SUMMER DANCE+YOGA CAMPS
Meet Virginia, instructor and owner of @downwarddogdance. For over 10 years, Virginia has taught dance around the Richmond area with her mobile business VADancing/DancingLittleStars. Former RPS Teacher and current VCU Instructor, advocate of #givebackrva, Virginia Holds a special place in her heart for "The Underdogs" as well as those who fight to make a change in their community. She adds a special flair to her classes (comedy, basically) and considers herself a savasana specialist.
Meet Annie! Annie Peace @annabel_lah has been practicing yoga since age 12, when a kind PE teacher began offering #hatha #yoga as an alternative to dodge ball! She quickly fell in love with the practice. Her personal practice and teaching ranges from serene #restorative yoga to more vigorous #Rocketvinyasa, always with a focus on yoga as a mindful, #therapeutic practice. Having recovered from an injury herself, she believes everyone can do yoga, starting from where they are and expanding what they can do.
An E-RYT-200 (twice), she trained here in Richmond at Karuna Yoga and at The Yoga Dojo. Prior to teaching yoga, Annie was a massage therapist with a focus on healing, physical comfort, and a peaceful state of mind. She hopes to bring those same qualities into her yoga classes. She lives in #Richmond with her daughter, making art, playing board games, and trying to grow plants.
Shaniqua began her yoga journey a little over two years ago. As she began to deepen her practice, her desire grew to share the many benefits of the discipline with her community. Shaniqua’s mission is to “create safe spaces for brown faces” using the tools of meditation and yoga. She believes that she can change the world by leading people to healing and self love.
Offering a variety of vinyasa style flows, she infuses her love for music and movement with playlist that includes everyone from 2pac to Bob Marley (twerking is encouraged). Her classes provide safe spaces for self-expression and healing, all yogis welcomes.
Meet Rama! Rama will teach pranayama classes as well as a few sunrise vinyasa flows. He's studied yogic practices for almost a decade now, beginning with yoga nidras and chakra meditations. The Unity of Bon Air was a spiritual sanctuary for him at the age of 13, a youth struggling to find light in a world that felt very dark. Through meditation, and martial arts, he began to remember who he was born to be. At 17, he started studying the Astanga Vinyasa method of #Hatha Yoga to improve his flexibility and skills for Brazilian Jiujitsu, but quickly fell in love with it as a spiritual path in itself. Since then, Rama has had the privilege to train with many prominent hatha yoga instructors and martial artists, as well as a broad array of spiritual teachers of different faiths and colors. His dream is to create a world of self-sustainability and harmony, through the celebration of life in these practices. The Native American elders at Standing Rock and Nibezum put out the call for young warriors to come together in a good way, and he hopes you will join him in this peaceful revolution. Namasté
Since 2014, Hannah Knight has been teaching Yoga and meditation with a Tantric twist in Richmond, Virginia. She studied Religious Studies at VCU and Sex, Love, and Relationship coaching at the Tantric Institute of Integrated Sexuality. She is a Love and Sexual Empowerment Coach who helps radical visionaries like herself to reconnect to their authentic truth and embody the fullness of their wild nature through tantric and holistic coaching methodology. She is passionate about holding a safe space for transformation and healing, sharing her message that we are all channels of the Divine who desires to express itself through us and as us, and she believes that human sexuality is a widely untapped resource and that it’s the next step in our collective evolution on planet Earth.
Twila Jane Sikorsky: With a penchant for thinking outside the box and an insatiable drive to create and inspire, Twila opened Illumination Dance Studio (now Electric Nomad!), Richmond’s only studio dedicated to bellydance in all its forms, incarnations, and evolutions in September of 2010. Over the past decade, she has taught an organically delicious blend of Egyptian Raqs Sharqi and Fusion bellydance, and pulls from her training in both forms. Her dance education includes training in prenatal and postnatal yoga instruction; she has earned her Level 1 certification, and has studied in level 2 in the Suhaila Format, has earned her Journey Through Egypt 1 and Cairo Style 1 certifications with Sahra Saeeda, and has studied with world-traveled instructors in many forms of bellydance. She received her SEEDs teacher certification from Myra Krien in June of 2015, and is eager to begin new SEEDs programs for all ages here in Richmond. Twila has recently delved into Hot Pot ITS (improvisational tribal style) dance, and continues to study with innovative, thoughtful movers in the dance world. She recently completed a teacher training for level 1 and 2 Hot Pot ITS with Amy Sigil, and is working on her certification to teach this form. When she's not dancing, she is busy being a mama, singing and playing music, and working on her own little urban homestead.
Twila is also a co-author of several books, including Dance Vines, a dance journal and resource guide, with Arlechina Verdigris with RDI Publications.
She has offered all levels of classes over the last decade, and continues to directs her apprentice dance company, Laterna, and is offering a limited teaching schedule in 2018. Her goal as an instructor is to provide a strong technical foundation while having fun, and allowing students to become better acquainted with their bodies, spirit, and individuality through dance, while staying rooted in the cultures and traditions that are the foundation of transnational dance, the movement and fusion she is part of. She is also a sought after nationally traveling performer and producer of events in Richmond, which included the yearly Theatrical Fusion bellydance production featuring live music and international stars, Raqs Luminaire. She has produced two more theatrical works that stand alone, Oceanic, and Eternal Forest, which are boundary breaking and fantastical works produced alongside Laterna, with a focus on collaboration with artists and dancers of every stripe. Twila has also collaborated with dancers across the country, and was also cast as a principal dancer in Zoe Jakes House of Tarot in Asheville, NC. Explore Twila's solo dance, musical, modeling, and other creative work at twilajane.com
Please visit http://www.electricnomad.net/
Kimberly Glass created KGHealthy Habits in 2015 out of her passion for nutrition and wellness. She is a mother of two amazing teens. Kim is also an R.N., a Certified personal trainer and Nutrition Coach with a passion for helping people live their best life!
