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Barre Body Fit


This class is taught by:

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.

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

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.

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.

Sarah Wright

Name: Sarah
 

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

 

I love barre simply because it is SO much fun! I started ballet at 2 ½ and
being at the barre takes me back to the fun days of dancing at the studio! The
energy at the studio is always addicting and I love how each class is different
and challenging.

 

If you had to choose 3 words to describe yourself, what would they be?

 


Compassionate, Attentive, & Fiery (I’m a ginger!)

 

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!

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.


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.

Jaime Turnbull

Name: Jaime Turnbull

Hometown: Fort McMurray, AB

Why do you barre so hard?
I love barre because it is an energizing workout that never feels “routine” since and every class is slightly different. It also never gets to be too easy – the stronger you get, the more you can challenge your body. Each instructor brings their own personal flare to the class which makes it even more fun! I have noticed great improvement in my balance, flexibility*, and strength since I started. *I am still very inflexible…just MORE flexible than before.

Favourite way to treat yourself?
If I really need to unwind there is nothing better than a glass of wine, a good book, and a warm bubble bath.

Erin Balkan

Name: Erin Balkan

Hometown: Edmonton, AB

Why do you barre so hard?
I love barre because it keeps me motivated to keep going. The combination of the strong community of instructors and clients, the workout and the music has always made me effortlessly come back for more. 

Tell us something that we don't know about you!
I was a cheerleader for 3 years with the Edmonton Eskimos Cheer Team.

Jill Blaney

Name: Jill 
 
Hometown: Edmonton
 
Describe the BBS Tribe?
Four words: The best thing ever! I love going into the studio and seeing both the clients and instructors because everyone is so welcoming and inspiring – seriously! Walking into the studio is like an instant good mood booster. I'll take a cup o' it all day, every day!
 
What are your guilty pleasures?
Miss Vickie's Sweet Chili and Sour Cream chips, Hawkins cheezies and Reese's peanut butter cups. In an ideal world I'd eat the chips for breakfast, cheezies for lunch and peanut butter cups for dinner. Somedays, it's an ideal world.
 

Lauren Chow

Name: Lauren  Hometown: Saskatoon, SK Why do you barre so hard? 
For the beats, the motivation, and the connection to one’s body. There 
is nothing like hearing that beat drop when you go into that combo 
movement and you whisper to yourself, “You got this…” (or is that just
 me?) The barre community here is so welcoming, inspiring, and 
empowering. Barre has pushed me further in my physical and mental 
state. If I push myself to hold that squeeze just a little longer at the 
barre, I can push myself to do a lot more! Tell us something that we don’t know about you! I’m a tap dancer! I’ve grown up tap dancing unofficially since I was 2
(thanks to my sis) and officially when I was 4! That’s why I love music 
that has a good beat to it. It’s instinctual for me groove out to that kind of music.

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.
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:

  • Sun May 28 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Lindsey Finnan
    at Holland Plaza SOAR Bounce Fitness
  • Sun May 28 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Kendra Chow
    at Whitemud Crossing
  • Sun May 28 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm with Mary Jo Liew
    at Whitemud Crossing
  • Sun May 28 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Kirsten Tullis
    at Whitemud Crossing
  • Mon May 29 6:00 am - 6:45 am with Christy Wells
    at Whitemud Crossing
  • Mon May 29 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Sarah Wright
    at Holland Plaza SOAR Bounce Fitness
  • Mon May 29 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Jessica Baudin-Griffin
    at Whitemud Crossing
  • Mon May 29 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm with Elissa Jamieson
    at Whitemud Crossing
  • Mon May 29 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Michelle Shewchuk
    at Holland Plaza SOAR Bounce Fitness
  • Mon May 29 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Jaime Turnbull
    at Whitemud Crossing
  • Mon May 29 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm with Erin Balkan
    at Holland Plaza SOAR Bounce Fitness
  • Mon May 29 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Jill Blaney
    at Whitemud Crossing
  • Mon May 29 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Erin Balkan
    at Holland Plaza SOAR Bounce Fitness
  • Mon May 29 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm with Lauren Chow
    at Whitemud Crossing
  • Tue May 30 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Elissa Jamieson
    at Whitemud Crossing
  • Tue May 30 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Sarah Wright
    at Holland Plaza SOAR Bounce Fitness
  • Tue May 30 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Kristin G Gibson
    at Holland Plaza SOAR Bounce Fitness
  • Tue May 30 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Erin Balkan
    at Whitemud Crossing