I began my dance career in 1996 taking dance classes at local studios. I studied all styles of dance including: Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Hip-Hop, Tap, Irish Dancing, Ballroom, and Belly Dance. I have always loved the performing arts as well as physical fitness. I have been a lifelong resident of the Philadelphia area and obtained a Dual Degree in Paralegal Studies and Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing and English, from Penn State and Manor College in 2003. I also obtained my Real Estate License in PA. Upon my graduation from college I pursued the knowledge of physical movement through Yoga, Pilates, Kickboxing, Group Exercise, and teaching various styles of dance. I offer annual workshops, weekly classes, and also private lessons.
I currently hold an active E-RYT (Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher) certificate, YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider), Kids Yoga certificate, and am registered with Yoga Alliance. In addition, I have obtained my Life Wellness Coach certificate to help individuals achieve their greatest self. I specialize in: Vinyasa Yoga, Athletes Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Postnatal Yoga, Teen Yoga, and Kids Yoga. One of the reasons I focus on teaching yoga to athletes and dancers, is to better expand their range of motion and improve muscle longevity.
In the beginning of 2020 I created my own traveling yoga studio, Sun Tree Yoga. My goal was to provide a safe, empowering, and judgement-free space for people who wanted to explore their practice. Be sure to check out my special offering for postnatal women. A specially designed program that is tailored directly to the wellness needs of new mothers. A program made by mothers for mothers!
I have acquired my Mat Pilates, Kickboxing, and Group Exercise certificates to better expand my knowledge of the human body and conditioning needed for training, health, increased strength, and flexibility. In addition to the above group exercise certificates, I also hold my Barre Fitness certification. I offer classes in various styles of Group Exercise and enjoy teaching fusion classes that combine styles to keep the physical movements fresh and exciting.
I am certified through the Red Cross for First Aid/AED/CPR for both Adults and Pediatric. I stay up-to-date yearly on all safety and health necessities for teaching physical activities, while safely coaching adults and children. I am also a member of the NAR (National Association of Realtors), and NFPA (National Federation of Paralegal Association).
I was one of the area’s leading Professional Belly Dance Performers from 2002 to 2018, performing all over the tri-state area. I have been requested by invitation to perform in Atlantic City at various casinos (Harrah's, Borgata, Golden Nugget), for the Turkish Ambassador to The United States, by renowned dance companies in the area, and in Cairo, Egypt; and I have performed on stage as Lola in an off-Broadway rendition of the Damn Yankees in New York City. I have been certified in, and received numerous awards in, the Turkish, Egyptian, and Lebanese styles of dance.
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