|Adria | Amy | Blythe | Carla | Clarissa | Dikla | Frankie|
Geena | Jan | Jasmine | Jule | Kris | Lisa | Liz | Lori | Magdelena
Michie | Ramiro | Reshoo | Ross | Shannon | Staci | Tamra | Theresa
For information about private instruction, please see the Personal Training page.
M.Ed., LPC, NCC
Nia™, Nia 5 Stages™
|Jule's living mantra, dharma and life purpose is "move.Be Moved. BE." She believes that to live fully in a physical body, practicing the art of elegantly integrating the realms of body, mind, emotions and spirit… embracing and expanding one's highest self… is the path to "life-enhancing, jaw-dropping transformation.” Facilitating others in their path to integration, health and body-mind-spirit well-being-ness is Jule's deepest desire. |
Jule Aguirre, M.Ed., LPC, NCC, is a Nia Trainer, Nia Black Belt Teacher and Nia 5 Stages practitioner who has been moving body-mind integrators, urban athletes and adventurers in wellness for over 27 years. As a Trainer and Practitioner of the work of Nia, Jule powerfully holds the space for others to master this life-transforming work through her multi-dimensional, full-on, rocked-out classes, workshops, private sessions and Nia White Belt Trainings. Whether you are new to movement or a seasoned urban athlete, you'll have FUN!
As a Licensed and Certified Psychotherapist who has been facilitating personal growth and life transformation with individuals, families and groups since 1990, Jule's gift is being able to integrate the wisdom of Nia with her counseling techniques to form an integrative, therapeutic program of wellness, healing and personal power for participants of her work. Jule works privately with individuals seeking personal growth, self-actualization, transformation and integration of all parts of the self.
Jule is also a thriving artist, creating inspiring, meaningful beaded art that touches body, mind and spirit. You will find some of her work in MoveStudio's Abundance Boutique.
Headquartered in Dallas, Jule presents her work of body-mind movement, integrative psychotherapy and inspirationally vibrational art internationally and maintains a private body-mind integrative wellness practice.
Jule is a MoveStudio legacy instructor, having taught at the studio since its inception in 2000. Find out more about Jule at her website, Jule in the Lotus.
|Dikla has been working with kids (ages 0-18) as an educator for nearly 20 years. In the past three years she has shifted her professional interest from scholastic education to fitness after realizing the importance of educating the next generation in the benefits of a healthy life style. She is a certified Zumba instructor who teaches Zumba to adults and children. Since 2009 Dikla has trained small groups of women of all ages as a personal trainer. As a new mother she shares the challenge of getting back to a pre-pregnancy fitness level without compromising closeness with her baby. This challenge inspired her and another mother, Michelle Graniel, to establish Zumba with Baby and Zumba with Toddler: a Zumba® class for new mothers to train along with their children.|
Frankie's facebook page
|Frankie brings years of dancing -- on, off, and way off Broadway -- to the Zumba experience. She is a certified Pilates instructor who LOVES to move, as well as an AFAA-certified Group Fitness Instructor. She also teaches Zumba Toning, Aqua Zumba, and Zumbatomic for kids, and is working on her Personal Trainer certification. |
Frankie's goal is for all class participants to shake a little, laugh a little, sweat a lot, and to fall in love with moving their bodies. Let's get Zumbafied!
|Staci has been involved in the performing arts all her life, participating in dance, cheerleading, theatre, and choir. She finds Zumba to be the perfect fit of combining both performance and making people happy. Staci believes that you should enjoy fitness and she always strives to make each class a fun one. Zumba is exercise in disguise!|
|Lori has been training and coaching dancers and professionals in a variety of disciplines for over thirty years. She co-founded and was Artistic Director for Dancers Unlimited, a groundbreaking professional modern dance company in Dallas, for twenty years. She has both her BFA and MFA in choreographic theory from Southern Methodist University. |
In 2000, she founded her company, The Transitions Coach. A powerful transformative force in the areas of leadership and high performance, Lori is a Certified Somatic Coach through the Strozzi Institute. She uses her deep knowledge and experience of the body's wisdom to help leaders embody their visions and realize their dreams.
