Get to Know Caitlin Queen

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Caitlin is just such a gem.  As you read on, you’ll discover that she found the studio through her mom, Peggy, who has been at the barre since the beginning.  Caitlin & Peggy spent much of last year taking ballroom dance together, alternating who was the “girl” & who was the “boy.”  They used the studio one evening to practice for their recital & I sat on the floor, watching in awe.  Alex & I attended the recital.  These two just make you want to call your mom.

Caitlin is funny & loyal & oh my god, if you remember her birthday (Nov 6th) or even better, her half birthday (Cinco de Mayo-ish), you will make her day.  She is adventurous & independent & I admire how well she seems to know herself (even though she may not see that yet). 

We spent co-teaching practicing at her village house, then walking & talking our way to class.  After years in the studio, she knew the work before I went to teach it to her.  Her form is beautiful & her heels are high.  But most importantly, she cares.  Which is something I can only admire, not teach, but clearly her mother could. 

You can find Caitlin at the barre Tuesday & Thursday evenings 7pm, in addition to Saturday mornings 10am during challenge months.  Please read on & enjoy... Melissa

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a Hamburg local, born and raised, and an only child, technically speaking, but our family dog has become the favorite sibling over the years. I graduated from Hilbert College in 2015 with a BA in Business Administration and minors in marketing and leadership. I currently work downtown at Blue Bridge Financial in HR and Marketing. Outside of barre, I coach Special Olympics Basketball and enjoy running.  I also completed my first half-marathon in Nashville earlier this year! 

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

Many of you probably know her so it won’t come as a surprise, but my Mom is the reason I originally came to the studio. I came in to the first class apprehensive, wondering how barre could be a good fit for both of us and left with my booty kicked and a nap on my living room floor calling my name! From class number one I knew this was a good fit for me and loved the instant feeling of comfort in the studio. Teaching was never something that I had given much thought to since I was happy in my little student bubble, but when Melissa approached me, it was an easy yes! I knew I loved the class, loved our barre community, and it was a no brainer to hop on the other side of the barre. 

Most rewarding part of the job?

The most rewarding part of the job is that it doesn't feel like a job at all! I had taught gymnastics for a number of years throughout high school and college and missed having a place where I was using a completely different part of my brain and in the fitness world. This filled that void that for me. Walking through the door and letting go of anything else that is happening outside of the studio walls puts me in my happy place. I love all of the pre & post chatter, the friendships that have been built, and obviously the workout itself! 

What do you do in your free time?

Living right in the village of Hamburg, I love to shop/eat/drink my way through all of the local stores and restaurants that continue to pop up. When I'm not traveling through the shops of Hamburg, I love to travel around the U.S. visiting friends & new places - seeing all 50 is on my bucket list! I also love to spend time with family and on the weekends during football season you can catch me watching every Notre Dame and Bills game.