After relocating from New York City for a job promotion, one of the first goals for Alexis was to find a work-out method in Chicago that would be efficient, effective, and fun. After discovering Barre Bee Fit, she was thrilled not only with the challenging classes, After relocating from New York City for a job promotion, one of the first goals for Alexis was to find a work-out method in Chicago that would be efficient, effective, and fun. After discovering Barre Bee Fit, she was thrilled not only with the challenging classes, but the energy of the studio. Everyday Lex is grateful to have a body that works; and she hopes that during your work-outs you can truly enjoy that brief time you make for yourself in your busy day, and push your mind and body to the max.but the energy of the studio. Everyday Lex is grateful to have a body that works; and she hopes that during your work-outs you can truly enjoy that brief time you make for yourself in your busy day, and push your mind and body to the max.
Likes: big sunglasses, monograms, Après-ski
Ali Haynes’ love for the barre and exercise started at 3 years old when her parents enrolled her in her very first ballet class, and she never left. She auditioned for the company team at her studio and began traveling around the country at the young age of 6. Ali continued her dance career throughout high school and college, participating in all genres of dance: ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, modern, and musical theatre. She moved to Chicago in 2009 to finish her undergraduate degree, earning a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Movement Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2011, Ali discovered Barre Bee Fit at just the right time, when drop-in dance classes and the typical gym were just not doing it for her anymore. She became addicted to ‘living by the barre code” and attending the high intensity, ever-changing, workout classes. Barre Bee Fit brought the best of both worlds together for Ali: dance and exercise. As part of the BBF team, Ali is committed to her clients and pushes them to attain their fitness goals. Ali also works as an Exercise Physiologist at the University of Chicago Medicine in the Nuclear Cardiology Stress Lab. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cheering on Detroit sports teams, and reading.
Allison has participated in sports from cross-country and swimming to fencing and rowing. She loves spending time outdoors gardening and hiking with her two dogs. Allison graduated from Indiana University with degrees in English and Kinesiology. While in Bloomington, Allison was a personal trainer, deep water exercise and boot camp instructor. She is certified as an ACE Group Exercise Instructor and plans to pursue her yoga certification as well. Allison loves to meet new people and looks forward to shaking and burning with the Bees of Indianapolis.
Likes: traveling, reading, hiking
Amanda Giovanni started dancing at the age of 3 and continued through college. Dancing and having an active lifestyle was a driving passion in Amanda’s life. After graduating college she became a preschool teacher. Being removed from dance, Amanda started missing that active lifestyle dance gave her. After being introduced to Barre Bee Fit, Amanda joined the team as a CR. Amanda quickly became addicted to taking classes. The positive vibe and motivating clients made her want to become an instructor. BBF has reintroduced Amanda to the healthy and active lifestyle she had when dancing.
Likes: yellow; cooking; dark chocolate
Angela Biscardi discovered Barre Bee Fit in 2010 and progressed from being a client to a client relations team member before becoming an instructor. Angela has always had a passion for fitness, having completing four half marathons, 1 full marathon and one triathlon. Her enthusiasm for races has taught her about dedication and working towards a goal. After finishing her triathlon, Angela was looking for a different type of workout and found Barre Bee Fit. Barre Bee Fit is now her go-to work out and she feels has given her better results than anything she has done in the past. Angela is passionate about helping other women feel great about themselves and feels that Barre Bee Fit is the perfect place to help women reach their goals. When Angela is not in the studio, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, trying new restaurants and cheering on the Packers!
Likes: cupcakes, country music, nail polish
Augusta Baron came across Barre Bee Fit while looking for barre classes like what she had taken during her time in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan. Augusta’s fitness obsession started with her love of dance and grew as she looked for alternative ways to stay active once she stopped dancing. Dancing from the age of 4 through her junior year in college, she had been looking for a way to reconnect with her dancer self and Barre Bee Fit was the perfect solution, allowing her to reacquaint herself with her love for dance and movement. After a year and a half with Barre Bee Fit, becoming an instructor was the natural next step, and a perfect fit! She currently teaches 5 of the 9 (and counting) Barre Bee Fit class types. Outside of Barre Bee Fit, Augusta works at a media agency in the Loop.
Likes: anything blue, coffee, chocolate
Betsy Wong, a Milwaukee native, has been dedicated to sports and fitness her entire life. Growing up, she was a competitive gymnast, played soccer, and was on her high school dance and tennis teams. After earning her B.A. in Journalism and Legal Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Betsy moved to moved to work at a large law firm and turned to running as a way to stay active. She became an avid runner and has complete several half marathons, placing second in a Milwaukee half marathon race. After a few years in Chicago, Betsy returned to Wisconsin and received her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Following law school, Betsy worked in business development for prominent law firms in San Diego and Chicago.
