Valerie Compton has been a successful competitive athlete for over 35 years. Using her experience in track & field and competitive tennis as well as her knowledge of weight loss and clean eating, she built a highly successful personal training business in Connecticut and NYC. After moving to Albuquerque in the 90’s, Valerie formed several women’s relay teams that competed and placed in every major running and multi-sport event they entered. Her teams have won or placed in the Duke City Marathon, Mt. Taylor Winter Quadrathlon, Las Cruces Marathon, and local duathlons. Valerie has been educating and motivating others to reach their fitness goals for almost 20 years. Her strong focus, energy, and commitment to excellence is passed on to everyone she comes into contact with. She holds certifications from Polestar, Power Pilates, Pilates for Golf, AFAA, Heart Zones, and Spinning. She has studied nutrition for weight loss as well as for athletic performance, and she practices what she preaches. She regularly travels to New York, Miami, Los Angeles, and Scottsdale to study the latest trends in the fitness industry, and to keep her clients challenged, motivated, and always reaching for more. In 2006 Valerie developed the hugely successful BARREFUSION™ – a one hour workout designed to burn fat while tightening and elongating the muscles, resulting in a long, lean, sculpted physique.
In 2009 Valerie was voted “Best of the City – Personal Trainer” by the readers of ABQ The Magazine!
August 2011 Valerie won 1st Place Masters Division in the La Luz Trail Run and 6th female finisher overall with a time of 1:59. Nine miles with an elevation gain of over 3,700 feet. The La Luz Trail Run has been voted one of the 12 hardest races in North America!
Sydney Forestal is a spontaneous, fun loving, adventurous person who loves teaching Fitness! Sydney started competitive sports at a young age. She was a NM State Champion in gymnastics and a national qualifier. She was competitive in school sports such as volleyball, basketball, track, and golf. After graduating High School, she attended The University of New Mexico where she found the rigorous sport of rugby. Family and friends told her she was crazy, yet she continued to play and led a successful career in rugby. Sydney started personal training in 2006, and discovered her love for helping people transform their lives. She now teaches YogaRitas® at El Pinto, and all classes offered at BODYLANGUAGE™. She is currently a Lululemon Ambassador as well! Sydney likes to create a fun environment in her classes, volunteer with her Therapy dog Flo, experience the outdoors, travel, garden, and most importantly she loves life!
Monica Coshenet loves spending time playing in a variety of sports such as soccer, volleyball, and even adult kickball. She has her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy and feels blessed to have the opportunity to work with a variety of people – improving their lives in personal and individual way. And because she focuses on living a fun and healthy life, BODYLANGUAGE™ has been the perfect fit for her! Monica is also currently a Lululemon Ambassador! Monica was a client at BODYLANGUAGE™ for over three years before becoming an instructor. She loves the high energy, extreme shake, and positive outcome each class offers. Monica’s goal in each of her classes is to provide a great workout while putting a smile on your face. If you see her at the studio, shopping at Lululemon, or hiking around the foothills, be sure to say hello!
Lea Otero is a freelance writer, runner, recreational ballet dancer, joke-teller, and animal lover. She has spent most of her life dedicated to improving her own health and fitness, and has always wanted to help others pave their own way to a healthier, happier lifestyle. Lea first stumbled upon BODYLANGUAGE™ while in search of a yoga studio, and while the classes offered were not exactly what she was looking for, she stuck with them anyway, because they were much harder, more intense, and WAY more fun than any other group fitness classes she had ever taken. When she’s not at the studio (a rare occurrence), you can find Lea watering her thousands of plants, keeping her pets out of trouble, reading, writing, or watching The X-Files.
Tara Arellano is a Certified Personal Trainer, a nutritionist, and a fitness coach. She has a degree in Nutrition/Dietetics, graduating Suma-Cum Laude from the University of New Mexico. Tara was a competitive gymnast, cheerleader, and dancer for most of her childhood. She has a background in cardio Kickboxing, kettlebell training, and enjoys all types of fitness from spinning and barre, to TRX and hot yoga. Tara is an avid cyclist, and enjoys wine tasting and entertaining. She hopes to motivate women everywhere to move toward their goals with a purpose and a passion to achieve greatness in whatever they choose. Tara is grateful to be a part of BODYLANGUAGE™ so she can inspire others with the amazing barre technique!
