Friday, May 11

Born and raised in Norton, Angela Vernaglia (also known as Ando) and her sister Kayla Vernaglia always knew they would set out to do something that would inspire and uplift the community. In 2006, Angela auditioned for the New England Patriots Cheerleaders and made the team. During her three years with the team, Angela was able to travel to Arizona and perform during Super Bowl XLII. She was also chosen for Operation Seasons Greetings 2007 with the United States Air Force Reserve and traveled to Iraq, Turkey, Germany and England to perform for the U.S. troops. During the summer of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Angela was chosen among five other ladies to travel to China to promote the NFL and train aspiring dancers for the Opening Ceremonies.

Following shortly thereafter in 2009, Kayla set out to audition for the same team, and made it. Six years later (and 2 Giants vs. Patriots Super Bowls later) Ando & Kayla Vernaglia will be celebrating the One Year Anniversary of their local Fitness & Healing Studio which offers a new innovative way to workout.

Mind Body Barre Fitness & Healing Studio offers barre workouts- This full body workout is composed of resistance training exercises that focus on the alignment & strengthening of the body using free weights, ballet barre work and finishing on the mats for core work and seat exercises. Every one of the classes at MBB is followed by a 10 minute meditation, infused with Lavender Oil aromas and Reiki Healing from the instructor, a great way to end your effective workout.
“Our most frequently asked question: I’m not a dancer, and I have never taken ballet or yoga classes, do I need to have this type of training to take a “barre” class? The answer is, No, No and No! This is NOT a dance class. In our regular MBB classes, you will get the look of a long & lean dancer’s body without having to dance. The method focuses on the principle movements of ballet, but there is not “dancing”. Barre classes are becoming more and more popular. I think you will start to see them pop up at other studios as well, but what makes MBB so different is the genuine intent to build an empowering community of people looking to get to know themselves, asking themselves...what do I really want and how can I help to make the world a better place? We do however offer and separate Cardio Hip Hop Dance class called STRIDE. Two of our instructors were STRIDE certified last year with Shaun T, the maker of Insanity. People are entering into a great shift in the world we live in, they want to become more connected to their mind, body and spirit together and we are here to help them with that. You can't compartmentalize those things in your life, they are always working together. We want our workouts to be effective and healing at the same time”

The studio offers an array of fitness classes ranging from our signature fitness class, dance & yoga inspired workouts, to our personalized workouts for people of all ages and body types. You can also book massage therapy, Reiki & Reflexology treatments.

“We are doing a lot of work to help raise money for the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation in Rhode Island, the community they have built is very dear to our hearts. We will be accepting donations at our Open House on 5/26 for them as well as raffling off some VERY good prizes that day. 100% of those proceeds will go to Gloria Gemma”

If you’d like to try the Mind Body Barre fitness method for free, you can! On Saturday May 26th from 10:30-11:15am they will be holding a FREE “OPEN Barre” for New Clients Only. Please email to attend as space is limited. More information can be found on the website,

Angela Vernaglia (Ando)

CEO (Creative Expansion Optimist)

Mind Body Barre™ Fitness & Healing Studio