Friends for over two decades, Julie Wilson and Stacy Simon are combining work and pleasure opening Local Barre Fitness in Regina this winter and we are just as excited as the city is! We asked these Barre babes for a few minutes of their time so we could get to know them and get a feel for the studio that’s about to have Regina pulsing and shaking.
What led to your decision to open a barre studio in Regina?
We met at the ballet barre twenty years ago. Serendipity? We think so. Our ballet teacher paired us up as partners in the early days of dance classes, and as they say, the rest is history.
Both of us grew up dancing competitively and obtained our Grade 8 Royal Academy of Dance certification, several tap and jazz Canadian Dance Teacher Association certifications, and called our dance studio home for the better part of our childhoods and adolescence. When we both entered University (Stacy for Education and Julie in Business Admin), dance stopped, and so did any form of exercise. As dancers, we didn’t know how to use the gym or throw on a pair of Nikes. We tried everything, but nothing seemed to stick -- until we found barre.
Barre quickly became an obsession, a natural extension of our dance education, and besides that -- it was just plain fun and effective. We decided to get more education on barre and obtained a Barre Certification, Pre- Natal and Senior Fitness Certifications, and our Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification with a specialization in group fitness. Soon after, we started teaching our own barre method. It wasn’t long before we were itching to quit our stable “pension-earning jobs,” bring this home to OUR locals, and open Local Barre Fitness in Regina.
What would we be surprised to know about you?
That’s a tricky one. Again, probably that neither of us expected to be in the fitness industry. Stacy was a high school English teacher and recently obtained her Masters in Education, and Julie worked in Advertising and then Human Resources when we both decided to change course completely.
Barre was a hobby turned obsession turned business plan- an opportunity to do what we love most and be a part of a community of passionate entrepreneurs in YQR.
Barre movements you have a love/hate relationship with? #hurtsogood
There are SO many to choose from! We would have to say our favourite track of a “Local Special” Barre class is our choreographed plie track. This is a unique time in the class where one song is dedicated solely to plies and is loosely choreographed to a serious “banger”. You start and end with the song, feel like you are grooving at the club, all while getting a serious booty burn.
What artists can we expect to hear on your barre class playlist?
We believe that music is CRITICAL to a successful barre class and have even structured the design of our classes around music. Every Local Leader will have their own playlists that are authentic to them and their personalities, however we are confident that you will always be able to hear your favourite “banger” at a Local Barre Fitness class. Also, expect to attend some theme classes around certain artists or decades.
Top 5 things you love about Regina
- If we could write “the people” for all 5 answers that would represent how wonderful Regina people truly are. The community of Regina locals is like none other and the support they have already shown us during our start up phase of Local Barre Fitness is overwhelming and inspiring.
- Local Business: Okay, so we have some of the best local boutiques here in Regina with the best labels and relevant styles. If you are in Regina you absolutely must check out Havik, Coda, Marbella, and Nico.
- Local Restaurants: Seriously good local restaurants in Regina. Just a few to mention: Bushwakker, Victoria’s Tavern, Crave, and Leopold’s.
- A 45 minute drive can get you to some of the most amazing lakes that exist anywhere. Whether it’s one of the Qu’Appelle valley lakes like Katepwa, Pasqua, Echo, Mission or Regina Beach you can find us knee deep most July and August weekends in one of our wonderful local lakes. Also, the sunsets over the lake could shock and inspire anyone.
- Our family. Being born and raised here means we get to share the city with our family (with the exception of one or two members). The support, friendship and love they provide us with every day inspires us and we never would have been able to pursue this dream of Local Barre Fitness if it wasn’t for them
Best vegetarian restaurant:
13th Ave Coffee Shop is a serious MUST for some vegetarian food and a coffee (or glass of wine). They have the best vegetarian options and are a staple for Regina’s Cathedral area. We also LOVE Sprout, which is a locally owned restaurant on the edge of Regina’s downtown with some awesome vegetarian options.
Best coffee shop:
Because our Starbucks in Regina are limited, we have some AMAZING Local Coffee shops that have recently popped up all over the city. We are loving Naked Bean for their swoon worthy baking and lattes, and Brewed Awakening which has recently expanded with numerous quaint locations throughout the city.
Must try sweet:
Okay, listen up- if you have not been fortunate enough to be in Regina on a Wednesday or Saturday to purchase a cinnamon bun from Green Spot Café downtown, you haven’t lived. These cinnamon buns are hard to come by and always sell out quickly because they are oohey gooey heavenly goodness! Have we said enough?
If you're spending time outdoors in Regina, where are you?
Wascana Lake in the heart of Regina is a little piece of heaven during the summer months and the perfect place for a run or stroll with friends with a wonderful view of the legislative building. We must also say- if you drive 45 ish minutes outside of the city you will find several AMAZING lakes. We spent most of our summers at Katepwa Lake in the Qu’Apelle Valley and both agree lounging on a boat or paddle boarding up and down the shores on a 30 degree summer day is our idea of perfection.
What would your perfect weekend staycation involve?
Brunch at Fresh and Sweet, a spin class at our favourite Regina spin studio- Wheelhouse, shopping at some of our favourite Regina boutiques, a walk around Wascana Lake, Sushi at Orange Izakaya Café, drinks with friends at Victoria's Tavern.