founder, Owner/director, Head Instructor
- MFA, Dance Choreography and Performance - Mills College, CA - 2002
- BA, Philosophy, Dance, Political Science - The College of Wooster, OH - 2000
- Certified Pilates Mat Instructor - Alter Center, San Francisco, CA - 2004
- Certified Pilates Equipment Instructor - Alter Center, San Francisco, CA - 2009
- ZUMBA® Fitness Certified, Basic - 2011
- PMA®- CPT - 2012 (current member status)
- Booty Barre® Certification - 2014
- Weight Management Specialist Certification - American Council on Exercise - 2015
- CPR/AED Certified - Current
After graduating from college Alyssa headed west to California to further her dreams of dancing. In California, after receiving her Masters in Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography from Mills College, Alyssa became certified in Pilates after having been introduced to it in New York in 1998 at a summer dance program. Alyssa loved the way Pilates helped correct her posture and alignment, and made her feel grounded and stronger in all of her movement activities, from carrying groceries to taking dance class.
Alyssa received her Pilates certifications and training in San Francisco in 2004- 2009, focusing on an Eve Gentry style and therapy based program using a Balanced Body curriculum. In California Alyssa completed over 600 Pilates training hours and is certified in Mat, Ladder Barrel, Chair, Reformer, and Cadillac. In 2012 Alyssa became certified with the Pilates Method Alliance. Alyssa's very talented Pilates mentors and teachers in San Francisco have studied with well known Pilates individuals such as Elizabeth Larkham (Polestar), are instructors with Balanced Body University and Stott® Pilates, and own and operate successful Pilates studios and programs in various locations on the West coast.
M.S. Kinesiology and Health Promotion- University of Kentucky - 2014
B.S. Sports Sciences- Exercise Physiology - Ohio University - 2010
- PiYo® LIVE Instructor - 2016
- National Recreation and Park Association Aquatic Facility Operator - 2016
- Pink Gloves Boxing Amateur Trainer - 2015
- TurboKick® LIVE Instructor- 2015
- POUND® Fitness Pro- 2015
- CardioPump™ Kettlebell Instructor - 2015
- YogaFit® Instructor- Levels 1 and 3 - 2012
- Mad Dogg SPINNING® Instructor – STAR Level 2- 2011
- ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist - 2011
- AFAA Certified Primary Group Exercise Instructor - 2009
- American Red Cross Professional Rescuer CPR/AED/First Aid - Current
- American Red Cross Professional Rescuer CPR/First Aid/AED Instructor - Current
Melissa is a Fitness and Wellness Coordinator, instructor, trainer, and educator who always strives to help everyone she encounters in their own health and fitness FEEL their best. Ever since she was a little girl, Melissa has always been active through sports and playing outside with her neighborhood friends. It wasn’t until she was pursuing her undergraduate degree at Ohio University when she started taking group fitness classes at the recreation center and quickly fell in love. Within a year she had become certified and began leading classes.
Over the years Melissa has acquired a variety of fitness and wellness certifications and has had the opportunity to work with a diverse group of people ages 8-75. She loves interacting with class participants’ and truly enjoys teaching fitness classes to all levels and abilities. She prides herself on her ability to make everyone feel welcome in her classes and is on a mission to spread the message that, ‘Fit is a FEELING. Not an image.’
When Melissa isn’t in class you can find her rooting on the Cleveland sports teams, going on outdoor adventures, or enjoying a meal or craft brew at a local Cleveland establishment.
- BS, Physical Therapy - University of Tomas - 2011
- STOTT Full Pilates Certified - 2015
- Yoga Certified (Yoga Alliance) - 2014
- Licensed Philippine Professional Board of Physical Therapy - 2011
ZsaZsa first encountered Pilates while working as a physical therapist in a clinic in the Philippines which uses integrative medicine in treating patients. It started ZsaZsa's curiosity on how Pilates helps with musculoskeletal and neuromuscular rehabilitation. After seeing the healing benefits of the exercise system of Pilates, she started training and got certified under STOTT Pilates - a contemporary approach which includes the concepts of exercise science and rehabilitation. ZsaZsa also took specialization track courses which includes pre-natal/ post-natal and injuries and special population. Yoga came in three years later after being part of a yoga studio as a Pilates teacher. ZsaZsa finsihed Yoga teacher training to deepen her knowledge on the practice. Since then her teaching style has evolved into an effective synergistic combination of the two mind body systems. ZsaZsa enjoys working with people with spinal conditions, musculoskeletal problems and pregnancy preparation and conditioning.
