Christine Spizzo • Adult Ballet
Certified, ABT National Training Curriculum; Adjunct faculty, UNC School of the Arts; Ballet faculty, Dancers’ Edge (Kernersville & WS)
Born in Belleville, Illinois, dancer Christine Spizzo trained at the San Francisco Ballet School, the NC School of the Arts (now UNCSA), and at the School of American Ballet in New York. Upon graduation, she joined the National Ballet of Washington (DC), and the Ballet Repertory Company (NY), ultimately joining American Ballet Theatre in 1975. A soloist with ABT, Spizzo appeared in numerous Live From Lincoln Center and Dance in America telecasts, as well as the Herbert Ross films “The Turning Point” and “Dancers,” and in Baryshnikov’s “Nutcracker” and “Don Quixote” video films. Spizzo was a Principal dancer with Ballet Arizona from 1988-1990, and with the Nureyev & Friends North American tour in 1990. She performed in the Broadway company of “Phantom of the Opera” from 1990-2000. Also during that time, she was an adjunct professor at both NYU and SUNY/Purchase.
In 1996, she served as Artistic Coordinator of ABT’s inaugural Summer Intensive Program, and has remained a principal teacher in all subsequent ABT Summer Intensives (NYC, NC, TX, ALA) ever since. She is a certified ABT National Training Curriculum Instructor (Primary-Level 8).
In 2000, Spizzo joined the dance faculty at UNCSA, where she worked for 10 years, receiving the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006. She taught in the School of the Arts’ Preparatory Dance Program for several years, and, periodically, still teaches ballet at UNCSA. She is also on faculty at the Dancers’ Edge dance studio in Kernersville and Winston-Salem. Christine is actively engaged as a Guest teacher and stager of classical ballet repertoire at various schools throughout North Carolina, as well as in New York, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and California. She has been on the ballet faculty of the Southeast Regional and Southwest Regional Ballet Festivals since 2014. Spizzo is the owner and co-founder, along with Mark McCullough, of Studio Elevé.
Mark E. McCullough • Yoga (Vinyasa), and Tai Chi (Yang style)
Certified, YogaFit, Inc., Fitness First, Inc.; Yoga and Tai Chi Instructor, The Fitness Center at Kernersville; Yoga Instructor, Gramercy Research Group; Yoga and Tai Chi Instructor, ABT Summer Intensive Programs (at UNCSA)
In 2010, McCullough established the Mobile Yoga Company, with the intention of bringing yoga to forward-thinking individuals and corporations, at their homes and places of business. His Winston-Salem clientele included Orthopaedic Specialists of the Carolinas, NC Baptist Hospital, Bishop McGuiness High School (women’s basketball team), Gateway YWCA, Fulton YMCA, and Gold’s Gym. Currently, in addition to his Studio Eleve’ classes, Mark teaches yoga at The Fitness Center @ Kernersville, the Gramercy Research Group, and occasionally at the UNC School of the Arts. He is the yoga instructor for American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive Programs at UNCSA (2012-present). Mark also teaches yoga-for-dancers at various dance schools throughout NC (Charlotte, Monroe, Chapel Hill, Apex, Wilmington), as well as in New Mexico and Arizona.
Mark’s yoga practice is primarily influenced by the traditional Vinyasa style of yoga. His classes are intended for student practitioners of all levels and sports interests. He, himself, continues to take classes in yoga and Tai Chi, in order to expand and share his knowledge of the physical and philosophical aspects of holistic health. Mark is the co-founder, along with Christine Spizzo, of Studio Elevé.
Registered Yoga Instructor, “Heart of Yoga School” (Carrboro) ; Certified Aerial Yoga Instructor, “MomentOM Arts” (Chapel Hill); Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist, NCLMBT-12449
Shakira Bethea is the founder and Owner of Train to Relax Yoga and Wellness. She grew up in the beautiful city of Winston Salem, NC where she ran track and participated in competitive cheerleading. She then took her studies to UNC Chapel Hill, receiving her B.A. in Psychology and later, began her studies to become a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist at Body Therapy Institute and Registered Yoga Instructor. She enjoys helping the community in ways that promote social change and justice. Shakira currently works as the Linkage-to-Care Coordinator with the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, providing participants with options for healthcare and educational programs to better their own health during their healing journey.