Betsy discovered Barre Bee Fit while searching for something new to shake up her workout routine and get her through the long Chicago winters. Immediately after attending her first Barre Bee Fit class, she signed up for a monthly membership and has been living by the Barre Code ever since. Betsy truly believes that the positive energy at Barre Bee Fit is contagious and the motivational, empowering environment sets BBF apart from any other fitness studio. Betsy is proud and excited to have brought Barre Bee Fit to Milwaukee’s Third Ward and share her passion with her hometown.
Likes: traveling, Skittles, the ocean
Bonnie Fonk discovered Barre Bee Fit in July of 2011, and became an instructor after taking classes regularly for over four months. Bonnie has always had a passion for the arts and started dancing jazz, tap and ballet at a very young age and continued throughout her college career. She continues to live an active lifestyle and believes nothing compares to a well rounded, challenging workout. Bonnie is dedicated to keeping clients motivated while providing a high energy atmosphere.
Likes: strong coffee, music, Instagram
Briana (Bri) Martin joined the Barre Bee Fit team in October 2011 after falling in love with the Barre Bee, Barre Burn, and Bardio Interval classes as a student. Committed to more than just improving physical appearances alone, Bri likes to make working out at Barre Bee Fit something that her clients look forward to. As a former high school and collegiate cheerleader, Bri brings a high energy to her classes, and encourages you to push yourself to achieve something new in each and every class. Bri is a graduate of Kalamazoo College and gained a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan. When not teaching at Barre Bee Fit, she works as an education researcher and policy analyst.
Likes: reality TV, cooking, Michigan football
College friend and BBF instructor Madeleine Franke introduced Brittany Madrid to Barre Bee Fit during her first visit to Chicago. Brittany was immediately hooked on the challenging workouts and motivating messages! In addition to her role as an instructor, Brittany is the Marketing and PR Director at Barre Bee Fit Design District. She loves combining her passion for BBF’s empowering message with her PR skills! When she’s not instructing or promoting the awesomeness that is Barre Bee Fit, you may spot her on your TV. Brittany is represented by Page Parkes Management and has done several commercials, print advertisements, and an appearance on TNT’s Dallas.
Caitlin Peterson grew up in a very active family and started excelling in sports at the young age of 4; soccer and basketball were her favorite. Passionate about health and fitness, she looked for new ways to achieve that intense workout level while attending college at Michigan State University. Following her move to Chicago, Caitlin was introduced to Barre Bee Fit, a workout and lifestyle which soon became her passion. Caitlin loves meeting her workout goals and helping others achieve results in a friendly, positive environment that truly empowers women. She is thrilled to be a part of such a talented group of women and thrives to help others see what makes Barre Bee Fit such a truly special place.
Likes: a perfect hair day; all things dark chocolate; a great pair of sunglasses
Likes: legwarmers, sushi, dark chocolate
Cerissa De Ocampo started her active lifestyle at a young age, being trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop. Wanting to share in her passion for movement, she taught and choreographed at various dance studios in the Chicagoland area. Throughout her life, she performed with various Chicago dance companies such as Hip Hop Connxion, Redefinition, Design Dance Company, and Work in Progress. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Women’s studies, Cerissa decided to focus on her professional career, taking a break from dance. Wanting to maintain an active lifestyle, Cerissa found Barre Bee Fit. She loves the energy she receives from Barre Bee Fit and can’t wait to help others achieve their health and fitness goals at BBF!
Likes: Chicago Bulls; ice cream; goat cheese
Chelsea Coley has always been passionate about dance, fitness and health, spending most of her life dancing. After finishing her education at Michigan State University, she relocated to Chicago to work in media. When a close friend introduced her to Barre Bee Fit, she was hooked from the second she walked in. Not only were the classes challenging, she was able to find a positive community of women that had such an infectious energy encouraging one another to achieve workout and personal goals alike. She is forever grateful for the opportunity she has with BBF to help positively push her clients to see their success in the studio and in life.
Likes: coffee, fall, awkward situations
Director of Operations for BBF Dallas — Design District
Cheryl Ciancio has always had a love and passion for health and fitness. Her fitness foundation began with cheerleading and dance at a very young age. After high school, Cheryl found a love for long distance running. Knowing that she wanted a profession in health and fitness she tried different workouts throughout college. Other than running, she never found the workout that fit her wants and needs. In July of 2013 Cheryl was introduced to Barre Bee Fit; it took a matter of seconds for her to find that this was the workout she had been in search of. She joined the instructor team immediately. Knowing in her heart that Barre Bee Fit was and is a company she wanted to learn about and grow with, she took on the position of Director of Operations for Dallas Design District. Fitness may be Cheryl’s passion, but when not at the studio she is the epitome of a true Texas girl. Cheryl loves spending time with her family and friends, great food, Texas country music and college football.
