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.
Asha Yates (Pennsylvania)
Originally from Washington DC, Asha Yates is a Philadelphia-based artist and recent graduate of Temple University where she received a BFA in dance. Primarily trained in urban and commercial dance styles, Asha has also trained in traditional concert and African Diasporic styles, as somatic movement practices. With nearly 10 years of choreographic experience, Asha has choreographed over 50 performed works, most recently seen at the Suzanne Roberts Theater and Conwell Dance Theater. While performing with Philadelphia companies like Brian Sander’s JUNK and MoDa Movement, Asha has spent this past year teaching dance to students ages 6-18 at Betsy Daily School of Performing Arts and From the Top Studio of Dance.
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.
Charlene Redwine (Colorado)
As a kid, Charlene loved art class, drawing in her notebooks, and creating something out of found objects. That love led her to study Illustration at Indiana Wesleyan University where she learned how to sharpen her drawing and painting skills. After moving to Denver, she found work as a graphic designer and began teaching and mentoring children and youth. She loves to help others tap into their creativity and provide a fun and safe space to create because she believes everyone is creative and capable of making incredible things.
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.
Hasmik Ekimyan (California)
I am a working writer and I have taught screenwriting courses in the English Department at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) since I was a graduate student. My classes are always popular and I have always received highly favorable reviews from students on university administered professor evaluations (available upon request from the English Department Undergraduate Counselor, Janel Munguia).
I have a Master’s Degree in Screenwriting from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and Creative Writing, also from UCLA. In addition to the eighteen feature screenplays that I have written, I also have experience writing television drama and comedy scripts, short stories, novels, plays, and children’s literature. I have several script options at the moment, with one screenplay in particular fairly far along in the pre-production process.
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.
Kirstin Leigh (California)
Kirstin Leigh is a best-selling author, actress, singer, and the CEO of Change Your Story Enterprises, LLC.
A sought after speaker, Kirstin shares captivatingly honest accounts of her dreams, detours, addictions and triumphs, born from her breakout book, “Change Your Story,” in women’s groups, rehab centers, churches, high schools, and youth groups.
Kirstin is also the founder of “Acting for Breakthrough,” and The Change Your Story Workshop.
In “Acting for Breakthrough,” Kirstin teaches basic elements of story structure and acting techniques that empower individuals to reorganize their life, redefine conflict, set clear intentions, and establish goals, therefore transforming their personal narrative into a powerful story.
The ground breaking Change Your Story Workshop offers a faith based, scientific approach to breaking free from life controlling issues and discovering the masterpiece that lives within. The 9 week course is available online, as well as in person.
In addition to working with adults, Kirstin is passionate about our youth. Her debut fiction book for tweens, “Believe,” follows a vivacious twelve-year-old with big dreams. Kirstin frequently visits elementary schools and shares the message of “Believe,” as well tips on writing and the publishing process. She uses the book as a tool to challenge tweens to dream big, deal with disappointments, discover their unique gifts, and to believe in themselves.
Whether it’s in a book, a message, a song, or on the screen, Kirstin Leigh inspires people of all ages—showing them by example that it is never too late to change their story, to heal, to dream, and Believe… the best is yet to come.
Kirstin Leigh is represented by Treasure Coast Talent Agency and American Talent Management.
Andrea Gregoriade (California)
Andrea is a dance professional with a passion for teaching and helping students explore their creativity. They have the ability to work with students of different backgrounds and cultures and create an inclusive learning environment. Andrea has honed their teaching and leadership skills through working with various organizations and institutions such as the Fab Habitz Dance Company and Berklee College of Music’s Dance Club. They have also worked as an Assistant Speech Therapist for Monica Gregoriades, demonstrating their proficiency in supporting and guiding students towards their goals.
As a BFA in Contemporary Dance Performance student at Berklee College of Music, Andrea has achieved a 3.85 standing on the Dean's List and has won a Scholarship Student award. Their achievements extend beyond academia, with a 2nd Prize Winner in the Senior Category at the 11th Cyprus National Ballet and Contemporary Competition and a 1st Place Winner in the Hip Hop International Competition Association with Creativity MegaCrew.
Andrea's skills extend beyond dance to include organizational and time management skills, proficiency in imovie and PicsArt, and fluency in Greek and English. They are also licensed drivers, certified in first aid, and possess dance captain experience, leading skills, class management, teacher assistant experience, partnering skills, theatrical games, choreography, and social media management abilities.
Sherri Jurak (Texas)
Sherri Jurak loves teaching! It brings her joy to see others learn and when they discover they can learn a new skill. She has her Masters of Art in Dance Education from Texas Women’s University. Sherri has been teaching for over 40 years...from preschool dance to college students and adults. She taught at the high school level for 6 years and at the college level for 19. Her love is ballet and yoga. In Sherri’s spare time she crochets hats and blankets for charity organizations she belongs to.
Joan Mooneyham (Texas)
Highly motivated and energetic Yoga Instructor who is comfortable working with people of all ages. Enjoys inspiring others to improve wellness, and to commit to long-term health and fitness goals. Committed to providing extensive instruction and counseling to clients, while motivating them to find true inner peace and their healthiest self. Possesses skills to modify the practice on-demand based on the abilities or injuries of class participants, combined with a spirit of playfulness and a dose of inspiration to help students deepen their practice.
Joan has a B.S. in Business Administration with a background in accounting, banking, project and information technology. Her certification includes RYT-200. She is a licensed Zumba instructor.
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.
Elizabeth Chaillé Parry (preferred name Elizabeth Chaillé) (Utah)
Elizabeth Chaillé is a dancer & fitness instructor who loves sharing her passion of movement to others. Elizabeth grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah dancing in creative, contemporary, ballet & jazz styles. In May 2022 she graduated from The Peabody Conservatory at the Johns Hopkins University with a BFA, dance degree. While in college Elizabeth received her barre fitness instructor certification & enjoys teaching group classes for all ages. Upon graduating she moved back home to Utah to pursue a professional dance career dancing with many local contemporary companies such as Altitude dance, Allure Creative, Wasatch Contemporary & Femdance. Along with dancing she is a fitness coach teaching group & personal workout sessions from kids to adults.
In 2015 Elizabeth started teaching dance to children & since then has been teaching teens & adults. In the classroom Elizabeth creates spaces for students to grow into artists, she believes that moving the body in any way, creates a positive mind set for all ages, encourages healthy habits & teaches how to accomplish goals. In high school Elizabeth started a tuition free dance studio in her home, it allowed young dancers to come take weekly dance classes & ended the semester with a dance recital. Being able to teach children is important to Elizabeth, she knows that dance & fitness is a healing power & hopes to teach as many students as she can.
When Elizabeth isn’t dancing or teaching a fitness class she loves to travel, read a good book, bullet journal & have game nights with family & friends.
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.
Amanda Skwirut (Arizona)
As a dedicated educator for nearly 15 years, I believe my passion for guiding students through their own innovative learning challenges, consistently supporting students’ social-emotional development, and my ability to collaborate with a diverse team would be a natural fit for the Art Enrichment Teacher with Future Hearts Minds and Dreamers.
In addition, I believe my natural ability to form genuine connections with children of all ages, my creative, real-world approach to teaching, and my ability to create a safe and motivating learning environment can make a positive contribution to your community of learners.
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 Davis (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.
Sarah Dahl (California)
Sarah Dahl is a professional designer and published illustrator for major international brands, as well as a visual arts educator. She has Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Graphic Design and Illustration, with a foundation in painting and sculpture. As a believer that creating something from nothing with no pursuit besides expression and growth, she encourages seeing the arts from a fresh perspective to bring out the creativity that naturally exists in people.
“The creative adult is the child who survived.” —Ursula K. Le Guin
When her calendar permits, she takes her work on the road as a world traveler—24+ countries and countless adventures so far!
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.
Lyndie Costello (Colorado)
My name is Lyndie and I have been a practicing yogi for over 10 years. I teach every style from Active Vinyasa Flow to Relaxation, but specialize in injury and disability adaptions, offering props and guided meditation with a focus on mindful movements and relaxation. I currently teach several chair and adaption classes and take great
pride in customizing my classes to meet the physical/mental needs and preferences of my students. I have experience working with bodies that have many different life experiences. I have experience teaching all age groups and mental/physical abilities and often work with special audiences like children, physical/mental delay/disability, and Seniors. I recently finished a Dementia Yoga training program and am looking forward to putting this training to good use working with the wiser population.
To learn more, please visit
my Instagram account, @KineticShapesYoga.
Noelle L. Howard (Colorado)
Noelle Howard has enjoyed an extensive career in the arts. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Nazarene College, MA, where she studied both Communication Arts and music. Her 30+ year musical career includes singing in several auditioned choirs as well as touring Europe, and performing professionally in a variety of venues. She also has experience creating curriculum for Summer School and After School programs as well as leading/teaching those programs. Her curriculums have included all ages as well as many different subjects, but her specialties focus on the arts.
Her experience since moving to Colorado includes singing for several years in the Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble and the Glen Eyrie Madrigal Singers. She has also taught voice and theater at the Colorado Music Conservatory while starting her own Vocal Studio and performing in the musical duo, PRISM.
Alexis McDowell (Colorado)
Ever since I was a little girl I have been so in love with art and creativity. I have always had a pencil in my hand and a sketchbook in my lap. I won a design contest here and an award there and then went into graphic design after college. It was fulfilling and exciting to be able to design and create all day long, but ultimately I wanted to be able to make my own designs and make my own pictures.
First, I took some time off to raise my kids and be home with them. Then when the time was right I went back off to school to get my Bachelor’s of Fine Arts. I am in the midst of that now and I have so many ideas and am so stimulated every day to create and paint and draw!
I have an education focus, so I am planning to become an art teacher. I can’t wait. I am starting to realize that teaching can mean teaching in the schools or it can mean teaching in many different shapes and forms. It can even mean teaching my own classes. I am eager to gain experience in that manner.
I have been working in the school for the past three years, teaching and tutoring middle school and fifth graders and gaining valuable experience. I have passed the PRAXIS for Art History and Analysis and now I am ready to start teaching and passing along my excitement for art to my students.
