Kate Pedersen Ares, Emerging Professional Award 2016

Kate Pedersen Ares earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Retailing and Consumer Science in 2005 from the UA.  After graduating, Kate worked in a managerial position for Nordstrom Department Store and then went on to become Director of Beauty Services for Canyon Ranch.   

She returned to the UA to complete a RN degree and worked for University Medical Center in the Intensive Care Unit for over 3 years.  She loved helping people but found that she neglected to take care of herself.  She often felt stressed, exhausted, was not eating well and not sleeping well.  

Kate discovered barre3 while visiting her family in Portland, Oregon.  She immediately fell in love with the workout and the balance it brought to her life.  She continued to practice barre3 online and even contemplated moving to Portland to become and instructor – but then a light bulb went on in her head.  Why not bring barre3 to Tucson?  And so her journey as a barre3 studio owner began.  

In April, 2014, Kate opened the first Arizona barre3 studio bringing a combination of Yoga, Pilates and Ballet Barre Work to Tucson.  As a nurse, Kate loved to help people and barre3 is her way of continuing that passion by helping others embrace fitness, balance, and whole body health.

Kate states, “The best part of being an owner is being able to give back to the community.  Nothing makes me happier than hearing from clients who have lost weight and experienced incredible results.”  Another way that Kate gives back is by holding donation classes for Cystic Fibrosis.


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