Kiah Childress (Nevada)
I'm a graduate from Cal State University Northridge with a BA in Deaf Education and dance. After I graduating I have taught for After School All Stars and many studios throughout Las Vegas. I work with kids and adults from all walks of life and different disabilities. I can teach all skill levels and various styles of dance. I'm also a professional singer/dancer. I have danced in: a Motown show at Bally's for 2 years, I dance and choreograph for impersonators, I have done commercials, I have danced with and for Cirque de Soleil artists, and various gigs throughout Las Vegas. I love to motivate and inspire my students to reach for their dreams and be the best artists they can be.
Kathleen Leigh Pitre (Oklahoma)
My name is Kathleen Pitre and I just graduated from from Sterling College with a Bachelor's in History and minor in Theatre Arts:Directing. However, I was only a few classes away from receiving a degree in theatre as well. I have been immersed in theatre my whole life. I have also choreographed several of my college's musicals and have been dancing since a young age. I love to work hard especially with performance art and would love to teach others to do so.
Ema Moseley (Colorado)
I passionately believe in the unique and powerful connection art makes with the heart. A deeply personal connection that often results in healthy freedom of expression and identity. Personally, artistic expression, whether dancing, acting, or creating with visual arts has given my heart a voice. It has filled in the blanks, so to speak, especially where words have fallen short.
My dance studies began with a strong emphasis in classical ballet. From there, my love of dance expanded to nearly every genre and naturally provided theater performances. I’ve had the opportunity to dance and act on tour in the United States and abroad.
I’ve been honored to teach dance and visual art in numerous settings, and even different cultures around the world. It is a privilege to guide someone in the creative arts exploration process, one that I never grow tired of.
Patrick Devine (Arizona)
Patrick Devine, a student at Grand Canyon University who is working toward his Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance. Patrick was cast as Jojo in Newsies and Ensemble for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Hale Center Theater. He is also inducted into National Honors Society for Dance Arts and has studied dance with Tempe Dance Academy, Yen-Li Chen Ballet School, Southwest Youth Ballet, and Camp Broadway. He has performed in Shrek, The Addams Family, Kiss Me, Kate, The Pink Panther, and Letters to Sala. Through the GCU Dance Department, Patrick has taught musical theater classes and toured to local elementary schools to teach and perform dance to hundreds of children. He has also choreographed A Year with Frog and Toad for Grand Canyon University's Ethington Theater and looks forward to choreographing The Addams Family in Fall 2020.
River (New Mexico)
River is a multimedia artist of Caddo, Lenape, and Irish descent who is currently focusing on photography, print-making, painting, and beading. River focuses on art as a means for mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical wellness, considering themes of land, intersectionality, and community health. River has been doing youth arts work for ten years, and believes that one of the integral blessings of creativity is that it can serve as a tool for young people to see their beauty and strength.
Brittany Ganser (New Mexico)
Brittany Ganser is a multimedia artist from Cleveland, Ohio. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre with a focus in acting and directing. Her endless pursuit to create art has also led her to also become a self-taught painter where she enjoys painting anything from abstract intuitive pieces to landscapes and even delving into the world of scenic art.
Madison Bales (California)
In 1999 I was bitten by the theatre bug and haven’t stopped since! I performed locally in community productions for eight years before pursuing my formal education. I attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York as a Summer Intensive program, then later in Los Angeles graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy’s Conservatory Program specializing in Musical Theatre Performance for Stage, Film and Television. After graduating I began my film study as a production assistant and other key crew in various low-budget or SAG Ultra-Low Budget Indie films in the greater LA area. Having experience in scheduling and breakdown of scripts both film and stage has opened opportunities in coordinating as well as various administrative positions. From 2014-2016 I moved to Sacramento where I worked with a local high school as the non-academic “Theater Coach” co-directing the stage play and yearly musical, and at a community theatre as a workshop director for youth, teens, and young adult productions. I spent two years performing for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood, and I’ve worked as a personal assistant for theatre producers, professional actors, and film directors. For the past two and a half years, I have lived in Santa Barbara and Ventura managing a Retail Store in Santa Barbara.
Melissa Mooney (Colorado)
My name is Melissa and I have just recently made Colorado my new home! Since being here, I have had the honor to teach students electives through bhavanaKIDS, as well as caring for homeless animals at Dumb Friends League shelter. I have always had a passion in arts, including shooting film photography, embroidery, pottery, and drawing. I was recently certified as a 200-hr yoga instructor in Rishikesh, India, which was a beautiful experience that has allowed me to incorporate these teachings into visual arts to allow for tangible learning for younger students. I am eager to be more involved in the education community and gain further tools for creation and innovation along the way!
Kytriena Payseno (International)
I am from Denver, Colorado and have lived in Ojai California for 12 years, and Debden, England for a year. I hold my B.A. In English & Theatre Arts from Metropolitan State University of Denver, and my M.A. in Acting from The University of Essex-East 15 Acting School. I co created the Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio, Glass Moon Theatre Company & Future Hearts, Minds & Dreamers. I have been teaching theatrical arts such as: dancing, acting, singing, public speaking, playwriting, technical theatre, directing, film & photography since 2008, in public, private & charter schools, to ages Prek-Seniors. I have had the privilege to work with some amazing schools and communities like: Ojai Valley School, Denver Public Schools, Boulder Valley Schools, Friends School, Charter School Network in Colorado, Ojai Unified School District, Charter Schools of Arizona, Kaiser Permanente, Creative Dance Kids and Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids. I work as an actress, model and director, and can be found on IMDB at https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6879707/.
Bonnie Lafer (New Mexico)
Bonnie Lafer is a professional stage actress as well as a coach, director, teacher and choreographer for Children's Theatre. She has a BA in Theatre from New York and feels lucky to have honed her skills studying in San Francisco and London, England. She grew up as a shy kid and finding solace in the theatre community she found she could express herself in a positive, no judgment arena and thrived and came out of her shell. That is the reason she loves to help children so they don't grow up struggling in life the way she did. She is now back in the Albuquerque area and excited to impart her skills and excitement to a whole new generation of kids.
Jacqueline Asbury (Nevada)
I grew up in New Jersey, went to college in upstate New York for theatre directing and writing, then lived in LA for a year and now I'm in Henderson! I'm a foodie, an animal lover, and a bibliophile. I've always been extremely passionate about the arts and about education itself. Theatre has been a part of my life since childhood and I've been practicing daily yoga for about 2 years. I love teaching kids and being able to give them a healthy outlet to express themselves and their feelings.
Grace Schmierer Marquez (California)
Hi, my experience in art spans most of my life, I've always been creative and decided to get a textile design degree at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. After I graduated I came back to sunny Southern California and became a full time screen printer at a manufacturing company, while there I was also an after school teacher at STAR Education and taught sewing and fashion to kids grades K-5. I had to leave because of schedule conflict. Right now I am working at two restaurants currently, another venture I've always had interest in and can still be somewhat creative.
Stephen Wynne (New Mexico)
Stephen Wynne, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, began his ballet training at the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet. After high school and while earning his degree in medicine at Allegheny University in Philadelphia, Stephen received a full-scholarship to the School of American Ballet Theatre (ABT) and subsequently interrupted his degree pathway and moved to New York City. After two years of studying at the ABT, Stephen was offered a position with the Joffrey Ballet. Wynne then had an unexpected opportunity to move to Europe. His sixteen years overseas included two years at Codarts University in Rotterdam, Netherlands, where he earned his BFA in Dance. For the exception of completing his studies in Europe, Wynne was professionally employed in Europe with dance companies such as the Scapino Ballet in Amsterdam, CH Tanz Theater in Zurich, and Tanz-Forum, the resident dance company at the Metropolitan Opera House in Cologne, Germany, where he was a soloist from 1988 to 1994. After a longer contribution to the arts in Europe, the German Cultural Department awarded Wynne for his outstanding artistic achievements in June of 1994.
