Alyssa Lee Wilmot
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
  • ACE Weight Management Specialist Certification - In Progress - 2015
  • 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, 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 albu
  buti® yoga, pound, boot camp Instructor, personal training

  • BUTI® Yoga Certified - 2014
  • POUND Certified - 2014

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! 


  • BFA, Dance - Bellhaven University
  • CPR Certified - Current

Sarah has trained with Doug Varone, Bill Evans, and while living in NYC, she trained and performed with the José Limon 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 Limon, 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 Danceworks; 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 ones personal and artistic growth!

Monitor dentista
capoeria instructor
Bio coming soon! 


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.

jenny filipPelli pitts
Zumba Instructor

  • ZUMBA® Fitness Certified, Basic 1 - 2011
  • ZUMBA® Fitness Certified, Gold - 2012
  • Zumba® Fitness Certified Kids/Kids Jr. - 2012

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.

HIP HOP DANCE  Instructor
London is a dancer & choreographer originally from Akron, Ohio. London has been dancing since he was 12 years old when he realized he was in love with dance. London graduated from high school in 2012 from Richmond Heights High School.

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.


  • 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. 

ANN HUebner
ballet Instructor

  • BFA Musical Theatre/Dance- United States International University's School of Performing and Visual Arts, CA

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.

kimberly horsTman
Pilates Instructor 

  • B.S. Kinesiology - Michigan State University - 2007
  • Certified Pilates Instructor - The Pilates Center, Boulder, CO - 2012

Kimberly combines her love of movement, anatomy, and fitness to guide clients to feel good from the inside out with a healthy lifestyle. Her love of movement began at a young age when she started taking ballet and tap classes and continued to grow as she studied the anatomy of movement in college followed by work experience as a Physical Therapy Aide. Kimberly was first introduced to Pilates in 8th grade at a dance camp in Colorado and rediscovered Pilates when she moved to Colorado 8 years later. She quickly fell in love with the way Pilates awakened muscles she never knew she had and the subtle movements pushed her deeper into her sense of body awareness. Pilates made her feel taller, stronger, and rejuvenated after each session.

Kimberly received her B.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Health Promotion Specialization from Michigan State University in 2007.  She completed the advanced teacher training program at The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado.  The 12 month certification consisted of over 950 hours of lectures, adviser meetings, internship, and exams. Kimberly has been blessed to have had the opportunity to train with Rachel Taylor Segel and Amy Taylor Alpers whom studied under Romana Kryzanowksa, an elder trained by Joseph Pilates.

The Pilates Center has been called the Harvard of Pilates and has provided Kimberly vast knowledge of all apparatus including the reformer, chair, pole system, mat, and Cadillac. Her in depth classical training allows her to specialize private sessions and classes while creating a safe environment for everybody. Kimberly has taught group classes at Illahe Hills Country Club, Jolie's Pilates Plus, and Willamette University Men's and Women's golf team as well as private instruction at her home studio in Salem, Oregon. She has taught several golfers as well as a golf professional to help strengthen their body and game.

Kimberly is excited to join The Movement Factory to create fun but challenging private and group sessions where individuals are able to move, breath, and strengthen their mind and body. It is her goal to restore and maintain health and physical fitness through movement to enable individuals to truly live a happy life. Never stop moving!!
Anne howard
front desk staff, dance Instructor, Boot Camp instructor
  • BA, Religious Studies - Cleveland State University, OH
  • ESL/EFL Teacher
  • Music Together - Certification - Level 1
  • Inlet Dance Theatre Trainee and Apprentice Program

Anne is a member of the Inlet Dance Theatre Trainee and Apprentice Program in Cleveland, instructed by Bill Wade. With Inlet, she is gaining experience in modern dance technique and nontraditional partnering. Anne has a passion for modern dance and improvisation, and believes that all bodies move beautifully.
She has performed with Inlet at Cleveland Public Theatre's Danceworks, Parade the Circle, and many community events. She has had the pleasure of performing with Alyssa Lee Wilmot's group A dance company at Bal Ingenieux. She is also a fitness fiend and loves motivating and challenging clients with creative workouts in Boot Camp. In addition to being on staff at The Movement Factory, she works as a Music Together teacher for children ages 0-5. Anne loves being a part of The Movement Factory staff and loves that anyone can achieve their fitness goals here!

Bill hradek
Zumba® Instructor
  • ZUMBA® Fitness Certified, Basic 1 - 2012
  • CPR Certified - Current

Bill started taking ZUMBA® classes in January of 2012. After the first class, he was hooked. Soon after Bill became a certified instructor teaching classes all around Northeast Ohio and became known as a local favorite instructor with quite a following! ZUMBA® aims to make exercise fun with upbeat music, a positive environment and fairly simple movements that beginners can pick up on right away. His full-body routines will leave his participants satisfied with their workout and wanting to come back for more. Bill is excited to bring his high intensity classes to The Movement Factory and getting to know everyone!
Marsha Jackson
Zumba® toning instructor
  • ZUMBA® Fitness Certified, Basic 1 - 2011
  • ZUMBA® Fitness Certified, Basic 2 - 2012
  • ZUMBA® Toning Certified - 2012
  • ZUMBA® Core Certified - 2013
  • CPR Certified - Current
  • AFAA Certified Group Exercise Instructor - 2013
  • Masala Bhangra® Ambassador - 2013
  • Bokwa® Instructor - 2013

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.
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

ZumbA® Instructor

  • ZUMBA® Fitness Certified, Basic 1 - 2012
  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing - Cleveland State University - 2013
  • American Red Cross Disaster Plan Certified - 2012
  • CPR/AED Certified - Current

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 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 baby Millie.

