As a student at Fordham University in New York, I was introduced to the Jesuit philosophy of cura personalis, meaning “care of the whole person.” For me, this has come to mean not only mindful self-care but also an outward expression of care through teaching. Over the years, I have served as coach, chaperone, educator and instructor. In addition to my undergraduate studies, I hold master’s degrees in Library and Information Science, and Non-profit Management. After two rounds of graduate school, I am a huge proponent of physical activity for mental well-being. When I’m not in the studio, or the library, you are most likely to find me knitting, baking, traveling or playing Ultimate Frisbee.
The stress of living in New York City brought me to my first yoga class almost 10 years ago and through yoga I discovered barre. As a lifelong gymnast and dancer, barre proved to be the perfect outlet for my passion. I found it instantly empowering. As with yoga, the beauty of barre is in the individuality of the practice. No matter how many people are in the room, the practice is yours alone. There are so many variations and modifications that make it available to people at all levels of experience and ability. My goal is always to create an open, welcoming and safe environment where people have the opportunity to explore without feeling pressured to “keep up.” I aim to foster a sense of community without competition, creating space for individual growth and development. I cannot wait to share this joy with you and guide you to, or through, whatever has brought you to the barre.