YOUR B BODY: Strong, able and better with age!
DANCE EXPERIENCE: A few years of Ukrainian dance
FAVORITE CHILDHOOD FASHION FAD: Scrunch socks and high tops
CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT: Chapstick!! Burt’s bees is the fav
FAVORITE FOOD/DRINK: Cheese burgers
CURRENT HOBBIES: DIY home decor - I could have my own Pinterest fail blog
OCCUPATION: Studio Founder and Owner
WORDS TO LIVE BY: “Just Breath, and make it happen ”
YOUR B BODY: I love Barre because it makes me feel pretty and strong at the same time. I never danced as a kid so this makes me feel like a dancer while allowing me the strength and fitness for my every day activities. I want to be able to keep up with my little one and be a positive role model for her. The only reason I Bounce is because I HATE running! Plus my cardio sucks so bouncing is a fun way to get my cardio in.
DANCE EXPERIENCE: I did competitive gymnastics as a kid but I never took dance.
FAVORITE CHILDHOOD FASHION FAD: The tiny multicoloured and shaped butterfly clips for your hair. Wearing those and the purple or silver sparkly lip chap (lipsmackers? Is that what is was called) made me feel really cool 😎
CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT: chapstick. I get really cranky when my lips get dry
FAVORITE FOOD/DRINK: Salt and vinegar chips and margaritas
CURRENT HOBBIES: who has time for hobbies when you have a baby?
OCCUPATION: Mom- it’s hard work; plus running our fitness studio
WORDS TO LIVE BY: “you never grow by how much you win, you only grow by how much work you put in”not sure who said this but it always stayed with me
YOUR B BODY: Without barre my post-pregnancy body would be wayyyy more squishy and my butt would be sagging to the floor
DANCE EXPERIENCE: 16 years of tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical and musical theatre. Also a certified Pilates mat teacher.
FAVORITE CHILDHOOD FASHION FAD: The grunge phase - frayed jeans, plaid shirts, Doc Marten boots
CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT: My family
FAVORITE FOOD/DRINK: Popcorn with lots of butter on it, Starbucks Caramel Soy Frappuccino with light whip on top!
CURRENT HOBBIES: Interior design, reading biographies, that's about all I have time for these days!
OCCUPATION: Personal Wardrobe Stylist, Actor
WORDS TO LIVE BY: “Fake It 'Til You Make It!”
YOUR B BODY: I LOVE pastry but luckily, I also need to workout at least a little every day or I can’t sleep!
DANCE EXPERIENCE: I did ballet when I was a kid but I’ve always hated when things get competitive, so I switched to music-enhanced workouts when I was a teenager!
FAVORITE CHILDHOOD FASHION FAD: Brightly coloured windbreakers! I still refuse to buy black for my outdoors gear!
CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT: My family
FAVORITE FOOD/DRINK: Oatmeal cookies/coffee
CURRENT HOBBIES: Yoga, hiking, cooking, reading, travel
OCCUPATION: Ph.D. student
WORDS TO LIVE BY: “It’s very simple: we only see clearly with our hearts. What’s essential is invisible to the eyes.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
YOUR B BODY: strong, healthy, beautiful. I work out to feel good. The perky butt is just a perk ;)
DANCE EXPERIENCE: 9 years gymnastics, 7 years dance, and 3 years teaching competitive dance; all in New Brunswick.
FAVORITE CHILDHOOD FASHION FAD: Butterfly clips and overalls with one strap off
CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT: Laughter
FAVORITE FOOD/DRINK: Nachos and Merlot
CURRENT HOBBIES: Does shopping count as a hobby?
WORDS TO LIVE BY: So cliché, but, everything happens for a reason.
YOUR B BODY: Barre lets me eat cupcakes
DANCE EXPERIENCE: Started dancing at 4 years old with my mom being my first dance teacher. I took everything from tap and jazz to lyrical and musical theatre. Later on I danced with the Edmonton Crush Dance team for 1 season and the Edmonton Eskimos Cheer Team for 3 seasons.
FAVORITE CHILDHOOD FASHION FAD: I've always been a fan of leggings. Even as a child I sported a pair of patterned leggings just about everyday.
CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT: Good chocolate and wine
FAVORITE FOOD/DRINK: Tacos!
CURRENT HOBBIES: Swimming, taking walks with my baby
OCCUPATION: Human Resources
WORDS TO LIVE BY: “Be yourself, everyone else is taken” Oscar Wilde
YOUR B BODY: Strong and Fit Over 40!!!
DANCE EXPERIENCE: Too many years to count as dancer, choreographer and performer!
FAVORITE CHILDHOOD FASHION FAD: Mondetta Flag Shirts - started my obsession with travel!
CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT: Starbucks Chai Tea
FAVORITE FOOD/DRINK: Iced Tea Lemonade with some pita chips and taziki
CURRENT HOBBIES: Reading, Biking, Cooking
OCCUPATION: Health Care ;)
WORDS TO LIVE BY: “Let It Go and Live In The Moment!”
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.
YOUR B BODY: Craves exercise and beer equally
DANCE EXPERIENCE: Lots of impromptu kitchen dance parties + years of toe taps on a soccer ball
FAVORITE CHILDHOOD FASHION FAD: it was and still is scrunchies and leggings
CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT: my golden retriever Murphy; what you might not know: the TV show Friends, i rewatch at least one episode almost every single day
FAVORITE FOOD/DRINK: I love anything except bacon, olives and mayo; Hawaiian Pizza with Cake Batter Froyo for dessert is pretty hard to beat though Drink: Peach flavoured Perrier
CURRENT HOBBIES: hike, hike, hike and hike
OCCUPATION: Student currently, but hopefully a doctor one day!
WORDS TO LIVE BY: “If you have the power to make someone happy- do it, the world needs more of that ”
Height: Just right
YOUR B BODY: Working out for the last glass of vino in the bottle. Our studio is the best audience for my audacious sense of humour. Let’s face it, barre is a little dirty. I keep coming back though, the internal satisfaction of knowing I worked hard, challenged myself, and had enough influence on our clients, their day, their mood, to have them smile or focus so hard on an excercise and watch them flourish and strengthen.
DANCE EXPERIENCE: Since in utero! I’ve always moved to the music, or danced to the beat of my own drum. Ballet since I was a wee sprite of 5 years. Modern contemporary since I was a teenager.
FAVORITE CHILDHOOD FASHION FAD: Welly boots! Or as the Canadians call them rubber boots. I had one in almost every colour as a child! I’d wear them with shorts, dresses, skirts. Basically with anything, including fancy dress. I currently own 3 pairs!
CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT: Adventure, travel plans, lists (lists for everything—post-its for barre). Chocolate.. well I could but you might not want to talk to me as I can turn into the grinch
FAVORITE FOOD/DRINK: Sauvignon blanc— New Zealand my fav! Bubbly!! The real kind. Truffle fries ( but only after I’ve done a double barre class). Chocolate isn’t a favourite, it’s actually necessity
CURRENT HOBBIES: Barre, dance, outdoors in any capacity, reading.
WORDS TO LIVE BY: “If you are comfortable, you are not challenging yourself. If you are not challenging yourself you aren’t growing. Take a chance, take a leap. You won’t know until you try. Sometimes you need to walk away to gain perspective. That’s OK. You can, you should and if you’re brave enough you will. Stand up for what you believe is right. Follow your gut. Listen to that quiet little voice before she starts screaming I told you so! ”
YOUR B BODY: Barre is my therapy, so I worry less about the outside and more about how I feel on the inside. It makes me happy and it makes me mentally stronger.
DANCE EXPERIENCE: None! Seriously, my moves would make you cringe (and then laugh).
FAVORITE CHILDHOOD FASHION FAD: Mismatched neon socks and overalls.
CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT: Floss.
FAVORITE FOOD/DRINK: Coffee and pastries.
CURRENT HOBBIES: Is work a hobby? With work, a family and barre, there is not much time for anything else. But some day maybe hobbies will return to my life.
OCCUPATION: Freelance Graphic Designer
WORDS TO LIVE BY: “If you can’t love yourself how in the hell are you going to love somebody else” Ru Paul
YOUR B BODY: I love naps, but I stay woke.
DANCE EXPERIENCE: 20+ years experience (ballet, tap, +++)
FAVORITE CHILDHOOD FASHION FAD: Neon-coloured summer dresses!
CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT: A good book.
FAVORITE FOOD/DRINK: Tea by day, scotch by night.
CURRENT HOBBIES: Reading, sampling new restaurants, golf, travel.
OCCUPATION: Registered Dietitian
WORDS TO LIVE BY: “Grace will take you places hustling can’t."
YOUR B BODY: I love the body I have because it's something that I've consciously made. Through running, lifting, spinning, and barre I've made a vessel that I'm completing comfortable in and respect daily. I also love my barre body because it lets me do things BETTER. I'm an avid hiker. Since going to barre I've noticed that the increased strength I have in in my accessory muscles allows me to climb without fatiguing as quickly. I've also noticed improved recovery.
DANCE EXPERIENCE: I danced for 13 years at Devon School of Dance. Tap was my favorite but I did ballet, jazz and contemporary as well. Shoutout to Studio B client Kim Ehlers who owns Devon School of Dance. So fun running into her at barre after 5+ years apart.
