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kelsey collard

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kelsey collard

Kelsey grew up in Attleboro, MA and now resides in Newport, RI. She began ballet at the age of five. Her intensive training began at Festival Ballet Providence where she danced in the Junior Company. In high school, Kelsey moved to Torrington, CT to attend the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts for her junior and senior year. Upon graduating high school she moved to Charlotte, NC where she danced professionally with the North Carolina Dance Theatre. The following year she moved to Princeton, NJ to dance with the American Reperatory Ballet. While in Princeton she taught a “Cardioballet” class at the Princeton Ballet School. Not long after, Kelsey moved back home to Narragansett to begin a career in teaching ballet and fitness. Having done a wide variety of exercise classes Kelsey never felt passionate about any of them until she found barre. After completing her first class she instantly knew the barre life was the life for her. Kelsey loves knowing that she will ALWAYS be challenged at Studio Barre whether it’s her first class or 300th class. She finds it very rewarding to be a Studio Barre Owner and barre{tender}. Seeing her clients improve in their form and technique makes her very happy. So, if you hear Kelsey squealing in class you’ll know why!

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tanis collard

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tanis collard

Tanis spent most of her life in Massachusetts before recently moving to the coast of Rhode Island. Her early career was spent as an advertising manager for a pharmaceutical chain and a free lance writer before she became a full time stay at home mom to her four children. In 1995 she founded the Celiac Support Group for Children, Inc. and subsequently Camp Celiac, the largest attended camp in the world dedicated to gluten-free children. Tanis fell in love with barre after her business partner and daughter, Kelsey, introduced her to it. Completely amazed at how fast she saw results in her strength, posture and overall physique, she knew that becoming a Studio Barre owner was the next chapter in her life. When not at the barre, Tanis can be found at the seashore, where her passion for sun, surf and fresh air is met. She values time spent with family, gardening and is an avid walker.

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jill snizek

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jill snizek

Jillian grew up in Tiverton, RI and has lived in Newport for the past 5 years. She studied Early Childhood Education at The University of Rhode Island and continued post graduate at Rhode Island College, earning a Masters in Early Childhood Special Education. Jillian works for an Early Intervention agency throughout RI and works with the Landing and Lobster Bar Restaurants during the summer months.  Jillian loves to attend barre classes since taking her first class with Studio Barre Newport in January 2015 where she became instantly obsessed! She has made so many connections with current and past clients and enjoys the close knit feel the studio generates.  Jillian has a strong passion for working with and helping people. She is so excited to be joining the Studio Barre family!

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jenna regan

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jenna regan

Jenna is a native of Jamestown, RI where she currently resides. At age 6 she got bitten by the theater bug performing with Fantasy Works theater company in East Greenwich, RI. At 14 she began studying voice with Julie Andrews at Voice Images Studio and acting with David DiLullo at The Prout School. She attended Marymount Manhattan College in NYC to study Musical Theater, and found she also had a passion for writing. She completed her degree in English at URI with a concentration in creative writing and comparative literature. Jenna has just recently returned to RI after several years living in Los Angeles, CA where she co-wrote screenplays and worked on script development with her writing partners. Her screenplay “Verse” with co-writer Matt Morgan was a quarter-finalist in The Academy of Arts and Sciences 2012 Nicholl Fellowship. Jenna is also a contributing writer for Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, and remains passionate about performance and writing. She took a barre class at Studio Barre and instantly fell in love with it, and adores the sense of community and support here at Studio Barre. She is beyond thrilled to join the team and looks forward to helping everyone achieve their health and wellness goals!

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jen link

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jen link

Jen, a native of Aquidneck Island, currently resides in Middletown. A 2016 cum laude graduate of Rhode Island College, she earned her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education with a concentration in special education of students with mild/moderate and severe intellectual disabilities. Jen is currently the Life Skills Special Education Teacher at Tiverton High School. You can also catch her serving tables at The Red Parrot downtown. Jen took her first barre class in 2015 when her best friend, Devyn, became a barretender. She was instantly hooked and has been an avid tucker ever since!

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allison hayes

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allison hayes

Allison grew up in Loudon, New Hampshire and developed a passion for dance at a young age, training in tap, jazz, and ballet. She moved to Rhode Island to attend Roger Williams University and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice. While at RWU, Allison immersed herself in extracurricular activities, such as the dance club and the equestrian team. In the summer of 2012 she studied in New York City with the Rockettes as part of a week-long summer intensive. Allison discovered Studio Barre by chance; she saw an advertisement for a class and decided to give it a try. She was instantly hooked and began attending classes regularly. Allison enjoys not only the challenges that barre class offers, but the positive effects it has had on her body and mind.

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carolyn impagliazzo

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carolyn impagliazzo

Carolyn, originally from Wakefield RI began dancing at age 5. Later in her dance training she studied at Festival Ballet Providence and became a member of the Junior Company. After graduating she went on to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh finding a career in the Digital Advertising field as a Paid Search Contractor. Discovering her passion is health and fitness, Carolyn left advertising behind to become a Barre{tender} here at Studio Barre Newport. She is one crazy corgi lady and will always show you pictures of her corgi Neville to brighten your day!

