Meet Sarah, owner of barre.[d] studio Chapel Hill

I almost didn’t go to teacher auditions at barre.[d] studio Charlottesville. I had been taking barre classes almost daily for a whole year, loved everything about barre, and knew I wanted to teach, but I had a whole list of reasons (all lies) as to why I shouldn’t audition to teach at this new studio opening just two doors down from my then office:


  • I didn’t “look” like a barre instructor.
  • I had never taught anything, let alone a fitness class.
  • No one would want to take a class with me.
  • I could barely hold a plank during warm up, and I thought I was going to teach?
  • Did I mention I didn’t look like a barre instructor?


Despite all of my doubts and the host of reasons I had made up about why I shouldn’t go, I also had a gut feeling that said “go” and if there is anything I’ve learned, it’s that I should always follow that gut feeling.


I auditioned, thought it went well enough, and was pretty sure I wouldn’t be chosen. There were far more people than instructor spots, and many had experience teaching group fitness classes, yoga, or dance. That night, I got an email from Hanna. I was hired.


And so it began.


Even though I’ve taught more than 500 classes in the last three years, I still remember each and every part of my first ever class, down to the music I chose. Teaching barre led me to a personal training certification, a nutrition certification, and a whole philosophy on fitness, women, and strength training that I don’t have time to share here, but trust me, it’s really good. I’ll tell you all about it another day.


In short, barre changed my life.

barre.[d] studio Chapel Hill has been a long time coming. Two years ago, I told Hanna I wanted my own studio. It’s a twisting path that led me to Chapel Hill. Lots of “no” and lots of soul searching. And then, the parts and pieces all shuffled into the right alignment and the right time and I moved to a new town in a new state where I knew exactly no one. That same instinct that said “go to auditions” said “move to Chapel Hill” and so, here we are.


I’m so excited to be bringing this studio to Chapel Hill. It’s a place of wellness, health, fitness, and inclusivity. You will be welcomed the moment you enter our doors, get a fantastic workout from any one of our classes, from classic to cardio, and leave ready to take on the rest of the day.


It just occurred to me I should probably tell you a little about who I am.

I’m Sarah, new Chapel Hill resident, originally from Charlottesville, Virginia. I’m a proud (proud) graduate of the University of Tennessee, lived and worked in Nashville for a couple of years, and made my way back to my hometown for a bit before moving to Carolina. My “real” job is in marketing at UNC and my “fun” job(s) are this studio (duh), personal training, blogging, and writing for a country music outlet. (Free time? What?).


If I’m not at the barre studio or posted up with my laptop, I’m probably at CrossFit or in a gym, lifting weights and avoiding cardio. I almost always have coffee in my hand, and I love to travel. I love Tennessee football the way North Carolina loves their basketball team (I’m learning to be a basketball fan!), and of course, I’m momma to Knox, a 6lb teacup Yorkie who has no idea he’s not a dog. Don’t tell him, okay?


The doors to barre.[d] studio Chapel Hill will open later this summer, but in the meantime, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and sign up for our mailing list so you don’t miss our pre-opening events (pop up classes, coming your way!) and grand opening specials.


Here we go, Chapel Hill. Your barre studio. Coming soon.


We can’t wait.