Inner Balance Barre


This class is taught by:

Trisha Carter

Trisha Carter began her training in Maine with Bossov Ballet Theater and continued training abroad under the instruction of Irina Trofimova, Alla Sizova, Natalia Papinashvilli, Dimitri Simkin, and Vadim Pisarev. She completed her schooling at the Harid Conservatory and Kirov Academy before joining Houston Ballet II and later Ballet Florida. In Florida, Trisha has worked with multiple companies and choreographers performing both locally and internationally: Cuban Classical Ballet, Miami Contemporary Dance Company, Dance Now Ensemble, and is currently a soloist with Florida Grand Ballet.

Trisha received her Inner Balance Barre certification with Amy Berntsen and has been teaching at Inner Balance for two years. She continues to teach ballet throughout the Miami area when she is not performing or already on the Inner Balance Studio schedule. Trisha holds a B.B.A. in International Business & Trade and a B.S. in International Economics. Besides ballet, she loves to cook and is working on a food blog, while pursuing her own investment business.

Jori Olmeda

Jori Olmeda was born in Mexico City and lived in Southern California until her early twenties when she moved to South Florida. She majored in Communications and Marketing as well as the performing arts. As a talented singer, she loves being in front of an audience. Jori discovered her passion for fitness after taking classes at Inner Balance as a client. She started exercising because her health had begun to deteriorate due to poor nutrition and lack of physical activity. Over the course of 2 years, Jori introduced herself to Pilates, Yoga and Barre.  She shed 35 pounds and changed her physique completely. Jori's passion is barre.  She loves how it incorporates the best of yoga, Pilates and dance into one amazing workout.  It was her dedication for the work that led her to complete the rigorous Booty Barre certification.  She became a certified instructor in April 2014. Jori also completed Equinox's Pilates mat certification in September 2014.

Jori’s mantra is “ The price of excellence is discipline” and she believes that patience and dedication will take you where you want to be, no matter your age or health.

Claudia Rionda

Studio Manager
 
Claudia’s passion with body movement manifested through dance in her early years. She started taking dance classes at the age on 6 in her native Brazil, and by 12 was dancing professionally. Although her career as a dancer seemed to be moving in a positive direction, she felt that something was missing. Her body was moving in space graciously, but somehow mechanically. Her desire to bring life and quality to her dance led her to study Contemporary Dance. It opened a whole new world of possibilities in the way she pursued movement. She had the opportunity to study techniques like the Feldenkrais Method, The Alexander Technique and other movement therapies in 4 year program at The Center for the Research of Movement in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Relocating to Miami in 1993, Claudia pursued her massage certification at Educating Hands School of Massage and continued to hone her technique by taking a variety of workshops and certification courses including NeuroMuscular Therapy, Shiatsu, Thai Bodywork, Ayurveda and Mother Massage. She believes that massage is a great way to establish communication with your own body. It brings awareness and a general sense of well being. Claudia worked for many years at the prestigious Mandarin Oriental Spa in downtown Miami. Claudia completed the Comprehensive Course for Teacher Training at Polestar Pilates Center in Miami and most recently became a certified barre instructor through The Booty Barre.  Claudia now feels that she is able to join the best of massage and movement. She believes that massage and Pilates combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle is an effective way to promote healing in the body and the mind.

Amy Foster Berntsen

Amy Foster Berntsen began her ballet training with Patricia Bromley in Atlanta, Georgia and completed her studies with School of American Ballet in New York City. She danced professionally with Miami City Ballet for five years and as a principal dancer with American Repertory Ballet under Septime Webre. Amy joined Ballet West as demi soloist in 1998 and was a principal with Diablo Ballet in 2005-2006. She was the School Director at The Dance Institute of Washington, instructed for Miami City Ballet, Peaches School of Dance and Miami Children’s Museum. Ms. Berntsen is a Master barre instructor. Her barre classes consist of interval training, core strengthening and stretching using the disciplines of a ballet, Pilates and yoga. Amy has a passion for teaching and she devotes herself entirely to the wellness of her students. In 2012, Amy became a 200- hr RYT (registered yoga teacher) after completing the Inner Balance Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Program. She is also a certified Gyrotonic trainer in the Miami area. 

Taylor Walker

Taylor recently relocated to Miami from New York where she danced professionally since 2006. She has danced backup for Flo Rida as well as Pitbull at the Premio Lo Nuestro Awards. She can be spotted as a lead dancer and "Yacht Girl" in Pitbull and Ariannas' video "Sexy People" as well as a Cheerleader in the new McDonalds commercial “Best Of” featuring Lebron James. Taylor has been cast in numerous TV commercials and print campaigns.  Taylor was the Assistant Coach of the Hofstra University Dance Team, as well as choreographer for numerous NDA competitive collegiate dance teams. Taylor's professional dance credits include being a dancer and captain of the New Jersey Nets Dancers. She was a featured dancer in the original 'Step up' movie, a backup dancer for Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards, and she has also been seen dancing on Saturday Night Live and The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Her career in fitness began as a Physical Education Teacher on Long Island, NY. She was the winner of the 2013 Wilhelmina nation-wide fitness model search, and is now a signed Wilhelmina Model in New York. She has worked for fitness brands including: Nike, Dick's Sporting Goods, Champion, Sports Authority, Fitness Magazine, Women's Health Magazine. FILA and Jazzercise. She completed her barre certification in the fall of 2014 with Tracey Mallet's, "The Booty Barre" program and is excited to be teaching at Inner Balance Studio!

Britt-Angela Williams

From Classical Ballet to Jazz and Modern, dance has been the cornerstone of Britt’s love of movement & physical fitness. Certified in Mat & Reformer Pilates, Britt is an instructor who loves to see her clients gain strength and body confidence. Her Barre classes are a fusion of dance, body sculpting and isometric movements coming together for one “kick-butt” workout!
The perfect fusion of Pilates, Yoga, Weight training and Ballet. Sculpt your body from head to toe with a mixture of dance moves, isometric and targeting bar exercises.

Upcoming classes:

  • Thu Aug 17 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Trisha Carter
  • Thu Aug 17 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm with Jori Olmeda
  • Fri Aug 18 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Claudia Rionda
  • Sat Aug 19 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Trisha Carter
  • Sat Aug 19 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Jori Olmeda
  • Sun Aug 20 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Jori Olmeda
  • Mon Aug 21 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Amy Foster Berntsen
  • Tue Aug 22 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Suzanne Witrock
  • Tue Aug 22 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Taylor Walker
  • Tue Aug 22 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm with Britt-Angela Williams
  • Wed Aug 23 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Amy Foster Berntsen
  • Thu Aug 24 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Trisha Carter
  • Thu Aug 24 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm with Jori Olmeda
  • Fri Aug 25 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Britt-Angela Williams
  • Sat Aug 26 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Trisha Carter
  • Sat Aug 26 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Jori Olmeda
  • Sun Aug 27 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Jori Olmeda
  • Mon Aug 28 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Amy Foster Berntsen