Albuquerque Contact Improvisation Jam is hosted by Emmaly Wiederholt, Miles Firkins, and Steve Zabinksy.
Emmaly Wiederholt has been happily dancing her way through life for the past 28 years. After dancing professionally in San Francisco, she moved back to her native New Mexico, where she continues to practice and perform. She believes the fundamentals of contact improvisation are an important addition to any dancer or mover's diet.
Alisa "Alysmooth" Damholt is a Hip-Hop Dance Instructor, Choreographer and Competitive Popper with over 15 years of experience in the discipline. As Alisa did not learn to dance until adulthood, adult dancers are her favorite population to teach.
Anna began dancing ballet at age three and has been dancing ever since. She was thrilled to find Nia as a new way of moving. She earned her White Belt in 2011, her Blue Belt in 2013, and her Green Belt in 2015. For Anna, Nia brings back a childlike, joyful, and uninhibited love of movement, and she enjoys sharing the delight of Nia with students. Her classes are athletic, playful and fun. She believes that students of all abilities, ages, and stages of fitness can benefit from Nia, and explore their body's potential. Come share the Joy of Movement!
Beth O'Neall, M.Ed., is a certified Nia black belt who has been teaching Nia since 2000. She brings experience, humor, emotion, and power to her classes. Her style includes athletic Nia; some classes may include optional interval training, strength work, and small hops. All classes include a variety of outrageously good music. We practice precision in technique so that we can move safely, effectively, and with joyful enthusiasm. Our focus is on connecting with the music, each other, the movement, and our lives.
Music and dancing have been vital parts of my life for the past 40 years. In the decade-plus since I have been dancing Nia religiously, they have also become actively therapeutic. Earning my White Belt in Nia in 2017 and, more recently, participating in Ecstatic Dance at Studio Sway have opened me up to the truly profound changes dance can inspire. music/moves comes out of my desire to share more fun and moving dance experiences with others in this great community!
Free flowing spontaneous heart centered movement is my sacred movement practice. I began teaching NIA in 2007. As my movement practice expanded, my heart was drawn to free-form movement expression, known as conscious dance. Both 5-Rhythms and Souldance served as inspiration for dance facilitation as it is expressed through me today. I began facilitating Souldance in April of 2009 and established Ecstatic Dance ABQ in 2010. If you want a safe place to move and be moved - join us.
I enjoy guiding people to find joy in living life in a body. For 11 years, I've shared Nia with hundreds of students, including eight years as adjunct faculty in UNM's Physical Education Program. Through my work as a movement facilitator and massage therapist, I encourage people to find dynamic ease, relaxation, and a captivated sense of gratitude for their body. I hope my education and experience can nurture others' sense of curiosity and how to heal with movement. Come enjoy great music, fun and movement exploration any Wednesday or Sunday class!
Kate has been dancing since childhood and has studied modern, jazz, tap, and aerobic dance. In her first Nia class in 2005, she was inexplicably brought to tears, and knew she had found a fitness practice that offered her much more than physical conditioning. She earned her White Belt in 2007 and has been teaching ever since, earning two more belts along the way. Kate is a playful and enthusiastic teacher committed to helping students move safely in their body's way. Her classes are appropriate for any fitness level. She is also certified in Nia FreeDance and offers a hybrid of classic and FreeDance Nia in her 'Form and Freedom' classes.
Originally from Québec, Canada, Maryse Lapierre is a French tutor, singer-accordionist and harmonium player and along with singer-songwriter-guitarist-violist Alicia Ultan, half of the Albuquerque-based musical duo Bébé La La who have recently released their first album "High Wire".
Maryse loves working with children, especially around music. She is a registered Music Together® teacher and director of Harmonic Kids in Albuquerque. Classes will also start in Santa Fe in the spring of 2020.
May's Nia classes focus on expression, play, and precision, to create an experience that brings you back to your body during a busy day. May has been teaching Nia for over 12 years. She earned her Blue Belt in 2011 and a certificate in Moving to Heal in 2018. She started taking dance lessons when she was 7 in Norway and has explored jazz, tap, modern and African dance throughout her life. She is an experienced yoga student and has a green belt in Taekwondo. May is also a certified reflexologist and a leader in the non-profit community working towards social justice and social change.
Pam Arenella is a Psychiatrist, Musician, Figure Skater, and Nia Blue Belt Instructor by training. She has been singing and dancing since early childhood and is passionate about music, dance, and creative self-expression. She has been practicing conscious dance such as ecstatic dance for many years. She began holding space and DJ’ing for ecstatic dances in 2010 and has subbed at ABQ Ecstatic Dance periodically since that time. She is very enthusiastic to share her dance practice and love of music with you!
Patricia Marie Huband is a native New Mexican, born and raised in Southern NM- Las Cruces area. From an early age, she was intrigued by and involved with mental and physical health and rehabilitation. For over 15 years, she has been a manual bodywork therapist, as well as an educator for other therapists and healthcare providers. In 2012, she moved to Albuquerque to complete her Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy. Her passion for working with the Lymphatic System and swelling conditions began over a decade ago. Her clinical and private practice experience led her to develop the Therapeutic Movement for Lymphatic Health method.
Peggy is a RYT 200-hour certified yoga instructor at Everliving Wellness. Her first experience with yoga was in 2011 at a community center. In her search for a new workout program she stumbled upon a yoga class, and was immediately hooked. She enjoys yoga immensely, and teaches all levels of Hatha and Restorative yoga. Peggy believes that yoga is an excellent way to learn and apply self-care techniques to the body, mind and soul, and that yoga can enchant the relationship with the self and with others, leading to a stronger, healthier and balanced lifestyle.
Peggy's classes are taught with ASL (American Sign Language) and voice.
Rujeko Dumbutshena is a university dance instructor who was on faculty at Sarah Lawrence College for 8 years and now teaches in the dance department of the University of New Mexico. As a Zimbabwean artist living in America, Rujeko has successfully been a part of innovative works and was an original ensemble member in the Broadway musical production of FELA!. Rujeko was commissioned to choreograph and produce an original piece, Jenaguru, as a part of the Smithsonian African Art Museum's African Cosmos exhibit. She received a Brooklyn Arts Council 2013 grant and a BAM/De Vos Institute 2013 Fellowship, and is a 2014 New Mexico Arts grantee. She teaches neo-traditional African dance.