Angelica Gonzales — MixxedFit
Dancing has always been a passion of Angelica’s, from her first experience in middle school with Razzle Dazzle to joining the dance team in high school and now during her journey through MixxedFit. She wanted to find a workout that didn’t feel like “exercise.” She begin taking Zumba classes and that has introduced her to wonderful people that share her passion, and it introduced her to MixxedFit. After her first taste of MixxedFit, she knew this was the way to share her passion with others! As a new MixxedFit instructor, she is excited to share this EXPLOSIVE dance experience while giving her students a boot camp toning workout and having FUN at the same time! The music played during class will have you moving to the beat, dancing your heart out, and having the time of your life… ALL while getting an AMAZING, hard-core workout!
Anna Pentler – Nia Blue Belt
Anna started dancing ballet at age three. She has been a dancer and dance lover ever since. She found Nia a number of years ago when she was dancing less and less, but still wanting and needing to move. For her, Nia brings back that joyful, expressive and uninhibited love of movement, and she enjoys sharing the delight of Nia with students. Anna’s style is playful, rejuvenating, and soothing, and her classes are perfect for everyBODY at any fitness level.
Beth O’Neall — Nia Black Belt
Beth, M.Ed., has been teaching Nia since 2000 and brings experience, humor, emotion, and power to her classes. She is a certified Nia black belt and a first degree black belt in Aikido. Beth teaches classic Nia routines as well as many of her own, using a variety of outrageously good music. Her style includes athletic Nia, so classes include optional interval training, strength work, and small hops. Her classes help students learn more about and delight in their bodies. Classes focus on mastery of technique; finding our edge, safely, and with joyful enthusiasm; and connecting with the music, each other, the movement, and our lives.
Elizabeth Cervantes — Ecstatic Dance Facilitator, Nia Brown Belt
Free flowing spontaneous heart centered movement is my sacred movement practice. I began teaching NIA , a body-mind-spirit fitness practice, in 2007. As my movement practice expanded, my heart was drawn to free-form movement expression, known as conscious dance. Both 5-Rhythms and Souldance served as inspiration for dance facilitation as it is expressed through me today. I began facilitating Souldance in April of 2009 and established Ecstatic Dance ABQ in 2010. If you want a safe place to move and be moved – join us.
Erin Damour — Nia Black Belt
In 2006, after being a dedicated Nia student for five years, Erin became a White Belt certified teacher. She has taught regularly since the fall of 2007 and in 2010 earned both her Black Belt and Nia 5 Stages Certification. Trained in hatha yoga and bodywork (massage therapy, polarity, reflexology, shiatsu, postural alignment), Erin has a deep and playful curiosity of human anatomy and physiology (even teaching A&P at the NM School of Natural Therapeutics), movement potential, health and wellness. And, she loves to share the Nia Technique with any body! Come enjoy great music, fun, community and movement exploration in one of Erin’s classes.
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Kate Davis — Nia Blue Belt
A dancer since childhood, Kate discovered Nia in 2005. She earned her Blue Belt in 2012. Skills learned from twenty years of teaching English inform Kateʼs classes, as does her love of play and her commitment to offering a rich, pleasurable experience grounded in the science and craft of the Nia technique. She looks forward to sharing her passion for Nia with the community and helping others discover a pathway to joy and health through movement.
May Sagbakken – Blue Belt Nia Instructor
May believes the connection between mind and body is essential for your health and awareness of who you are. Her Friday Nia class focuses on expression, play, and precision to create an experience that brings you back to your body in the middle of a busy day. With each Nia move she sets the stage for a conditioned body, happy bones and a deep sense of community. May has been teaching Nia for more than 10 years and received her Blue Belt in 2011. She started taking dance lessons when she was 7 years old in Norway and has through her teen and adult life explored jazz, tap, modern and African dance. She has many years of experience as a yoga student and a green belt in Taekwondo. May is also a certified reflexologist and a leader in the non-profit community working towards social justice and social change.
Sarah Ferrell – Music Together
Sarah Ferrell is a Licensed Music Together Center Director and Registered Music Together Teacher. She is excited to share her love for music with young children and their families through Music Together Family Classes.
Sarah is passionate about singing, playing bass and guitar, and working with breath and movement. She currently plays and performs with The Squash Blossom Boys. Past projects include The Green Billies (2014-2016), Three String Bale (2008-2013) and Vida, a nationally touring four-woman vocal ensemble (1995-2001).
Sarah is also a Licensed Massage Therapist (#4991), Certified Core Synchronism Practitioner and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200). She practices bodywork at Calle Ocho Therapies in downtown ABQ.
Rujeko Dumbutshena – African Dance
Rujeko Dumbutshena is an experienced university dance instructor who was on faculty at Sarah Lawrence College for 8 years and now teaches in the dance department of the University of New Mexico. As a Zimbabwean artist living in America, Rujeko has successfully been a part of innovative works and was an original ensemble member (dancer, singer, mbira player) in the Broadway musical production of FELA!. Rujeko was commissioned to choreograph and produce an original piece, Jenaguru, as part of the Smithsonian African Art Museum’s African Cosmos exhibit. She received a Brooklyn Arts Council 2013 grant and a BAM/De Vos Institute 2013 Fellowship, and is a 2014 New Mexico Arts grantee. She teaches neo-traditional African dance.