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Paula Baake

Owner/Director of Playing Big!

Master Coach
E-RYT 500
Baptiste Power Vinyasa Certified
CrossFit Level I Coach

Born in Brazil, Paula moved to the USA in 1990 following her childhood dreams of one day living in America. She spoke no English, had $800 in her pocket, and a bag full of dreams. Determined and focused with the belief that with a vision, and hard work, anything is possible, she eventually found herself various jobs, learned English and was accepted into The George Washington University Business School.

She graduated in 1998 with a double major in Finance and International Business, and went to work for the financial division of General Electric Plastics, where she implemented and managed discovery inventory systems. She left GE for a position at the fast growing pace Nextel, and worked there for five years, as a senior financial manager for the Engineering division. At Nextel Paula was responsible for implementing a variety of systems and processes that combined, reduced, maximized, and optimized the Engineering budget from $750 billion to $350 billion dollars over a period of three years.

An entrepreneur at heart, she left corporate America in search of her dream career. Somehow she found herself growing more curious about the transformative power of awareness, a path that would eventually lead to the creation of her company, Dancing Mind.  What began as a calling to share her passion for becoming a more aware and conscious human being and the power of “mindset,” has grown into an inspiring business, fueled by an empowered, energetic and passionate staff.  Today Dancing Mind is a community destination, and the lead mind-body boutique fitness center in Washington, DC.

With Dancing Mind, her intention is to transform more than just bodies. Change Your Body. Transform Your Life. Dancing Mind’s WHY is a powerful one. It is bold, and it is not taken lightly – the company is about personal transformation, and exists to propel individuals to believe we are all the same and that yes, anything is possible; it exists to help people live healthier, happier, more empowered lives, and to move them forward in the direction of their dreams. This is what Dancing Mind is all about.

A gifted speaker and coach, Paula has trained with Mr. Anthony Robbins, the top catalyst for change and strategist coach in the world.  She has also trained personally with Mr. Baron Baptiste, founder of Baptiste yoga, a style that focuses in applying the tools and principles of yoga for the purposes of life transformation.

She is at the forefront of Dancing Mind’s life-changing programs, and works with individuals seeking to show up more powerfully in their lives. Dancing Mind’s highly interactive life-changing coaching programs, offer a step-by-step process that helps individuals identify what it is they truly want, what’s prevents them from making the change, and how to break through, take action and transform their lives. She delivers it with a level of passion, power, playfulness and kindness that makes this personal development coaching process not only moving, but thoroughly enjoyable.

Personally, Paula manages an active life as a wife and mother – she loves to spend time with her son Chase and husband Kent. She is also an avid outdoor sports enthusiast, and enjoys challenging her body and mind with sports that connect her with nature such as mountain biking, rock-climbing, snowboarding, ice climbing, and cross country skiing. As an amateur mountain bike racer, she has competed multiple times in long distance endurance Mountain Biking events such as the Shenandoah Mountain 100 and Wilderness 101 races.  She has been to some of the most beautiful places on earth, and believes that being in nature is meditation – it calms, soothes and revitalizes the soul.

Paula is available to ignite power and change at your organization today!

For more information on how to book Paula for an event at your company, studio or personal/business coaching email us at [email protected]