Instructors

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12570978_10207140927494417_457032582_n Alba Elena – Nia
Alba Elena Nia Sedona, Nia Instructor I was born in Cuba and raised in Miami and grew up with the music, dance and rhythms of the island. I trained in ballet and jazz from a young age and went on to teach aerobic dance and body sculpting in Italy, in Spain and throughout South Florida. I taught ballroom and latin dance in South Florida and during that time also trained, travelled and competed nationally as a professional in the Ballroom and Latin divisions. Nia is my path to body/mind/spirit wellness and an ever evolving journey that allows me to connect with my community through music, movement and joy. Nia is a nourishing movement practice, a guided journey into joy and ease of movement, release of tension, play, freedom and healing in body and soul. Classes are joyful, community oriented and fun. Every age and every level is welcome. albaelena@msn.com 928 301 4981 www.nianow.com


cassieCassie Mavis – Dance Your SASS
bellydance & burleque teacher

Cassie is a professional belly dancer. She has performed with The Urban Tribal Dance Co. and A Bit of Burlesque Dance Co. in San Diego, CA. She is also a Holistic Health Practitioner/Integrative Massage Therapist, Eden Energy Medicine Clinical Practitioner and Reiki Master. She has been performing the Sacred Art of Belly Dance as a spiritual healing path for over 20 years. She taught Dance Your SASS in San Diego and is excited to share it with Sedona! Info or questions? cassiemavis@gmail.com 928-451-1010

 


 

carrie headshotCarrie Konyha – Bellydance Instructor, Yoga Instructor (E-RYT 200, YACEP) & Certified Barre Fitness Instructor
Lotus Studio owner Carrie Konyha is a multi-award winning, world class middle eastern dance artist/instructor, certified yoga instructor (E_RYT 200, YACEP) & certified Barre fitness instructor who teaches yoga and dance internationally.
Carrie has been practicing yoga since 1994 and teaching since 2000. She teaches Hatha, Vinyasa, YogaSculpt and BarreAsana classes. Her yoga teaching methods & philosophies are inspired by both ancient and modern lineages with her training in traditional Indian dance practices (considered forms of yoga), the teachings of Paramahansa Yoganada in addition to ancient Sufi spiritual practices being among her primary inspirations. As a registered ‘Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider’, Carrie offers specialty workshops and programs at the studio that are eligible for Yoga Alliance CEU’s. Beginning in 2018 Carrie will be offering 200 yoga teacher training progams at Lotus Studio.
Carries dance education includes more than 20 years of training in middle eastern dance including classical Egyptian Raqs Sharqi, Turkish Orientale, a variety of Gypsy dance dialects (Turkish Rom, Ghawazee, Banjara), American Tribal Style bellydance & Folkloric dances of N. Africa. Carrie has additional training in the Indian classical dance, Bharata Natyam, Bhangra, BollyWood, Ballet, Modern dance, gymnastics & in Shamanic healing, meditative dance practices. Her bellydance style has been greatly enriched by her experience in performing within the Arabic communities and by working closely with middle eastern musicians both in the USA and in the Middle East. She has been traveling to the middle east since 2008 to study middle eastern dance directly from the cultures it Originates and has performed in Egypt and Dubai UAE. www.sedonabellydance.com  www.holisticpsychic.com
carrie@sedonabellydance.com (480)748-1671 mobile/text


lisadixon

Lisa Dixon – Beginning Level Brazilian Carnival Samba Dance – Lisa has been studying folkloric dance and music of Africa and the African Diaspora since 1994. Recently relocated to Sedona from Hawaii, Lisa taught Afro-Brazilian Dance and Carnival Samba at the University of Hawaii Hilo since 2001. I love to teach and share the joy of dance! Lisa is also a practicing astrologer with a Bachelor Degree in Liberal Arts from Kepler College of Astrological Arts and Sciences. lisasambista@gmail.com
on Facebook: Sedona Samba & Carnaval Dance @sedonasamba

 


Yvonne Tai ChiYvonne Howard – Tai Chi (Yang Style) Instructor, 500 hour QiGong Instructor, 200 (RYT) hour Yoga Instructor,  5 Element Bellydance instructor
Yvonne leads classes as a noncompetitive, self paced system of ancient Asian movement designed to rejuvenate, regenerate and recuperate the body.  Regular practice strengthens joints, muscles, tendons, internal organs and revitalizes ones ‘CHI’ or vital energy.
She fell in love with the freedom and expression of bellydance in her early 20’s and began learning from both local and nationally known instructors including Suhaila Salipour, Aziza, Mesmera and Carrie Konyha.  More recently, she has embraced Tribal Fusion and dance meditation.  Yvonne teaches weekly Qigong / Tai Chi and yoga classes in Sedona.   She is available for 5 Element dance experiences, yoga nidra sessions, as well as fusion workshops that incorporate QiGong, bellydance and yoga.   Yvonne is a very passionate instructor focus on the healing, transformation and wellbeing of her students.  www.zentrinsics.com (928) 300-7438 Yvonne@zentrinsics.com