"Savour every moment and enjoy every step of your life's journey."
A: My Why is my amazing husband, supportive family and inspiring friends. Salsa dancing and high adrenaline activities like mountain biking set my soul on fire.
A: Figure skating, snowboarding, mountain biking, running and yoga.
A: Registered Perioperative Nurse.
"I love getting to be part of a Team where everyone has so much passion."
A: Love is my big why - not just the butterflies in my stomach or the easy happy love - but the love that gives more than it takes, the simple and seemingly unnoticed love, the extravagant life changing selfless love, and the love that chooses to make the world a little bit more like heaven.
A: I started coming to barre when I was recovering from a major knee injury, and being able to build my strength and recover physically at the same time as be surrounded by such positivity, community, motivation, and encouragement had me fall in love with barre pretty much instantly.
A: To be more in the moment - to take it all in!
"I love the feeling of helping others."
A: The power of the movement and the effectiveness of the exercise. For years prior, I worked out with different methods and exercises, and none have transformed my body, or been as effective as barre.
A: Sweaty, intense, loud, fun, purposeful.
A: I wish so much that I could have realized how much people are just truly worried and consumed with themselves. I worried so much (and sometimes still do) what others think of me. Fear of other's judgements has stopped me from doing so many things that I wish I could have just pushed through. As I have gotten older, I have realized that everyone has their own story and 'stuff'; and we are just all in the same boat often consumed with insecurity and fear. I have felt so much better working at letting go what others think and pursuing what has felt good and right for me.
"Don't be afraid to push past the limits of your comfort zone - this is how you learn and grow."
A: I am constantly trying to challenge myself in new ways - always learning, always growing. Seeking that challenge gets me out of bed in the morning and is what I bring to my classes. I am always trying to push myself to that next level - you with me? ;)
A: Everything. Being a part of this community is so special - no matter what kind of day I am having I always leave the studio feeling better than when I walked through the doors. Sometimes we are the ones motivating and other times we are there to receive that push, that's the beauty of it. It's simple - we RISE together! <3
A: Perfectionist. Ambitious. Confident.
"Stop worrying about what other people think. Just be you."
A: Everything! The energy, movement, music, and the sweat. But MOST of all, the people.
A: I love running with my dog and dancing in the kitchen with my 4 kids.
A: I always say at the end of my classes, "Thank you for filling my bucket". The tribe, the community and the space provide my heart with so much goodness that I am literally overflowing after each class. I couldn't be more grateful to be a part of the BBS tribe.
"NOTHING beats determination!"
A: I have two! I coach figure skating and work for Athletics Alberta, sports and fitness are my life.
A: Everything! The energy, movement, music, and the sweat. But MOST of all, the people.
A: Having challenges to wholeheartedly rise to, big or small, being able to prove to myself what I'm made of when I struggle and helping others do the same.
"We all have the power to put a smile on someone's face."
A: Sweet & Sassy.
A: Leaving class feeling refreshed and more energized than when I came in, both physically and mentally. And the BEST music that just makes you want to have a dance party all day!
A: I love love love to hike, climb, ski, skate, anything that involves getting outdoors and into the mountains.
"Life is too short to worry about things you cannot change. Let it go, and focus on the things you can change. Remember that it's all a part of the journey and the lesson."
A: BANGIN!!! Also, Motivating, Challenging, Technical & Personal.
A: I'm mostly a stay-at-home mom to my two amazing kids. I also work for Newad Media part-time. In my LBK (life before kids), I was a Psychological Assistant where I administered psychological testing on clients.
A: My why is my family. The opportunity to grow, build strength and share my love of movement with every client I see at the studio and every member of the BBS community that I interact with, is another small part of what drives me to do what I do. When I sweat, push myself a little harder, and share my enthusiasm and excitement for barre and the process of doing something for yourself, to better yourself; I become a better person in all areas of my life. To strive to be the best mother, wife, daughter and friend that I can be is my main focus, and the reason I get out of bed every morning.
"I fell in love with barre because of the way I feel in the room. I love working through the movements set to awesome music."
"Stop worrying about the past and future; enjoy the NOW."
A: I am a Registered Respiratory Therapist and the Director of Training at BBS.
A: To be the best version of myself that I can be in order to share that with my family and friends.
A: Energizing. Challenging. Motivating. Precise. Results.
""Another woman's beauty is not the absence of your own."
A: When I am deep into a barre movement, my mind completely clears of all anxiety and worry, my body and spirit strengthen.
A: Your body is beautiful, only you need to know this and truly believe it. <3
A: I sew and design clothes for my own Slow Fashion Label.
"Nothing is never ending so just live in the moment."
A: I spend most of my time creating theatre and podcasting, but every so often on every Monday-Friday I coordinate courses for the future doctors of Canada.
A: You guys, I just want to do plays and stand on my tiptoes. <3
A: Being absolutely terrible and shaky during my first class and subsequently being absolutely determined to master these classes. (Spoiler alert: it's an impossible goal, but Im'ma keep trying).
"Stop worrying what others think of you because they're probably not thinking about you."
A: I should probably say my family and friends, right?! (Hi mom) ... I love connecting with others, be it a coworker, friend or the barista at Starbucks. I love finding things, big or small, to relate to others.
A: It means the world! This tribe changed my life. I felt a part of something bigger from the moment I walked in as a client. This community is so inspiring, welcoming & inclusive. <3
A: I'm an avid golfer, mean lawn bowler & mediocre softball player.