Danielle Dixon Hacker grew up in Fishers, Indiana, excelling in women’s volleyball and competitive dance throughout her younger years. Danielle attended Purdue University, where she was a member of Phi Mu sorority and graduated with a B.S. in Sales Management. Post-graduation, Danielle took her first job with Otis Elevator Company in Shelton, Connecticut and moved closer to home a year later with Otis to Cincinnati, OH. She continued to prioritize fitness in her daily life, as she participated in several triathlons, ballroom dance lessons, and sand volleyball leagues (where she met her husband!). While working her full-time career in Cincinnati, Ohio, Danielle became certified to teach barre classes and started motivating women to achieve their personal best. After hearing about Barre Bee Fit through friends in Chicago, Danielle decided to check out Barre Bee Fit herself and immersed herself in a weekend of Barre Bee Fit’s classes and culture with her younger sister and future instructor, Samantha Dixon. It quickly became clear to Danielle that Barre Bee Fit was exactly what she needed to be happy and pursue her lifelong dream of being a business owner with her new husband! With the support of her husband, family and friends, Danielle left her corporate job, and is thrilled to return to the Hoosier State and excited to show Indianapolis was it means to “live by the Barre Code.”
Likes: dancing in public, chocolate chai, mirrors
Debby has been immersed in the fitness industry since 1975. She has Bachelors degrees in Social Work from Wayne State University and Exercise Physiology from the University of Michigan. In addition to instructing at Barre Bee Fit, she is also a yoga, Pilates, Pilates Stick, spinning and aqua aerobics instructor. Debby loves the Barre Bee Fit workout and atmosphere and feels it is the best barre studio she has ever been to (and she has been to all of the major studios across the country!) She says her greatest accomplishment is raising her five children, who are currently between the ages of 21 and 32. She loves dogs and enjoys walking hers in Downtown Birmingham.
Likes: funny animal videos, cookie dough, walking
Emily Baron has always been passionate about dance and fitness, beginning dance lessons at young age. After completing law school at the University of Baltimore, Emily moved to Chicago with her husband. Once she discovered Barre Bee Fit, Emily quickly became addicted to ‘living by the barre code.’ She joined the BBF team as a Client Relations representative and quickly knew she wanted to become more involved. Emily is so grateful for the opportunity to inspire other women to be the strongest versions of themselves and looks forward to seeing everyone at the barre!
Likes: Airedale terriers; Baltimore, Maryland; traveling
Helen Lee is proud to part of Barre Bee Fit and started in June 2010, when BBF first opened its doors. Helen loves to encourage the Bees in her class to work hard and challenge themselves while still having fun and feeling great. She is also a certified yoga and pilates instructor, bootcamp coach and received her BA in Dance from the University of Hawaii. In her spare time, Helen dances at Michigan lighthouses, likes to drink water/coconut water and wiggle her toes.
Likes: bunnies, being by the lake/ocean, kissing
In the fall of 2012, Hollie Nolan moved to Chicago from Atlanta, Georgia so her fiancé could start business school. Before she ever packed a box, she began searching for a gym where she could spend some of her free time. As it turned out, Hollie ended up finding so much more than a gym; she found Barre Bee Fit – a community of strong women, challenging, ever-changing workouts, motivating instructors, an escape from the chaos of wedding planning, and a new level of physical and mental strength. Despite having always been a “cardio junkie” (spending most of her workouts running or cycling) rather than a graceful ballerina, Hollie felt right at home at BBF. By providing intense toning work while still including cardio, BBF pushed Hollie past her previous limits and helped her reach a new level of fitness she’d never before achieved. In the summer of 2013, Hollie took on a new challenge and became a BBF instructor, where she focuses on getting her clients to push past their limits, achieve new goals, and experience the love of the workout that is BBF. She hopes to see “y’all” at the Barre!
Likes: College football, spending time on the water, Southern cooking
Ilissa has been passionate about dance since the age of three, when she first began learning ballet. Growing up, she formally studied ballet, jazz, and hip hop. In middle school, she joined the dance team and continued as a member of her State Champion high school team as well as the National Champion competition team. Ilissa attended Indiana University, where she studied Psychology while taking dance classes to change up her workouts. Ilissa was thrilled to find Barre Bee Fit, which combined her love of dance with her daily workouts. When she’s not teaching or taking a BBF class, Ilissa works as a Financial Recruiter and also loves trying new activities and restaurants in the city. Ilissa’s favorite part about being a BBF instructor is helping clients set and reach goals and realize their potential.
