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Our Instructors

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

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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Additional Professional Experience & Training

  • 2005 MBA, Technology Management, Univ of Washington

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

Instructor Certifications

  • 2023 Gyrotonic Applications for the Pelvic Girdle

  • 2023 Gyrotonic Applications for the Shoulder Girdle

  • 2023 Cardiovascular Breathing, Program 2

  • 2022 Cardiovascular Breathing, Program 1

  • 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​

  • 2023 Gyrotoner

  • 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

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.

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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​

  • 2024  Gyrotonic Jumping Stretching Board

  • 2023  Gyrotoner

  • 2022  Gyrotonic Archway

  • 2013  Gyrotonic Leg Extension Unit

Additional Professional Experience & Training

  • 2011 BA Dance, Cum Laude, Univ of Washington

Jamien Cvjetnicanin | GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Instructor

Jamien has taught the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® since 2004 and has a Master of Occupational Therapy degree from UW. Her teaching is informed by rehab science, several forms of mindful movement, fascial bodywork, and somatic education. She brings a deep kinesthetic empathy to clients, honed from her decades of movement studies and experiences of injuries as a professional ballet and modern dancer. Jamien loves to help people feel more at home in their bodies, whether their goal is to simply breathe more deeply or to leap across the stage! She's happily been a part of the SCR community since 2011. Please inquire for rates and additional schedule availability. For clients interested in OT services, more information can be found at www.JamienRose.com

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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

Specialized Equipment Certifications​

  • 2009 Gyrotonic Jumping Stretching Board

Additional Professional Experience & Training

  • 2022 M.S., Occupational Therapy, UW, Seattle

  • 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

Jean Jones | GYROTONIC® Apprentice

Jean found the Gyrotonic method in 2015 after searching for years for a movement practice that felt safe and liberating but also challenging enough to be strengthening. A serious accident in the early 1990’s resulted in a neck fracture and head trauma that left her with muscle weakness, restricted neck rotation and arthritis. She found Gyrotonic exercises to be truly transformative in restoring physical well-being and in feeling lighter, more confident, and more positive in all aspects of her life. Jean decided to become a Gyrotonic Trainer because she wanted to share her experiences and passion with others. Jean enjoys working with a diverse array of clients including individuals with past injuries, those in retirement, professionals with a desk job, and busy moms and is especially attuned to neck and shoulder tension. Jean is also a successful professional in the banking industry.  She enjoys walking her labradoodle, going to boat and car shows with her husband, knitting, crocheting and reading.  

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Instructor Certifications

  • 2023   Gyrotonic Foundation Course 

  • 2023   Gyrotonic Pre-Training Course

Additional Professional Experience & Training

  • 2003 MBA, UC San Diego

  • 2000 B.A. Economics, UC Irvine

Jennifer Prout | GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Instructor, GYROTONIC® Pre-Trainer

A Pacific Northwest native, Jennifer became a certified Gyrotonic Trainer in 2013. She trained extensively with Master Trainer Karen Mullen and has worked with Adrianna Thompson, and Uwe Herbstreit. Jennifer loves to help people feel and learn about their body and move with ease.  Jennifer played ice hockey for 9 years until 2001 and recently completed a 3-year stint as an ice hockey coach.  She is married with 2 teenage boys.  

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Instructor Certifications​​

  • 2023 Gyrotonic Applications for Shoulder Girdle

  • 2023 Gyrotonic Applications for Pelvic Girdle

  • 2023 Gyrotonic Applications for Scoliosis

  • 2021 Gyrotonic Applications for Dancers, Level 1 (also 2024)

  • 2019 Gyrotonic Pre-Trainer

  • 2018 Gyrotonic Level 2, Program 2

  • 2017 Certified Gyrokinesis Instructor, Level 1

  • 2016 Gyrotonic Level 2, Program 1 (also 2021)

  • 2013 Certified Gyrotonic Instructor, Level 1

Specialized Equipment Certifications​

  • 2022 Gyrotonic Archway Level 1

  • 2021 Gyrotonic Leg Extension Unit

  • 2019 Gyrotonic Jumping Stretching Board

Additional Professional Experience & Training

  • 2016 Licensed Massage Therapist in WA State

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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

Lili Weckler | GYROTONIC® Instructor

Lili Weckler is a contemporary dancer and a lifelong student of Somatics. She was introduced to Gyrotonic years ago while dancing in San Francisco, and was instantly hooked. She is a certified Gyrotonic Trainer and certified Gyrokinesis Trainer and did much of her training at San Francisco Gyrotonic. Previously a Bay Area resident, she has taught at East Bay Gyrotonic, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, and Lines Ballet, as well as in her own small studio in Lagunitas, California. As well as teaching Gyrotonic, Lili is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in California, and studies Somatic Experiencing and Internal Family Systems Therapy. Her work as a movement teacher is sensitive, attuned, and trauma informed. 

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Instructor Certifications

  • 2022   Applications for Dancers, Program 1 

  • 2018   Gyrotonic Level 2, Program 1 

Additional Professional Experience & Training

  • 2024  Somatic Experiencing Training, SE International

  • 2023  Masters in Counseling Psychology, Meridian University

  • 2023  Internal Family Systems Training, IFSCA

Mari Mansour | GYROTONIC® Instructor

Mari was introduced to the GYROTONIC method in 2017 while studying dance. Her appreciation for the method deepened as she navigated chronic illness, witnessing firsthand its positive impact through life's challenges.

She is honored to guide clients towards their goals; cherishing the moments where goals that are perceived as out of reach are achieved. If Mari had to condense why she believes in GYROTONIC into three ideas, they would be longevity, freedom of movement, and discovery. Each client is on an individual journey, one she is excited and grateful to be a part of.

Outside the studio, you’d find Mari listening to records or enjoying a meal with her family.

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Instructor Certifications

  • 2024  Certified Gyrotonic Instructor, Level 1

  • 2023   Gyrotonic Foundation Course 

  • 2023   Gyrotonic Pre-Training Course

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 GYROTONIC® Method 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

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Instructor Certifications

Specialized Equipment Certifications​

  • 2020 Gyrotonic Jumping Stretching Board

Miguele de Quadros | GYROTONIC® Instructor

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.

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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

Nana Hwang | GYROTONIC® Apprentice

NaNa was first introduced to the Gyrotonic method in 2013 and fell in love with it at first sight/experience. In her teenage years, NaNa competed in the 100m hurdles at the Massachusetts State and New England Championships. She found Gyrotonic exercises to be transformative in recovering from past hip, spine, and foot injuries including accessory navicular syndrome. NaNa works at a tech company and enjoys working with clients who have past injuries, avid golfers, and professionals with desk jobs. NaNa’s new passion is exploring the Gyrotonic method in new cities. She has traveled to 20+ countries and experienced Gyrotonic in various cultures including Bali, Hong Kong, and Seoul. In her free time, NaNa enjoys playing golf and tennis, reading, swimming, flying yoga, and exploring new hotels and restaurants.

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Instructor Certifications

  • 2023 Gyrotonic Foundation Course

  • 2023 Gyrotonic Pre-Training Course

Additional Professional Experience and Training

  • 2021 MBA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

  • 2016 Certification in Korean-English Interpretation and Translation, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

  • 2009 B.S. Hotel Administration, Cornell University

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