Updated: Jun 24, 2020
1. In less than a minute, tell us who you are and why we keep hearing good things about you?
If you’re hearing good things about me, you’re probably talking to the wrong person. I’m a Master Barre Instructor. That title is supposed to make you think I’m really good at barre. If it didn’t work, then I’ll just tell you: I am.
2. What were the pivotal roadblocks and challenges you encountered along the way that helped you define your path?
In 2009 I took a barre class and loved it. I immediately wanted to learn how to teach it but found that while the franchise training programs were top notch, they all came with non-competes and sales pitches. They did not allow instructors to deviate from their class plan or teach outside their brand, nor did they offer sufficient hours or pay. They sought to covet barre, and I sought to share it. So, I wrote a book on barre, filmed some DVDs, and then wrote an instructor certification program that was free from limitations but true to the art—an elite manual and the very first barre program to be endorsed by AFAA/NASM, in 2010. It allowed instructors to teach barre wherever they wanted. I then had the privilege of traveling the world to share said program. When Equinox hired me in 2012, they embraced my program, showered me with welcome, support, empowerment, development, community, and love, and, they marketed me—which made me look cooler than I was. In short, my path was smooth. I’m a lucky bastard.
3. Why did you choose this field? Who were your role models? And what pushed you to learn and become who you are?
My mom placed my hand on a ballet barre in 1974. She was the first ballet, tap, modern dance, musical theater teacher and choreographer I ever knew. I grew up in her studio, The Dance Center in Miami, Florida. She sent me to train with Fokine, ABT, NYCB, Boston Ballet, S.T.E.P.S., and Stuttgart and onto college with a ballet scholarship. She never pushed me, she simply opened doors and I walked (or should I say, danced) happily through them. She is and always has been my mentor.
4. What is your legacy? Do you care about leaving a legacy?
To leave impact. Yup, that’s it.
5. What can we all do right now to make this world a better place?
You do realize this question lends itself to a canned beauty-pageant-type answer, right? Something like: “We can focus on world peace,” or “We can strive to save the planet,” or “We can promise that no child will ever go hungry again” (cue tears and the next girl wearing a cheesy gown and sash). Ok, sorry, that was a smart-ass answer, but take it or leave it—authentically me.
6. In less than a minute, without sounding like a used car salesperson, tell us where to find you and what is the next big thing that everyone should be anticipating from you?
You can find me on WFTV because I believe in it. The next big thing for me remains a mystery, but if you hear anything, let me know.
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