Likes: dogs, pink, fireworks
Jacklyn Talbert’s love for “the barre” started at the tender age of 3 when she took her first dance class. Twenty years later, Jacklyn joined Barre Bee Fit. Initially, Jacklyn utilized Barre Bee Fit as a client while preparing for Donald Trump’s USA pageant system. After experiencing positive results, Jacklyn was eager to become a bigger part of Barre Bee Fit. As a “retired” pageant girl, Jacklyn enjoys introducing women to the fitness method that transformed and challenged her both physically and mentally. Outside of Barre Bee Fit you can find Jacklyn running along the lake, at the Sprinkles cupcake ATM, or at many of Chicago’s dog parks making new canine friends.
Likes: jokes, treats, jammin’ to the beats
Janelle Fox was raised in Rochester, Michigan and as a competitive dancer always made fitness a priority in her life. While obtaining her degree in Business Management at Michigan State University, she was also a four-year member and Senior Captain of the MSU Dance Team. She led the team to a top ten finish at the 2011 UDA Dance Team Nationals, and traveled the country with MSU athletics sharing her Spartan spirit. Janelle moved to Chicago after graduating and maintained her interest in dance and fitness by teaching a variety of children’s dance classes and working as a cardio dance instructor for a top studio in the city, while also performing with companies such as WMS Gaming Inc. and Productions Plus – The Talent Shop. In 2013, Janelle was selected to be a national spokesperson for the International Auto Show and traveled the country promoting the GMC brand. Janelle is thrilled to be bringing Barre Bee Fit’s motivating workouts and community to her Metro Detroit home.
Likes: skiing, her Goldendoodle – Darla, olympic wrestlers
Jenna Fletcher has always been passionate about health and fitness, spending her early years playing every sport possible. This translated into a lifelong commitment to being healthy and strong. After moving from Idaho to Chicago, Jenna struggled with finding a fitness program that fit her goals, until she started Barre Bee Fit. Jenna immediately started seeing the results she wanted and found a community of women that were supportive of each other. And she was hooked! Her favorite part of BBF is the positive vibe, from the upbeat music to the confident women in class. When Jenna is not teaching classes, she is working for a marketing agency as an account executive. In her free time, Jenna enjoys spending time with her husband and friends, watching classic movies and volunteering for a local non-profit organization, Harley Helping Hands.
Likes: water skiing, jelly beans, autumn
Jestina Orlando has been passionate about fitness her entire life. Growing up she lived and breathed sports, especially soccer. Jestina went on to play soccer at Northern Illinois University and then semi-professionally in Colorado. After returning to Chicago, she searched for a workout that would make her body work as hard as soccer always had. Finally, Jestina found Barre Bee Fit and fell in love. Knowing her body was pushed to limits and challenged mentally and physical on so many levels helped her not only better her life and health but also her soccer performance. Jestina is a AFFA and ACE certified group fitness instructor and personal trainer, with experience and expertise in a variety of training styles. Jestina enjoys bringing her love for all things fitness to her classes. She is dedicated to keeping clients motivated and challenged, while also keeping a high energy atmosphere.
After spending a year teaching in Barre Bee Fit’s downtown Chicago studios, Jestina decided to take her favorite workout and inspiring instructing style back to her hometown of Park Ridge, Illinois. She is the owner of Barre Bee Fit Park Ridge, the first suburban Chicago studio.
Likes: anything from sweet Mandy B’s, my puppy Dakota, any season of Real Housewives
Julie Gilliam has a love for helping others become a better version of themselves through fitness. Julie started teaching group fitness classes at the suggestion of one of her instructors many years ago, and discovered that it was very rewarding to motivate, encourage, and lead other people to get fit and believe in their own bodies. She went on to become certified in multiple group fitness formats, pre and post-natal fitness, and personal training. Julie was thrilled to become a Barre Bee Fit instructor, as she enjoys training women, pushing them slightly out of their comfort zone to reach their full fitness potential, and believes that the Barre Bee Fit code is something all women should aspire to live by. Julie was born and raised in the Dallas area. Outside of fitness, Julie is a real estate professional, married, and mother to three wonderful sons.