Wynne returned to the United States with his wife and daughter in 1994 and was offered the artistic director position with the At Marah Dance Theatre in Philadelphia, where he worked from 1995 to 2003. Under his direction, the company toured the US, Europe, and Asia, including a once-in-a-lifetime performance at the Kremlin with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. In 2003, Wynne took the position of associate professor of dance at Belhaven University, where he remained until 2011. During his tenure at the university, Wynne was awarded a four-year commission from the Kölner Philharmonie to produce a unique opening performance for the Acht Brucken Festival in Germany. Together with Swiss composer Reto Stadelmann and the students of the University of the Arts in Cologne, Wynne choreographed and produced this commission over a four-year period when he was on semester breaks from the university. From 2008 to 2011, he also served as the artistic director of TALK Dance Co. and as a dance tour consultant for SouthArts in Atlanta, Georgia. From 2011 to 2014, Wynne was engaged as the dance program director at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center and as an adjunct professor at Colorado State University. In 2014, the Summit Education Group offered him a position as the creative arts director, where he wrote the charter for a high school for the performing arts called Arts Immersion in Denver and Colorado Springs. In 2015, he was nominated for and became one of ten finalists in the renowned European “YEAH” creative project competition. Wynne served as president of the Colorado affiliate of the National Dance Education Organization and has been a member of the International Dance Council since 2014. In 2017, Wynne together with his wife, Britta, moved to New Mexico where he directed the talented and ambitious students at Dance Arts Los Alamos. In December 2018 Stephen was awarded a roster position as a Fulbright Specialist with US State Department and World Learning. Stephen currently lives in Rio Rancho.
Stephanie Guzman (California)
I am Alumnus of CSULB with a BFA in Illustration. Along with illustration, I like to expand my creativity with other branches related to the arts. I believe working with children is a great learning experience and fun.
Charisa Homan (New Mexico)
I have an extensive teaching and tutoring background for people of all ages. I have never formally taught art, but I have often wanted to share the therapeutic value of art with others. I paint with watercolor primarily, but am comfortable teaching other mediums as well. I think it's the ability to express oneself that really matters. The same goes for writing, which I have experience teaching, and also love.
While I have held other positions, teaching and tutoring are my favorite.
Desiree Morrow (Texas)
Hello my name is Desiree Morrow. I started my teaching journey after graduating with my BA in English on December 2015. I was a sub for DISD elementary and middle school before I landed a teacher assistant position with T.G Terry Elementary School. From there I received my teaching certification in ELA 7-12 and I taught at Texan Can Academy for a year. During that time I went back to school and obtained a Masters in Creative Writing. I moved from Texan Can and started teaching at David W. Carter where I taught 11 and 12th grade for two years. During this time I also started a publishing company Floebe Publishing, where I publish stories in the genre of creative writing and I conduct both creative writing and self publishing workshops. Education and Creative Writing is my passion. I love helping students create and learn.
Joel Kirstein (Texas)
Joel Kirstein is a career visual designer with over four decades of success and expertise in branding design. Joel has worked on a very eclectic, dream team of Fortune 500 consumer packaged good brands such as Kraft, Heinz, Pillsbury, Pepsi, Dr Pepper, Evian Water, Levi Strauss, plus restaurant brands that include FRIDAYS, YUM! Brands: KFC, Pizza Hut; Burger King, and Little Caesars amongst others. In his career, Joel has amassed over $100 million in new business development wins.
His skill sets include creative direction for the past twenty-five years, hand-on graphic design in particular to food package design, logo brand identity, private label branding, retail in-store shopper marketing, out-of-home experiential event marketing, social media, digital, product development, product launches, and comprehensive brand architecture. Joel has worked his entire career in the US and Canada. Joel does proprietary-level and is an outstanding communicator, both visually and verbally. To see his current and recent brand design successes you're invited to visit his online portfolio: www.coroflot.com/joelkirstein or email Joel at firstname.lastname@example.org for samples of his work! Thank you.
Halli Bourne (New Mexico)
Halli Bourne, a Creativity Coach, and a Yoga & Meditation Teacher by profession, is also a writer, an actor, director, dancer, singer and visual artist. She holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts and brings a passion for creativity in a highly homogenized society where creativity is often erroneously seen as a luxury. In the late 90's, Halli founded and directed a non-profit theatre organization to give young people a platform for self-expression; many of her students went on to pursue the creative arts professionally. A highly empathic and articulate teacher, Halli empowers her students to think outside of conventional assumption and to work collaboratively with others, bringing self-confidence, improved body image, self-awareness and awareness of others.
Candis D Williams (Nevada)
I have always worked hard at staying connected to healing the community. Prior to pursuing my yoga certification, I was a Community Outreach Director for the gaming industry and Life Skills Coach at the Shade Tree in Las Vegas, NV. After gaining my yoga certification I continued teaching at the women's shelter and working part-time at the Warrior Fitness Center at Nellis AFB. I furthered my practice by becoming certified in Trauma Recovery Yoga. My journey has stretched from corporate yoga and hot studios to now servicing 55+ active living communities in Summerlin and Henderson.
Sabrina Baca (New Mexico)
Sabrina Baca is an actress based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is a 2018 graduate of the University of New Mexico’s theater program. Sabrina is thrilled to be a part the growing film industry in our state and is currently signed with Southwest Artist Group.
Alexandra Grajeda (New Mexico)
Alexandra Darice Grajeda (aka Aleja) was born in Denver, CO. Alexandra grew up with a natural affinity to dance, visual art, and natural environments. She went on to begin her studies in herbal medicine in 2011, and graduated as a Certified Community Herbalist under the apprenticeship of herbalist Tonja Reichley and the Moon Dance Botanical school She then graduated from the Denver School of the Arts in 2013 as a dance major. Among her many avenues for expressing creativity, Alexandra has a deep passion for poetry, painting, and clothing design. She is now in the process of building a name for herself as a vintage and recycled clothing designer.
Maty Cameron (Nevada)
Originally from Cheyenne, Wyoming, Maty has been involved in musical theatre for the past decade. She received her BFA in musical theatre performance, and was fortunate enough to work in Los Angeles and New York in the past five years. Maty loves musical theatre history, and her favorite musical is a three way tie between Newsies, Kinky Boots, and Hamilton.
David Costa (Utah)
I've served as a professional artist with Harmons for 7 years where I paint commercial signage and trained 4 company artists. Prior to Harmons, I assisted fellow artists in purchasing their supplies and offered demos as part of my role as an Assistant Manager with Utrecht Art Supply, an art supply store I was also employed with for 7 years. From winter of 2018 to Spring of 2019 I taught illustration with the Visual Art Institute where I guided student groups in cultivating their creative skills across 4 courses where we explored a variety of techniques and mediums including acrylic, ink, graphite, block-printing, bookbinding, and lettering. Offering guidance and training to students who wish to explore their creative abilities is very inspiring. Teaching has been a joyful and enriching experience. I am grateful to offer guidance and support to any aspiring artists as they explore their creativity.
Anna Ludwig (New Mexico)
Anna was born and raised in Seattle, WA, where she pursued her passion for art from an early age. While earning her BA with an emphasis in Fine Art at the Evergreen State College, she began working as a Teacher's Assistant for a small art studio in Seattle. She loved helping students of all ages build confidence and express creativity while developing skills in the visual arts, and went on to become a Lead Instructor and eventually Program Manager of the school. As a new resident of New Mexico, Anna is excited to bring this experience and passion into the classrooms here in Albuquerque.
Alexis Rose Boehm (Arizona)
My name is Alexis Rose Boehm and I am passionate about helping people to heal through art, yoga, music, and play. During my most recent position as a life enrichment director for a senior living home, I often had the opportunity to lead painting and craft classes for the residents.I absolutely loved getting everyone involved and having fun. Although I have a 200 hour yoga teacher certification, I have not had the chance yet to teach consistently and would love the opportunity to grow and learn in this area. I was a camp counselor for 3 years and an after school supervisor for a year; I had a blast! I also love to sing and play the guitar. I would sometimes do sing-a-longs with the residents at Bella Vista Senior Living and they loved it. I don’t know a ton of theory, but I might be able to add some music therapy into my classes as well.
Heather Olsen (Utah)
Heather is based in Salt Lake City, UT where her art endeavors began at a young age. She studied with various professional artists at the Hein Academy of Art and the Bridge Academy of Art for four years before graduating from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2015. As a full-time studio artist, she enjoys painting in her studio and traveling for art shows around the country.
Her artwork has shown in several notable galleries across the nation including NYC, LA, Kansas City, and Salt Lake City, and has also populated many private collections.
She has experience with several different styles of painting, and also loves to help others express themselves through visual art. She has taught both children and adults to explore various mediums while learning fundamental techniques of painting and drawing. Evidence of her love for art is apparent in her own work as well as in her desire to help others find that passion as well.
