Meet the Instructors

Neva – Fast Fit, Hardcore

Hard Core $8,  Training Session $12, Country Kick $5

Neva was one of the first FastFitters and is now teaching others how to be strong.  She teaches Circuits as well as trains in addition to showing off her country moves on Mondays with Angela.


Emily – Owner – Personal Trainer, Nutrition Specialist, Group Fitness

Zumba $5; Hip Hop Fit $5; Serious Circuits $8, Abs on Fire $8, Training Session $12

After 8 years of foster care and in home daycare, Emily Balow discovered her love for fitness in her spare time.  Stumbling upon Dragonfly was unplanned but not regretted and the best career decision she has ever made. Emily is fun and motivating. Join one of her low pressure, anything goes classes, you won’t regret it.

Zumba is a Latin based, shake your booty aerobic workout, that everyone must try ! This is the most fun you will ever have getting in shape no matter what your level of dance is. Shake your way to better health, more energy and a smaller dress size.

Circuits is a higher intensity class that you can ease into. You will be introduced to weights, cardio, plyometrics and calisthenics.  Don’t be intimidated! You’ll love the results

Hip Hop Fit is Emily’s creation of today’s hits with choreographed toning songs.  Less dancing, more toning!

Abs on Fire is 30 minutes of high intensity core work.

  • Certified ISSA Fitness Trainer
  • Specialist in Fitness Nutrition (ISSA)
  • Certified Zumba Instructor Basic 1 and 2
  • Certified Insanity Instructor
  • Certified AMPD Instructor
  • Certified Boot Camp Instructor
  • Rhythmic Fitness Instructor
  • Metabolic Specialist

Kimberley – AMPD Kettlebell & PowerFlow

AMPD Kettlebell and AMPD PowerFlow $5

Certified AMPD Kettlebell instructor, Kimberley Winkelmann has had a passion for fitness most of her life. Growing up, and through her 20’s and 30’s, most of her physical activities consisted of running. A few years ago, she felt that she was no longer managing to make any progress towards her fitness goals. She was introduced to the Fast Fit program at Dragonfly Dance and Wellness by a friend. This program was the stepping stone that she needed.

Kim still runs upon occasion, but also enjoys Circuit Training, Cross-fit, Boot Camp, and especially Kettlebell. Kim works at a local elementary school and is currently pursuing her AFAA Group Exercise Fitness Instructor Certification. In her free time enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

– Kettlebell AMPD takes heart-pumping music and your favorite kettlebell moves and combines them into 45 minutes of calorie-torching fun! This whole-body workout emphasizes group fitness and focuses on specific areas such as arms, legs, core, and cardio. Each song concentrates on a main area, while still maintaining a whole-body routine.

Missy – AMPD Kettlebell

AMPD Kettlebell $5
Missy started her fitness journey eight years ago after giving birth to her second child. After she took her first Zumba class she fell in love and decided to get certified to teach it adding both Zumba Gold and Aqua Zumba shortly after. Missy is also a NETA Certified Personal Trainer, an ACE Certified Health Coach, Kettlebell AMPD Instructor, and is currently working on her Mind/Body Certification through ACE as well.

Steph – TurboKick

Stephanie got addicted to TurboKick classes in college back in her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. When she moved to Eau Claire and had trouble finding Turbo classes she decided to get certified and share the Turbo love with her friends here.

Get hooked on the Turbo high! With cardio kickboxing and body-sculpting dance moves choreographed to the hottest music mixes, you’ll get lean and toned—and have a blast doing it! It’s high intensity offered with options for low-impact, so no matter your fitness level, Turbo is fast-paced, and totally addicting!




Sarah – Piyo

PIYO, Thursdays 6pm , $5

Sarah started her fitness journey about 2 years ago. After struggling with her weight she finally got determined and lost a total of 41 lbs! Once the weight was off it was time to get strong. PiYo! It was the perfect fit. Using your own body to gain strength and flexibility. After taking the classes for about a year she decided to dive head first into teaching! She wants to help others realize what they are capable of and guide them on their journey. She is PiYo Live certified as well as a certified Group Fitness Instructor. 

