Barre Life

FACULTY

Adenike ‘Niki’ Corion – Director, PBT® Instructor

Niki is the Owner/Founder and a Master Trainer at Barre Life Fitness Studio. With over 15 years of Ballet and Contemporary Dance Training, she wanted to develop her own barre method with a focus on the ballet conditioning that she and her instructors were essentially trained in. Aside from her many fitness certifications, Niki is certified in the Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) Conditioning for young dancers and will be heading up this division within our studio. All of her disciplines are a great compliment to her love of dance. Her overall mission was to bring the barre method as well as a new take on Recreational dance and conditioning for our kids here in Oakville. 

Sarita V – Assistant Director, Dance Teacher & PBT® Instructor

Sarita started dancing Ballet at the age of three years old and was put into ballet when her parents noticed that she would literally walk across the floor on her toes. She studied at Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance, and was chosen to train in the special training program. While studying at Sean Boutilier she trained in the Cecchetti method with intensive exam training.

She was thrilled to be able to be part of the production Swan Lake. After intensive ballet training, she changed it up and studied in the competitive stream at Canadian Dance Company. Training in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Pointe and Lyrical and traveled all over North America receiving many awards.

Sarita not only has a passion for dance but also singing and acting. She is a graduate of The Randoph Academy for The Performing Arts, which is a triple threat performing arts school in Toronto. She also was one of the dancers on the TV show Class Act dancing with Gregory Hines. After graduation she studied Ballroom dance in South America and in Toronto.

Since graduating from Randolph’s, Sarita has been teaching Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, lyrical, Hip hop to children and adults at a recreational and competitive level. Sarita also works as a Early Childhood Music Educator, teaching music to children and is presently one of our Progressing Ballet Technique L1 Certified (PBT) trained to condition young dancers and a Master Trainer here at Barre Life.

Suzanne Barkman – Assistant Director & Dance Teacher

Originally from Ireland and with over 15 years teaching experience, Suzanne began her ballet training at the age of 4 years under the Royal Academy of Dance, London UK. After completing the Academy’s examinations, she was accepted by a junior professional ballet company to perform onstage around the country including a performance for the President of Ireland. Her passion for dance led to her desire to teach and after 2 years of teacher training, she received her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies from the Royal Academy of Dance and opened up a ballet school in Dublin. Since moving to Canada she has taught Ballet, Pilates and Barre in studios across the GTA. Suzanne is also certified in STOTT Pilates Matwork and Reformer and is one of our Master Trainers here at Barre Life.

Beckie Hastings – Dance Teacher

Beckie was just a kid dancing for fun who got put forward for an audition for a UK Ballet boarding school at the age of 11. She was fortunate enough to be offered a full scholarship to The Hammond School of Dance. Beckie completed the intense 5 years of training but opted out of the balletic path her teachers had intended for her. She was eager to expand her dance training to incorporate new styles and moved to London UK at the age of 16 to complete 3 years in one of the top UK triple threat colleges. This is where she received a diploma in Performing Arts from Laine Theatre Arts and earned her dance teaching qualifications along with the confidence to begin work with her first job at age 19 as a singer/dancer on Regent Seven Seas and Princess Cruises. Back in the UK she danced for artists such as B.o.B, Jason Derulo, Danny Howard, Example, Ollie Murs, Texas, Garry Barlow also dancing on adverts on UK Television and then launched her own company providing other dancers in the UK and Europe. Beckie moved to Canada in 2017 and completed her Instructor Certification at Barre Life and is always excited to share her amazing talent as well as her dance teaching experience with her students.

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