OUR PEOPLE ARE YOUR PEOPLE
Kelowna's Best Barre People
You deserve the very best. Plain and simple. So our people are just that. Each one is trained in all aspects of barre fundamentals and body mechanics to ensure safe, fun and effective workouts for all fitness levels and ages.
Let us introduce you to our BARREROOM family!
Kelowna born, party planning, espresso connoisseur. As Founder and program director at BARREROOM, this girl knows there is a fire within us all and she is fuelled by the desire to help you tap into that. After completing her barre certification in Long Beach, California she knew that her hometown of Kelowna was the perfect place to build a barre community, where every person that walks into Barreroom feels like they are a part of something with a purpose.
Why BARREROOM? "Barreroom is more than just a place to get a workout. It is about finding a connection with your inner self and with the community that call Barreroom a second home. It is a space where you will feel challenged, motivated, inspired and above all else supported. Barreroom is a place to become the person you already are"
What/who motivates you? "Definitely my daughter. I grew up with the most amazingly supportive mother and I want my daughter to look up to me the same way I did my mom. There is no greater motivator in life then a little person that looks up to you...she makes be push to be a stronger and more compassionate person every day."
What is one indulgence you can't live without? "Hands down, Momos sushi with ridiculous amounts of spicy sauce. I've begged the owner, Joseph, for years for the recipe but his lips are sealed. If you have not yet experienced the gloriousness of Momos sushi with their secret spicy sauce go see Joseph and tell him I sent you. You wont regret it!
This kindhearted, cupcake obsessed, busy bee, can be found around the studio both teaching and helping run the day-to-day as our Assistant Studio Manager. Her passion for dance and fitness, and love of connecting with people, will most certainly have you leaving her class feeling warm and fuzzy…and a little shaky in all the right places;)
What do you love about barre? I love that barre is a low impact, full body workout that hits every muscle you didn’t even know you had! I love the feeling of successfully powering through an entire sequence without taking a break and walking out of the studio knowing that I did something amazing for my body.
Favourite barre move and why? Reverse chair… not even a question! It is one of those sequences that gives you the most bang for your buck! It challenges core strength, legs, arms… and you get to look into the center of the room and see everyone’s beautiful, smiling faces! What more could you ask for!?
What is your favorite music/artist to do barre to? I am definitely a sucker for boy bands… please don’t hold that against me…
Her friends know her as Natty, the bubbly, kind hearted and sassy French and Spanish teacher. You will probably get to know her as the plie releve loving barre babe that might just have you singing (and shaking) your way through class. You can thank her strong ballet/dance background for keeping you on your toes!
Why BARREROOM? "Barreroom has an amazing atmosphere and energy about it. I've never worked with a more welcoming and cool group of girls!"
What/who motivates you? "Honestly, myself. I'm always pushing to be a little bit stronger than I was yesterday".
What is one indulgence you cant live without? "Chips! Gotta' have my chips! Old Dutch Jalapeno and Cheddar Kettle Cooked to be precise. But to be fair, I've never met a bag of chips I didn't like!"
Come hit the barre with Natalia...she may or may not share her chips;)
Best of Kelowna Gold Winner for Personal Coach & Silver winner for Fitness Trainer. She is also the single mom of a busy 4 year old. Her goal is to empower, encourage and motivate women through fun, challenging & upbeat workouts. Her classes are as contagious as her smile and will have you coming back for more!
Why BARREROOM? "I fell in love with the BARREROOM concept immediately. The vision of 'Four Walls, One Purpose' is one that I believe in; that plus awesome owners, a beautiful space and killer beats."
What 3 words would your best friend use to describe you? "Compassionate, nonjudgmental and inspiring."
What is one thing you do everyday...other than obvious eat & sleep;) ? "My son brings out my goofy side, we have a dance party in our home every morning before he goes to daycare. Its the best five minutes of my day!"
When she isn't at the barre, this prairie raised, avid baker can be found shooting weddings around town in her other job as a professional wedding photographer. Her background in group fitness, dance and barre make her classes challenging yet fun...they may seem to fly by, but you will always leave feeling that burn!
What is your favourite barre move and why? "Pulsing in first position releve. There is nothing better than that booty burn"
What/who motivates you? I am motivated by the satisfaction that comes with overcoming a challenge and pushing myself beyond fear.I am motivated by energetic and positive people who support and encourage eachother."
Where is your dream vacation? "A rainy weekend away at a remote cabin in the woods with no cell service."
This adventure seeking, musically inspired microbiology student is always up for a killer chair sequence (sorry, not sorry?)! And if there's one thing she loves more than strawberry Häagen-Dazs and movie nights, it's barre! Did we mention she also happens to be the Cardio Burn queen? She will have you sweating and smiling all the way through class!
What do you love about barre? I love how no matter how many times you go, there is always still a challenge and so many ways to keep improving. It's amazing how only moving an inch truly gives the most satisfying burn. As they say ‘Micro movements, Major results.’
What 3 words would your best friend use to describe you? Bubbly, energetic, and outgoing
What is your favorite music/artist to do barre to? Well, I love any song that has a solid beat and gets everyone pumped up. But honestly, when a good throwback comes on like some Justin Timberlake or Fergie I really find my inner fire!
