Jimelle Suzanne

Adult Ballet

As a child, Jimelle performed on many television shows and appeared with the Sacramento Ballet Company  and the Los Angeles Regional Opera Ballet. Through the 1970’s and 80’s she taught classes in dance and for several years ran her own studio. In 1989, Jimelle moved to Raleigh and began teaching at Center Stage School for the Arts.  She is a Reiki II degree healer, writer and Nia White Belt. Now Jimelle enthusiastically offers adult ballet classes to the Pittsboro community at the Joy of Movement studio.

Jaclyn Barzvi

Belly Dance

Jackie is a self-taught Belly Dancer who later on studied from multiple instructors in Israel, New York City, and Boston. Jackie is also a certified Belly Dance instructor from the 2014 BellyQueen Teacher’s Training. Jackie was a part of the professional belly dance troupe Raks Al Zahra and taught weekly belly dance classes in Upstate NY, while also running her own student troupe. Jackie has also helped create the UMass and Northeastern Belly Dance Clubs. She is so excited to share her love and appreciation of the art form and cultures with everyone at the Joy of Movement. Belly dance is an ancient art form that celebrates the natural form of the human body. Join her on Tuesday and Thursday evenings to shake, shimmy, and laugh in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere. No prior experience necessary...Yallah!

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Glenna Batson


For four decades, Glenna Batson has drawn from multiple forms of movement expression as catalysts for artistic growth, teaching, and wellness. She is an internationally recognized teacher of the Alexander Technique (qualified 1989) and has introduced somatic practices into a variety of dance venues worldwide, including the American Dance Festival. Former professor of physical therapy, Glenna continues to teach for The Poise Project (, an organization committed to bringing the Alexander Technique to people living with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. At 70 years young, she believes that dance brings the kind of empathic knowledge vital to connecting across generations and meeting today’s challenges.

Maria Troiani Howard

Inclusive Dance

Maria has been dancing most of her life, performing and teaching Jazz and Modern dance through the years. When her son with Down Syndrome was born, her journey into the world of Inclusive Dance began. Maria shares her passion for grassroots community inclusion where movers and dancers of all levels and abilities are invited to her classes. In addition to choreographed sequences and technique, students are guided to co-create movement their way, inspired by their unique experience and creative expression. Maria received her training in Inclusive Dance and Art at the American Dance Festival; Arts Together with NC Arts Council; practicums at Enloe High School, The ARC, and other disability groups; Liz Lerman Dance Exchange Hallelujah Project, community-based dance; and Arts for ALL at the UNC Developmental Disability Training Institute. Maria has her Nia Blue Belt and FreeDance Certifications, is an engineer, homeschool mom, and loves animals, trees and celestial mystery.

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Lindsey Gionfriddo Kling

Ballroom, Latin, Rhythm, and Social Dance

Lindsey’s love for dance began at a young age and was the catalyst that nurtured the young shy artist into a confident and professional Instructor. After graduating from Lees McRae College with a BS Degree in both Dance and Performing Arts, Lindsey lived in New York City where she was first introduced to Ballroom dance. This love affair with Ballroom grew as she continued her work and training with a nationally recognized franchised dance studio for ten years. Throughout the last five of those years, Lindsey used her entrepreneurial skills to successfully build, own, and operate a Ballroom studio in Cary, NC. She moved on from that organization and now resides in Chatham County with her husband and daughter. Lindsey offers both group and private dance instruction.

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Maia Derewicz

Birdwing Creative Movement for Girls

Movement and music have always brought great joy and inspiration to Maia throughout her life. She began sharing this love for the arts with children of all ages more than 15 years ago and has spent the last five years practicing and teaching Nia at the Joy of Movement Studio. From the moment she stepped into her first Nia class in 2012, Maia felt at home. She immediately knew she had found a healing practice that her mind, body, and spirit had been yearning for. In 2015, she completed her White Belt and Green Belt trainings and began teaching classes and workshops. Currently, Maia is sharing her love for movement and the arts in a class for girls, age 11-14 where they learn simple and fun movements that blend the dance arts, martial arts and healing arts. And the children create art through collage and journaling. As well as teaching Nia, Maia is a singer-songwriter, outdoor educator for young children at Learning Outside in Orange County, and a mother of two.

Shelley Buisson


Shelley is a former French teacher and a life-long lover of music. She is a licensed Kindermusik Educator as well as a private music teacher in piano, guitar, ukulele, recorder and flute for fellow music lovers of all ages and levels. She founded Music In Me! on the desire to provide access to musical expression for all ages and learning styles and is thrilled to offer Kindermusik classes to the youngest members of our community (0-7 years) and their caregivers. Kindermusik is the premier music-based program for little ones. Join us for singing, movement activities and instrument play in a fun, relaxed atmosphere, where, at the same time, your child will learn new and important developmental skills. It is an exciting musical adventure that will give your child a solid foundation for future learning.

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Martial Arts

Dan Pasek

Interactive Taijiquan (T’ai Chi)

Dan has been studying Taijiquan since 1979, first learning a Yang style variant and push-hands. Taijiquan’s push-hands training was develop as a method for learning and improving ones understanding of the principles that underlie this art. Interactive work helps to improve a practitioner’s health, awareness, sensitivity, and physical abilities in a fun environment.  Dan uses this martial art to teach body structure and alignment, movement principles, and energy dynamics. His class emphasizes interactive work both without and with weapons. Dan has been in NC since 1990 training with the Magic Tortoise Taijiquan School. He has been a tournament judge for both forms and push-hands since 1998.

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