WHO WE ARE
Being in the fitness industry was never a part of either of our plans, but looking back over the progression of our training, backgrounds and experience, leading the barre fitness trend into Regina feels almost destined. We met at the barre twenty years ago. Serendipity? We think so. Our ballet teacher paired us up as partners in the early days of dance classes, and as they say, the rest is history.
Both of us grew up dancing competitively and obtained our Grade 8 Royal Academy of Dance certification, several tap and jazz Canadian Dance Teacher Association certifications, and called our dance studio home for the better part of our childhoods and adolescence. In our early 20’s, dance stopped, and so did any form of exercise. As a dancer, we didn’t know how to use the gym or throw on a pair of Nikes. The heavy weights and machines were foreign, intimidating, and something we never needed to think about when dancing four hours a day and six days a week. We tried everything: Pilates, yoga, running (yuck), but nothing seemed to stick -- until we found barre.
Barre quickly became an obsession, a natural extension of our dance education, and besides that -- it was just plain fun and effective. We loved it so much that becoming a certified barre instructor was a natural next step. Upon completing our certification, we also obtained our Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification with a specialization in group fitness. It wasn’t long before we were itching to put our own twist on barre exercise, so after spending some time teaching classes, we decided to bring our method home to OUR locals and open Local Barre Fitness.
Julie Wilson, Founder - Julie is a certified BootyBarre (Classic, Pre/Post Natal, Platinum) instructor, an AFLCA certified instructor specializing in Group Fitness Instructor, and is First Aid and CPR Certified.
Stacy Simon, Founder - Stacy is a certified BootyBarre (Classic, Pre/Post Natal, Platinum) instructor, an AFLCA certified instructor specializing in Group Fitness Instructor, and is First Aid and CPR Certified.