|Jessica Freitas a.k.a. Jessonpointe. Photographed by Chris Shenkle|
Multi-talented Jessica is a great role model for young girls and has created a lifestyle brand that inspires others to achieve anything they put their mind to.
We chat braids and treat food with Jess, and find out what the Flybarre craze is all about and why we should all be doing it!
AM: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background
JF: I am a fitness instructor, dancer, hair & makeup artist and Cali girl at heart! I grew up in Southern California where I started studying ballet. When I was seventeen I moved to Texas and trained at the Houston Ballet Academy. I then danced with Texas Ballet Theater as a professional ballerina for 6 years. After that I branched out in the dance world and worked for the Disneyland Resort, The Met Opera, Angelina Ballerina the Musical, Spirit Productions, and was a Professional Cheerleader for the New York Jets and the Seattle Seahawks. I currently teach Flybarre for Flywheel Sports, freelance as a hair and makeup artist and created a YouTube show where I interview dancers about their real lives as dancers in NYC. I live on the Upper West Side, love red wine and spending time out in the sunshine whenever I can!
|Spring Fairy in Cinderella at Texas Ballet Theater|
AM: What inspired you to start teaching FlyBarre?
JF: I had just moved to Seattle and wanted to find a part time job that was fun and active. I had taught dance and kids gymnastics before and thought teaching fitness would be a good fit. A friend of mine in NYC taught FlyBarre and was always raving about it. I checked out the studio in Seattle and loved it! I auditioned, got accepted into training, then started teaching classes a few months later.
|Jessica teaches Flybarre in Seattle. Photograph from jessicafreitas.com|
AM: What is FlyBarre and why is it such a great form of exercise?
JF: FlyBarre is a total body sculpting class that blends the best of light weight training, dance, and core strengthening exercises. I love FlyBarre because it’s fun, so hard and super effective. I’ve danced my whole life and I think this is the best my body has ever looked and felt.
|Flybarre sculpts the whole body. Photograph from jessicafreitas.com|
AM: What tracks are your favorite to get your classes pumped and motivated?
JF: I LOVE pop music. Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Avicii, Demi Lovato. I grew up watching and dancing to music videos on MTV and I think that has carried over into my taste in music and teaching style.
AM: Tell us a bit about the Power Into Summer FlyBarre challenge you recently did, will you be doing more of these?
JF: The Flybarre challenge is a 4 week fitness challenge we do 3 times a year. As a participant you get paired up with an instructor coach, take 4 Flybarre classes at week, take weekly measurements, and you’re given an amazing nutrition plan to follow. I’ve been a challenge leader for 3 different challenges now and it’ so inspiring to see the results. Not only do participants lose weight and tone up but they start to incorporate fitness into their daily routines.
AM: We see from your career you’ve moved around a lot and lived in lots of different states, including California, New York, Seattle and Texas. Where has been your favorite place to dance and train?
JF: I guess I have traveled around a lot! It’s hard to pick a favorite since each place has such great memories. California is where I grew up and had all my early training. Texas is where I had my first professional dance job. I lived there for eight years and learned so much about acting and performing while dancing for Texas Ballet Theater. New York is where I got to spread my wings and try other forms of dance. I worked on an off broadway show, performed at The Met Opera and joined the world of NFL Cheerleading. Seattle is where my sister lives. We got to cheer together for the Seattle Seahawks the year they won the Super Bowl. (Go Hawks!) I also started teaching Flybarre in Seattle. Writing this I’m realizing how blessed I am to have had so many amazing and positive career moves!
|Dancing at Century Link Field in Seattle - Seattle Seahawks|
AM: Talk to us about your YouTube show Barre Talk
JF: Dance has been a huge part of my life and I have always wanted to host a talk show. Luckily my boyfriend is a photographer and videographer so we had all the equipment needed to produce a show. I thought it would be fun to create a show where I interview dancers about their real life and dance life. On every episode of “Barre Talk” we chat about embarrassing moments on stage and crazy things that happen in everyday life as a dancer. Oh and we drink wine and sing songs and dance. I’m currently working on our next season so stay tuned! Until then, the first 6 episodes are on my YouTube Channel.
|Jessica on her Youtube show Barre Talk|
AM: You have recently launched Braid Barre, what else does the future hold for Jessica Freitas?
JF: Yes! Braid Barre has been so fun! I’ve done braids for weddings, photo shoots and girls birthday parties. Braids are so trendy right now and I love it! I have so many plans for my future but my main goal is to create a lifestyle brand that is fun, positive and doesn’t take itself too seriously. My hope is when you watch my show, get your hair and makeup done, or take a class from me you leave with a smile on your face and a positive outlook for the rest of your day!
|Jessica is a hair and make-up artist and has recently launched Braid Barre|
AM: Prints or plains to work out in?
JF: I love both but I’m always buying crazy prints.
AM: Favorite spot to let your hair down and go dancing with your girl squad?
JF: I don’t go out dancing as much as I used to. So my let your hair down dancing spot is usually at weddings.
AM: Fishtail or halo braid?
JF: Fishtail braid. It reminds me of being on the beach with messy salty hair.
AM: Favorite sinful treat food?
JF: Mac and Cheese
AM: If you could dance in anyone’s music video, who would it be?
JF: Britney Spears
AM: One place in the world you would love to visit?