Sydney Stephan (New York)
Sydney Stephan is a current musical theatre student at the University of Utah. She will graduate in the Spring of 2021, and plans on moving to New York City. While pursuing a career in performance, she has recently found a love for teaching and directing. She's been choreographing since the age of 14, and teaching musical theatre classes at the Youth Theatre at the U for the past 3 years. She recently finished assistant directing Pete the Cat at Salt Lake Acting Company. Sydney has performed all over the Northwest including Starlight Mountain Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Peery's Egyptian Theatre, and Rose Jeane Wagner. Sydney is passionate about allowing art to add meaning to her life. She hopes this will allow other people to see the beauty of their lives through her art as well. http://sydneystephan.weebly.com
Karion Houston (Arizona)
Hello my name is Karion Houston and I recently graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in Dance Education. I have been dancing all my life and was inspired to hone my craft so that I can teach the future generations. I believe in using art as a medium to fully express one’s feelings and emotions and connect with others from different backgrounds, all while learning about movement and the culture surrounding it. I have studied extensively in ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, and improvisation. Dance is apart of my lifestyle and deeply impacts my spirit, and the goal is to always share that spirit and passion with others!
Dawn Yamashita (Colorado)
Dawn has had many roles throughout her life with the common thread being her desire to empower others. She worked as a teaching assistant for over eleven years. Her goal was to model appropriate behavior and provide educational support. Dawn believes that student success is created through authentic and meaningful relationships. All children need to experience a sense of connection and safety. Learning can then arise from those conditions.
Dawn has also worked as a behavior therapist. Most of her clients were teenagers from single parent homes. She often spent up to thirty hours a week with them. Her primary focus was behavior management and fostering healthy relationships. The objective was to deliver services in a compassionate and non-judgmental manner. Since some of her clients didn’t attend school, Dawn also spent time teaching academics.
Dawn has been practicing yoga since 2007. She completed her teacher training in 2017. Originally, she just wanted to deepen her practice, but eventually decided to teach. She teaches vinyasa and yin yoga. Yoga has helped Dawn get through some very difficult times. It keeps her grounded, centered, and more self-aware. Yoga has become a lifestyle for her, and she enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion with others. She believes yoga is something that can benefit everyone both on and off the mat. Dawn finds teaching yoga to be a rewarding and fulfilling job. She wants to continue to plant the seeds of yoga and empower others as they tap into their true potential.
Alyssa Baker (Georgia)
2018 Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble Performer Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble July 2018 to Present“Rhapsody in Black”, “Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum”, International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference, “Rise and Resist”, “Madame Butterfly” Gold Rush Dance Team (Teammate, Lieutenant, Captain-Junior Year and Senior Year)Virginia Commonwealth University Athletics September 2014 to March 2018 Choreographed works: Expensive, Move, Dessert, Christmas Cheer, Like Me Performer Baltimore All Honors County Dance Ensemble September 2011 to May 2014 Works Performed: Gospel Suite, Lion King, Lean on Me, New Dawn, Adagio Performer- Interia Dance Company Carver Center for Arts and Technology September 2010 to May 2014 Works Performed: Odyssey, Adoration, The Quickening, Verdeckte Gefahr, Spiral Fusion, Moving Across the Face of the Waters Performer- Class Performances Carver Center for Arts and Technology September 2010 to May 2014 Works Performed: Diamond Project, Incantation, Rivers Flow, Eclipse, Ellington Suite Performer- The Nutcracker Baltimore Dance Tech September 2006 to May 2014 Doll, Snowflake, Snow Demi Soloist, Angel, Spanish, Russian, Chocolate/Arabian, Waltz of The Flowers, Marzipan/Dewdrop, Reed Flute Education BFA in Dance and Choreography in Dance and Choreography Virginia Commonwealth University-School of the Arts 2018 Dance George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology 2010 to 2014 None in Dance Sudbrook Magnet Middle School August 2007 to June 2010
Kimberly McCallum (Nevada)
My name is Kimberly McCallum and I am an artist, photographer and writer. I currently work in the wedding industry and I love being surrounded by happy people daily. I have studied and practiced photography for over 20 years but I specialize in mixed medium art with photography incorporated. www.kimvegasart.com.
Kuhu Basak (Colorado)
My name is Kuhu, I’m 22 and a Colorado Native! I’ve been dancing since I was 4 years old through the Natyasangam Dance Academy. I’ve been professionally trained in Bharatnatyam and Bollywood, and have taught kids ages 5-8 y/o since I was 15. I went to CU Boulder for college and continued performing and also taught college students while I was there. I came back home to Colorado Springs a few months back to finish the rest of my psychology degree at UCCS. Since I’ve been back, I taught a group of 20 13-14 y/o boys and girls a Bollywood dance routine for an Indian cultural charity show. I absolutely love dancing and teaching and would love more than anything to continue passing on this craft to kids for as long as I can!
Ally Messer (Philadelphia)
Ally Messer is an interdisciplinary artist and maker born and raised in Reno, Nevada. She received her BFA in printmaking at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2019. Messer has specializations in printmaking, bookbinding, poetry, and fiber and textile art. Messer values accessibility to art and is increasing accessibility to printmaking in her hometown by making contributions to Laika Press, a community-based printing press she co-founded in 2017. She recently relocated to Philadelphia in 2022 to pursue a masters degree in Fine Art. When she’s not making, Messer enjoys a good fruit and putting together penpal packages.
Heidi Kullman (Colorado)
I have received over 350 hours of Yoga/Pilates teacher training experience. I have over 10 years experience teaching Yoga. I am comfortable teaching many formats: Hatha, Vinyasa, gentle, as well as experience teaching children. I am also very comfortable teaching in a group setting. I have taught Mat Pilates for 6 years. When I teach I put a strong emphasis on proper alignment and safety in the Yoga poses as well and Pilates exercises. I have taught a very diverse population and am familiar and comfortable teaching many variations of the exercises.
Bryce Campbell (Nevada)
My name is Bryce Campbell. I have been teaching for 1 year in the styles of Iyengar Yoga and Integral Hatha Yoga. Over the last year I spent 6 months living at an ashram teaching and honing my yoga and meditation practice. In the later half of the year I got certified in Iyengar Yoga. I have taught both private sessions and at public venue. I am looking forward to sharing the knowledge that I have obtained with the upcoming youth and any who are looking to create or deepen there yoga practice, to provide a healthy way for them to cope with the ever evolving fast paced world we live in today.
Lindsay Luterman (Maryland)
I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. She earned her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification through the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine, her 1000 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification through Naropa University, and her Children’s Yoga Certification. She is mastered in two forms of Reiki energy healing. She has also earned her Associates of Arts in Early Childhood education and her Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary studies-- focusing in Education and Health Science-- through Liberty University. She now lives in Baltimore with her husband and their pets. Her favorite types of yoga to practice are Restorative and Yin yoga.
Andrea Volpe (Nevada)
My name is Andrea Volpe, I’m an artist currently working and living in the Las Vegas area. After graduating in 2018 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art, as well as a minor in German, I have been working as a Docent at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts. Starting as a Junior in High School through my undergraduate career, I instructed art classes and performed work as a teaching assistant at North Branch Arts in Chicago, as well as at Knox College. All of this experience together totals to about 5 years of instruction.
I have been recognized for my painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculptural works through publications and awards. Some of the more notable accomplishments are the display of work at the Figge Museum in Davenport, Iowa (2016, 2018), 1st place in the Edna Crichton Campbell Printmaking Award, Al Young Annual Student Art Exhibition, juried by Elizabeth Gourlay (2017), and publication in Catch Magazine (2015, 2017, 2018).
Sophia Pennacchio (Colorado)
My name is Sophia Pennacchio and I graduated from Syracuse University in 2018 and then I moved to Denver! I was an AmeriCorps VISTA intern in Denver Public Schools and was involved in writing grants, gathering and sharing stories, and communicating events and information on our social media pages. I am an avid hiker, camper, and reader and I enjoy spending time in the Rockies. I also love drawing and painting and I spend a lot of free time creating things. Thank you for your consideration.
Josephine Sbrocca (Arizona)
Josephine Sbrocca MA Counseling Psychology Expressive Art Therapies. BA Theatre Arts Education. Josephine is a Writer /Performer living in Phoenix Arizona. She developed a One Woman Show Pinhead Number One, which toured
to Australia (2016) and Edinburgh Scotland (2018) as well as Played in the Tucson Fringe Festival (2017) and Premiered in Phoenix at Space 55 (2014). Josephine has recently been seen in Indie Films
Viel and The Banshee. She has completed Audio for Out of the Vox on two projects: Pride and Prejudice ( Mrs. Bennett and Macbeth ( Witch 2). Along with being a working Writer/Performer, Josephine has taught Acting Privately to Children and Adults, formed independent scene study workshops and Directed/Produced Plays.Her work is Mindfulness based inspired by Thich Hahn.
