When Emily sent me the below interview, I responded that I laughed & I cried. And I did. This girl is as genuine as they come & I’m so lucky she stuck around the studio long enough to hire her. We bonded first, now years ago, over Barretendings & finance conversations. She approaches her life both methodically & spontaneously. She knows her worth & goes after what she wants. She can be silly & goofy & doesn’t take herself too seriously. And she’s basically a blogger which is just cool cool cool in my book.
Can you tell I like her? I knew all of you would too, which is why when the opportunity to bring on more instructors presented itself, I crossed my fingers. Her years in the studio have given her expertise & natural grace with the body of work. And her charisma & presence bring levity & hilarity into the room.
You can find Emily at the barre Monday & Wednesday evenings 5:30pm. Please read on & enjoy... Melissa
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I'm Emily (nope, not that Emily, I'm the other Emily) and I was born and raised in Lake View, NY. After going away to school in the Adirondacks, a brief internship in NYC, and a year in Cali, I couldn't be happier to have my life settle back where it all started. I'm a writer for the money-saving blog Hip2Save, so I get to work from home (which is honestly as great as it sounds) and create frugal living content based on my own experiences and research. I have two older brothers, incredible parents, a hilarious set of friends, and a great boyfriend who are all the reason I'm usually smiling — that is, when my resting bitch face isn't taking over.
What originally brought you to the studio & what made you want to teach
Fun fact: I actually was considering moving into the studio beforeit was the studio. The building owner was in the middle of deciding what the space would be so a potential apartment was up for grabs. I ended up finding a place downtown so I settled in the Elmwood village instead. But sure enough, he sent me a gift certificate for a class at the Barre Studio Hamburg after it was established! My friend Noelle had already been frequenting the studio and got me to come along for my first class, and I was hooked. I found myself "teaching" my friends the basics of the class and would always be practicing the sets anytime I was bored. I asked Melissa about teaching but she had just brought on two new instructors (Alex and Emily!), so all I could do was hope the studio would continue to grow. Two years later, Melissa shot that barre studio bat signal up the in the sky and I answered the call. In literal terms, she texted me if I was interested and I said yes, please.
Most rewarding part of the job?
This is going to sound really weird, but there's a point in the class where everything feels like it's on autopilot, and I snap back into reality when we hit child's pose. For a while, I never felt present in class — there was always a deadline, an event, a conversation, or just some sort of brain matter that wouldn't let me focus on being in the moment. After I started teaching and becoming so ingrained in the movement of the class, all that clutter dissipated and I would honestly come out of a set thinking, "Shoot, was I talking at all during those moves? What did we even just do? Why is my thigh/glute/hamstring on fire?" The ability to make a workout feel relaxed, invigorating, mindless, and concentrated all at the same time is pretty powerful. Even more so is the feeling that my mental space is completely clear — that's some Gandhi level stuff right there.
What do you do in your free time?
I love hitting up a good happy hour, watching puppy videos, gossiping with my mom, eating tacos from Chipotle (which I have roughly 2-3 times a week), and relaxing at my family's cabin in Ellicottville. I like to cook, mainly because I think I'm really good at it, which is only due to the fact that I love the 21 Seasoning Salute from Trader Joe's and I put that s*** on everything. Also, I read a fair bit. Not like novels or the paper, but blogs that have the writing style I want to emulate or the content I want to create. I get my news from the Skimm, which is a daily email that breaks down the day's headlines into an easy-to-understand synopsis, and I highly suggest checking it out if you haven't. I like getting out and experiencing life, but my real happy place is laying on my couch with a face mask, a glass of wine, and a bag of Poppables watching Live PD. All in all, I'd say I live a pretty well-rounded life.