Maya Jocelyn | Founder
Maya began dancing at the age of five and continued on to complete a BFA in Modern Dance at SUNY Purchase. She then graduated from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy and become a licensed massage therapist. For ten years, Maya specialized in chronic pain and injury recovery. In 2006, she transitioned her practice from bodywork to movement work, teaching people how to change the way they move to prevent pain and injuries. It evolved into a core strengthening and injury prevention technique called the Maya Method. It is strongly influenced by Pilates, yoga, dance and the work of Caroline Myss. Maya received certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Pilates International, and Annette Lang (post-rehabilitative training and pre/postnatal training). She opened Studio Maya in 2008 to offer a safe place for people to heal and develop their body in a holistic manner with techniques based on science and research.
Joanna Stone | Maya Method, Vinyasa Flow
Joanna Stone received her BA in Dance from the University of Texas at Austin and her MA in Dance and Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from Texas Woman’s University. She completed a 200-Hour Certification in Forrest Yoga, Barre Certification from Barre Vida, and Fitness Instructor Certification through AFAA, Jo performs with Dance to the People and a member of the WINGS World Quest Junior Council. Jo is a fan of ecological dance making, going to the beach and climbing trees.
Danielle Henry | Brooklyn Booty, Bosu Body
Danielle completed her B.S. in Communication and Gender Studies at Pace University. She became certified in personal training, Kettlebell Concepts as well as Annette Lang’s Pre/Postnatal Training and Intergrated Stretching. Danielle specializes in strategically driving muscles to fatigue in order to swiftly develop muscle mass.
Jess Grippo | Beginner Ballet
JJess grew up dancing ballet at the Joffrey Ballet School. She took a break from dance to go to NYU where she completed a BA in Psychology and Sociology with a focus on Culture and Gender Studies. After college, Jess returned to dance studying jazz, African and Haitian dance, as well as comedy and theater. Because of her own journey back to dance, Jess understands how it feels to be intimidated by the dance studio. She enjoys creating a warm, welcoming and non-judgmental atmosphere for all her dance classes. Jess now has a creativity coaching practice with a program called, “You Can Dance Again.”
Leslie Lissaint | Zumba
Leslie Lissaint is a certified personal trainer through National Academy of Sports Medicine as well as a certified Zumba instructor. Leslie has trained and taught ballet, tap, modern, Hip-Hop, African dance, and contemporary dance classes. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied Portuguese and Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies. She has also trained as an actress at the prestigious Eugene O’Neil Theater Institute and the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. Currently outside of the studio, Leslie has a one woman show she wrote and performs in entitled "This Is How We Heal."
Kathryn Davis | Speciality Class Series: Qigong
Kathryn is a Master Teacher of Qigong, an Energy/Vibrational Healer, Spiritual Doula and founder of the Kun Li Sheng System™. She holds certifications in teaching Qigong and Qigong Healing Techniques from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. She’s also certified in Reiki Energy hands-on and distance healing as well as the Sandlin Technique. Kathryn has traveled to Teotihuacan, Mexico to connect with the Mayan, Aztec, and Toltec healing traditions of the Nahuatl culture. She has also traveled to Mainland China several times to study with Masters of Qigong and Taoist philosophy.
Latoya Goree| Zumba
LaToya started dancing when she was 7 years old. She trained in many styles of dance including modern, West African, hip hop, and ballet. She studied at Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Dance Theater of Harlem and Hubbard Street Dance. LaToya completed a BA in Advertising and Social Sciences from Michigan State University, and completed certifications in both Zumba and Barre.
Kuni Quimby | Zumba
Kuni has been a certified Zumba instructor for more than five years. For the last twenty years, she has studied various styles of dance and performing. Zumba Fitness has played a transformative role in Kuni’s life. She fell in love with Zumba instantly and truly believes that its positive influence can be felt throughout your everyday life. It is with this philosophy that makes Kuni look at her class not just as a fun dance class, but also a workout for your mind and soul. Kuni looks forward to sharing her infectious enthusiasm with you and can't wait to see your smiling face in class!
Hanakyle Moranz | Maya Method,
After HanaKyle received a BA in Arts Management from Emerson College, she knew she didn't want to sit at a desk all day. This began her pursuit of a career in movement practices. She trained as a massage therapist at the Swedish Institute in 2004, and became licensed in New York state shortly thereafter. Over the past decade, she completed a number of advanced yoga trainings, culminating in her certification in Integrated Movement Therapy, allowing her to work with a wide variety of people and conditions. She has also completed her certification in personal training at the National Academy of Sports Medicine. HanaKyle specializes in working with people with neurological conditions and chronic pain, and synthesizes her knowledge of the body into dynamic and therapeutic group classes.
Tony Stephens | Bosu Body, Outdoor Class
Tony grew up playing basketball and football. During college, he became a lifeguard and taught swimming for 10 years. He then transitioned to personal training and completed the ACE Fitness and National Academy of Sports Medicine certifications. Tony has a strong interest in yoga and meditation and has studied goal-setting and personal development for over 20 years. Tony specializes in functional training with a focus on cardiovascular endurance.
Pooja Uberoi | Bollywood
Pooja Uberoi is professional dancer, teacher and choreographer. She has toured throughout India, U.S., Mexico, Puerto Rico and Israel. She’s founder of the dance company IKIGAI, producer for NYC Dance week and founder of Funkar, a NYC-10 Initiative. Before moving to NYC, Pooja was head of a national dance school in India with over 800 students. She has choreographed full length Bollywood Musicals. Pooja is the Brand Ambassador for Dance USA, Dance NYC and Hotstar, USA. She is also a consultant for a music school and runs an international artist management company called Artists East West.
Yxia Olivares | Zumba, Samba, Hip Hop
Yxia grew up dancing Samba with her family. She studied at Ballet Hispanico, Steps on Broadway, and Fazil’s Dance Studios; learning ballet, hip-hop, and flamenco. Yxia went on to perform and tour with recording artists including Will Smith, Wyclef Jean, Salt-N-Pepa, Britney Spears, Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige. and Sean Paul. Yxia transitioned her career to teaching after completing certifications in Zumba Basics, Zumba Step, and Zumba Kids.