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Barre Body Fit


This class is taught by:

Elissa Jamieson

Name: Elissa Jamieson

Hometown: Edmonton, AB

Why do you barre so hard?
I love barre because it makes me feel strong and pretty! Plus it keeps my body in great shape. 

What is your guilty pleasure?
Popcorn! I could eat a bowl of popcorn everynight. My favorite toppings right now are olive oil, sea salt and dill.


Megan Clark

Name: Megan Clark

Hometown: Edmonton, AB

Why do you barre so hard?
To feel strong and healthy. Barre has totally changed my life! I love the ladies I work with everyday, the community we have built and of course that burn that only barre delivers.

What is the best “side effect” you have noticed from barre?
Strength and endurance! I am constantly amazed at my ability with new activities and workouts.

Kirsten Tullis

Name: Kirsten Tullis
 
Hometown: Durban, South Africa

Why do you barre so hard?
I barre so hard for the results. I love the endorphins and the positive attitude I leave the class with. I love what barre has done to my body. I love the fact I need to go out and buy a bigger pair of jeans to fit my butt, and a smaller top to fit my waist.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what would you bring with you?
Sun cream, a great book, rum and coke in a giant cooler.

Kendra Chow

Name: Kendra Chow

Why do you barre so hard?
Because why not? I’ve always been a very ‘Challenge Accepted!’ kind of gal, and I love barre for the physical, mental, and endurance challenges it provides. Barre is
stimulating in so many ways! It brought me back to my dancer body and mind, and it
feels so good to be in a position of pursuit again.

What is your favourite quote?
"Though her manner varied ... her determination never did." - Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

"If not me, who? If not now, when?" - Emma Watson, addressing the UN General Assembly for HeForShe

Erika Persson

Name: Erika Persson
 
Hometown: Morinville, AB

Why do you barre so hard?
I love barre because of that sweet burn that I have a love hate relationship with and the great workout environment. The music and energy the
barrestars bring to each class keeps me a barre addict for life :)


What is your guilty pleasure?
Reality TV – from So You Think You Can Dance to the Bachelor and all that comes in between – I love it and set my PVR to record when I’m away.

Charlotte Martin

Name: Charlotte Martin

Hometown: Edmonton, AB

Why do you barre so hard?
Barre became my favourite work out almost instantly after my first class. It makes me feel graceful (most of the time), I am challenged every class, the music is great, the results are quick and the barre community is amazing. It's a work out that I never dread going to so I find it easy to motivate myself and I love the healthy lifestyle that goes hand in hand with barre.

If you had to choose 3 words to describe yourself, what would they be?
I know this is probably cheating but I went for a job interview once and they asked me the same question and my answer was “happy, friendly...and I don’t know, I’m just really happy.” Honestly, I was too nervous and couldn’t think of another word at the time, but whoever was interviewing me took it as me just being double happy and hired me anyways so I’m sticking to it.
 

Lindsey Finnan

Name: Lindsey Finnan

Hometown: Burton, NB

Why do you barre so hard?
As a former gymnast and dancer, being at the Barre {moving to sick beats} has brought back so many great memories. It has also brought back those long, lean, toned muscles and has me feeling stronger than ever before! But what really keeps me going is the energy from this empowering community filled with so many inspiring barre stars and barre tenders that kick ass each and every day.

What is your guilty pleasure? 
Watching Real Housewives. And wine. Watching Real Housewives with wine.

Emily Fleming

Name: Emily 
 

Hometown: Devon, AB
 
Why do you barre so hard?
 
I barre so hard because no matter how many classes I come to, I can
never predict what the instructor is going to bring, and I can always find
something in my form, or my effort that needs improvement. I also love
barre because of the community. The clients, and the staff are second to 
none, and the studio has definitely become a place of comfort and solace
in my crazy life.
 
 Favorite way to treat yourself?
 
Lush bath bombs with a bottle sized glass of wine
 

Jessica Baudin-Griffin

Name: Jessica
 
Hometown: Edmonton, AB
 
Why do you barre so hard?

 

I love barre because it continues to challenge me! I love how each week I feel stronger and can barre harder than the last, but I also can always challenge myself to be stronger, hold longer, sink deeper. I love that it is a mental practice just as much as a physical workout. When I’m at barre I can’t worry about my day to day stresses, I can only focus on myself, in the moment. I find that very meditative.

