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Tracey Gardner Method Moves to New Albany

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“Feels so good, so free!” said Tracey Gardner before leading students in her signature workout, the Tracey Gardner Method (TGM). “Here we grow strong while we move.”

The students who attended her initial classes in a room rented at the New Albany Ballet Company were happy to workout and enjoy Gardner’s company, too.

“We are so glad that Tracey is back!” said two OSU students. “She does the best workout. Her moves are really great, and it never gets boring.”

Gardner is trained in both dance and power yoga, but her TGM workout is highly unique and done to awesome playlists. TGM uses multiple muscle groups to do isometric, contemporary dance-like moves as well as special lunges and pushups that really work the core and also avoid the wrist injuries many people have from other workouts. Gardner has very toned abdominal wall muscles and amazingly strong, yet feminine arms.

“Girls should have their power,” she says. “We support so much.”

Tracey Gardner Method

Tracey Gardner.

Tara Miller, owner of New Albany Ballet Company has welcomed Gardner’s program into her space.

“We have several people who rent studio space here,” she said. “I was familiar with Tracey’s work, from when she rented at our old location, and it seemed like a good fit.”

Gardner is renting Studio F on the ground floor with easy access to plenty of parking and clean restrooms. “Everything is state of the art here,” Gardner noted. The studio room has professionally-sprung dance flooring and large mirrors. “The mirrors are for good. You can see yourself grow and enjoy the movements.” The room was comfortably warm but not overly hot. “The heat comes up from within. We work it up from the inside out. It’s all about the effort,” said Gardner.

Gardner held workouts at the former New Albany Ballet Company site and at her own studios in several central Ohio locations, but recently took a 10 month hiatus as she come to the conclusion that it was time to re-claim her workout and re-invent herself.

“I was sinking lower and lower spiritually in myself,” she said. “It was getting dark, and I was running from the light. Now it feels good to be back with ballet. This is such a safe location and there are good growing opportunities.”

Gardner is also an artist who designs and makes clothing, art and jewelry, often from recycled objects. “I am always creating!”

Under her direction, Candle Lab created two scents, one floral and one earthy, for her. “They are Number 1 and Number 3; important numerologically and for my birthday,” Gardner says. She is hoping to vend some of her items including custom tank-tops and skull pins.

Gardner looks forward to teaching new students, and her return to New Albany has re-united her with many former students.

“To see the familiar faces! Watching people grow. It’s so special,” she says. “Longevity is more than a moment.”

The Tracey Gardner Method has a growing class schedule at the New Albany Ballet Company, 5161 Forest Drive, New Albany 43054.

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