meet our instructors

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Laura

Laura started studying classical ballet at 6 years old. Inspired by the incredible changes that Cardio Barre brought to her life, Laura came back to her love of dance after taking her first Cardio Barre class in 2004. She became an instructor in 2007 and has been sharing her passion with her clients ever since!

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Micki

Micki started dancing at the age of 8, and started dancing professionally by the time she was 12. She fell in love with Cardio Barre and became an instructor over 10 years ago. She loves helping students feel beautiful and confident.

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Leslie

A former professional dancer and model, Leslie taught spinning at her fitness studio before becoming an instructor in 2001.  She is grateful to be part of the CB family.  A NASM CPT and CNC, she hopes to spread aloha and happyhappyjoyjoy to her goddess clients.

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Marita

Marita is a former professional dancer and ballerina. Credits include: Miss Saigon, West Side Story, Chicago and A Chorus Line . Film and TV.: This Is Us, Hawaii Five-0, General Hospital. She started teaching Cardio Barre in 2004.  She is a master pilates instructor with specialties in rehabilitative and pre-natal fitness. 

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Avital

Avital has been a classically trained ballet dancer since the age of 3. She has also studied tap, jazz, ballroom, and was a competitive swing dancer.

Avital has been with us for two years and counting.

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Hannah

Hannah Hawkins is a working professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer. In addition to working in the TV/Film Industry and the Concert Contemporary Dance world, Hannah is passionate about training the body and mind. She is classically trained in ballet, tap, jazz and Hip Hop. Getting to share her training and experience at Cardio Barre fires her up!

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Richard Giorla

FOUNDER/CREATOR

After bringing his talent from New York City to Los Angeles, from the big screen to the small screen and even to the stage, dancer/choreographer Richard Giorla, has used his over 30 years of experience and classical training to create Cardio Barre.

It all began when Richard suffered a crushing hip injury, which ended his dance career. Giorla wanted to keep moving at a pace that made sense for his body, yet no exercise routine met his needs.
 

Giorla saw the need for a high-energy workout, offering cardio yet without the impact on the body, offering a much safer workout. Giorla used his passion for dance and fitness to design a workout that combined the two and created what is today, Cardio Barre..
 

Richard continues to use his motivational techniques to inspire and transform lives… He has inspired over 100,000 clients and gives clear techniques as a catalyst for change. His mission is to help others “Live a healthier and more meaningful lifestyle…”.

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Byron

Byron Quiros is an actor, dancer, and choreographer. He started performing as a street dancer at age 10, partnering with his mother in Latin dance by age 13, and touring as a professional by 19. Byron studied under the prestigious faculty at UC Irvine (BFA), majoring in Theatre Arts and Dance. Byron joined Cardio Barre in 2008, thoroughly enjoys teaching and bringing out the best in his students.