Margie Krest is the owner and founder of Dancing the Soul. After teaching for many years in academia, Margie resigned her faculty position to follow her heart. Her heart led her to study at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health where she was able to connect more fully with her body and find a direction for the Center she envisioned: a place where others have the opportunity to listen to their inner rhythms and connect to their bodies and hearts, a place for community, play and acceptance. Certified in Yoga, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation), Yoga Dance and TaijiFit, Margie brings to her own classes a sense of community and self-awareness that encourages students to focus not only on the movements of the body but the way in which movement and stillness allow them to open their hearts.
Ann Musman-Quigley’s love for movement and stillness began as a small child. Her mother danced and she was encouraged in her study of ballet, jazz and modern technique. She later studied pedagogy, body alignment and dance therapy; Feldenkreis Awareness through Movement classes and her most recent passion has been yoga. She began classes 12 years ago, loved the philosophy, learning about the power of our breath, and became a certified yoga instructor. She has performed, and choreographed professionally. She was co-founder and co-director of Children’s Dance Place a school for creative movement and modern dance. She has worked for Art Reach and Very Special Arts with students of many abilities. She has taught private and group yoga classes. Ann is a second generation Colorado native. She has been married for 33 years to a supportive husband who has helped her follow her heart. She has two lovely, grown daughters and they love to dance too!
Christy Cutler has been involved in movement education since 1984 and is known for her gentle, supportive approach to teaching. Prior to teaching the Feldenkrais Method (Awareness through Movement), Christy directed Children’s Dance Place a school specializing in creative movement for children aged 1-14, located in Denver. Her movement background includes modern dance, yoga, creative movement, folk andethnic dance. Christy was drawn to study Feldenkrais after benefitting from Awareness Through Movement classes for many years. She infuses her classes with a sensitivity to and awareness of the ways in which movement and stillness affect the body and spirit. Her enthusiasm for what she teaches is infectious!
Eric Imbody has studied 31 forms of Tai Chi and Qigong over the last 28 years, including Primordial Qigong, five Animal Frolics, Tai Chi Chih and Hua Healing Sounds.He feels blessed to have had the opportunity to train with American Qigong Master Ken Cohen. Eric takes a lighthearted approach to teaching. He encourages his students to play as they become familiar with specific forms. He willfrequently ask, “How do we apply these lessons we learn to our lives?” Using a principle such as wu wei (only using the effort that is required, and no more) Eric often reminds students to conserve chi and use it wisely. Eric teaches throughout the Denver area and sits on the Board of Directors of the National Qigong Association.
Jennifer Ouimette first experienced the Tantric Dance of the Sacred Feminine in 2005, and she has been practicing this transformative movement meditation ever since. As a dance facilitator and a licensed massage therapist, she has learned how to assist others in moving energy to release holding patterns that create dis-ease. Jennifer integrates her knowledge of energy and the body into her dance classes. She believes in the healing power of love and brings a high level of loving presence to her dance and massage therapy practice. Also, Jennifer’s Harmonic Healing Massage Therapy practice is thriving in the DtS Healing Arts Room! Call her directly for a full-body massage, chair massage or an ionic foot soak: 720-771-5755
Jill is a Nia Black Belt instructor and Nia Faculty Trainer. She has enjoyed 13 years of teaching Nia in the Boulder area. Jill brings high energy, dynamism and somatically-skilled
cueing to her Nia classes. She is a teacher of conscious movement and will inspire your creativity while pushing you to your next level of fitness – mindfully, with a focus on pleasure in the body. A self-proclaimed “anatomy junkie,” Jill brings an integral knowledge of the body to her classes. Students appreciate her athletic yet compassionate teaching style, as well as her ability to adapt choreography for a variety of movement abilities and body types. “I have always loved to move my body in an expressive way. To share the joy and pleasure of living in a body that seeks pleasure over pain and to grow older in a healthy vibrant body is a gift I love sharing.” When Jill is not teaching classes you will find her cheering on one of her kids at a dance recital, spending time with her sweet grandson, or sipping a bhakti Chai and listening to “Discover Weekly” on Spotify.
Krystle grew up in Denver and finds joy in dance, art and science. While working on her degree Biology at MSU Denver, she discovered a Belly Dance classes offered by Lia Ridley. For Krystle, belly dance was liberating; she instantly fell in love with the dance form. She soon became a teaching assistant and in 2013 she co-founded the Beat Nomads Belly Dance Troupe. Since then, she has been performing, teaching and continuing to train under numerous local and internationally recognized belly dance instructors. For Krystle, belly dance has been a tool used to understand and express the human experience. It has provided opportunities for storytelling, movement art, social commentary, costume design, deeper music appreciation, building self-confidence and discovering her love of teaching. As a teacher she encourages students to love their bodies and explore how dance can move them both physically and emotionally. Through the development of sharp technique and clear dance vocabulary, Krystle aims to guide students in finding their own personal style and means of self-expression. As a fusion belly dancer she welcomes and plays with many additional dance styles including modern dance, hip-hop, flamenco and Indian dance.
