Yoga & Barre Instructor
Owner @ Tuck
Callie has been teaching yoga and other group fitness classes for over a decade. She has taught yoga and other fitness classes to all abilities and levels, including total beginners, Oscar-winning actors, MLB players, professional rugby players, Olympians, and those just looking to lead healthier, more active lives.
To learn more about Callie, please see our Callie & Hagana page!
Owner @ Tuck
Kate began her barre journey while spending a year abroad in New Zealand, where she trained and started teaching. Back in Philly, she returned to her job as a high school French teacher and looked for an opportunity to continue teaching barre, as long as she could find a studio where she felt at home. The moment she stumbled upon Tuck, she knew she had found her people.
Kate teaches high-energy barre classes that focus on form and challenge you to safely push your limits, while feeling the burn, embracing the shakes and getting your heart pumping. Ever enthusiastic, Kate’s classes are filled with laughter, groans, and an opportunity to affirm your status as an absolute badass.
Inspired and empowered by the community Callie and Hagana have built – an inclusive studio filled with supportive, happy people – she jumped at the chance to play a larger role. Kate is honored to own a Tuck and share a piece of this happy place with her neighbors.
She fills her barre-free time with her husband (who does something vaguely medical and can seriously rock some spandex), the sassiest little babe on this side of the Delaware, and a majestic floof named Wellington.
Owner @ Tuck
Ann discovered barre after a long hiatus from working out and immediately fell in love. She loves the challenge of barre, the energy of the class and the change in your overall strength. Ann’s classes are more boot camp than ballet and she aims to leave you feeling the burn. In her spare time, Ann enjoys making music videos and playing with dogs.
Alex is from Boca Raton, Florida. He fell in love with dance after watching Britney Spears on TV. He then spent most of his young life training in modern dance. After graduating high school, Alex moved to NYC to attend Marymount Manhattan College to pursue a dance degree. While in New York, he performed with a multitude of dance companies and began teaching at top studios across the city. Soon after, Alex took his first barre class and he never looked back. It perfectly combined his love for teaching dance with his passion for fitness. He then went on to complete Physique 57’s Barre Certification and has loved instructing ever since.
Yoga & Barre Instructor
Alex has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. In 2014 she completed her first training in Costa Rica, and soon after earned her 85-hour prenatal yoga certification with Senior ISHTA teacher April Puciata. Always the student, she completed her advanced 300-hour teacher training in 2019 at Washington, D.C. studio Tranquil Space and is now a 500-hour certified yoga instructor. Alex views yoga as an opportunity to relax, breathe, and get in touch with the body and soul. Alex’s yoga classes incorporate breathwork (pranayama) and meditation techniques that provide an opportunity for grounding and self-reflection. Alex believes that yoga isn’t for the flexible, but for the willing, and that it doesn’t have to look a certain way! Expect to leave class feeling refreshed and ready to conquer whatever the day may bring.
When Alex moved to Philly in 2019, a friend recommended teaching at Tuck. Alex fell in love with the welcoming and warm community, and started taking as many barre and yoga classes as she could! After 3 months of teaching yoga with Tuck she signed up for barre teacher training! Her classes have killer beats, encouraging cues, goofy dance moves, and will leave you feeling strong and accomplished! When she isn’t teaching, Alex works as a Certified Nurse Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, and enjoys exploring Philly with her partner Adam and pup Maddie.
Amanda has always loved fitness but after trying barre was instantly hooked! She loves challenging herself and her class offering a kick it up a notch option while also offering modifications. She is motivating, has killer music, and inspires you to push a little deeper. Her goal is to help test your limits so you can build strength, flexibility, and confidence to overcome them. But her main goal is to make you love barre as much as she does! While she isn’t in the studio teaching or taking classes, she can be found working at HUP as a nurse. She enjoys hiking with her puppy Romey and hubby, running on the bike path, and watching all the original series on Netflix and Amazon while eating all the yummy vegan food!
Amanda started dabbling in barre as a way to blow off stream during her grad school studies. She stuck with barre at Tuck due to its high energy, good vibes, and good folks. When she is not a civil engineer, she loves to teach, move, and feel the burn. In a class with Amanda, expect to celebrate your body and all it can do!