 

What is your favourite quote?

 

Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it about learning to dance in the rain!

Mary Jo Liew

Name: Mary Jo Liew

Hometown: Edmonton, AB

Why do you barre so hard?
Having danced growing up I missed the studio vibe and classical movements of ballet when working out. I have always made a point of being active but getting to the gym sometimes felt like a chore. The combination of dance, pilates and yoga inspired moves set to upbeat music is the perfect balance between form, function and fun. The workout is low impact yet effective and I know if I am a little sore the next day I have had a good workout. Exercising isn’t a chore anymore and look forward to the days when I can hit the studio.

Enjoy the little things – what little things make you smile?
My little guy Jack. He is always full of smiles and makes me laugh all the time. Watching him grow is the best thing ever. I also have a dog named Charlie. He is a black Goldendoodle, otherwise known as the happiest furry teddy bear around.

Kristin G Gibson

Name: Kristin Gibson

Hometown: Castor, AB

Why do you barre so hard?
Barre makes me feel strong, clears my head and gives me the energy to keep up with my busy 3 year old.

What is a secret talent of yours?
I can touch my tongue to my nose. I also bake, knit, embroider, and do paper cut illustrations.

Katarina Dreisbach

Name: Katarina Dreisbach

Hometown: Edmonton, AB

Why do you barre so hard?
Straight up, Barre is SO much fun! If you’re going to work until your legs shake, you might as well have fun doing it. Barre has incredible side effects, both mental and physical. Physically, my body has changed so much! My legs are stronger than ever, I actually have arm muscles and of course, my backside is loving it too. Mentally, barre just makes me happy! I always walk out of a class, regardless if I was taking it or teaching it, with the biggest smile on my face!

Enjoy the little things - What little things make you smile?
Impromptu dance parties are my thing! I also love the color yellow, a good book, and catching up with family and friends.

Michelle Shewchuk

Name: Michelle Shewchuk

Why do you barre so hard?
I barre so hard for the burn, the booty, the beats and the babes! I love feeling my body working hard, so the fact that barre can get my muscles burning & shaking in minutes is addicting. The results are incredible; it definitely keeps my body in shape and always feeling strong. I love the music and energy in each class and I always look forward to being around the inspiring instructors & clients.

Tell us something we don’t know about you!
I was a figure skater for most of my life up until my second year of University – I did singles skating as well as synchronized skating.
One-hour of strength and flexibility training choreographed to music while incorporating the use of a ballet barre. A more basic approach to Barre Body Fit classes but equally as challenging.

Upcoming classes:

  • Fri Jul 21 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Elissa Jamieson
    at Holland Plaza SOAR Bounce Fitness
  • Fri Jul 21 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Megan Clark
    at Whitemud Crossing
  • Fri Jul 21 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm with Kirsten Tullis
    at Whitemud Crossing
  • Fri Jul 21 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Kendra Chow
    at Holland Plaza SOAR Bounce Fitness
  • Fri Jul 21 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Erika Persson
    at Whitemud Crossing
  • Sat Jul 22 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Charlotte Martin
    at Holland Plaza SOAR Bounce Fitness
  • Sat Jul 22 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Lindsey Finnan
    at Whitemud Crossing
  • Sat Jul 22 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Emily Fleming
    at Whitemud Crossing
  • Sun Jul 23 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Jessica Baudin-Griffin
    at Holland Plaza SOAR Bounce Fitness
  • Sun Jul 23 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Kendra Chow
    at Whitemud Crossing
  • Sun Jul 23 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm with Mary Jo Liew
    at Whitemud Crossing
  • Sun Jul 23 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Kristin G Gibson
    at Whitemud Crossing
  • Mon Jul 24 6:00 am - 6:45 am with Christy Wells
    at Whitemud Crossing
  • Mon Jul 24 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Katarina Dreisbach
    at Holland Plaza SOAR Bounce Fitness
  • Mon Jul 24 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Jessica Baudin-Griffin
    at Whitemud Crossing
  • Mon Jul 24 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm with Elissa Jamieson
    at Whitemud Crossing
  • Mon Jul 24 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Michelle Shewchuk
    at Holland Plaza SOAR Bounce Fitness
  • Mon Jul 24 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Charlotte Martin
    at Whitemud Crossing