caroline taylor

pure barre studio owner | charlotte, nc - south park

I fell in love with Pure Barre instantly. I initially loved how the 55 minutes flew by, and how it was a time that I only thought about myself, my mind, and my body. I could put the stresses of daily life aside and get in “the zone.” I loved how the music drove me through class and how my body experienced a shake and burn different from any other workout. With time, the love for Pure Barre grew deeper. I began to “get it.” My form improved, I understood the movements, and I was able to push myself a little further each class. At Pure Barre, I have developed lifetime relationships and friendships and am a part of a community of inspiration. Women of all ages, sizes, and walks of life come together at Pure Barre.

I went to the College of Charleston and UNC-Charlotte and majored in Elementary Education. For the last 8 years I was an elementary school teacher for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. I graduated from UNC-Charlotte in 2007 and began to teach immediately following graduation. I taught 2nd, 4th, and 5th grades over those 8 years. I started to teach classes at Pure Barre Ballantyne in Charlotte during my summer break in 2014. I loved how my experience as a classroom teacher effortlessly transferred into the studio. I was able to take all of the parts I loved about teaching and use them to inspire and challenge my clients at Pure Barre.

If I were to write a description for what I would want in a job, it would be a Pure Barre studio owner. Combining fitness, community, leadership, teaching, and management into one job is the best of all worlds and I couldn’t be more thankful and excited.

So far the most surprising challenge about becoming an entrepreneur has been taking it one day at a time. I’m used to a fast-paced, multitasking, jam-packed day. Every day I have come across new challenges that I have not yet endured, or something new for my to-do list that had not yet crossed my mind.  I’ve had to teach myself to slow down, be thorough, and not try to get everything done at once. I think this quote explains it well– “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time” – Dean Acheson