Team

Meet The Team

NADIA WALKER

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

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 & CO-OWNER, LOHI & WASH PARK, DENVER CO

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 & CO-OWNER, LOHI & WASH PARK, DENVER CO

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.

JENN GILLIAM

MASTER BARRE INSTRUCTOR

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 WEST AND 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.

Katelyn Huston

OWNER, SUMMIT COUNT, CO

Katelyn was born and raised in New Hampshire and has spent time in Minneapolis, Boston, and Colorado. She fell in love with working out when she lived in Minneapolis and really found her community of like minded people. When she moved to Colorado she realized that her “work out family” was missing. She knows how important it is for people to have a healthy mind and body and to continue challenging themselves to reach their full potential. She started attending Barre classes in Denver and noticed that there was nothing like it up in the mountains. That’s when the dream of opening her own studio came to life! When she isn’t in the studio she enjoys skiing, hiking, camping, spending time with her husband, and chasing around her twin boys and dog Maggie.

Laura Morrell

CO-OWNER, NoCo, CO

Laura took her first Barre Forte class in 2012 and immediately fell in love with the dance/ballet inspiration while focusing on creating toned muscles.  The community at Barre Forte was always warm and welcoming – supporting each other to have fun while working towards personal goals.  This was the exact type of culture that she was looking for in a small fitness studio.  After taking classes for years, the idea of one day opening a studio was becoming a dream so she could share the Barre Forte magic with a new community.  Her friend and business partner Molly made that dream happen in 2020 by opening Barre Forte NoCo in Loveland.  She has a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and she is a certified Barre Forte instructor as well as an ACE certified group fitness instructor.  When she is not at the barre you can find her hanging out with her husband and many cats & dogs, exploring NoCo, or planning their next beach vacation.

Molly Kainuma

CO-OWNER, NoCo, CO

Molly was born and raised in Michigan, before relocating from the Midwest to Denver in 2007.  She was always involved in sports and dance – especially loving ballet, soccer, volleyball, and running track.  Forever an athlete at heart, Molly continued to search for new and exciting ways to stay fit after moving to Colorado.

After consistently attending barre classes at Barre Forte Southmoor, she realized her chronic lower back and neck issues were practically resolved.  She also loved that barre was a safe and effective workout throughout her entire pregnancy and was quickly able to return to barre postpartum.  Fast forward 8 years, Molly and Laura decided to become barre certified instructors and bring Barre Forte to Northern Colorado! In her spare time you can find her hiking, camping, and fishing throughout Colorado with her husband and young daughter. In addition to owning and instructing at the studio, Molly works as a zookeeper and has been involved in animal care and conservation for over 17 years.

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