Anjelica knew barre was for her before ever walking into a studio. A dancer at heart with a B.S. in Exercise Science and M.S. in Health Education she knew it was just the fitness certification she wanted to pursue when she heard about barre and its influences of ballet and pilates. After taking a handful of classes, Anjelica jumped right in and received her barre teaching certification from Y2B Fit in January 2018. She has enjoyed the unique journey of learning more about barre from the teacher and student perspectives, simultaneously. To add to her barre instructor tool box, Anjelica enrolled in the teacher certification at Tuck Barre & Yoga. Anjelica enjoys helping others connect to their bodies and become intentional about even the smallest movements. Her love for dance has always kept her moving and makes its way to the barre studio through her eclectic music selection, choreographed-like movements and frequent ballet references.
Yoga & Barre Instructor
Ashley has always enjoyed the benefits of a fitness activity, whether that is feeling strong and healthy, the comradery of a team, a great sweat, or just the rush of endorphins. She played a number of sports in high school and maintained her own fitness routine during college and into working full time. Always looking for something new to offer her fitness routine, initially, Ashley found the physical practice of yoga as a compliment to her regular workout. Her keen curiosity to embrace and to further explore other elements of yoga into her taxing lifestyle evolved into a 200 hour yoga teacher training certification. During this training, she felt a positive transformation in living with intention, purpose, and calmness but also an empowerment to educate others on the healing elements available in a yoga practice. With great enthusiasm and knowledge, Ashley is honored to teach and guide students to find their own happiness and freedom, encouraging the connection of breath and movement, on and off the mat.
Barbara has had the privilege of studying and learning from some of the most inspiring yoga teachers. Their dedication and generosity spurred her to become certified and share the wisdom and benefits of yoga. She has been teaching for 15+ years and loves providing her students with a safe and nurturing space.
Her intention as a teacher is to have you feel deeply connected to your body, mind and spirit. This connection will enable you to make changes more profound than you have ever imagined possible for yourself. Your Agni (fire) rises as you become one through an intense, yet inspiring asana, pranayama and meditation practice. B.K.S. Iyengar said: “Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame.”
Bree started teaching at Tuck because she enjoyed the classes Tuck had to offer and wanted fitness in her life after grad school. Now that she works full time in finance, barre is a way to add a little spice to her life! Bree enjoys the challenges and constantly changing classes barre has to offer. Bree’s classes are hard as heck but you’ll smile through it with her warm and encouraging teaching style!
Callie began her dance training at a very young age and then went on to receive her BFA in Dance from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. After college, she moved to Philadelphia to live her dream as a professional dancer with Koresh Dance company and dance instructor. Callie discovered her love for barre during the pandemic and has easily become her favorite way to keep her body strong and her mind at ease. Barre perfectly blends her love for dance with her love of fitness. She is so excited to apart of the Tuck team!
Cassie is a long distance runner since high school, and while she loved running, the high-impact nature of running had begun to take its toll on her. When she found barre, she fell in love with the challenge, but it also left her feeling like she wasn’t hurting her body. After two years of being a barre student, she trained with at tuck to become an instructor and join their team. She loves the community feel of the studio and the classes and likes that barre can be modified to each student’s level. During the day she works in marketing for a Philadelphia radio group and loves her dog Poppy every minute she gets. Follow her at @_basic_poppy.
While ballet was her thing once upon a time, Chloé fell in love with barre after years of being a runner and craving a new challenge! When she isn’t teaching, she is the friendly face slinging wine and French food over at The Good King Tavern and le Caveau bar à vins in Bella Vista. Her classes via zoom are high-energy bootcamp style, always with some creative cardio, but for in-studio right now, she is focused on making you stronger safely which means burn, baby, burn!
Many years ago, Corey sought out yoga simply from curiosity. What she found was a practice that she fell head first in love with, gave her tremendous empowerment, and deep healing. In 2013, Corey completed her 200 hour Yoga Teaching Training and Certification from Charm City Yoga, in Baltimore, MD; where she also trained, as an apprentice, in leading Mysore-style practices (a branch of ashtanga yoga). Corey has been teaching yoga since 2014. Corey believes that yoga is for everyone that wishes to practice, and can teach the balancing lessons of self-acceptance and love, alongside the commitment to your own evolution. Corey’s vinyasa classes prioritize the tristana method: linking breath, movement, and gaze, in order to find the moving meditation. Corey aims for her classes to be both invigorating and grounding. When Corey isn’t practicing or teaching yoga, she participates in social justice activism, cooking vegan food, and being a dedicated bookworm.
