13453809_10153675076153008_2139111507_nValerie 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!

Tara Arellano – Manager

Tara 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!

Lea Otero – Creative Director

Lea is a freelance writer, runner, 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. While the classes were not exactly what she was looking for, she stuck with them anyway, because they offered opportunities for not only physical growth, but mental and emotional growth as well. Lea is known for her off-beat but relatable sense of humor, her alien colored pants, and her themed NRG classes. When she’s not at the studio (a rare occurrence), you can find her watering her plants, keeping her pets out of trouble, reading, writing, or watching The X-Files.

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!

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!


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