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Barre Press


This class is taught by:

Elissa Jamieson

Height: 5'6"

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

Megan Clark

Height: 5'5"

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 ”

Katharine Hampson

Name: Katharine Hampson

Hometown: Medicine Hat, AB
 
Why do you barre so hard?
I have been dancing since I was 4 years old and barre takes me back to my ballet days in the studio. I love that barre is a challenging work out with fast results. The barrestars and the high energy in the classes make barre so much fun! It is also pretty cool to wear a mic and pretend to be Britney Spears for an hour ;)

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what would you bring with you?
That’s easy. I’d bring a fully staffed Starbucks.

Charlotte Martin

Height: 5'8"

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 ”

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

Height: 5’3”

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

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!

Christy Wells

Height: 5'1-1/4"

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)

OCCUPATION: Photographer

WORDS TO LIVE BY: “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations”

Carla McNeil

Height: 5'4"-ish

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”

Hannah Kulmatycki

Height: 5’2”

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!”

Marie Zydek

Height: 5’7”

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!”

Jaime Turnbull

Height: 167cm

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