Erika Labrum (Utah)
I have been dancing since I was 5 years old and have always loved it. I grew up in a military family and found studios and competitive teams wherever we went, learning more from each studio I attended. I got my first teaching gig when I was 14, assisting my coach for our dance team. From there I went on to teach at rec centers, choreograph for musicals and show choirs, and become the head ballet instructor at a local studio.
George A Rosaly (Texas)
George Rosaly is a board-certified educator. His scope of teaching encompasses project-based learning, lifelong learning, differentiated instruction and student engagement. George has worked as a Theatre Arts/Art teacher in Houston, Texas where he was also a school leader. George experienced great satisfaction in his work with students as this is where his passion and love working creatively with students started. George has 11 years of working as an educator working in different areas, including San Francisco at Summit Schools, Los Angeles at UCLA for the National Society for the Gifted & Talented and Harmony Schools in Dallas, TX.
He is bilingual in English and Spanish, and holds a Bachelor's degree, (BA in Elementary Education); and in order to fulfill and address the needs in his work as a school leader, George completed a Master's of Arts in Education Administration and Leadership at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. He also just completed teaching for the MoCADA Museum in Brooklyn, NY where he taught Graphic Design/Art and Culture Interpretation where he received a strong practical foundation in the arts for the kind of holistic approach to learning that George feels is critical to student success.
His hobbies are working out, traveling, trying new foods and being a dad to his two poodles Paris and Brooklyn. He also has a passion for acting. He’s appeared in film and theatre productions in the Los Angeles area and in the new upcoming web series “Art of the Hustle”, to name just a few. He’s also involved in upcoming productions and most importantly he loves ART!
Audra Ogden (Arkansa)
Audra Ogden is a results oriented professional with experience and demonstrated accomplishments in marketing and public relations. Skilled analyst with strong organizational and communication abilities. I have 11 years of creative art experience. My skills range from an Art Director at a sports marketing agency. To a Store Manger at a Children's Art Museum. I worked for 4 years at the Nasher Sculpture Center, while earning a M.S. in Art History from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Strong sense of patience when working with children and connecting with their needs. Studied in Ojai, CA for college prep boarding school. Extensive traveling to other countries for volunteer work. At a young age, the value of helping others and working for humanity was a foundation in flourishing into a humanitarian.
Heather Boesz (Florida)
I am currently finishing my last semester at The University of Tampa where I studied Museum Studies, Art and Women and Gender Studies. I have a fresh outlook on life and am eager to continue to learn while educating others on subjects I am passionate about. I am a creative junkie per say, always looking for art that is fascinating and helping enlighten those that foster the ambition to make art. In the past I have facilitated and carried out lesson plans for a child development course ages 3-4 and also assisted professors in teaching various disciplines of art and art conservation.
Joel Plys (Washington)
Joel has taught all over the US (33 states and counting) as well as 12 different countries: Australia, Austria, Canada, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Scotland and Sweden.
Know that you are hiring a well seasoned, diverse teacher that has worked with many different communities all over the world.
In 2011, Joel was inducted into the Camp Hollywood Hall of
Fame and in 2014 inducted into the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame.
He has a full knowledge of various styles from years of study that he shares in his instruction of Balboa, Lindy, Charleston, Collegiate Shag, Jazz Movement, and Pre-Swing dances (Texas Tommy, One Step, etc).
To 'preserve' a dance, you must understand the technique and characteristic fundamentals of that dance. For a dance to 'evolve', you must be open to everyone adding creative elements to that dance. Joel encourages students to study and be open to “differences” so that they can make the dance their own. He embodies these qualities in his instruction and dancing while remembering the true reason we dance - for FUN!
Dominique Kersh (California)
Dominique Kersh began her dance training at Maple Conservatory of Dance in Irvine, CA. Upon graduation from high school, she was accepted into the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine. In 2017, she graduated with her BFA in Dance Performance and her BA in Education Sciences, magna cum laude. Shortly after graduation, she began performing professionally with various dance companies within the California region, most recently with Los Angeles Choreographers and Dancers. While working with these dance companies, she performed across the nation, from the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles to the Lincoln Center in New York City. Throughout her career, she has been teaching dance and yoga to students of all levels and ages in schools, studios, and outreach programs.
Jessica Hitt (Jb) (Texas)
My name is Jb, and I am passionate about helping other people and teaching. My life is based on altruism and I love to give back to my community.
Morgan Blackburn (Florida)
I was born and raised in Nashville, TN and recently moved to Dunedin, FL to be closer to my mother. I graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Illustration and a minor in scientific illustration. I mainly focus on Graphic Design type work. I am a teacher at Painting with a Twist currently so I am familiar with teaching individuals how to paint and proper techniques to use. I really enjoy working with kids because they are so creative and inspire me most of the time! I’d love to get this opportunity to work with you and your company. I hope to hear from you soon!
Karen Grant (Utah)
I have been teaching yoga for over 20 years. I have taught all ages, abilities, styles, and even pets. I am currently managing the Yoga Department for LifeTime Fitness in Maryland, but am relocating to Logan Utah where I would love to continue my yoga teaching and practice.
Gopi Patel (Florida)
I am a recent graduate with Photography and visual arts with my major and I am a competitive gymnast since 2009.
I am passionate about using my art, performance and creative writing skills for telling a story and helping like minded people. As a student I always wanted learn photography but I didn't have enough sources for learning photography in my schooling my neighborhood, so now being able to sever students with my knowledge is something I really want to do.
I am not some one who believes in book knowledge but believes in practical knowledge and practice instead. Since my first day in high school I have actively taken part in a lot of stage activities as a choreographer, director and dancer as well as actor and won a few titles. My participation has taught me a lot of things and most importantly helped gain self confidence. Time management was something that I learned because of taking part in co curriculum activities and that’s the main reason I find it import for students’ engagement with practical education, and being able to teach and involve myself with such activities makes me happy.
Kahlia Jones (Texas)
I love teaching dance because it is not just a career for me it is a lifestyle. I haven't danced in 22 years. I have been doing it professionally for 11yrs. I went to school for dance Physical Therapy aide and business. I have 14 dance styles underneath my belt. My favorite dance styles to teach is hip hop, jazz, praise dancing, and aerial silks. I go back and forward from teaching and performing all over the DFW. Although the pandemic has put me on pause from teaching dance I still have been practicing at home and performing. I like to practice at home to make sure that I stay ready for teaching or performing. If I teach my children to do a dance style I would like to demonstrate it and not only instruct. Dance does not only keep me in shape but also lowers my stress, improve my memory, and most of all I enjoy inspiring Big Dreams to kids around and brighten Smiles along the way for them to do the same thing. I think of Dance is a way of life for me. Dance and music is forever evolving such as life should be.
Shana Templin (North Carolina)
I’m a native Charlottean who has watched both the landscape and the needs of the city grow over the years. I have several family members who come from the medical field, but I’ve always known I wanted to work in the arts and youth development. I grew up in a family that always supported the arts but also encouraged meaningful work and helping others.
I got my professional start as an art teacher in both public and private schools. I transitioned from school settings to a large Not-For Profit, where I’ve been for the last 12 years, because there’s more opportunity to engage a broader community and provide unique experiences in the arts. I love teaching all mediums and getting messy in the process!
In my free time I enjoy creating my own art (mostly photography and ceramics), outdoor activities and volunteering with a therapeutic horseback riding program.
Chris Joannou (Nevada)
My approach to art instruction is simple. I believe everyone is creative in some way, having their own unique gifts, world view, and learning style.
I enjoy engaging and assisting in the discovery of hidden talent... nurturing enthusiasm, enlightenment, and natural expression. Perhaps even a career in the arts! From concept to finished work.
"Art is proven to be therapeutic for the mind body and soul."
Melody Williams (Colorado)
Melody Williams is a teaching artist and education researcher in Colorado Springs. Melody’s teaching practice and their work in fashion, fiber arts, print media and design thinking connect somatic experiencing and individualized learning. In Chicago they have participated via teaching and leadership roles in community-level arts programs and higher education across the city, including Project Onward at the Chicago Cultural Center, and SAIC at Homan Square. Currently, they are studying and developing sustainability arts programs for young people and adults in Chicago and in Colorado Springs.
Brianne Barousse-Lozier (Colorado)
I am a hip hop/street dance as well as Zumba Fitness Instructor that has moved to Colorado within the last year. I am also an English tutor for children ages 4-14. I love working with kids and sharing my love of dance with each one. I believe that movement is a beautiful way to allow stress, anxiety and restless energy to move through us. I can honestly say I dance every single day- (even if it's just walking to the car) and this means I smile every single day! Does it get any better than that?
Rachel Bergeron (California)
I am an outgoing, creative, and hard-working woman who is passionate about education and the arts. I am currently a recent graduate from the University of New Hampshire with a major in Musical Theatre and minors in Dance and Administration. I have worked with all ages, and have had experience directing/choreographing/instructing as well as performing for regional companies. I am currently working as an Instructor for the Petruzello Twins at Zello Dance Studio, in Peabody, MA.
Chelsey Carlson (Utah)
My name is Chelsey Carlson. I am an outgoing bubbly person who loves interacting and meeting new people. Some of my many passions are dance, health, wellness, mental health, self discovery, motivation, public speaking, acting, modeling, and many more. I have been trained in different styles of dance since I was 6 years old including ballet, Jazz, hip hop, contemporary, ballroom. Since graduating I have participated in many professional jobs. I am a current NBA Dancer. One of my favorite dance experiences was being on two seasons of World of Dance and AGT with different teams. I have a new found love of pageantry, and love the aspect of it empowering women to share their ideas to help the world. Serving the community is something I love to be a part of. I love helping people find a voice by empowering them in motivational ways. I want my students and all people I come in contact with to get a little closer in becoming the best version of themselves that they can be.
Shelly Johnson (Arizona)
Hi! I am a certified yoga instructor, and have taught off and on for the last 10 years. I can teach beginners, kids, seniors, pre-natal, meditation, and restorative therapeutic yoga. I received my training in Boise, Idaho, from Camille Thom's yoga apprentice teacher training, in 2009. I also have a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science from BSU. I am very interested in whole body-mind health, and love to help people of all ages relieve stress, get fit and strong, improve balance and generally feel better physically and mentally.
I also have experience in reading intervention, working with struggling new readers K-3.
Sandi Walker (North Carolina)
and started her movement training by going to UNCSA during High school and receiving in College a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Through additional training as a professional performer and in workshops; Sandi has taught from the three-year-old to the eighty-year-old plus adults and children with Special needs.