Lori is on faculty with the Transitions Institute and is an experienced public speaker and group facilitator. An active member of Social Venture Network and Net Impact DFW, she is inspired by the possibility of changing the way the world does business. Find out more at The Transitions Coach website.
Lori is one of our "legacy instructors," having taught at MoveStudio since our inception in 2000.
|Jasmine de LaCruz-Simpson
Zumba™, Zumba Toning™
Hip Hop Hustle™,
Pilates Core Fusion,
On the Ball, Core & More
Yoga to the Core
|Born in the Philipines and raised in Dallas, Jasmine has been active all her life. Enrolled in dance at the age of three, she studied classical ballet at Tuzer Dance Center in Richardson. She continued dancing and cheerleading throughout high school and at Loyola University. A knee injury her sophomore year forced her to the coaching side where she honed her choreography skills and produced many creative, high-energy routines. After graduation in 2001, she moved back to Dallas to open her own photography business. She became a certified fitness instructor through AFAA and began teaching dance and fitness professionally, specializing in hip hop aerobics, kickbox aerobics, Pilates mat, PiYo, strength training and aqua aerobics. She has been teaching at MoveStudio since 2003.|
Jasmine is certified by AFAA for group fitness instruction and personal training, FitTOUR for Pilates Mat and stability ball, Kaiser for indoor cycling, SCW Fitness for pre- and post-natal personal training, 24 Hour Fitness for PiYo, Reebok Core Board, YogaFIT, Nike Rockstar (with Jamie King), Zumba™, and Moms In Motion. She attends continuing education workshops whenever possible, including Pilates with Siri Galliano and Stott Pilates. She is also the Dallas Representative for DanceLab.Us.
Jasmine believes exercise should be fun! Everyone can dance, some better than others. However, the amount of fun you have doing it is up to you...
|Magdelena Fusaro has been a performer & student of dance her entire life. With a background in Ballet, Jazz, Broadway Theater coupled with playing bass guitar in NYC rock bands, she has an extensive background on both the New York stage & in clubs. She began her Middle Eastern dance studies with Serena Wilson in NYC. She also studied w/ Morocco, Nourhan Sharif and Anahid Sofian, in NYC. She has been in the Dallas area since late 2005 |
Ever the student, Magdelena travels to Egypt to study w/ the Egyptian dance masters at both festivals & in private classes. She also attends Middle Eastern dance workshops here is the US. She frequently returns to NYC to continue her studies w/ Nourhan Sharif, Azza Amon, and Turkish Master teacher Tayyar Akdeniz. She is currently studying with Vashti in Dallas.
As a performer, Magdelena’s shows are high energy, full of sass & drama. She can been seen in regularly in many of the DFW area’s Mediterranean clubs as well as performing at many of the area’s cultural events and festivals both as a solo artist and with the Na’Di El-Raks performance troupe. She has also been a member of RAKSZ Middle Eastern Dance troupe.
Magdelena looks to inspire students to express joy through movement. She encourages her students to experience dance through classes, attending Hafla's, workshops, drum circles, stage shows & visiting area restaurants where they feature dancing and music.
