Meet Our Team

BARRE

  • ALLISON ZANG OWNER & INSTRUCTOR

    I started teaching in college. I grew up in a family of educators and I vowed at a young age I would never do that. Never say never. I love what I do, and I am so thankful for my clients and team. I have taught everyone over the last 15 plus years – the young, the old, rock star athlete, prima ballerina, injured, chronically ill, the beginner, and the expert. I took a step back and realized it is all fun for me, but what draws me in are those who feel they can’t. (The secret is out, you can!)

    Here’s a little bit about me:

    After more than 15 years of teaching movement, most of those teaching Pilates, and with 1000s of hours of Pilates training, my current focus has become those that feel they can’t exercise and can’t feel good. The people who feel their body is failing them and they should sit around feeling worse and worse each day.

    I not only teach clients in my studio in Mechanicsburg, but I also help the staff in all five studios with any clients that need some special TLC. Additionally, I run our Pilates teacher training program. I am the co-owner of The Studio by AP and co-teach the barre teacher training program. These programs are producing quality instructors in good old central PA.

    My Resume:

    I have “been” in the industry since 2001. I began teaching mat Pilates in college for fun money. What is better than working out and getting paid (said 20 year old me)?! Then, I ran a corporate gym in 2005. I have a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh and two undergrad degrees from PITT. (I am a learning junkie) #H2P

    I completed the comprehensive teacher training offered from Core Dynamics Pilates in Santa Fe, NM. This program was created in the Eve Gentry tradition. Eve is one of the Pilates elders who studied with Joe Pilates. I have taken specialty workshops for Pink Ribbon Pilates, Pilates for MS, the Center for Women’s Health and Fitness, Fusion Pre and Post Natal, Pilates for Neurological Disorders. and Core Align Equipment. I also completed a mentoring program called Skillful Teaching with Chantill Lopez.

    I can not forget, I graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in NYC. I am a gluten-free foodie. I am also here for online health coaching for ladies across the lifespan!

    My Teaching Philosophy:

    Try it. You are more powerful than you realize. Your session is going to be fun and we might get some laughing in. Most of all, we are going to get you moving in any way we need to.

    My Rocks:

    I am supported by my amazing family, who I could not do this without. All the love goes out to my husband Andy and daughter Alivia. I can not forget all the support from my mother who was my number one cheerleader all my life, most importantly as I started this business. My dad, stepmom, and best friend who now get the difficult task of being my sounding board and cheerleaders.

  • Deneen Guldner
    Deneen Guldner

    Deneen Guldner resides in Etters PA with her husband Lenny and their dog Elvis. Deneen is a native of this area and both Deneen and Lenny attended Cedar Cliff High School. They have 3 grown kids. A son and daughter in this area and a daughter in Myrtle Beach SC.

    Deneen is a full-time hairstylist at Salon Platinum in New Cumberland.  She has been in the industry for 29 years. Deneen not only brings her creativity to the she also offers her wellness services which includes Reflexology,  Indian Head Massages and she’s a Level 2 Reiki Practitioner.

    Deneen is a Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher with McLean Meditation Institute in Sedona Arizona. Deneen has been meditating for about six years and received her certification in April of 2016. Deneen is passionate about meditation and has experienced incredible stress relief and a deeper relationship with herself. She began teaching classes and workshops and knew she found her passion spreading knowledge and creating peaceful spaces for people to do this kind of work.

    Deneen’s favorite form of exercise is walking with her dog, Elvis. They walk daily at different nature trails and Parks in the area.

    Deneen loves to cook and in summertime has a garden and will can some of the vegetables. Deneen loves to spend time in her yard having family and friends over for cookouts.

    Deneen babysits service dogs with Susquehanna Service Dogs. She was fortunate to adopt a crazy yellow lab named Elvis. He was from the E- litter and was discharged from SSD for separation anxiety. This dog is her baby and has a great life hiking, swimming, and taking classes. Elvis and Deneen’s favorite class is agility training. They are both learning new things and getting lots of exercise.

  • Kathleen Bowman
    Kathleen Bowman

    Competitive and type-a personality with an extremely well-planned agenda is typically the kind of life I like to live by. Just last week, my mom called to make plans to see me and I told her I wasn’t free for a month and a half! Obviously, I found the time to see her! But when it comes to working out and time at a barre class, I let my hair down and can really enjoy myself.  Working out in the morning really starts my day off on the right foot (not to mention the extra time for coffee) and then working out at night helps me unwind and relax from a long day at work! No matter what day of the week or time of the day, I’ve found time to be at the barre and to see mom. So hey, why not come join me?