- BA, Speech Communication and Theatre - Case Western Reserve University, OH
- CPR Certified, Current
Elaine Dowling is a classically trained ballet dancer, teacher, and choreographer working throughout Northeast Ohio. She studied ballet with renowned Cleveland teachers Marguerite Duncan and Nancy Arcury. Elaine was a principal dancer with North Coast Ballet Theatre, and continues to train with Sonja Kraljevic. She has also studied modern dance with Joan Meggitt, Megan Pitcher, and Megan Johnson. Elaine frequently performs at Case Western Reserve University, where she has worked with international choreographers and danced the works of the legendary dancer and choreographer Martha Graham. She is currently studying the Lester Horton modern dance technique and is a member of Coventry Dance Company.
Since 1998 Elaine has taught all levels of ballet and pointe at dance studios throughout Northeast Ohio, and has taught in the dance departments of Case Western Reserve University and Kent State University. She has experience choreographing for both professional and student ballet dancers, and her work has appeared in showcases and festivals. Elaine has also choreographed musicals for TrueNorth Cultural Arts Center, Huntington Theatre, and Chagrin Falls Academy for the Performing Arts.
A native Clevelander, Elaine holds a BA in communications from Case Western Reserve University. She has worked as both a broadcast and print journalist, and is also an artist. Her paintings are available at galleries throughout Cleveland, with a portion of sales donated to cancer research.
Elaine is excited to join The Movement Factory and promote its philosophy that everyone should keep moving, dancing, and learning. Growing up in Lakewood, she is also happy to see one of its historic manufacturing facilities, the Lake Erie Screw Building, is housing this new fitness and dance venture.
- ZUMBA® Fitness Certified, Basic 1 - 2011
- ZUMBA® Fitness Certified, Gold - 2012
- ZUMBA® Fitness Certified Kids/Kids Jr. - 2012
- ZUMBA® Step - 2016
- CPR/AED/First Aid - American Red Cross - 2016
Jenny took her first ZUMBA® class in 2010 and liked it so much that she decided to become certified and teach her own classes in and around Cleveland. Her passion and energy for fitness shows in every class she teaches, mixing Latin & Spanish inspired beats with modern pop & dance music that will make you want to move.
Jenny's experiences with teaching kids ZUMBA® at many schools across the Cleveland area and older adults has been rewarding. Being able to get kids involved in fitness at an early age is important for healthy lifestyle habits and choices, while ZUMBA® helps older adults keep their minds active and hearts pumping, and promotes a healthy lifestyle into future years.
Come and join Jenny for a ZUMBA® class at The Movement Factory and get excited for a fun filled workout!
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HIP HOP DANCE Instructor
London has performed with Lazyie Bone from rap group "Bone Thugz n Harmony," in various productions at Tri-C, and benefits for local elementary schools in Cleveland, and looks forward to future performance experiences. Throughout London's life, he has seen dance as his only escape from reality where he can turn a negative into a positive. For London, the dance studio is his second home.
- BA, French Mercyhurst College - 2003
- BA, Secondary Education - Mercyhurst College - 2004
Amber started at The Movement Factory in April of 2014 as a client, having never taken a group class before, and immediately fell in love with the variety of classes and the atmosphere. She is originally from Tiffin, Ohio, where she studied ballet as a child, was a three-sport athlete throughout high school and rode horses. She played volleyball in college and fitness has always been an integral part of her life. She is currently a high school French teacher and has coached volleyball. She started working the front desk in February of 2015 and feels that The Movement Factory is a perfect fit, because of the positive, encouraging environment and comraderie that motivates clients to achieve fitness goals.