Sandi has taught Ballet, Modern dance, Jazz, Zumba, Fitness, and African Dance. She has created choreography for two Fitness Centers, Colleges, Day Care settings, and two Dance Companies which she directed “Dance for Everyone” and “Callanwolde Apprentice Dance Company” .Ms. Walker has been on the Ga Council for the Arts in Ga and at schools in three states to teach for School Residencies and for Special Needs Centers. She has also taught Joyful Yoga, Yin, Restorative, Chair and Gentle Yoga to all populations. Ms. Walker has worked with a student for three years with One-on-One Yoga helping the student through Breast Cancer, Hip surgery, Stress and working on overall tone and stretch for that student. Sandi loves teaching students the Joy of moving, creating choreography and helping them with improving their self- esteem, motivation and using movement to help them with self-discipline. Dance and Yoga can be for everyone and is a great way to help students realize their Creative, Joyful, Strong, Disciplined selves.
Aaric Doyle-Wright (Texas)
Aaric Doyle-Wright is a self-taught photographer residing in Houston, TX. This St. Louis native works to create art in the simplest definition of the word – expression of a feeling, thought or experience in such a way that the person(s) consuming that expression can share in that feeling or experience. Through this definition, he lives an artful life with an appreciation for the beauty it brings in every instance. For almost four years, Aaric has worked as a photographer offering services, such as portraiture
(individual, family, graduation, maternity, etc.) and commercial work for growing brands. In addition to services offered, he creates art as a means of his own expression and connection to the world around him. Through his photography, Aaric enjoys showcasing a variety of themes and editing styles. He is always learning and growing within his craft and is proficient with editing, graphic design, and publication creating software, including Adobe Illustrator, In Design, and Photoshop. Aaric’s ultimate goal as a photographer is to inspire, sparking thoughtful conversation and hopefully provoking others to harness their creative energy. To him, this means creating photos that incorporate relatable aspects of 'the everyday' with hints, or explosions, of fantasy and drama. Along with his photography experience, Aaric has a strat-comm and media background. These experiences have allowed him the opportunity to take a love of writing and conveying a message and turn that into efficient and effective communications. He has been writing in a creative manner since he was a child – music, poetry, short stories, etc. With skills gained through his professional experiences paired with an artful perspective, he not only knows how to express oneself in varying forms of writing, but how to refine that writing, gauge and connect with a potential audience, become adaptive in writing, implement strengthening techniques, and more.
John Waldron (Maryland)
John received a BFA in theatre from Virginia Commonwealth University and has been involved in teaching, directing and performing for over 20 years. He has worked with students from age 3 to 93. Previous experience includes performing at the International Theatre Festival In Sibiu Romania, performing with Classika/Synetic Theatre including The Kennedy Center and National Theatre, he has also performed at Wolf Trap for the International Children’s Theatre Festival. These experiences have helped form a unique approach to introducing young performers to theatre and acting.
John specializes and trains in Improvisational theatre. The games and activities he includes in his workshop help promote active listening, creativity, team building and social interaction.
John can be seen in the Don Cheadle film ‘Talk To Me’ as a flag waving protestor. He was on Investigative Discovery Channel’s episode of ‘Who The Bleep?’ as a Doo-Wop singer.
John received a BFA in theatre from Virginia Commonwealth University and has been involved in teaching, directing and performing for over 20 years. He has worked with students from age 3 to 93. Previous experience includes performing at the International Theatre Festival In Sibiu Romania, performing with Classika/Synetic Theatre including The Kennedy Center and National Theatre, he has also performed at Wolf Trap for the International Children’s Theatre Festival. These experiences have helped form a unique approach to introducing young performers to theatre and acting.
John specializes and trains in Improvisational theatre. The games and activities he includes in his workshop help promote active listening, creativity, team building and social interaction.
John can be seen in the Don Cheadle film ‘Talk To Me’ as a flag waving protestor. He was on Investigative Discovery Channel’s episode of ‘Who The Bleep?’ as a Doo-Wop singer.
Olivia Reed (Maryland)
My name is Olivia Reed, and I am a professional Musical Theater Actress, and Teaching Artist. I am currently based out of Maryland, and originally from New York. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the Theater world is on pause, and I am not able to work in my field at the moment. Previously, I was cast in Signature Theatre’s production of “Mamma Mia!” (which was postponed to June 2021), and Olney Theater Centre’s productions of “Miss You Like Hell”, and “Singin’ In The Rain”.
After receiving my BM-Musical Theater from The Catholic University of America in 2014, I joined the “Mamma Mia!” National Tour, and have continued to work since. It was during this time on tour that I started to develop my skills as a Teaching Artist. I enjoy bringing my professional experiences to my students, and passing down the knowledge that has been shared with me. I have been trained as a Classical Soprano, and Musical Theater Legit Soprano; I have Dance training in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Theater Dance, and Musical Theater; I have studied Meisner, Uta Hagen, Stanislavski, Viewpoints, and Shakespeare on the collegiate level.
My passion lies in the Arts, and I am a dedicated performer, and teacher. I believe in acquiring ample, and necessary training to help ensure success, and I deeply believe in pursuing dreams with grace, and humility. I hold myself, and my students to high standards, and encourage them to fully engross themselves in the genre of study at hand. I am feeling confident, and incredibly motivated to make strides towards the upward expansion of my performance, and Teaching Artist career. With your professional insight, and assistance I believe that together we can make a strong impact on young students’ lives.
Stacey Shea (Maryland)
Hi my name is Stacey Shea i am a certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise instructor, since 2002! I am athletic and offer a creative approach to fitness. I have been a substitute teacher for Carroll County Schools. I have many certifications from Yoga Pilates and Strength, core workouts, & athletic intervals like Body Shred. I have coached many sports and have background with young and old alike. I am an avid Runner and Cyclist! I live in Federal Hill, married and have with two sons. I have been teaching group Exercise for Corporate America live and Virtually for over 15 years! I am fitness contractor for Carefirst and currently teach for Baltimore County School employees!
Missie Stroud (Texas)
I am a passionate RYT 500/ hr certified yoga and Pilates teacher to students of all ages. I have 2 years of experience under my belt teaching yoga and approximately 1 year teaching Mat Pilates and foam roller classes. I am versed in the Asana’s and breath work techniques as well as advanced trained in the anatomy of the body through the 300 hour training program. I am a married mother of two grown children. My hobbies are golf, gardening, painting and reading.
Sybil Henry (Arizona)
I have been practicing various yoga forms for over 10 years, I am currently an RYT 200 and studying to become a RYT 500 before 2021. After being diagnosed with PTSD in my teens, I found the best medicine to be spiritual development and intention-based transformation practice. Through this journey, I have found a passion in helping others to heal their trauma and the physical manifestations that can happen in the body as a result, allowing for an understanding of the body on a whole new level.
My work in the nonprofit sector and international development have given me a unique perspective and skill in working with vulnerable populations. I strive to make yoga and mindfulness accessible tools for all and put love at the center of my work.
Linda Gomez (New York)
My name is Linda Gomez. I am from Dominican Republic but was raised in Bronx, NY. When I was 8 years old I fell in love with writing. I started journaling and from there I wrote my first book. Since then I have been in two anthologies and still have a lot to go but happy from where I started.
Danielle Baker (California)
My name is Danielle Baker and I am a music and drama teacher based out of Central Los Angeles. If you are looking for fun and music, you’ve come to the right place!
My experience began at the YMCA where I taught illustrative arts like cartoon and comic book writing, and movement through dance and team building games by engaging students through a series of mindful and creative thought processes to help students communicate and build positive character. I enjoy writing plays with students and encouraging them through interactive quizzes and activities to express themselves to friends and family in new ways!
As a member of the International Association of Professional Writers and Editors’ guild, I offer homework and English language tutoring to all of my students.
Most recently, I earned a certificate as a World of Dance fitness instructor and volunteered with the Boys & Girls Club helping bring in the joy of song and dance expression by celebrating lyrics and healthy foods!
I utilize my knowledge of art history, current events and the fundamentals of education to help students develop lifelong skills and maintain their personal successes! I most enjoy play production and incorporating health and fitness into my music lessons! I look forward to sharing my different talents and skills through the use of technology, science and the arts.
Michael Sollenberger (California)
My name is Michael Sollenberger and I am an Acting Teacher. I have been teaching Acting, Scene Study, Playwriting, Theatre Games, and Improvisation for many years throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District as part of an after school enrichment program. I have a BA in Theatre Arts. I also, studied at the Stellar Studio, at Sanford Meisner which gave me a solid foundation in acting technique. I have worked in the theatre in New York and Sweden and throughout the United States as well as doing numerous television shows along with the many films that I have done. I was also a Casting Director that gave me the extra insight as an Acting Teacher: when it comes to the process of acting, I know "where the bones are buried."
I am also a writer and have projects in development at major Studios.
Darja Mahshid Haghi (Texas)
My name is Darya Haghi.I am a yoga instructor and have been learning and teaching for three years. I am passionate about my field because it allows me to help people every day and I get to have a job that I love! I tirelessly work to incorporate up-to-date and innovative practices into my teaching method. I enjoy keeping up with new education, upcoming trends and technology in the yoga field. I have an artistic and interpretive approach to yoga that efficiently incorporates mind, body, soul awareness and wellness. Most of all I love getting to be part of a growing community of people finding mindfulness and healing in their every day lives.
Griselda Ramirez (California)
My name is Griselda Ramirez, I have always loved math, I got a degree in math and worked in finance many years. I started taking yoga classes as a way to lower my stress and relax, I quickly fell in love and decided to become a teacher. I did my training and started teaching private classes right away. I use my knowledge and creativity to modify classes for all ages. I volunteer for a camp for kids with cancer and I have taught yoga in the summer for these kids, I make modifications to keep them engaged in the class and one way to keep them engaged is by having them participate by coming up with their own yoga posses. I teach for the city of Los Angeles at various parks and senior centers. I teach chair yoga, vinyasa yoga, senior yoga,kids yoga, dance and sculpt yoga. I currently teach via zoom, a couple times a week and private classes when asked for them. I am also a student as I believe in always improving and growing yourself. I take yoga classes, do weights, cardio and maintain a vegetarian diet to keep myself healthy and fit. Lastly I am taking master level courses for mathematics and engineering as I would like to be a professor in the future.