Zumba® Instructor, barre instructor
  • 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.

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.

Office manager, dance instructor, Pilates instructor
  • BA The College of Wooster - 2012
  • Pilates Certification, The Pilates Studio, Columbus - 2014
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
  • 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!

Megan pitcher
 dance Instructor

  • BFA Dance, Ohio University -2002
  • MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts & Media from Columbia College, Chicago - 2014
  • ASCAB/Unidade Capoeira Instructor -2012

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 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, & 

Michelle sipes
dance Instructor

  • BFA Modern Dance, Bellhaven University - 2011

Michelle grew up dancing in College Station, TX at the age of 8. Her passion for dance grew rapidly at a young age and began expanding her training studying in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Tap and Hip Hop. She has had the privilege to study under Steve Rooks, Stephen Wynne, Caleb Mitchell, Ravenna Tucker, Laura Morton, Cheryl Cutlip, Bill Wade and Randall Flinn.
 After graduating high school early she did an internship with Ad Deum Dance Company and trained with Inlet Dance Theatre before heading to Jackson, MS to receive her degree in dance at Belhaven University. 
Post graduation, Michelle moved to New York City to work in production with ESPN and The Tennis Channel. She traveled all over, gaining new perspective before receiving an apprenticeship with Inlet Dance Theatre and moving to Cleveland in summer of 2012. She is now a company member with Inlet and loves living in Cleveland. Teaching is one of her deepest passions and is very excited to share that at The Movement Factory.

FITNESS Instructor

  • B.A., Psychology - University of Dayton - 2006
  • M.Ed., School Counseling - John Carroll - 2010
  • AFAA - Primary Certification - 2002
  • AFAA - Kickboxing Certification - 2007
  • ACE Wellness Coach Certification - November 2014
  • CPR Certified - Current

Andy (Andrea, but goes by Andy) has a zest for life! Growing up as a dancer and fitness enthusiast, she has always had a passion for movement, and sharing it with others. Andy danced throughout college at the University of Dayton, specializing in modern, jazz and hip-hop. Although she does not teach dance, she still loves it and finds any excuse to engage.

Andy started her journey in group fitness in high school. She became certified as a group fitness instructor during her first semester of college, took over as President of her universities aerobics club and has been teaching ever since. With over 11 years of experience, Andy continues to aspire to do more. In addition to teaching classes such as kickboxing, boot camp and toning, her goal is to become certified in Zumba and yoga, and continue to participate in running races.

Andy loves teaching not only because of the physiological benefits, but because she wants to help motivate others and help them reach their fullest potential. She knows teaching at The Movement Factory is the perfect fit because of her passion for movement, music and living life to the fullest!
jennifer sandoval eccher
dance Instructor

  • BFA - Dance - Kent State University -
  • MFA - Dance - Hollins University - In progress
Jennifer is a choreographer, educator and performer. She has been blessed with the opportunity to work with many creative artists including; Amy Compton, John Osburn, Julie Ballard, Nicole Gifford of Nicole Gifford Dance, Michael Bratt, Melissa Mallinson, Sarah Morrison of Morrisondance, Robin Vanlear, TJ & Company Dance Theatre, SMARTdance, August Tye of Tyego Dance Project, Lin Shook of Perceptual Motion Inc., Jeanne Mam Luft of Mam Luft Dance and Kimberly Karpanty of Travesty Dance Group. In 2007 she formed her group Marquez Dance Project. Her choreography has been presented in the cities of Cincinnati, Cleveland and Chicago as well as internationally in Avignon, France. Festivals include; International American Dance Choreographers Showcase, Dance Chicago, Around the Coyote, Full Circle, Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, Ohio Dance Festival, DanceWorks and Big Box through Cleveland Public Theatre. She is on faculty at Dancing Wheels, Studio 82 and is adjunct faculty at Cuyahoga Community College Western campus.

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 (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.

jessica zehel
booty barre®, POUND instructor

  • Booty Barre® Certification - 2014
  • POUND Certification - 2014
  • BA - Cleveland State University - 2012
  • Teaching Certification - Early Childhood Education

Jessica joined The Movement Factory as a client in Spring of 2013 where she fell in love Booty Barre® classes. Jessica has been active her whole life with a background in ice skating and gymnastics, and has a passion for health and fitness. She was a high school and collegiate cheerleader and has coached high school cheerleading for the last two years.  Jessica is an elementary teacher and knows her teaching background will be beneficial to her instruction at The Movement Factory.  Jessica is excited to bring a new chapter of fitness into her life by becoming a Booty Barre® and POUND instructor and leading classes at such a fantastic studio! 

Todays Schedule 07/28
Pilates Springboard (RSVP)
10:00 AM
Pilates Springboard (RSVP)
10:00 AM-10:55 AM
Instructor: Alyssa
Location: 303C

An invigorating full-body workout that uses wall Pilates equipment with spring attachments to challenge your core! More info
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Ladies Booty Camp
6:00 PM
Ladies Booty Camp
6:00 PM-6:55 PM
Instructor: Andy
Location: 203

This class is for the ladies & is aimed to kick your booty into gear! Focus is on strength, endurance, and weight loss. More info

Pilates Half Trap (RSVP)
6:00 PM
Pilates Half Trap (RSVP)
6:00 PM-6:55 PM
Instructor: Alyssa
Location: 303C

Use the half trap table for a complete workout to challenge your body in multiple ways! More info
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Barre Conditioning (RSVP)
7:00 PM
Barre Conditioning (RSVP)
7:00 PM-8:00 PM
Instructor: Danielle
Location: 203

Sculpt, tone, and lengthen your body at the barre! Challenge yourself with a variety of exercises to burn fat and get a lean dancer-like physique! More info
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