Our Founders

Karen Lim

As a former finance professional and like many working in a high-stress environment, Karen suffered from lower back and shoulder issues. It was then that she experienced the amazing physical and mental benefits of barre and Pilates. Initially, she took the teacher training courses for her own benefit - to deepen her knowledge and improve her practice. During this time, she discovered her love for teaching and has been teaching for over eight years. She loves working with her students and showing them how their bodies can benefit from proper alignment. She is happy when she see the positive change, not just in their bodies but also in their outlook, as they get stronger and more flexible with each class. She is thankful for the blessings of a wonderful family and friends. She also loves good food and wine, reading, baking, and hiking.

Karen's credentials:

Instagram: @karenmjlim

Mylene Mackay Founder

Mylène Mackay

Upon discovering Pilates during college in Boston and barre at the Lotte Berk Studio while working in London, Mylène has always been a student of movement and after many years working internationally, specializing in sales and marketing for luxury hotels, her healthy hobby soon developed into a passion for mind-body wellness and eventually her second career. She has been teaching for over eight years and BarreAmped is her favorite way of sharing a healthy lifestyle with others. Mylène also loves yin yoga, qigong and martial arts. Now based in Amsterdam, she focuses primarily on teacher training & development, retrreats and marketing strategy for both studios. Originally from Manila, Philippines - Mylène's Asian roots run deep, and she travels regularly to the region to visit family, and to train with the Barre 2 Barre teaching team. 

Mylène's credentials:

  • Certified BarreAmped Master Trainer & Manager, BarreAmped Europe
  • Level 3 Pilates Mat Teacher with Body Control Pilates UK (Intermediate Matwork)
  • Pre and Post Natal Pilates with Lynne Robinson, Body Control Pilates UK
  • Yin Yoga Training with Jo Phee (Acupressure, Qigong & Lower Leg Anatomy)
  • Wellness Qigong Training with Master Tan Soo Kong
  • Completed Pilates workshops with Tom Mc CookAlan Herdman & Madeline Black
  • Matthew Kenney Academy Certificate for Sports Nutrition with Brendan Brazier
  • Thomas Myers' Anatomy Trains for Movement and Fitness Professionals
  • Southern New Hampshire University & Les Roches Swiss Hotel School Alumni

Instagram: @mylenemackay  facebook: @mylenebarreyoga Twitter: @mylenemackay LinkedIn: @mylenemackay


Jessica Felicia FounderJessica Felicia

Jessica was born and raised in Los Angeles, California where she was first introduced to barre fitness. She began her practice in 2009 and certified to teach BarreAmped in early 2015 as part of the Hong Kong Barre 2 Barre team. She completed her MBA at Insead in 2016 and partnered with Karen and Mylène on the expansion of Barre 2 Barre into Singapore.

Aside from barre, Jessica loves playing tennis and running. She was a tennis instructor at Beverly Hills Tennis throughout her high school and college years in the US. Teaching good form is instilled in Jessica’s mind to avoid injuries, having injured herself many times playing sports. 



Jessica's credentials:

  • Certified BarreAmped Teacher Trainer
  • Certified Stott Pilates Teacher
  • Thomas Myers' Anatomy Trains for Movement and Fitness Professionals
  • INSEAD MBA16J / USC Alumni

Instagram @jessicaxfelicia  facebook: @jessicaxfelicia LinkedIn: @jessicafelicia