Elise started practicing yoga as a way to relieve tension as a theatre artist. As time passed, it became so much more; a source of inner confidence, strength, and acceptance. Now, yoga keeps her grounded as she lives out her crazy freelance theatre director life. She completed her 200-hour teacher training in 2014 at Maha Yoga and Healing Arts with Justicia DeClue. She teaches a slow and strong vinyasa flow with heavy emphasis on alignment. She loves helping her students find their way into wacky arm balances and creates a meditative but playful atmosphere.
Hallie completed her 200 Hour YTT in December 2016 at Moyo Yoga in Schwenksville, PA under the mentoring and leadership of Maureen Priest. In her teaching, Hallie focuses on the importance of anatomy, form and safety while leading her classes in traditional Vinyasa and Hatha style asana as well as pranayama practice. She hopes to educate others in the importance of yoga and mindfulness but not lose sight of the fun and playful aspect of yoga that she has been taught. Hallie has been practicing yoga for many years but didn’t take her practice too seriously until a back injury introduced her to a deeper and more meaningful practice. Through this deeper practice, Hallie has taught herself the importance of the physical and mental practice both on and off the mat and she tries to be mindful in her day to day activity.
Jami started practicing barre in an effort to gain awareness of her body while also getting an intense workout. She took the teacher training at Tuck for two reasons: to help others become more in tune with their bodies, and to make it burn. In her class, be prepared for challenging workouts, bad jokes, and a teacher who may be taking just a little too much pleasure in your pain.
Jasmine loves barre’s ability to strengthen from the inside out. With a background in West African and Afro-Caribbean dance, she has a deep appreciation for the power and joy that movement brings. In her classes, expect a physical challenge, soulful music, and lots of encouragement. Outside of the barre studio, Jasmine is a professor who writes and teaches about dance and performance.
Jennifer first discovered the movement benefits of yoga as a long distance runner to avoid injury. In graduate school, she became invested in meditation to help manage stress. Jennifer enjoys helping others find happiness from within and remember to take a breath when things get overwhelming. When she’s not practicing yoga, she enjoys treating animals as a veterinarian and seeing as much of the world as possible.
Jess found barre after years of competitive sports and wanting a new challenge. Tuck drew her in by its sense of community and ‘happy place’ vibes. When she’s not working as a case manager for local students and their families or studying for her Masters degree, you can find her challenging those in her class to push themselves a little harder and dig a little deeper.
When Julia found barre, she was immediately struck by the way it seamlessly integrates strengthening, toning, and flexibility movements into an energetic workout that can be modified to meet every body’s needs. Now a couple years later, she is still endlessly thrilled by how barre leaves her feeling empowered, stronger, and excited to learn more! Julia trained to become a certified barre instructor at Tuck so that she can share the unique power of barre with others. As a community nutrition educator by day, Julia is passionate about the intersections of what we do, what we eat, and how we feel. In what can seem like endlessly busy days, Julia dares you to take a minute to take care of yourself and dive into barre classes that are designed to keep you moving and feeling good, while giving you a chance to challenge yourself. Julia’s goal is that her classes leave you feeling fulfilled, healthier, happier, and motivated to barre again!
Kate has been passionately practicing and studying yoga over the past 10 years. She completed yoga teacher training in Goa, India in both Hatha and Vinyasa styles. As a registered nurse by day, she is constantly amazed by the healing potential of yoga–“Heating the body to cool the mind” is her motto. When she is not practicing yoga, she most enjoys international vegetarian street food, traveling to new places and being outside as much as possible.
Katie tried yoga for the first time in high school, but it wasn’t until living in the buzz of NYC that she really developed a practice. Aside from gaining flexibility, the mental benefits are what kept her coming back to her mat. You can expect a strong (chatarunga friendly!) flow in her vinyasa classes, with as much mindfulness and focus on breath that you’ll find in her gentle classes. Katie completed her 200 hr teacher training through Dhyana Yoga in July of 2015 and has been joyfully sharing this life-changing practice ever since. When Katie isn’t teaching, you can find her on her mat or moving her body on a dance floor!
Kelly has found barre to be a great way to stay connected to her background in dance. She loves the subtlety and precision emphasized in barre. In her class, expect to see connections to ballet and Pilates and to feel the rhythm and the burn.