Likes: country music, reading, red and pink, and sopapillas
Kaity Wachtel grew up with a love for dance and competed in show choir through high school. While attending Indiana University Bloomington, Kaity experienced her first run-in with fitness at age 21. Kaity joined an intense bootcamp that helped her gain a new sense of strong and boost her confidence all while losing 35 pounds! Kaity graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work and a Masters from IUPUI in Social Work. Ever since her first bootcamp class, Kaity decided to give up her carrer path in Social Work and focus on Fitness. She became addicted to the adrenaline and challenge and soon became a certified instructor in TRX, Pilates, and barre infused classes. She is excited about bringing her two passions together — social work and fitness! Kaity strives to serve as an instructor who will encourage, motivate, and challenge her clients.
Likes: Colts football, sushi, burpees
Starting at the young age of 3, Kate Dalcamo immediately fell in love with the ballet barre. After being involved in a plethora of different dance classes from childhood throughout college, Kate searched for a connection to the barre after moving home to Chicago. She became bored with her regular gym routine and fortuitously stumbled across Barre Bee Fit. She was instantly hooked. Shortly after, Kate joined the BBF team as a CR then Head CR at the Lincoln Park studio. She loves not only the classes and seeing clients push themselves past their limits, but being part of such an inspiring community of women. To Kate, Barre Bee Fit is more than a place to workout, it’s a lifestyle of leading a happy and healthy life.
Kelsey Gillepsie is a fitness enthusiast from Austin, Texas. After moving to Dallas, she was searching for a fitness outlet that was fresh, challenging, and fulfilling. With over 7 years of experience in the fitness industry, Kelsey was looking for a place where she could inspire, motivate and empower her clients. When she found Barre Bee Fit and learned about the community of strong women involved, it was no time before she fell in love with the ‘burn’! Kelsey loves the fact that no matter what your fitness level, there is a workout at BBF to push, captivate, and inspire you. With her motivational energy and thrill for results, she will push you to give it your best! When Kelsey is not teaching a class, she’s an inside sales rep for a health care company. She enjoys being outdoors and going to new places, weight training, cooking, blogging, and spending time with friends and family.
Laura Warnock is a freelance dancer and educator in the Pittsburgh area. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.F.A in Modern Dance from Point Park University, Conservatory of the Performing Arts. She also choreographed for Student Choreography Project at the Pittsburgh Playhouse where her piece “Awakening” was performed. She has spent several summers studying with the Limon Dance Company under the direction of Carla Maxwell, performing numerous Limon repertory works. She spent two seasons with the rEvolve Dance Theatre, directed by Marissa Balzer as a dancer and choreographer. She has spent 3 seasons with the Staycee Pearl Dance project where she performed in the full length works Circle Pop and Octavia as well as many other smaller projects. She has performed with the Murphy/Smith Dance Collective in several of their evening length works including: I Am Woman and Much More Than Bones which was performed at the 2011 White Wave Dumbo Dance Festival in NYC. With MSDC, she also performed in Relative Positions, a Pittsburgh based multidisciplinary artistic event. She is currently on faculty in the Modern Dance Department at Point Park University and is pursuing a comprehensive certification in Pilates.
Likes: coffee; Harry Potter; frozen yogurt
Lily Slonaker grew up in Carmel, Indiana where she began dancing and cheerleading at a young age. Being active in dance was a huge part of her life Lily’s life during her high school years ,where she danced competitively and also had the opportunity to teach dance classes and coach her own team. After high school she headed to her dream school, Purdue University, where she graduated with a degree in Apparel Design and Technology and Art and Design Minor. After college, Lily moved back to Indy to be with her now-husband and pursue a job in the retail industry. After hearing from a dear friend that Barre Bee Fit was coming to Indianapolis, Lily knew she wanted to be a part of it. She followed her heart and got hooked on BBF! She loves that BBF not only is place where her body and mind are challenged daily but also a place to meet new people and be part of a community! Lily is so excited to be a part of a wonderful team empowering the people of Indy to “Live By The Barre Code”!
Likes: dogs, tailgating at Purdue, traveling
Chief Training Officer and Bootcamp Director
Lina Belkin has many years of experience teaching classes and special bootcamps at Barre Bee Fit. Recently, she has also taught a series of specialty barre classes for Nike at NTC Lincoln Park. Lina currently heads up the teacher training for new and current instructors. As part of the creative development team, Lina is committed to incorporating the newest and greatest in the fitness industry into challenging curriculum for Barre Bee Fit’s wide array of classes. Lina has accumulated various fitness certifications from CrossFit to Zumba and has also obtained a USAW Level 1 certification in Olympic weightlifting. A firm believer that strong is beautiful, Lina is thrilled to be able to pursue her passion for inspiring women to become the best version of themselves through increased levels of health, strength, and confidence.
