Barre Certified, Certified Personal Trainer
Venezuelan-born Yumelia joined the National Ballet of Caracas at age 15, before coming to the U.S. to dance first for Ohio Ballet, then served as a principal at Milwaukee Ballet for 10 years. She retired as a principal dancer from the Joffrey Ballet in 2014. Yumelia loves to share her dance knowledge and experience. She inspires students teaching and coaching in ballet schools across the country. Certified in Barre Workout Fitness, she is excited to share the passion, poise, and power of dance as fitness at INVIVO.
Q&A with Yumelia Garcia
Q. How long have you been a teacher?
A. I became a Barre Fitness instructor in 2017. I have been a professional ballerina for the last 25 years and teaching ballet for the last 15 years.
Q. What areas do you specialize in?
A. Naturally, my specialty is ballet, with that I emphasize posture, lengthening muscles and flexibility.
Q. What brought you to your current style of practice?
A. I discovered “barre workouts” while performing as a company dancer. As a guest artist it was within my own responsibility to maintain top shape. While searching for cross training activities I became hooked on barre workouts, the method worked and toned every muscle in my body as I am accustomed. It was a natural step to become certified to teach a form of workout I which I strongly believe.
Q. What can a new student expect?
A. Expect a challenge in the beginning as with anything we do for first time. However, it’s accomplished in a friendly, non-judgmental environment in which you will feel free to work within your own range. Students should expect to feel taller and leaner after classes. The class will strengthen muscles while elongating your body, keeping a dancer’s posture throughout the class. Expect to be sore after a few classes as your body adjusts to the new workout.
Q. What recent industry trends have you found noteworthy?
A. I believe Barre Workout is a recent trend that has grown in popularity because of the way you work your entire body (arms, abs, legs and back), feeling like a dancer in the way an amateur athlete can feel playing sports.
Q. What are your current wellness goals and how are you addressing them?
A. One of my personal wellness goals is finding a balance between physical activity and mental and emotional repose. I’ve had sensitivity and hyper-mobility in my joints for several years now and it’s been a daily process staying on top of it. It’s easy for me to do too much, physically, but I’ve found that when I have a good balance of activity and rest, it’s possible to keep my joints happy!
Q. What is your favorite beautiful spot in Milwaukee?
A. Definitely, the lake front. I am fortunate to live by South Shore park and able to walk by the lake every day.
Q. What is your favorite place to eat in Milwaukee?
A. Home!! My husband is an excellent cook and makes the most amazing meals. Milwaukee has tons of new restaurants, we are still discovering our favorite.
Q. What are your top three favorite things to do/hobbies?
A. Walk my doggy, bake, and hanging out enjoying quality time with my husband and dog.
Q. What do you do to de-stress?
A. Actually, exercising de-stresses me. I am accustomed to the adrenaline, sweat and energy experienced during my dance career, I crave it!! I enjoy hot baths, playing with my dog, walking on the lakefront or savoring a glass of wine.