Her goal for Downward Dog Dance is to bring awareness to the community the importance of good nutrition and how it can have a positive impact on your life. Learning to eat nutrient dense foods most of the time is key for living and feeling your best!
Steve, born and raised in Richmond, has been practicing yoga for 3 years. He discovered the practice 8 years ago but didn't have a consistent practice until 2015. He received his 200 RYT in June of 2018 at The Yoga Dojo and is looking to share his knowledge and love of yoga with others. He is passionate about restorative and Yin classes and over the past 4 months he has discovered a love for inversions.
Aside from yoga, he has been doing acroyoga since 2017, has spent time learning different styles of dance, including some ballroom and Latin, and has taken classes for Thai Bodywork basics.
Chanae is a Virginia Beach native and hs been dancing for over 15 years. She started her dance training at Old Dominion Center where she began studying tap, ballet, jazz, and modern. She then progressed her dance education to Salem High School’s Performing Arts Program and Virginia Beach Ballet Academy. After High school, she moved to Richmond to attend VCU. There she studied Dance and Choreography.Currently, she teaches 2-5 year olds for Dancing Little Stars and Mobile Yogis, our sister companies. She will teach various dance classes, especially Improv. She is excited to become apart of the Downward Dog Dance family to continue teaching children the beauty of dance!
Matthew has always since a young age been enamored with an active lifestyle. Falling in love throughout his life with skateboarding, Surfing, Snowboarding, rocking climbing and Martial Arts. After Traveling from one coast to the other and back again, he finally settled in Richmond, Virginia. During his time in Richmond he was introduced to The Yoga Dojo, which inspired him in the forms of yoga and inverted movement / balance. After a few years of training at The Yoga Dojo he found a great desire to share his passion for what he had learned with the community. Working hard to refine his knowledge and practice he enrolled in the 200 hour RYT training at The Yoga Dojo. Now a fully certified as a 200 hour RYT he is looking forward to sharing his version of vinyasa flow and love for movement with others.
Sarah first started dancing at age 3 and has loved it ever since. Her favorite style of movement is modern, but she has trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, and lyrical. Native to the Richmond area, Sarah’s fondest memories are performing on stage at the Landmark Theater (now known as the Altria Theater). At William and Mary, she studied many styles of modern technique, particularly Graham and Horton, as well as choreographed and danced with Orchesis Modern Dance Company. She has taught Creative Movement and Dance Creations classes for Brilliant Summer at St. Catherine’s School, as well as Intro Ballet and Tap for Dancing Little Stars. She hopes to instill a love for the art of movement and a deeper understanding of the body as expression in those that she teaches!
Andrew is a certified 200 hour RYT as well as a Y12SR certified yoga instructor who specializes in vinyasa flow and Y12SR informed classes. The eight limbed path of yoga as well as vipassana meditation has offered a solution and a way to constructively and healthfully recover from the chaos of unconscious life, stay present and work to uncover the peace within. Having personal experience with addiction and recovery Andrew has found that yoga has been an indispensable practice in his own recovery. Realizing and experiencing the many benefits yoga has given Andrew in his own recovery he has dedicated much of his time to teach and share the benefits of yoga to all who seek it.
Nadeya is originally from Roanoke, VA. She studied theatre and received her BFA through New York University. She ended up in Los Angeles for eleven years which is where she did most of her self-realization work and yoga studies. She is excited to now call Richmond, Virginia home! Nadeya is an artist and a creator. She paints, sings, plays music, loves photography, acts, writes and produces. Basically anything where she gets to create, she’s in! Her spirit loves to learn and play and she feels fortunate to be in a place where she can teach yoga and be available to the students at Downward Dog Dance and Yoga.
Sarah Minton, originally from Columbus Ohio, started dancing at a young age. She trained at BalletMet Columbus, studying ballet, modern, jazz and character dance. In 8th grade, she began taking a weekly yoga class as part of her dance curriculum at BalletMet. As she progressed with her dancing career, yoga became a physical and emotional tool she used to build strength, flexibility and let go of stress.
After High School, she danced as a trainee with Charlotte Ballet for two years. In 2017, she moved to Richmond to be a trainee with Richmond Ballet and began teaching preschool dance classes with “Dancing Little Stars”. She is excited to be back from an 18-day 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Shivakali Yoga in Southern California. Yoga continues to help Sarah find her true-self, letting go of anxiety, judgment, perfectionism, and the need for external validation. Her hope is to share this connection with the true self through movement and breath in her classes, helping people find more peace and joy.
Stacy ha been practicing Yoga for over 10 Years. Yoga helps her body, mind and spirit grow stronger and inspires her to live in thepresent and more mindfully.
She completed her 200 hour Karuna training with 4025 Yoga and Wellness. That was the best decision she feels she ever made for herself. She says she really enjoyed and appreciated everything her teachers taught and shared with her during the training.
Karuna Yoga is all about "compassion" and our mantra for the teaching of asana is Ahimsa (non-harming). When Stacy presents Yoga asana in class, she pays close attention to each individual’s physical abilities and needs. Karuna Yoga asanas are presented in a codified manner with focusing on fundamental poses that will lead to greater understanding and ease for cueing other more advanced asanas with in the same category.
After she received the chance to teach Kids Yoga at an after school program, she fell in love teaching Kids Yoga. She realized how much kids love yoga as well as how much they need yoga. She decided to add her Kidding Around Yoga certificate to deepen her knowledge of teaching yoga to kids.
While Yoga is always her first passion,she also enjoys hiking, scuba-diving, watching movies and volunteering for animal shelters.