Thanks for stopping by and checking out what I'm serving which is watching people become stronger in their bodies. I'm Teresa (She/Her/Badass), born and raised in The Bay, and I have been teaching fitness since 2008. Before that, I was doing all the jobs that did not fit my personality. The one gig that held my attention the longest was dancing. I danced for 13 years before becoming the founder/artistic director of the award-winning dance troupe Harlem Shake Burlesque, the first Black burlesque troupe in the Neo-Burlesque movement, in 2003. It was during that time that I took my first barre class and I immediately knew what I wanted to be when I grew up!
In addition to teaching barre, I'm a certified A.C.E. Personal Trainer and a certified Barre Above instructor. Before acquiring the barre certification, I taught for two barre franchises in the SF Bay Area. Barre runs through my veins, and it is this fitness modality that opened the door to my love of fitness. My most favorite method to both take and teach is Pilates! It feeds my dancer soul as well as helps with the knee injuries I sustained from cycling. Pilates allows me to stand without pain and perform simple movements that most people take for granted like walking up and down stairs, standing from sitting or dropping it like it's hot. It is because of Pilates that I feel taller, stronger and even more badass.
So when I say that I love watching people get stronger in their bodies, I'm not just saying it. To be able to help someone who is hyper-mobile build strength, so they aren’t dislocating their joints is just as important to me as helping someone who is getting fit to feel more present/confident/stronger in their body.
Being fit is about more than just looking good. It’s about feeling your best. I look forward to meeting you, and supporting you in being the change you want to feel in your body.