Get to Know Alex Sgroi


Alex was family long before becoming an instructor.  After a year and a half of taking classes & attending every retreat possible, asking her to teach was an obvious choice, but one I still thought about.  First, she is insanely productively busy all the time, and second, she had become a dear friend & I was sad to think we’d go from seeing each other almost daily to being passing ships...  But that’s nothing a weekly wine date can’t help solve.  Hearing her practice teach for the first time showed her tenure in the space... like a lot of you, she knew it word for word.  But watching her go from trepidation in her voice & nerves about “performing,” to teaching being a new, empowering comfort zone?  So rewarding, for both of us.  And that friendship we both were protecting, it’s only become stronger.

You can find Alex at the barre Saturday mornings 8am, Monday 9:30am, Thursday 7pm and literally any other time she can get her hands on.  Please read on & enjoy... Melissa

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a hamburg local, happily (slowly) remodeling my old home & creating my footprint right here in the village. I am the middle child between two brothers each 5 years apart from me, and despite the age gaps we are all extremely close. I graduated from Buffalo State College with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. I work side-by-side with my mom running our retail stores, Prima Oliva and expanding into our newest venture—Prima Café, coming very soon!

What originally brought you to the studio & what made you want to teach?

Working and living right in Hamburg, I had been longing for a place to work out close to home. I took my first class shortly after Melissa opened and knew right away it was exactly what I’d been looking for. As I fell in love with the studio & began connecting to the wonderful women in the studio, I found myself there almost daily. When the opportunity to teach arose, I knew it was something I wanted to pursue. I loved how my body & mind felt after each class & knew that teaching would bring me more of that.

Most rewarding part of the job?

I look forward to my time in the studio & miss it when I’m away. I always leave the studio feeling better than I did coming in. The friendships, the stories shared, the many laughs…the fact that all of that is a description of the job is something I am so grateful for. The personal growth of feeling increasingly more comfortable hearing my own voice.  And the other instructors! How we’ve all grown so connected & truly enjoy our time together.

What do you do in your free time?

I’m a creative. I love a good project, whether it be building a table for my kitchen because I just can’t find the exact one I want, or painting a nursery decoration for one of my many friends welcoming their first babies. I always have something I’m working on. I also love to travel and be outside. A perfect weekend away is in the woods, with a backpack, a group of fun friends & my brothers. I thrive on the simplicity of getting from point A to point B with only the things I need to survive on my back. It’s hard, it’s rewarding and I always feel amazing when I’ve finished a trek.