Local Women: Rosanna Barberio


After dancing for 17 years in New York City, Rosanna Barberio moved back to the Lansing area to be with family and pursue her old passion of cooking and her new passion of Pilates. She started Tongue & Groove Catering this past March and Old Town Pilates in 2007. Q: How did you become interested in Pilates? A: When I was still dancing in New York, one of the girls I was dancing with — a friend of mine — started the program. She went to this workshop and she said, ‘This method is really quite interesting, and I need a guinea pig — I need a body to work with.’ So she said, ‘Would you like to do it?’ and I said “sure” … I was really quite amazed because as a dancer, you always think you are very in-tune to your body and know exactly what it is that you do with it. No, you don’t. You learn very fast that there are a lot of bad habits you have … I thought it was a great way to maintain movement long-term because obviously I’m not dancing anymore. Q: Tell me about your catering business? A: The name came from a woodworking book. The reason I picked that was because I thought Tongue & Groove — food and music … Eating and music: I think they kind of go hand in hand … I’ve been cooking since I was 9 years old. It was just something that I liked to do — watching my grandmother cook and so on. Things got really developed as far as broadening my palate when I lived in New York because there is so much there, and I got exposed to so many different kinds of food. Q: Is it hard to manage both of your businesses? A: I have moments, but most of my classes are happening during the week and I have big breaks during the day because I teach my classes mostly during the morning and in the evening. Then the catering job is most of the time on weekends, so I do some shopping and prepping in the middle of the day, then come back to teach … I have to be careful that I don’t take on too much stuff ‘cause I always want to deliver the best product because you’re only as good as your last performance. Q: Is there anything else you want to share? A: I really encourage people who are curious about Pilates to come and try … I encourage people who want to exercise to find something they like to do and stick with it for a while … Perseverance: there’s nothing wrong with that. You’ve got to keep trying. So far — keep my fingers crossed — I’ve been lucky.

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