MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS

ANA DELIA BENITO

Physical instructor

Delia Benito was born in Spain and began dancing Classical Ballet and Flamenco when she was only 4 years old.

Delia has dedicated her life to music, sports and dance; she is an elite professional athlete in Rowing and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education.

Delia also holds certifications in Aerobics, Step, Spinning, Body Pump, Body Balance, Gyrotonic, Personal Training, and Yoga.

She is also certified in giving fitness classes to the elderly and received Doula training (which focuses on the emotional needs of women in labor) and Yoga Post Partum classes with Sonic Yoga in New York.

CHRISTINE GAGEN

Pilates

Christine took her first Ashtanga class as a teenager and was instantly hooked. Every asana, twist, bend and movement felt like home. She continues to deepen her practice through a mix of styles—Mysore, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Restorative and others.

She lived in Paris for four years where she studied visual arts, and is now a Pilates, Gyrotonics, and yoga instructor in New York City and Miami. Christine completed her Pilates machine and mat certification in 2011 and her 200-hour teacher training in Chakra Yoga in 2013.

The heart of yoga and Pilates for Christine is the fact that it is a practice, a constant practice in which, every day, every pose and sequence is a new experience. Being connected to one’s body through movement is a commitment to wholeness and to honoring our true selves.

ALEX FELIX

Pilates | Personal Trainer

Alex was born in Washington Heights, New York.

He started practicing Pilates in 2008 to improve overall performance in his background of Martial Arts and B-Boyin (Break Dancing).

Alex has trained with some of the top B-boys in the world and pioneers of the dance including Crazy Legs, Kwik Step and Rokafella.

He was certified in Pilates at Sal Anthony’s Movement Salon in New York City and also holds certifications in Gyrotonic, and CRM which is Circuit Resistance Training and combines weight training and cardiovascular training all in one. Alex’s purpose is to make people feel and look better through his knowledge of different fitness activities.

MELISSA SORENSEN

Yoga

Melissa is grew up in the Florida Keys and discovered yoga first in college then while backpacking through Europe and Southeast Asia, found a deep curiosity to learn and experience other cultures, especially teachings of spirituality. This lead her to fall in love with yoga; and now her passion is to share with others what she has learned and experienced.

Her practice on the mat has enabled her to observe life with increasing clarity. As she delved deeper into the ancient teachings and meditative aspects, her practice led her to Amrit Yoga and eventually to teaching.

Melissa is a certified 200 hour Amrit Yoga instructor, with an additional 100 hour Yoga Nidra certification, from the Amrit Yoga Institute in Salt Springs, Florida. Previously, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. She is also currently in-training to become a certified Pilates instructor.

ANDRES CAMACHO

Yoga

Andres has been practicing yoga for 10 years.
After graduating with a bachelors degree in philosophy (FIU) he moved to India from 09-’13. Studied at Bihar school of yoga (200hr) under the tutelage of swami niranjananda.
Spent time delving deep into meditation and living with monks. When I had enough tools to figure myself out I decided to come back to teach others what had taken me so long to see. It’s simple, we just need the right steps and training. The yoga I teach is integral. It aims to optimize the whole being. It aims to show you a new version of yourself that’s been there but hidden even from yourself. How do we do this? With yogic practices. Some stretch the muscles, others cleanse the bowels and others teach you a more efficient way to breath, but after a while you start to link up the different practices. Most teachers show you moves. I want to show you movement through the modality called yoga. The goal is to feel better every day, to get better at living your life. That’s yoga. Let me show you.

JACABEL CANTU

Dance

Professional ballet dancer, Graduated from “Escuela Superior de Musica y Danza” INBA (Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes) where she had a very successful career since 1995-2004.

In 2008, she became an Independent Artist creating her own productions company called “Jakauska”, presenting acts such as: Dance, Aerialist, Contortions, Fire, Hand balancing, Acrobatics and more.

She likes to feel it, as she calls it the “Unique moment” as well as enjoying the peoples vibrations and emotions. She represents ‘The visual part of the Music’. She calls it “Jacabel Style Dance” Currently, She Teaches Dance, Yoga, Pilates, Aerialist, and Kinesiological Stretching Techniques (EasyFlexibility) from kids to adult in the city of Miami at “The House Of Movement” and “Tiniciti school”.

ALISON CARR

Yoga

Alison Carr is a second year student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine.  She is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science.   Alison also graduated with minors in Management and Psychology.  Alison is a certified yoga instructor, teaching vinyasa yoga since 2013.

JOSE CUSPINERA

Martial Arts

Eight Dan black belt in Jiu Jitsu. Seventh Dan black belt in Karate. Fifth Dan black belt in Judo. Third Dan black belt in Aiki Do and First Dan black belt in Police self defense.

DR. NIRAJ MEHTA

Dance

A dancer, choreographer and actor, well-versed in several different dynamic styles, including a special emphasis on both Bollywood hip-hop/Latin fusion.  Dr. Mehta is a radiation oncologist currently working with cancer survivors with dance fusion classes.