"You can either be comfortable and stagnate or stretch yourself - become uncomfortable - and grow."
A: Being motivated by likeminded, energetic and influential individuals!
A: Inspiration is all around us waiting to be discovered, all you have to do is get out of bed to start your journey everyday!
A: Adventurous. Creative. Colourful.
"There is so much to look forward to! So many people to embrace and experiences to have."
A: I have so much to give! I think about those who have watered me with so much love, the fanners of flames, I want to be one of those people for someone else.
A: The tribe gives my life resiliency, the diversity of the collective of the tribe sets my heart on fire and makes me want to be a better me.
A: Grateful, Motivated, Open.
"You are capable, talented and intelligent. Do not be afraid."
A: Dance Teacher/Day Dreamer. I'm also a trained hot yoga instructor and you'll occasionally find me at lululemon.
A: Dance teacher chic, unexpected tunes.
A: I moved to Calgary on a whim, knew essentially no one and had no connections. This place opened its arms, created community, incredible friendships and swerved my life onto a new path. The beautiful people who share movement here each week inspire me to push myself to be more.
"Take your make-up off before bed."
A: Full time student at the U of C.
A: It's amazing to be a part of a group composed of such strong individuals (both mentally and physically), the energy that the group provides is contagious and uplifting! <3
A: Hiking & Skiing.
"Be patient. Things will happen."
A: It was my outlet to release the everyday stresses of my life, I truly love the low impact, high intensity workout.
A: Fun, energetic, intense, motivating & challenging.
A: My first love ~ Volleyball, spinning, chasing my kids.
"Don't waste your time comparing yourself to others; it only sets you back."
A: Pilates and dance cardio (I still secretly do Jane Fonda workouts)!
A: To see women set free from any unhealthy relationships they may have towards food and their body, and help them walk in full health - physically, emotionally and spiritually.
A: I have always had the desire to help women love the skin they're in, and care for their body through movement. Being a part of the BBS Tribe allows me to show people that fitness can, and should be, fun. Being a part of the BBS Tribe is like being a part of a family for me, where I get to go hang out with a room full of my best friends every time I teach or take class.
"But did you die?"
A: The movement, the music, the results and the amazing women behind it!
A: It will always work out. If you work hard and do the right thing, it will work out. <3
A: Connection. Passion for living my best life!
"Point your compass, trust the process, and try not to overthink the journey."
A: Connecting with others through movement and music.
A: Full body, mind strengthening, soul cleansing sweat session.
A: Connection. Connecting with like-minded, strong individuals, is so empowering. Being part of the BBS Tribe fills me up from the inside out.
"Legit no bad days."
A: Running, swimming and all the workouts at home with my little ones seeing who can do more jumping jacks.
A: 35 years old isn't old. Every year gets better. <3
A: Mommy, wife, friend, sister, daughter, housecleaner, chauffeur, errand runner, launderer, and BBS front desker.
"Everything will be okay!"
A: Zookeeper by day; Barre and Dance teacher by night - what could be better!?!?
A: Being the best version of myself and putting 100% into everything I do.
A: Everything. Constant support and acceptance. Heart swelling always!
"Be present. Worry less about the "what ifs" and "maybes". Enjoy the now and the certain."
A: EARLY - I mostly teach at 6am BUT, my classes are empowering, energetic and FUN!
A: I am a consultant for a firm where we advise Boards on executive compensation and related governance matters.
A: I am constantly striving to be the best version of myself for those I love. I have realized in order to be the best sister/daughter/friend i can be, I need to be fulfilled which includes working hard, staying active, being social, and traveling often.
"Live outside your comfort zone and travel!"
A: Sunny days, Ice Cream (Village Vanilla Bean - yaaaaaas!), and endless opportunities.
A: Being part of the BBS Tribe means having an extended family that loves, supports, encourages, and inspires me.
A: Yoga & Napping.
"Listen to Mom; she knows best. But…sometimes, Grandma knows better."
A: I teach voice, but that is actually a night job. ;)
A: Music, love, passion, human connection. Knowing that every day I can make a difference, and make someone smile. <3
A: My body loves it. I have a dance background so it feels like coming home but also strengthens me in a way that suits my body now.
"It's not about how you look, it's about how you feel."
A: Bad-ass #momboss and BBS Studio Manager.
A: I felt strong, empowered, connected with myself after class. I feel in love many, many years ago and my love of barre grows with every class.
A: Enjoy your body, be proud of your body, respect your body and damn it, wear sunscreen!
"Barre is my second home!"
A: Nerdy. Passionate. Messy.
A: I've grown so much in the 5 years I've been with BBS and the community has always supported and been there for me and has been a source of constant support through all changes.
A: The instructors! They're the most inspiring group of women that encourage positivity that goes so much beyond physical fitness!
A: Ashtanga yoga, swimming, spin, basketball, hiking.
A: The BBS tribe has always been welcoming, positive and authentic, and that in turn encourages me to bring the same uplifting vibrations to every aspect of my life.
A: My WHY is redefining what I can and can't do. Gritting my teeth and surprising myself with that one extra set completed at the end of a hard series. Realizing that I am much more capable than I think I am. Pushing my own limits. Seeing other people experience the same effect through barre, then having the trickle effect throughout their own lives; nothing better.