Our Team


Christine Gallagher, Creator & President

Christine Gallagher is the Creator of Red Hot Dance Fitness, Red Hot Barre Fitness and the founder of Red Hot Nutrition. An AFAA and ACE  certified group exercise instructor, an AFAA & ACE Continuing education provider as well as dance instructor, she holds over 20 specialized certifications in a variety of formats including Body Pump, Spinning , Mat Pilates and Barre workouts. Studying dance in Philadelphia and New York City, she competed on the national level with StarPower Talent, Showstoppers, Dance Educators of America and Dance Masters of America and while studying Journalism at Temple University danced with the nationally ranked NCAA Diamond Gems Dance Team. She began teaching group exercise while in college and continued to teach and follow the trends in group exercise over her 20 year fitness career all while drawing on her first passion: Dance. After years of teaching and searching for great dance based fitness programs she decided to create her own brand. After finding most programs to be too simple, too complicated or not cardio enough, she set out to design a program that was easy to follow and simple enough for the novice to feel confident doing, yet challenging enough for those with a background in dance all while getting an amazing cardio workout. Read more – A Conversation with Christine Gallagher

Red Hot Barre Instructors

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Our Affiliates and Strategic Partnerships

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Tara Marie Newman, Director of Operations

Tara has been an administrative professional in the Philadelphia area in both the corporate world and academia for over 20 years in a wide variety of capacities.  She built the infrastructure of a multi-million dollar investment company before moving on to the University of Pennsylvania overseeing the management of conferences and office management. The knowledge Tara has gained over the years, along with her customer service related experience, is what will enable her to ensure Red Hot Dance Fitness™ operational success.  Tara too has an extensive dance background and a passion for the fitness field.  She is delighted to be with the RHDF team since she studied tap, jazz and ballet for over 15 years and continues to enjoy dancing today.

Tara will be responsible for the building of the organizational infrastructure and maintaining overall operational efficiency.  Her wealth of skills and passion will ultimately translate into successful outcomes for the company.

Ann Marie Urban, Director of Events

Ann Marie has been a meeting and event planner professional in the Philadelphia area for over 20 years. Her upbeat attitude, attention to detail and ability to organize all aspects of a function has resulted in hundreds of successful events over the years.  Everything from small corporate meetings to citywide events and everything in between.  Her philosophy of keeping the client relationship paramount has helped her success.  Her depth of knowledge will be invaluable in planning Red Hot Dance Fitness™ related conferences and events.

A Wharton graduate and currently a member of PAMPI (Philadelphia Chapter of Meeting Professionals International) co-chair of Backpacks to Briefcases, a mentoring program that develops learning programs for student members

Kerri Konik, Brandscape Atelier – Brand Marketing Partner

As a design leader, Kerri built and ran 3 design firms. She cut her teeth in NYC, was trained by the best, and in turn, taught at Parsons for over ten years. She has held top leadership roles in large-scale firms such as digital agencies, design consultancies, built boutique design shops, and acted as a design process consultant.  She brings that experience to serve her client base of entrepreneurs, non-profits and small business.

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