Classes: Dance Fit & Core & Strength
Tess has a dance background in jazz, which spans over the past 27 years. She started dancing in the fitness class format almost 20 years ago, and choreographing routines for dance expositions and other dance instructors about 10 years ago. The cornerstone of Tess’s fitness classes is DanceFit – an easy to follow, aerobic dance class that incorporates heart strengthening cardio, core building kickboxing, simple hip-hop moves, and muscle lengthening ballet technique. This is followed by strength training with weights for the upper torso, abdominals, glutes and/or hamstrings. The class is choreographed and structured so ANYONE can participate, regardless of dance experience. The focus is on fun and body movement, with both high and low impact options, as well as high and low intensity options.
Tess lives in Durham with her family, loves going to the beach for stand-up paddle boarding in the summer, and heading to the mountains during winter weekends. She is the Girls Lacrosse Coordinator for ORYA and coaches lacrosse for girls ranging in age from 6-15 years old. Tess is co-proprietor of her family real estate business, Roper Real Estate located in Waterville Valley, as well the Cedar Point Oyster Farm located on Great Bay which she started with her husband in 2011. She is a big proponent of women coming together as a community to get and stay fit together in a judgement-free setting, while having the most fun possible.
Christine practices yoga because she Loves it. “I feel changes in my body, mind and spirit when I practice”. In her exploration of Yoga she has learned it is necessary to include Yoga practice into an exercise routine for both strengthening and flexibility.
“My classes are for all levels of students. Each person can move to their fullest expression of movement”. In class she brings your focus to the your intelligent body, allowing your mind to rest and experience the increasing space within your body.
Christine is a School Counselor and has a Counseling Practice in Dover. She enjoys integrating the tools of Yoga in her work with students and clients. She has four grown children and has lived in Durham for 30 years.
Classes: Hatha Yoga, Flow Yoga
Classes: Spin, Trx, Body Blitz 30
Started career at UNH Campus Recreation in 1986 as a recreation coordinator and then eventually Assistant Director, working predominantly with aquatics (lifeguards, swim instructors, waterpolo intramurals), fitness programs (weight room attendants, personal trainers, group fitness instructors) and all American Red Cross programs. Certifications have included lifeguard training and instructor trainer (expired), water safety instructor and trainer (expired), aquatic exercise instructor (expired), group fitness instructor (current with ACE and AFAA), and American Red Cross instructor and instructor trainer (current). Retired from UNH December 2015.
Married to Roger Hayden, owner of Hayden Sports and the Durham Launder Center. Have 2 sons, Ryan (junior in Civil Engineering at UMaine, Orono) and Sean (completing a post graduate year at Millbrook school in NY). Currently have 2 cats. Live in Dover, NH. Two-time cancer survivor and proud of it!
Meaghan has been practicing Barre for the past 3 years and fell in love with the method while getting in shape for her wedding. After trying several programs, Barre became the one she kept coming back to. The endurance, strength, and flexibility that Barre produced was just what she was looking for, and has been hooked ever since. Meaghan holds a certification as a Level II Rasamaya ® Barre instructor.
Sherry has been teaching fitness classes since 2001; she began teaching strength and step, and added yoga to her catalog in 2009. She began teaching barre classes in 2014 and finds it a perfect complement to her yoga practice. Sherry lives in Dover with her husband and two daughters.
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