Meet Our Team.

Hoddy

Hoddy

Owner
Hoddy originally discovered Bar Method in 2003 during law school in San Francisco, her hometown. Hoddy fell in love with the technique and loved that it reshaped her body. She moved to the Midwest with her husband and three children in 2011 and opened two studios in the Kansas City Metro Area within a year and a half. Hoddy lost her battle with lymphoma in December, but her light will continue to shine throughout the Bar Method Community. We are all so blessed by her friendship and the opportunity to carry on her legacy.

Favorite Exercise - High Curl With The Ball

Lizzy

Lizzy

Operator/Instructor
Lizzy Rudd, Kansas City native, grew up dancing at Miller-Marley and furthered her career as a professional ballerina with the Fresno Ballet. She currently lives in Kansas City with husband Peter, and her two kids, Trace and Reagan. She started her Bar Method career four years ago teaching and took the role of Director of Operations for the past two years. She loves being a part of Bar Method Kansas City, and grateful to be operating the studios in honor of Hoddy.

Favorite Exercise - Arabesque

Elizabeth

Elizabeth

Instructor
Elizabeth is a Kansas City native and fell in love with The Bar Method two years ago, thanks to Hoddy’s effervescent personality and super impressive skills of persuasion. Never feeling like much of an athlete before, Hoddy and her team quickly began to unlock the strength that she didn’t even know she had within her. Her favorite part of The Bar Method and its community is its steadfast ability to challenge and empower everyone that walks through its doors. Elizabeth has a background in the arts and received her MM from Northwestern University and later found her way into lifestyle photography. Now, she enjoys cooking and playing games at home with her husband of ten years Joel, their sweet daughters Annie and Grace and their scrappy little mutt of a pup, Mosely.

Favorite Exercise: Diagonal Seat with a Ball

Erin

Erin

Instructor
Erin is originally from Pittsburgh, PA, but has called Kansas City home for the past twenty years. Erin always loved dance growing up and eventually became a graduate of University of Missouri Kansas City with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in ballet and dance performance. With that love of dance came a passion for fitness, and after the birth of her second child, Erin found Bar Method and began to experience its benefits and was instantly hooked. Each class renewed her passion for fitness and helping others find that same passion. When she is not teaching Bar she is raising her two kids and coaching the St. James Academy Varsity Dance team.

Favorite Exercise: Leg Lifts and Arabesque

Gretchen

Gretchen

Instructor
Gretchen is a Kansas City native who began taking Bar Method classes shortly after the West Plaza studio opened. She has a passion for dance, music, health and wellness. She used to teach hip-hop classes and once was a cheerleader for the T-Bones baseball team. She has a degree in Elementary Education and currently work for a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) LEGO Robotics organization. When she’s not working she enjoys traveling, eating good food, and spending time with her husband and son. She is excited to be joining the staff of Bar Method and being a more integral part of the community of strong, smart, and beautiful souls.

Favorite Exercise - Back Dancing. She loves how many options there are to lift your seat!

Janette

Janette

Instructor
Janette took her first Bar Method class in early 2012 and has been a huge fan of the method ever since. She likes The Bar Method so much, that she became a certified instructor in early 2015 and has had a blast teaching classes ever since. In her spare time, Janette enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children along with improving her skills as a photographer (although, her children are tired of getting their picture taken).

Favorite Exercise: Foldover

Jennifer

Jennifer

Instructor-in-Training
Jennifer started taking Bar Method classes in 2013 and has been a West Plaza 9:30 regular ever since. The focus amazing posture and long, lean muscles had her hooked. Her love of Bar Method and it’s wonderful community were the inspiration for becoming an instructor. She was born in New Jersey but has called Kansas City home for nearly twenty years. She loves spending time with her husband and son and their pup, Penelope.

Favorite exercise: Diagonal seat

Karen

Karen

Instructor
Karen is from Kansas City and has always lead an active, healthy lifestyle. With a background in gymnastics, diving and cheerleading, posture and body alignment are one of her strengths. She took her first Bar Method class in 2013. She was hooked. Bar Method’s focus on posture and core strength is her ideal workout for the long term. She is excited to balance teaching with raising her four daughters.

Favorite Exercise: fold over

Kate

Kate

Instructor
Kate was born and raised in Kansas City, and, while she always tried to be healthy, it wasn’t until she joined Bar Method during her pregnancy that she finally found the perfect exercise for her. She loved how the low impact structure allowed her to continue to take class throughout her entire pregnancy and continues to challenge her every day after. When not at Bar, you can find her running after her little ball of energy, Evelyn.

Favorite exercise: Even though she’s gluten free, Kate loves pretzel.

