Nicole Touzien is a dance artist and arts advocate who came to practice Thai massage through her work with Contact Improvisation and interest in sustainable bodywork practices. Nicole trained under the direction of Al Turner, completing Levels I and II NuadBoran Basic Certification and Advanced Sen Sumana Therapy. She currently serves Dancewave as Director of Education and is on the board of NYC Dance Week. Nicole holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Texas Woman’s University. She served as Adjunct Dance Faculty at Glendale Community College in Arizona and has been a Guest Teaching Artist in Queens, New York, and Seoul, South Korea. Nicole has taught her Thai Massage for Dancers workshop at the Texas Dance Improvisation Festival in Austin, and is developing a laboratory-style course to investigate the influence of healing practices within improvisational-based movement scores such as Contact Improvisation.
Kristen Foote has been a professional dancer in New York City since 2000. She is currently a long time member and principal dancer of the LimonDance Company, a founding member of Dance Heginbotham; and she was a renowned Radio City Rockette. She attributes her diverse career achievements to her eclectic training and encourages her students to take the same open approach to their dance studies. She focuses on training students to be dynamic, versatile, technically clear and expressive artists regardless of their age or ability. In 2007, Ms. Foote began studying Pilates, finding it to be an ideal complement to her dance training. She later trained at the Kane School of Core Integration and became certified to teach Pilates mat and equipment. Foote has been inspired to approach dance and Pilates and her associated teaching and training practices with the same intention: focusing on proper alignment, core strength and integration in order for the body to function efficiently, in harmony and injury free with longevity. The goal is to allow the muscles to tone in length and work in an organic fluid way.
Tasha Norman is the founder of the celebrated online fitness resource FitEngine, Inc. (www.fitengine.com), CEO/publisher of Tendu Magazine and FitEngine Magazine and founder of the popular NYC Dance Week Festival (www.nycdanceweek.org). Tasha, is a former elite gymnast, athlete and dancer and certified in Pilates and Anatomy from Pilates On Fifth, and trained in Classical Pilates at Romana’s Pilates in 2006. And also writes for the soon-to-launch blog, Searching4Perfection, a blog for individuals to get ‘per-fit’ and fabulous revealing no-nonsense truths on techniques that really work and why. Tasha’s journey travels from injury to incredible and shares her love of teaching and training with individuals who want to look really good and feel great, no matter what body type their starting with. Her class focuses on working smart with proper alignment, core and hip strength, flexibility, toning, strengthening and defining. Its a whole body conditioning approach while also improving the trouble spots. Her philosophy is: we are always improving, always learning and its all good. Tasha is excited to welcome everyone to be a part of the Moving Visions Downtown family. Thank you all!
Jessica Harrington Jessica received her B.A in English, Dance and International Studies from Guilford College in North Carolina. After becoming a certified yoga instructor from The Laughing Lotus, NYC in 2005, Jessica also immersed herself in Teri Lee Steele’s Pilates certification program in 2006. Having gained a new perspective on how movement heals and strengthens the mind and body, Jessica also became a certified private trainer through The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM ™) in 2007. To round out her teaching repertoire, Jessica teaches sculpt classes and most recently added Zumba™ (2009)to the mix! Jessica has taught teaches as an adjunct professor in sports sciences at Long Island University, Dance New Amsterdam where she taught Pilates and worked as a supervisor for Steele Pilates teacher training certification program. Currently, Jessica serves as a Physical Education Associate at Columbia University (since 2007) and instructs and Barnard College as well as various gyms through out the greater New York City area including The Edge Gym.
Judy Dellaquila celebrates 8 years of a progressive Pilates practice, certification in MAT and Pilates Reformer from Pilates On Fifth. Coming from a background of personal injuries and being older than your average instructor Judy is living proof that Pilates is a therapeutic form of movement creating good health, strength and focus. “I started my Pilates practice 8 years ago when no other exercise was able to accommodate my physical challenges and and limitations. I have successfully rehabilitated both my hands, lower back, knee, cervical spine and vertigo condition. Pilates has also assisted with a 40 pound weight loss, changed my attitude and re-built my body. My goal is to give away what I have received.”
Marina Bilterijst, originally from the Netherlands where she received her BFA in Dance at Codarts, the Rotterdam Dance Academy. In the Netherlands she danced with Scapino Ballet Rotterdam before moving to New York in 2013. In New York she received the Steele Pilates Certification from Teri Lee Steele. Currently she is a company dancer with Nimbus Dance Works where she is also a Dance and Pilates Instructor at the Nimbus School of Dance. As a dancer she finds it very important to keep the body fit and injury free and she sees the best results through Pilates.