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Studio North - dance & fitness center

"Where Fitness & Fun Come Together"      est. 1999


Team Biographies

Our people are among the most talented in the industry.

It would be our pleasure to put our extensive experience to work for you.

Abigail Zupancich

*Personal Trainer & Group Fitness Instructor

*Dance & Fitness Enthusiast

For the past 3 years I have been studying Physical Education and Coaching at the University of Minnesota Duluth. This coming fall of my senior year I will be college supervise teaching PE 1601 Aerobics at UMD, I am super excited. Currently I am working on receiving my personal training and group fitness certification through NETA, I can't wait to see what new opportunities will open up for me once I have completed these successfully. I also work at Zup's Deli and Burntside Lodge in the summers. When I am not working, I like to be on the lakes as much as possible with my family enjoying activities such as wake boaring.

Pat Groom

Group Fitness Specialist

“Each Class Member is a Treasure!”

Studio North Connection: 10 years with Nichole!

Fitness Teaching Background 

1981-1986: Taught Fitness Classes through the Ely Recreational Program.Trained by   Johnnie Hyde & Anne Lincicome.

1986-1998: Started/Coordinated Community Fitness 4 nights/week at Vermilion   Community College.

1986-1998: Taught One-Credit Phy Ed Aerobics Class at Vermilion   Community College. 

1988-1998: Taught Chair & Floor Dancing Class at Elderhostel Program/Naniboujou Lodge via Vermilion Community College. 

1999-2009: Studio North Fitness Life! Step Aerobics, Kick Box Cardio, Interval,

Cardio Dance Fun, Power Pump Weight Training for Women, Safe Start Program

Training: NDEITA Certification, Presently Studying in the ACE Certification Program.

Career: 35 Awesome Years of Teaching! Retired 2008.Vermilion Community College English Instructor (22 yrs!). Beginning of Career taught In the Hibbing High School & Tower H. S.

Outside of the Studio: Music is always in my heartCabin Life is the dream-life! 3 Pups keep hubby Len & me hopping. 3 kids are all grown and off into their careers. Cannot get enough of the fresh outdoors! Love hiking, kayaking, drivin’ my Jeep! Can’t stop thankin’ God for my joy-life at the Studio & in my Hometown Ely!

Favorite Word in Fitness? “ VICTORY”     

Ann Hyrkas

"Annie" to friends and family

Personal Trainer and Yoga Instructor

Personal Motto: Attitude is EVERTYTHING!

Fitness Practice: Rather Wear Out Than Rust Out

Yoga Belief: Self Acceptance is the Highest Practice in Yoga

Greatest Joy In Life: Watching my daughter, Chelsea, grow up beautifully!

Denise Myers

Group Fitness Instructor

Personal Trainer

Denise has been a personal fitness and sports trainer since graduating with a degree in Sports Medicine in 1992. She has been certified as an exercise expert by the American College of Sports Medicine.

She enjoys soccer, hockey, martial arts, cycling and weight lifting to name a few.

After surviving a mountain bike crash in 2004 that lead to several back surgeries and a long recovery, she learned many ways to strengthen her core.

She enjoys coaching and volunteering for youth sports programs. She also likes working one on one with clients and teaching group fitness classes.

She believes fitness is a life style that encompasses mind, body and spirit as a whole

to achieve optimal fitness and health.

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