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)
- bootybarre® Plus Certification - 2014
- bootybarre® Flex and Flow Certification - 2014
- Weight Management Specialist Certification - American Council on Exercise - 2015
bootybarre® Pre and PostNatal Certification - 2016
bootybarre® Sculpt Certification - in progress
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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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- 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.
- 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.
- Certified Personal Trainer - 2006
ZUMBA® Fitness - 2007
Living Foods Chef - 2008
ZUMBA® Gold - 2009
ZUMBA® Kids - 2009
2012 Core Barre - 2012
2014 BUTI Yoga Level 1 & 2 - 2014
2015 POUND Fitness - 2015
2015 200 Hour RYT - Yoga - 2015
2015 Reiki Energy Level 2 - 2015
CPR - AED current
Laura’s experience of physical and mental challenges of the U.S. military ignited her passion to pursue her Personal Trainer Certification in 2006. Since then she has obtained various credentials of many leading edge Group Fitness and Yoga formats: 200 Hour Yoga Certified, POUND, BUTI Yoga Level 2, Zumba, Core Barre, Bootcamps, and Women’s Figure & Fitness. Yet after spending many years of pushing her body with overzealous workout regimes and countless hours instructing classes, not only was her body wearing down from exhaustion yet her passion for fitness began to fade. She began shifting to educating herself on other components of Holistic Lifestyle credentials to become part of her offerings: Living Food/Paleo Chef, Meditation, Intimacy Coaching, Reiki Energy Healer and obtained her BS in Alternative Medicine to be able to coach others in the facets which they needed to bring more attention to in their lives.
Yet it is her love of Yoga that has kept her grounded and fulfilled and it is at the forefront of her life. In her classes you will feel the subtle yet consistent space of healing by her presence, with the backdrop of inspirational moving music that synergistically works on the chakra energy centers. Regardless of a meditative format of yoga or power based flow you will leave feeling invigorated, nourished yet peaceful.
Laura's wealth of holistic knowledge and modalities are offered to those seeking assistance for their own paths via lifestyle coaching services encompassing all facets of life: nutrition, stress management, intimacy coaching as well as, personal fitness/yoga training. She is also available for seminars, workshops and group trainings.
- Power Pilates Classical Pilates certification - 2010
- Power Vinyasa Yoga Certification - 2010
- Shakti Flow Certification - 2014
- BA, Communications, Ohio University -2011
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!
- 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 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.
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.
- BFA Dance, Ohio University -2002
- MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts & Media from Columbia College, Chicago - 2014
- ASCAB/Unidade Capoeira Instructor -2012
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