    Here’s a little bit about me:

    I was born and raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland until 2006 when my family moved to Adams County, PA.  From there, I finished high school and went on to earn my undergrad degree in Public Administration. Right after college, I got a job offer and moved to Harrisburg, PA. At work, I met my fiancé and we have recently moved to Mechanicsburg! Recently adding two fur-babies (Labradoodle and a Japanese Chin) to the family makes my heart (and the house) full [of excitement].  Not to mention they make guests appearances on evening walks outside The Studio by AP in Arcona!

    Once I started working a full-time career, (one that averaged 70-80 hours a week), I started to slack off on exercising regularly. Since then, I have taken a step back into a job with less hours and really enjoyed getting back into the habit of exercising.  After adding exercise back into my life again, I was able to really tell a difference. I was sleeping better, my skin was clearer, and overall I was happier.

    My Resume:

    Growing up, I spent my time competitively figure skating for nearly 10 years. With that, there were on ice, off ice, and many additional choreography lessons. I learned to appreciate the subtle flowing from one move to another and strived to perfect making movements flow all together.

    After injuring both knees and a few seasons off, I transitioned into cheerleading for my last two years of high school. I was terrible at cheering, but it was the closest thing I could do after moving to PA and leaving my ice rink and coaches!

    I have now been avidly taking barre classes for about a year and couldn’t enjoy it more! I enjoy both time at the barre and that last 20-30 minutes of Pilates. In the classes I teach, I want everyone to feel included no matter what your skill level. Every single move that I teach can be modified to suit any skill set. Also, I enjoy breaking out into tune and having fun as much as possible during class. Working out shouldn’t be dreaded, it should be time to yourself to feel good- and that should be fun!

    My Teaching Philosophy:

    If you don’t walk out of a barre class feeling like you’ve really pushed yourself or don’t wake up feeling those tiny muscles tight the next morning, then you haven’t worked hard enough. Pulse more next time!

    Also, there’s no better way to start your week off then a Monday morning workout at the barre.

    My Rocks:

    I am supported by my incredible fiancé, Cody. Living a healthy life is very important to us so we have good habits and healthy lifestyles to pass on as we plan to start our family. My mother has also been a huge rock to me through all of the years and long days spent supporting me at the ice rink. She always pushed me to be my best and to make sure that I was always having fun with what I did in life.

  • Lauren Chupka
    Lauren Chupka
  • Lauren Kutz Owner and Instructor

    A lifelong dancer and performer, I was looking for a form of exercise that helped me to keep dance in my life as an adult. That is when I found Pilates and Barre. I started taking Pilates equipment classes in the fall of 2013 and was hooked right away. I took my first barre class not long after that. I felt right at home in both of these classes and knew I needed to make both forms of fitness a part of my life forever.

    Here’s a little bit about me:

    I’ve lived most of my life in Mechanicsburg, PA. I always thought I wanted to live in New York City, but upon graduating college, moved back to Central PA and it is the area I continue to call home (only a four-minute drive from the home where I spent most of my life). I had always wanted to own a business, but never knew what kind of business I wanted to own. I always thought I wanted to be a wedding planner, but there was a big part of me that always needed to have dance and theatre in my life, even as an adult. A barre studio seemed to be the perfect fit for me. When my husband and I found our house in the fall of 2015, our new neighborhood was also the perfect location for a barre studio.

    I’m beyond lucky to say that being a Pilates and Barre instructor (along with being a studio co-owner) is not just my for fun job, but my day job. I have a great business partner that I work with to make our studio the better each day. I’ve also found that I love teaching teachers how to teach. I look forward to holding teacher trainings and love watching my new instructors teach classes. It is one of my great prides when clients tell me they love my classes, but even more so when they love the class of a teacher that I trained.

    My Resume:

    I earned my two Bachelor’s Degrees in Marketing and in Theatre with a concentration in Dance from West Chester University in 2012. Looking for a form of exercise that was similar to dance, I started taking Pilates Equipment classes from Absolute Pilates. I started my Comprehensive Pilates training in May of 2014. By the end of 2014, I completed my 450-Hour Pilates Mat and Equipment Certification, and my Barre Certification. In 2015, along with Allison Zang, I wrote the current barre training program that we use with our teachers called Absolute Barre. Since then, we’ve done about two teacher trainings a year and are working on expanding our barre training program, along with workshops that we offer. I continue to take Pilates, Barre, and Dance classes when we travel, among other fitness classes, to stay current on trends and new methods of teaching. I also take workshops that benefit me, my instructors, and my clients when they are available to me.