Likes: strong coffee, HGTV, pull-ups
Growing up as a competitive dancer in Bay City, Michigan, Lindsay Irrer can’t remember a time when fitness wasn’t a part of her life. She was a four-year member and Public Relations Chair of the Michigan State Dance Team. Under MSU athletics, she choreographed team routines and traveled the country promoting school spirit and a healthy lifestyle. Lindsay’s love of motivation and inspiring others led to her selection as the student speaker at her college commencement where she received her degree in Communication and Public Relations. After spending a few years working for a Fortune 200 company and choreographing for local dance teams, Lindsay was introduced to Barre Bee Fit and immediately fell in love with its kick-butt workouts and empowering community. She left the corporate world to follow her dream of owning a studio and is elated to be bringing the Barre Code to Metro Detroit.
Likes: wearing cheetah print, people who rescue dogs, addicting television
Lindsay Lawrie grew up in Farmington Hills, MI. She graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Telecommunication and Sociology. In Lindsay’s spare time she enjoys scuba diving with her husband and hanging out with her dog, Killian. In May 2013, she biked 52 miles from Boyne to Mackinac – talk about intensive seat work! Lindsay was originally introduced to Barre Bee Fit as a client when it first opened in Chicago, and when she learned the method was coming to Metro Detroit she was eager to help teach the women in her hometown what “Living by the Barre Code” is all about. She believes that Barre Bee Fit classes are a full mind and body workout and has personally experienced their empowering and effective changes to her lifestyle.
Likes: traveling, cooking, spending time with family and friends
Fitness and health have played an active part in Mackenzie’s life since she was young. She began dancing soon after she could walk, and hasn’t stopped since. She competed with Big City Dance Center out of Wixom, Michigan and was named Miss Dance USA in 2007. Her fascination with the human body lead her to work toward her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and specialization in Health Promotion from Michigan State University. While a student, she was also a four-year member of the MSU Dance Team and was named co-captain in 2012. She graduated in 2013 and is currently a children’s dance instructor. She is thrilled to be a part of Barre Bee Fit because she connects with the brand and its values of positivity, gratitude and mental toughness. She loves the feeling after class where she feels strength not only in her body, but in her mind as well.
Likes: hot tea, the beach, Honeycrisp apples
Madeline Franke was introduced to Barre Bee Fit after hearing rave reviews from friends, and was a client of Barre Bee Fit before auditioning to become an instructor. Madeline attended the University of Kansas, where she majored in Business. Madeline has trained and prepared for various fitness competitions, where she has placed 2nd and 5th place respectively in two recent competitions. In her free time, Madeline enjoys hanging out with her friends, spending time with her dog Chloe, and cooking.
Likes: cardio, chocolate, laughing
Mandy Carine has always been passionate about health and fitness, spending her early years playing every sport possible. She has danced from a young age and during college always missed the joy dancing gave her. Trying to find a workout that gave her the perfect mix of toning, strength, and cardio was difficult until she stumbled upon barre classes. A fan of group fitness, Mandy knew Barre Bee Fit was a perfect match for her. She has always loved the motivation her fitness instructor gave her and wanted to motivate others by becoming an instructor. When Mandy is not teaching classes, she is working for a hospital as a inpatient pharmacist. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing with her dog, Dazie and enjoying the city of Pittsburgh.
Likes: flowers; cupcakes; frozen yogurt
Marilene Dixon has always ventured into new and exciting ways to keep herself active. She has taught jazz-based fitness classes, kickboxing, and even has her black belt in Karate. If Marilene isn’t running her own business, you can find her running, biking or hiking in Arizona. Marilene really loves the variety of classes Barre Bee Fit offers and is very excited to be a part of bringing Barre Bee Fit to Indianapolis.
Likes: sunny days, a good book, 4-wheeling
Megan Linge’s passion for fitness began in high school when inactivity and boredom resulted in unhealthy lifestyle choices. Upon recognizing this pattern, Megan started exercising at a local gym and began to appreciate the sense of accomplishment and challenge that resulted from a great workout. When Megan first came across Barre Bee Fit, she felt Barre Bee Fit was the perfect solution to keeping motivated and healthy. Megan hopes to help Barre Bee Fit clients exceed their own goals through sharing her own personal experiences. Megan is a certified personal trainer and also has a degree in Program Management with an Exercise Science minor.
Likes: fitness magazines, morning coffee on a cold day, shaking in chair pose
Melissa Lupo is originally from New Jersey, but has called the Midwest home ever since her days at the University of Michigan (go blue!) for college. Melissa came across Barre Bee Fit in a quest to find something that would help her better other people’s lives. Through her time at Barre Bee Fit, Melissa has come to realization that she would like to dedicate herself to helping improve the health of others, and thus is currently pursuing a degree in physical therapy. Outside of BBF, Melissa enjoys attending concerts of her favorite artists, such as Arcade Fire, Lupe Fiasco, and M83.
