After growing up in northern California, Kristen moved to Minnesota as a teenager and has lived here ever since. Kristen attended Saint Mary’s University, where she played varsity soccer and graduated with a B.A. in public relations. After working in sales for 4 years, she took time off to have a family – and that has been her ‘full time’ position ever since.
Kristen was first introduced to barre classes on a yearly visit back to California and was immediately hooked: she felt like she had finally found exactly what she had been looking for in a workout and was thrilled when a studio opened in Wayzata! The barre was the first workout she found that completely worked all her major muscles groups in one session, got her heart rate going, and left her overall body feeling great – after years of stress on her joints from playing sports, her body feels better and stronger than it ever has!
Kristen resides in Eden Prairie with her husband Matt, 3 kids, and dog, Lewie.
A Minnesota resident all her life, Stacy attended the University of Minnesota & graduated with a BA in communications. Stacy was first introduced to the barre on our opening day – and has been addicted ever since!
Although exercise has always been an important part of her life, she admits that she has never felt stronger or more toned since she has incorporated the barre into her life – making her even more excited to take her passion for the barre to the next level: she truly believes in its effects because she is living proof of the incredible results the barre can achieve for you! Stacy resides in Orono with her husband, three daughters and two dogs, where she also substitutes as a Paraprofessional for the Orono School District.
Jaclyn graduated from the University of Minnesota Speech–Language Pathology program. Following graduation she moved to Arizona to live with her now husband, Matt. As an exercise addict for most of her life, Jaclyn was always interested in trying new methods. It was in Arizona that Jaclyn tried a variety of barre studios and fell in love with both the exercise and the results!.
Upon moving back to Minnesota, Jaclyn was in search of a high quality barre studio that lived up to her expectations. Prior to stepping into the barre, Jaclyn had trialed several barre classes in Minnesota. Halfway through flatback, during her first class, she called off the search to find the perfect studio!
Jaclyn resides in Plymouth with her husband, Matt, and their dog, Buddy. Jaclyn works in a private pediatric clinic as a speech–language pathologist. She is thrilled to be taking her love for the barre to the next level and to help others achieve their fitness goals!
Kim recently moved from St. Paul to the Wayzata area with her husband and their two children, and could not be happier with her new community! A graduate of the College of St. Benedict with a BS in Education where she also played soccer, Kim has always kept fitness an integral part of her daily life.
She first heard the “barre” concept from her California friends, and knew when a studio opened in Wayzata she had to find out what the rage was about! As a fresh alternative to yoga (which she practiced regularly), Kim was instantly hooked. The barre not only delivered her quick results (who isn’t looking for that?), but the strength she found from class and the connection it provided to her love and appreciation for the art of ballet has made the barre the center of Kim’s exercise regimen.
Kim finds true delight in teaching others, in helping them reach their fitness goals, and having fun along the way – and cannot wait to continue this journey. While away from the barre, she is busy raising her kiddos as well as capturing life’s little moments as a children’s/family photographer.
Abby grew up in Kansas where she attended Kansas State University and graduated with a B.S. in apparel and textile marketing & business. After college she headed to San Diego, CA with her husband where they enjoyed the beautiful weather and sunshine for four years before finally landing here in Minnesota.
It was in San Diego that Abby fell in love with the barre style workouts. After moving to Minnesota she went on a search for the perfect studio. When The Barre finally opened it's doors - Abby was hooked once again. Exercise and staying fit has always been a priority in her life but The Barre has helped her reach her strength and fitness goals far faster than any other workout.
Abby is a stay at home mom but is enjoying her new role teaching classes at The Barre while helping others reach their fitness goals. She lives in Edina with her husband Ben, her two kids and her two dogs. She enjoys traveling with her family, entertaining, gardening, running, Pilates, decorating and re-decorating her house (ha!) and can now add helping others on their fitness journey to the list.
Jenna has been a dancer since age 4, first dancing at studios and then on the Orono varsity dance team in high school. She continues to dance in college and currently serves as the University of St. Thomas dance club co–president.
Jenna was first interested in barre classes because of their ballet roots. On a break home from school, she discovered The Barre Studio in Wayzata and has been coming back ever since for those famous barre shakes! Not only does Jenna love the benefits that the barre classes give her, but she loves the positive and energetic atmosphere and fabulous instructors.
Jenna is a junior at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul pursuing a degree in communication and journalism with an emphasis in graphic design. When not at class or The Barre, Jenna is working as the creative design manager for TommieMedia.com, her school’s online student–run news organization, and as a design intern for Jostens.
Cindy grew up in Wisconsin, and proudly remains a Packers and Badger fan, despite calling herself a Minnesotan for the past 5 years. She graduated from Winona State with a B.S. in Mathematics and from Kansas State with an M.S. in Statistics. After working at Lands’ End and American Girl corporate offices for a combined 10 years, she now tries to balance work as a part–time marketing analytics consultant and her family.
