Meet Team DC
Things we love about DC: the National Mall, the history, Olivia Pope (just kidding), walking the Georgetown Waterfront, the Cherry Blossom Festival, oh, and our instructors of course!
We think they’re the coolest group around, so we’ve been curious what they’re up to when they aren’t in the studio. With all that DC has to offer we asked them to take us around their city for a day to show us their favorite spots and tell us a little more about themselves.
You know them. You love them. Need we say more? Nope, so let’s let them do the talking.
What's the first song on the soundtrack of your life and why?
Victoria: “The Show Goes On” by Lupe Fiasco. It reminds me that life isn’t always perfect, but we have to keep pushing.
Cher: “Milkshake” by Kelis…for obvious reasons.
Sunny Mae: “Shot At the Night” by The Killers. It's about taking chances, taking risks, and just going for it!
Tiffany: “I Believe” by Blessid Union of Souls. I truly do believe that love is the answer.
Garrett: “The Lion King Song”—you know which one I'm talking about.
Kathleen: "Found Tonight" by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt. I think it's important to remind everyone that NO ONE IS ALONE and that THEY ARE SEEN.
Gregg: “Never Give Up” by Sia. It’s about persistence in the face of adversity and getting up when you get knocked down. Plus, I love the beats.
How did you end up at SoulCycle?
Victoria: My SoulCycle journey began in West Hollywood, California. I started out in the iconic yellow shirt, working the front desk. I moved to LA to become a TV host on E! News. I wanted to do that more than I wanted to breathe air—or so I thought. But the truth was, I never really cared about what celebrities were doing. I decided to audition to be an instructor, and nothing in my life has ever felt more right.
Kallie: Before SoulCycle I was a 5th grade teacher desperately seeking a new career. I made some great friends through IG (crazy!) who live in NYC, and we took Trammell's class when I visited. My life was forever changed (love you, @m3ll212). I started making the hour-long drives to DC/BSDA to ride, and after a lot of hard work, ups, downs and multiple auditions, I’m now back as an instructor in DC!
Cher: I was working as a professional dancer in NYC, and I stumbled upon a new-to-me boutique fitness studio called SoulCycle. Took my first class on Halloween 2014, and the rest was history.
Sunny Mae: It was actually love at first ride (and I was a huge skeptic before). I started to ride as a way to let go for 45 minutes before going to work every day. The more I did it, the more I wanted to do it. I've always been a natural leader, and love to make people feel good. For me it just felt right...so I auditioned!
Tiffany: I had just moved back to NYC after living in Miami for 7 years where I fell in LOVE with cycling after a knee injury. I was introduced to SoulCycle by two friends who LOVE SoulCycle, and eventually they brought me to Mel G’s class. Magic, magic, MAGIC! I auditioned two weeks later, and didn't get accepted. I didn't even know how to clip the shoes into the pedals. However, in my audition I was completely transparent about how much I was craving an experience like this in my life, and invited back to the next audition and became part of group 11. These past 5 years with SoulCycle have been incredibly humbling. Even though there have been lots of highs with many more lows, this experience has forever changed the course of my life by filling up my soul and allowing me to embrace my blind spots, fall in love with my flaws, and tap deeper into my potential as a powerful and loving leader.
Garrett: My best friends came home for Christmas one year talking about their awesome new jobs at a spin studio. A few weeks later I took my first SoulCycle class, and the rest is history.
Kathleen: I was a professional singer and dancer before I found SoulCycle, so the performance element and experience was something that I always connected to. The room became a place for me to be myself when I was struggling with my sexual identity, depression, alcohol abuse, and family loss. I knew that I had to eventually give back.
Gregg: I worked at the White House traveling and coordinating logistics, which was an amazing and rewarding experience, but also demanding and left little time for personal time and self-care. My best friend dragged me to my first class in 2011, and I was hooked. The collective energy and Soul are what kept bringing me back.
Michelle: I had been living and acting in NYC for a few years and was looking for an outlet. A friend recommended SoulCycle, and at first I was totally hesitant. I didn't want to conform to the "new cool thing to do,” but after I finally loosened up, I was beyond hooked. I found a safe space where I could check out and hone in. A space where I felt empowered. Soon I was working Front Desk at the WVLG Studio. It was only a matter of time before the podium started calling my name.
Share a quote about what your SOUL fam/community means to you.
Cher: GOOD VIBES ONLY! SoulCycle is a safe place where not only do you get to work your crap out, but you have an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate yourself and the people around you.
Sunny Mae: Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
Tiffany: You see me, I see you, and together we get to create magic and empowering love every day.
Garrett: Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.
Kathleen: Chosen family. This community has been there for me through some really hard moments in my life, and I honestly don't know where I would be without them.
Michelle: Let's bring more light into the darkness.
What emoji are you and why?
Victoria: My favorite emoji is ✨. It represents all things magical and unknown, and I love it!
Cher: 💃🏻 No matter what life throws my way, I find a way to dance through it.
Sunny Mae: ☀️ The sun...obvi.
Kathleen: The crystal ball emoji. I have been told I'm a little witchy. Maybe it’s the red hair, lol.
Michelle: The Wink Kissy Face because it's cute. I'm all about the cute.
What’s the most underrated aspect of your city?
Kallie: There are tons of historical tourist attractions in DC which is great, but that’s not all that DC is. We have FUN, too! There are so many cool restaurants, bars, and things to do outside of monuments and history lessons!
Cher: The people. When I first moved to DC I thought I was going to be surrounded by hundreds of Olivia Popes, but boy was I wrong. I have never felt so much love, energy, and VIBES as I do here.
Garrett: The food!
Michelle: The theatre! As an actor, I’m exploring the theatre scene all the time. There is some really wonderful stuff here! Definitely worth checking out.
Tiffany: Our diversity and impact. I have to admit, I was not ready for how progressive and cool DC is. Everyone here is getting shit done in a very meaningful way. We get to see beyond the marches.
How do you make time for yourself?
Kallie: NAPS!! Down time and doing things outside of fitness help put my mind at ease. Spending time with my golden retriever, Bella. Seeing my friends or family and the occasional Netflix or movie binge keeps ya girl sane!
Cher: I take myself to a dance class. I don’t get to go as much as I would love, but dancing is the place where I feel most alive and most like me.
Garrett: I enjoy getting out on a real bike!
Kathleen: Cooking and preparing delicious and healthy meals, movie nights with my girlfriend, and most recently a good glass of wine and enjoying our rooftop pool with a view of the city.
Tiffany: I have very strong boundaries. I do what I value, I do what matters, and happily say no to the rest. My couch and I are pretty good friends.
Gregg: Quiet time is very important for me. I am a classic introverted extrovert. I also like a hot bath.
What’s one thing about yourself you want to share with the community?
Kallie: I want to spread the message to never settle. If you have a dream, chase it. If you want more, go get it. If you can do better, be better. Don't settle! Live a life at YOUR best. If I can do it, I believe anyone can!
Sunny Mae: I do this for the community. The workout is secondary; the community comes first. Oh, and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are my favorite candy, so anytime someone would like to bring me some, I'd be very happy.
Kathleen: I haven't always known myself as well as I do today. It hasn't always been easy, but everything is temporary. So, keep pushing to be the best version of you with the understanding that you can mess up and you will be OK!
Gregg: I eat a lot of peanut butter.
Michelle: I'm actually pretty shy. You may not notice it, but I am. It takes me a while to open up and be vulnerable sometimes. So, thank you, BSDA/DC, for giving me a platform to come out of my shell! I hope I can do the same for you! I hope I can do the same for you.