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 remained a principal teacher in all subsequent ABT Summer Intensives—NYC, NC, TX, ALA—until 2017. She is a certified ABT National Training Curriculum Instructor.
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, under the direction of Dayna Fox, for two years, and, periodically, still teaches ballet at UNCSA. She is currently on faculty at the Dancers’ Edge dance studio in Kernersville. 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 served as Yoga instructor for American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive Programs at UNCSA (2012-2016). Mark also teaches yoga-for-dancers at various dance schools throughout North Carolina (Charlotte, Monroe, Chapel Hill, Apex, Wilmington), as well as in New Mexico and Arizona, and 2018 Southwest Regional Ballet Festival in Dallas.
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 participate in 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 completed the Spirit of Learning program at Body Therapy Institute in May 2017 and offers educational courses to licensed massage therapists and yoga instructors. Her Aerial Yoga classes are fun and relaxing offering benefits that support the body and mind. Shakira enjoys live music, fireside chats, spending time with family, and helping the community in ways that promote social change and justice.
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!”
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.