Tai Ji Teachers:
Professional Modern Dance Workshop Teachers:
Loretta Thomas, (Owner and Artistic Director)
Loretta has been teaching and performing for over 25 years. She performed with Michael Sokoloff Dance Ensemble and Austin Civic ballet in Texas. In New York since 1977, she performed the Duncan work with Lori Belilove & Dancers and Dances by Isadora and with Catherine Gallant/Dances in addition to presenting her own work throughout the Northeast and Texas. Ms. Thomas studied modern dance under scholarship with Merce Cunningham, with master Duncan teachers Julia Levien and Hortense Kulooris, ballet with Maggie Black, childhood education with Ellen Robbins among others in 92 St.Y Dance Education Lab and Chinese movement forms with Grandmaster Yu Cheng Hsiang. Ms Thomas has taught at Michael Sokoloff Dance Studio, parochial schools in New York and New Jersey, the Houston High School for the Performing Arts, the Isadora Duncan Foundation for Contemporary Dance, and at Vassar College. She is currently on faculty at Mark Morris Studio as well as her Moving Visions Studio. The Moving Visions Dancers have been performed in the Tribeca Film Festival, the Taste of Dance, the Kids Café Showcase, the Paul Taylor Youth Ensemble Showcase and with Dances by Isadora at the St Marks Church performance space
Francesca is of Swiss Italian origin and trained in several modern dance techniques and styles. She has been a dancer with Catherine Gallant/Dance and Dances by Isadora since 2000, a member of Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble since 2003 and assists with coaching the Sokolow repertory, as well as performing with Rae Ballard’s Thoughts in Motion. Francesca has taught technique and repertory works in the U.S. and abroad. She has run her own children program in Hoboken, NJ from 2006 to 2016.
Jodi danced in Alvin Ailey Dance Company. Broadways ” Dancing”, Leader Of The Pack and Scandal. Choreographed; Arcadia on Broadway, Brother Russia, The View 2006 Tony Awards; Under The Bridge, Company, The Rhythm Club, 2003 Miss Saigon, All My Children; Another World; Dead Air and Rosie O’Donnell Show. Associate Choreographer; Grey Gardens Never Gonna Dance; Gypsy, Sweet Smell Of Success, Putting it Together; Sunset Boulevard; Miss Saigon.Films: Object Of My Affection; The Mirror Has Two Faces; Meet Joe Black; In And Out; And Curtain Call.
Bob Murphy, L.AC. (Tai Chi)
Bob has studied Chinese martial and healing arts for the past thirty-five years. For the past twenty-seven years, he studied weekly with renowned Grandmaster Yu Cheng Hsiang until the master’s death in November 2010. Bob studied both Tai Chi Chuan and Shaolin systems. He has taught Tai Chi at the New York Open Center from 1993-2003. For the past twelve years he has been teaching at the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art on Staten Island and Moving Visions Dance Studio.
Kristen studied Yang Style Tai Chi, Tai Chi Sword, Shaolin and Shaolin stick forms with Grandmaster Yu Cheng Hsiang for the past 17 years. She holds Master’s degrees in both Traditional Chinese Medicine (Pacific College of Oriental Medicine) and Education (City University of New York).
Catherine Gallant, (dancer, teacher, choreographer)
Catherine began working with children 30 years ago. Since 1998 she has been the dance teacher at PS 89 where she explores dance with students in Pre-K through 5th grade. Catherine served on the writing committee for New York City’s Blueprint for the Arts in DANCE and has presented dance education workshops for NDEO, NYCDOE, Manhattanville College, the Dance Education Laboratory and New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Ms. Gallant is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory and holds an MFA in Dance from Temple University. In addition to being a full-time dance teacher in NYC Public School and directing her own companies, Catherine has three children ages 21, 11 and 9. She has received funding for her choreography from the Harkness Foundation for Dance, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Trust, City Parks Foundation and NYFA.
Moving Visions Dance
19 Murray Street, 3rd Floor (between Broadway and Church Street)
In Tribeca near 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, N, R, A, E, Trains
Email: lthomasdance [at] aol.com
Phone: (212) 608-7681 Hours 9-6