Karla Beltchenko, founder and director of the Narrative Body, has been involved in the fitness and wellness community for over 15 years. She began her career as a professional dancer, later transitioning into the fitness world where she became passionate about sharing her knowledge of the finer art of body language. She went on to found The Narrative Body, a coaching and consulting program that teaches professionals, groups, and businesses about the power of body awareness and nonverbal behavior.


In addition to being a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, Ms. Beltchenko holds a BS in social work from Western Illinois University and an MFA in creative practice dance from Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music and Dance in London, UK. During her MFA Ms. Beltchenko continued her studies on the subject “how the body carries and story” using Laban Movement Analysis as a tool to investigate ways we can understand movement in ourselves and others.


A celebrated presenter in the Chicago area, Ms. Beltchenko has taught, spoken and performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. She has been a contributing expert to Equinox’s Furthermore, Monster.com and Glam.com and continues to investigate, research and explore the interpretation of human movement and its profound impact on the way we connect and communicate.  

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