Cardio Latin Dance
|Ramiro grew up dancing in west Texas. At the age of 16, he began teaching swing. Today he travels, performs, and teaches swing and salsa dancing in addition to operating his own hair styling business. Ramiro is an active participant and judge in U.S. Swing Dance Championship tour events and has won the Strictly Swing division in the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championship. He received the Feather Award two years in a row for favorite male swing dancer and has won the Entertainer of the Year award three times. He is especially known for his ability to dance and teach both the lead and the follow parts in swing dancing.|
|Michie danced throughout her childhood in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and she rediscovered her passion for dance in Jasmine's Zumba class at MoveStudio. Michie was inspired to pursue Zumba certification in September 2010, moved to action by her mother's diagnosis of breast cancer. Michie's first class debut was during a Susan G. Komen breast cancer fundraiser at MoveStudio, and she has been actively teaching since. |
Zumba has all the music and dance styles Michie grew up with, and she finds it is a great way to get fit while having fun! She wants to draw everyone to Zumba, even when they feel they can't dance, as everyone has that inner spark to move. It's all just about having fun in the journey to discover it!
|Tamra is a professional bellydancer and teacher specializing in Lebanese and Egyptian style bellydance. An accomplished solo dancer, she is also a member of the RAKSZ Middle Eastern Dance Troupe. She is a house dancer at Al-Amir, Dallas' premier Lebanese nightclub, and a featured dancer at Kosta's Greek Cafe in Dallas. She also performs frequently at cultural festivals, corporate and private events, and dance shows across North Texas.|
Tamra has studied bellydance since 1992 with some of the most respected teachers in the U.S. and international bellydance communities. She regularly attends master-level workshops, both to refine her own technique and to enhance her knowledge of this fascinating and beautiful dance form. Her elegant style, precise technique, innate musicality and magnetic presence create dynamic performances and classes. Combining authentic feeling with contemporary flair, Tamra delights her audiences and students with her passion, energy and sense of fun.
Find out more about Tamra's teaching and performances here.
Nia™, Nia 5 Stages™
|Jan experienced her first Nia class in the spring of 2009 at MoveStudio. After only six classes, she sensed that Nia would transform her life. She has been dancing her way through life ever since! |
Within the first year, Jan achieved both her White Belt with Holly Curtis and her Nia 5 stages certification with Nia cofounder Debbie Rosas. Jan began teaching Nia in 2010 and completed both her Green and Blue Belt Trainings with Nia cofounder Carlos AyaRosas. Jan has recently completed her Brown Belt with Nia cofounder Debbie Rosas and Trainer Ann Christiansen. Jan is also a certified Level II BodyHoops fitness instructor.
Jan is thrilled to be teaching at MoveStudio where her Nia journey began.
|Amy Hollis was born and raised in Las Vegas and began dancing at the age of three. She discovered Nia in 2011 and instantly fell in love with the workout's mind-body-spirit connection. Amy received her White Belt certification with MoveStudio trainer Jule Aguirre in April of 2012. |
Amy has a passion for movement and spreading joy. Your day is sure to be brighter after taking her class!
|Ross (stage name Raaz) is originally from Durban, South Africa. An enthusiastic dancer and martial artist of many styles, he has trained in both South Africa and the US. He has competed in numerous dance competitions and performed in dance cabaret with The Ruby Tuesday dancers. Dance teachers include Suzette Van Der Merve, Andri Botes, Adele Blank, and Jean Welfare. He has participated in workshops with many of the top Tribal Fusion bellydancers. His teachers in Middle Eastern dance include Candace Bordelon and Tamra Henna. Previous dance troupes in South Africa include Electro Strutters (Hip Hop) and Boss (Street Jazz). |
Ross has a degree in music from Santa Monica College, and an advanced diploma in speech and drama from the ADK in South Africa. He is also a qualified EMT and a certified personal trainer through NASM. He has worked extensively in the music and film industries in South Africa, and in Dallas has worked for numerous theater companies, including Shakespeare Dallas. In 2008 he choreographed Dallas Junior Players' Bollywood version of A Midsummer Night's Dream. He is represented as an actor by CORE talent.
|Lisa discovered the Nia Technique after the birth of her first child in 1999. Having only excersiced sporatically before this time, Lisa's body finally felt that it came home to a movement that she loved.|
Wanting to share the gifts that Nia brought to her life, Lisa became certified as a White Belt Nia Instructor in 2000. In 2004, she earned her Blue Belt in Nia. Her dream of earning her Brown Belt came true in 2007. Lisa has presented numerous Nia workshops.
