Alyssa Lee Wilmot
founder, Owner/director, Head Instructor
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 Stott® Pilates, 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. Alyssa currently teaches dance at Cuyahoga Community College.
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 for the past 4 years.
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 to enhance, explore, and/or rekindle a love for movement and the benefits of movement, while taking accessible classes in 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.
Shannon albubuti® yoga, pound, boot camp Instructor, personal training
Shannon started as a dedicated client at The Movement Factory in 2013. After taking many classes, she stumbled upon BUTI Yoga and instantly became addicted to this awakening, powerful workout. Shannon has been active her whole life as a competitive figure skater, and also has a background in gymnastics and cheerleading. She truly has a passion for health and fitness and finds so much joy in helping those achieve their personal goals. On her free time, Shannon loves to travel, cook, and enjoy her time outdoors soaking up the sunshine. Shannon loves teaching at The Movement Factory simply because the clients are so inspiring. The empowering environment, energy and sense of acceptance that you feel when you walk through the door is something that you don’t find often. If you are looking for a unique workout that will not only challenge you physically, but also mentally and spiritually, Shannon would LOVE to see you in her class!
hannah barnadance Instructor
Hannah Barna is a recent graduate of Case Western Reserve University’s MFA in Contemporary dance program, receiving the Grace J. Petot Award for Excellence in Research in Dance and the Henry Kurth Award for Excellence in Theatrical design in 2015. She also holds a BA from CWRU in biology and theater arts with a concentration in dance, receiving the Lily Dreyfuss Award from Excellence in Dance in 2012. Barna has performed in works by Mark Morris, Jim Hanson, Karen Potter, and has been personally coached by Pascal Rioult for his duet, Black Diamond. Combining her interests in dance and science, Barna has presented at numerous International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) conferences, most recently in October 2014 in Basel, Switzerland. Currently, Barna is teaching at various local dance studios and is an adjunct faculty member at CWRU.
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.
jenny filipPelli pittsZumba® Instructor
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 is currently pursing a BA in dance as a student at Cuyahoga Community College, where he studies dance technique with Alyssa Lee Wilmot and Sarah Carey in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Performing Arts, and of course, Hip-hop. He is also currently a student under choreographer, Jay J Graham where he is being trained in Contemporary, Street Jazz, and Hip-hop. Being known as the Midwest leader in industry level choreography and teaching, Jay J has also opened up for such popular music artists Usher, Brittney Spears, Backstreet Boyz, N'Sync, and Brandy.
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.
AMBER GOODFRONT DESK STAFF
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.
ANN HUebnerballet Instructor
Ann Naramore Huebner grew up as a studio brat in her mother's dance studio, Martha Naramore's School of Ballet in Bay Village. As a teenager, she studied locally with Alex Martin of The Cleveland School of Ballet, John Begg of the Canton Ballet, and Ian Horvath of the Cleveland Ballet School and Cleveland Ballet. Ann attended the United States International University School of Performing and Visual Arts in San Diego, CA where she studied with John Hart and Elaine Thomas of London's Royal Ballet, Wayne Davis of the San Diego Ballet, and Jack Tygett, best known for his work in major musical motion pictures. After receiving her BFA in musical theatre with a minor in dance from USIU, Ann moved to Los Angeles where she became a member of Actors Equity. She has worked professionally on the West Coast and in national touring companies.
Ann is the ballet instructor at Lorain County Community College, the Assistant Director of River's Edge, Rocky River High School's show choir, and teaches and choreographs at other area schools and studios. She has taught at the Beck Center and works with the Beck Center Creative Arts Therapy program in conjunction with the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
Ann continues to study dance with various teachers and believes that the more exposure a dancer has to different styles of teaching and technique, the more awareness, control, and expression the dancer has.
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 in Youngstown, 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.
anthony jamisonhip hop Instructor
Anthony Jamison was born February 26th in Cleveland Ohio. In 2008 he graduated from Collinwood high school and then continued his education at defiance college before transferring to Cleveland State University. Anthony has been dancing for three years doing both hip hop and break dance as well as taking on new challenges such as ballet, jazz, and contemporary. Other achievements on Anthony's resume include being in movies such as the Avengers, Captain America Winter Soldier, Insurgent and Batman vs Superman.
Jennifer lenhartyoga Instructor
Jennifer began practicing yoga in 1994 and was immediately hooked. When Jennifer learned she could study to become a yoga teacher with Marni Task, one of her favorite yoga teachers in the Cleveland area, she decided to take the plunge. Jennifer graduated from Marni's 200-hour teacher training program in June 2009, and I've been happily teaching ever since. She is a certified yoga teacher and is registered as an E-RYT (experienced registered yoga teacher) with the Yoga Alliance. Jennifer is also a certified Thai Yoga Massage practitioner.
