Robyn’s passion has always involved sports and nutrition, with an emphasis on being healthy while still keeping everything in moderation. Robyn earned a BS in Nutrition, with a minor in Exercise Science, from Penn State and her MBA from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. She played Division 1 Tennis for four years on a full scholarship at Penn State. An avid athlete her entire life, Robyn also played lacrosse in high school and has run three marathons, including qualifying for the Boston. Robyn began taking barre classes 5 years ago while living in Chicago and fell in love with the energy and results barre gave her following the birth of her second child, and Robyn has found the barre method constantly challenging and confidence-inspiring, making her body feel both leaner and stronger. Robyn was certified in barre instruction through industry leaders Fred DeVito and Elisabeth Halfpapp at Exhale Studio in NY in the fall of 2013. Robyn enjoys teaching others and seeing their bodies change and get strong, and her love and passion for barre just keeps growing!
Know that you are good enough ALL THE TIME – Live in appreciation – Own your potential – Eliminate self-criticism – Be patient with yourself – Trust your intuition – Shift your self-perception
Krista’s passion and vision is to inspire her clients to achieve their mind/body/spirit goals.
She draws from her knowledge of body composition, alignment, and kinesiology so that any type of practitioner (beginner through advanced) can benefit from her classes & private training. Krista’s teachings are multi-dimensional, including strength and flexibility training, centering, control, concentration, flow, breath & precision. Krista specializes in and is passionate about working with practitioners with injury.
Krista emphasizes the absolute importance of positive self-talk while creating a supportive, safe and encouraging environment.
Krista’s certifications include:
- Barre, Pilates & Yoga Instructor
- Personal Trainer
- Sports Injury Specialist
- Fitness Nutrition Coach
- Lifestyle & Weight Management Specialist
- Sports Nutrition Consultant
- Strength Conditioning & Weight Training Consultant
- Weight Management Consultant
- Power Plate Instructor
Krista holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration, but her formal training lies in many years of listening to Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin over dinner with her Italian family.
Krista has been featured on CBS with Pat Ciarrocchi & Anne-Marie Green multiple times for both Yoga and nutrition. She continues to immerse herself in the wellness field so that she can pass her knowledge along to her practitioners, for their continued success. Krista’s encouraging teaching style, keen eye for movement, and attention to detail helps her clients feel and look their best.
A proud Midwesterner, Lindsey grew up in Glen Ellyn, IL and graduated from Oberlin College with degrees in Dance and English. She earned her certification as a Mat Pilates instructor through Pilates Academy International while living in Chicago, and discovered barre while working and training as a dancer in New York. She found barre to be great cross-training for dance, and loves that it is a workout that anyone can do–but one that never gets easy! Lindsey believes that understanding and being mindful of your body are keys to happy, healthy living, and she is so excited to be a part of the TRUBarre team. Lindsey also teaches dance around the Philadelphia area, and is an Apprentice Teaching Artist with Koresh Kids Dance and a performer with Beyond Dance Company.
Alyson Pray Ward grew up in South Jersey. She began dancing at the age of 5. At 16, Alyson received a full scholarship to train in Washington, D.C. at the Kirov Academy and went on to dance professionally with the Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Washington Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet. During her performing career, Alyson earned a Bachelor of Science in Alternative Medicine. Her passion for dance, exercise and holistic health lead her to Barre and two years ago she became a certified Barre instructor. Alyson is excited to join the team at TRUBarre and help members achieve their fitness goals!
Barbara Powers' started dancing at the age of 3 and is an original member of the Jenn Oldfield Dancers, locally and nationally known for Philadelphia's major parades and performances. She was also a member of OPUS 1 Contemporary Dance Company and graduated from St. Joseph's University with a BA of Arts and Sciences.
Barbara is proud to share with anyone how she turned her happiness and health around, lost 50 pounds, and gained her best mind and body. The practice of barre was a major catalyst in her transformation.
After dedicating the last 5 years of her life to her fitness and nutrition journey, she left the corporate world and now helps women do the same. Her focus is to help women feel amazing, get fit, find happiness within and a long term healthy lifestyle, as her full time career and passion.
Jess has been teaching group fitness classes since 2008 and is certified in:
- Power Pilates
- Kundalini Yoga
- Power Yoga
- Lifestyle & Weight Loss Coach
She is currently writing a novel on her experience with personal growth and transformation. Jess likes to make her classes fun, safe and effective. Her favorite part of barre class is glutes and abs.
Molly has been dancing and performing since the age of 5. After building a foundation in ballet, tap, and jazz, she began focusing on her true love, hip-hop. In high-school, she became a choreography coach for dance and cheerleading teams in the Philadelphia region, which eventually led her to becoming a team member, captain, and coach for State All Stars Cheerleading and Dance. She performed, as well as coached competitive traveling hip-hop and cheerleading teams throughout the nation. After she began instructing fitness classes at local gyms, she rediscovered her love for the classroom. With support and encouragement from her family and friends, she became a certified barre instructor after completing the TRŪBarre Training. Outside of the studio, she works as an analyst for a technology company, and loves to read and binge-watch Netflix ☺
Molly is TRUly excited to be a new member of the TRŪBarre family. Get ready to feel her energy, and passion for a good beat!
Evangelyn has been a barre “disciple” for the past 3 years. Her training began as a young dancer at the Civic Ballet, followed by several years of training in the late 90’s at Philadanco in Philadelphia. Her professional career took off once she moved to New York City. She had an extensive career as a Knicks City Dancer, and performed for major recording artists like Sting and Sean “Puffy” Combs. When she moved back to the Tri-State area, she was determined to find ways to incorporate her first “loves” back into her life- dance, fitness & health lifestyle advocacy. After the birth of her daughter, she took her first barre class and was absolutely hooked! Barre was the perfect combination of dance, yoga and integrated toning for all body types. It wasn’t long before she started to see positive results, both inside and out. Evangelyn is passionate about empowering women (and men) to be at their best and incorporates that same mission to each student in her class. She currently teaches barre classes in University City and holds bootcamp training sessions regularly in her hometown Voorhees, NJ. Evangelyn is CPR certified, holds a Bachelors degree from NYU, a Post-baccalaureate certificate from the Wharton School of Business, and a Masters degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She is so excited to be a part of the TruBarre family.
Jennifer McCracken has been interested in exercise and health since her freshman year of college. She is an avid runner, yoga teacher, and certified spin instructor. She joined the TruBarre family in December and loves not only the workout but the great people she has met. For seven years she coached high school cross country, winter and spring track and will be entering her 8th year of teaching history locally. Jenn is committed to a healthy lifestyle and spends time preparing new and nutritious food; she is studying to receive her certification in health coaching. She enjoys spending time with her husband, friends, family, and dog Jackpot.
I began dancing at the age of 4 and have been in love with it ever since. I am skilled in ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop. With a background in education and dance, I began to teach these dances styles to students of all ages, and help to coordinate recitals and performances. Along side teaching in a studio setting, I was the dance team coach for the local high school in my area, coaching and choreographing dances for the team to perform at halftime shows. After graduating from Temple University I pursued a career in team building, and got to travel all over the country leading scavenger hunts and enhancing relationships among company employees, all while having fun. I recently decided to return to my dance roots and love for fitness, and help others lead a healthy and fit lifestyle as I have recently done. I love motivating others by sharing this passion and lead others to become their best and happiest selves.