Cori is the Owner and Founder of Beer City Barre.
Cori received her BS in Exercise Science from Grand Valley State University in 2010. With an emphasis of study on Health Fitness Instruction and Coaching.
Cori’s experience with barre classes started about 7 years ago when her sister asked her to join her for a class to give it a try. The method of exercise was something new, challenging, and she instantly fell in love. Barre became a daily staple in her life, and the changes she saw in her body were better than any other program she had ever done. Committed to learning and growing, Cori attended a barre certification course, and has also taken classes different studios across the state and country. She even installed her own mini barre studio at home!
When she is not working out at the barre, she enjoys playing disc golf, getting brunch with her girlfriends, playing frisbee with her dog, and of course loves tasting craft beers in Beer City USA.
Owning Beer City Barre has been nothing short of a dream come to life for Cori. She continues to be amazed by the wonderful community of women and men this studio creates, and finds the personal relationships she has created with each client the most rewarding part of her life. Cori looks forward to meeting many more people and creating barre fanatics one tuck at a time!
Kelly Brown is a writer, marketer, and egg-eater who lives in East Grand Rapids with her husband Caleb. When she isn’t teaching barre, she’s working full-time at Green Giftz, writing for Revue or Women’s Lifestyle Magazine, working out at CrossFit616 or coaching competitive cheer at Rockford High School. Her favorite place to be is Brewery Vivant and she hopes to raise a small flock of city chickens someday.
Bill (Dr. William J. Ward) better known by his handle, @DR4WARD (Sounds like Dr. Forward) earned his Ph.D. in Media and Information Studies from the College of Communication Arts & Sciences at Michigan State University and is a registered Barre and Yoga Teacher (200 RYT) and an American Red Cross certified Lifeguard. He enjoys the fun and challenge of body movement to improve balance, endurance, flexibility and strength. Bill fell in love with barre after seeing how quickly it improved his mountain biking and watching his running friends who were cross-training with barre rapidly achieve their PR or “Personal Record” best times. When not working out he is a professor and consultant who enjoys adventure sports and spending time with friends, family and Ty “the Wonder Dog.” Bill is a lifelong learner and educator who looks forward to helping you achieve your life and fitness goals while having the most fun along the way.
Lenox Napolitan has grown up in Grand Rapids basically her whole life. At a young age, she fell in love with dance and grew up training at Grand Rapids Ballet Company school. She attended Grand Valley State University and received a BA in Hospitality and Tourism Management and a BA in Dance. After graduating, Lenox taught dance and worked in sales for events, specifically weddings. In 2017, she made a switch in her career to her current position selling steel at Alro. Lenox always had a strong focus on fitness and especially enjoyed group fitness classes. Lenox has been with Beer City Barre since fall 2017. If you don’t see Lenox at the barre, you’ll be sure to find her hanging out with family or snuggled up on the couch with a glass of wine watching Netflix.
Sara is a natural community builder who loves to plan adventures and brunches! You will feel welcome in her classes whether you are a new student or an early morning regular. Sara is a certified yoga instructor who will remind you to breathe while adding some zen to your plies.
Lisa Dost is a Detroit native who found her way to West Michigan via GVSU. She loves many forms of fitness including running, kickboxing, spin, yoga, pilates and of course- BARRE! Lisa fell in love with barre after trying it in 2015 and has been hooked ever since. Along with fitness, she enjoys going to the family cottage and long evening walks with her husband, Ben, and her dog, Boone.