Studio Barre Encinitas. Courtesy Photo

Studio Barre, a boutique fitness brand headquartered in Encinitas, is expanding to the East Coast, it was announced Monday.

The fitness company opened a location in Alexandria, Virginia, and plans to open another location in Somerville, New Jersey. The additional locations brings the total number of Studio Barre studios to 11.

“These franchise owners are doing more than opening a fitness studio, they are joining a family,” said former professional ballet dancer Shannon Higgins. “We’re highly selective in our franchise relationships and have to be sure each and every local owner embraces our positive culture.”

Studio Barre, which opened in 2012 by Higgins, offers a specialized barre class, focusing on building core strength, improving posture and creating a dancer-like physique.

For more information, go to www.StudioBarre.com.

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