Kathryn Larson Johnson

I began dance at an early age and immediately fell in love with its physicality and uniqueness as a form of artistic expression. I received my early training in Dallas, Texas in addition to training programs with The Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C., School of American Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. I received my B.F.A. in Dance Performance and B.S. in Biological Sciences from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. My dance training at SMU included classical ballet, modern dance with a focus on Graham technique, and contemporary styles.

After completing my undergraduate degrees, I followed my passion for understanding the natural world around us and went on to receive my M.S. and Ph.D. in Geophysical Sciences with an emphasis in Paleontology from The University of Chicago. I have held research and teaching positions at various academic institutions including Stanford University, Loyola University Chicago, Richland College, and Portland State University.

My return to fitness began soon after having my second child. I was looking for a way to strengthen and reconnect with my body, but after trying various classes and activities it became clear that my past dance injuries would make that difficult. I discovered Barre classes and quickly found they were one of the only fitness classes that allowed me to challenge my body without exacerbating my injuries. As I began regularly attending classes, my strength and endurance increased as my pain decreased to the point where I have been able to return to other activities that had once seemed impossible. I became certified to teach Barre classes so that I could pass on the positive changes that I experienced to others while utilizing my background in dance to create a dynamic and challenging experience within a positive and encouraging environment.

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