Our Instructors

Elaine Shen | GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Instructor, Owner and Director

Additional Professional Experience & Training

  • 2005 MBA, Technology Management, Univ of Washington

  • 1996   PhD, Behavioral Neuroscience, Oregon Health & Sci Univ.

Elaine believes that freedom in movement is essential for a healthy, balanced life.  A neuroscientist by training, Elaine is fascinated with the interrelationship of the mind and the body. While working in the biotech industry, Elaine discovered the Gyrotonic method and its ability to reduce stress and tension, relieve pain from postural imbalances and develop deep inner strength to support her through life. As her physical body changed, her mental and emotional health improved. The results were so transformative that Elaine became a Gyrotonic instructor so that she could share her profound experiences with others like her. Elaine’s desire is to help people discover and renew personal vitality and resilience through personalized training sessions designed to foster balance, ease and strength in movement. 

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Instructor Certifications

  • 2020 Gyrotonic Level 2, Progam 1

  • 2020 Sacred Geometry and the Gyrokinesis Method

  • 2019  Certified Gyrokinesis Instructor, Level 1

  • 2017  Gyrotonic Application for Scoliosis

  • 2016  Gyrotonic Psoas Principles

  • 2016  Gyrotonic Applications for the Hands and Feet

  • 2015  Gyrotonic Applications of the Fascial Body

  • 2015  Certified Gyrotonic Instructor,  Level 1

Specialized Equipment Certifications

  • 2018 Gyrotonic Jumping Stretching Board

  • 2017 Gyrotonic Leg Extension Unit

  • 2017 Gyrotonic Archway

Leslie Hubbard | GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Instructor, Co-Owner

Leslie is a classically trained dancer and a Gyrotonic instructor by profession. Over the length and breadth of her dance career she came gradually to Gyrotonic practice as a way to maintain her overall health. The Gyrotonic approach is an excellent tool used to expand daily function. This tool puts the body systems in a healthy, harmonious state. Her goals are to educate people in their body’s internal state and self through a guided approach using Gyrotonic tools. To help overcome limits created by time, illness and injury, and enhance life via a healthy happy body, Leslie advocates the transformation of your body through fluid motion.

Specialized Equipment Certifications

  • 2017    Gyrotonic Archway Level 1

  • 2012    Gyrotonic Leg Extension Unit

  • 2008  Gyrotonic Jumping Stretching  Board

Instructor Certifications

  • 2015    Gyrokinesis Happy Moves Format

  • 2014    Gyrotonic Psoas Principles

  • 2007   Certified Gyrotonic Pre-Trainer

  • 2000  Certified Gyrotonic Instructor, Level 1 & Level 2

  • 2000  Certified Gyrokinesis Level 1

Ben Grieshaber | Yoga Instructor

Ben believes that living mindfully can have a profound effect on our world.  The practice of yoga has the power to align us with our most natural selves through the cultivation of mindfulness.  Through mindfulness we begin to see the interconnected nature of our shared experiences of life on earth and thoughtfulness becomes second nature. We all have the power each day to bring about positive change moment by moment. Ben is a musician whose love of movement and sound is apparent throughout his grounded yet flowing classes. He aims to give a unique and thoughtful experience to each and every practitioner through the use of clear concise instruction and hands-on assisting. He has studied with and been inspired by Lisa Black, Baron Baptiste, Bryan Kest, Shiva Rea, as well as many others. 

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Instructor Certifications

  • 2014 Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200), Yoga Alliance

Erica Badgeley | GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Instructor

Erica Badgeley has been teaching Gyrotonic methods since 2010. She has absorbed a wealth of information from top Master Trainers in San Francisco, Seattle, Brussels, and Rome. Her teaching is additionally influenced by her dance, martial arts, and energy work training. Erica strives to integrate healthy primal movement patterns with modern-day medical knowledge, making it a priority to find the best moment modality for each individual. Erica is a professional dancer who has freelanced in Seattle, New York, Brussels, and Salzburg, and toured throughout Europe. She holds a B.A. in Dance from the University of Washington, Seattle, and a Postgraduate in Performance from the SEAD Bodhi Project Company in Salzburg, Austria.  Email Erica at eeb.dance_at_gmail.com.