Katie

Katie

Instructor
Katie, a Kansas City native, studied musical theatre performance at Ithaca College and appears locally around the KC metro. She first discovered The Bar Method almost immediately after postponing her move to pursue performance in NYC. Since then it has completely transformed her mind and body. Katie has suffered from back issues due to a dancing injury, and The Bar Method has been the first workout that has kept her back healthy as can be! Katie was certified in June of 2015 and could not be more grateful for the opportunity! She gives enormous thanks to Hoddy and the entire Bar Method Team.

Favorite Exercise: Plank sandwiched in-between leg dancing dancing and kickstand curl

KyLee

KyLee

Instructor-in-Training
KyLee, a Kansas City native, took her first bar class in May of 2015 and instantly fell in love. She was thrilled to find that the Bar Method classes offered a challenging full body workout while promoting safety and good form, and loves the mind-body awareness Bar Method builds. When KyLee is not at Bar, she works full time as a sales engineer for a cyber security company. She can also be seen walking her boxer, Allen, or trying new recipes in the kitchen!
Laura

Laura

Instructor
Laura, a Kansas City native, grew up studying dance and was hooked on Bar Method after her first class. Besides teaching and taking Bar classes, Laura’s loves include her family, her friends, her sweet cuddle-bug dog, and wine. Laura is a full-time engineer with degrees in chemical engineering and journalism. Laura hopes to spread the Bar Method love to all of her clients.

Favorite Exercise - Diagonal Seat

Lauren

Lauren

Instructor
Lauren, a KC native, took her first bar class in 2013 and instantly fell in love. She grew up an athlete as a child but her free spirit lead her to more outdoor adventures. Bar Method found her at a time when she needed to refocus her passion of living a healthy lifestyle. Lauren credits the method for changing her mind, body and spirit in so many positive ways. When she isn’t at bar you can find her behind the camera at a photo shoot, out on an adventure, listening to her beloved reggae tunes or sitting by a campfire with her husband and doggie! Lauren especially thanks Hoddy for pushing her to become a "better me!"

Favorite exercise: Pushups, Second on Releve, and Arabesque

Rachel

Rachel

Instructor-in-Training
Rachel found her love for The Bar Method in summer of 2012 in her hometown: Dallas, Texas. Her college town did not have a Bar Method location so she purchased the method‘s DVD and did the at-home-workout during the school year and went to the studio while she was home in the summers. The Bar Method changed Rachel’s perspective on exercise, strength, body image, and confidence, and she has never looked back.
Rachel has a bachelors degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a masters degree in Child Life. While pursuing her professional Child Life certification, she completed her clinical internship at Children‘s Mercy Hospital fall of 2016. Kansas City and both of the city’s Bar Method locations stole her heart. She now calls Kansas City home and is proud to be a Certified Child Life Specialist at Children’s Mercy Hospital and is excited to now be part of The Bar Method family too.

favorite exercises - knee dancing, arabesque, backdancing

Sara

Sara

Instructor
Sara is a Kansas City native and a former Chiefs Cheerleader. She’s thrilled to be a part of the Bar Method team and loves being involved in her community. She hopes to impact and inspire the clients the same way her clients inspire her as they strive to become stronger mentally and physically, creating a healthier, happier community one inch at a time.

Favorite Exercise - Arabesque

Sarah

Sarah

Instructor-in-Training
Sarah is originally from Newton, Kansas but has called Kansas City home for the last 15 years. She studied Biology and Secondary Education at the University of Kansas and has stayed home with her two children since her youngest was born almost four years ago. Sarah found Bar Method in January of 2016 while searching for something to do for herself. With a background in dance, she went to one class and realized this is exactly what she needed. She is very excited to join the team and to be a part of something so amazing and meaningful to her.

Favorite Exercise - Arabesque and floor core

Sarah

Sarah

Instructor
Sarah relocated from Chicago back to her hometown of Kansas City in 2014. She took her first Bar Method class in Chicago over four years ago and was hooked instantly. Soon after taking class 5-6 times a week and seeing results in her body, she auditioned to become an instructor and has now been teaching for three years. She joins the Kansas City team with experience as the studio director of Chicago’s Gold Coast location where she has led the team of instructors and staff since the studio opened in January 2013. Prior to Bar Method, she worked in commercial real estate where she leased properties throughout Chicago.

Favorite Exercise - Straight Leg Clam

Shannon

Shannon

Instructor
Shannon is a North Carolina girl who landed in Kansas City by way of her career. She began shakin’ at The Bar Method in June of 2015 and became a certified instructor nearly 2 years later in March, 2016. When not at Bar, Shannon works full time in sales. She enjoys the outdoors by paddling, biking and running. She enjoys traveling and good food and drink!
Favorite Exercise : Turned out Diagonal -- the AH HA! moment when you feel “the catch in the side pocket of your seat” and the residual effects a day later.