Anna Farney (Nevada)
My name is Anna and my personal yoga journey began in 2008. I wanted a way to change up my fitness routine. Little did I know that decision would drastically change my life in ways I couldn’t even imagine. Several years later, I discovered meditation. Through a combination of yoga, fitness, and mindfulness my entire life has been transformed in amazing ways. I knew this was something I wanted to share with others so I decided to pursue my 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2018 and become a certified personal trainer in 2019. The motivation behind all of this is a sincere desire to help others live healthier lives mentally and physically. I believe that anyone can benefit from a practice of yoga and mindfulness regardless of age, size, gender, ect.
When I am not on my mat, you might find me with my two fur babies. Their names are Rocky and Einstein.
Kaylie McKinley (Arizona)
Hello my name is Kaylie McKinley. I am a neonatal and pediatric respiratory therapist and have completed my 200 Hr Yoga Teacher Training Certification. I have been doing yoga for over 6 years. I want to step back from the hospital a few days a week and seek out my other passion of teaching yoga. Prior to working in the hospital I was a Preschool Teacher for three year olds. I have taken numerous child development classes and have a love for children. I want to be a role model as well as give children a healthy outlet to learn and grow. Thank you for your time!
Rebecca Kernes (Nevada)
Rebecca, a Chicago native, has studied theater, and dance with companies such as Gus Giordano's Dance Center, Second City, Steppen Wolf, and Remy Bumpo Theater.
Rebecca created and runs Ants in the Pants Productions, which is a non profit children's theatre company that focuses on creating original new stories with kids. Ants in the Pants goes into schools for 6-13 weeks and works with students on creating stories that are turned into a show that is performed and adapted by professional writers and actors.
Recent Credits include, Desdemona in Othello (Shakespeare Institute), Rosalind in As You Like It (Shakespeare Institute), Juju in Juju Goes to Pahrump (LVLT), Phoebe in Eastern Standard (LVLT), Germaine in Picasso at Lapin Agile (onyx), and Elaine in The Graduate (onyx). Rebecca can also be seen in films, television, and you can even hear her, as she provides voices for several radio and television ads across the country.
Danelle Acker (Arizona)
I am a certified yoga instructor (200 hour training) and also certified in yoga nidra (100 hours). I have a bachelor's degree in nutrition and have over 6 years of teaching experience in swim lessons, English (ESL), nutrition/gardening education and yoga. I have worked in K-12 schools for 6 years in different capacities, mostly as an assistant teacher.
Krystalle Johnson (Arizona)
Hi! My name is Krystalle Johnson. I am a CYT, 200+ hour Trauma-Aware yoga instructor that is internationally certified. Yoga has continuously changed my life by helping me to become more mindful, aware, and present. I focus on an emotional-based curriculum to encourage the acceptance that all emotions are messages rather than something to hide or shame ourselves for. I believe that breath is a powerful tool and that all bodies are good bodies. The yoga classes I teach will always emphasize the idea that doing the best you can for yourself will always be enough. Namaste!
Erica Lewis (Arizona)
My name is Erica Lewis and I moved from snowy New York to sunny Arizona almost two years ago. I am a highly qualified and experienced educator with a bachelor's and master's in music education. My philosophy of teaching is that music should be fun, everyone is a musician, and everyone can succeed.
Brianna Franske (Alabama)
I live the life of a free spirit, remaining present and being grateful. I enjoy teaching students of all abilities, having specialized with many different needs such as children on the spectrum and adults with Alzheimer's. I am currently certified through Yoga Alliance with the Carson Calhoun Academy. I travel in a conversion van from time to time with my fiancé who is a musician; we love to sing and play music together. When I'm not teaching, I can be found exploring the vastness of nature, cuddling with my fluffy cat, or cooking delicious vegan meals.
Patricia Becker (Oklahoma)
I was born and raised in Augusta Georgia And I have been drawing since I could hold a pencil. I also had a career in classical ballet and theater in general. I now reside in okc with my husband and daughter and have a small face painting business. I also teach art at Heart Studio in Edmond OK and am working on a children's book for kids dealing with a parent who is battling cancer.
Lisa Paulson (Nevada)
Classically trained ballet dancer with extensive performing, touring, and teaching experience. Certified yoga instructor and regular yoga practitioner. Proven dependability, punctuality, and workplace professionalism. EXPERIENCE RYT 200 YOGA CERTIFICATION / Yoga Works 2016 lisapaulson PROFESSIONAL DANCER / Tournament of Kings 2010-2018 Las Vegas, NV Role included performing in multiple numbers in a dirt filled arena, interacting with audience members, working with live horses, attending rehearsals, and appearing at promotional events for MGM. BALLET MISTRESS/ Ballet Mississippi 2007-2009 Jackson, MS Full time ballet instructor for students ages 6-18. Assisted in casting, staging, and running rehearsals for performances and full length ballets. Choreographed for student performances. Kept the studios tidy and assisted with administrative duties. COMPANY DANCER/ Ballet Magnificat 2002-2006 Jackson, MS Performed ballet, lyrical, and jazz repertoire locally and on national tours. Taught master classes to students and participated in the Summer Intensive programs.
Celine Khuu (California)
Hi, my name is Celine and I am a student first of all of visual arts, and have done a range of arts from sculpture, a little coding, drawing, and painting in my 3 out of 4 years of UCSB. I'm very excited to meet you where you are at and be a support to you first and foremost.
Jhann Washington (Nevada)
I have been teaching English as a Second Language for about nine going ten years now to students ages three to 60 years. I have lived and taught abroad in Italy and domestically in New Hampshire and California to immigrants and US citizens. I have spent one year as a Operations Director for Spring Camp 2011 for City Year New Hampshire.
Christy Woodland (Colorado)
Ever since I was a little girl I felt prompted to create. When I was 8 years old my 'Grand-mere' gave me a book on drawing faces & from that moment on, I began to feel the power of creating something special. I live my life with passion & enthusiasm and my pallet reflects this energy & attention to detail. I discovered that watercolor was my love. The joy of wetting canvas or paper & applying color seemed magical to me & so connected to my Spirit of the Universe.
Today I am called to draw, paint, create and teach and am so grateful to be blessed with such a gift that gives back joy to others. Anyone from a young child to a senior citizen can experience new happiness and enthusiasm by tapping into their inner artist and I love helping each person find her/his way into this "Wonderland!"
Paper, paint, pencil, clay, wire, rocks, mixed media, beads, charms, ribbon, glitter, the possibilities are endless. And the best thing is, after one has created their "masterpiece," the memory of that day lives forever in their heart and becomes a precious treasure.
It is my wish that you come join me to manifest a creation that sings to you, frees you & makes your heart soar. Come explore, visit, ponder, meditate & uncover the soul within you that calls out for a greater connection.
John Medina II (Arizona)
I am a San Jose, CA ( Silicon Valley) transplant, living here since Nov. 2017 & I truly enjoy living in the Valley of The Sun. I'm currently an adjunct Photography Professor at Grand Canyon University and I love teaching, sharing my experience of 25 years and inspiring my awesome students! I'm also a certified substitute teacher in the Peoria School district, teaching everything from kinders to High School seniors in many subjects. My resume documents man of my experiences and accomplishments & my website: www.johnmedinaphoto.com will give visual evidence of my qualifications. Please don't consider me over-qualified, because I change my lessons to the appropriate age-level while having a fun time. many times the students tell me, "You're the best sub we've ever had!". I I find great joy in teaching young folks of any age about photography in a positive, fun environment. I look forward to hearing from you! John Medina
Ashton Hendershot (Nevada)
I am a dancer, teacher and choreographer who has taught in Fresno, California, the Bay Area of California and Chicago. My husband and I just moved to Las Vegas and I am excited to begin teaching here. I have 20+ years training in ballet, jazz, tap, musical theater, modern and contemporary and 2 years experience in ballroom and Latin styles. I love dance and my passion is watching my students find that love in themselves!
I also worked for Lionheart Fitness kids, which is an after school program not unlike yours where we went into preschools and elementary schools and taught sports classes to children 3 years old-8 years old. The goal of this program was to help kids LOVE sports and share how important moving their bodies is! Because I am familiar with this program design and have extensive teaching experience in schools, I f
Shanah Flowers (Nevada)
Shanah is a hip hop/pop dance instructor and choreographer.
