Pulse Barre Instructors

Kelly Dearing

Kelly began dancing at the age of 3 and continued throughout high school and college. After college, she began to run but was always looking for an additional challenge. In 2009 she received her ACE Group Fitness certification and began teaching group fitness classes for women. In 2012 she took her first barre class and quickly fell in love with it! Kelly has been teaching barre classes in the Richmond area since 2013, and has certifications in both Core Barre, PulsePointe Barre, and Balletone.  As a Mechanicsville resident, she recognized the need for a studio in the Hanover area, and she decided to pursue her dream to open Pulse Barre Studio.

April Wells

April has been teaching barre for the last eight years.  She started taking barre classes because she needed cross training for her marathon training.  She fell in love with the technique and got certified and hasn’t stopped since. April believes that barre is such a great and effective workout and loves seeing how it changes people’s bodies and strength. She is a wife and mother of three young girls and in her free time enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her family.

Kristi Parker

Kristi grew up dancing competitively and her love for dance grew as she became an adult.  She taught dance in MD for several years before moving to Richmond, VA.  Her love for fitness came after many complications from pregnancies.  She was passionate about wanting to heal her body naturally instead of turning to medicine.  She started running and taking barre classes at Pulse Barre Studio for cross training.  She quickly fell in love with barre, not only was it beneficial for strength training, but it added the dance element that she had missed so much.  Kristi became Barre Above Certified in October of 2019, and started teaching at Pulse in January of 2020.  Kristi lives in Hanover with her husband and 4 children.  She is thrilled to be a part of the Pulse team and thankful for such a loving community that surrounds her there.

Brenda Cassidy

Despite not enjoying group fitness in the past, Brenda decided to give a barre class a try and instantly was hooked. She received her PulsePointe Barre certification and transitioned from student to instructor in 2017 and has been teaching ever since. She helped create Pulse Barre Online, so she can be found both inside the studio and online on your favorite device! Her true passion is inspiring and motivating others to make healthy changes in their lives. If she’s not teaching in the studio or putting together an online workout to record, she is probably planning the next challenge group she runs or connecting with members of the Pulse community who might need a lift. Brenda lives in Mechanicsville with her husband and two teenage boys, though during college football and basketball seasons they spend a lot of time in Charlottesville!

Blaire Pitcher

Blaire started attending Pulse 5 years ago with the encouragement of a friend who got her to come to the studio for a New Client Free class. She instantly fell in love with the support, camaraderie, and encouragement set by all the women within the Pulse Barre Studio. Overtime, she became physically and mentally stronger and could see incredible results due to the toning and smaller muscles that were being focused on within each exercise. She felt like this was home away from home. The workouts continued to push her strength level and provide her with personal growth and a new healthier way of living. This all led to her pursuing her barre certification through Barre Above in November 2019. She is so excited to continue to support and provide the Pulse community with the same positivity she has felt the moment she walked through the doors. Blaire lives in Mechanicsville with her husband and 2 daughters. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, going to concerts, and spending time with her friends and family.

Jamee Prewitt

Jamee began taking barre classes close to 8 years ago at a neighboring studio. She loved the low-impact, high-results barre offered and how it balanced her workout regimen. She became certified and taught at that studio until in closed. She started coming to Pulse Barre Studio as a client 5 years ago. Jamee decided to offer her services to Kelly while she was out on maternity leave. She fell in love with leading the amazing Pulse Barre clients she was used to standing next to during class, and begged to stay on! Luckily, Kelly agreed! Jamee lives in Mechanicsville with her husband Jeremy. She is a literacy coach for Caroline County Public Schools. Jamee enjoys hanging out with Jeremy, reading, and cooking in her free time.

Madison Pullin

Madison started attending Pulse 2 months after opening because her friend April, another instructor, convinced her to try it. She had never been a fan of public workouts, but the inviting, non-competitive, encouraging environment at Pulse made her so comfortable. And she loved that we worked every muscle group in one class!

Pulse has been her home for almost 7 years and she is looking forward to helping it be that for others. She also wants to continue encouraging all the amazing women that already call it their home. Madison is Hanover grown, born and raised here, but loves traveling and and has been blessed with many opportunities to do so. She is the oldest of three, and an esthetician and manager at her mom’s salon, Guys and Dolls Hair Salon. She also has a passion for cooking that lead into a small catering business.

Sarah Ridenhour

Sarah began her dance education at the age of three. She pursued her artistic passions at Shenandoah University where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Sarah started as a client at Pulse Barre in 2020, became certified through Barre Above in March of 2022 and then transitioned to instructor that following summer. She resides in Mechanicsville with her husband and chocolate Labrador. Sarah also choreographs for Kings Dominion and teaches at a local dance studio. She has a passion for movement and can’t wait to continue supporting her community!