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 500-hour Yoga Alliance registered teacher trained in vinyasa yoga. In addition, she studied at the Kripalu Center with Nischala Joy Devi for a Yoga of the Heart certificate to learn to adapt yoga practices to the special needs of people living with heart disease, cancer and other health challenges. She has also studied prenatal yoga and taught classes in vinyasa and restorative styles as well as yoga for cancer survivors and for cyclists and runners.
In addition, Laura is a NASM-certified personal trainer with a black belt in tae kwon do, barre/ mat-pilates/spin certified teacher, and Center for Integrative Medicine trained reiki practitioner. Laura’s special interest is in teaching students to use yoga to prevent injury and/or recover from sports-related injuries, stress management, and students with special needs. 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.
It is Laura’s intention that her students will experience the best night sleep of their night after taking her class as well as enhanced flexibility with consistent class attendance and practice.
Timea Presley is a Washington DC based Pilates Teacher Trainer and Advanced Level Instructor (STOTT) with more than 17 years experience teaching and managing Pilates programs and studios across Europe and the US. She specializes in post rehabilitation conditioning and Pilates for former dancers. Her extensive experience with Pilates, dance and yoga creates a dynamicly flowing style with attention to balance between strength and flexibility.
Timea leads her Comprehensive 500 hour Teacher Training Program that is included in the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) registry of schools.
She is also a fully certified advanced level STOTT Pilates Instructor, Post Rehabilitation Conditioning Specialist, Yoga Teacher in the Shivananda tradition and Barre Instructor. She has taught more than 20,000 hours of private and group classes in the studio environment, luxury health clubs, dance schools and corporate facilities.
Washington Ballet’s Senior Faculty Member, Kristy Windom called her “a creative teacher, who provides a safe place to explore a side of Pilates that few understand.”
Timea studied at the Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy, Dance Academie Balance 1 Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin. As a professional Modern and Contemporary Dancer her physical training included amongst others Ballet, Pilates, Jazz, Improvisation, Contact Improvisation, Graham Technic, Cunningham Technic, Limon Technic, Folklore Dance, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Gyrotonic, Gyrokinsesis and Alexander Technic.
Timea’s involvement in managing studios and Pilates programs started with founding and operating her own Soma Pilates Studio in Berlin. After her move to the US she has held roles as Studio Direktor at DC Yoga, Pilates Studio & Program Director, Head Pilates Instructor and Mind Body Program Director at MINT Health Club & Studio in DC.
Timea taught as guest faculty at the Washington School of Ballet and has been guest teacher at the Smithsonian, World Bank, IMF, FBI, government organizations, health clubs, studios and conferences.
Timea’s training through STOTT Pilates has included courses such as Pilates programming for managing osteoporosis and scoliosis, breast cancer rehab, athletic conditioning, 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.
To study the mind body connection and yogic diet Timea lived in a Bhakti Yoga Ashram in Colorado and enjoys incorporating the practices she learned into her daily life in Washington DC.
“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.
Suzanne Schuerman is a Stott-Certified Pilates instructor trained in mat, reformer, cadillac, chair, and barrel work through the advanced level. Suzanne takes tremendous joy in sharing the benefits of Pilates – improved fitness, strength, flexibility, and posture – with a fun, encouraging, and challenging teaching style.
Liz is a researcher by day and a POP Pilates phenom by night. She has been teaching POP Pilates and Group Fitness since November 2015 and is currently working toward Pilates Mat I & II certifications. Liz first began practicing Pilates as a way to improve her core conditioning, flexibility, and ultimately improve her performance as a competitive runner. Also a lover of Yoga, Liz is passionate about workouts that focus on the connection between the mind, body, and spirit. What Liz really loves about instructing is making connections with students and spreading positive vibes in the community. In her spare time, Liz enjoys playing with her cats, running, and volunteering for the COPD Foundation.
Agnieszka grew up in Poland and moved to the US in 2001. She has masters degrees in music and performing arts, specializing in viola, and teaching violin and piano. She also holds a BA in music therapy and was originally interested in stretching movements to release tension from hours of practicing instruments. Her first Pilates experience came more than a decade ago when Agnieszka sought out a physical training program with movement. After a break to take care of her new-born twins she continued with Yoga training in 2009, becoming a certified Yoga instructor. About four years ago she began investigating Pilates because she began discovering how the body works and realized Yoga was not enough for her. She completed a Power Pilates course and in 2014 found out about the Boulder, Colorado world-renowned Pilates Center, enrolling in the official certification program. Agnieszka likes to apply the skills she acquired as a music specialist – focus, persistence, dedication, willingness to embrace daily practice and giving oneself the time to grow towards mastery, consistency, coordination and engaging the full body in learning. ‘The benefits of Pilates are indescribable – it is really about learning how a healthy body moves and as we get older it gives the energy to take on life’s daily challenges, in work, family and home life,’ she says.