For 14 years, she has enjoyed teaching all ages and levels of dance at various dance studios, schools, and community centers. Before relocating to Las Vegas in October 2018 from Reno NV, she happily ran the varsity dance program at Galena High School and served as an Executive Director and dance coach for Dreamerz Dance Organization. If that wasn’t enough, she also found time to coach cheer & dance for the SYFL Reed Raiders Cheer team where her choreography always received the highest points during competitions.
Shanah currently teaches Pre K and has a strong passion for community, youth, dance and loves inspiring young ones to go after their dreams.
Rebecca Vanterpool (Colorado)
Born and raised here in Colorado Springs. Local performer for the past 6 years. I have a back ground in early childhood development along with 12 years training and teaching Capoeira and 17 years of yoga practice 3 years of teaching. I love what I do! Being able to spread the love of moving the body helping others to explore and connect with themselves.
Lauren Hardy (Utah)
I love movement and have recently been certified in power yoga
For now I’ve been teaching at my clubhouse house family friends neighbors
Looking into adding more experience and continue training
My former years I was on dance team played lots of different sports volleyball basketball softball track
Love the outdoors hiking cycling snowshoeing running dance yoga
It’s dream of mine to teach fitness professionally
Self starter enthusiastic hard worker team player
Rebecca Chen (Nevada)
My name is Rebecca Chen, I graduated from Thomas a Downey High and I am currently attending University of Nevada Reno as a Sophomore. I have been dancing since I was 3 years old and began assisting in 2014-2018 at my old dance studio. I was also involved in cheerleading, dance line, and dance production in high school.
Barb Ruvarac (Colorado)
Having led most of her active life in cycling and running, along with her husband and two kids, there was a point where she needed more to calm the stressors that we all deal with in life. In trying Yoga years ago, it was eye opening. Becoming more calm, not worrying so much and learning to let it go has enriched her life in this new journey so much that she is passing it on to others!
Barb is grateful for taking that first yoga class. Within a month, it motivated her to train under for her first 200 hour certification in Vinyasa Flow. Followed by completing additional certified training in Yin Yoga
100 hour certification in Chair, Senior and Gentle Yoga.
Off the mat, Barb is currently going for her certification in Ayurveda to be completed in September. She enjoys traveling, and cycling with the family, running with her husband and border collie, and hiking whenever and wherever.
On the mat, she loves to pass on mental and physical inspirations of the yoga mind = open mind. It can be life changing!
Caroline Faith Caruso (Nevada)
Caroline has been performing as a professional dancer for the past ten years, and is thrilled to have found a program such as this. She loves teaching because it brings so much joy and fulfillment to both herself and those in class. She hopes that this program will allow her to share her knowledge and passion for Dance and Mindfulness with students across the Country.
Caroline earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance Performance from the Boston Conservatory, and her 50hr Children's Yoga Certificate through Yoga Ed Alliance. She performed all over the World with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Dublin Worldwide Productions. In Las Vegas, where Caroline resides, she performed in David Goldrake's Imagination and Celestia on the strip.
Fun fact about her, she loves to travel for both work and pleasure and has been to 38 Countries around the world. She speaks some Spanish and a little Serbian.
Cristiana Reeves (California)
I grew up in a family of teachers & I have enjoyed teaching since a very young age. I have been singing all my life, but I enjoy all aspects of the performing arts. I studied at The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts in California & I had the privilege of teaching & performing in theaters & gyms all over Japan, & California touring with their Outreach Program. I enjoyed performing with both the participants taking the workshops & with the traveling cast.
The students participating in a Young Americans Outreach Program workshop ranged from peoples aged 4-84. During my time with The Young Americans, I took Classical Ballet, Tap, Jazz/Lyrical, & Hip Hop/Contemporary. I took many different vocal technique & vocal focused classes as well. My emphasis in college was Voice & Vocal Coaching, & I consider myself a vocalist above all else. I enjoy bringing out the best in someone’s vocal abilities & I strongly believe anyone can sing, it is just a matter of learning how to use your voice.
If you can move you can dance; if you can talk you can sing!
I also love doing yoga at home & I have really appreciated the benefits yoga has, as well as the enjoyment I receive studying the practice.
Kacy Norton (Colorado)
Hello my name is Kacy Norton! I’ve been moving and grooving since the young age of 3 at Accent School of Dance in Pennsylvania! From the past two decades I’ve became experienced in ballet & point, contemporary, hip-hop, tap, lyrical, and jazz! I also competed nationally such as New York City Dance Alliance, while attending multiple master classes such as Broadway Dance Center in NY! As of teaching experience I had the opportunity to teach all different ages ranging from children under 10 years old in tap and ballet to college students by becoming Kutztown University dance coach and choreographer for 3 years! At the age of 20 I also partook in studying Yoga in which I’ve attained and passed an undergraduate course. During my free time I love to walk my two dogs, run, and research/learn about different countries and cultures. I’m also a huge chocolate lover and seek adventure and fun! I view myself as a team player who is always optimistic!
Halide Manoath (Nevada)
Born in Houston Texas rise in Monterrey México, where I started my studies in dance. In 2012, I moved and start to work in México city as a dancer, model and choreographer for musicals, publicity spots, clothes brands, music video clips for singers and more. In 2014, I toured for a year around China as a dancer and model, and in 2017, I work like an actress in "Circo de los Horrores." In 2018, I toured around the US with "George Carden Circus," dancing and doing tricks with elephants. Now, I just moved to Las Vegas, and excited to share my passion for dance and theatre!!!
Maryann Menkhaus (Pennsylvania)
I have over 20 years experience in the dance field. I have experience in various forms of dance such as Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Pointe.
I enjoy working with children as well as adults, educating both in dance. I believe I would be an asset to the organization by sharing my extreme knowledge in the art of dance.
Shelley Price (Nevada)
Shelley Price returned to her native Las Vegas, NV in 2016 after working and studying in Atlanta, GA for 7 years. She has an undergraduate degree in sociology and psychology from the University of Notre Dame, as well as graduate studies in Agricultural & Applied Economics at the University of Georgia and a Masters degree in City & Regional Planning from Georgia Tech. She focused that Masters work on optimizing access to meaningful nature experiences for people with disabilities, a goal toward which she also works now in her role as a board member at the Vegas-based non-profit Trail Access Project. She worked full-time as a city planner until recently, deciding to focus on her work for the nonprofit, as well as her yoga teaching.
She carefully chose her yoga teacher training across the country in the 7th Ward of New Orleans in order to learn from the NYC-based Laughing Lotus Yoga Center owners’ experience converting an empty, dilapidated church in a low-income neighborhood into a donation-based yoga and community center. In the same way that the “Church of Yoga” made wellness more accessible to that community that did not think of it as something for them, Shelley loves introducing the healing mindfulness, physical well-being, self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-expression that come through yoga practice to all ages, abilities, colors, and incomes. In that vein, she has completed additional teacher training with the Accessible Yoga organization.
Michelle Lynnette Walters (Georgia)
Michelle Walters born on June 2 1988 in the inner city of Atlanta, GA to a single mother of 3 children. She had an amazing childhood filled with adventures in nature and exciting family time despite the struggles she endured. Life happened and traumas settled in. She thought she had been defeated but quickly realized she was only being tested. Fast forward years later...She has dedicated her life to helping people see through struggles no matter the size or circumstance. Peace. Love and Sunshine!
Stephanie Cain (Nevada)
My name is Stephanie Cain and I've been teaching yoga for the past 3 years and practicing for 8! It has changed my life in such a positive way I was drawn to teach it! In such a fast pace world yoga slows you down gets you to connect your mind with your body! To think before reacting and to love and honor yourself. Children need a positive outlet and the tools in life to succeed and through the practice of yoga it provides that! Yoga also draws awareness to your breath which helps you focus and calms your central nervous system. Your body has 12 systems which all work together and Yoga is designed to help all 12 of your systems work at their best. I love seeing people succeed in life no matter what! So the earlier you start yoga the better it does give you the tools you need in life which we need especially as we grow and get older! Its definitely a positive activity to bring into your life!
Jodie Hlavachek (Nevada)
Jodie is a 200 hour certified Yoga Instructor & Meditation teacher. Her teaching focuses on calming the mind through focusing on the breath and mindful awareness of the body, creative fun sequences, and reshaping postural habits to bring the body and mind into an overall optimally healthy state. She is ever grateful for the opportunity to share her practices with students.
