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: 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: 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
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: 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: 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 ”
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