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crystal weeks

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crystal weeks

Crystal grew up in Rehoboth, MA. She began dancing at the age of 4 and continued through college. She has always had a passion for performance and fitness. In high school, competitive dance and cheerleading managed to keep her active mind grounded. At 16, she won a gold medal in dance aerobics at the Junior Olympics in the Super Dome in New Orleans. Shortly after, she discovered modern dance and fell in love. She then went to Dean College to major in Dance. It was there that she discovered Theatre and became a member of both the Theatre and Dance Companies as well as President of the National Honor Society. She graduated with an A.A. in Dance Pedagogy with a minor in Music. Directly after, she auditioned for Alvin Ailey and was accepted to spend the summer in NYC training with them. During that summer she felt more and more drawn to acting. Continuing her studies at L.I.U. C.W. POST, she received a B.F.A. in Theatre. After touring with a show in Europe, she collaborated with her friend and writer Laura Gerhieser to write a one-woman show, “Unearthing Lilth”. She Performed and Choreographed the show in NY and was invited to perform at the American Theatre Festival in Maryland. She received an award for Performance from the Kennedy Center. After taking a break from performance, she moved home from NY and is thrilled to have stumbled upon Studio Barre! She loves the healthy environment that it fosters and is so excited to reconnect with her body along with like minded individuals. She cannot wait to see where this part of the journey leads!

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Rebecca Duval

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Rebecca Duval

Rebecca grew up in Fall River, MA and started studying classical ballet at The Dance Academy at the age of five where she discovered her love of dance and movement. While training there, she performed with the Spindle City Ballet for 8 seasons. She later attended the University of Rhode Island and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. While at URI, Rebecca completed a directed study at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she studied the use of exercise as medicine and the mind, body connection of exercise. That is where she found her true passion for not only health and wellness but for teaching others to love it as well. The fun-loving atmosphere at Studio Barre and the challenge the workout gives to clients of any fitness level and ability really stood out to Rebecca. It truly is the perfect place for anyone to fall in love with exercise!!

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patricia nelson

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patricia nelson

After growing up in Central Massachusetts, Patricia moved to NJ to attend Seton Hall University.   As a Public Relations and Communications major she started her career planning weddings and other events at a restaurant in Connecticut.   After leaving the restaurant business, she began doing marketing for Wellness Offices all over the tri-state area, her work with these practices gave her the opportunity to work with patients on their fitness and nutrition towards health goals.  It was then that she discovered her love for true health and wellness, and the importance of taking preventative steps to stay healthy. She immediately fell in love with Studio Barre- the workouts, the energy, the community, the music!     When not in the studio you can find her out and about exploring- a big fan of trying new things, the outdoors- especially the beach or deep in the woods, and taking classic recipes (especially comfort foods and desserts) and transforming them into healthier versions.

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sam pattavina

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sam pattavina

Sam grew up in Middletown, Rhode Island and has lived in Newport for the past four years. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business and Sports Management from Salve Regina University. As a life long Aquidneck Island resident she has a passion for weddings and special events and currently works in event planning with Blackstone Caterers. She started a love of dance at age five and loves the full body workout of Studio Barre. After struggling to find a workout that fit, she was thrilled with the mind and body transformation that Studio Barre delivers. The always challenging classes and fun loving environment of Studio Barre hooked her after her first class in 2015. 
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emma buckley

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emma buckley

Emma grew up in Northampton, Massachusetts and moved to Newport three years ago when she began studying Social Work at Salve Regina University. Her background in ballet started young, at age 5, when she joined Pioneer Valley Ballet’s pre-professional training program. During her training at PVB she performed in over 13 seasons of the Nutcracker, and various other full-length ballets. After graduating from high school and her ballet company, she wanted to branch out and try new types of exercise. After trying just about everything, Emma found barre and fell in love with how close to home she felt inside the studio. Once she noticed how her confidence, strength and overall dancers body started to come back she became hooked, knowing that she needed to become a teacher of this amazing class!

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maura o'halloran

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maura o'halloran

Maura grew up in Webster, Massachusetts before moving to Providence two years ago to begin working as a Sales Manager for the Spring Hill Suites by Marriott in West Warwick. Maura started dancing at age 3 with LMT Dance Academy in Massachusetts. From there she continued her studies with The Dancer’s Sole (formally Canty Dance Centre) and continued through high school being a member of the Company competition team and captain of the tap company. After high school, while attending Roger Williams University, Maura became a member of the Dance Team and Dance Club as a dancer and choreographer. Transferring to Worcester State University in Massachusetts, she worked from her home studio teaching mostly hip-hop and tap classes. She is currently finishing up her studies at WSU towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in management. While trying to constantly stay busy, Maura found Studio Barre and immediately fell in love with the atmosphere and shake-tastic workouts!

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sydney requardt

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sydney requardt

Sydney grew up in Longmeadow, Massachusetts and moved to Newport three years ago to attend Salve Regina University. She is a european history major and philosophy minor. After playing volleyball and ultimate frisbee in high school, Sydney was looking for a way to stay active in Newport. She was introduced to barre by her roommate, Emma, who is a barretender at Studio Barre! Sydney instantly fell in love with the studio and the close knit community!