Kada Carlisle (Utah)
Kada Carlisle has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and certified as a teacher through Schole Yoga University, where she was trained to harness the power of music in designing yoga classes. With a musical background in piano, djing, and competitive west coast swing dancing, incorporating the power of music with the power of yoga movement is a teaching style that resonated with her.
The Sanskrit meaning of the word "yoga" is "yoke." She loves how yoga is a practice of yoking the mind and body together. The edges where our body intersects with our mind can bring moments of discomfort or moments of enlightenment. She hopes her classes take students on a journey where they will experience postures that build character, flows that foster inspiration, moments of joy and exhilaration, and quiet moments of meditation.
Yoga has been life changing for her, and her only hope that students leave her class a different person- a little more inspired, a little more healed, a little more hopeful.
Carli Cardillo (Arizona)
My name is Carli Cardillo and I recently moved from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Phoenix, Arizona. In 2018 I graduated from Carlow University with my bachelor’s degree in Art Therapy and Art History, and I am currently on track to finish my Master of Museum Studies at Johns Hopkins University by Spring of 2021. I have been creating art ever since I was a young child and am a freelance artist as well. My most recent position was as Hosanna House Inc. in Pittsburgh as the MakerSpace Teaching Artist. There, I planned and facilitated creating making lessons and experiences within the MakerSpace for Preschool, Pre-K, Kindergarten, and afterschool programming. I have previously worked in Visitor Services at the Frick Art and Historical Society, as a Teaching Artist for the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, as an Activities Assistant in a Personal Care home at Asbury Heights in Pittsburgh, Pa, and taught various painting classes at Jo Ann Fabrics and Crafts. In my free time, I love to paint pet portraits for people, explore the outdoors, especially now in Arizona, and go hiking. I love finding new ways to make things and create, and I am especially interested in using recycled materials to create and make art with. I have a passion for creating and making art, and teaching others as well.
Mel Rzeznik (Arizona)
Ambitious yoga teacher driven to bring the healing path and practice of yoga to others. Caring, patient, and open-minded, with a passion for yoga, growth, and development. I believe yoga is for everyone, and I'm open to teach to a diverse group of needs.
Paige LaBreche (Colorado)
I am a highly motivated, fun, and passionate fitness instructor with 3+ years increasing experience in teaching yoga, providing wellness education, and health care services to help different individuals manage and maintain their health conditions. I’m also a creative thinker who is expert in handling stress, promoting work-life balance, and reinventing ways of teaching the students about different techniques and values. I am an approachable advocate of a healthy lifestyle, known to exhibit a positive attitude, and inspire a relaxed atmosphere while assisting individuals in pursuing personal development. I have remarkable skills in guiding a class, motivating and encouraging individuals to promote a healthy lifestyle continuously. I also have robust communication and interpersonal skills capable of working, building mutual trust, respect, and collaborative relationship with clients and students. I have excellent work ethic, a strong sense of responsibility, thrive in the accomplishment and providing satisfaction in improving a person’s health and wellness. I am seeking a position where talent is recognized and rewarded with potential growth and greater opportunity.
Alisha Blackmore (Utah)
Alisha fell in love with her yoga practice 9 years ago. With heartfelt gratitude, she intends to facilitate practice for every BODY. Yoga has inspired Alisha to embrace vulnerability, soul connection, and feel a deeper love for humanity as she aspires to stimulate spirit, inner truth, and light within those around her. She studied Business Management at UVU, and is an RYT 500. She has a vision to aid in awakening the energetic connection within others through safe biomechanics, healing, and a connected practice to open hearts, bridge body, mind, and soul, and increase mobility, self-care, and development. Her goal is for each student to leave class feeling peace, balance, present and a deeper connection to self with an inspiration to take yoga off the mat and into everyday living. Alisha teaches yoga with the belief our world inherently enhances with each and every awakening to wholehearted living, balanced health and embracing our own inner teacher.
Bonnie Dismore (New Mexico)
My name is Bonnie Dismore and I am a dance teacher! I love to dance, teach, and show my support for the community. Dancing is a great way to express yourself & to learn different types of techniques. I love coaching kids to be their best self and to help them grow their confidence. So, let’s all take more chances and dance more dances!
Amanda E Wilber (Colorado)
Hi, my name is Amanda Wilber. I love natural living. I grew up in Vermont, and went to school in California. I studied natural medicine in college, and became an ultrasound technologist. I have a passion for teaching and love learning and helping others. I recently became a substitute teacher, and am also a sales representative for a natural products company. I studied theater in high school, and enjoy making people laugh. I am avid hiker, and love to travel. I recently went to the Marshall Islands for an ultrasound position. I am part of a group that fight humans trafficking, and like to educate people on the subject. I like being around people that help me grow and learn, and so I think teaching is a good fit for me.
Klarissa Parker (Oklahoma)
Greetings! I go by B, short for my spiritual name Behira, meaning light. I wish to bring light to a form of art and dance that has had a habit of being hidden for decades: Steppin.
Steppin was introduced to me early through a youth program that I’ll never forget. My family originated the Step Team in my hometown’s high school in 2007 & included us as youth in a summer program that would result to a Lion King themed step performance. My passion remained for this form or art expression since and had even remained as I ventured off to college.
I have taught this form of dance for over 9 years now given I started my role in 2011. Captain and choreographer over my step team, I remained in this position until I graduated in 2015. While attending University of Kentucky, I was presented the opportunity to teach 5-15 year olds this form of dance at a local community center. That position was by far my favorite job position I’ve held in my life thus far.
Alexandra Pitman (Colorado)
Born in Oregon, I grew up dancing from a young age. I studied ballet at Eugene Ballet Academy in Eugene, Oregon. I was determined, disciplined, and fell in love with every aspect of ballet. By age fifteen I was asked to tour with the professional Eugene Ballet Company. I applied myself and furthered my practice moving to a summer camp in New York City and then later to Prague Czech Republic. I went on to studying exercise & movement studies in college where I learned how to become a personal trainer and group exercise Instructor. I have taught many classes such as barre, ballet, yoga, and kickboxing. My passion is dance and I truly believe it adds to our health and happiness. I would love to teach and share my knowledge of ballet with you! Lets dance!
Lexie Kay (Utah)
Lexie graduated with her bachelors in Dance Education and masters in Arts Administration from SUU. With more than fifiteen years of experience teaching preschool through adults in public schools and private studios, Lexie has a passion for arts education. She has performed throughout the United States and across Europe with local universities, God’s Messengers Dance Company, St. George Dance Company, and with members of Repertory Dance Theatre, and Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. As an Arts Administrator, Lexie has served as a Dance Company Director, Grant Administrator, Arts Conservatory Coordinator, Performing Arts Department Head, Development Director, and is currently the Executive Director for SALT Contemporary Dance.
Jacob Boomsma (Colorado)
I am a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota with two bachelor's degrees in the fine arts, one in photography/digital arts and one in graphic design. I am passionate about photography and would love to pass on the love of pictures to the generation below me. I am competent in a variety of digital programs including a large chunk of the Adobe Suite and I feel that in this age, It is important for kids to learn how to create artwork on devices since that's the medium they are most familiar with. My studies at the UMD School of Fine Art gave me a well rounded exposure to a variety of mediums including ceramics, printmaking, sculpting, drawing, and old fashioned dark room photography. I feel confident enough in several of these mediums to teach them at a basic level. Thank you for responding to my initial application and I hope to hear back from you again.
Elise Mele (National)
Born in New Jersey, Elise Mele is a dancer and choreographer in the Philadelphia area. Elise graduated from Drexel University in 2016, where she had the honor of working with choreographers such as Olive Prince, Lindsay Browning, Tania Isaac, Leah Stein, Jennifer Morely, and many more. Elise also had the opportunity to intern and work with Philadelphia Dance artist Gina Hoch-Stall and her company Real Live People. In 2015 Elise was apart of the "BREAK OUT Italy" Dance Program, where she traveled to Italy with Damage Dance and Amalgamate Dance Company, it was there where Elise performed works by both companies. Upon graduation, Elise performed with Olive Prince Dance, Contempra Dance, the "InterACTION Project," Nickerson Rossi Dance, and Matter Movement Group. Though performance is where Elise is most experienced she also has hopes of exploring the directive, choreographic, and education field. In 2016 Elise self-produced her production "Truth Be Told" in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Elise also began developing a teaching method as she explored opportunities teaching in the local area of Philadelphia. These opportunities provided Elise experience working with children as young as two to as old as undergraduate students. This past year Elise began earning her Masters in Fine Arts for dance at Temple University. Elise hopes to continue to grow as an artist, dancer, teacher, and choreographer as she explores the opportunities that arise in her journey
Mackenzie Westmoreland (Oklahoma)
My name is Mackenzie Westmoreland, I am 21 years old, and was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I began dancing at the age of 12, at Banbury School of Dance in SW Houston. I studied under Lori Barzilla and Suzanne Banbury for 7 years, and eventually became an instructor at the very school I started at! By the age of 19 I became a soloist with BalletForte, a pre-professional company in Sugarland, Texas. After one season with BalletForte, performing full length ballets and contemporary works, I attended Oklahoma City Ballet’s 6 week Summer Intensive program. I am currently a Trainee with Oklahoma City Ballet, and, in my off hours, I am a substitute dance instructor for many different company members!
