Shoshana was born in Pennsylvania, graduated from Bryn Mawr College, and in 1997 moved to Florida to work for a nonprofit organization, happily leaving the damp, cold Northeastern winters. As a professional opera singer, she sang extensively in the U.S. and Europe and was one of the first Westerners to perform in Guangxi Province, China. Shoshana became an Authorized Instructor of TRT® in 1986 and continues to teach seminars for stress management and personal growth. She is also a database designer and longtime observer of the evolving interface between people and computers.
Shoshana came to barre workouts from an eclectic background of dance and fitness. She studied the Alexander Technique for physical alignment and optimal posture on stage with Countess Kitty Wielopolska, one of F. M. Alexander’s original students. With a lifelong interest in dance, Shoshana has been a member of a folk dance troupe and two different professional belly dance troupes. In March 2012, recovering from a car accident, Shoshana began barre classes and became addicted to barre’s combination of fitness, form and flexibility. She brings a passion for the method to her classes and hopes to share that with each student.
Tunde was born in Europe in the city of Debrecen, Hungary and graduated high school there. She then moved to Budapest, the capital city of Hungary, and earned her B.A. in Physical Education and Sciences from Eotvos Lorand University. She then spent the next two years getting experience, practicing and teaching yoga that earned her certifications for 500 hours of Yoga training, 500 hours of Alternative Movement teacher training, and 300 hours of Massage Therapeutic training all in Hungary. She furthered her studies here in the United States and has also earned certifications as a Practical Yoga Instructor, a Group Exercise Instructor certification from AFAA, and her Barre Instructor certification from IBBFA.
Tunde lives in South Pasadena, Florida with her husband, Steve, and two children, Kevin and Keti.
Katie spent many years in the dance studio studying ballet and jazz during childhood and her teen years. She continued dance studies at the University of Richmond completing a minor in Dance Performance while also being a member of the University Dancers. After graduation, she spent years working in Theatre Management – this time behind the stage – with positions at the Modlin Center for the Arts, ICM Artists and the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. In 2010, she decided to leave the world of arts administration to devote more time to her family. During this time, she took her first barre class and was immediately hooked! She realized then that in addition to practicing barre, she wanted to teach. In addition to her barre certification, she is also certified to teach Pilates. She hopes you will enjoy her barre classes where she will combine elements of ballet’s gracefulness blended with the standard challenge you receive from a barre workout.