoga under Tiffany Cruikshank.