Stephanie Dyke has been inspired by movement since her parents enrolled her in dance classes at age three. Since then she has trained on scholarship as a dancer in New York, Boston, San Diego, Philadelphia, and Denver with esteemed instructors and choreographers. She is currently a principal dancer with the New Mexico Ballet Company, best known for their annual production of The Nutcracker at Popejoy Hall. At age 13, Stephanie became fascinated with Pilates as a means of cross-training for ballet. In 2014 she decided to turn this fascination into a career and completed Balanced Body’s Pilates Mat Instructor training program. Stephanie came across the BODYLANGUAGE™ community soon after returning home from her training. She was amazed by the strength, passion, and dedication of the instructors and clients, and knew immediately she was where she was supposed to be. Stephanie is very excited to belong to the BODYLANGUAGE™ family and share her passion for movement and fitness.
Sarah Tonigan fell in love with fitness and competition at a young age. She’s competed in basketball, track, taekwondo and sand volleyball – even meeting her husband at a sand volleyball tournament after moving to Albuquerque from St. Louis in 2012. Sarah brings energy and a positive attitude to everything she does. She is TRX certified, and loves to make people smile while they are dying on the inside during powerful movements. Sarah came to BODYLANGUAGE™ as a client, got hooked on the effective workouts and supportive environment, and has since become a vibrant instructor dedicated to helping others enjoy fitness AND love their bodies. Outside the studio, Sarah is a public relations consultant for a national bank, eagerly waiting for the next time she can get back to her happy place – BODYLANGUAGE™!
Anna Dinallo grew up in Albuquerque and comes from a large Hispanic and Italian family – where everyone yells, kisses, and talks with their hands. She is passionate about learning and taking adventures (e.g. getting a PhD). When she’s not at the barre, doing yoga, or hitting the trail running, she’s usually spending time volunteering at the Partnership for Community Action, where she serves as a family educator. A counselor by trade, Anna spends a lot of time working for social justice around mental health legislation. She is a firm believer in enjoying life and resting as hard as you work! Her favorite philosopher, Thich Nhat Hanh, has taught her to show up to the present moment – “When you love someone [including your self], the best thing you can offer is your presence. How can you love if you are not there?” Anna loves BODYLANGUAGE™ because it takes her to the present moment…if you can breathe through a barre class – you can do anything! Exercising is more than building body strength and toning – it is a stress reliever and chance to enjoy life with magnificent people!
Eric Mazzie is a seasoned professional freelance dancer. He grew up in Albuquerque and attended high school at Public Academy for the Performing Arts before moving back to his home state of New York to finish high school at Professional Performing Arts School. Throughout those years he also trained on scholarship at the School of American Ballet in New York City. Since then, his career has taken him around the world – as a ballet dancer with the Kansas City Ballet, to Oceania Cruises as dancer singer, to New Zealand as a triple-threat. Having returned to NM in the fall of 2015, he first attended BODYLANGUAGE™ at the suggestion of his neighbor to stay in shape to be able perform as the Cavalier in FestivalBallet Albuquerque’s Nutcracker. As a male, he was hesitant to try a female-dominated class like barre, yet immediately after taking he felt stronger and knew that he would be coming back! Now, as an instructor, he intends to motivate other men to try it! His motto is, “Strength, vitality, personal responsibility, integrity and all of the above are available to all who show up at the barre.” When he isn’t busy horsing around inside multiple studios around town, he works at the new Marble Brewery, instructs Dance Conditioning Therapy, choreographs, volunteers for TedXABQ, writes, spends time at the dog park, and hangs with his baby niece!
LOCATION IN ALBUQUERQUE:
7321 San Antonio NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109