KUKUWA NUAMAH

Dance

Kukuwa is a Certified Health Fitness Presenter and Examiner, and an authorized CEC provider for AFAA & ACE. Kukuwa has been endorsed by Oprah in ‘O’ Magazine, Essence and People Magazine. Kukuwa is an internationally acclaimed African Dance Performer, Dance Choreographer, Fitness Dance Instructor and more. Born and raised in Ghana, West Africa, she has danced since the age of 3, and is an Adjunct Professor at the George Mason University, School of Dance. Kukuwa counsels clients through holistic nutrition and Personal Training. Kukuwa presents her dance workouts via conventions, workshops and corporate seminars globally, and teaches on cruises as well as vacation resorts. Her dream is to educate both the dance and fitness world of what the true meaning of dance is and its health benefits.

ALEJANDRA COBO

Dance

Former principal dancer. Gold Medal at the Julie Sedova International Ballet Competition. Silver medal at the International Ballet Competition in Lima, Peru. Semifinalist at the NYIBC (New York International Ballet Competition). Principal Dancer with the Former Cleveland Ballet, and San Jose Ballet, now Silicon Valley Ballet. Special Guest at the Atlanta Ballet, Dancing Wheels in Cleveland Ohio and Ballet of the Americas in Caracas Venezuela. Bachelor’s degree in Human Communications andSpecial Educations. Speech, Learning disabilities and hearing therapist. Logotherapyst and Existencial Analysis counselor by Casa Viktor Frankl and the Mexican Institute of Existencial Analysis in Mexico City. Facilitator in Crisis Intervention and self-esteem Workshops. Co-Author of the book “Como Hacer Florecer lo Mejor de Cada Niño (How to Make Every Child Blossom) From Grupo Alaju. Editor and collaborator in education articles for the on line magazine Entre Mamás”, published by Nestlé. Speaker at the XXI Argentinean Congress in Logotherapy at the Univeridad de la Plata, with the subject “Fenomenology in Therapy”. Ballet teacher and Pilates instructor at The House of Movement.

ELIZABETH CANLER

Facial Aestheticism

Elizabeth is one of South Florida’s most sought out aestheticians. For the past 5 years, she has owned Miami Skin Boutique & Spa, one of Miami’s top luxury spas.

 In 2012, she was voted to have the best facials and Best of Spa’s in Miami by Allure Magazine.

Elizabeth began her journey by educating herself at Florida College of Natural Health in 1996 almost by accident, as she was at the time interested in becoming a massage therapist.

Life had other plans for her, and as she toured the school and was taken through the skincare clinic, she immediately saw her calling and a better way to treat her ongoing issues with acne that dermatologists only seemed to mask and treat rather than dig down deeper into every pore the way facials do… and so her love of skin care and facials began.

DR. SILVIA SALINAS

Meditation

Silvia Salinas is a National Board certified Acupuncture Physician and Doctor of Oriental Medicine. She is also a certified Body Talk Practitioner and Tai Chi Instructor. Licensed in the state of Florida, Silvia has been in private practice for over 17 years. Acupuncture, Tai Chi and Meditation techniques are blended to provide you with life management skills. Whether you are dealing with stress, an existing medical condition, striving for improved health, or greater peace of mind, Silvia will work with you to achieve your own personal goals. Silvia has studied Tai Chi for over 25 years and currently teaches Tai Chi at the University of Miami.a is a Certified Health Fitness Presenter and Examiner, and an authorized CEC provider for AFAA & ACE. Kukuwa has been endorsed by Oprah in ‘O’ Magazine, Essence and People Magazine. Kukuwa is an internationally acclaimed African Dance Performer, Dance Choreographer, Fitness Dance Instructor and more. Born and raised in Ghana, West Africa, she has danced since the age of 3, and is an Adjunct Professor at the George Mason University, School of Dance. Kukuwa counsels clients through holistic nutrition and Personal Training. Kukuwa presents her dance workouts via conventions, workshops and corporate seminars globally, and teaches on cruises as well as vacation resorts. Her dream is to educate both the dance and fitness world of what the true meaning of dance is and its health benefits.

GLYNNIS STOOT

Zumba Instructor

GLYNNIS STOOT “Gigi” started teaching Dance Fitness classes in 2008 when a teacher twisted her ankle during class and asked her to take over.

Trained and certified by the creator of Zumba®, Beto Perez, Gigi’s passion to share her love of Dance and fitness quickly grew and she was saught after by many exclusive gyms and academies. 

Coming to us from New York, Gigi was voted top Zumba® instructor of 2012 on “Rate Your Burn“ and held a coveted spot on the faculty at the renowned school, STEPS on Broadway.

Her devotees describe her style as easy to follow, energetic and FUN! Great for beginners and students of all ages, her class has a relaxed party-like atmosphere.