With over 15 years of experience as a mental health counselor, Lisa recognizes Nia’s experiential aspects as effective therapeutic tools. Lisa obtained her Masters of Education from the University of North Texas in 1996 and became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 1998. Since 2004, when her second child was born, she has stayed at home to care for her children, to support her husband and to grow the awareness of Nia in the North Dallas and Irving area.
Nia™, Nia 5 Stages™
|Shannon is a certified Nia™ and Nia 5 Stages™ teacher who completed her White Belt Training with Holly Curtis in February 2004. She then went on to achieve her Blue Belt in June 2005, Brown Belt in July 2006, Black Belt in July 2008, the 5 Stages of Self-Healing™ Certification in August 2008, and Green Belt in February 2009, all with Nia cofounders Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas. |
She experienced her first Nia class at the Red Mountain Spa in November 2003 while participating in the "Shape Your Life" retreat with Shape Magazine. The movement experience set her on a new path in life, which included losing 45 pounds! Recognizing that Nia embodied the components she felt were missing from her hectic life, she sought out a Nia class immediately upon return to Dallas.
Shannon began her teaching journey in 2004 at MoveStudio and now teaches throughout the metroplex. Dedicated to developing her Nia practice and sharing the power of movement with others, she continues to attend workshops and teacher trainings. Shannon is also working on a Masters Degree and PhD in Natural Health.
Hip Hop, Zumba™
|Adria has always loved to dance! At seven, she started taking dance classes including jazz, tap, ballet, and hip hop. Adria kept dancing, and when she found Zumba, she jumped to become certified to teach. This opportunity has opened more dancing opportunities, including teaching Hip Hop, her number one dance style.|
Hip Hop Hustle™
|Originally from Cameroon, West Africa, she trained for more than 13 years in African tribal dances. She has taught hip hop for the past 7 years, and is knowledgeable in jazz, lyrical and children’s combination classes as well. Geena is a graduate of the University of North Texas, with a degree in Organizational Development and a certificate in Mediation. She is active in the Dallas dance community as a performer, choreographer and producer. Some of her credits include Radio Disney AM 620, Alter’d Ego, CNN Fit Nation, Dallas Stars Ice Girls, Texas Legends, and recording artist J’anelle Avery. Geena loves being part of the MoveStudio family and hopes to be able to continue to share her love for dance for many years to come!|
Check out some video clips of Geena's classes and choreography!
|Reshoo started her dancing career when she was 8 years old and has been self-taught in Bollywood dance. Six years of Indian classical dance training provided the base for her Bollywood dance technique. Reshoo has been choreographing and performing Bollywood dances at various stages across the nation as well as internationally. In 2004, she won the Miss India USA pageant during which her talent was a self-choreographed Bollywood dance. Throughout her one-year reign, Reshoo's appearances across the world included Indian classical and Bollywood dance. Since her move to Dallas in 2006, she has taught Bollywood dance to children and adults for stage shows and more recently as a fitness method. She believes that the high energy combined with the beauty and vibrancy of Indian dance serves as the perfect workout while at the same time allowing participants to explore movements with their bodies which they never thought possible!|
|As a former Master Instructor, Teacher Trainer, and Licensee for The Art of Exotic Dancing for Everyday Women™, Clarissa found herself transformed through the women she met and her own professional and personal sensual dance practice. In 2009, she created Zensual Dance Fitness™, a conscious movement company with a woman’s total personal power in mind. Challenging workouts mixed with motivational exercises help women bond, and through helping each other they in turn help themselves. |
Zensual Dance Fitness™ is personal growth company with dance-inspired roots. The programs and community are designed to encourage women to embrace their sensuality and beauty no matter what their age or body type. Through the vehicle of sensual dance movement practice, women of all walks of life can strengthen and tone body, mind and spirit while realizing the untapped power of innate magnetism. The result is a positive self-image and self-confidence that empowers success at every level, whether you are a corporate executive, retiree, college student or homeroom mom.