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.
Kevin MarrDance Instructor
Kevin D. Marr II works as a performer, choreographer, director, and educator in Northeast Ohio and throughout the East Coast. He is honored to have performed with Opera! Cleveland’s presentation of A Little Night Music, with Verb Ballet in an encore performance of that show; and alongside the Cleveland Orchestra with the original cast of Don Giovani. Additional credits include supporting and lead roles in A Little Night Music at Cleveland Playhouse as a cast member, and Black Nativity as a dancer. His choreography has included several shows at Karamu House; two Cleveland Public Theater premieres, Don’t Call Me Fat and the 2010 Summer Theater Enrichment Program production; several years with the City of Cleveland’s summer performing arts troupe Showagon; and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Coat and Oklahoma! at Bedford High School. Since 2011 he has served as dance director and choreographer for CMSD’s All-City Musical where he has worked on the musicals Bubbling Brown Sugar, Footloose, Aida, Rent, and Memphis. Kevin has also taught dance workshops for physical education teachers within CMSD and in the Columbus area.
Kevin collaborates with a variety of local arts organizations to strengthen and build awareness of the relevance of the arts in the community at large. He has held leadership roles with All-City Arts (Dance Director/Musical Choreographer), Cleveland Dance Movement (Board Member), Duffy Liturgical Dance Ensemble (Rehearsal Director/Dance), Dancing Wheels Company and School (Dancer/ Teacher), Foluke Cultural Arts Program ( Dance Director/ Administrative Liaison), and Deuce Dance, LLC (Creator/ Founding Director), and has worked with Dance Africa Dance, and MorrisonDance. In addition to his role with All-City Arts and the All-City Musical, Kevin works with Dancing Wheels Company and School and leads his own performing arts company, Deuce Dance, LLC
RACHEL NIEMIZumbA® Instructor
Rachel Niemi grew up in Lakewood, OH and is a positive, enthusiastic ZUMBA® instructor with a desire to empower others. She received her certification in ZUMBA® in November of 2012 after falling in love with the classes she had been taking at Cleveland State University. ZUMBA® made her feel energized, powerful, and confident, and she wanted to be able to bring that to other people by teaching classes herself. Rachel has been teaching classes since January of this year. She has taken part in two Zumbathons (one she designed and executed herself) and is and is looking forward to spending more time dancing and teaching now that her studies are completed. Rachel graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in May 2013 from CSU. She has a passion for running, nutrition, and the outdoors. When she has free time she enjoys cooking, biking, running and exploring the great museums, restaurants, festivals, and other things Cleveland has to offer. Rachel believes that anything can happen with the right attitude, and she would love to see you in her classes soon! Regardless of your current physical shape, she encourages you to join her for a ZUMBA® class and start your journey towards a more fit, happy, healthy body!
katie opalichpilates Instructor
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.
CHARLOTTE PETRIEZumba® Instructor, barre instructor
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.
Kaitlan Phillipsshakti flow Instructor
Kaitlan was talked into going to a Shakti Flow class two years ago and has been in love with the practice ever since. Shakti Flow originated in Hawaii where Kaitlan became certified and lived for almost three years. While there she learned a lot about how to respect the land, life, and live with the spirit of aloha. She hopes to bring the spirit and energy of the islands to Cleveland and incorporate it in to every class she teaches. Kaitlan takes inspiration from all facets of her life and tries to use these experiences to create a new and exciting class every time so that her students are never bored and everyone (including her!) are always learning and expanding. Kaitlan has been in to fitness since she was young, running track, playing volleyball, and competing in Irish dance. In her free time she loves to travel, hike, bike ride, read, and binge on Netflix.
LINDSAY PHILLIPSOffice manager, dance instructor, Pilates instructor
Lindsay Phillips is a graduate of The College of Wooster where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre & Dance. She was awarded both Honors on her senior thesis and Departmental Honors. She has studied with the Martha Graham Dance Company and world-renowned performance artist, Guillermo Gomez-Peña. She also interned with the Mark Morris Dance Group (Brooklyn, NY). In addition to teaching dance at local dance studios, she is a choreographer who choreographs for competitions at local dance studios, and has had her work presented at IngenuityFest (Cleveland, OH).
BARRE CONditioning, yoga Instructor
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.