Likes: romantic comedies, sarcasm, underdogs
Likes: crispy tofu, any show on Bravo, baths
Growing up in Farmington Hills, Michigan, Michelle Meier kept busy dancing and leading her high school pom team as a three-year Captain. While she worked toward her degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders and Communication from Michigan State University, Michelle also performed with Impulse Dance and the Michigan State Dance Team. After graduating, she returned home to the Metro Detroit area to begin her career in advertising. Since joining Team BBF, Michellesays she has found the motivation and strength to see beyond her “ordinary” to reach her extraordinary. She wants to share BBF with everyone she knows because every female is deserving of this incredible experience!
Likes: country music, weekend getaways, the occasional nap
Natasha has always loved dance and fitness, beginning dance lessons at a young age and continuing jazz, tap and ballet into her high school years. She spent much of her time in high school leading the dance team as a two-year Captain. Later in life, Natasha pursued sprint triathlon training after having children, both to conquer her fear of open water swimming and to push herself mentally and physically in multi-sport events. She continues to jog with her husband regularly and participates in local fun runs. Natasha discovered Barre Bee Fit Milwaukee in the early stages of construction and attended instructor auditions after falling in love with the BBF story, program and mantra. A huge fan of group fitness, Natasha is pumped to motivate clients to strive for their personal best. She is thrilled to be part of such an innovative workout program—the ever-changing choreography and playlists really enhance the BBF classroom experience. Natasha loves chatting with friends and acquaintances about everything BBF! She simply cannot wait to encourage women to live by the Barre Code. When Natasha is not teaching classes, she works in business development for a local internet service provider, Ethoplex. She enjoys spending time with her loving husband, a-m-a-z-i-n-g daughters and 25 kooky chickens.
Likes: local apple stands, sleeping in, cocktail parties turned dance parties
Nicole Newman’s background as a competitive gymnast has always shaped her daily commitment to fitness. As a member of the Michigan State University cheerleading team, she was able to combine her passion for gymnastics and her love of all things Spartan. When Nicole herniated a disk in her back several years ago, she was devastated to find out that everything she knew to be “exercise” was off limits… until she found Barre Bee Fit. BBF has truly given her a second chance at being an active person. She is dedicated to helping other women overcome their own obstacles and achieve their full fitness potential. She believes that taking time each day to build a strong body is a luxury that every woman should allow herself.
Likes: her Huskies, cashmere, a crisp Autumn day!
Nicole graduated from Marquette University with a degree in education and a minor in dance. After graduation, she became a teacher. Nicole has been dancing since she was young and began teaching dance in college. She had taken barre classes in her hometown and was so happy when a barre studio came to Milwaukee. Nicole is extremely excited to be part of the BBF Milwaukee team and can’t wait to see you at the barre!
Priya discovered Barre Bee Fit in September of 2011 and was instantly hooked. Priya has been an avid runner since high school, competing in several half-marathons and when a running induced ankle injury prevented her from running for several months, she tried many different workouts but couldn’t find the same motivation and intensity she felt with running. When a good friend recommended she try a Barre Bee class, she instantly fell in love with the mix of strengthening, cardio and focus on increasing flexibility. She never gets tired of the routines as they are constantly changing and challenging her and she will be forever grateful to Barre Bee Fit for getting her into the best shape of her life for her wedding in June. After graduating from the University of Illinois she began studying medicine to become a doctor and loves the balance that Barre Bee Fit brings to her life. When not teaching, working, or studying, Priya loves traveling back to Australia to visit her family, spending time with her friends, cooking with her husband, and running.
Likes: Giordano’s pizza, Disney movies, visiting family in Australia
Samantha Dixon grew up being involved in some type of sport, whether it was dancing at a young age, playing competitive volleyball, or running track and high jump. She has always made sure to live a healthy and active life style. Samantha attended Indiana State University, where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Graphic Design/Art History. She then decided to take an adventure and move to Jacksonville, Florida right after college to work at an advertising agency. While living in Florida, Samantha was looking for the perfect workout while being busy with her new job and puppy, Waffle. Samantha recently moved back to her hometown of Fishers, IN. She had the opportunity to try her first Barre Bee Fit class while visiting friends in Chicago, and from day one she was hooked! Samantha is very excited to be a part of the BBF Indy team and to show Indy how it feels to burn and shake.