Exercise became an important part of Cindy’s life after she had children, motivated to increase her energy, improve her health, have a more toned body after babies, and justify eating cookies. She discovered the barre shortly after it opened, and was hooked immediately after water–skiing in her first class. After being a client for almost 2 years and surviving a few 30–day challenges, she’s decided to leave the comfort of her regular spot in the back corner of the studio to share her love of barre as an instructor.
Cindy resides in Minnetrista with her husband Mike, 3 daughters, and Wheaten Terrier, Hudson.
A midwestern girl at heart, Kalli never strayed too far from her Minnesota roots. After earning a B.A. in Biology and playing soccer for Luther College, Kalli gracefully transitioned into four more years of Pharmacy School at The University of Iowa. An avid athlete her entire life, Kalli was eager to discover a new activity that would both challenge and balance her busy lifestyle. Kalli was introduced to pilates and barre classes in Iowa City and was immediately hooked.
During a break from school, Kalli tested out several barre classes in Minnesota, and was drawn to The Barre’s passionate instructors and intense workout experience–she found her new “home.” Eager to take her passion to a new level, she decided teaching was an exciting new challenge she wanted to pursue, and an opportunity to share her love of barre with others.
With new roots built in Chanhassen, Kalli works as a pharmacist in the west suburbs. When she isn’t busy in the pharmacy or getting her barre shakes on, Kalli enjoys running, curling up on the couch with a book and her kitty, Charlie, or heading up north to the cabin to relax.
Kristin has called Minnesota home for most of her life. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with degrees in Marketing and Spanish. Kristin spent her years before college dancing at studios and then dancing for her high school team.
Kristin was first introduced to the barre method through a family friend living in California. Because of Kristin's love for dance, she just had to give it a try. When Kristin discovered the barre in Wayzata she was immediately hooked! She had finally found the perfect workout. Kristin felt right at home with the amazing instructors, motivating atmosphere and, of course, the results! After about a year practicing at the barre, Kristin was ready to take her passion to a new level. Kristin is incredibly passionate about helping others achieve their fitness goals and looks forward to bringing on the shakes each and every class!
Kristin resides in Plymouth with her husband. She works at a local consumer goods company as a Sourcing Manager. When Kristin isn't wearing her Sourcing hat or getting her shakes on at the barre, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, biking, decorating her home, reading a good book and planning her next vacation. Kristin is excited to continue her barre journey as an instructor and is thrilled to be part of the team at the barre.
A native of Minnesota, Jill was born and raised in Wayzata and attended the University of MN, graduating with a degree in Fashion Apparel and Merchandising. Jill also had the opportunity to live in Boston and Chicago before returning to her Minnesota roots.
After giving birth to her son, Jill decided to make exercise more of a priority. Jill read an article about The Barre and was intrigued. All it took was one class for her to realize this is where she belongs. After gaining confidence and slowly making her way to the front of the class, Jill is excited to inspire others to challenge themselves and teach the many joys of the barre burn.
Jill currently resides in Minnetonka with her son, Nicholas and their three cats. No, she is not a crazy cat lady....yet :)
Jenny moved to Minnesota from Wisconsin to attend the University of Minnesota. While obtaining a degree in Public Health, Communication Studies and Applied Business, she also completed a Group Fitness Instructor Certification program. Being an athlete all of her life, mainly figure skating, Jenny was looking for her next commitment to staying active and healthy.
She was first introduced to the barre from her college girlfriend and fellow instructor, Jaclyn Hutchins. After her first class and a tremendous amount of shaking, she was instantly hooked. A few months of classes was all it took for her to know she wanted to become an instructor. Jenny's boyfriend and Jaclyn encouraged her to take her group fitness background and apply it to the new passion she had for the amazing barre studio.
The low-impact, killer workout at the barre allows Jenny to stay committed to a healthy lifestyle while helping the participants in class achieve their health and fitness goals! When Jenny is not pulsing at the barre, she works at a specialty pharmacy as a business analyst. During her free time, she enjoys fashion, food, outdoor activities and spending time with friends and family.
Born and raised in Minnesota, Mary has stayed close to her Midwestern roots. She attended college at the University of Notre Dame and earned a degree in Classics (Ancient Greek and Latin) and Pre-Professional studies. While in college, she took advantage of the wide variety of fitness classes on offer and eventually settled on a beginning ballet class as the ultimate stress reliever and bucket list activity.
After graduating, Mary missed her beginning ballet class and began searching for something to fill the void. It was during this search that she stumbled upon the barre. While the first class wasn't at all what she expected, she soon fell in love with the classes and was spreading that love to anyone who would listen. Mary is excited to now be sharing this love in a teaching role!
When Mary isn't teaching at the barre, she works for an eLearning company and spends her free time enjoying her family's company, undertaking extravagant baking projects, and knitting.