Elizabeth has been trying to find her niche in the wellness community for years, but never felt quite at home until she started taking barre classes in 2015. She loved how barre complimented her weightlifting and yoga practice and began incorporating it into her weekly routine. She decided to complete her teacher training at Tuck, and instantly loved the warm energy and community feel!
In her classes, expect to focus on the mind-body connection and to do a ton of butt stuff! When she’s not teaching barre, Elizabeth is a middle school counselor, and a helicopter dog mama to Violet and Douglas!
After a year of practicing barre solely at Tuck, Maddy decided she wanted to give back to the community that has served her so well. She believes that having fun during a workout is key; so her high-energy playlists are filled with catchy beats and throwback jams. She will challenge you to push just a little harder every class – to discover strength and confidence from within that can be embraced both inside and outside of the studio. During the day Maddy serves as a marketing/proposal coordinator for an architecture firm in Philly, and during the evenings Maddy masters her own gluten free recipes for her blog, Swheat Escape. Her first cookbook is expected to release next Fall, 2020 and you can check out her current recipes at swheatescape.com or on Instagram! She also loves making music with her husband and friends as well as talking to her two fluffy cats.
Malik was introduced to yoga about 20 years ago by his martial arts teacher as a way to get more flexible as well as to find mental clarity. He likes to teach a very intelligent yoga class in terms of alignment, mobility and creating space for students to be proprioceptive (understanding where your body is and how it moves). There is a saying that teaching is learning twice – he considers himself more of a student than teacher and his personal practice allows him to have something to give. He learns a wealth of knowledge from the students that show up to his classes. He is not really into the one size fits all mentality but more that we all form a tapestry and operate like a jazz band or orchestra. He often tells students before class, that if we were headed out on a trip and got lost, that the destination isn’t as important as finding out where we’re at.
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Molly started at tuck teaching yoga, and once Callie saw her fire she knew she would be a great fit for barre as well so she trained at tuck to become a certified barre teacher. Her passion for yoga started on vacation when she and her husband decided to try out a class the resort was offering, and she was instantly hooked. Two years into her personal practice, she decided to quit her corporate job to pursue her passion and become certified in yoga. Teaching an alignment-based vinyasa flow, Molly’s classes build strength and challenge your personal practice. Molly‘s barre classes are guaranteed to keep you moving, burning, shaking, and toned. All levels are welcome and modifications are always given when necessary, but be prepared to be pushed to your limits. Her philosophy on barre is a love/hate relationship, but she definitely leans towards love because she keeps coming back for more, and so will you! Besides Molly’s passion for yoga and barre, she is a foodie (a word she grapples with because who isn’t these days) and is constantly planning her next meal (or 5!)!
Rebecca is a CaBARREt Certified Barre Instructor. Her classes incorporate alignment based ballet warm-ups, Pilates, and functional movement for strength and endurance training. Rebecca is also a theatre artist and dog lover. Her Shiba Inu, Kitsune, keeps her on her toes when she isn’t at the barre. Instagram @barrebliss_becca!
Sandy McGuire is a certified Group Fitness Instructor. She fell in love with Barre in 2013, and has been teaching ever since. Sandy has a passion for health and fitness and strives to make her clients look and feel their best!
Sarah signed up for her first barre class just for fun while after a grad-school fitness/self-care hiatus. She knew after her first class at Tuck that she was hooked despite how difficult it was to move the next day! She loves incorporating full body movements, cultivating playlists, empowering others, and getting into that deep burn. When she’s not working with kids as a pediatric PT, she’s reading, exploring Philly’s food scene, or adding to her ever-growing houseplant collection.
In 2017 Taft relevéd up for the first time and the rest is history. The moment he stepped out of his first Barre class he knew he had found his passion. Barre is more than just a workout for Taft, it’s a positive influence; increasing his physical, mental, and emotional strength. In wanting to share his love for Barre Taft received his Barre Certification in the summer of 2018. Delivering fun and unique classes that express his love for pulsing, lunging and Jessica Simpson; you’ll be sure to break a sweat.
Victoria loves trying different work-out classes but fell in love with barre after the first class. She found Tuck because it’s right around the corner from where she lives. She loved the challenges, shakes, and quakes so she decided to become an instructor. Victoria knew Tuck was the place for her with the welcoming atmosphere and amazing instructors. When taking her class, you can look forward to an upbeat playlist and moves that will leave you sore. Victoria’s classes are challenging, fun, and motivating so you can leave being the strongest version of yourself.