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: 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: 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 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.”
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 the satisfying feeling I get when I push my body as far as it will go. When I push myself to the breaking point, bringing on the shakes, I feel stronger than I did yesterday!
DANCE EXPERIENCE: I danced for sixteen years. I have also participated in cheerleading and gymnastics.
FAVORITE CHILDHOOD FASHION FAD: Anything Disney! When I was a kid I was obsessed with Peter Pan and even attempted to fly! Thank goodness I was not hurt too bad, but I quickly learned my lesson.
CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT: I can’t live without my friends and family definitely. They are everything to me!
FAVORITE FOOD/DRINK: Lasagna for the win!
CURRENT HOBBIES: Volleyball, dancing, and music.
OCCUPATION: A little bit of everything: youth worker for homeless kids, lifeguard, and professional drill sergeant on the trampoline.
WORDS TO LIVE BY: “I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.”- Eleanor Roosevelt
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: 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!”
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: Barre has made me feel stronger, look more toned, and improved my posture. It’s also a good excuse to justify the amount of carbs that I eat in a day.
DANCE EXPERIENCE: I was actually never a dancer, so I learned a lot about the different positions and dance terms from years of taking barre classes!
FAVORITE CHILDHOOD FASHION FAD: I love scrunchies!! I’ll still try to rock one once in a while.
CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT: Music - I am always listening to different kinds of music, and usually singing along.
FAVORITE FOOD/DRINK: I love Vietnamese food, like a vermicelli bowl or a stir fry with crispy noodles. I also love pizza.
CURRENT HOBBIES: Barre is definitely my main hobby, but now that school is finishing up I am getting more time to return to reading and playing piano or saxophone. I am also always looking for fun ways to stay active – right now I’m taking tennis lessons!
OCCUPATION: I’m currently finishing up my MSc in Occupational Therapy and am looking forward to starting my career as an OT in 2019!
WORDS TO LIVE BY: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” Maya Angelou
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”
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! ”
The original 60 minute class which incorporates full body, isometrics and mobility exercises into one jam packed, leg shaking, core blasting, muscle lengthening workout! The signature barre class of Studio B and the foundation for all other barre class variations.