Jason Christopher Duchan (California)
I make me an excellent candidate for this position, and I have a background in teaching Art, Digital Art, and Art History, as well as a professional actor.
As a progressive professional actor (30 years), artist (30 years), writer (20 years), and teacher (8 years) with many different skills, I am a dynamic and self-motivated professional with exceptional communication skills and strong interpersonal and organizational skills, with the ability to demonstrate outstanding interpersonal, presentations and I am detail-oriented, I believe that I can bring valuable contributions to all my students
My philosophy is to introduce fresh perspectives and new techniques to help students evolve and grow. I have enhanced critical thinking abilities and cultivated a reputation as a significant contributor through communication and innovation to students, fellow teachers, parents, and administrators. I am a collaborative team player who is always searching for opportunities to impart valuable insights. With these qualities, I can facilitate positive change and impacting outcomes.I make me an excellent candidate for this position, and I have a background in teaching Art, Digital Art, and Art History, as well as a professional actor.
As a progressive professional actor (30 years), artist (30 years), writer (20 years), and teacher (8 years) with many different skills, I am a dynamic and self-motivated professional with exceptional communication skills and strong interpersonal and organizational skills, with the ability to demonstrate outstanding interpersonal, presentations and I am detail-oriented, I believe that I can bring valuable contributions to all my students
My philosophy is to introduce fresh perspectives and new techniques to help students evolve and grow. I have enhanced critical thinking abilities and cultivated a reputation as a significant contributor through communication and innovation to students, fellow teachers, parents, and administrators. I am a collaborative team player who is always searching for opportunities to impart valuable insights. With these qualities, I can facilitate positive change and impacting outcomes.
Donna Oefinger (Florida)
Donna Oefinger AKA Donna Mation is an educator, performer, choreographer, actor, and percussionist. She is the artistic director and choreographer for Bang Bang Boogie and Vivan Los Elementos. Donna specializes in club and street dances from the USA including, Hustle, House, Popping, and Hip Hop as well as sacred and secular dances of Cuba and Brazil. Donna has owned her own studio for 16 years, taught in universities, studios and public schools for 20 years.
As a teacher, Donna is known for her enthusiasm, passion, and respect for the origins of the culture and styles of dances she shares. Her classes are fun, challenging and educational, not just about movement but history as well. Donna encourages and supports her students to connect with the music while embodying movement through story telling and character creation as well as technique.
Donna has danced most of her life and began her career in music and dance in 1999, which has brought her to teach and perform in various places around the world with renowned artists including Rennie Harris Pure Movement, Wyclef Jean, Pink Martini, Black Angel, Bata Ketu, and Jujuba.
Shapard Ashley Sweeney (I go by "Shap") (California)
As soon as I could walk, talk and write, I began writing comedy shows that my next-door neighbor, Mimzy, and I would perform for the neighborhood parents.
As I grew older, my interest in writing, acting and drawing cartoons only intensified. In grade school and junior high, if my school did not offer classes in those, I more than once convinced the school or a teacher to offer them.
This eventually led to my having an agent and starring in several TV commercials as a teen, and later to my career as a professional comedy writer and standup comedy producer.
One reason my passion for the creative arts continued throughout childhood and led to my eventual career in them is because of the amazing teachers I had in those growing up.
This also led me to teach creative arts to children and young adults, both as a volunteer and professionally, which I have always loved.
I first began working as an educator when I was in college and worked for two years as Afterschool Activities Director at Edmunds Middle School (Burlington, VT). Here I taught classes every afternoon in subjects such as creative writing, cartooning, acting, and standup comedy.
After college I immediately began working full time as a comedy writer and standup comedy producer, first in NYC and now in L.A.
In both cities, I also got involved teaching and volunteering at schools and non-profits. This included as a playwriting and drama teacher at P.S. 63 elementary school in Manhattan, and as a creative arts teacher for children at a shelter for abused women & children, also in NYC.
More recently, I volunteered as a teacher of acting and improv for disabled children with the Los Angeles non-profit CoachArt during the 2018-2019 school year, which was a great experience.
Carolyn Grundman (California)
Carolyn grew up in Austin, Texas participating in musicals at her local acting studio from an early age. These productions made her realize the importance of good storytelling, and she has wanted to tell stories ever since. At age 13 when her family moved to Edmond, Oklahoma, she began taking professional acting classes. There, at Spotlight Acting Studio, her teacher urged her to consider acting as a viable career path. So Carolyn auditioned for and was one of twelve women accepted to, the University of Oklahoma Peggy Dow Helmerich School of Drama, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Art in Acting. During this period, Carolyn signed with her first agent in Oklahoma and dove into the film community, auditioning for film and television, working for Oklahoma's only C.S.A. casting director, and for three years being the paid recruiter for the School of Drama as she continued towards her degree. Upon graduating with Honors, Carolyn moved to Los Angeles and immediately began booking roles her first week in town. Continuing to train and develop her skills, Carolyn has found homes at Matthew Barry Teaches, The BGB Studio, UCB, and Tess Kirsch Acting Studio. When she is not acting, Carolyn enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exercising, reading, and traveling.
Farida Amer (California)
My name is Farida Amer. I am an Actress, Writer, Producer, and Mentor based in Glendale, California. My aim is to provide an intentional, empathetic, and creative outlet for students, while encouraging their growth not only as artists, but as burgeoning humans of society, while we navigate the craft with empathy and mindfulness. As a teacher, some of my experience includes EDUCO Italy, Enfamilia Inc, and Arts-In-Action, where I served as a Drama Teacher in camp-style settings (after school and summer programs). I hold a BFA in Theatre, Film, and Television from American Musical and Dramatic Academy. In the industry, my experience includes Larry King Now, Gumption Pictures, and Will Packer Productions. I am currently developing my own series, and love to provide the kids I teach with hands-on examples and opportunities of working as an independent artist. I enjoy mentoring youth through the arts, as well as sharing my industry experience with the next generation. Now more than ever, I feel we need to encourage arts and empathy, and to me, your organization is an exemplary symbol of both.
Carina Dangas (California)
I was born in Brazil, from a Greek family and started Classical Ballet very early. During my 9 years in ballet for my graduation, we were offered to teach baby classes every year and I loved it! I am also graduated in Theatre so I loved to teach the young girls how to position themselves on stage and it was the best job I had. I worked as a baby sitter for a few years too (always helping the ones I know that needed a babysitter last minute). I moved to London to continue my studies and now in LA, I definitely want to go back to give my knowledge back to the community. I also been a yogi for a few years now and it would be a ride to see the little ones doing yoga with me.
Rebecca Robinson Leviton (California)
Becky Robinson-Leviton is excited to be returning back to SoCal after living in the Bay Area for the last 8 years. Having graduated from CSULB with a BA in Dance, Becky has performed up and down the California coast and Germany. She’s performed in West Side Story at Berkeley Playhouse, with Izzie-award winning company Lizz Roman & Dancers, and has freelanced as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher with many other companies. Becky teaches in-person and online dance classes through HeART with Lines at Lines Ballet, as well as with Geary Dance Center. She is happy to join the Future Hearts, Minds, & Dreamers team.
Marie Rodriguez Donahue (New Mexico)
Hello :) My name is Marié. I am a 28 year old Flight Attendant with a passion for health and wellness. When I am not traveling, I enjoy reading, writing, yoga, singing and being in nature. My favorite words to live by are kindness and compassion. I believe these two traits should be extended to all who cross my path. I do my best to put this into practice each and every day and that is a big reason why I’d love to share my knowledge of yoga with more people. I believe in approaching wellness from all angles - mental, emotional, physical and spiritual - and I feel that physical movement is a tremendous tool for balancing each of these areas. I’d like the mission of my life to be helping others do exactly that - find their unique balance for a full and thriving life. When we help each other to shine, our light shines brighter too!
Johanna Barbosa (Washington D.C.)
Johanna Barbosa is a 24-year old Dance Major at The University of the Arts 21' (Philadelphia). Johanna has been studying different genres of dance for over ten years. Her primary focus include Ballet, Modern (Graham), contemporary and Improvisational scores. She was granted a full scholarship to the Rioult Dance Company, NYC., where she learned and trained on the Martha Graham technique. In 2018, Johanna worked with Boris Charmatz on a collective dance project which showcased in the United States for the first time. In the past few years, she had the pleasure of working with different artists such as Douglas Becker, Curt Haworth, Tommie-Waheed Evans, and Katie Swords Thurman.
Heaven Banks (Texas)
My name is Heaven Banks. I am passionate people person who just so happens to love to dance. During my high school career I was President of my high schools drill team, a member of Pals(a program that mentored children and children of special needs at both my high school and the neighboring elementary), and a member of my schools video production club. Dancing has always been a big part of my life; I've been dancing seems like my whole life. Acting and photography are both new hobbies that I've come to love. I enjoy working with kids because I feel like each child deserves a bright future and I would love to contribute to their future in any possible. I currently am I sophomore in college taking online courses.
Sylvia Darigis (Connecticut)
I am a graduate school student at Springfield College, acquiring a Master’s in Occupational Therapy. My dream is to specialize in Pediatric Occupational Therapy. My compassion and devotion to work with children and individuals of all ages has never left me. Observing and aiding children throughout the years has created a long- term professional goal for my tomorrows. As an avid yogi who has pursued accreditation in the field of yoga therapy, I aspire to integrate occupational therapy with yoga therapy through my own sole proprietorship. For six years I have been practicing mind-body yoga therapy. Yoga exercises work on balancing and strengthening postures. Hundreds of yoga poses can improve core, upper-body, lower-body, and balance strengthening. I believe my long-term professional goal will strengthen the mind-body relationship for children at a young age, and therefore better suit them for their future. I also believe creating a healthy mind-body relationship can be a fantastic aide for the aging population today, allowing them to lead fuller and more enriching lives. As a student with a special dream in mind, I believe that teaching yoga for the growing population will lead me to future dream as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist.
Chelsea Cano (California)
Chelsea Cano is an experienced dance and yoga instructor (500RYT), originally from Los Angeles, Ca, now by way of Riverside. Bringing 20 years of Ballet, Acro, Tap, Jazz and Musical Theater experience to the community as well as 6 years of Yoga and meditation instruction, Chelsea loves growing and sharing as an instructor. Currently teaching dance and yoga full time, Chelsea is working towards opening up her own dance studio in 2021!
