Lindsey Cherrett AKA Rhythm Rhinestone first took to the stage in 2008 where she began her exploration in the art of Burlesque as a member of the Notorious Troupe. Strutting her way across stages she has locally performed in a variety of shows including The Betty Paige Tribute Show, YOUR Drag and Burlesque Shows, Queer Burlesque and The Strip Search Competition for the Toronto Burlesque Festival.
Srividya (Vidya) Natarajan studied south Indian classical dance with traditional teachers including Guru Kittappa Pillai and Shyamala Mohan for over 25 years. She has performed and taught bharatanatyam in India and Canada for 35 years. She works at King's University College, and performs occasionally with the Toronto dance company inDance.
Nicole Carr started her dance and Pilates training at Swan Studio Dance here in London at a very young age. At 11 years old she joined a young dancers company, Children’s Dance Project (CDP), with whom she had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Karen Kajea, Ryan Lee, and Laurie Mae from the Anna Sokolow Foundation. During this time she also worked with Olympic gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, helping to create choreography for their routines. After high school Nicole trained at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre where she had the privilege of working with many more wonderful teachers and choreographers such as Peggy Baker, Marc Boivin, Peter Chin, Robert DesRosiers, Christopher House, Allen Kajea, Louis Laberge-Côté, Sharon B. Moore, Julia Sasso, and Heidi Strauss.
Since then she has been working professionally as an Independent Artist as well as with Dasein Dance Theatre here in London and is a trained teacher in Stott Pilates.
Mariam has been practicing and teaching the art of belly dance for over a decade. She began to explore the various methods of belly dancing and has enjoyed combining both traditional and modern techniques into her repertoire Mariam dances as a way to express her personal creativity and urges other to do the same. Her classes not only focus on the art of dance they also concentrate on the relaxation of the mind and body while dancing.
Jodi is a wellness enthusiast whose passion in life is finding joy through movement. Having danced from a young age, she discovered early on the wonders of experiential “magic” that occurs when you allow your body to move itself. From jazz and acro to Nia and Yoga, Jodi has studied many forms of living arts, finding delight in both the freedom and structure of each discipline. Jodi’s teaching style is all about freedom of movement and self-discovery, and, of course, feeling good and having FUN!
Jodi is a Registered Massage Therapist, Reiki Master, Holistic Therapist and Registered Yoga Teacher based in London, Ontario. Her approach to healing and movement is always therapeutic, not just for the body, but also for the heart and soul.
Sheila Horrell has been drumming for the last 25 years, studying percussion with various drummers locally and internationally, she has been facilitating workshops and Drum Circles for many groups in Southwestern Ontario, including schools, universities, camps, nursing homes, conferences and private organizations.
As well as facilitating drumming, Sheila is also a member ofpercussion groups in London - including "The London Groove Collective." As well she sings and plays with WomenSpiritSong choir, and Joyful Noise choir.
Geoff Gibbs has been a student, instructor, and enthusiast of multiple martial traditions for over 15 years. Having lived and trained in Beijing at the Shichahai Sports School, his focus has mainly been on traditional and contemporary Chinese martial arts, including traditional Kung Fu and Chen style Tai Chi. He has also enriched his physical vocabulary with experience in Doce Pares Eskrima, Capoeira, and other forms of self defense. The beauty, purpose, movement, and traditions of each art inform each other, providing a wide range of teaching skills to fit the needs of students.
Described as authentic, wise, passionate, and intuitive, Domenic Massa is sought after for his unique expertise as an advanced certified CranioSacral therapist (CST) and healer, with international clientele from countries such as Finland, Australia, the United States and from across Canada.
As a specialized therapist, Domenic has treated many hundreds of people over the past 10 years for conditions ranging from physical pain and traumas to varying degrees of migraines and headaches, from learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders to stress stemming from emotional, energetic, and spiritual imbalances or difficulties.
Juan David Pinzon is a fun and loving husband, a good friend, a hard working man and an excellent salsa dancer. He has been dancing salsa for decades now and he can really bring a vibrant connection to the music, the dance and the fun of learning how to move to the beats from his motherland.
“The teacher doesn’t teach, not really. The teacher offers stimulation and ways in which the person can educate himself or herself. At best the teacher wakes up that person and makes a person hungry” ~ Murray Louis.