Alison Hess

Alison Hess


"Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion"

- Martha Graham

I am a dancer, always have been, always will be!  Growing up, all I wanted to do was dance.  My passion is so deeply rooted in my soul that to this day I have trouble restraining my innate desire for movement.  

After completion of my Bachelor of Arts degree at LaSalle University in Pennsylvania, I attended the Dance Education Program at the University of Hawaii.  In my early twenties, I became interested in the world of exercise and fitness and began weight training and kick boxing, only to find that my already strong, dancer-like body was beginning to bulk.  In order to reverse these changes, I decided to train and study in the Pilates method. 

I became certified to teach Pilates Mat and Reformer for the Mat.  My love for movement led me to study the Ron Fletcher Technique, become certified in Fletcher Floorwork and begin a study in Fletcher Towel. 

As I continued to teach dance and Pilates, I decided to create a workout that would provide the perfect fusion.  This is when the Barre Bellesprogram was born.  Barre Belles is a ballet barre based workout, fused with principles of Pilates and a touch of Yoga. It has become a familiar name in the "downbeach" South Jersey area, as it continues to be the only barre based class in the area.  Barre Belles has a solid following of what I refer to as the Barre Babes!

Work experience

Work experience


Margate Players

Choreographed community theater productions, including:

Joseph and The Technicolor Dream Coat

Little Shop of Horrors

The Wizard of Oz

Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella

Annie, Jr.

Music Man, Jr.

Aladdin, Jr. 

Dance Teacher

Encore Dance
Apr 2007 - Present


Barre Belles

Owner and Instructor of Barre Belles~ Your ballet body without the tutu.  

Instruct group fitness in Pilates Mat, Reformer, Fletcher Floorwork, Zumba Fitness, Barre Belles, and Kettle Belles. 

Oversee programming and teachers at various fitness clubs and dance studios.

Apr 2012 - Present

mind body manager

exhale spa

Oversee teachers and programming for exhale spa's mind bod program at Revel Resorts. 

Create schedules, interact and accommodate guests.

Core Fusion Barre, Bootcamp, and Yoga teacher.

Apr 2009 - Jan 2010

Manager & Trainer

G&P Fitness


Sep 1999 - May 2000

University of Hawaii
Sep 1995 - May 1999

Bachelor of Arts

La Salle University