Tiana Johnson (Texas)
My name is Tiana Johnson and I am originally from Indianapolis, Indiana. I have an assorted background in teaching and coaching. I've taught art to children ages 6- 12 and focused on painting, drawing and clay. I have taught ballet and hip hop to children ages 5-10. I have coached cheerleading for elementary, middle, and high school kids. I have directed and ran a fashion and modeling organization for college students. I have also been a lead teacher for children 1st grade-7th grade.
Julienne Mackey (California)
Julienne Mackey is a queer creator, educator, performer and producer based in Los Angeles. She graduated from UC Irvine has worked in museums, movie studios, music videos, art installations, black box theaters, amphitheaters, short films, commercials, proscenium theaters, night clubs, and more. Some of the artists she has worked with are BrockusRED, The TL Collective, Madeline Hollander, Jmy Kidd, Charlie XCX, Jordan Peele, MOCA LA, ESPN, Pia Vinson, Snoop Dogg and Dorian Electra. Her performance background includes hip hop, ballet, jazz, contemporary, partnering, improvisation, and acting. She has worked as a dance teacher in public schools, studios, master classes, professional classes. Her practice focuses on modern dance movement mechanics and involves opportunity for improvisation of approach and movement language.
Kathryn Johnson Schwartz (California)
Kathryn Johnson Schwartz is a southern California actress, playwright, stage director and arts educator who works as a Master Teaching Artist for the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County, We Tell Stories, ImprovItUp and Los Angeles Arts Group, and served as Program Director for the Los Angeles Office of Playwrights Project. Professional theatre credits include acting, directing and teaching for South Coast Repertory Theatre; founding and administering The Pasadena Playhouse Young Actors School; acting at numerous venues throughout the southern California area, including the Odyssey Theatre and Grove Shakespeare Festival; writing and directing original children’s musicals for Hollywood/Los Feliz Jewish Community Center and others; and working as an arts consultant, mentor artist and curriculum writer for the Education Division of the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County. She has led theatre and playwriting classes for students and professional development for teachers in numerous schools in southern California, and was one of 20 master artists working with the Performing Arts Center Education Division investigating new ways to integrate arts education for students and training for teachers into the classroom. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from University of California, Santa Barbara, and pursued graduate studies in directing and children’s theatre at California State University at Fullerton.
Alyssa Milligan (California)
Alyssa Milligan is originally from Rochester, New York and her obsession with dance began at the age of five. As a child she trained at the Marilyn Schneider School of Dance where she studied ballet, jazz, hip hop, and acrobatics. After desiring a more disciplined approach to ballet, she joined Odasz Dance Theater in 2010 under the artistic direction of Jessica Odasz. She has had many opportunities to perform during her time at Odasz Dance Theater.
Alyssa has competed in international competitions such as Youth America Grand Prix and she was personally invited to the Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition. She attended numerous summer intensives including The Rochester City Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, River North Dance Chicago, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company.
She discovered the LINES Ballet BFA Program in Chicago during the River North Dance summer intensive. After being accepted into the LINES Ballet Training Program and the BFA Program, she decided to earn her degree, study psychology as her minor, and continue intensive dance training in the BFA Program.
Alyssa has worked with many accomplished choreographers during her time in the BFA Program such as Maurya Kerr, Gregory Dawson, David Harvey, and Arturo Fernandez. While dancing in the BFA Program, she has adopted a style that is unique to her. Alyssa’s movement can be described as dynamic, fluid, intense, and she is not afraid to push any physical limits.
After graduating Alyssa has had the opportunity to study Gaga dance with Ate9’s Artistic Director Danielle Agami during the Ate9 winter intensive in 2018 and 2019 and July 2020. Alyssa learned alongside the Ate9 company members and other talented participants. Alyssa is currently enrolled in a virtual Dance on Camera course taught by Natasha Adorlee & Dexandro Montalvo.
Jason Dorf (California)
Hello, My name is Jason Dorf and I'm a professional Storyboard artist, Illustrator and Designer. I have been working professionally for 30 years. I've been drawing storyboards for animation the last 20 years - working with studios such as Disney, DreamWorks and Nickelodeon. I have also been working as a freelance Illustrator and Designer for clients big and small at the same time. I enjoy playing guitar and bass in my free time.
Gracey Murphy (Colorado)
Gracey is a fun-loving, happy teacher currently attending grad school at the University of Denver. Gracey has a long history of working with kids and loves to share her passions with them. She is a lot of experience with theatre and writing. She would love to share that knowledge and enthusiasm with the kids. When Gracey isn't teaching or going to school, she's reading books, spending time with her dog, or traveling. There are so many places to go and see. Gracey cannot wait to share some of these experiences with the students!
Santosh Kuma Pudoor (Texas)
I have a really good hands on experience with different Art mediums, especially acrylic paints. I have also conducted many Art workshops at my own home studio. I am specialized in various art forms originated from India like Madhubani art, Warli art, Lippin art( Mud / Mirror art). Conducted a Mandala workshop for women at GEM Multicultural Center in December 2022.
Shiva Negar (California)
Actress, Public figure, and Influencer who rose to prominence starring alongside Michael Keaton in the blockbuster film "American Assassin". One of Variety magazine’s “10 Canadians to watch”, Shiva just finished shooting a new Sci-fi Drama Series called “ALT” produced by Gunpowder & Sky and continues to star in deep impactful roles. Coming from a diverse background, Shiva overcame cultural traditions in order to follow her dreams. Dedicated to using her work in performing arts as a medium to inspire, support and empower women all over the world, Shiva hopes to spread awareness about more pressing issues surrounding modern culture and society.
Alicia Rosado (Connecticut)
Alicia Rosado is the current Script Supervisor and Scriptwriting Instructor at Writer's Block InK in New London, CT. At her job, she helps amplify the voices of the youth through the arts and creative writing. She was drawn to the Writer's Block program because of her desire to combine her passion for social change and scriptwriting and acting. Her experience in scriptwriting first started at age 15 when she wrote skits and scenes that catered to youth groups in the faith community. She then expanded her creative writing skills when she got to Writer's Block. She has co-written many of the Writer's Block InK productions. These productions include gun violence, immigration, and other social issues. Through her written pieces, which include stage plays, screenplays, and short stories, she ultimately hopes to make an impact in her community.
Michelle Alvarez (California)
I am Michelle and I have always been attracted to the arts, music, and moving the body. I started ballet when I was nine and continued till I was about eighteen. I also danced various of other styles such as Jazz, Jazz funk, Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Lyrical. I have mostly focused on Ballet and Contemporary as those are my favorite styles. I went to Millikan Performing Arts middle school and was in the Musical Theater program there. I then went to CHAMPS charter high school, and was in the dance program there. I then took a turn and went to CSUN University to study my degree in Arts. I also got my yoga certification in Canada, and fell in love with the healing practice. I can teach different styles of yoga and can adjust levels as needed. I am inspired to bring peace, joy, and clarity with yoga to other people's lives, just as it did to me.
Constance Harcar (California)
Constance Joy Harcar is passionate about helping others create space to restore joy in your daily life through movement and the arts – healing arts such as yoga asana guidance, pranayama (yoga breath) and silence (yin and meditation) as well as through music and drama. She continues working professionally in all these industries, most recently supporting subscribers at Center Theatre Group, performing in a principal TV role in the pilot for 'Broad Squad', stage play readings and various smaller parts in major motion pictures such as the all-female version of 'Ghostbusters', 'Joy', 'Manchester by the Sea.'
Originally from New Jersey, born of two former teachers - mom and dad taught grammar, middle and high school and dad coached his school wrestling, soccer and baseball teams. They were extremely supportive of Connie’s acting pursuits from the very start, through all the community and school musicals, summer stock in Ohio and upstate NY, to a Broadway tour of Europe right out of college, they encouraged her love of the theater. Moving to NYC offered her a recurring role on the 'Guiding Light' soap opera and a one-woman show off Broadway. Then theaters in LA and La Mirada came calling and Connie found herself in LA practicing yoga over 20 years ago. She studied and became a certified Yoga Alliance instructor with the renowned YogaWorks - Main Street, Santa Monica training center over 2 years ago and currently teaches the talented performers, patrons and staff at the LA Music Center, Center Theatre Group and various Fortune 500 corporate clients online now during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Joy can be found on the mat, on a stage, or the page…whatever your passion, practice, every day.
Taylor Logan (Connecticut)
I’m from Trumbull, CT. I went to Manhattanville College where I received my Bachelors of Science in Business Management with a minor in dance. I currently go to the University of New Haven where I am studying to receive my Masters of Science in Sports Management. I have also been training at the Joffrey Ballet School since June 2016. Besides the Joffrey Ballet School, I have also trained at the Performing Arts Center of Connecticut, Regional Center for the Arts, Manhattanville College & Complexions Contemporary Ballet Academy. I got the pleasure to choreograph a dance for Manhattanville’s 2017 Fall Dance Concert where I had one dancer doing classical ballet & the other doing modern. I love working with kids & you can see this through my work at Camp EAGR every summer which is a summer camp in New York for kids with Epilepsy. There I am a camp counselor who is trained in how to handle seizures & I manage to work with my bosses & co-counselors to give campers an awesome week while keeping them safe. I recently got my CPR/AED & first aid certification & am working towards my AFAA Group Fitness Instructor certification.
Kimberly Rose Brown (California)
Children in society today are often highly stimulated and exposed to a fast paced lifestyle. It’s an essential gift to create stillness and self awareness within children and ourselves. Yoga offers this beautiful union of mind and body to create a sense of calm and expression for practitioners young and old alike. As a yoga practitioner finding stillness and self love were the main reasons I began to practice yoga in 2016. I began working in the wellness field in 2018 after my son was born. I value true connection and meaningful work that helps attune others to their own sense of self and strength.
Hadas Kleshchelski (Connecticut)
Hadas is an experienced certified yoga teacher recognized by the
Yoga Alliance (500 RYT).
Hadas became a Yoga teacher after practicing dance, movement
and Yoga for many years. By giving her relatives and friends the
gift of yoga, she helps them live a better life, relived of physical
and mental pain, on the mat and outside the Yoga studio.