- ZUMBA® Fitness Certified, Basic 1 - 2012
- bootybarre certified - 2014
- BS physics - Kent State - 2013
Ph. D. Candidate, Macromolecular Science and EngineeringCase Western Reserve University - in progress
Brandy Grove is a certified bootybarre Plus and ZUMBA® Instructor. Originally from Stow, Ohio, she grew up studying and competing in ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop, as well as baton twirling. Upon entering college, Brandy ventured into latin social dance, joining a local performance salsa team. She became ZUMBA® certified, teaching for Kent State University’s Student Recreation Center and at Cuyahoga Falls Dance Center. Brandy got her booytbarre Plus certification in February of 2014. She taught bootybarre at Cuyahoga Falls Dance Center before moving to 121 Fitness at Case Western Reserve University, where she is currently a doctoral student in Macromolecular Engineering. Her passion for living a fit lifestyle by different means – be the cycling, lifting, or dancing- have pushed her to remain active in the barre/fitness and dance world throughout every step of her career path. She is excited to join The Movement Factory and share her passion with you!
- BA, English, Northland College, 1996
- MA, English, Cleveland State University, 1998
- Certified 200-hour Yoga Teacher, Jivasara School, 2009
- Experienced, Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 200)
- Certified Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner, 2012
- CPR/AED/First Aid, Current
In her classes, students will hear inspirational and uplifting music, do some devotional chanting, learn how the teachings found in ancient and sacred texts of yoga can be applied to modern life, be asked to bring awareness and focus to their breath, be encouraged to find optimal alignment in their postures, and be invited to bring mindfulness to all areas of their practice. Jennifer loves practicing and teaching yoga, and guiding others in their practice is one of her great joys of my life. She encourage students to start where they are and to see how the gifts of their yoga practice can be carried off of their mats and into their day-to-day lives.
Students are invited to explore and deepen their practice as Jennifer guides them with detailed alignment instruction, suggestions for modifications, and hands-on assists and adjustments. She work with all levels of practitioner, from brand-new beginners to advanced students. All are welcome! Mindfulness in the practice is encouraged as students are asked to pay attention to the present moment and the breath in each posture. You'll be challenged to explore your edges in her classes while having fun and sharing laughter too! For Jennifer, the practice of yoga is a lifelong endeavor, and she enjoys continuing to learn something each day from her teachers as well as from the students who take her classes. Learn more at www.jenniferlenhart.com.
- Power Pilates Classical Pilates certification - 2010
- Power Vinyasa Yoga Certification - 2010
Growing up as a gymnast and athlete, Katie naturally gravitated towards Pilates at a young age. While living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, she began to pursue a teaching career in both yoga and Pilates, earning her 600-hour classical Pilates certification through Power Pilates, and her 200-hour power vinyasa yoga certification. Katie’s career then brought her to Los Angeles, where she taught private and group yoga and Pilates for the past three years while continuing her education through a Pilates 400-hour bridge program. This summer, Katie and her husband found their way back home to Cleveland, and she is excited to share her passion and knowledge of Pilates with others. When not in the Pilates studio, either teaching or taking a class, Katie can be found doing yoga, hiking or hanging with her baby Millie.
- BA Linguistics and Language Studies - Glendon College - 2012
- MA in Zoology - Miami University (in progress)
- Teaching English as an International Language - Certified - 2012
- ZUMBA® Fitness Certified, Basic 1 - 2011
- ZUMBA® Zumbatomic Certified - 2013
- Zumba® Glutes Certified - 2013
- ZUMBA® Core Certified - 2013
- Barre Certified - 2014
- CPR/AED/First Aid Certified - Current
Charlotte is a native to Lakewood and has lived her whole life here, with the exception of her time spent going to school in Toronto, Canada. Charlotte studied linguistics and language studies as well as teaching English to non-native speakers. In April of 2012, as a part of her degree, Charlotte spent three weeks in Havana, Cuba teaching English to university students. Thanks to ZUMBA®, many of the students were impressed by her salsa and reggaeton moves.