Megan pitcherdance Instructor
Megan Pitcher dedicates time and space for movement re-education and highlights the subtleties of resistance and agreement in everyday choices. Pitcher's unique contributions to the fields of visual arts, new media, and performance have been recognized by a Chicago Cultural Center - In The Works Development Residency and Prairie Center of the Arts Residency. Pitcher has presented her choreography at Junction Arts Festival (Canada), DUMBO Dance Festival, Hyde Park Arts Center, Philly Fringe Festival, Ingenuity Festival, Chicago Home Theater Festival, Outlet Dance Project, Regional Alternative Dance Festival, and other venues. From 2012 - 2013, Pitcher was co-owner and curator of Solid Ground Studio in the Chicago Arts District where she curated monthly events and ongoing gallery programming. Pitcher's diverse expertise is sought by a range of institutions. She has served as adjunct faculty at ChiARTS Dance & Theater Conservatories, Kent State University, Ohio State University Mansfield, Cuyahoga Community College, and Beck Center for the Arts. She has presented workshops and residencies for ACDA, Ohio Dance Festival, Ohio University, Hathaway Brown Schools, Shaker Heights Ensemble Program, Turning Pointe School of Dance, Richland Academy, and other programs throughout the Midwest.
valerie salstromswing dance Instructor
Valerie Salstrom is a full time professional swing dancer, teacher, performer, choreographer, judge and coach. She has adored swing dance since she first saw it as a little girl while watching old black and white movies at her Grandparents' home. In the early 1990s while living in the LA area, she discovered that swing dancing existed in real life and she has been smitten ever since. She founded the Cleveland based swing dance company Get Hep Swing in 1998. She has taught weekly swing dance classes and hosted two monthly dances in her home town for over 15 years. She frequently travels all over Ohio, the United States and the World teaching and spreading her love of swing dance. Valerie loves being in the class room sharing her ideas and she is eager to teach beginners through advanced dancers. Valerie has a very playful and fun attitude when it comes to teaching dance. Valerie loves exploring the history of swing dance and feels honored to have studied with some of the original masters. She is passionate about all of the forms of swing dance including charleston, lindy, balboa, shag and jitterbug/East Coast swing. She has won numerous national and international swing dance titles. Her most recent achievement was winning the balboa division at the 2014 National Jitterbug Championships at Camp Hollywood. Her proudest achievement to date happened at the 2014 International Lindy Hop Championships when two of the members of her after-school swing dance youth troupe; The Cleveland Junior Jitterbugs, won the title of Junior World Lindy Hop Champions.
jenny sandersWERQ INSTRUCTOR, Zumba® Instructor
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Jenny is now a proud Clevelander living downtown soaking up all the city-life. If Jenny is not teaching fitness, you can find her in a tandem kayak on the lake, biking to the nearest coffee shop, or drinking a craft beer. Jenny graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2013 and is a practicing cardiac ICU nurse. Jenny loves teaching fitness classes to let steam off and to empower others to feel beautiful while doing it too! She is an AFAA certified as a group fitness instructor to choreograph proper body mechanics into her routines. As an avid traveler, Jenny meets people from all backgrounds and caters routines for all body-types. Fun fact about Jenny: She can name every president in chronological order in less than 15 seconds - ask her before her next class!
sydney sifersBooty Barre® Instructor, PIlates Apprentice
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ANDREA (ANDY) SONntagFITNESS Instructor
Andy has a zest for life, and you’ll come to know that if you’ve ever taken one of her classes. Andy began her journey in group exercise in 2002, when she became certified through AFAA as a Primary Group Fitness Instructor. She began teaching classes her freshman year of college at the University of Dayton, and soon took over as president of the universities’ aerobics club. She has been teaching ever since. Andy’s passion for health and wellbeing is authentic, and her journey in fitness is ongoing. Along the way, Andy has taught classes ranging from kickboxing, step, boot camp, ZUMBA® and toning (her favorite!) Andy is also an ACE certified Health Coach.
Andy loves experiencing Cleveland, running, dancing, music, the beach, and living life to the fullest. In her classes, she strives to help students reach their fullest potential, and feel welcomed and empowered… all while having FUN! Come experience one of Andy’s energizing-motivating-inspirational-and-sweaty classes soon!
Shari is a personal trainer, Pilates instructor and educator with more than 2 decades of experience in dance and athletics. Her classical ballet training as a child and teenager sparked a life-long interest in other athletic pursuits, and in high school Shari also did gymnastics and was a cheerleader.
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.
ANGIe workmankettlebell ampd, zumba® instructor
Being overweight most of her life, Angie was the last person one would ever expect to be teaching fitness classes. But one day, after weighing herself and seeing that she was over 200lbs, Angie realized that was her wake up call to start changing her lifestyle. Through portion control and an active lifestyle, she shed over 75lbs! Now Angie loves nothing more than helping others out, whether they want to lose weight, or just live a healthier and more active life! Angie brings heart, energy and a sense of belonging to her classes, ensuring everyone has a good time, and gets the most out of their workouts! In 2013 she earned her Zumba Instructors license, followed by her Kettlebell AMPD Instructors certification in 2015. Now Angie is able to teach the classes that helped her along her fitness journey!
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