The music and styles vary from Salsa, Bollywood, Ballet, Jazz, Samba, Cumbia, African, Hip-hop, swing and Pop/Radio favorites. Her encouraging and interactive approach to group fitness and dance builds, musicality, endurance, tone, flexibility and confidence all while having fun- just DANCING! 

She Makes fitness fun , user-friendly and rewarding. She believes that People tend to stick with anything that they love to do and makes them feel happy. That Endorphin rush (natural high) at the end of her cardio dance fitness class known as the “Gigiglow” is what keeps people coming back.

“I have learned that if you change your habits, you will change your life. I strive to find balance in my body, mind and spirit and hope to inspire everyone to do the same.  Stay positive, keep learning, reaching and above all Keep on Dancing“.

CARLOS DIAZ BIO

Licensed Massage Therapist

Carlos inherited a passion to teach and help others from his family. With his experience working with athletes and corporate employees alike, he has learned and developed various strategies to improve and assist healing of musculoskeletal disorders.

Carlos has been licensed as a massage therapist in the state of Florida since 1998, and is certified in Complete Decongestive Physiotherapy & Manual Lymphatic Drainage by the Lymphedema Academy Services (LAS).

He has also been practicing and specializes in CranioSacral therapy as a full time practitioner since 1999. In his practice, Carlos also uses a combination of  MyoSkeletal Alignment techniques, Visceral Manipulation therapy, Myofascial Release, Strain-Counter-Strain, Isolated Stretching techniques and Neuromuscular therapy.

This broad background in a variety of techniques allows him to assess and treat clients with complex symptoms and ailments. 

Carlos graduated in Havana, Cuba from the Physical Education masters program, furthermore he is a Pilate’s instructor, and is certified in Ergonomic Assessments from The Back School of Atlanta.

This gives him a full understanding of the relationship between movement and health. His multifaceted hands-on and intuitive approach to healing has helped a multitiud of clients both young and old, athletic and non-athletic! 

JOSE JUNCO

Flamenco

Jose Junco was born in Madrid, Spain, and began his dance training at The age of 15 at escuela Esther Escudero. His first work was with Paco Romero touring Throughout Europe and Raphael Aguilar, Carmen Cortes, Thomas De Madrid

Jose Granero touring throughout  Africa, and the Far East.  He performed at the prestigious tablao Cafe de Chinitas in Madrid. During this time as well as dancing at the production of Maja de Goya directed by Vicente Escriba.

In the U.S. he was dancing with the company of Maria Benitez Joyce Theater 2000 and Santa Fe New Mexico season 2000). He also performed with The Baltimore Opera playing the role of Toreador in La Traviata.

He appeared at The Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami in the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical Song and Dance as one of the leading male roles. He works with The Company Ole-Ole and RCCL as choreographer and Guest Artist, with Andrea del Conte for 3 years  dancing and coreograph in in New York and with siempre flamenco company .

He also offers numerous workshops throughout the United States and Spain. with the company ballet flamenco la rosa he is working for several years and be the rule of principal dancer and coreographer and some of her obras like (las brujas de salem, cleopatra, king Lear and flamenco shows.)

MICHELLE ALVA

Meditation

Soul Connector Michelle Alva, Integrative Physical Therapist, Yoga Therapist, Mindful Bellydance Teacher, and Sound Therapist is a woman on a mission to uplift our world and remind us of our essential nature, that we ARE love. She does this by integrating her over 20 year background as a physical therapist sharing an approach that unites modern movement science with ancient wisdom and includes yoga therapy, belly dance, massage, emotional release bodywork, PSYCH-K®, Therapeutic Touch® and Sound Therapy. Michelle creates a sacred space where clients learn how to easily and effectively release and process old repressed physical and emotional traumas and tensions, through her intuitively guided programs.

ALBERTO ALBERTI

Pilates

Alberto Alberti is a Pilates instructor since 2010 formed by MICHAEL KING PILATES with various certifications and specializations: Mat Mat I and II, Reformer I complete module for small teams, special clients, postural.

Dedicated to the study of PILATES has deepened technical studying School MICHAEL KING; was director and instructor and owner of PILATES MATWORK STUDIO CA in Caracas – Venezuela, with responsibility working with clients in individual sessions in post-rehabilitation, seniors and pregnancy and to take group classes both Mat and Reformer.

ANGELICA CORTES

Bollywood Class Instructor

Angelica Cortes was born in Bogotá, Colombia. She moved to the United States at the age of 13 with a dream to become an advocate for natural healing self-expression through energy work and movement.

She Graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, while also pursuing her undeniable passion in Dance. Angelica is a Bollywood Dancer and Latin Dancer with a concentration in Salsa, Bachata, and Samba.

She is active Member of Making Moves Universal; an Integration of organic movement with popular music to revitalize, improve, and transmute life situations for those with chronic disease. Besides movement through dance, Angelica is also a certified 200 RYS Vinyasa Yoga Instructor and crystal energy worker.