Charlotte loves to dance and currently studies ballet at the Beck Center. She has also studied jazz and hip-hop. In addition to dance, Charlotte is a trained musician, playing several instruments as well as singing. Charlotte also enjoys running. She completed her first marathon this past spring and is excited and ready to complete more.
Currently, Charlotte works at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in the education department and has for the past four years. When not working or teaching, Charlotte is a volunteer for the Greater Cleveland Red Cross Disaster Action Team. She decided to join after being frustrated with not being able to help people dealing with the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. Charlotte is in the process of obtaining her masters degree, which will be completed in January of 2015.
- Shakti Flow Certification - 2014
- BA, Communications, Ohio University -2011
BARRE CONditioning, yoga Instructor
- Beyond Barre Certified - 2013
- RN/BSN - Kent State College of Nursing - 2013
- BLS/CPR Certified - Current
Danielle is a New Jersey native who transplanted to Ohio for college in 2009, and now calls Cleveland home. She has over 17 years of dance training from studios in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania - studying with Roxy Ballet School, Princeton Ballet School, Kent State, and also with various jazz choreographers in the Tri-state area. After sustaining knee injuries in 2007 Danielle decided to dance recreationally, and follow a nursing career.
Danielle was certified as a Beyond Barre instructor in March 2013, finding that it was a great complement to her regular yoga practice. She also currently teaches ballet conditioning and ballet stretch in Hudson, Ohio. She finds barre classes to be a great way to condition, while keeping joints safe, and muscles long and lean. Her classes are upbeat, with a focus on correct positioning, alignment and lots of blissful stretching. Be prepared to sweat, and work muscles to fatigue in her one hour full body conditioning class!
- WERQ Certified - 2015
- ZUMBA® Fitness Certified, Basic 1 - 2014
- BSN - Cleveland State University, 2013
- RN - Cleveland State University, 2013
- AFAA Group Fitness Instructor - 2013
- CPR Certified - Current
- American heart association for basic life support
- BA - Kent State University
- Faculty, Lorain County Community College Division of Health, Physical Education and Recreation
- American Council on Exercise: Personal Trainer
- American Council on Exercise: Group Exercise Instructor
- Balanced Body: Pilates Reformer and mat certified
- Muscle Activation Technique JumpStart certified
- Johnny G. Spinning certified
- American Heart Association, certified Basic Life Support, CPR and AED instructor
- American Red Cross, certified First Aid & Emergency Care instructor
During her former career as a journalist, Shari continued teaching group exercise classes in the Cleveland and Columbus areas -- from low impact aerobics (remember that?) to step to Spinning -- and then became certified as a personal trainer. One session at a friend's Pilates studio was enough to not only hook Shari on Pilates forever, but to convince her that this was the direction in which she wanted her fitness career to go. Shari has studied Pilates in Cleveland, Dallas, and San Francisco with such luminaries as Elizabeth Larkham and Moira Stott, and has more than 15 years' experience teaching mat classes with and without props, Reformer, Cadillac/trapeze table, and the Pilates chair.
Shari currently teaches classes at Lorain Community College in health, first aid, and nutrition/weight management. She also frequently teaches credit PE classes in Spinning, Pilates, and Advanced Pilates. Shari's fitness philosophy is that anyone can be active -- absolutely everyone. Exercise should be enjoyable and give one a sense of accomplishment. These are attributes Shari has found especially true of Pilates practice. Pilates is not necessarily about inches lost or physical strength, but about appreciating the body you have and the amazing things it can do for you if given the chance. The changes to her clients -- both physical and psychological -- that have come from consistent practice, whether spinning or Pilates, are profound and motivating. Shari plays tennis on three US Tennis Association teams. In their spare time (!), Shari and her husband Jim enjoy traveling domestically and abroad. Recent trips have included visits to London, Turkey, Greece, and southwest Utah. Shari is also a very active volunteer with the Cleveland Animal Protective League; animal rights is a passion.
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