Clarissa considers herself blessed to have taught and learned from 10,000+ women across the country. As a successful businesswoman, speaker, and dance instructor with a background in sports and fitness including a Personal Trainer certification from The Cooper Institute, she has worked with Women's Health Magazine, Southlake Chamber of Commerce, Junior League, professional sports teams, and the nationally-syndicated Kidd Kraddick Morning Show. She was featured in The Art of Exotic Dancing™ instructional videos, “ChairMoves” and “The Exotic Party." Her classes and events have garnered attention from NBC-Houston, D Magazine, Modern Luxury Magazine, Dallas Observer's Best of 2004, Houston Chronicle, and many other media outlets. She also donates her time to many non-profit events benefiting cancer survivors, senior citizens, and individual women who are ready for the next chapter in their lives. She is a volunteer for CASA, helping displaced children find permanent placement.
Clarissa’s experience and training have come together to provide an empowering feminine fitness program that reaches women of all ages, backgrounds, shapes and sizes. She looks forward to bringing this unique motivational experience to women across the world.
|Growing up in Dallas, Theresa’s outlets of creative expression were through piano and harp, her first instruments. Her love of music sparked a fire within her, and unleashed a desire to seek additional ways to express her creativity. |
Theresa joyfully danced out of her first Nia class in 2000. Soon after, it was Jule’s Moulin Rouge Nia class that dreAw her to MoveStudio…and Theresa hasn’t left since. The Move Studio community was home.
In 2002, she received her white belt certification in Portland, Oregon from Nia co-founders Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas. Since then, she has been dancing through life; her body an instrument of health and expression found through movement and stillness. Over the years, Theresa has been (affectionately) called a Nia “Pixie” and a Nia “Ninja”. In her classes, her wish is to inspire you.
An elementary school art educator, Theresa spends most of her days nurturing and growing the innate creativity found in all children. She also practices Vipassana meditation, Ecstatic dance, enjoys Hoop dance, knitting, cooking, painting, sewing, and whatever else she can dip her toes into…before she dives in.
Hoop Dance, Nia™
Blythe's Hoop website & Hottie Hoop Camp Website
|Blythe TwoSisters rocks the hoop. A late bloomer to the fitness industry, a desire to surf again started her body health revival, leading her first to Nia (where she became a blue belt instructor), then to hoopdance (where she is certified by BodyHoops and Hoopnotica,) to her most recent training in burlesque. |
Blythe’s Punk Rock Hoops curriculum gets you shrieking with laughter, having fun fun fun, and so freaking body-proud you wanna take your clothes off*.
Ehhh… what’s that about “Punk Rock?” Are mohawks mandatory?! NO! If you have one, bring it! Blythe believes that "punk rock" refers to an attitude of authenticity, and wants to support you in being your most awesome self.
*getting naked is always optional.
Raise the Barre! Ballet Workout, Burlesque
|When Kris met instructor Tatiana Bailar during her first Barre class, she knew she had found a discipline that translated beautifully to her body and soul's needs. The emphasis placed on strengthening and toning, combined with strong graceful body movements appealed to Kris with her background in dance and performance. She knew this program would challenge her body in a new way and push herself out of her comfort zone. She was inspired by a quote, "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone." Barre represents that statement perfectly for her: to push herself, test her limits, and right when she thinks she can't possibly do another rep, do ten more! Kris believes our bodies are as strong as our hearts and our minds and with the right encouragement, we can do anything. |
She teaches Barre classes for all levels, all-body types, all ages, shapes, sexes and sizes. The small repetitive movements will tighten, tone, and lengthen your body while building a strong core foundation to build upon. Kris hopes to inspire grace and strength, inside and out.
|Carla loves teaching Zumba because every class feels like a party! She is certified to teach Zumba and Zumba Toning.|