Team

Meet The Team

NADIA WALKER

CO-FOUNDER, CHIEF BARRE OFFICER, MUSIC MIX MASTER & OWNER, UNIVERSITY HILLS

Nadia, a Colorado native, began dancing as a toddler and spent her formative years enjoying ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and hip hop classes. Later, Nadia applied her dance training and athleticism to competitive cheer-leading and gymnastics. In her early twenties, she performed in a local burlesque troop and fell in love with the art. Nadia also spent 10 years as a make-up artist and hair stylist, working with television personalities and print models. Ever the entrepreneur, Nadia is excited to be a part of Barre Forte, where she combines her love for fitness, dance and business. When Nadia is not at Barre Forte, she enjoys traveling and musical theater (really!), and spending time with her daughter, who is a state champion gymnast and competitive diver.

AMY O'CONNELL

CMO, BARRE FORTE

A competitive runner and Colorado native, Amy O’Connell has run everything from 10k’s to 100 mile races in the Rocky Mountains and the Alps. She loves pushing past her limits, but found that she was held back by overtraining injuries from a lack of cross-training. She discovered barre as a way to build strength, prevent injury and improve her running performance. After committing to barre three days a week, she saw her injuries melt away and achieved PR (Personal Record) times in the marathon and 50 mile distance. When Amy was pregnant with her son and unable to complete long-distance runs, she discovered her passion for barre went beyond running. Prior to opening her own Barre Forte studio and joining the Barre Forte team, Amy owned her own social media marketing company and has over 15 years of experience in marketing and business consulting. Now, she loves helping others achieve their personal goals and believes that with hard work, anything is possible.

SARAH BRITTENHAM

CFO, BARRE FORTE

A Colorado native, Sarah Brittenham has fostered a love of athletics and the outdoors since childhood. She is an avid trail runner, competing in ultra races of all distances, including the esteemed Leadville Trail 100. She took her first Barre Forte class and immediately fell in love with the kick ass workout and community of women pushing each other to meet their best. Sarah is a licensed CPA and received her MBA with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship from the University of Colorado. Prior to opening her own Barre Forte studio and joining the Barre Forte team, she spent 5 years at a public accounting firm and another 9 years as the Controller for a small Oil and Gas Company in Denver. She is committed to empowering women and helping them to realize their potential by owning and running a successful studio.

BRENA KAUTZ

DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT, MASTER BARRE INSTRUCTOR

Brena, a Colorado native, began dancing at the age of five, practicing tap, ballet, and jazz, at the Centre of Dance for 13 years, and was a member of Broomfield High School’s Pom Squad, which won both state and national recognitions. In college, Brena focused her studies on the history and movements of modern dance and ballet, receiving her Bachelors degree in dance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and later spent many years dancing professionally on the Las Vegas strip. Aside from her dance background, Brena is a nationally certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, and Master Barre Instructor. She holds certifications in TRX as well as Les Mills BODYSTEP, BODYJAM and barre fitness.

SAGE FENNIG

OWNER, LOHI, DENVER, CO

A Colorado native, Sage Fennig, has lived in downtown Denver for the last 18+ years. While she’s always had a passion for fitness it wasn’t until recovering from a life threating case of Hyponatremia that she turned to barre as a low impact way for her to regain strength. Before she knew it she was hooked, and found the hard workouts and the sense of community at Barre Forte LoHi were exactly what her body needed to heal. Always having had aspirational dreams of owning her own business Sage knew when the opportunity to purchase Barre Forte LoHi in March 2020 came her way it was far too good to pass up! Being able to empower others, create a sense of community, all while doing something fun and healthy is what she has always dreamed of. When Sage isn’t in the studio you can often find her hanging around the city with her husband and daughter, hitting the ski slopes, traveling or enjoying a glass of wine (it’s all about balance after all!).

JENN GILLIAM

OWNER, WASH PARK, DENVER, CO

Jenn has always had a passion for dance and fitness and loves the fusion of the two that barre provides. She trained in various genres of dance growing up including: ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, hip hop and tap and holds a BFA in Dance from Wright State University where she began her professional dance career while still in college. For the next 17 years she was lucky enough to dance on various stages throughout the world including theme parks, cruise ships, dance companies, and musical theater productions. Jenn is a Master Barre Instructor and Group Fitness Certified. She feels blessed to have the opportunity to train other women to be fantastic barre instructors in the Barre Forte format, who will inspire others to work hard and meet their best!

JORDAN KIEFFER

OWNER, WICHITA EAST, KS

Jordan is the owner of Barre Forte Wichita. Jordan was an avid runner for a number of years until she discovered barre, which was the perfect complement to her running routine. Jordan fell in love with barre and, as that love grew, she became interested in opening her own barre studio. That dream came true in April of 2017, when she opened the first Kansas Barre Forte! A true Kansas girl, Jordan grew up in the country area and spent most of her childhood outdoors. She attended Wichita State for her undergraduate degree, followed by the University of Kansas School of Law. In addition to owning and instructing at the studio, Jordan also practices law in private practice.

SHILO ALVIS

OWNER, COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

As a Colorado Springs native, Shilo has a special connection to this community. Her passion for health and wellness was ignited by Pilates, so six years ago she left her professional career to teach Pilates full time. Personal and community growth intersected with an opportunity to bring Barre Forte’s vibe to Tejon Street! She loves how barre and Pilates complement each other as balancing, low impact, and strengthening workouts improving all aspects of life. Shilo was inspired by Barre Forte, the community of women, friendly encouragement, and supporting individual journeys brought together by a common thread, health and wellness. She cherishes the opportunity to be the one entrusted to push people to new limits, find their inner strength, and see their bodies get stronger.  Shilo holds a Bachelors in Business; she is a Pilates Method Alliance Certified Pilates Instructor, and Barre Forte certified instructor.

HEIDI PULLMAN

OWNER, RAPID CITY, SD

Heidi Pullman was born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota.  She has always had a passion for fitness since her cheerleading days in high school. Heidi fell in love with barre during a trip to Wichita, Kansas, where she lived for twelve years. She saw that many of her friends were working out at the Barre Forte in Wichita that had recently opened – and they were all experiencing incredible results and loving the classes. Heidi attended a few classes with some friends and was hooked! Once back home, she knew she had to bring the benefits of barre to everyone in Rapid City. That dream became a reality in January 2019, when she opened the first Barre Forte in South Dakota! An entrepreneur at heart, Heidi was a successful realtor for many years and also owned a clothing boutique with her sister, Laura. When she’s not working. Heidi loves hiking, camping, skiing and boating in the beautiful Black Hills with her friends and family.

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