Hadas teaches and practices all Yoga styles. Hatha Yoga -
Vinyasa flow & movement, hot yoga, breathing pranayama, Yin
Yoga, Restorative yoga, specific Ashtanga Yoga for caring for
inner self and body, Qi Gong for healing, and meditation.
As an active mom of 3, she instills the love of movement and
healthy life style in her kids. The family of 5 takes walks and rides
bikes in different locations (nature trails, parks, nature reserves)
to explore nature, new places, and breathe fresh clean air.
Hadas grew up outside of the U.S and enjoys teaching her native
language as well as yoga & movement!
Rachel Balmuth (California)
Rae Balmuth, MA (Education - UC Riverside) is a former dance and theatre artist passionate about bringing high quality arts education to a diverse student population. She has worked in privatized special education for over 15 years and has partnered with public and charter schools across Los Angeles to provide arts education, special education services, and restorative justice initiatives in grades Pre-K through 12. In addition to Rae's 20 years of training and 15 years of performance and teaching in the performing arts, she has certifications as an Autism Movement Therapist, Therapeutic Art Life Coach, and is currently pursuing credentialing as a Drama Therapist through the North American Drama Therapy Association.
Christopher Fishburne (California)
Chris grew up in NYC, trained at the Dance Theatre of Harlem School, after which, he attended Five Towns College as a vocal major, eventually transferring to The University At Buffalo, as a musical Theatre major and a dance minor. Upon graduation, he attended the Ailey School on Fellowship going on to freelance for various Ballet Companies in Chicago and NYC, as well as some contemporary and modern companies. He further delved into studying Street styles, as well as street jazz and commercial contemporary at Broadway Dance Center for 2 years before moving to Los Angeles to Dance for The Lula Washington Dance Theatre, where as a part-time Company Member, he was able to freelance and dance behind up-and-coming commercial artists. After 2 years in LA, he returned to NYC to focus on music, He recently played Paul in Westchester Broadway Theatre's Production of "Kiss Me Kate” and a Storyteller in 3-D Theatricals production of “Once on this Island" as well as been blessed with the amazing opportunity to sing background vocals on Saturday Night Live and David Letterman with the UK group, Bastille as well as another Saturday Night Live, Good Morning America and the View backing vocal appearance with UK artist, Sam Smith and The Today Show with Finnish artist, Isac Elliot. Christopher is currently moving into the acting scene for film/television/voiceovers as well as continuing to develop his songwriting skills.
Dekonchko Sherida Mullings (California)
I have been teaching Yoga for over 14 years and have covered many different styles and have taught many different types of groups. I have taught from senior citizens to kindergarten. I am proficient in Acting and writing and have been doing both for almost 20 years. I have had the opportunity to teach acting and music to children from kindergarten to 3rd grade. I am also well versed in art overall and do pottery with wheel throwing and sculpting. I would the opportunity to work for your company.
Kristin Tims (California)
My name is Kristin Tims. I was born and raised just outside of Boston, and I have been dancing since the age of three. I studied in a classical BFA undergrad program at the Boston Conservatory for a year before moving to California. In May of 2020 I completed my BFA in dance at California Institute of the Arts, with a semester exchange at Zurich University of the Arts. I have studied a variety of styles including Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Graham, Horton, Limón, Cunningham, Hip Hop, Tap, Composition, Improvisation, Counter technique, Yoga, Pilates, Floor-Barre, Martial Arts, and Parkour. While I do not teach all of these techniques, my work has been influenced by each of them, and the teachers that I have had the pleasure to study under.
Over the years, I have reflected on the deep joy I receive from sharing the art of dance with others. My process prioritizes the student first, dance second. My goal is that every person who chooses to take a class with me will feel accepted, understood, and empowered through our time together. I am humbled for the opportunity to share my work with my students and equally learn from my time with them.
Maya Stanton (California)
Maya Sharpe, is a dancer/choreographer from Seattle, WA. She started her training young and grew up competing and performing all over the Pacific Northwest. Maya, currently resides in Los Angeles, CA, where she continues to teach and dance professionally. As her knowledge of the dance industry evolves, she is humbled to continue to share her experiences with others.
James Feuer (Connecticut)
My teaching philosophy can best be summarized by author and teacher Stephen Wangh in "The Heart of Teaching": "The central purpose of education is… to help our students become their own teachers… A teacher's first task is to reawaken a student's dormant capacity for pure discovery … to not only give a person permission to discover moment-by-moment awareness … to create a climate in which that person can give herself that permission."
I hold an MFA from CSULA, where I completed their Teacher Training Course; a PGD in Acting from Drama Studio London; a BA in Drama from Kenyon College; a Certificate from the British and European Studies Group at Cambridge University (with teachers from RADA, LAMDA and Central). I have studied with William H. Macy, Uta Hagen, Sheila Steafel and Karen Kohlhaas.
Jacqueline Verian (Connecticut)
My name is Jacqueline Verian, I have been dancing for 10 years both in company settings, independently, state wide studios, as well as during my college career. I am strongly trained in Hip Hop and its various styles, as well West African, Tango, Modern, and Musical Theatre. The arts hold a very special place in my heart, because it has provided me with various outlets to express the emotions I could not just simply speak. I want to share my experience of healing through the arts with younger students and provide a safe and welcoming community to express themselves freely and gain confidence while performing original pieces of artwork to their friends, family and community in which they live.
CharJohna Cam (Connecticut)
My name is CharJohna Cam, I'm 29 years old and I'm a born dancer! Been dancing since I was 2 years old. I'm a hip-hop dancer, dancehall queen of Waterbury and a Michael Jackson impersonator. I also took summer classes, and learn how to teach dance classes with EMIA (Earl Mosley Institute Of Arts) out of New York. They taught me how to teach young children how to dance. They also taught us ballet, temporary, African, hip-hop, ect including yoga. Also went to Academy of Performing Arts here in Waterbury for two years, the dance instructor there at the time was John Carter. He also let me teach the class how to perform a step routine in our Stomp performance.
Jamie Rhodes (Oregon)
Jamie (known by her Non De Plume as “Frances James” achieved her AA in Theater and Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies in Literature, Psychology and Communication from Wichita State University, while spending a semester in London studying literature and theater. Upon earning her undergrad, she obtained her MA in English and Creative Writing with a concentration in screenwriting from Southern New Hampshire University. A disabled veteran, she served four years in the United States Air Force as Security Forces, worked four years in the Juvenile Justice System and many years in education as a substitute teacher, and teaching as an English College Adjunct Professor. A renaissance woman, who loves to travel (often solo), she has experienced many countries, cultures and events in life (including surviving breast cancer) and writes about them in the form of prose, poems, and scripts. Jamie has acquired credits in dancing (Weird Al Yankovic on four tours), writing television commercials, filming interviews with celebrities (Ralphie May, “Pawn Stars”, “Rick’s Restoration”, Sin Bad, Lita Ford, The Scorpions, and George Clinton - just to name a few-) for Fox Kansas’ television show “Heavy Pork”. Other credits have been attained in directing and acting for film and stage, modeling, and producing (Associate Producer of the national and international award-winning documentary, "This is Love.") She aspires to follow in the footsteps of her uncles who were screenwriters, George Seaton ("Miracle on 34th Street") and Eric Freiwald ("Lassie"). She’s an advocate for helping youth find their voices through writing and acting, strengthening the confidence in women as the co-founder/ producer of American Rose Theater, a vaudevillian performance troupe, and allied with "The Liberty Press" (an LGBT magazine) as a writer in Wichita, KS. She currently lives in Ashland, OR with her black cat, Tolkien, and service dog, Dixon.
Brandon Khiry Clay (Connecticut)
I was born October 31st 1992. I am extremely passionate for dancing since as young as I can remember. I decided to combine dance and fitness together and what better way then to get my ZUMBA license so I get it in 2017 of September. Dancing has always been a outlet for me as long as I can remember. Dancing just put things into words that my mouth can’t. I come up with 90% of my dance fitness routines vs relying on a pre recorded routine that I can’t connect with. Definitely high energy dances I love to do.
Margaret A Wolarik (New Jersey)
I have been playing violin for over 40 years and taught music in the schools in Maine for 3 years - I created a community orchestra for the kids and taught privately - age group was 4th - 8th grade. I have been teaching yoga for almost 3 years. I teach kids, vets, and seniors. I am certified to teach trauma sensitive yoga - I currently teach via online classes and for the VA. Currently working for Veterans Yoga Project - I lead 2 classes a week for the vets and their families. I incorporate my violin into some classes during savasana.
Katie Butler (Pennsylvania)
Katie Butler is a theatre maker and teaching artist based in Philadelphia. Katie holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Texas at Arlington, a professional certification from the Portland Actors Conservatory and an MFA from The Pig Iron School with a degree in Devised and Physical Performance. Katie has been an arts educator and director since 2015, working with students aged 7-18 in classroom and after school settings. Katie’s work as an artist revolves around fostering human connection and the collision of storytelling and civic practice, blending mediums and styles to serve communities. Katie aims to work with underserved populations with the guiding principles of collaboration and physical storytelling to mobilize community-wide arts practices that foster diversity and growth.
Hanna Klopcic (Maryland)
Hanna Klopcic has had the pleasure of teaching dance at various schools in NYC/NJ for the past 3yrs. She was the primary dance teacher at Brooklyn Music School as well as Kids In The Game after school dance program. Prior to her teaching career, Hanna performed professionally with such companies as The Fireside Theatre, Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre, The Starlight Theatre, and PL Productions. Hanna loves to spread the joy of dance to her students while still providing a strong technical and artistic base.
Sarah Schiff-Berger (Illinois)
Sarah Schiff-Berger recently finished her Master of Arts in Dance Education: Teaching Dance in the Professions from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. Sarah is a dance educator, dancer, and choreographer from Chicago, Illinois, and holds a BA in Interdisciplinary: Dance and Education from Columbia College Chicago. In Chicago, Sarah taught dance to 2 to 12 years old at community centers, private schools, and through arts partnerships. Sarah was a dancer, collaborator, and choreographer for the Blue Fire Dance Collective directed by Lucas Greeff and danced in other freelance choreographers’ works in Chicago. Sarah’s dream is to share dance with a diverse population to help everyone learn, create, and grow; she wants to help foster the next generation of movers, thinkers, and creators.