Where is your dream vacation? My dream vacation would be to go to Greece! It is so beautiful there, and looks like there is just so much to see!
Having recently relocated from Vancouver, this professionally trained ballet dancer loves to chill out with a bag of Old Dutch potato chips and plan her next killer hamstring sequence. If you love fun beats and a bit of sass, Taylor's your girl!
Why BARREROOM? When you walk in the door at BARREROOM it’s like a breath of fresh air. The studio is gorgeous, all the people I work with are so fun and inspiring and the energy you feel from the people, the space and the music just makes you want to pulse!
What do you love about barre? I love the connection it has to dance and that we are working towards building long & lean muscles every class. I love how it never gets easier! There’s always a modification you can add to challenge yourself further. We can sometimes forget the importance of stretching after every workout, I love that in every class we dedicate time to stretch out all the muscles we’ve just worked.
What/who motivates you? When I see BARREROOM clients get stronger! It’s so motivating for me to see someone lift their weights a little higher, hold their plank a little longer or get a little lower in their lunge!!
Best adventure you have been on? The best adventure I’ve been on was when my fiancé and I left Vancouver to move to Kelowna. We were starting new jobs, knew very few people and it ended up being the best decision we could have made at that point in our lives!!
We know her as Meg, the funny and smart (medical biochem undergrad) puppy mom to Ivy Blue, her Great Dane. When this trained dancer isn’t daydreaming about vacationing in Greece or catching up on episodes of The Office, she’s bringing the burn at the barre! Every class is a party with this one!!
What do you love about barre? That it never gets easier! There is always modifications and different moves to keep challenging and pushing yourself further, no matter how often you are doing it!
What/who motivates you? 100% my big sister, Paige! She is the person who motivated me to come to BARREROOM in the first place and she is the ultimate role model for everything I do. I could not be more thankful to have a big sister as determined and talented as her.
Favourite barre move and why? Oh my, this is a hard one! Honestly, I am going to choose glute bridges because it is the most peaceful exercise ever. What is better than burning your booty while lying on the mat and hanging out for a song or two?!? (The answer is nothing) I love being able to catch my breath and pulse it out with the class.
This chocolate loving, fitness inspired, human kinetics grad, can’t go a day without a good workout or outdoor adventure (barre on top of Know Mountain anyone?!) Her background as a personal trainer and ever encouraging attitude, will have every little muscle in your body challenged to the max and have you felling stronger and more confident every class.
What do you love about barre? The class will always challenge you. I’ve never done a class that’s been easy. Each class allows you to challenge yourself every time.
What/who motivates you? As an instructor, seeing others gain confidence in moving their bodies is what motivates me. I like to encourage people to try things out of their comfort zone. Stepping outside of our bubbles is how we grow and learn. I love to see people become more and more confident as they come to each class and leave with a smile.
Favorite barre move and why? Fold over! I found this really challenging at first and found my upper back and low back would both get really tight. Then I realized that was just because it was an area where I had to improve my muscle strength and endurance. After lots of classes, my fold over has improved greatly and it’s a great glute workout too!
When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried? I don’t know but it was probably yesterday. I always cry when I laugh!
Also known as Coop; this Toronto born, well travelled, competitive dancer will never say no to sunshine, sweets or wine (put them together and she is in heaven)! Don’t be surprised if she breaks out a few throwback tunes in her class…Spice Girls anyone? There are no bad days for this peppy and positive barre babe!
Why BARREROOM? You can’t beat a fun workout, to great music, surrounded by like-minded individuals. The studio space is both stunning and filled with such positive energy. BARREROOM is an inspiring environment where you push yourself to be the best version of you!
What/who motivates you? I am motivated and love being around people with an optimistic and “can-do” attitude. Positivity and happiness are contagious!
Favorite barre move and why? Russian twists. I ADORE CORE!
Best adventure you have been on? I was lucky enough to spend a few years traveling and sailing the seven seas while teaching and working on cruise ships! I was privileged to teach dance classes to passengers and travel to over 30 countries at the same time…it was the adventure of a lifetime!
Having recently moved from Edmonton, this self-proclaimed nerdy, Anthropology grad (Zooarcheology anyone?) believes life is better with a lot of cheese and even more barre! With her passion for dance and good R&B/house beats, this babe will have you sweating and smiling to the very last beat. Grab the gliders!
Why BARREROOM? While living in Edmonton, I was doing barre 6 times a week at a couple local studios. When I moved to Kelowna, I wanted to continue practicing barre. As soon as I walked into Barreroom, I felt more welcome to any studio I had ever been to. The workouts were challenging, the girls made an effort to remember my name and I was always greeted with a smile. Barreroom is now my second home.
What do you love about barre? Not only is barre an incredible workout where you can see and feel the results physically, but I can also see results on a mental level. The mind muscle connection has taught me that my body is stronger than I think and I can push myself to levels I didn’t know I could.
When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried? Probably this morning at something my sister said. We are always falling over laughing at our goofiness.
Where is your dream vacation? The coast of France. Wine and sunshine is all I need.
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