One of the very first classes I ever took at Bionic Body was Bionic Barre, which focuses on strength and flexibility using dance (more specifically, ballet) inspired movement.
I love dancing, but I must admit, ballet has never been my strong suit. I like to go fast, and I have coordination, but grace is not something I'm blessed with.
So watching trainer Amy Abernethy, the barre class instructor, gracefully move through the movements with ease and poise, makes me a bit jealous that my mom never put me in dance class as a child. It's easy to see that Amy's love of dance goes way back.
Amy is from the small, quaint town of Wilkesboro, North Carolina. When she was two, her mom enrolled her in dance class, which allowed her to be both creative and physically fit.
In January 2009, Amy packed up and headed west in hopes of continuing to dance. She worked the front desk at a dance studio, as well as helped substitute teach dance classes.
Five years have passed and she still loves sharing her passion of dance with her students, and now she gets to do that through various movement classes at Bionic Body. "Music to a dancer is like water to a swimmer. When I hear music that makes me dance, I feel at home. I feel creative and strong. Taking something as powerful as music and being capable of creating movement to bring it to life...priceless.”
Let's find out what else is important in Amy's life.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
I feel lucky to say I've had so many people that have inspired me! One is my dance instructor as a child, Margie Canipe. She was the person that knew how to be critical, yet loving... she knew how to get results! Her teaching techniques and passion for dance were so vivid. She wasn't afraid of giving her students the responsibility of creating their own choreography, even at VERY young ages. Also, my parents; I wasn't very aware of their sacrifice growing up. Placing your kids in dance classes definitely isn't the cheapest extra curricular activity, and they did it because they knew how much I loved it. I am utterly grateful to them for allowing me to chase my passion even when times were tough.
Do you have any favorite quotes?
I seem to have a lot of favorite quotes, however, they quite often come from song lyrics. My favorite: "Simply being loved, is more than enough." -Brian Transeau
What is your favorite childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memories often come from anytime I was able to perform on a stage, whether in a group or as a soloist. Those moments will always be the ones that remind me I can do anything I set my heart on.
What are some items on your bucket list?
I feel like my bucket list is so long, however, I am thankful I have been able to cross off quite a bit of it already. I still would like to learn to fly, ride an elephant in Thailand, choreograph dances for music videos, feed Panda Bears in China, open my own creative studio, ride every single roller coaster, open a coffee shop, and create my own live show...just to name a few ;)
What are five quirks about you?
1. I have always driven manual shift cars.
2. I'm a huge Carolina Panthers fan.
3. I love painting pictures that remind me of song lyrics.
4. I have an obsession with stars.
5. I love cooking and cleaning.
What do you believe has made you a stronger person?
It has taken me a long time to realize that my perception of what makes one stronger has changed so much. I am a firm believer that gifts to make us stronger come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes failure and pain are actually just gifts to drive us in the opposite direction. I have learned to be thankful for bad as well as good. In many lights the bad is what causes us to fight harder for what makes us happy. It allows us to become more passionate.
Who are your favorite musicians?
I am head over heels in love with music! There are so many artists that I love, but here are just a few... Kaskade, Zedd, BT, Switchfoot, Coldplay, Tears For Fears, Cazzette, Mat Kearney, and Nickel Creek.
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning, and the last thing you do before you go to bed?
First thing I do in the morning (after hitting snooze twice) is eat a banana and drink orange juice. Last thing before I sleep…watch a few episodes of Friends on Nick at Nite and make myself aware of my classes for the next day.
Thanks Amy! Be sure to check out Amy’s classes on the Bionic Body schedule!
by Tonya Stumphauzer