JACKIE  |  JAMIE  |  JENNY
ALLISON  |  AMY  |  DEBBIE  |  KENDRA  |   ROSEMARIE 
PAIGE  |  SUE ELLEN  |  TAMMY  |  
THERESA 

Now Hiring: Customer Care Associate
To contact any of our staff, call the studio at 972.732.0206 or email us.

 
Jackie Smith 
Owner/Director

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Jackie received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of North Texas in 2005. She went into social work and put her life on hold to help others, overextending herself as a busy case manager and supervisor at a foster care and adoption agency. She changed fields in 2008 in order to achieve a more balanced and healthy lifestyle.

Jackie was introduced to MoveStudio by taking bellydance classes as a fun weekly outing with her sisters. When she resettled in the area, it was her yoga practice that drew her back to MoveStudio. And later, an invitation to try a Nia class was the greatest blessing- Jackie branched out to discover a new way of connecting and moving joyfully. 

After several years of serving as manager at MoveStudio, Jackie's devotion to the community led her to become owner and director.  Jackie and her husband, Chad, love being a part of such a vibrant and uplifting community.  They hope to help everyone feel welcome to become their personal best as they strengthen body, mind and spirit.

 
Jamie Marancenbaum
Internal Communications Manager

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Jamie, MPH, has been dedicated to wellness and health promotion for 15 years.  She has worked for recreation departments, fitness centers, worksite wellness, and most recently has been teaching childbirth classes through her company, HypnoBirthing Experience.

Jamie has a Bachelors of Science in Recreation with emphasis in Corporate Wellness and Therapeutic Recreation from Northwest Missouri State University. She also has a Master’s degree in Public Health with emphasis in Health Promotion from UNLV, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist and Hypnotherapist.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, a family physician, and her three young boys. You can usually find her practicing yoga or taking Zumba!

Jenny Block
Marketing & Communications Manager
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Jenny has been dancing since she was a little girl; so being at MoveStudio feels like coming home. MoveStudio is also where she discovered Nia, and she has since become a Blue Belt in the practice. Her passion for dance and her love for MoveStudio and the community makes working as the Marketing and Communications Manager a perfect fit for her.

Jenny is a writer and social media and marketing strategist, having worked for a variety of companies and publications, including the Dallas Observer, JCPenney, Wisteria, and, most recently, with the Nia Technique, garnering a variety of national press for them month after month.

She holds both BA and MA in English from Virginia Commonwealth University and taught college composition for nearly ten years. Her book, “Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage” won the Lambda Literary Award in 2008. Jenny authors articles on health, family, fitness, shopping and travel, appearing in and on a wide variety of publications and websites, including Curve Magazine, huffingtonpost.com, the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Voice, edgedallas.com, American Way, and www.TheDailyMeal.com.

Jenny has appeared on a variety of television and radio programs, including Nightline, Fox and Friends, The Glenn Beck Show, The Tyra Banks Show, Good Morning Texas, The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, The Alan Colmes Show, The Young Turks, The Independents, The Daily Edition, and BBC Radio.

She has also spoken at a variety of conferences and in a number of bookstores and other venues all across the country, including Georgetown University, The Science Museum of Virginia, and Elliott Bay Books.
Allison Plotkin
Customer Care

 bio coming soon
Amy Pepper
Customer Care
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Amy has had an active lifestyle her whole life. She was a competitive gymnast until high school, and then fell in love with long distance running.

Amy received her bachelor's degree in Philosophy in 2010 from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. She fell in love with the practice of yoga while she attending her liberal arts college, and her yoga practice centered her during the busy school year. Amy also took ballet classes while she was in school.

