ROBYN HECKLER, Owner, TRŪBarre Teacher and TRŪ Technique Trainer
Robyn has always had a passion for health! She knows that when you feel good about yourself inside and out, you do good in the world! Robyn quickly understood after gaining the freshman 30 on her 5 foot frame, that the extra weight not only hindered her while on the tennis court and running races, but in school with grades and how she interacted with others socially. Robyn has always been an athlete and conscious of of her health and wellness, she was receiving her degree in Nutrition from Penn State, while playing Big TEN Women's Tennis on a full scholarship, so this extra weight was extremely uncomfortable. After struggling with her weight for years, with trying everything from not eating to only eating certain foods, she finally gave up and figured this was her body, and she better start to enjoy it, or the future was going to be torture.
Robyn trained and ran 4 marathons, qualifying for the Boston at the San Diego Marathon, and re-qualifying for the next year at Boston. Although strong and healthy, Robyn continued to carry extra weight until she found barre!! Right after the birth of her second child, Robyn took her first barre class in Chicago and was immediately hooked. She knew this was going to help shape and mold her body and the inches began to come off. Even after almost 9 years, barre continues to always challenge Robyn and help to create a strong core and lean muscle, but most importantly a sound mind. TRŪBarre helps to calm the mind and get Robyn ready for her busy family and work life.
Robyn's goal at TRŪBarre is to be able to offer women of all backgrounds, of all physical abilities, of all shapes and sizes a place to feel welcomed and comfortable, to let go for an hour and do something healthy for their mind & body. Robyn loves walking in to the studio and seeing a 20 year old and 80 year old in the same room with all ages in between, enjoying the same activity, and leaving feeling relaxed and great about themselves.
Robyn has a BS in Nutrition, is a certified Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and a MBA from University of the Sciences.
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.
Originally from Hershey, PA Gina never expected that her career would bring her to Philadelphia. Over the past 12 years she has lived and worked in Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dayton and Mayaguez, PR all in the pursuit of her professional dance career. She attained a Bachelor of Fine Arts along her path and practiced pilates, yoga, meditation, and nutrition alongside her dance studies. Although her life has always been centered around a healthy body and mind nothing had been an effective cross training practice like barre has. As an instructor at Trūbarre she has been able to add influences from her dance training- of course from ballet, but also from Horton and Limón modern techniques.
Outside of the studio Gina is very involved in the dance community. She is a teacher, costume designer, choreographer and freelance dancer. She enjoys performing works by new, emerging choreographers throughout the Philadelphia area as well as in New York. It has always been a belief of hers that our interests in life are just a point to jump off from, and that no opportunity is truly exhausted.
At the end of the day everything comes back to family and Gina is beyond thankful for the support she has had throughout the years. Any time she is not in the studio or on stage she loves spending time in the Wissahickon with her husband or hiking with their dog, Cannoli.
Brooke began dancing at the age of 4 and have been in love with it ever since. Skilled in ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop, with a background in education and dance, she 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, Brooke was the dance team coach for the local high school, coaching and choreographing dances for the team to perform at halftime shows. After graduating from Temple University, she 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. Brooke recently decided to return to her dance roots and love for fitness, and help others lead a healthy and fit lifestyle. She loves motivating others by sharing this passion and leading others to become their best and happiest selves.
Kimmy first started taking classes at TRŪBarre in the beginning of 2018 as part of her New Year's resolution to lead a healthier, more energetic lifestyle. Having been a ballet dancer since she was four, she quickly became captivated in learning the history and mission of Barre technique and she is excited to begin instructing. She currently lives in Conshohocken and enjoys taking walks along the Schuylkill River Trail, wine with friends, and attempting to pet every dog she sees.
Kate Carr has been a dance professional for 18 years working as a performer and an educator of dance history, ballet and modern technique. Kate graduated with a B.F.A. in Modern Dance Performance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Upon graduation, Kate studied at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York, NY and has performed with Sebastienne Mundheim/White Box Theatre, Sabrook Productions, and Travis Mesman.
Kate is very passionate about education and loves teaching dance, yoga, and barre. She has been teaching yoga to children and adults since 2005 and was a Teaching Artist for BalletX’s Educational Outreach Program, Dance eXchange, from 2014-2018. In 2016, Kate became BalletX’s Educational and Outreach Specialist and took pride in growing the program throughout the School District of Philadelphia. Kate discovered Barre Technique in 2007 and was immediately drawn to its ability to create strong, lithe muscles and helping keep her injury free! Currently, Kate is on faculty at Metropolitan Ballet Academy in Jenkintown, PA and teaches yoga and barre throughout the Philadelphia area.