Mindy Caplan (New Mexico)
I started teaching "aerobics" in 1984 which evolved into teaching just about every type of group fitness class around. Now my preference is mainly yoga and pilates but I sometimes teach specialty classes. I taught a class weekly at Monte Vista Elementary School in ABQ and once a year taught the whole school during Jog-a-Thon week. I talk a lot during my classes to inform my students what they are feeling, how to align their bodies, why they do particular "poses" or exercises, and how to focus and breathe.
Bethany Ramus (Colorado)
Bethany taught English to kids of all ages for two years in China, and is now excited to be teaching yoga. After practicing yoga for 5 years and teaching for 1, she is ready to include kids, adding an extra dose of playfulness into her already fun practices.
Jeanie Jungbauer (Colorado)
I am a Colorado Native that appreciates being in nature, running and exploring, motherhood, music and creative expression through yoga. I am a Birth Doula as well and love connecting with Mamas, families, kids, people of all ages. I strive to support them as they need through birth and yoga.
I started teaching kids yoga at my boys elementary school. From there, I taught Family Yoga in the park and became certified to teach adults as well in 2013. I have a BS in Psychology and have felt yoga is a great therapy to help individuals feel healthier within their body, mind and spirit. I encourage Breath awareness, creative expression through yoga postures, strength and freedom in your practice to then help you off the mat as well.
Reem Jaber (New Mexico)
I have been interested in somatic studies, health and writing for as long as I can remember. From an early age, I was interested in writing and dancing. I have always loved you to move, I discovered that I was flexible at a young age, around the same time I became interested in dancing and drumming. I discovered I liked hand drumming through folk step and belly dancing. Hoop and fire hoop dancing, improvised folk and middle eastern dance are among my favorite forms of dance to and have taken ballet, hip hop/dance, and flamenco classes for several years. I also learned to write poetry in 7th grade and was hooked on writing and poetry ever since! From Dr. Seuss to Sylvia Plath. I currently teach private yoga lessons and work as a life skills coach with individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities; working towards my Community Health Coach Certification. In my yoga studies, I specialized in Ayurveda, Meditation and Pranayma. I really enjoy helping students learn about their constitutions, seasonal food, health and wellness, and cooking; especially plant based. I going back to school and working towards obtaining my Masters in Community Health and minor in Dance. I truly enjoy the healing arts and the arts and am always motivated to learn more. I have always loved teaching and find that I will be a teacher and a student for the rest of my life!
Thank you for taking the time to read my shot biography.
Bridgette Borzillo (Arizona)
Bridgette Caron Borzillo earned her BFA in Dance Choreography in 2007 from Arizona State University where she also was a member of the collegiate softball program. She then became a Ballroom instructor for Arthur Murray Dance studio in Phoenix June of 2007 to March 2008. Borzillo decided to change her career path to Massage therapy and currently has her own small massage therapy practice. Borzillo taught ballroom independently while also dancing for Scorpius Dance Theatre and dulce dance theatre from August 2010-2017. In November of 2014, Borzillo established her own professional dance company, CaZo Dance Theatre, and became education partners with Mesa Arts Center in 2016-present where she jones in her teaching skills in modern/contemporary, Partnering and ballroom teaching skills. She is also the resident choreographer for Westwood High School and Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy.
Michèle Sennesael (California)
Growing up in Belgium as the daughter of a gallery owner, influenced Michèle's passion for art tremendously. After earning a degree in photography, BA in Communications Management and gaining experience as a Photo Editor, she moved on, crossed to pond and landed in NY. At Alfred University, NY she received an MFA in Electronic Integrated Arts. In addition to awards and numerous exhibitions in public & private places in the United States, Europe, and China she founded HEROES. A project where she organized photography workshops for street kids in Nicaragua, to empower and uplift their self-esteem. She tutored, lectured, published a book, exhibited and collaborated with a wide variety of schools to raise awareness on social contemporary issues such as the growing numbers of street children worldwide.
In a previous life she trained adults and gained experience as an Information Specialist, traveled extensively (starting point in India at the age of 17) and lived around the world. The different career moves and experiences shaped and molded her into what she stands for today; inspiring and empowering others through art. Speaking, teaching and sharing her vision through photography is Michèle’s most fulfilling job.
Lucia Di Prima (Colorado)
I am a certified early childhood teacher, early childhood special educator, as well as an early childhood special education specialist. As a growing educator, I am eager to leave my mark in the realm of early childhood education and share my passion with children and their families. I believe in the natural wonder of the child and set up my classroom in a way that children become the leaders and teachers. It is my hope to foster their sense of curiosity and wonder while shaping them to be conscious, critical thinking members of society. I encourage and teach my students to ask questions, find answers to questions independently, and feel confident in meeting their own needs. Through connection and personal relationships my students can accomplish and practice these skills in a nurturing and encouraging classroom environment.
Broc Smith (Arizona)
Mr. Smith is a theatre trained “hands-on designer” with over 20 years of experience in theatre performance, costume, prop, stage design and construction before coming to Asia in 1992. Beginning with exhibitions and events in Singapore, he has been involved in designing world- class expos throughout Southeast Asia and country-wide events. He has helped to create and install China’s first world-class water park in Shanghai and interiors for Asia’s largest aquarium in Pudong and was also a principal designer for Happy Valley Beijing and is now part of the development of new Leisure Destination Concepts in China’s domestic tourist market. Mr. Smith has been a Senior Designer for multinational companies as well as an independent freelancer and currently lives with his wife, son and baby daughter in Mesa.
Breanna Griego-Schmitt (New Mexico)
She danced for Los Lunas High School, Elite Dance Studio, and later taught classes and danced competitively while finishing her PhD in Early Modern European History at the University of New Mexico. She has trained in Albuquerque, San Diego, Chicago, Edinburgh, and Amsterdam. As senior staff at Dimensions, she is responsible for curriculum development, coaching two teams, and teaching up to ten classes each season. She is also a certified BootyBarre instructor (Plus, Sculpt, and Bounce). In addition to working as a coach and choreographer, Breanna is also an adjunct professor and teaches courses in Critical Text Analysis and First-Year Learning Communities at UNM.
Breanna’s junior and senior all-star dance teams attend both varsity and studio competitions. Through studio comps, her dancers have earned awards for top performances, choreography, partnering, lifts, expression, technique, and apogee/aggregate high-point scores, as well as recognition for sportsmanship and character from competition staff. In 2017 and 2018, Breanna led her senior all-star team to two top-three finishes at UDA’s National Dance Team Championship. She is a certified dance judge with New Mexico Officials’ Association and Dance Team Union.
Breanna also has her own choreography and dance consultation business, BGS Dance Collective. Through this business, she brings studio-based technique and education to fourteen high schools and studios around New Mexico. She offers technique and choreography workshops, coaching consultations, summer intensives, and division choreography for New Mexico state and regional competitions. Her teams have consistently earned top-six placements at state. BGS Dance Collective allows her to share her love of dance with her colleagues by working together to expand professional and technical training. Currently, Breanna is also the District 6 All-Star Representative for NDCA and won to 2019 NDCA All-Star Coach of the Year award.
Barbara Karin Sommer (Nevada)
I have been a holistic health practitioner and yoga teacher since 1996. Additionally I taught ballroom dancing at Champion Ballroom in San Diego. I studied ethnomusicology and singing at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music as well as continued to take private singing lessons for over 20 years. In August, I am graduating with my doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Furthermore I am finishing my dissertation to complete my PH.D. studies in Clinical Psychology. Currently I work as a Safe School Professional in a counseling / social work position at Double Diamond Elementary school where I teach bullying prevention to K-5 grade classes.
