my name | Ella Jotie
my company | Barre Fitness
childhood ambition | I always wanted to be a backup dancer for Janet Jackson.
fondest memory | My fondest memory would have to be sitting atop a sand dune in the desert of Dubai, en route to a show in Kabul, and realizing just how vast the universe really is.
proudest moment | When the Barre Fitness team won the award for Top Training Partner at the Workout to Conquer Cancer in 2015. In that moment all of my dreams for building a business were realized and it was a true reflection of our company’s core values!
biggest challenge | Opening Barre Fitness with no experience and even less money!
keeps me up at night | Work. Ha! I’m constantly thinking about how to create a better experience for my clients and staff.
how I give back | Through Barre Fitness’ Raise the Barre program
perfect day | My perfect day is spent with the ones I love the most and always includes teaching a class, because that is my happy place.
first job | Newspaper delivery girl. Age 10
favourite quote | I have two.
“We should consider everyday lost on which we have not danced at least once.” – Nietzsche
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” Maya Angelou
inspiration | My clients are my biggest inspiration. Their energy and commitment to themselves day in and day out motivate me to do the same for myself and build a better Barre for them.