Magdalene teaches Belly Dancing and Rhythm & Movement
Magdalene has found healing from movement in Middle Eastern and Oriental dance, popularly known as bellydance. She loves to share this experience with others by performing, dancing in community, and teaching. As a nurse and Ayurvedic counselor, Magdalene brings a wealth of knowledge about the human body, yoga, breathwork, and meditative practice to her dance and her classroom. She seeks to spark joy in her community by encouraging movement and bringing music appreciation to everyone she meets. Magdalene can be found dancing with her online community and in the beautiful Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.
Magdalene is also the owner and director of MagdaleneMoves. You can reserve a place and pay for upcoming classes by viewing: https://www.magdalenemoves.com/
Kristine teaches Pilates
Kristine believes passionately in the power of the Pilates Method, a system of more than 500 exercises developed by Mr. Joseph Pilates to bring the body back into balance. She discovered the Pilates Method while pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance & Choreography at the University of Montana, Missoula. After graduating college, she found The Pilates Center of Boulder, Colorado where she completed the 1,000 hour Advanced Teacher Training Program in 2009.
In the twelve years since completing her program, Kristine has: received a certification in Redcord Active Corrective Exercise; become a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher (NCPT) from the National Pilates Certification Program; joined the Pilates Method Alliance; attended the annual Pilates Method Alliance conference; graduated from The Pilates Center Master’s Program and become a Licensed Teacher Trainer for The Pilates Center. She is a teacher of students, as well as teachers, from novice to advanced, who are curious to explore and understand their bodies through the Pilates Method.
Kristine is also the owner and director of Centerpoint Pilates. Learn more by viewing https://www.centerpointpilatesnek.com
Arcelie lead the Small Saplings group sessions
Arcelie is enamored with all things birth-related. She has supported babies/toddlers and their parents/caregivers as a certified lactation counselor and La Leche League Leacher (2010-2020). In 2015 Arcelie became a certified Birth & Postpartum doula, supporting birthing families in both hospital/birthing centers and out-of-hospital settings. Other relevant trainings/workshops she has pursued include Gena Kirby Rebozo Connection method, BWI Babywearing Instructor, and Spinning Babies. Arcelie misses her baby wearing days and she’s always happy to help with a little one. Most days you can find Arcelie shuttling her 3 children between school and soccer practices or games, or walking in the woods with her dogs.
Ollie teaches Vinyasa Yoga on Saturday mornings at 8am
Ollie loves all things fitness, but is particularly drawn to yoga because she believes that yoga is for everyone, and every BODY. She believes that it is more than a work out, it’s a life style and a way to self-healing. Ollie’s Vinyasa Yoga incorporates principles of alignment with power flows and bliss energy.
Ollie began dancing at the age of 3 in her native country of Russia. She discovered yoga when she was 18 and has been practicing ever since then. She moved to the US in 2009, and completed a 200 hr yoga teacher training in 2016 in South Burlington. In 2017, after a visit to the Northeast Kingdom, she fell in love with the area and decided to move here.
Anna leads Elemental Yoga DANCE with Madeleine Balcom
Anna is a heart centered healer and educator. She helps people get into their bodies through dance and energy work. Her goals in life are release, deep connection, and finding joy and pleasure in ourselves and our bodies. She loves movement, intentionality, and creating safe spaces. Anna is a certified educator, Journeydance facilitator, and 450 hour energy healing master.
Learn more about Anna and other offerings by visiting her website at: https://www.sweetfirehealing.com/
Madeleine Balcom, MA, E-RYT (she/her)
Madeleine is a psychotherapist, yoga teacher, and wellness coach. She holds a Master’s Degree in mental health counseling from Northern Vermont University and Soulful Wellness Guide training from Shiva Rea’s Samudra School of Living Yoga.
Learn more about Madeleine and other offerings by visiting her website at: https://www.mahayogacoach.com
Diane teaches SHiNE Dance Fitness
Diane has a lifetime love of VT’s northeast Kingdom, the arts and humanities. She believes in nurturing the music within, and that it’s never too late to follow your dreams. When she isn’t busy with Creative Healing & Fitness, she works as a licensed nurse practitioner APRN and looks forward to time spent with her family, friends, and her lovable mutt Matilda.
Linda teaches Afro Caribbean Dance (see Classes) and Circle Drumming (see Workshops)
Linda has been studying Cuban and Haitian drumming, dance and song for 25 years and has been teaching for about 20. She’s had the chance to study with musicians in Cuba and with many teachers here in the United States. She is skilled at working with groups of people at all levels of ability, and teaches ensemble playing. Linda has gained experience by playing for Cuban and Haitian dance classes, and you may have seen her playing in many local bands on the trumpet, guitar, drum set, and conga. When Linda isn’t performing, she can often be found working in her garden.
Lexi is a registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance. She is certified in Anusara yoga, an alignment-based Hatha yoga, having completed a 200 RYT training and apprenticeship with Andrea Thibaudeau and Heart Space Yoga. She has shared her practice, a powerful integrated breath body flow, in the NEK several years. She taught yoga at a running camp for athletes at Northern VT University with a focus on breaking down tension. She has partnered with local non-profits and offered a “Flow for Change” through H.O.P.E., Umbrella Inc., and the VT Food Bank. In this past year of isolation during COVID she offered free classes via Zoom, with a desire to “make sure it’s a practice that can reach everybody”, always welcoming and inclusive. Other passions for Lexi include snowboarding, biking, traveling, kayaking, camping, cooking, and advocating for those in and outside of the community.
Lori began teaching step aerobics in 1992 while living in Texas. She is excited to bring step aerobics back into the mainstream again. As a licensed nurse practitioner APRN she is vigilant in helping others toward a healthy lifestyle and finding the fun in working out. She also has advanced certification in yoga instruction and enjoys biking, hiking and spending time with her husband and their 2 beautiful Belgian Tervuren dogs.
(Lori has a passion for functional medicine and will be involved in the Learning Kitchen as that unfolds. Please review “workshops” for a greater description)