Instructor Certifications

  • 2020 Gyrotonic Level 2, Program 1

  • 2017  Certified Gyrokinesis Instructor, Level 1

  • 2017  Gyrotonic Psoas Principles

  • 2012  Gyrotonic Level 1 Update

  • 2010  Certified Gyrotonic Instructor,  Level 1

Specialized Equipment Certifications

  • 2013  Gyrotonic Leg Extension Unit

Additional Professional Experience & Training

  • 2011 BA Dance, Cum Laude, Univ of Washington

Jamien Cvjetnicanin | GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Instructor

For nearly twenty years, Jamien Rose (Cvjetnicanin) has been helping people come home to themselves through the process of embodiment. She has taught Gyrotonic movement since 2004, Pilates since 1999, completed additional movement certifications, and continues to study complimentary subjects/techniques. With a B.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill in Human Movement Science, a certificate in somatic education,  rehabilitation experience as a PT aide and OT volunteer, and years in professional ballet and modern dance, she is effective with a wide range of clients.  She offers empathic, intuitive and knowledgeable guidance to people with neurological issues and other disabilities, dancers, and those wanting a deeper sense of integration and connection within themselves.  Please see www.JamienRose.com for more information.

Instructor Certifications

  • 2017   Gyrotonic Level 2, Program 1 

  • 2016   Gyrotonic Psoas Principles, Gyrokinesis Hands and Feet

  • 2015   Gyrotonic Applicatons for the Hands and Feet

  • 2013   Gyrokinesis Blossoming Lotus

  • 2011    Certified Gyrokinesis Instructor

  • 2005 Certified Gyrotonic Instructor,  Level 1

  • 2003  Standing Pilates and Advanced Mat

  • 1999   Pilates Matwork, 2000 Pilates Apparatus

Additional Professional Experience & Training

  • 2017 Gil Hedley, Integral Anatomy workshop

  • 2015 Stanley Keleman ("Emotional Anatomy"): Taking Charge of Your Life

  • 2011 - 2013  Somatic Education

  • 2002 B.A. Human Movement Science, UNC-Chapel Hill

Specialized Equipment Certifications

  • 2009 Gyrotonic Jumping Stretching Board

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Jessica Ritts | GYROTONIC® Instructor

Jessica found Gyrotonic through her passion for Argentine Tango. She began the journey to become a teacher after training intensively for 4 years, driven by her curiosity to dive deeper into it with the desire to help people feel better and freer in their bodies. She uses a gifted eye cultivated from a lifetime of study in music and art to make critical changes which shift harmful movement patterns and bring people more feeling and joy. Her patience, attention to detail and humor weave into her teaching and she will help  you feel more connected in your body and guide you to finding your inherent  alignment. 

Instructor Certifications

  • 2020 Certified Gyrotonic Instructor, Level 1

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Judy Patneaude | GYROKINESIS® Instructor

Judy has been practicing the GYROKINESIS® expansion system for the last 20 years. Introduced to it by a friend, she was hooked from the start.  The fluid movements, emphasizing breath, articulation, balance, inner core and lengthening, wake the whole body and mind, and bring renewed energy, flexibility, strength and confidence. For her, this practice has been life changing. As a young person, Judy was a dancer, studying ballet, tap and jazz. She taught dance while in high school. After a full and satisfying career as a middle school teacher-librarian, she is looking forward to bringing balance, increased flexibility, strength, and a sense of fun to students. She invites others to journey with her and discover the transformational benefits of GYROKINESIS® movement.

