I have been dancing since I was 4. I was born and raised in Ireland and started with Irish dancing, later moving on to jazz and contemporary. I studied International Marketing, German & French in college, worked for a few years in Germany after college and then left it then to follow my desire to be in theatre. I moved to the UK, completed an MA in Contemporary Theatre Practice and then attended drama school at Arts Educational Schools in London.
After a few years in London combining working in the graphics department of a bank with performing in theatre, doing voiceovers and teaching drama and dance, I applied for the green card lottery, amazingly got one and I moved to New York.
I continued working in the graphics department of the NYC branch of the same bank while navigating the New York theatre scene. I also taught dance and drama, did voiceovers, took lots of dance and yoga classes. Then a few years ago, some friends of mine started to take barre classes and encouraged me to try barre as they thought I would love it. I had to wait a few months until I had recovered sufficiently after a rotator cuff surgery. I was immediately hooked. Not only did it help immensely with the rehabilitation of my shoulder post-surgery but I loved that it was a dance based workout to high-energy music and hit all the core muscle groups. The focus on form and small isometric movements without impact to the joints helping to create strong bodies makes it a wonderful workout. And you don't need to ever have danced to enjoy it. I have participated in some triathlons and marathons over the past couple of years and it’s a wonderful cross training for these sports.
After a few months, I decided I wanted to train to be a barre instructor. I got certified in Tracey Mallett's bootybarre® in 2013 and have been teaching ever since. I still work in graphics during the day and teach 4 nights a week and a couple of weekends a month at various locations in and around NYC — Pier 60 Barre at Chelsea Piers; Life in Motion Studio in NYC and JC Barre Studio in Jersey City.
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