Likes: traveling, summer, sushi
SarahJane Guralski has found the perfect fitness partner in Barre Bee Fit. Dancing as a student with the professional Milwaukee Ballet Company, she developed her passion for dance and choreography. She continued to strengthen her rhythmic talents and flexibility as a National Baton Twirling champion and as a leader on the Marquette University dance team. Healthy lifestyle became a passion for SarahJane as she was drawn to the personal best competitiveness of distance running and quickly discovered the thrill of running marathons, half-marathons and mud runs. Her passion for motivating others and her belief in living an active, healthy, strong life paired perfectly with becoming an instructor at BBF. She encourages and motivates Bees to find their strong and believe in their potential to “bee” fit. In addition to working out, teaching at BBF, and enjoying family time, SarahJane is a corporate trainer, developing and coaching sales reps and managers and facilitating training sessions on curriculum design and presentation skills.
Likes: traveling, Mexican food, and laughing
Stephanie Williams graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a B.F.A. in teaching dance. While dancing at Columbia, Stephanie performed in professional works with Beth McNeil, Paige Cunningham, Twyla Tharp, and Matthew Hollis. Stephanie is thrilled to be able to share her love for dance and fitness with other women in Chicago. When she’s not teaching at Barre Bee Fit, you can find her teaching Zumba as well as working with her very own modern dance company, Through the Body.
Likes: cupcakes, good beats, soy iced green tea lattes
Susan Mowder has always found a way to keep her body moving. From nine years of formal dance training, to being a member of the gymnastic team, to working as a lifeguard, all before graduating from college, Susan could not imagine her life without some form of exercise. About six years ago, Susan accidentally walked into her first barre class and she was quickly hooked. Susan enjoys being able to share her enthusiasm for this fitness regimen through teaching at Barre Bee Fit. In addition to encouraging others to “tuck and squeeze,” Susan owns a wardrobe styling business, the STYLE Principle. As one client commented, “she really does wants to help you look and feel great – one way or the other!” You can find out more information about Susan’s fashion consulting business at www.thestyleprinciple.com.
Likes: long hot showers, kindness, Carol’s Cookies
Director of Operations
Taylor Wendel is dedicated to prioritizing fitness, health, and well-being in her everyday life. She spent most of her youth being active, having participated in gymnastics, dance, and cheerleading. However, dance was her passion, her favorite styles being hip-hop and lyrical jazz. Taylor spent several years performing with the hip-hop dance troupe Hip Hop Connxion. As she entered her college years she lost track of her active lifestyle and was excited to have found Barre Bee Fit, where she reacquired her taste for physical challenge and healthy habits. In addition to practicing yoga on a regular basis, Taylor trains in ballet in order to maintain her strength and flexibility while also bettering her knowledge as a teacher. She recognized helping others achieve their personal best gave her an unparalleled fulfillment and purpose. Taylor graduated from DePaul University with a degree in Public Relations & Advertising, minoring in Psychology. With her newfound conviction and power derived from Barre Bee Fit, she became an instructor with the goal of helping clients gain strength and confidence in order to become the best versions of themselves, both inside and out.
Likes: burlesque, organic products, fantasy/sci-fi
Taylor Mikell has had a passion for sports and fitness her entire life, which began the moment she put on her first pair of ice skates. As difficult as it was to to walk of the ice and put down her skates after winning a National Title, Taylor knew that her love of education would override the opportunity to train at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. Because fitness had become a part of her everday life by high school, Taylor focused on tumbling and cheer, which she continued throughout her collegiate years at UC San Diego. After graduation, Taylor knew that living a healthy lifestyle would always be a part of who she was and continued to work out while at the same time looking for the “perfect fit”. No gym or method seemed just right until the day she tried her first Barre Bee class. From the moment class began, she knew it was the workout she’d been looking for. When Taylor isn’t at the barre, she works as National Project Coordinator for one of the ‘Big Four’, loves biking around the city with her hubby, and trying out new restaurants.
Likes: Mexican food; entertaining; world travel
Vanessa is a Milwaukee native. She has been working as a hair stylist in Milwaukee for the past seven years and currently runs her own business behind the chair at The Shoppe in the Third Ward. Vanessa played competitive soccer through high school and also has a background in dance. While Vanessa focused on building her career as a hair stylist, health and fitness became less of a priority. Two years ago, she made a major lifestyle change and committed herself to healthy living. Fitness is now a major part of her life. Vanessa is proud to share BBF with Milwaukee and watch clients find the same confidence and strength she found through fitness.
Likes: her dog Beatrix, David Bowie, and red wine spritzers on the Wisconsin river with family