A California girl, Melody has been active in one form or another since she was a small child. From theatre stage to basketball court, she has discovered a love for movement that has since led her to travel internationally as a performer. Whether playing a Disney princess in Hong Kong to sailing the high seas as a cruise line guest entertainer, staying in top shape has always been a priority for both career and health demands. In order to maintain peak condition, Melody has built upon her knowledge of human anatomy and movement to prevent injury and stay healthily fit.
Now an ACE certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor (CPR/AED), and ISFTA certified pre- and postnatal exercise specialist, she has instructed at various New York fitness facilities in methods ranging from dance cardio to urban rebounding, bootcamp to pilates megaformer, all with her same intense passion and drive to help her clients find their best. When she’s not dancing around like nobody’s watching or doing burpees (her favorite), expect to find her running through Central Park or chasing after her chihuahua terrier, Skooter.
Melody wants every BoCo client to feel their best and find the joy of movement that has been her life’s passion. Get ready to dance, plank, and sweat with a smile!!
Allie Harris is an AFAA certified trainer from Ann Arbor, Michigan. As a young dancer, she performed in more recitals and competitions than she can count. She went on to earn her BFA in Dance and BA in Communications from the University of Michigan, and she moved to New York to pursue her dream to dance soon after she graduated. You can see Allie performing all over the city these days. She also creates her own work as a choreographer, and she teaches dance to young students.
Allie’s inability to sit still and her desire to challenge and learn more about her body led her to discover her passion for fitness. After her first class, she was immediately hooked on Body Conceptions’ amazing playlist and killer full-body workout. She is excited to share her experience and love of teaching with fellow BoCo buffs!
Lauren is a professional dancer, certified Pilates instructor, certified pre/postnatal exercise specialist, and an enthusiast of all things healthy. She is excited to be back in NYC after performing and teaching in Los Angeles.
Her professional career began in Charlotte, NC with Queen City Jazz Company. After high school, her training continued at The Alvin Ailey School in New York. She has performed with numerous dance companies and has appeared in several plays and films. While at Ailey, Lauren was introduced to Pilates as a part of her dance training. She also worked there as a Physical Therapist Aide, giving her an intimate knowledge of how the body responds to exertion and injury. After a knee injury that resulted in surgery and prolonged rehabilitation, Lauren turned again to Pilates to help rebuild and maintain her dancer condition.
Now she is back on her feet and better than ever. Lauren is happy to continue to pass on her passion for helping others discover the joy of movement and all the benefits that come with it!
Erin has been dancing since she could stand up. She grew up in Arkansas driving an hour each way to Little Rock to take her ballet, tap, and jazz classes. Her love of music took her to Oklahoma City University where she got her Bachelors of Music focusing in musical theater. After college, Erin was immediately cast in the national tour of the Broadway revival of 42ND STREET. Since then, she has performed regionally and off-Broadway and has appeared at City Center and in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
Jumping into fitness was a no-brainer for Erin since she has been exercising since she was young to keep herself in shape as a dancer. She frequently goes home to Arkansas to teach dance to children and young adults all over the state. She is excited to bring her excitement for dance and fitness to Body Conceptions.
An AFPA certified personal trainer, Erin also enjoys running all over NYC in her spare time — She has done two half marathons and is looking forward to at least two more. She also enjoys traveling (just this year: Africa!), learning new things, eating new foods, hiking, camping, and just about anything outdoors. And of course, DANCING.
Deborah Kessler, Marketing and Business Development Director
Deborah Kessler has over 10 years of marketing and business development experience. Most recently Managing Director of a highly regarded Wall Street financial firm, Deborah dedicated many years to project managing within the private equity space. She worked by the side of the Past Chairman of the New York Mercantile Exchange, consulting on health & wellness, beauty, food & beverage, real estate, financial technology and telecommunications ventures.
Deborah graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arizona, serving as president of the Student Alumni Association and Director on the University’s national board. She received commendations from Phi Kappa Phi, the Honor’s college and was named a Medici Scholar.
Prior to her career in business, Deborah had an established career as an actress, dancer, singer, songwriter. She currently writes marketing and lifestyle features for magazines and travel websites.