Find your joy, enhance your well being and create meaningful connections through music, meditation, and movement: dance, yoga, Nia, and Tai Chi.


To rent the studio or for more information, contact Brenda Martinez at 


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.


For more information: balletteacher@bellsouth.netPhone:  919-454-8609 

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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Maria Troiani Howard

Inclusive Joyful 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.

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Dan Pasek

T’ai Chi for Body Awareness

Dan has been studying Taijiquan (T’ai Chi) since 1979, first learning a Yang style variant and interactive practice, and later learning Chen and other styles and weapons including saber, sword, staff and spear. He has been a tournament judge for both forms and push-hands since 1998. Health benefits are derived from the unique approach that this art takes towards conflict, with non-resistance and smooth and flowing circular movements that activate the calm parasympathetic nervous system rather than the “fight-or-flight” sympathetic nervous system. Attention to structural, movement and energetic details, stress reduction and abdominal breathing, all enhance the potential health and wellness derived from this art. Dan is the author of a book’s worth of articles on Taijiquan concepts (, most of which have not been written about extensively elsewhere; it is principles like these that differentiate this art from other martial arts, simple exercise or dancing.

For more information:  | Phone: 919-545-9185

Meditation & Sound Healing


Christine Chase

Gong Bath

Fifteen years ago, Christine was captivated by the transformational effects of yoga. Receiving her RYT-200 Hatha Yoga Certification, she taught in Behavioral Health at a hospital. After being introduced to Kundalini Yoga, Christine found her true passion. She is a Certified KRI Kundalini Instructor, a Certified SuperHealth Instructor ( Kundalini Yoga for Breaking Habits and Addictive Behaviors), It was in a Kundalini class that Christine was first introduced to the Gong. She began studying sound healing and through her personal experience of healing she began offering public Gong Sound Healing Meditations. Christine also facilitates the Divine Feminine Circle, a monthly meet up for women to gather, uplift, share and hold space for each other building community and friendship. Her classes are for everyone, every body, every age. She believes teaching yoga to be the greatest service, each class an offering from her heart.


For more information: | Email:

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Jennifer Hansen

Ancient Song Therapy

What Is A Vocal Bath?

In our busy world, our spiritual and energetic health is impacted by stress, sensory overload, and constant motion. Using singing bowls, voice, and percussion instruments, a soundscape is created that facilitates restorative rest, deep relaxation, and integrative healing. By granting ourselves the permission to know stillness, quietude, and peace, our bodies receive the message that we are valued, and holding in great care.

Jenn Hansen has been a sound practitioner for over a decade. She employs various modalities to facilitate the optimal conditions for healing, whether for individual clients or larger groups.


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Kathy Shipp

Mindfulness Meditation Class

Kathy Shipp is a longtime resident of Chatham County who loves movement, meditation, and teaching wellness.

She has meditated all her adult life and is active locally in the Triangle Insight Meditation Community. In 2020, she trained with Dr. Eric Garland who created and studies Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement. This is an evidence-based 8-session curriculum that has been shown to reduce chronic pain, emotional distress and opioid craving, misuse, and dosing. Kathy has studied extensively with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach for the past 3 years and will complete their Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program in early 2023. She is grateful to all the teachers she has learned from during meditation retreats and courses over the years. Among her most influential teachers are Ron Vereen, Jeanne Van Gemert, Lama Rod Owens, Ruth King, Rev. angel Kyodo Williams, and Jeff Brantley.

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Sandy Gentei Stewart

Joy of Stillness Zen Meditation

Sandy became interested in Zen when he was 16 and heard Alan Watts speak on the radio. At age 29 he heard a radio interview with Joshu Sasaki Roshi and immediately knew he had found his teacher. In 1971 he was ordained as a Rinzai Zen teacher (Osho) and became Vice-Abbot of the Cimarron Zen Center (now Rinzai-ji in Los Angeles. In 1975 he was appointed abbot of the Jemez Bodhi Mandala (now Bodhi Manda) in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. Three years later he moved to North Carolina with his wife Susanna and step-daughter Lara.  Susanna and Sandy founded the North Carolina Zen Center.  He teaches sitting quietly, chanting wholeheartedly, walking attentively, and conversing about Buddhadharma among friends.


