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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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bande Live...Is Live!

Zoom:  love it and hate it.  A year into the pandemic, and we’re all experts in how to get to Zoom gatherings for both work and play, and Zoom has been a lifeline to normalcy.   And one year later, many of us have also experienced the realness of Zoom fatigue.  

here at bande we believe that Zoom is a decent way to take a fitness class, but not our ultimate aspiration for a true a community-building platform.  Zoom is designed for workplace meetings, and fitness classes are different.   

Over the past 8 months, the product development team has been working to build our own live stream service -- bande Live -- an experience that amps up the sense of connection and fun that home-based studio fitness can provide. 

So, next time you join class, you might notice the join class link takes you to a new destination.  The product team has been slowly rolling out bande Live in a limited release to test stability and gather feedback on how we’re doing. 

If you're lucky to land in a bande Live hosted class, below is a sneak peek of what to expect.  Even better, please join us in one of several free bande Technology Open House events to experience bande Live yourself, and get more tips on how to better optimize your in-home studio experience.

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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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Go ahead, share your opinion

Reviews, ratings, rankings, referrals.  So often, we tap our friends to get ideas of what to buy, do, and experience.  When faced with ambiguity, our social network is a powerful force of guidance, a principle known as social proof theory.  Leveraging this principle, bande is excited to launch a set of new features designed to help you learn more about your own experiences, and those of others', on the platform both in and outside of class. We hope you'll give us rave reviews. 

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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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