    My Teaching Philosophy:

    Your workout should be fun for you! That includes not only the physical part of your workout, but also the atmosphere of the class, the instructor leading you, the environment you are in, and the people around you. If you don’t love your workout, you won’t do it. I have never been a gym person. If I had to get my workout in by running on a treadmill or walk myself through lifting weights, I would be miserable. I’ve always loved a variety of classes lead by fun, enthusiastic instructors guiding me along the way. Working out should be something fun for you that not only fits into your life, but something you look forward to fitting into your life. You should not only feel amazing when you are finished, but you should look forward to coming to class each day. I know I feel that way about classes because I grew up going to dance class four to six days a week and you can definitely tell I have a dance background when you take one of my classes. I’m not saying that you will be doing complex dance moves or super elaborate choreography, but my classes have a strong focus on form, balance, little movements in addition to the big movements, and isolating different parts of the body. I also frequently incorporate a cardio element into my classes (cue the kickline!).  Don’t be surprised if you come into one of my classes and some or all of the class is perfectly choreographed to the music either! It is one of the things I pride myself on as an instructor and is what I would say my clients like the most about my teaching style.

    My Rocks:

    I’m lucky to have an amazing support system of family and friends in my life. My husband Ryan is my rock and always pushes my to go further, try harder, and helps me achieve a new best each and every day. He will even substitute classes for me or let me bounce ideas off of him for new moves to try in class. My parents have always supported me and helped me in any way that they can. My mom is an unlimited member of the studio and my dad will make the occasional appearance during Bro’s at the Barre or any major studio event. I also have two brothers that will take class from time to time. I’m also lucky enough to have a great extended family and I have a great group of friends. I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for all of these great people in my life.

  • Lydia Sacavage

    I was never the girl who loved to exercise. I didn’t like to work up a sweat, and while I always wanted to run 5ks and do cool races, I just didn’t have any interest. My mom’s Maid of Honor was a local dance instructor when I was young, so there was really no discussion on the matter. I was going to dance. I loved ballet. I loved the grace and the beauty of the dancers. As I got a little older, though, my social life was more important, so I stopped dancing. Secretly, I missed it.

    In August 2014, I was having brunch at Sophia’s at Walden with my mom when Absolute Pilates caught my eye across the street. I picked up a brochure and booked my first class online. I was hooked. I would come at least once a week to a reformer class, but I always found myself curious about barre classes. The moves were familiar to me, and struck a sentimental chord.

    About Me

    After graduating from Penn State (Go Lions!), I spent a few years working and decided to go back to school for my Master’s of Social Work from Temple University. I wanted to save the world. I moved to the Harrisburg area, and fell into my current job. I have been working here for over 5 years, and finally figured out my passion: to learn, be challenged, and teach others to be their best self.

    My Resume

    While I can’t say I have years of formal dance experience, I do have the passion of teaching others and working to be my best self. I am a certified trainer at my consulting firm, and love to teach! I have been doing Pilates for over 2 years, and engaged in barre for about a year and a half. I became certified to instruct barre classes in September 2016.

    My Teaching Philosophy

    “If you don’t fail often, you’re not trying hard enough.” These words have kept me coming back to Pilates and barre. I may not be able to perfect a move on the first try, but guess what? I am going to keep trying, and keep pushing myself! I work hard, I fail hard, and I keep going.

    My Rocks

    My parents, Bob and Frannie. Throughout my life, I always questioned myself and my capabilities. They have been my cheerleaders from the very beginning and their support never faltered. I would not be where I am in this life of mine without their guidance, love, gentle nudging and support.

  • Ryan Pines
    Ryan Pines

    I started teaching very young, I grew up in family educators and realized in tenth grade that I wanted to be a teacher as well. My grandfather was a teacher for forty-four years and my mother has been a teacher for close to twenty years herself, it’s in my blood to teach.

    Here is a little bit about me:

     I am a public high school teacher in Harrisburg and have been teaching for about ten years now. I currently teach world history to eleventh graders and absolutely love it, there is nothing quite like the thrill of watching the “lightbulb” go off for a student when they finally understand a concept they had previously in which they had been struggling. 