Amy Yarbrough • Pilates (mat)
Certified Yoga Instructor, “Sunrise Yoga Studio”; Certified Pilates Instructor, “Pilates Certification of NC” (Cary); Yoga and Pilates Instructor, Women’s Wellness & Fitness Center (WS), Wake Forest Baptist Hospital/Miller Medical Plaza, Hanes Fitness Center
Amy has been practicing both Yoga and Pilates for 14 years. She found that, not only were the classes helpful in improving her physical well-being, but they were also instrumental in helping her through some very challenging times in her life. She was inspired to become an instructor, and eventually earned her Pilates certification through the “Pilates Certification of North Carolina” in Cary, NC under Roxanne Wood. She received her 200-hour RYT Yoga certification through the “Sunrise Yoga Studio” in Clemmons, NC under Valerie Kiser. Since 2012, Amy has taught Yoga and Pilates classes at various locations throughout the Triad area, including Gold’s Gym, and the Winston-Salem Athletic Club. She currently teaches at Women’s Wellness & Fitness Center, the Miller Medical Plaza (Comp Rehab) @ Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, and at Hanes Fitness Center. Amy also offers one-on-one private instruction in Pilates and Yoga, throughout the area. Amy’s classes emphasize breath awareness and proper body alignment, in order to maximize the physical, mental, and even spiritual benefits of the workout.
Vicki Bartnikowski • Pilates (mat)- Substitute instructor
Certified, “Pilates The Form” (Cary, NC); Pilates Instructor, Women’s Wellness and Fitness (WS), Wake Forest University (WS), Pilatesfit4u private instruction (WS and Charlotte)
Vicki earned her Pilates certification in 2009 through “Pilates The Form,” in Cary, North Carolina. Since completing her certification, Vicki has been an instructor at numerous facilities over the past five years. Currently, she is an instructor at Women’s Wellness and Fitness and at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. She also teaches private, individual sessions. Vicki has taught Pilates classes at The Center of Holistic Healing in High Point, the Winston-Salem Athletic Club, and Gramercy Research Group in Winston-Salem, and at the Fitness 2000 studio in Clemmons. She was the official pilates instructor for the 2015 American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive at UNC School of the Arts.
Originally from upstate New York, Vicki lived in Winston-Salem for 24 years, and currently lives in Charlotte. She worked within the Wake Forest University Athletics Department for five years, while also working at Sealy, Inc., for 15 years. Vicki began taking Pilates classes about twelve years ago, and soon discovered Pilates to be the perfect means to diminishing stress and energizing/toning one’s entire body. In addition, realizing so many other benefits that Pilates provided, she was inspired to become certified herself, and has been teaching, happily, ever since. She produced her own Pilates Workout DVD—“Mat Work & More”—which is available for sale at Studio Eleve‘.
Jason Fleck • Tai Chi & Qigong
Certified, White Crane Tai Chi & Qigong instructor (GM Sunyata Saraswati)
From an early age, I have always been interested in alternative paradigms. Having studied psychology, sociology, and religious thinking from all over the world, my attention turned “East” in my early twenties. I felt that western systems didn’t offer a complete system that focused on the integration of the mind, body, and spirit.
I met the late Grandmaster Sunyata Saraswati, and began studying Tibetan, Taoist, Egyptian, and Hindu systems of internal arts. I began integrating eastern and western thinking and practices in my own teaching to synthesize ancient practices, and make them work in the modern world, where most people don’t have substantive time to spend on practicing and meditating.
I enjoy teaching QiGong, Tai Chi and meditation because it offers something unique in this fast- paced society. These practices engage your body and mind in a way that teaches you about yourself, unlocking potential to overcome obstacles in your daily life. It teaches you to slow down and relax, and develops self-awareness, which, in turn, results in a boosted immune system, radiant health, and emotional peace.
