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OUR TEACHERS

Our teachers are skilled to teach various styles of yoga, pilates & dance. They continue to train and may have ongoing assistantships with senior teachers to keep expanding their knowledge and understanding of their craft. More importantly, all of our teachers share two common traits – they teach dynamic personalized classes and are dedicated to the community at Studio U.
Katie Flanagan - Executive Director, Studio U
Amanda Napolione
Amanda Napolione Dance
Amanda Napolione has been dancing for as long as she can remember! She is trained in many styles of dance including ballet, jazz, and hip hop and is a member of DanceWorks Boston.
Ashley Brayen
Ashley Brayen Yoga
It’s no surprise that Ashley’s journey to yoga was about healing herself, because after one adjustment from her, you will feel her healing kindness.
Aylon Pesso
Aylon Pesso Cardio Strength/ Core Crunch
After years of appreciating exercise and the body’s abilities, he made the jump into the fitness industry in 2013!
Bonnie Bounds
Bonnie Bounds Barre
Bonnie loves using music to drive the energy of her class and strives to create a fun, safe and challenging environment for all levels of fitness.
Colleen Dalton-Petillo
Colleen Dalton-Petillo Barre
After retiring from running Colleen decided to get her certifications in Pilates and Barre so that she could share her new found passion with others.
Colleen Selander
Colleen Selander Yoga
Colleen is very supportive of you practicing at your own pace, style, and encourages you to laugh at yourself and not take yourself or your practice too seriously.
Danielle Barmash
Danielle Barmash Yoga
Danielle has been practicing yoga for the past 14 years. She is a firm believer of the trans-formative power of yoga.
Deneeb Ruiz
Deneeb Ruiz Cardio Strength
Deneeb Ruiz is a personal trainer, fitness instructor, and mind and body specialist who runs Friday's "happy hour" fitness boot camp.
Ellen Wells
Ellen Wells Yoga
Through yoga, Ellen has also discovered the life within breath. Living fully within each inhale, each exhale and the spaces between—that is the basis of yoga. Ellen’s classes bring focus to the breath, whether it is during a Vinyasa flow, a restorative sequence or a seated meditation. As long as we have breath, we have all that yoga offers within us.
Erica Thorp
Erica Thorp Dance/ Yoga
Following her life as a professional dancer, Erica saw yoga as a way to keep her body flexible and strong.
Eva Christopherson
Eva Christopherson Yoga
By practicing with an open mind, a bit of playfulness, and sense of humor, Eva is certain that yoga will give us lifelong tools to incorporate on and off our mats.
Heather Dowd
Heather Dowd Yoga
Heather is continuously amazed, inspired and humbled by what she learns about herself and others while practicing yoga.
Heather Osta
Heather Osta Barre/ Dance
Heather is a veteran teacher of barre and fitness classes, and is excited to bring her experience to Studio U!
Irene Zen
Irene Zen Dance
Irene has been involved in dance, aerobic fitness, and martial arts for the past 20 years!
Jessica Midence
Jessica Midence Zumba
Originally from Honduras, Jessica has an insatiable passion for music and dance across all cultures that she loves to blend into her Zumba routine.
Jessica Pate
Jessica Pate Yoga
During her classes, Jessica draws from her yoga trainings, as well as her academic and scientific, research background, to incorporate elements that best serve the energy and needs of the class.
Karen Siegel
Karen Siegel Barre
Meet Karen at the barre, where all you need is a willingness to listen to your own body and the desire to groove to whatever music is playing!
Katie Flanagan
Katie Flanagan Studio Director/ Yoga/ Cardio Strength/ Core Crunch
Katie found yoga about 11 years ago after a long time of running and spending hours at the gym.
Liana Bonavita
Liana Bonavita Barre
Barre is truly is a practice of mind, body and soul. I look forward to starting my journey with Studio U and look forward to meeting you all!
Meaghan McSherry
Meaghan McSherry Zumba
Meaghan is teaching a special 8 week Zumba session, Wednesdays at 4:30pm in Newton!
Paloma Cabrera-Lustig
Paloma Cabrera-Lustig Yoga
Paloma is specialized in the principals and fundamentals of Vinyasa
yoga and teaches a challenging, fun, and alignment based class.
Sigourney Wendt
Sigourney Wendt Pilates
Pilates has taught Sigourney that one can get in shape while listening to their body!
Siobhan Reardon
Siobhan Reardon Barre/ Pilates Fusion
Siobhan first discovered Pilates in high school after being diagnosed with Kyphosis, and since then has found a love for Barre and it's high energy workout!
Tara Cowan
Tara Cowan Barre
Tara is super excited to get back into teaching Barre!
Tara Jackson
Tara Jackson Yoga
Through yoga Tara wants her students to realize it’s not about your ability to spring into a handstand, but about the ability to become grounded as individuals through each posture, using the breathe, and while remaining focused.