    I became interested in Pilates through the help of my wife, Lauren. After asking quite a few times, I finally gave in and took a few classes and have been hooked ever since and have been taking Pilates for over two years now

    My journey with fitness started around the same time as my first Pilates class. I had put on a considerable amount of weight, around seventy pounds, and was struggling to find ways to take and keep it off. Even after just a few class, I could feel a difference in my body. I was losing weight, had better posture and was feeling more confident. With this new found confidence, I wish to spread my love of Pilates with as many people as possible. 

    My Resume:

    I am currently a world history teacher in Harrisburg and have been teaching for close to ten years now. I went to Lock Haven University for my undergraduate degree and have been attending Penn State for my first master’s degree. I will be starting another master’s program at West Chester University in the fall. 

    I have been taking Pilates classes for over two years now. I am currently in the process of completing the Absolute Pilates Teacher Training program. In addition to teaching Pilates, I am also certified to teach Barre classes and can be found teaching Barre at The Studio by Absolute Pilates in Mechanicsburg, Pa. 

    My Teaching Philosophy:

    Anyone can do anything; it just takes the right support to make it happen!

    My Rocks:

    I am supported by some amazing people, without whom I would not be able to accomplish everything in life I wish to accomplish. The first of which is my wife Lauren, who is my rock through everything! I also have to include the rest of my family who have stood by me through thick and thin!

  • Sierra Webb


    Here’s a Little Bit about Me:
    I was a cheerleader for about 15 years and also did gymnastics in that time. I tried a lot different exercise programs until I found the one I like best. Pilates has made me love exercise again, after losing the love for a few years.

    My Resume:
    I am a certified Absolute Barre instructor and Babies at the Barre instructor. I plan on becoming a certified PIYO instructor in the near future.

    My Teaching Philosophy:
    Take a leap and try it! You don’t know if you like it until you try it. I love to laugh and have a great time while offering my clients a great workout. Also, if my clients shed a layer in my class, than I have done my job!

    My Rocks:
    My biggest rock is my husband, Mitch. We work together all day at my full time job, and he supports my teaching (he will even have dinner ready for me when I get home!) My family is so supportive of any dreams that I am currently chasing.

  • Siobhan McGroarty
    Siobhan McGroarty

    As a self-proclaimed fitness guru, I am passionate about learning and living a healthy lifestyle! From a young age, I made a commitment to myself to never take my body and my capability for granted. Often, I find we place too much of our self-value in what others think and this affects our attitude about ourselves. I want myself and OTHERS to feel empowered and proud of what they can accomplish while being conscious of health and making healthy life choices!

    Here’s a little bit about me:
    I began my fitness journey at Penn State University (WE ARE!) taking an intensive fitness program training for a full year. I learned basic principles of teaching all different types of fitness- yoga, dance, cardio; from there I have continued to learn more and dedicate myself to staying fit, happy, and healthy! After college, I worked for Penn State as an Admissions Counselor and Recruiter for the University Park and Harrisburg campuses (so if you need any advice there, I got you covered!). Recently, I have made the jump into to the sales for a medical device organization and have thoroughly enjoyed being able to marry my passion for helping others stay healthy with my professional goals.

    Luckily, I have the support of my partner, Ben and the love of my puppy dog, Rufio to keep me motivated and busy outside of my teaching commitments and work. For fun, Ben and I absolutely love traveling and try to take a trip to somewhere new at least once a year. Last year was Germany for Oktoberfest – this year, it is IRELAND!

    My Resume:
    I started my focus on weight lifting and cardio when I was a cheerleader and athlete in high school; since then, I continued my commitment to fitness by learning to teach fitness classes at Penn State through a training program. In my 10 years of teaching, I have had the opportunity to teach a wide variety of classes including, cycling, kickboxing, boot camp, yoga, Pilates, dance remix, and much more!

    After recently moving to Mechanicsburg, I was thrilled to participate in the Barre training and begin teaching with Absolute Pilates and The Studio by Absolute Pilates.

    My Teaching Philosophy:
    “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got.” I have lived by these words from the first time I saw them when I was in high school. I have always embraced change and jumped in with 2 feet. You will never know what you’re capable of until you have given it what you’ve got. Work hard to prove to yourself you can do it and your light will shine for others. Being healthy doesn’t mean being skinny…it’s about balance in order to live the life you desire.

    My Rocks:
    I am lucky to have the support and network of many family members and friends; but, I wouldn’t be able do everything I do without my husband, Ben, by my side. Despite the difficulty in balancing our schedules sometimes, he has always wanted me to do what makes me happy and knows that teaching fitness classes is something that I have a great passion for!  

  • Yuting Hsu
    Yuting Hsu