THE BARRETENDERS

 

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samantha graichen

BAY VIEW STUDIO OWNER

Samantha Graichen is a Wisconsin native who first discovered her love for Barre in 2017 at the Barre District location in Bay View, WI. She was drawn to the low impact yet high intensity workouts, contemporary atmosphere and supportive community. Samantha comes from a family of entrepreneurs and had been seeking a business opportunity that she was truly passionate about, In 2018, opportunity became possibility, and she made possibility a reality, and proceeded to take over ownership of Barre District’s first studio in Bay View, the very one she fell in love with. Samantha is constantly seeking to motivate and challenge others, while building a strong community around herself. Her goals in owning a Barre District Lifestyle Studio are to create a place of kindness and community, while helping others achieve their fitness goals, and grow as a leader both personally and professionally.


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Allie Kruse

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. 


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anna kees

“Since doing barre I have gotten more compliments on my body and I've never felt better about myself. I can't wait to see you at the barre!”

Anna is a lawyer by day, barre lover by night. She started working out for stress relief and to lose weight in law school, and kept going from there. She has done it all, from personal training to kickboxing to yoga. Eventually, only gravitating to barre. Anna enjoys taking and teaching classes at Barre District because of the challenging workout, amazing results, most welcoming instructors, and the best dose of self-esteem you can give yourself! When she’s not working or working out, you can find her sipping wine with friends or out on a walk with her husband and dogs.


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EMily tau

“Be afraid, but do it anyway.”

In January of 2015, Emily had a moment of courage, stepped outside her comfort zone, and marched into a barre studio. Her life hasn’t been the same since that day. Her background in dance was what initially piqued her interest in barre, but it was the welcoming community that brought her back to her second class, and the visible physical changes that keep her returning. Before barre, Emily had tried other workouts, but they always seemed like a chore or an obligation. Barre District became somewhere she wanted to be. Because of barre, Emily has made some drastic lifestyle changes, which have led her to becoming healthier, stronger, and more confident. She is a firm believer that everyone deserves to feel healthy, strong, and confident and is passionate about helping others discover their confidence.

In the few hours of the week that she’s not at the barre studio, you can find Emily promoting the city at her full-time job at VISIT Milwaukee, drinking a glass of wine and reading a book, or binge-watching the same four shows on Netflix for the hundredth time with her fiance.


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rachel foeckler

“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!