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Anjana Melvin

Anjana is a recent grad and a research associate at bande. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a degree in business administration and a concentration in quantitative analysis. While at school, she worked as a market research intern at Mindbody. At bande, she works on anything from UX research, to writing blog posts, to running the university ambassador program. Outside of work, Anjana is either in a bande class, co-hosting her podcast, or playing with her quarantine puppy!

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11 Questions with Nicole Uribarri

While you may be familiar with bande's Programming Director Nicole Uribarri as a lover of 3-second holds after each brutal barre exercise and a fan of Beyoncé, we sat down with her to learn more. We chat about how her Cuban upbringing led to her strong work ethic, how the founder of Zumba got her into fitness, and how she met her high school sweetheart (now husband), Adrian.    

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Antonia Hellman on building Toucan, Zoom's newest competitor

bande member Antonia Hellman (pronounced differently depending on which of her parents you ask) is a current Stanford student and the CEO and co-founder of Toucan, which “brings the natural and social interactions of real life to online events and gatherings.”  Since launching in 2020, the platform currently has over 37,000 users  and over $1 million in funding. This bande member spotlight interview took place on Toucan.

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Harley Langberg on Creating a Business out of Food Art

In October 2020, bande member Harley Langberg was walking through the magazine aisle of a local Bridgehampton CVS with his husband, Zach, when he saw the Food Network Magazine’s Thanksgiving edition out — earlier than expected. Brimming with excitement, he flipped to the editor’s letter and there, on page 16, was likeness of Food Network’s star personality Sunny Anderson with the note: “Food artist Harley Langberg made this portrait of me out of mashed potatoes and more! Check out his amazing work @harleysfood_art.” Langberg grabbed seven magazines and rushed to the cashier 

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11 Questions with Nefertiti Thomas

At bande, we know Nefertiti as the woman who can do everything. She teaches multiple different modalities, including HIIT, Barre and Yoga, and all while being a mother to two toddlers. Nef brings her extensive dance experience and ten years of fitness instruction into every one of her classes and, if you're one of her regulars, you know she's also a great hype woman. We sat down with Nef to learn more about her life outside of bande — growing up on a farm, dancing professionally, and her kids. 

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My week with bande: Anjana M.

I never worked out regularly before bande; I would go to the gym or on runs if I was forced to, but it was never something that I did because it 'felt good.' To be honest, I never understood what people meant when they say they work out to feel better mentally. But since I started working at bande, I've been doing a live class every weekday, and it's changed my life. The exercises make me feel great, the social interaction holds me accountable, and I love that I can feel myself getting stronger every day. Here are just a few of my favorite classes that I take regularly and now cannot imagine living without.

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Erin Carpenter on founding and growing Nude Barre

When Erin Carpenter was in high school, her weekly regimen packing her dance bag looked a little like this: She would boil dye in a pot, dipping her tights and underwear in it until it came out in a color that matched her skin tone. Then she would let them dry for a few hours, and if it didn’t match, she would do it again, and again, and again, until she achieved just the right shade. While she waited for her garments to dry, she would, in industry terms, “pancake” her dance shoes — meaning she took drugstore foundation, patted and blended it on the shoes to ensure they weren’t splotchy. Carpenter spent hours each week going through this process because when she went to a store to ask for “nude” shoes and undergarments — as is required for performers — they would give her beige. The problem? Like so many performers, Carpenter’s skin is not beige. 

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11 questions with powerhouse, Mindy Lai

Mindy Lai has been coaching in the fitness industry for over ten years. While cross-training for a professional career as a dancer, she discovered a love for boxing. Dance and boxing might not seem like the typical mix, but Mindy's trained eye for choreography makes her a stickler for form, allowing her to easily spot and communicate minor adjustments which can advance fitness goals and prevent injuries. We sat down with Mindy to learn more about her journey to bande and her life outside working out.

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Looking Forward to 2021

2020 was truly a rollercoaster year. As we reflect on this year's ups and downs, many of us are pausing to plan for what's ahead. We spent some time checking in with our team on what they are looking forward to creating in 2021.

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