Lia Ridley teaches the Gypsy style of Belly Dance, offering students an opportunity to move closer to their feelings and a format through which to voice them. She was introduced to this dance form at age 5, in her hometown of Dej in the province of Transylvania, Romania. She observed the Gypsies and was deeply inspired by their spirited dancing and the freedom they exhibited. Women of the Middle East have enjoyed this joyous, expressive, cultural art form for centuries. Lia performs periodically with her troupe, Divine Gypsies, teaches a credited Belly Dance class at Metropolitan State College, and is currently an English Language Acquisition facilitator in the Denver Public Schools.
Linda Sue Shirkey is one of those rare Denver natives.For over 35 years, she has been working in various creative fields, from coaching ice skating to building her own interior design business. Linda Sue began practicing yoga 30 years ago. One of her teachers persuaded her to take yoga teacher training, which she completed in 2001 at Total Yoga in Ahmedabad, India. Linda believes that yoga enables people to find their inner beauty. Thus, she guides herstudents to those places where they can find that beauty and then express it through movement, breathing and stillness.
Lora Skien’s greatest passion is her physical and spiritual connection to dance. Studying many styles of dance throughout her youth provided important foundations to disciplines and expressions through movement. In college, Lora embarked on a year long study abroad to the Ivory Coast in Africa. Her life was forever transformed through this experience.
The demanding physical movements of African Dance and the foreign, cultural experiences of the “spirit” in dance captivated her. Her adventurist spirit and love for cultural diversity and travel propelled her to seek further. Along her journey, she discovered the soul of Flamenco. Traveling and studying mixed disciplines (in both Egypt and Turkey), Lora dove deep into the feminine spirit and rich history of Belly Dance. Recently, Lora trained in Nia, her most recent connection to movement. For her, Nia brings together dance, personal expression and spiritual awakening. When you attend one of Lora’s Nia classes you will experience all of these movements forms!!
Mahdyeh is a Denver native who began her belly dancing career in elementary education. She found an instantaneous love, ability and spiritual release in blending different sounds and different dance styles with the ancient art of belly dance. Mahdyeh has used her training as a teacher to help develop cohesive and attainable class structures for dance. She has trained in numerous dance styles, has taught belly dance at the high school level and is a co-founder of the Beat Nomads Belly Dancing Troupe. As a new mom, Mahdyeh loves the physical strength that belly dancing cultivates within the body. As an artist, she loves having the ability to use mind, body and emotion to create art. As a dancer, she loves the muscle and memory building movement that melts into the smooth, slinky motions of belly dance. She hopes to connect her students to the strength and love within each body, the creativity within each mind and the beauty of each passionate soul. When she isn’t dancing she is usually outdoors hiking, camping, reading, doing yoga and Pilates, or taking her daughter on an adventure.
Expect an experience of engaging inspiration in Margie’s Nia classes; her innate joy of movement is contagious. Margie is a White Belt Nia instructor and has an extensive dance background, starting with formal training at age 4, years of tap, ballet, modern, and now, Nia!
Margie first discovered Nia in 2013, in Durango, CO, and after years of exploring a variety of forms of movement, has finally found the unique, comprehensive and pleasurable fitness experience of Nia. Margie is also a psychotherapist with close to 15 years experience, currently working in integrated healthcare. Her training also includes teaching spiritual practices, such as meditation.
Melissa’s journey is an incredible one of determination, hard work and commitment. In 2008, she was in her mid-twenties, had terrible eating habits, never exercised and was close to 300 pounds. After bariatric surgery, she realized that the surgery was only the starting point to turning her life around. Making and maintaining healthy choices and exercising regularly was the key.
But staying at home to exercise in front of a DVD wasn’t the answer either. Melissa knew she needed a public setting to hold herself accountable. It was then that she discovered Zumba at Studio Thrive. Very soon after, she became licensed to teach Zumba. Her Zumba classes are high energy and she constantly changes the moves and music to keep the class interesting. In addition to teaching Zumba, Melissa runs, hikes, plays tennis, and ballroom dances. Come play and be inspired in her class.
Shira Salzberg’s love of movement inspired her to become a practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education. She has also had the opportunity to study and teach the Child’Space method that focuses on infant developmental movement. Shira has taught Creative Dance to pre-schoolers at Children’s Dance Place and Between the Bones.
As a mother of 4 and now with 3 grandchildren, Shira became more aware of the developmental value of exploration and learning through movement. She enjoys revisiting the richness of these movements with her adult students so that they can more fully move through their lives. Shira feels that each class is an exploration in how touch and movement support our healthiest, happiest selves. Her hope is that every person in her class will find something that is personally meaningful and useful in order to experience more ease, coordination and balance in their lives.
Sue Rayment is our front desk team member. Sue returned to Denver after a 15 year stay on the coast of British Columbia, Canada, where as a painting contractor she worked on everything from yachts to custom homes to faux finishing. Sue later earned her real estate license and for 5 years, she thoroughly enjoyed showing waterfront homes and rural acreages in such a beautiful and rustic part of the world.
Sue has been singing professionally since she was 22 and spent several years touring on the road in the spandex 80’s, first as a back-up singer and later with her own Top 40 band and even played the summer fair circuit across Canada with an Elvis Impersonator! She continued singing blues, jazz and pop during her painting and real estate careers, playing local jazz festivals, fundraisers and dancers.
All that physical labor took its toll and Sue found herself back in Denver needing some serious healing. She found the different modalities offered at DtS to be deeply healing in different ways. Working here has been a special part of Sue’s journey for which she is very grateful. Sue now uses only watercolors and paper to her her “paint-on”!