Coco Taylor (Arizona)
I am a hatha yoga teacher, I have over 500 hours of training and I am also qualified to teach vinyasa based classes. My main purpose is to share the teachings of yoga to help others embody a greater sense of self love and to encourage people to step inward and find peace within their bodies. I teach slower paced movements linked with breathing techniques and mindfulness. I truly believe in the healing powers of yoga and I want to share this magic with others
Katalina Beltran (California)
Katalina Stephanopolis-Beltran has been teaching and Performing for many years. Having captured audiences worldwide often performing for Royalty and Head of State this talented performer will wow you with dynamic stage presence and elegance unsurpassed in performance venues today. Born in Corinthos, Greece she has taken her talents to 11 countries. Katalina's career has spanned many different. areas and includes not only the Near & Middle East artistry but embraces her knowledge of Latin dancing and has performed Salsa, Meringue, Swing & Bachatta professionally with her partner after living, studying and performing in these Latin American countries. She also performs in Southern California with the highly proclaimed dance company "Anisa's Orientale Belady Troupe". She has appeared at Film premiers, music videos, television programs, commercials and has been the featured performer in many international United Nations events. Her Greek heritage and technique sashaying through her stage dynamics. Today she is found carrying on the tradition of her ancestor's background and pursuing her teaching career internationally Katarina's upbringing has trained her to be an artist since the young age of six. She continues to perform and teach regularly in Los Angeles prestigious establishment and in dance festivals & events worldwide. She has now focused on teaching with a variety of formats With many certifications in these formats-- for Seniors, Adults and Children including-Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Zumba Gold, Low-impact aerobics, Chair Fitness, Chair yoga, Arthritis exercise, Latin Social dance, Body sculpting and many more.
Alicia Ross (Utah)
Alicia is a Salt Lake City based dance artist focused on performance, choreography, teaching, and filmmaking. She recently graduated with a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah and was named the College of Fine Arts Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher of the Year. Her teaching philosophy is rooted in kindness and creativity, making dance a joyful and inspiring experience for all.
Alyssa Cristadoro (Colorado)
My name is Alyssa and I am a 24 year old yoga teacher and future therapist. I am currently enrolled in Naropa's masters program, with a hope of counseling through a holistic, compassionate lens. Prior to Naropa, I was teaching yoga full time to both children and adults. I am a 315 hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher, as well as a yoga alliance certified meditation instructor. I teach yoga with a deep respect and appreciation for the lineage it came from. I am passionate about the outdoors and fostering connection to the ground beneath us as well as the plants and animals inhabiting the land. I love hiking, vegan cooking, travel, and writing poetry! I believe that nature, creativity, and movement practices offer individuals the chance to heal and find peace. I currently tutor both children and teenagers as well as nanny. In the past, I have done freelance writing and have taught children’s yoga and mindfulness classes.
Samantha Hauser (Colorado)
I am an interdisciplinary artist and instructor born and bred in the Colorado community. I attended public school and after school programs, so I know how important creative classes are at a young age! I studied painting and art history at one of the top art schools in the country, MICA, as well as in Italy. I love teaching and fostering self-expression in my students. I teach everything from drawing and painting to digital illustration and fabric design. Let's make some beautiful art together!
Daria Salih (Colorado)
I am a mindful entrepreneur, holistic wellness consultant, creator, yogi, and eco-activist creating and spreading awareness to live a sustainable, healthier, and abundant lifestyle. I have been in the medical and marketing field for 5+ years. I love to dive into my creativity and inspire and motivate others to live their purpose driven life.
Tyler Fernandez (Texas)
I am a professionally trained theatre and film actress with stage combat, fitness/yoga and dance, and vocal experience. With my classical training, I can provide students with the techniques and skills they need to begin or excel in their desired craft. I currently work in the school district as contracted staff assistance and I am also a certified fitness instructor and work weekends with a different company providing cooking and fitness classes for kids ages 4-7.
Chelsea McElfresh (Utah)
Ms. McElfresh recently graduated from the University of North Carolina Greensboro with her Bachelor of Arts in Dance Studies with k-12 licensure and a minor in Classical Studies. She grew up dancing in public schools and loves to share her love for contemporary and creative dance. Her goal is to allow her students to find value in their own creative abilities as well as expand students' world views by experiencing all forms of dance.
Malika Bryant (Maryland)
I Am a Visual Artist & Art Teacher who received her BA degree from Ashford University. I Am also a Muralist, Face Painter and Sip & Paint Instructor when duty calls. I currently reside in the Arts District in Hyattsville, Md. Since childhood, I knew that art would be a part of my life. I can remember the electrifying feeling that I had when I dipped my hands in the paint....and so the love of Art began.
After years of being in the corporate world, I wanted something new for my life and so I chose to follow my dreams & I became a Art Teacher. I feel like this is what I was "destined to be". When I am at my easel it's like I become completely engulfed in the process of creating. I am just as passionate about being a Visual Artist as I am about teaching it to my budding art students. I absolutely love their energy. I love helping them, watching them grow as artists, and getting to know them as individuals. I look forward to connecting with you all.
Amy Harper (Georgia)
I became a Children’s yoga instructor when my son was 2. I wanted to introduce him to a fun way to exercise and relax his body and mind. It has been an amazing way to spend time with my kiddos as well as share my passion of having yoga be a fun, safe and relaxing space. I love seeing people of all ages light up practicing yoga.
Elizabeth Gonzalez (Texas)
Elizabeth Gonzalez was first drawn to Yoga for the physical benefits of the practice; soon after she learned about chanting, pranayama, meditation and the yoga philosophy as a whole. During her first 200 hour yoga training at Laughing Lotus, she was inspired by her teachers to develop her own daily meditation and yoga practices. She now develops sequences that allow the body to flow freely from one pose to the next. She aspires to create a deep connection between the movement and the breath, allowing the breath to become the bridge between the body and the thinking mind; bringing the practice of yoga to the here and now. She completed a 200 hour Anusara Yoga Training and is currently working on her 300 hour training.
Brittany Grala (Philadelphia)
Hi, I'm Brittany! I love helping people and animals and am passionate about living life fully! I am a mom of two young children who teach me something new each day and help me grow. I believe each child should have opportunities to explore and develop their passions and talents, and would love to assist in these efforts.
Ryan Pater (Pennsylvania)
Ryan is a Carolina boy and graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts BFA Drama Program. He is currently an MFA candidate at the Pig Iron School for Devised Performance. He is a devisor, clown, and songwriter. He has been working as a teaching artist and facilitator since he turned eighteen. While living in NYC he worked for Lincoln Center Education traveling to schools in all five boroughs conducting theater and music workshops. He continues to work for the Stuttering Association for the Young where he facilitates a creative process with young people who stutter to help build confidence and heal. Ryan is an enthusiastic performer eager to dig into the strange details and illuminate the simple poetry that every person is made of.
Keiarra Washington (Texas)
My name is Keiarra and I’m 19 years old. I was born and raised in Houston, Tx. Dance has always helped me stay motivated when I was younger which is why I started dancing. The more I dance the more I knew this could be my escape to reality. I’ve always believed in dance like no one is watching.
Keithsha Mitchell (Texas)
After years of working as a mental health provider and training individuals, I have identified that yoga and its components of breathwork and meditation are necessary for the overall growth well being of an individual. Yoga has been identified as an impactful way to heal and cope with an array of symptoms related to anxiety, traumas, interpersonal problems, and other issues human beings face on a daily basis. My primary focus is helping others to identify that there is an opportunity to grow into change through yoga. I attempt to make this growing opportunity more impactful by teaching clients how to write in journals. I enjoy serving on all levels to all people. I currently specialize in teaching Hatha Yoga, Children's Yoga, and Yoga for Men.
Sam King (Colorado)
I grew up in Colorado and love the arts. I danced throughout high school and got a minor in dance at university. I continue to dance and work on the arts in my free time and enjoy working with children to see their minds develop and see where their creativity takes them. I hope to work in the arts specifically dance and film for the remainder of my career and help others see beauty through all forms of art media.
Sabur Karim-Kincey (Georgia)
Greetings, my name is Sabur and I have a strong passion for film and audio production. I enjoy working and developing projects that are thought provoking, as well as content that helps change the narrative of children in our communities. I am a graduate of Clark Atlanta University and AIU, where I study Film Production. So, are you ready to create? Let's go!
Sara Jane S Fein (Illinois)
Sara Jane Fein is an actress, comedian, writer, and educator. Legend has it she came out of the womb wearing character shoes and applauding herself for a great performance of being born. At just 6 years old, SaraJane starred in her first stage performance. Since then, she has been on stage and on film as frequently as possible. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comedy Writing and Performance from Columbia College Chicago (in partnership with Second City) in 2015. SaraJane has a passion for teaching and working with kids. At 15, SaraJane started tutoring elementary school students. At age 16, she began teaching comedy performance to kids aged 8-14. After college, she pursued a career as an acting instructor. Most recently, she worked as a lead educator at Right at School and as Education Coordinator/Lead Instructor at Chicago Performing Arts. SaraJane’s specialty as an educator is personal development. SaraJane can take the quietest, most nervous kids and in a few months she has them speaking bravely on stage in front of over 100 people. She grows her students’ confidence and brings out their personalities. She tells them what it’s like in the real world and that it’s good to be unique. Several of her students have gone on to sign with Gray Talent, Hayes Agency, and Lily’s Talent Agency. Her students have walked in NYFW and several other runway shows/modeling shoots, book TV shows on HBO, as well as roles in many short films and plays.
Susan Lewis (Georgia)
I grew up in Southern New Jersey and moved to Atlanta about a year ago. I came to yoga quite by accident, and found it to be the perfect anecdote for anxiety. Since then, I've earned certificates in adaptive. chair, curvy, 5 elements. and yoga nidra. I share a home with husband Ken and Domino, a rescued cocker spaniel.
Ines Beohourou (Florida)
Hello, my name is Ms. Ines, I relocate from Maryland to Tampa. I am certify to teach Vinyasa yoga. I love what I do and take pleasure helping people reach their individual goal. I will be your yoga teacher, with this class you will learn how to coordinate all movements with your breathing. You will constantly move while going at your own pace and relaxing your body. Always breathing through your nose while engaging your core. let have fun improving our flexibility and health!