Julie – Zumba

Zumba – $5

Julie is the new kid in town! She recently moved to Eau Claire from Lincoln, Nebraska. She’s been teaching Zumba for four years and is licensed in Zumba and Zumba Gold. She offers high energy workouts with easy-to-follow movements. She strongly believes that exercise should be FUN, and she structures her classes that way. Outside of the studio, you can find her exploring Wisconsin and spending time with her husband and six children.

Mi – POP Pilates

Pop Pilates – Wednesday 6:00pm and Friday 4:15pm

Mi moved to the US when she was 18, lived in California for 8 years for college, got a degree in Athletic Training and moved to Eau Claire about 2 years ago. Since she is really into the human body and how it works, she also got a certification in Personal Training so that she can help people move better and be more confident in their body. Mi has followed POP Pilates for 6 years and recently became a POP instructor. POP was the start of her fitness journey.

POP pilates is an upbeat, choreographed pilates class where you move to the beat of the music and have a blast. A fun way to get in shape.

Ema – Flexibility Training

Weekly Flexibility Training $15 

EmaLee is a Pacific Northwest native certified in Barre and Aerial Hammock. Her fitness journey began at an early age with gymnastics and ballet then morphed into yoga and circus during her teens. EmaLee currently lives in Altoona with her boyfriend, two cats, and service dog, Jack practicing daily yoga and working on her paintings. She prefers to work on balance, flexibility and strength during her classes and helping individuals obtain their personal goals.

Wendy Nelson | Yoga

Wendy first found yoga right here at Dragonfly by attending her first class with Wendy Oberg in 2016. She fell in love!. As she learned more and deepened her practice she realized she wanted to teach (which came naturally as she is a teacher by training)She received her RYT-200 from The Yoga Center of Minneapolis in March of 2018 and loves to share yoga with everyone. Currently, her focus is making yoga accessible to ALL body types and teaching mostly slow flow classes. Along with yoga, Wendy also teaches chemistry at Elk Mound High School and loves to spend time with her two daughters.

Michelle – Poles

Level 1 & 2 Certified

Michelle isn’t new to Dragonfly, she has been with us since the beginning (August 2013).

Michelle Anthony draws from her years of experience in teaching yoga, Acro, and Aerials to bring you a safe and informed approach to pole classes. She is an expert in guiding students to move beyond their comfort zones and explore what is possible with the right amount of preparation and support. Michelle will encourage you to explore the depths of your authentic and sexy self through integrative pole classes.

Kerri – Poles

Level 1 & 2 Certified

Meet Kerri!

Kerri has been an integral part of the Chippewa Valley flow arts scene as a founding member of the Torch Sisters, a local performance troupe. Kerri enjoys teaching and performing Acro yoga, hooping, aerials and most recently pole! Kerri will encourage you to try new things and feel sexy in your own skin while having fun and building some super-rad, gorgeous biceps.

Michelle B. – Poles

Low impact, High Fun! Level 1 & 2 Certified
Michelle B. is passionate about helping people discover alternative ways of being active that are fun, playful, and unique. She believes that fitness should not feel like a chore, but rather a way to incorporate movement into your life that leaves you feeling excited, strong, and confident! This passion comes from several years of personally discovering happiness through alternative fitness practices such as hula-hoop dance, acrobatic yoga, rock climbing, aerial arts, fire dancing, and pole. Michelle is so excited to be able to create a safe and inclusive space in Eau Claire for women to come and explore their inner confidence and strength through this empowering form of alternative fitness.

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Rachel – Poles

Level 1 & 2 Certified

Meet Rachel!

Rachel Duffenbach is passionate about health, fitness, and body positivity. Rachel has been performing with local performance troupe, the Torch Sisters, for a year. When she isn’t working her full-time office job, she loves to spend her free time hooping, practicing yoga, acro, and aerials. She truly believes that pole dancing will make you fall in love with what your body is capable of and she can’t wait to see you in class!