Elif was born in Istanbul, Turkey and raised in Los Angeles, Ca where she grew up dancing, acting and playing water polo. Elif obtained her Bachelor's Degree from University California Riverside, Masters in Special Education from Chapman University and Post Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from Penn State. While living in Orange County, Ca, Elif was introduced to Pure Barre in 2009 and immediately fell in love! The physical and mental benefits were the best she ever experienced in a studio atmosphere. In 2010 she trained to become an Pure Barre instructor and taught at the Mission Viejo studio while working as an Autism Specialist and BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) at a nearby Private School. A few years later she moved to Manhattan Beach, Ca to work as a District Program Specialist and BCBA in the neighboring school district’s Special Education Departments. While she took a break from teaching Pure Barre to focus on her career she frequented the Pure Barre Redondo Beach studio. Elif met her husband Alex in 2015 and they moved to Houston, Tx in 2016 where Elif rejoined the Pure Barre team teaching in League City, Tx shortly after learning she was pregnant. She taught until she was 8 months pregnant and a month later giving birth to Niko then 19 months later giving birth to Zayn. In 2020 the Sideris family moved to Fulshear, Tx. She stayed home caring for her family for the next few years before rejoining the Pure Barre team here in beautiful Katy, Tx. Elif is so excited to be a part of the PBK family and share her passion for this community of love, light and fitness!