Jennifer Pineda (New York)
I studied creative writing for four years at SUNY Plattsburgh, tutored children and teenagers since 2017 in English and Creative Writing, and have been working with the Homework Helpers program to create a curriculum for a creative writing group.
Steve Tapas (Illinois)
Steve is born and raised in Chicago. After receiving an economics degree at the University of Illinois, he opted out of an investing banking job to teach English in Spain in order to find himself. It was there that he first performed stand up comedy. Eventually, he ran out of money and resumed his search back in the Windy City where he's been doing comedy for 7 years. When he's not doing stand up, Steve tutors and teaches students in various subjects. He also enjoys reading!
Katherine Izrael (Texas)
Kat has a Bachelor's of Pre-Counseling Psychology, a 200-hour certification for teaching yoga, a Diploma in Advanced Hypnotherapy, and a Reiki master certification. She is passionate about yoga and mindfulness, and wants to share this therapeutic practice with others. Kat hopes to someday have a counseling practice where mental health is attained through balancing the mind, body, and spirit, and believes that breath is key. But for now she enjoys teaching yoga in a way that relieves stress, builds emotional regulation, and empowers people to feel good about themselves.
Jillian O’Connell (Georgia)
Hello! My name is Jillian and I’m a certified yoga teacher, avid dog lover, gardener, and aviation enthusiast! I love working with people, especially children, in various capacities, both professionally and through volunteer work.
Quinn Marshall (Georgia)
Quinn Marshall is from Atlanta, Georgia, and a recent graduate from New York University with degrees in Psychology and Dramatic Literature. She began dancing at the age of 10, and though she trained in many styles of dance, including ballet, pointe, tap, and hip hop, her main focus was in jazz and contemporary. She took her love of dance with her to college where she danced and choreographed for NYU’s premier student-run dance company, Pulse Dance Project, as well as worked on the executive board as their publicity chair. She performed in multiple showcases and was presented with the “Elite Choreography” award for her heels piece about strong women and feminism at the Evolve Intercollegiate Dance Convention.
In addition to her love for dance, Quinn also has a passion for acting. Growing up, she performed in numerous school and community productions and spent her summers at Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center. More recently, she has been working on several independent film projects, one of which was featured in the Atlanta Film Festival. She hopes to continue her passion of performing and would love to eventually make her way back up to New York.
Maren Ford (New York)
My name is Maren Ford, and I've been involved with dance and theatre for most of my life. I started dancing at age three, and I performed in my first musical at eleven. I discovered my passion for teaching four years ago during my first year as a Stagedoor Manor employee, and have pursued teaching theatre and dance since.
McKenna Harris (Colorado)
My name is McKenna Harris and I am 22 years old. I recently moved to Colorado from Iowa City, where I went to school for my bachelors in Enterprise Leadership (Entrepreneurship), with a minor in Dance. I have been a dance teacher for almost 5 years, teaching at a variety of studios in Iowa-- both long and short term.
Before moving to CO I was working as a dance teacher for a small non-profit, where I taught dance/movement to people with special needs. I absolutely loved this job! But unfortunately, due to COVID I was laid off after only being there for three months. This allowed me the chance to re-center my life, and focus on my goals; so I jumped at the chance to move to CO! I chose Colorado because it is my dream to become a Dance/Movement Therapist, and Naropa University in Boulder has an amazing program. In a year or so, I hope to start my journey at Naropa. But until then, I want to share my passion for dance with children who are eager to learn, and excited to become artists!
Marissa Powers (Connecticut)
Marissa Powers is a dancer, choreographer, and part time graduate student at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. She grew up in Western Massachusetts where she trained in all styles of dance, but especially enjoys contemporary, tap, and acrobatics. Marissa graduated with an undergraduate degree in Psychology in May 2020, as well as a minor in Dance. Throughout her four years in undergraduate studies, she was able to both train and choreograph in all styles of dance. It was during that time that she was able to discover her love for choreographing all styles of dance and telling her own story on the bodies of other dancers. Since graduation, Marissa has been teaching students in the Fairfield County area in the styles of acrobatics, tap, jazz, ballet, and contemporary. One of her main goals in life is to continue to share her passion for dance with others.
Sharena Sigmon (Illinois)
Sharena Sigmon was born and raised on the southwest side of Chicago. In 2012, Sharena graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in fiction writing, where she was selected for their exclusive Semester in LA. Since then, she has been featured in Northwestern’s Dialogue Magazine, HitRECord, Harness Magazine,13Horror Screenwriter Competition, and Chicago Film Office’s Social Justice Screenwriting Competition. She's volunteered at Chicago International Film Festival, as well as interned at Chicago Filmmakers. She is a recent MFA graduate from Northwestern University in their Writing for the Screen and Stage program.
NANDINI TRIVEDI (New York)
Dini is a 200 hour certified yoga instructor through Atmananda Yoga in NYC. She began to deepen her yoga practice during college when she moved to NYC and needed an outlet to relieve stress. After working long hours in the corporate world, Dini decided to pursue her dream of becoming a yoga instructor. She now teaches adult yoga, kids yoga and yoga for special needs all over Long Island. She hopes to introduce others to her life mantra: "Let go of what no longer serves you" through the practice of yoga. You can find her on instagram @yogawithdini
Erin M Higgins (Colorado)
Hello, My name is Erin and I love teaching and creative expression. In the past few years I have gotten involved in role playing and believe that it can help eliminate many afflictions such as anxiety, loneliness and stress amongst all ages. I would love to be able to share my knowledge and experience in this area.
Sriram Kanneganti (California)
Ram Kanneganti was born in Hyderabad, India, and later moved to New York to pursue a BFA in Acting at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. A versatile actor, with a varied set of skills, several of Ram's productions have earned positive recognition both in Film and in Theatre. His short films 'Sherry' and 'Radha' have earned several accolades at Film Festivals across the USA and around the World. His Theatre productions of 'A Muslim in the Midst' was nominated for best play at the Thespis Theater Festival in NYC, and his most recent work in 'A View from the Bridge' was featured in the New York Times
Ram recognizes the impact that his training in Physical Acting and Clowning has had on him as an artist and is excited to share those valuable experiences with Children.
Kelsey Wilhm (New York)
I was born into art, with two parents who are creative directors. I was taught, learned and credit so much to art. I went to "Pre-school Of The Arts" and was always encouraged, from a young age, to communicate through art. I took as many art classes as I could
sang, danced, was in musical theatre. I went to college to receive my BFA in Photography and have run my photography business for 12 years. I also work in fashion, branding, retouching, digital design and interior design.
I cherish the impact children have had in my life. It helps me both individually and in my creative working fields. I began teaching through lifeguarding and swim lessons, primarily two years to pre k. I continued to work with children, nannying for multiple families with two and three kids, ages two to nine. During this time I also taught private swim lessons and tutored kids with their homework. In between families/nannying, I worked as a rotating teacher at a daycare, infant to pre k. While living in Los Angeles, I was invited to guest lecture a Masters Photography class at USC. I have always made it a priority of mine to encourage the arts as both a creative outlet so many need but also be an example and motivation of a creative working professional.
Asha DeNard (Georgia)
Asha DeNard is a Spelman graduate who received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Theatre and Performance. She is experienced with acting, creative writing and directing. Driven by creativity, she takes pride in providing the best learning environment possible. Her goals include unveiling the talent from within her students.
Katelynn Johnson (Arizona)
Katelynn grew up taking dance classes from her mother, as well as dancing in school. She graduated from BYU where she studied dance and grew a deep love and appreciation for the art form. While there, she performed and choreographed for BYU’s contemporary dance company, DancEnsemble, and was awarded the Outstanding Choreography in a Senior Project Award for a piece that was later performed in New York. Katelynn believes that dance is a medium through which we can come to know ourselves better, develop deep connections with others, and more fully process our human experience - and it’s just a fun way to get our bodies moving! She is currently earning a master’s degree in instructional design and teaches dance classes to kids.
Sarah Cheatham (New York)
Sarah earned her BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she graduated with honors in 2016. She has also studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (or RADA) in London. She is a professional actress, VO artist and drama teacher based in NYC. Sarah has been teaching drama for 7 years on a range of subjects including Acting, Movement, Shakespeare, and Audition Technique. She also coaches privately, specializing in college audition technique for HS Seniors. Sarah loves how the magic of "play" ignites the imagination of all ages! Theater not only cultivates creativity and confidence, but allows a safe space for children to explore and to be heard.
Select regional theater credits: "The Music Man" (The Candlelight Theatre), "Measure for Measure" (TRSF). Select VO commercial credits: Blistex "TLC". Select TV credits: Homicide City. Up next, Sarah will be voicing Daisy in a new musical called "Wake, Up Daisy!". This modern retelling of Sleeping Beauty set in NYC will be performed at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park. Dates TBD due to COVID-19. For more information visit the City Parks Foundation website.
Natalya Malarczuk (New York)
Natalya Malarczuk is yoga teacher, writer, and yoga teacher based in NYC. She studied 100 hours of yoga training with Marina Yoga in Ao Naang, Thailand. Upon returning home, she finished her 200 hour training with Rainbow Body Yoga. Additionally, she is a recent graduate at SUNY New Paltz where she studied Creative Writing and Theatre Arts. Her work is all interconnected, blending together to make her craft in each medium immensely personal and resonant. Yoga’s impact on her may bleed into her writing. she may utilize music, poetry, or storytelling into her yoga classes, crafting a resonant and impactful class. She is thrilled at the opportunity to bring her work to the community.
Drew A Reynolds (Illinois)
Drew Reynolds is experienced in a diverse range of two dimensional and three dimensional media. His primarily media is ceramic sculpture. He holds a Bachler of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois Edwardsville. He currently resides in Chicago.
Kennedy Hayes (Illinois)
Kennedy Hayes is an instructor, choreographer, and performer
originally from Chicago, IL. She has formed 10+ years of artistic expression in multiple
modalities; dance, voice, acting, directing, modeling, and coaching. She has multiple years of collegiate experience in dance and choreography with a focus in Musical Theatre achieved at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She is also a member of the Southern Illinois Dance Company (SIDC). Her approach includes building confidence, technique comprehension, self-awareness, and perseverance in order to produce well-rounded, determined performers.