FAVORITE CHILDHOOD FASHION FAD: I wasn't big into fashion but I had like three lulu lemon scuba hoodies that I would zip all the way up to my chin and thought I looked hella fresh in.
CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT: My eyebrows
FAVORITE FOOD/DRINK: Lentil bolognese, pasta, homemade bread, IPAs, vegan lasagna. It goes on.
CURRENT HOBBIES: Knitting, craft beer, reading, kayaking, hiking
WORDS TO LIVE BY: “Your softness is not your weakness. Your kindness is your strength.” R.h. Sin
YOUR B BODY: I love how barre has made my body feel strong, capable, and confident. It is up for any challenge that life throws my way. I have also gained mental stamina to push through the barre burn/shakes which is such a rewarding feeling.
DANCE EXPERIENCE: I danced for many years when I was younger growing up in Fort McMurray - all styles (tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, etc). I also instructed tap and jazz classes for younger children before I came to Edmonton for university.
FAVORITE CHILDHOOD FASHION FAD: I was a big fan of platform shoes and excessive amounts of sparkly white eye shadow. In hindsight this was not such a good look
CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT: pizza and wine!
FAVORITE FOOD/DRINK: as above. And I also love sour candies.
CURRENT HOBBIES: Hiking, running, snowshoeing, traveling, and spending time at the barre studio with the lovely staff and clients.
OCCUPATION: Hospital Pharmacist
YOUR B BODY: I work out to move, get out of my head and stay in touch with my creative side.
DANCE EXPERIENCE: I trained and danced for 18 years with the Edmonton School of Ballet in ballet, jazz, modern, tap and hip hop. I also danced during university with MOD Contemporary Dance Movement.
FAVORITE CHILDHOOD FASHION FAD: Funky headbands and hair accessories!
CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT: Ice cream ;)
FAVORITE FOOD/DRINK: Pizza
CURRENT HOBBIES: Reading, running, boxing, dance
OCCUPATION: Pharmacy Student
WORDS TO LIVE BY: “Breathe. Be present. Be grateful.”
YOUR B BODY: My barre body has helped me overcome injuries allowing me to be a functional being again. It also lets me keep an excellent amount of pasta and beer in my life!
DANCE EXPERIENCE: 20+ years as a tap dancer, dabbling in jazz for many years as well.
FAVORITE CHILDHOOD FASHION FAD: The forever coordinating outfits my sister and I had - track suits, dresses, jackets.
CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT: My beats! Music fuels my soul.
FAVORITE FOOD/DRINK: Dumplings... coffee... breakfast foods... basically if you ever ask me if I'm hungry, the answer is 'always'.
CURRENT HOBBIES: Golfing, checking out the local food scene, listening to podcasts, baking, boxing, and the occasional netflix binge.
OCCUPATION: Health Promotion Facilitator
WORDS TO LIVE BY: “How you choose to show up magnetizes what shows up for you.”
YOUR B BODY: My barre/bounce body is a powerhouse, it literally carries me through each & every day - from work, to workouts, to running errands and meeting up with friends. I workout so that I can keep my body healthy & happy. Not only does working out give me the strength to participate in numerous activities (like obstacle course runs, which I love!!), but it also gives me the strength to power through day to day activities (like groceries and HAVING to take them all inside in one trip). Working out also not only nourishes my physical body, but also my mind - every workout is like a mental reset, giving me more clarity and energy to take on the rest of the day. Oh.. and I like nachos... and ice cream, like A LOT, so I also work out because of that.
DANCE EXPERIENCE: Does dancing on ice count!? I was a figure skater for 15 years, doing both singles skating & synchronized skating.
FAVORITE CHILDHOOD FASHION FAD: Buffalo (platform) shoes, carefully paired with a skirt overtop of pants & topped off with some butterfly clips (thank you Spice Girls)
CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT: My music
FAVORITE FOOD/DRINK: NACHOS!!!!!
CURRENT HOBBIES: Making wedding invitations, and Sudoku puzzles
OCCUPATION: Office Administrator at our family owned company
WORDS TO LIVE BY: “What we know matters, but who we are matters more.” Brené Brown
YOUR B BODY: I workout to remind myself of how capable my body is, how grateful I am to be able to move and to get as sweaty as possible!
DANCE EXPERIENCE: Zero (ish)! I did one jazz and ballet class when I was 7. After my short stint in dance I decided to pursue soccer and ended up playing competitively through university – Go Griffs go!
FAVORITE CHILDHOOD FASHION FAD: I was a bit of a tomboy growing up and was all about the tear away pants, pony's and adidas high tops.
CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT: My paper agenda, deodorant & coffee.
FAVORITE FOOD/DRINK: Miss Vickie's chips, guacamole, pasta and tater tots!
CURRENT HOBBIES: Running, listening to podcasts, paddle boarding out at the lake, traveling with the hubs and drinking wine (that's a hobby, right?)!
OCCUPATION: Marketing Consultant
WORDS TO LIVE BY: “Starve the ego, feed the soul.”
YOUR B BODY: Balanced. I love to work out, but also have a raging sweet tooth!
DANCE EXPERIENCE: Started ballet when I was 2.5 years old. Trained in ukrainian, modern & jazz, but mostly classical ballet.
FAVORITE CHILDHOOD FASHION FAD: Neon printed track jackets
CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT: Coffee! ...or really anything caffeinated!
FAVORITE FOOD/DRINK: Chocolate.
CURRENT HOBBIES: Being at the studio- taking or teaching class.
OCCUPATION: Registered Nurse
WORDS TO LIVE BY: “Toss your hair in a bun, drink some coffee, put on some gangsta rap, and handle it”
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!
YOUR B BODY: I bounce and barre so I eat whatever my heart desires, to beat olympians at their own sports and to keep my asthma in control!
DANCE EXPERIENCE: 19 years of on going dance training in ballet, jazz, contemporary and others! Trained in Russia to obtain my Russia ballet certification and I have my teaching certification for ISTD ballet as well!
FAVORITE CHILDHOOD FASHION FAD: Socks in sandals or double buns
CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT: Kinder chocolate and my puppy Earl
FAVORITE FOOD/DRINK: Grilled cheese, KD and 1/2 sweet non-fat caramel macchiatos
CURRENT HOBBIES: Instagramming, water colour painting, trying new food and restaurants and traveling!
OCCUPATION: Student, Barre and SOAR instructor and dance teacher
WORDS TO LIVE BY: “Nevertheless she Persisted!”
YOUR B BODY: Works out each day so I can keep up with my kids during the day and eat junk food and drink wine at night.
DANCE EXPERIENCE: No dance experience, but was a national level competitive synchronized swimmer
FAVORITE CHILDHOOD FASHION FAD: Hyper colour t-shirts and Jordache shoes
CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT: My three kids
FAVORITE FOOD/DRINK: Red wine and Cadbury mini eggs.
CURRENT HOBBIES: Curling up with a good book and a cup of tea (although finding a quiet moment to do this is the hardest part)
WORDS TO LIVE BY: “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations”
YOUR B BODY: I workout to keep myself happy and stress free. Also the amount of dessert I eat needs to somehow be offset.
DANCE EXPERIENCE: 0
FAVORITE CHILDHOOD FASHION FAD: Scrunchies, still rocking them.
CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT: A water bottle, I bring a water bottle with me almost everywhere I go.
FAVORITE FOOD/DRINK: Mexican, I could live off of tacos and margarita's. I also love the Egg Yolk Raviolo from Bar Bricco
CURRENT HOBBIES: Running, cooking and baking, hiking (summer), travelling and barre!
OCCUPATION: Media Manager - I plan and buy advertising campaigns for various clients.
WORDS TO LIVE BY: “Where you invest your love, you invest your life”
Height: 5 foot 2 eyes a’ blue (I’m actually 5’3” but 5’2” sounds cuter)
YOUR B BODY: Will barre/bounce/run/swim/climb Everest for WINE!!!
DANCE EXPERIENCE: Almost none at all. I took ballet, tap, jazz when I was 6 until I was 9.
FAVORITE CHILDHOOD FASHION FAD: Matching sets! Complete with scrunchie!
CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT: Music!
FAVORITE FOOD/DRINK: Pizza (duh) and ice cold Strongbow on a nice hot day preferably at the lake!
CURRENT HOBBIES: Spin (one day I’ll find that beat), hiking, gardening.
OCCUPATION: Trust Examiner for the CRA
WORDS TO LIVE BY: “"Fake it ‘til you become it” Amy Cuddy
YOUR B BODY: I work out to clear my mind and challenge my body.
DANCE EXPERIENCE: I took ballet and jazz classes up until I was 15.
FAVORITE CHILDHOOD FASHION FAD: Leggings, over sized hoodies, and scrunchies! (not much has changed!)
CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT: My family and coffee (in no particular order...)
FAVORITE FOOD/DRINK: Charcuterie boards
CURRENT HOBBIES: Skiing, reading, dog park-ing
OCCUPATION: Supply Chain Coordinator
WORDS TO LIVE BY: “Humankind. Be both.”