Amy moved to Dallas four years ago when her husband started working for Southwest Airlines Pilots Association. She wanted to stay active, and she found MoveStudio three years ago when she was working at the nearby bank- and hasn't stopped moving since! Her favorite classes are barre and yoga.
Debbie Martin
Customer Care
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Now in retirement, Debbie made the decision to focus more on exercise. Research pointed her in the direction of core strength and yoga. Being a people person, she wanted a class environment where exercise would be safe but fun. This is when she discovered MoveStudio. MoveStudio has provided knowledgeable instructors, a great environment, and wonderful people with the same passion for exercise. After celebrating her one year anniversary as a student at MoveStudio, she has joined our team of Customer Care Associates. Debbie’s background is primarily in the Information Technology industry in various finance roles.
Kendra Boyd
Customer Care
Kendra moved to Dallas in 2007 after graduating from Abilene Christian University with an English degree. She still pretends to be a student, happily studying and writing on her favorite subjects, which stretch from health & wellness to psychology, theology and travel. With these in mind, she found her way into the healthy, intriguing MoveStudio.

She very much enjoys meeting people from around the world. Having been to Europe, South America and Asia, she is always thrilled to find links to these cultures here in Dallas. With the various dance, fitness and art forms available here in the city, particularly at MoveStudio, she is off to a good start in her local adventures. Her goal is not to be a phenomenal dancer, but to loosen up and keep moving!
Paige Polk
Customer Care
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Paige is a Dallas native who inherited her love for music and dance from her mother. She is a former hairdresser and stay-at-home mom for 13 years. She has a daughter, son and a new grandson that brings so much joy to her life.

She enjoys yoga, meditation, all forms of dance, being outdoors and positive people.
Rosemarie Hayden
Customer Care
Personal health challenges brought Rosemarie to MoveStudio in 2011 to explore Nia. From there she began sampling the variety of yoga disciplines available to resume and expand the practice she initiated in the 1990s. The wonderful sense of support and community at MoveStudio fed her desire to join the team.

Rosemarie brings her lifelong passion for health and wellness of body, mind and spirit to the MoveStudio team. With a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Foods & Nutrition, she ties a scientific perspective to her explorations of holistic disciplines. She has worked professionally in the research and medical arenas. She continues to pursue education and training in a variety of healing modalities and techniques.
Sue Ellen Godlewski
Customer Care

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Retirement is a time for doing those things that sing to your heart. A time to stop and smell the roses and to say thanks to one's body. As Sue Ellen began this leg of her journey she discovered MoveStudio and was introduced to her new best friend-yoga.  Thanks to the wonderful instructors Sue Ellen continues to strengthen her core, flex her mind and body, and is enjoying being with people that have the same passion.

Sue Ellen's backround is varied, but has worked in Banking, Real Estate, Dog Training, and commission sales. The common denominator has always been the joy of being around people-especially happy ones, which is another reason she loves her role at MoveStudio!

Tammy Owens Slauson
Customer Care
Viniyoga, Yoga Flow


Tammy Slauson is a recent transplant from Southern CA, where she lived for the last 11 years. Her yoga practice started 20 years ago while she was a music/theatre student at the University of Louisville. Tammy received her 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification in 2007 from the Kripalu Center in Stockbridge, MA. She completed her 500 hour training in Viniyoga at the American Viniyoga Institute in Oakland, CA. Although she has had many teachers over the years Gary Kraftsow, Barbara Templton, and Juris Zinberg have had the greatest influence on her practice. Tammy is enjoying her time in Texas and has felt very welcomed by the yoga community in Dallas.
Theresa Quintans
Customer Care, Nia

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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.
Robin Parker
MoveStudio Founder,
Director 2000-2011

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Robin is the founder and original owner of MoveStudio. Her vision was to provide a peaceful, inspiring space and community for adults to experience the joy of movement as a path to mind-body-soul wellness. She believes strongly in the wisdom of the body and the power of joyful, intentional, communal, meditative movement.

Robin has been passionate about dance since childhood. When she discovered the life-changing practices of Nia, Pilates, Yoga and Ecstatic Dance she became inspired to offer all of these modalities in a unique environment, and MoveStudio was born. 



Join our team!

 
Volunteer positions available!

Want to be a part of the MoveStudio community as a volunteer?

Ongoing opportunities available for front desk assistants for all shifts as well as cleaning/studio care assistants.

Volunteers receive rewards of drop-in classes as a special thank you for their contribution! We appreciate you caring about our community!



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