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Alyssa Lee Wilmot
founder, Owner/director, Head Instructor
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  1. MFA, Dance Choreography and Performance - Mills College, CA - 2002
  2. BA, Philosophy, Dance, Political Science - The College of Wooster, OH - 2000
  3. Certified Pilates Mat Instructor - Alter Center, San Francisco, CA - 2004
  4. Certified Pilates Equipment Instructor - Alter Center, San Francisco, CA - 2009
  5. ZUMBA® Fitness Certified, Basic - 2011
  6. PMA®- CPT - 2012 (current member status)
  7. bootybarre® Plus Certification - 2014
  8. bootybarre® Flex and Flow Certification - 2014
  9. Weight Management Specialist Certification - American Council on Exercise - 2015
  10. bootybarre® Pre and PostNatal Certification - 2016

  11. bootybarre® Sculpt Certification - in progress

  12. CPR/AED Certified - Current
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, Basketball, Cheerleading, 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 and at Baldwin Wallace University.
 
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 6 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.

 

 
Melissa albers
PiYo live Instructor
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  • 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.

 

ELAINE DOWLING
Ballet Instructor
 
  • 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.

 

 
ALYSSA FARKAS
bootybarre®  apprentice
 

BA International Business Relations, Oxford Brookes University, Budapest Hungary

TESOL Certification 2012

Current CPR/First Aid Certification, Red Cross

Born in Erie PA to Hungarian parents, Alyssa moved on to graduate high school in Garrettsville OH and moved to Budapest Hungary to complete her Bachelor's degree. She holds a Spanish language diploma from the Madrid Chamber of Commerce, is TESOL certified, and has experience teaching English to non-native speakers. Alyssa has been a lifelong fan of group fitness and is an avid runner. She attended both her first barre and yoga classes at The Movement Factory in 2014 and loves to compliment her running routine with strength training and flexibility exercises.  She has loved the results so much that she is currently working on her bootybarre Plus and Flex and Flow certification.

 

jenny filipPelli pitts
Zumba® Instructor
 
  • 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!

Click here to visit Jenny's ZUMBA® Facebook page.

 

AMBER GOOD
FRONT DESK STAFF , BOOTYBARRE APPRENTICE
 
  • BA, French Mercyhurst College - 2003
  • BA, Secondary Education - Mercyhurst College - 2004
  • bootybarre Plus and Flex and Flow - in process 2016
 

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.

 

 
BRANDY GROVE
BOOTYBARRE INSTRUCTOR, Zumba Instructor
 
  • ZUMBA® Fitness Certified, Basic 1 - 2012
  • bootybarre certified - 2014
  • BS physics - Kent State - 2013
  • Ph. D. Candidate, Macromolecular Science and Engineering
    Case 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!

 

 
anthony jamison
hip hop  Instructor
 
Anthony Jamison was born and raised in Cleveland Ohio. In 2008 Anthony graduated from Collinwood High School and then continued his education at Defiance College before transferring to Cleveland State University. Anthony first started dancing with Alyssa Lee Wilmot in her dance classes at Tri-C. He has been dancing for four years doing both hip hop and break dance as well as taking on new challenges such as ballet, jazz, and contemporary. Anthony is also exploring his acting career; other achievements on Anthony's resume include being featured in movies such as The Avengers, Captain America Winter Soldier, Insurgent, Batman vs Superman, and more 
 
 
 
 

 

Jennifer lenhart
yoga Instructor
 
  • 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
 
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.

 

  katie opalich
  pilates Instructor
 
  •  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 kids.

 

Kaitlan Phillips
  shakti flow Instructor
 
  • Shakti Flow Certification - 2014
  • BA, Communications, Ohio University -2011
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.

 

DANIELLE PIACENTE
BARRE CONditioning 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!

 

valerie salstrom
swing 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. 
 
You may find more information about Valerie and what she has to offer at www.GetHepSwing.com, www.JuniorJitterbugs.org & www.AllBalboa.com 

 


shari sweeney
pilates instructor
 
  • 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
 
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 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.

 

 
jen young
yoga instructor apprentice

BFA Printmaking Kent State University-2005

200hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training-Awaken Yoga Mentor, Ohio- in progress 2016

 

Jennifer Young began her yogic journey at The Movement Factory when it first opened its doors in 2013. Yoga became a source of strength and clarity for her and added a connectivity to herself and others looking to heal. She began a home practice and assisted friends and family with body aches and stress relief by sharing her personal growth through regular asana. Jennifer realized she wanted to deepen her own practice and become a yoga instructor and began Vinyasa training at Awaken Yoga. All life is Vinyasa-the flow that exists in and around all of us. Her teacher, Jennifer Langsdale, has taught her to design classes that weave mindful bhava and thoughtful sequencing to build strength, create space in the body and empower others in the mind, body and spirit.

 

Megan young
dance Instructor/Capoeira
  • BFA Dance, Ohio University -2002
  • MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts & Media from Columbia College, Chicago - 2014
  • ASCAB/Unidade Capoeira Instructor -2012
Megan Young 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.  Young 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, Megan was co-owner and curator of Solid Ground Studio in the Chicago Arts District where she curated monthly events and ongoing gallery programming. Young'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.

 

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Pilates Mat (RSVP)
10:00 AM
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10:00 AM-10:45 AM
Instructor: Shari
Location: 203

A classic Pilates Mat class with the use of various Pilates props to make your workout even more dynamic and challenging! More info
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Pilates Springboard (RSVP)
11:00 AM
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Instructor: Shari
Location: #205

An invigorating full-body workout that uses wall Pilates equipment with spring attachments to challenge your core! More info
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Zumba® Fitness
12:00 PM
Zumba® Fitness
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Instructor: Jenny
Location: 203

Party yourself into shape with exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. Ditch the workout & join the party! More info

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