Nikki first came to the practice of Pilates as a professional dancer, aerial acrobat, and cranial sacral massage therapist in 1997. The Pilates principles of posture and dynamic alignment presented an arena of vast healing potential and transformation that guided her educational path and experience.
As an entrepreneur, she is founder of Arlùnviji Transformative Movement in Santa Barbara and co-owner of Pilates Studio City in Southern California. She currently teaches the Gyrotonic Method, Pilates, Gyrokinesis Method, Da Vinci BodyBoard™, Nia, Burn at the Barre and Franklin Method®, and is a Master Trainer for Pilates Sports Center. In addition, Nikki has been mastering an energetic healing system called Quantum Kinetics for over 15 years, which is a gentle hands-on approach that utilizes the body’s electrical and myo-fascial system in relation to structural stability and wellness. This experience has given her a unique understanding of the body’s integral system of healing within a clinical setting. Nikki is dedicated to inspiring intelligent movement that integrates and awakens awareness to enhance the quality of LIFE.
Saturday, May 2nd 11am-12pm
GYROKINESIS exercises allow one to work on the entire body through seven natural elements of the spinal movement: forward, backward, left side, right side, left twist, right twist and circular, as well full body joint articulation. This approach systematically and gently works the joints and muscles through rhythmic and undulating movements. These movements stimulate the body's internal organs while different corresponding breathing patterns are integrated along with the movements. Fluidity is the key. Postures are not held for a long period of time. Instead, postures are smooth and harmoniously connected through the use of breath, making exercises appear and feel more like a dance and swimming than traditional yoga.
Aleksandra Day is a choreographer, dancer, and performer based out of Idaho Falls. Aleksandra is well versed in ballet, modern, tap, jazz, and musical theatre. She has been an invited clinician for the widely known Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival for two years, a performer and choreographer for the American College Dance Association Conference Northwest, and South Regions, and has received her mat teaching certification through BASI Pilates. Aleksandra’s passion for performance and movement exploration push the overall dance experience to the next level.
Tuesday, April 21st 4pm-5pm
This Broadway Jazz class will experience the movement exploration and repertoire of modern Broadway shows. As a class we will get the chance to try on the dance styles found throughout musical theatre. We will learn and play using movement from the award-winning Broadway and West End production of Matilda the Musical.
Taylor Eddleston will hold a Bachelor of Science in Dance from the University of Idaho (UI) in May of 2020. During her time in Idaho, she received the "Emerging Artist" award for showing promise in choreographic works and performance endeavors, self-motivation, and being highly involved in artistic opportunities, in addition receiving multiple other competitive scholarships. Taylor was also the recipient of a competitive scholarship to attend the American Dance Festival during the summer of 2019. While at UI, she has performed in the adjudicated concerts at the American College Dance Association Conference six times between the years of 2016 and 2020. She has performed in the UI dance program’s concerts each semester, including four pre-professional faculty concerts, and four student-choreography concerts.
Taylor has been an invited dance clinician for three years for the annual Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at UI, where she has taught a variety of classes including Hip Hop, Disco Jazz, Musical Theatre, Broadway Jazz, and All That Jazz.Hip Hop, Disco Jazz, Musical Theatre, Broadway Jazz, and All That Jazz. In addition to her studies at university, she earned her mat certification in teaching through BASI Pilates, as well as certifications in teaching acro dance through Acrobatic Arts. She currently teaches jazz and the performance troupe at Festival Dance in Moscow, ID, where she has been an instructor of residence for three years.
Contemporary Jazz Choreography
Saturday, April 25th 11am-12pm
An intermediate, high-energy combo class emphasizing musicality, weight change, and performance. Plan to come warm and ready to get your sweat on!
Allysen began her dance training at the age of three at The Studio for the Performing Arts in Fallon Nevada. She grew up in the studio studying tap, jazz, ballroom, modern, tumbling, clogging, and most intensively ballet and pointe. At The Studio, Allysen performed roles as Fire Bird, Sleeping Beauty, and Sugarplum as well as teaching Tap for two years to ages 3-57 and showing her own choreography.
Allysen is currently a junior in the Dance Program pursuing her B.S. in dance and working on her Basi Pilates teaching Certification. At The University of Idaho Allysen has performed at every production put on by the program in addition to Performing at ACDA, American College Dance Association, Northwest region and IDEO, Idaho Dance Education Organization. She has attended additional workshops and intensives such as ACDA 2018-2020, the IDEO 2017-2019, studied with Doug Varone in 2018, and most recently received a scholarship and attended the summer American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina for their six-week program where she received college credit from Duke University while training with multiple artists and companies.
Allysen’s work ethic has been her driving force for taking the risk to pursue her passion for dance. In the future she aspires to be dancing and creating with a company.