Instructor Certifications

  • 2019 Certified Gyrokinesis Instructor, Level 1

Additional Professional Experience & Training

  • BA, Sociology, minor in Education & Special Education, University of Washington

  • MA,Technology in Education, Lesley University

Kendal Ruland |  GYROTONIC® Instructor

Kendal was first introduced to the Gyrotonic method over 10 years ago. She instantly fell in love with the system and how it supported her as a classically trained ballet dancer. Kendal has been a dance instructor and choreographer for various schools and productions over the past several years. Currently she is teaching private sessions and group classes at Seattle Changing Room and PIVOT. Additionally Kendal teaches ballet and other forms of dance at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Cascade Dance Academy, Inspire Academy of Dance and Ballard Academy of Music and Dance. .  

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Instructor Certifications

  • 2016 Certified Gyrotonic Instructor,  Level 1

Kim Magden​ | GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Instructor

When you reach deep within yourself and take a full, centering breath, the world’s pressures start to float away. Kim focuses on combining breath with movement to guide releasing common tensions. Whether you are coming to fitness after a long hiatus or are looking for something new to balance your workout routine, Kim designs sessions that help you on your journey toward better health and fitness. Through her own practice and training, Kim overcame injury limitations and strengthened overused muscles.  Kim has studied dance including ballet, ballroom, contemporary and jazz in New York, Seattle, and Tacoma. She is an avid knitter (Ravelry @KMDesigns) and content strategist. To keep healthy with a full range of movement, Kim finds teaching and practicing Gyrokinesis and Gyrotonic methods enable living each part of her life to the fullest. See more at kimmagden.com

Instructor Certifications

Additional Professional Experience & Training

  • 2017, 2016, 2015, 2011 Yoga Narada 
  • 2014  Pain Control and Stress Reduction with Foot, Hand, and Ear Reflexology

  • BA, History, Minor Dance, Univ of Washington

Specialized Equipment Certifications

  • 2017 Gyrotonic Leg Extension Unit

Michele Curtis | GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Instructor

Michele Curtis came from a dance and theatre background and has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 1994.  She has introduced the expansive and wonderful world of GYROTONIC to many athletes, movers and active people.  Michele began her GYROKINESIS  and GYROTONIC practice more than 15 years ago bringing her knowledge of kinesiology and anatomy from her massage practice, connecting the fluidity of movement and breath to her instruction. Michele welcomes all walks of life to try this movement for the benefits of stability, strength, length and mobility. She believes this essential form of exercise brings the body and mind back to a state of harmony and balance. For more information:  https://michelemassageseattle.wordpress.com

Instructor Certifications

Specialized Equipment Certifications

  • 2020 Gyrotonic Jumping Stretching Board

Miguele de Quadros-Sherry was a 10 year old ballet student when she was first introduced to the Gyrotonic Expansion System. At 14 years old, she was given the opportunity to participate in Gyrokinesis classes with Juliu Horvath. She was certified as a trainer in 2013 and apprenticed at GYROTONIC Seattle under the tutelage of Magali Messac. In 2015, she was chosen to be part of Hilary Cartwright’s mentorship program and began teaching her work, Yoga Narada (formerly Yoga for Dancers). Miguele works with a wide range of clients, adapts her teaching approach to reach everyone, and helps find ways to overcome perceived limitations.

Miguele de Quadros | GYROTONIC® Instructor

Instructor Certifications

  • 2017  Gyrotonic Application for Scoliosis

  • 2017  Gyrotonic Level 2, Program 2

  • 2016  Gyrotonic Psoas Principles

  • 2016  Gyrotonic Level 2, Program 1

  • 2014  Gyrotonic Application for Lumbar-Pelvic Girdle

  • 2014  Gyrotonic Application for Shoulder Girdle

  • 2013  Certified Gyrotonic Instructor, Level 1 

Specialized Equipment Certifications

  • 2016  Gyrotonic Leg Extension Unit

  • 2014  Gyrotonic Jumping Stretching  Board