Alena Turner (Utah)
Hi! I am Alena Turner. Daily yoga practice has been a part of my life for about four years now. And I just recently finished obtaining my teacher training certificate, so now I can share this joy with others. I am a mom of two beautiful kids, who also love to do yoga, both with me and via the YouTube channel "Cosmic Kids Yoga." As a former gymnast and gymnastics coach, I love working with kids and helping them to move safely, controlling their movements, developing love for their bodies and the things it can do. I love building trust with each child I teach, and helping them to achieve their goals and gain confidence. Movement styles can also be a form of expression, which I connect with as a fine artist and former dancer. I have taught some basic art skills to friends and family members before, and am happy to share the love of art to school-aged children - an after-school program is where I first began learning how to draw and paint! My favorite is teaching girls ages 8- to 12-years-old, but I also love teaching preschoolers up through adults. I am passionate about holistic health, positive parenting and perspectives, and that both yoga and art should bring us joy and be fun. Everyone, of all ages, can and should be both artists and yogis.
Terry Parry (North Carolina)
Terry Parry is a native New Yorker, who currently lives most of the year in Scottsdale, Arizona. She’s certified as a Yoga and Mindfulness Instructor and as a Special Education Teacher. She taught Special Education in New York for more than 20 years, with her greatest interest in children’s social-emotional learning and development. She attended training through Little Flower Yoga, so she could offer students a unique experience combining yoga and mindfulness in a developmentally appropriate way. Terry enjoys using her training in yoga and mindfulness and her background in teaching to support others in the development of fundamental life skills that are available for daily use.
Jillian Anderson (Arizona)
Hello, my name is Jillian, I’m 20, and I am a current student at ASU studying art education! I have been creating all kinds of art for as long as I can remember. I have been teaching in after school programs for two years and I can’t see myself doing anything else! I love leading students through arts and crafts projects and helping them explore their creativity! I spend almost all of my free time creating art with my preferred medium of acrylic paint, or hanging out at art museums!
Brooke Latos (Nevada)
Hello my name is Brooke Latos! I am currently in the Education Program at the University of Nevada, Reno minoring in special education and ELAD. I will be going into my senior year this fall and graduating in the spring. I am currently captain of the Nevada Pom team at the university and head leader of Perform with the Pack, an organization funded by the university's cheer team. Aside from being a student athlete, I have choreographed and taught ballet and jazz at local studios here in Reno. My dancing background began when I was two years old and continues to this day. Because of my dance background, I have found myself teaching children ages 3-18. One community service opportunity that still resides in my favorite memories is working at the senior home, Hazel Hawkins in Hollister, California. I was an assistant to nurses and a visitor for many elders. I love working with all age groups as this diversity challenges me and teaches me a great deal of patience and nature.
Teresa Moore (Arizona)
I am a multimedia artist, visual artist, dancer and choreographer as well actor and singer. All of which I have instructed. I have been painting and exhibiting professionally worldwide for 30 years. I am currently in an art residency at Shaneland arts in Phoenix prior to which i had been in the SF bay area for 2 decades.In my current residency at Shaneland arts i have a studio, teach various classes and sell some retail items . I have been acting, dancing and performing in Phx , LA and SF for most of my adult life. And I currently sing in a band based in SF and LA. I am also a certified personal trainer and currently work for a company Televeda we teach fitness and brain games to residents in assisted living and memory care.
Mitchell J Richmond (Utah)
I grew up in SLC, UT and have pursued my passion in art for as long as i was able to pick up a crayon. As a kid I produced short narrative videos with friends to post on youtube, this led to me attending East Hollywood High School (A preforming arts school centered around film production). There I would refine my skillset and earn several awards in cinematography, visual effects, and story-writing. I would also become the Director of Photography on the schools feature length web series "Paradise High" (Feature in the AAHSFF in NYC). After high school I would attend SLCC to continue educating myself in the arts, following an interest in Fine Art & Photography. My aspirations continue to submerge myself in the art world following every opportunity to learn more & also share the amazements that exist in all mediums of art expressions.
Kristen Wright (Arizona)
Kristen has been teaching dance for 18 years. She grew up dancing in Arizona & got her dance degree at Scottsdale Community College. She danced with the jazz performing group while she was there & also performed with a local break dancing crew in Phoenix. Kristen specializes in jazz, lyrical hip-hop & break dancing. Kristen has coached high school dance teams & has sat on many judging panels throughout the years. She just recently moved back from SF where she was the hip hop instructor at a K-8 performing arts school. Kristen has a passion for teaching & it shows in her work. She truly loves what she does & wants every dancer to walk away from her class feeling challenged & wanting to learn more.
Allyson Terry (Utah)
I am a recent Arts graduate from Dixie State University, and have a passion for concept design and illustration.
During my time in college, I illustrated a children's book for my Biology Department's STEM Outreach program. Since then, my dream has been to write and illustrate my own graphic novel.
Currently I am second passion as well: teaching as an instructor at an elementary charter school. Through teaching, I hope to keep myself constantly open to learning new things and continually improving my artistic abilities.
Hailey Hart (Oklahoma)
I am a theatre artist, director, educator and entrepreneur. I am passionate about the preservation of the arts for following generations and love to work with young people on finding their voice during a time that so desperately needs it! I am outgoing, friendly, hard-working and very passionate about theatre, particularly classical theatre. I have studied Advanced Shakespeare in London with Kingston University, I have done background work on the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, I've performed at 54 Below in New York City, and have insight on the industry as it is today. I would love to work with you guys!
Milena Kullaj (Florida)
Albanian folk, contemporary, and Latin dance instructor for children and adults based in the Clearwater, St. Pete, and Tampa area. I've taught dances ranging from pop to classical contemporary for a year and a half, having contracted with the Albanian Heritage Foundation of Tampa Bay and DW Dance Studio. I enjoy workingand dancing with people locally and around the world.
Nita Blum (Arizona)
Nita Blum is a thirty-something film producer, musician and photographer who has worked in Hollywood for over a decade for companies such as Sundance, National Geographic and on many independent film sets. She currently teaches film at Arizona State University.
Rachel Couch (Texas)
Rachel has many years of experience working with diverse populations and age groups. Her well-rounded education in yoga, meditation, nutrition, and leadership development helps her to infuse classes with confidence and personal empowerment while guiding students to feel at home in their own bodies.
Students experience an increased sense of calm, mental clarity, and improved strength and balance. Every class she teaches is meant to guide others back to wholeness and create confidence in applying yoga techniques throughout life in many different ways.
Seth McClendon (Arizona)
My name is Seth McClendon and I am a Hip Hop Dancer. I have been training in many different styles in the Hip Hop world. I travel all around Arizona and the United States teaching, and competing in events. I am 24 years of age and I have been dancing since I was 16. I started teaching in studios at the age of 20 and now work with different studios around the valley.
Chloe Lafollette (Utah)
From Virginia, I have been practicing yoga since I was 4 years old, following my parents to classes. My love of yoga grew during college when it became an outlet from school to relax. In 2016, I completed my 200-hour teacher training to expand my knowledge and share my passion with others. During class, I focus on using the breath to relax, linking the mind and body, and challenging the student mentally as much as physically. When not in class, I am reading, crafting, and playing with my dog.
Caroline Young (Oklahoma)
Caroline is a professional ballet dancer with the Oklahoma City Ballet. She grew up in Arkansas, spending her summers training around the country at the School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet West, and more. After completing the last two years of high school at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, she went on to graduate from the University of Oklahoma with a BFA in Ballet Performance. While there, she performed numerous works such as First Violin in Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, The Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Odette in Swan Lake Act 2, and more. For her final two years at OU, Caroline also danced in ballets such as The Four Temperaments and Romeo and Juliet with Oklahoma City Ballet. She is an active dance teacher, certified Pilates instructor, and passionate yoga teacher! She loves to share her joy of movement and self-expression with her students and works to bring it to everyone in the community.
Landin Melendez (Colorado)
Landin Melendez is a performer, director, playwright, and historian residing in the Denver Metro Area. She teaches students of all ages to love the theatre and how to create work of their own.
Kumari Sky (Arizona)
I have been teaching yoga since 2004. I am passionate about sharing this practice with others. I have found so much personal benefit from yoga-mind, body and spirit. I specialize in sharing the teachings of yoga asana (the poses) to those that are brand new to the practice, but also enjoy teaching intermediate level classes. I have over 500 hours of teacher training certifications and years of experience teaching to groups and to individuals. Some of my previous teaching experience includes: Yoga teacher at Youth Initiative High School 2004-2018, Yoga for the wellness program at Organic Valley 2004-2018, weekly yoga classes in my former community 2004-2019.