Alyssa Lee Wilmot
Alyssa is a choreographer, dancer, performance artist, writer, and educator who draws upon a diverse range of dance, Pilates, and fitness vocabularies, techniques, and art. Alyssa uses her life experiences to enhance and inspire the lives of people through various forms of movement. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Alyssa started her dance education at the age of three and has been dancing ever since. Alyssa has been trained in New York, Ohio, and California and studied various forms of movement, ranging from dance forms such as Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop/ Break dancing, Lyrical, Pointe, Liturgical, Belly dance, Modern (Taylor, Mark Morris, Graham, Limon/Humphrey, Fenley), Contemporary, and African dance; along with other forms such as Pilates, Yoga, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Fitness training, Cardio dance, and more.
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 own and operate successful Pilates studios and programs in various locations on the West coast.
Alyssa has over 15 years experience teaching dance and fitness to a variety of ages and levels. Alyssa has taught in Ohio and California at gyms, Pilates studios, Dance studios, colleges, universities, wellness centers, artist residencies, and workshops, and has also served as a personal health coach for individuals. Alyssa has been a faculty member at numerous colleges and universities teaching a wide variety of courses in the physical education and dance departments in the San Francisco Bay Area, has been a visiting artist in the Dance Department of Mills College, and most recently a visiting professor of Dance at The College of Wooster.
As a professional dancer and choreographer, Alyssa established her performance and dance company group A in 2002, a new media dance and performance group committed to placing dance in close contact with other art forms, that performs nationally and internationally. Additionally, Alyssa has danced professionally with a variety of professional modern dance companies based in San Francisco, and since 2002 Alyssa has danced with the NYC based dance company Molissa Fenley and Dancers and also serves as Ms. Fenley's assistant.
Alyssa encourages individuals to find fitness and dance that is fun and fulfilling to enhance and improve their lives. Alyssa started The Movement Factory as a place for people who love to move - for the benefits of movement, and to take accessible classes to study various forms of Pilates, fitness, and dance. Alyssa brings her experiences in specialized training, performance, choreography, and teaching, to enrich the lives of clients at The Movement Factory.
SARAH CAREYDANCE Instructor
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Sarah has trained with Doug Varone, Bill Evans, and while living in NYC, she trained and performed with the José Limón Dance Company (PSP). In Rochester, she worked with PUSH Physical Theatre, was co-artistic director of Express-Arte Dance Ensemble, and served as the dance director of Community Arts Academy, an after-school/summer program for urban youth. In Cleveland, Sarah has taught at Hathaway Brown School, Cleveland City Dance, Beck Center for the Arts, and Cleveland Ballet Conservatory. Currently, she is adjunct dance faculty at Tri-C & Performing Arts Academy; is a teaching artist with DANCECleveland and PUSH Physical Theatre, and is part of DANCECleveland’s Dance Advance Team (an innovative initiative for engaging the community in dance). She performs as a guest artist with Dance/Theatre Collective (Lynn Deering), Anteaus Dance and other projects in Ohio and NY. Performance highlights include works by José Limón, Doris Humphrey, Doug Varone, Larry Keigwin & Nicole Wolcott (Keigwin & Company), Amy Miller (GroundWorks Dance Theater), Bill Wade (Inlet Dance Theatre), Lynn Deering (CSU), Randall Flinn (Ad Deum Dance), Steven Wynne (Talk Dance Co.); Cleveland Public Theatre’s Danceworks’10 & '11; the broadway tour and Beck Center for the Arts’ Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat…and as a violinist with Selah (western NY christmas tour). Sarah’s greatest privilege is in seeing the art of dance impact one’s personal and artistic growth!
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’s 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.
Marsha JacksonZumba Instructor
Marsha was born and raised in Elyria, but has lived in Youngstown for the past 18 years. She graduated from Youngstown State University with a BSAS in Food and Nutrition. While living there, she saw an intriguing infomercial and ordered the ZUMBA® Fitness DVD set. After "joining the party" in her living room she started looking for a live class. That class changed her life. She lost 30 pounds (so far) and wanted to share the joy of ZUMBA® Fitness with as many people as possible, and so became an instructor. Her classes are a high-energy mix of fun and fitness, using Latin rhythms and popular songs…a little something for everyone! She invites you to travel, ( or "boogie on down" ) the road of a healthy lifestyle with her.
PiYo™ Strength Instructor
A Cleveland native - spunky, yet funky fitness enthusiast. Growing up Adam was very overweight, and finally said, "enough is enough." Through diet and exercise, Adam lost over 125lbs, and has managed to keep it off for over 5 years. His key to success is keeping my workouts fun, spontaneous, and ever-so changing. Adam recently left his 10 year job as a retail store manager to pursue a career in fitness. Adam believes that his journey has given him the tools and resources to give back to others. It's a guarantee that Adam's classes will give you the drive and motivation to keep coming back for more. Adam looks forward to meeting all of you!
Todays Schedule 05/19
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Party yourself into shape with exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. Ditch the workout & join the party! More info
MONDAY CLASSES at The Movement Factory 10am Cardio Box 11am Co-Ed Yoga Stretch 4:30pm PiYo™ Strength with Adam!... Link about 1 hour ago