Pilates/Barre Fusion


This class is taught by:

Claudia Rionda

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. 

Half Barre and half Pilates- this is the ideal class for people who want to strengthen and tone their whole body using traditional barre and ballet exercises while incorporating the precision, control and core-work of Pilates.

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Oct 22 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Claudia Rionda
  • Wed Oct 24 8:30 am - 9:15 am with Amy Foster Berntsen
  • Mon Oct 29 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Claudia Rionda
  • Wed Oct 31 8:30 am - 9:15 am with Amy Foster Berntsen
  • Mon Nov 05 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Claudia Rionda
  • Wed Nov 07 8:30 am - 9:15 am with Amy Foster Berntsen
  • Mon Nov 12 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Claudia Rionda
  • Wed Nov 14 8:30 am - 9:15 am with Amy Foster Berntsen
  • Mon Nov 19 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Claudia Rionda
  • Wed Nov 21 8:30 am - 9:15 am with Amy Foster Berntsen
  • Mon Nov 26 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Claudia Rionda
  • Wed Nov 28 8:30 am - 9:15 am with Amy Foster Berntsen
  • Mon Dec 03 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Claudia Rionda
  • Wed Dec 05 8:30 am - 9:15 am with Amy Foster Berntsen
  • Mon Dec 10 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Claudia Rionda
  • Wed Dec 12 8:30 am - 9:15 am with Amy Foster Berntsen
  • Mon Dec 17 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Claudia Rionda
  • Wed Dec 19 8:30 am - 9:15 am with Amy Foster Berntsen
  • Mon Dec 24 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Claudia Rionda
  • Wed Dec 26 8:30 am - 9:15 am with Amy Foster Berntsen