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 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: 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: 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
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 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: 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”
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: 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 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”
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
B Strong is just as the name says, with the incorporation of weights in warm up and heavy weights in arms it will get that back of the body working right away. Building on the foundations of B Barre 60, B Strong turns up the resistance adding heavier weights, resistance bands and more focus on building long lean muscles. Targets the arms,abs and a**. Let's hustle for that muscle.