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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
  • Weight Management Specialist Certification - American Council on Exercise - 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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

LONDON  FULTON
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.
 

 

AMBER GOOD
FRONT DESK STAFF 
 
  • 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. 

       

 
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!

 

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 baby Millie.

 

 
 
Charlotte petrie barre instructor, Zumba® 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.

 

 

LINDSAY PHILLIPS
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).

   

 

DANIELLE PIACENTE
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!

 

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 

 

 

jenny sanders
WERQ INSTRUCTOR, Zumba® Instructor
 
  • WERQ Certified - 2015
  • ZUMBA® Fitness Certified, Basic 1 - 2014
  • BSN - Cleveland State University, 2013
  • RN  - Cleveland State University, 2013
  • AFAA Group Fitness Instructor - 2013
  • CPR Certified - Current
  • American heart association for basic life support
 
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!

 

 


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.
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