Sheryl Pope • Hoop Dance
Certified, “Circles of Joy” Hoop Instructor; Licensed, Fire Hooping performance artist; member “Greensboro Hoopers”
Sheryl was introduced to Hoop Dancing at a performance at Floydfest in 2008. She bought her first hoop (from fellow Studio Eleve’ instructor, Tammy Shearer!), and attended her first class in May, 2010. She was immediately “hooked,” and soon joined the Greensboro Hoopers, a group of local “flow” performance artists. After attending weekend instructional workshops for about two years, she began her certification training with Ms. Carolyn Mabry (aka “Caroleeena”) in 2012. Now a certified “Circles of Joy” Hoop Instructor, Sheryl teaches and performs at various community events in the Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville area, and is also a skilled, licensed “fire hooper!” Sheryl is the co-host of the Caroleeena Hoop Dance Workshops here at Studio Eleve’.
“I believe that a hoop around your waist puts a smile upon your face!”
Tammy Shearer • Hoop Dance
Certified, “Circles of Joy” Hoop Instructor; Licensed, Fire Hooping performance artist; Co-founder, administrator, performer, “Greensboro Hoopers”; Hoop instructor-Twisted Dance, Harmon Park, Pace Communications; Hoop crafter
Tammy began HOOP-ing in 2010, participating in various workshops and training camps in Durham, Chapel Hill, and Efland, NC. Within 5 months, she had lost 15 pounds, trimmed her waistline, and discovered how happy she was to be moving her whole body again, after so many years. (Hooping burns approximately 700 calories per hour!)
Tammy received her Instructor certification in 2012, through the “Circles of Joy” Teacher Training workshop in Emerald Isle, NC, under the tutelage of Carolyn Mabry (aka “Caroleeena”).
She has been teaching Hoop Dance classes in Greensboro for several years— “Parties 2 Dye 4,” “Twisted Dance,” Pace Communications, Fitness By the Fountain— as well as at the Oak Ridge Elementary School. In 2010, Tammy helped establish the well-known Greensboro Hoopers, a group of “flow artists,” including Hoopers, Poi spinners, Flaggers, etc., that performs in community and holiday parades, “jams,” and festivals. She continues to work as an administrator and coordinator for the Greensboro Hoopers throughout the year. She earned her License to Burn certification (also through “Circles of Joy”) in 2012, which, as the title suggests, means that she is able “dance” with flaming hoops! Tammy is a skilled hoop-crafter, and many of her beautifully designed hoops are available for sale at Studio Elevé.
Michell Susz • TRX Yoga
ACE Certified Personal Trainer; TRX Certified-Level 1 Suspension training; TRX Certified Functional Fitness; Certified Silver Sneaker Instructor; Les Mills Certified RPM Cycle/Spinning Instructor
Michell is the owner of Body Craft Fitness in Kernersville, where she has been a personal trainer since 2014. While working with clients, she focuses on setting fitness goals to build muscle, manage weight and rehabilitation. Michell also teaches fitness classes at the Kernersville YMCA. She enjoys working with older adults, and especially passionate about helping post-stroke and cancer survivors maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. She teaches high intensity classes such as functional bootcamps and spinning, and has also been involved with various youth fitness programs through the YMCA. TRX suspension training has been her “go to” method exercise, as it is safe, versatile and extremely efficient. Understanding the unique challenges of a wide spectrum of clients/students inspires Michell, and drives her to want to help everybody reach and meet their fitness goals.
Michell first developed her love of fitness through sports, growing up as competitive figure skater and collegiate ice hockey player. She believes that “movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.” Helping people understand their body’s potential through good nutrition and daily activity is vital to one’s overall health and happiness. When she is relaxing, Michell enjoys playing the piano and guitar, and spending time with her husband and two daughters.
Bill Smith • Restorative Sound Immersion
Bill is a drummer/percussionist whose lifetime passion with sound and rhythm has taken him on an extraordinary musical journey. He has performed in an eclectic array of ensembles playing rock, Celtic, jazz, blues and world fusion. In 2001 Bill began to experiment with improvisations and compositions on gongs, singing bowls and other metal percussion instruments. He also began to study the effects of gongs and singing bowls on the human body in terms of their healing properties. The vibrations from gongs have the profound ability to alter and change brainwave states with positive results on a cellular and neurological level. Bill regularly conducts sound immersion events during which participants relax while the vibrations of gongs and bells wash over them, creating a tranquil state of mind and relaxation.