Renee Welcome has been dancing for 27 years. She began at age 3, taking a typical combo ballet/tap/jazz class. Throughout high school and college, she focused on choreography within modern dance. At 20, she began teaching ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary. She attended Northern Essex Community College as a Dance major focusing on pedagogy.
For the last 10 years, Renee has taught for local dance studios. In 2014, she received her Barre certification through BalancePointe Barre and began teaching ballet fitness classes.
She has honed her skills and created her own Barre program Barre by Renee. In 2017, Renee became licensed as a Zumba instructor as well.
Renee has always had an interest in post-natal fitness and noticed that new moms often had a tough time getting to the gym when no child care was available. She began researching post-natal and baby wearing fitness and developed Babies at the Barre, a class where new moms could wear their babies during class so that they could bond and exercise at the same time!
Rachel Rader is a certified Personal Trainer through American College of Sports Medicine, a Group Exercise Instructor through National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association, a Wellness Coach and Stress Management Coach through The Spencer Institute.
She believes in a holistic wellness approach to fitness and loves to show other busy people how to integrate healthy habits without turning their lives upside down. Rachel became interested in fitness shortly after the birth of her second child and decided to make it a career in 2009.
Rachel’s coaching style includes teaching the importance of mindset, sleep, proper nourishment and stress management as it relates to fitness goals. Rachel loves to work with beginners to show them how much they CAN do to build a balanced, healthy lifestyle that actually works for them. She believes that exercise, although important, is only a small part of total wellness which looks different for each individual. She takes her role as supportive encourager and confidence-booster very seriously.
In addition to being a trainer and coach, Rachel is a mom of three active boys and spends a lot of time taxiing them around and trying to keep her house somewhat clean. Rachel loves growing vegetables in her garden, reading, writing, hiking and exploring new places with her husband and kids.