FOUNDER, CEO; BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
"Allow your passion to become your purpose and one day it will become your profession."
Nikki Meeusen is a Wisconsin native who has always had a passion for helping people better themselves through health and fitness. She fell in love with barre immediately after discovering a method from the Lotte Berk technique and knew that she had to make it a bigger part of her lifestyle. She opened her first barre studio in Milwaukee, WI in 2015 and has since partnered with Christina Zarnowski and founded the brand Barre District which has an emphasis on an all encompassing healthy lifestyle.
Her goal for Barre District is to provide a place and resources, by partnering within communities and other businesses, that contribute to better products and solutions for people to create healthier lifestyle habits in addition to the life changing barre workout.
When she is not taking barre classes, Nikki loves spending time with friends especially when Thai food or sushi is involved. She appreciates a good wine or craft beer and loves to garden, be outdoors and spend time with her husband, Eric, their daughter, Kenzie and their puggle, Nigel.
FOUNDER, CREATIVE DIRECTOR & MILWAUKEE STUDIO OWNER
“I’ve learned it’s never to late to reinvent yourself, and I’ve invented something I love.”
Christina started her professional career in the beauty industry, working for Clinique, Prescriptives and freelancing for M.A.C. Eventually she moved her esthetics career into a locally owned salon in St. Petersburg, Florida and began managing the salon and spa. While living in Florida, she dabbled in fitness, eventually focusing on running. In 2013, her family decided to move back home to Wisconsin. Once their first winter hit, her running career was forced off the streets and onto a treadmill inside a big box gym. Christina began loving her time at the gym and soon decided she wanted to figure out a way to turn fitness into a career. After taking a group fitness class and watching the instructor have the time of her life while teaching, she decided THAT was what she wanted to do - she just didn't know what type of class. She looked into multiple fitness classes, but something always led her to barre, so she decided to sign up for a barre certification course in Chicago. Soon after being certified, she met Nikki who was opening a barre studio in Bay View. Nikki and Christina were instant comrades, which soon led to a business partnership and the creation of their own brand, Barre District. Today, Christina owns two Milwaukee studios and teaches up to 15 classes per week. Although she could teach less, she prefers to be present in the studios and a part of the amazing community they have built. She currently has seven certifications in barre and is constantly choreographing new content daily for Barre District. In the rare occasions that Christina is not at the studio, you can find her with her amazingly supportive husband, Chris, and their two crazy kids, Avianah and Crew, in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.
Allie has always been into exercise and fitness, but when a knee injury made her daily run impossible, she had to change up her workout routine. She tried barre, and immediately knew she had found her new addiction. Now, she's stronger than ever and in the best shape of her life, all thanks to Barre District! She's passionate about helping others find their perfect workout, and thinks everyone could use a little barre in their life!
Besides barre, Allie loves cooking, playing with her dogs, crossword puzzles, margaritas, and of course, her husband.
“I love seeing a positive change in people and the spark that makes people want to continue to push themselves farther.”
Annie discovered Barre in the summer of 2015. After only a few classes she began to see her body improve. She noticed that she was not only stronger and healthier, but she had better posture as well. Annie had always been a runner and played sports, but never had the results as she did with Barre. She quickly became a regular and enjoyed the constant challenge each new class brought. Annie became an instructor in 2016, and is excited to be a part of such a wonderful team and family.
When Annie is not teaching classes at the studio, she is a substitute elementary teacher, and loves spending time with her husband, two daughters, and dog.
“Find something you are passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” – Julia Child
By day, Danielle works in digital marketing as a writer and social strategist. She has always incorporated cardio workouts and strength training into her lifestyle, but didn’t realize how addicted she could be to a workout until she discovered Barre District. She’s certain it has truly changed her life, and almost guarantees it will change yours (both in appearance and mindset). Coming to class isn’t like going to a gym, it’s like hanging out with an amazing group of friends, and she’s so thankful to have joined the team as an instructor at the end of 2016.
She spends her free time with her husband renovating their 1924 Tosa bungalow, blogging, cooking and snuggling her two pups.
Finding the right workout has always been a challenge for Emma. Before attending her first barre class she kept reading how addicting the classes are and thought it was impossible. A year later and she’s a barre addict! Emma is the winner of the 2016 #barrelife challenge taking 90 classes in 60 days. During the week she works for Milwaukee Brewing Company. Her free time is spent with her cats and fiancé.
“In all aspects of my life, I work to inspire and motivate women to become healthy and love themselves.”
Lindsey is a social worker for the underserved. She started attending Barre in March of 2015 and loved it so much that she found the desire to become an instructor. Barre District is near and dear to her heart because it has helped her overcome a back injury and notice significant toning in her entire body. Prior to starting Barre, she mostly ran and did HIIT workouts. Nothing has changed her body as quickly as barre has. Lindsey enjoys teaching and gaining an amazing fitness family. In her free time, she loves spending time with her husband and two pups.
“I am passionate about seeing women pursue excellence vs. perfection, to challenge themselves, and grow. Teaching provides me perfect opportunity to incorporate this passion into my classes.”
Rachel discovered Barre back in the summer of 2013 and loved it from the start! After taking classes for a year she decided to become a certified instructor and taught at a studio for just under a year before joining the team at Barre Co. She loves Barre because it’s a fun, effective, and ever challenging workout. She has yet to take or teach a class without feeling sore the next day! Rachel grew up in Minnesota and spent most of her 20’s traveling. She has lived in Nashville, TN, Wellington, New Zealand, and San Diego. She moved to Milwaukee in the Spring of 2012, and married her husband, CJ, in April of 2015. Aside from Barre, she loves trying out new restaurants with her husband, reading, wine, and quality time with friends and family. She is excited to be a part of the Barre District family!