HIP HOP, MUSICAL THEATER, TEAM
Katie has been dancing since age 11 where she started taking Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, and Hip Hop classes. Though Katie has studied various styles, she especially enjoys Hip Hop and quickly excelled at this style. Katie has attended various dance competitions and furthered her training taking multiple workshops in NYC, primarily focusing on Theater and Hip Hop. She has been teaching for 8 years and the enjoyment of dance shines through her teaching style, leaving her dancers not only happy but also confident and eager to learn more and progress. Katie’s goal is to continue to light that fire for everyone who steps into her class. Outside of the studio, Katie is a Sleep Apnea Consultant at a Holistic Dental Practice. She spends her free time enjoying where we live by either hiking or boating. Katie wants this studio to be a pressure free zone of pure enjoyment for dancers and parents. She wants dance to be students’ happy place, a place to feel good and forget about school or jobs for anyone who attends class here. She brings a lot of energy to the dance world, not only by teaching our students, but also through her lively choreography that she brings to community events. Katie is ecstatic to take teaching into her own hands and open this studio and bring all her ideas to life!
BALLET, JAZZ, CONTEMPORARY, ACRO, TEAM
Annie was fortunate to dance at the age of 3, and never looked back. She studied at almost every school from Plattsburgh to NYC, and learned something valuable from every teacher. She studied all genres but studied Ballet extensively along with Jazz. She has ten years of experience in gymnastics where she competed for many years, but ultimately chose to focus on dancing. Some of her achievements include being in professional Nutcracker productions, winning “Gold” at various dance competitions, and being a member of her university dance team, “Dance Corps”, where she explored other genres of dance and choreographed pieces for their shows. She has been teaching since 2012 and continues to take master-classes in NYC to expand on her own capabilities as well as picking up new material. She also choreographed for a local high school musical. Outside of the studio she is a Realtor, owner of ADK Traveling Bar (a catering company), and an outdoor sports enthusiast during her free time. She emphasizes the importance of a well-rounded life, as she danced 6 days/week in high school while also being a 3-sport athlete in addition to the many other things she grew up experiencing. She expects the same to be possible for any dance student and will help them to also experience as much as possible in dance without neglecting other parts of life.
Now, she is excited to take teaching to the next level and live out one of her childhood dreams
- owning a dance studio!
TAP, CHILDREN'S DANCE
Nikki Borie has been dancing her whole life, studying tap, jazz, ballet, and hip hop. She graduated from Siena College in 2007 with a BA in American Studies. During her time there, she was a captain of the Siena College Dance Team, performing at half time during Siena basketball games at the Times Union Center. She was also on a competitive dance team for two years during college and was a member of the Albany Conquest (arena football) Treasures Dance Team for one summer. She completed her program at Sage Graduate School in 2009, earning a Master of Science degree in Childhood Education and Literacy. Nikki has 8+ years of teaching experience as a substitute teacher in numerous local districts. She is currently employed as a Teaching Assistant at Lake George Elementary School. She also has experience as dance teacher working 4 years as a summer dance camp counselor at Siena College, teaching two hip hop classes to children ages 4-8 at the Glens Falls YMCA, and one semester as an adjunct professor of modern dance at SUNY Adirondack. She was a dance teacher at ARDT for three years before joining the team at The Body Barre. Nikki was born and raised in Lake George and currently lives in Queensbury with her husband and their two children, Mia and James.
Brianna Daley is dedicated to the art of dance. Starting at age five, she has pursued every form of movement available to her. She started company at age eight and kept her passion through college. Her dedication to continuing education brought her to master classes in NYC as well as studying dance at SUNY Potsdam. As a graduate from the University of Maine with a BA in Studio Art, she has an invigorated sense of visual art forms. Brianna has taken part in multiple professional performance art pieces in both Maine and New York. Each performance deepens her understanding of poetic movement. Her love for her craft can be seen in the patience she extends to each student. Fostering that passion in each individual she teaches is what Brianna considers a privilege that she can pass on from her mentors to her students. When she is not at the studio, she works full time at a pre-school in Saratoga. She is sure to inspire your young dancer! We are excited to have her, check out the schedule for new class offerings with Bri!
YOGA, BODYWEIGHT BOOTCAMP
Hi, I’m Amy and a woman of many facets. I currently work with traumatic brain injured people, as a fulltime job. But, my passions are fitness, health and spiritual wellbeing. I am a certified Yoga instructor and fitness instructor. I have always led a very active life. I have been extremely active with Crossfit for 5+ years now and it is a huge part of my life, as well as Yoga, it seems to balance my life out as a whole. Yoga has done to my mind, spirit and soul what Crossfit has done to my body, made it very strong. I am a mother of 2 amazing children and a grandmother of 3 equally amazing grandkids (I may be a little bias though). I enjoy sharing my knowledge through teaching Yoga and fitness classes, as well as learning valuable assets from my students. I am passionate about learning, creating and sharing. NAMASTE.
Ayla has always had a love for dance. Born and raised in the South, she was first exposed to Zumba Fitness in her freshman year of college at Mississippi University for Women. She immediately fell in love. The next year she received her license to instruct and taught classes until she graduated with her Bachelors degree in Psychology in 2013. After graduation, Ayla moved across the country to New York, got married, and had her first child. Although she loved staying home with her baby, Ayla was ready to put her sneakers back on! She started teaching again when her son was 10 months old an hasn’t slowed down since. Ayla refers to dancing as her “me time” and her therapy. She says that it is such a blessing to be able to share her love and passion of dance with others! It is the greatest gift to watch her students embrace dancing and to see their confidence ride and the smiles on their faces. This girl can MOVE! Her style resembles a hip hop class and she even had the famous "Turn up Tanci", as seen on social media and Youtube, visit her right at our studio and take her class!
Jessica Baltoumas Perry
Jessica has been a group fitness enthusiast since the late 90’s. After trying every type of class available, she tried a Zumba class, fell in love, and it quickly became a passion in life as it is a natural stress reliever and it’s fun! When she’s not sweating and dancing, she is spending time with her family and friends. Jessica has a Master’s degree in Nursing and works as a Registered Nurse as her full time career. She is married and has three human children and one fur child, a yellow lab. You’ll see her girls around the studio, as they are active dancers as well, must take after their mama! She is thrilled to take Zumba to the next level and share her love of it with The Body Barre, and we are excited to have her here!
We are proud to announce Fylicia as our receptionist and retail specialist. She is looking forward to bringing her organization skills, passion and enthusiasm to The Body Barre. As a life long lover of dance, she studied Jazz at Bolton Dance Academy for 7 years, and because of it’s positive impact on her life, she is excited to make dance a part of her career and to be a part of a new local business. Fylicia was an honor student while studying Psychology at SUNY Plattsburgh and has excelled in leadership positions such as managing Victoria’s Secret and Outback Steakhouse. She is going to play a huge role at The Body Barre, as she will be your “go-to” at the front desk, our retail expertise, and a friendly face to see as you come to class. We are excited to have her on board!