I am a life-long student of movement and the body. I've trained in classical ballet schools and studied dance in college. I have a firm foundation in and understanding of movement, and I began my formal yoga practice in 2007.
My ballet education includes four years of training with Pamara Perry of the Joffrey Ballet, two years with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, two summers at the New York State Summer School for the Arts under the direction of Damien Woetzel, and one summer with Ballet Austin under the direction of Stephen Mills.
I hold a Bachelors degree in Dance from Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts, where I studied contemporary jazz, choreography and improvisation techniques with Doug Bentz, Judith Leifer-Bentz, Jason McDole and Pearlann Porter. I have worked with Kalen Larson, Flying Director at Hall Associates Flying Effects, on 3-point and summersault harness theatrical flying and aerial choreography, and with renowned aerial choreographer, Dreya Weber, on aerial silks. I am currently pursuing a Masters degree in Business Administration from Michigan Technological University.
I am a registered yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance and received my 200 hour teaching certification from Joanne VandenHengel at 3rd Street Yoga in 2011. I received my Power Pilates Mat Level 1 certification in 2012.
Calling Michigan’s wild Upper Peninsula home, I love any excuse to get outside, take a road trip, grab a coffee, try a new recipe, or organize my [glove compartment, backpack, refrigerator, sock drawer]. I am so thankful I get to share these adventures with my sweet husband and our two sweet dogs.
• MBA - Michigan Technological University(2017) • 200 HR (YA) Teacher Certification - 3rd Street Yoga (2012) • Mat Level 1 Pilates Teacher Certification - Power Pilates (2012) • BA, Dance - Point Park University, Conservatory of Performing Arts (2010)
• Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute 2-Day Intensive - Google Boulder • Contemplative Pedagogy Summer Session - Center for Contemplative Mind in Society at Smith College • Aerial Silks Training - Dreya Weber • 3-Point & Summersault Harness Flight Training - Kalen Larson, Jason Whicker • Yoga In Action; Pittsburgh Intensive - Off the Mat, Into the World
I see yoga as a beautiful combination of discipline, exploration, and discovery in the mind and body.