For more information: | Facebook: Laughing Brook Zen


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Kate Finlayson


Kate is passionate about sharing her love of Nia with every Body! After years of chronic pain, Nia brought healing to her joints, weight loss, and a zest for life again. She feels that Nia brings it all together by teaching us to move our bodies, choosing pleasure and joy, and by integrating mental, spiritual, and emotional elements into every class routine. Nia makes moving fun, creative, and highly conditioning. Kate welcomes all who come to dance, heal, and play in community with Nia! In addition to being a Nia first degree Black Belt and creator of DANCING THE ENNEAGRAM, she is also a professional actor and an environmental educator. Kate holds Nia licensing in Five Stages, 52 Moves, Moving to Heal, and FreeDance and was a  Nia Education Trainer for 10 years.


For more information: | 919.985.KATE (5283) |


Lynda Heymen


Lynda is the creator and facilitator of "Joy of Movement at Chatham Mills." A licensed Nia Black Belt teacher, Lynda discovered Nia in 2002 and has been teaching classes in Raleigh and Pittsboro since 2003. Lynda is also a clinical psychologist and has a practice in Cary and Pittsboro. On a personal and professional level, Nia has enhanced her efforts to promote healing and well-being through movement and the integration of mind, body and spirit. She also brings a background in dance to her classes. It is her hope that all her students discover the power and magic of "dancing through life" that the Nia technique offers.


For more information: 919-548-6114


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Tanya Clayton 

3 Hearts Yoga

Tanya has has been practicing yoga for 12 years and has 2 yoga certificates. She also teaches all over the world at resorts offering Yoga to vacationers. Tanya is an avid Yoga enthusiast. She loves helping her students quiet the chatter and anxiety of their mind through vigorous yoga flows, which bring their bodies to the submission of their minds, so that they can reach a mediative state of Savasana.

In class, Tanya uses sound bowls to align the energy of the body moving you to surrender to your minds need for a time of peace, and on the water, I use my voice with the sounds of nature all around to move you

to Savasana.

For more information: Email: | Phone: 336-592-0627            


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Cathy Holt 

Yoga for all Levels

I lead yoga students in a multi-level, high quality, alignment-based, heart-centered experience. Together we breathe, strengthen, and stretch our bodies and minds, while learning to reach our full potential. I’m dedicated to creating true community, and the classes reflect that. Everyone feels welcomed and cared for because they are!

 I was certified in an Inyengar based program at Lighten Up Studios and also an Interdisciplinary program at the Omega Institute in 2000. I then received an advanced certification through the Nosara Institute of yoga in 2002. Since that time I’ve had hundreds of hours of training with many nationally recognized teachers of various lineages. I’m deeply grateful to each one of them particularly Rodney Yee, Tias Little, Erich Schiffman, Shiva Rae, Sarah Powers, Don & Amba Stapleton, Desiree Rumbaugh, and Doug Keller.


Kim Calhoun

Gentle Evening Yoga

Kim offers gentle yoga classes to nourish our connection of mind body and spirit. She facilitates a mindful and playful exploration of movement and breath, sharing stress-relieving tools that can be integrated into everyday life. Kim, also a massage therapist and herbalist, weaves anatomy, easy self-massage, and her love of nature into class in an accessible, inspiring, and unique way. Folks of all shapes, colors, orientations, and levels of experience are welcome to come and unwind during her evening classes. Kim came to yoga over 22 years ago and has been blessed to teach the last decade.


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Claire Mccullough

Gentle Yoga

Claire offers a gentle (and sometimes challenging) approach to increase flexibility,
strength, and balance, to reduce stress and improve wellbeing. For beginners and
experienced yogis who prefer a gentle approach. Claire has been doing yoga for over 30
years and has been teaching it regularly since 2002. Claire loves to show those who think
they can’t do yoga that they can and why they should.


Contact Claire: Phone: 919-280-4611 Email:

To rent the studio or for more information, contact Brenda Martinez at