My name is Nicholas Stevens and I am the Kids' Circus Teacher and Manager. I was invited by a friend who worked at GymFit to check it out to see if I wanted to get a membership. I was told it was kids' night just to "warn me" that there will be a lot of kids. From the second I walked in, I knew I had to work here. I love helping other people smile, especially kids, so I knew a job where I can do that everyday would be perfect for me. Now that I have learned multiple disciplines and have a passion to help the
kids grow, I teach the kids' circus class. They will often be discouraged and say "I can't do it!" When they say this, I tell them "it's not that you can't do it, you just haven't done it yet!" Watching them transition from, "I can't..." to, "Look, I did it!" is the best feeling in the world. Through working and attending GymFit I have learned that failure is natural and not be so hard on myself. That is what I try to pass on. Learning skills is amazing, but being able to go from a place to where I was falling, or not reaching a goal, to being able to succeed, is a great feeling. The only feeling greater is when I get to help someone else reach their goal.
Hello, I’m Monroe! I’m an aerialist and a performer. I have been homeschooled my whole life! During my childhood I enjoyed sports and just generally moving any chance I had. I was a tree scaler, mad ripsticker, and a self proclaimed music video backup dancer. As I’ve gotten older, I have been trying to find new and interesting ways to get stronger. Gymfit has been a great catalyst for that. It’s so much fun that most of the time I don’t even realize that I’m working out! In the 4 years I’ve been at GymFit, I have developed several new skills such as trapeze, staff, ribbon, duo silks, standing acro, tumbling, contortion, acro yoga, and more. Additionally, I have been able to spend a lot of time with the children of our community through GymFit’s summer camp, birthday parties, and events. I love working with kids and I’m so excited to share what I’ve learned with them!
Greetings! My name is Monet! I am currently training aerial arts, acro yoga, ribbons, and dance. I have had the privilege of being able to showcase my newly honed skills at various events including Live After Five, Dreamnight at the Zoo, and Bayou Cirque’s Dumbo Premiere Circus Performance. I enjoy all the time, effort, and sweat that goes into preparing for these events. I may even enjoy the preparation more than the actual performance. It's the perfect way to workout and have fun. Some of my happiest moments have been when I have learned a new trick and I want to share that feeling with everyone!
Ninja/Parkour & Tumbling
David has been active in theater for many years. Most recently he had a principal role in Newsies at Theatre Baton Rouge, and has performed in nine CYT musicals, most notably as LeFou in Beauty and the Beast. David is interested in parkour, free running, acrobatics and barbershop quartets. He has also performed in several other local productions, most notably Justin Rayna's staged reading of Legend City, A New Musical, and Intensify! Currently, in addition to instructing our trampoline and tricking class, David is one of our camp staff and a coach for GymFit's Homeschool PE program. He also occasionally performs with Bayou Cirque. David would like his future to continue to include some kind of musical theater or acrobatic performance opportunities.
Hello! My name is Stephanie Lee, and movement is my PASSION! I began breakdancing at the age of 17, training, traveling, and competing at events with friends. I taught break dancing/hiphop classes at a local studio for two years and have incorporated this movement in many performances. Four years ago I was introduced to acroyoga and partner acrobatics. Throughout my years of training, teaching workshops, and working with different acroyoga communities, I can tell you it not only improves balance and strength, but strengthens relationships between friends, family, and communities. This is achieved by working together through developing trust and therapeutic communication skills. So, if you are tired of running on that treadmill and want to step out of your box and try something new, I am beyond thrilled and look forward to sharing new and fun movements so YOU can be the BEST version of yourself!
Hi there! If we haven't already met, my name is Erik Otts. I'm a passionate student and teacher of many flavors of physical movement. Though I am Baton Rouge born and raised, I would venture to say that I and my fellow colleagues aren't your typical Red Stick fitness coaches. We hope that you will join us here at GymfitBR, and that you will find your own passion in movement as we have found ours!
Brian is a musician, theatre artist, and educator who is on the teaching staff of Christian Youth Theatre, where he often serves as musical director. Before relocating to Louisiana, he ran the performing arts department at Collier School, an alternative school in New Jersey, and produced his original musicals in New York. In New Jersey he was composer & director-in residence at The Meadow Theater, a children’s theatre company where he wrote several original family musicals including The Autobiography of Santa Claus and the award-winning The King Who Stole Spring. He is the co-writer/producer of the award-winning kindie-rock album, Send Them Up with regional children’s music artist, Miss Sherri & the Little Animal Band. If you search for their video of his song “Dancing’s What We Love to Do,” you will see Brian playing guitar in a dog costume! Locally he has also worked at Swine Palace, Theatre Baton Rouge, St. Jude Catholic Church & LSU.