Wellness Studio Manager
She handles our studio scheduling, works with our instructors, and keeps our media information current.
She brings over 30 years of business management to our team, with a strong focus in sales & marketing. Denise has worked with Jennifer previously and understands the importance and protocol of HIPPA and our vision for overall better health.
She may operate in the background, but feel free to contact her by email if there is a concern or question at . We strive to make your experience a positive and welcoming one. If you prefer to call, we will forward your message to her.
Tuesdays - Kids Summer Yoga
Current: June 4- June 25
Ages 5-11 9:30-10:15am $32
Multi-Age Drop ages 5-13 5:30pm-6:15pm $8 drop in or $32 per session
Belly Dancing Instructor
Violet Kind is the director of Satori Violet Dance Company and the creator of trademarked dance language, Fly Fusion®. Since her first years on earth, dance has been the most fun and free-flowing creative expression she’s experienced. In 2005, she began her first belly dance classes with instructor Anna Melzer and fell madly in-love with the dance form. Fusion belly dance provided a new canvas with limited restrictions and vibrant possibilities.
In 2011, after a few years of classes and dancing with a local performing troupe, she created Satori Violet in hopes of sharing her passion for belly dance with a wider audience and gaining a larger creative outlet. She has since taught in multiple locations and instructed hundreds of students. Her focus as a teacher is not only to educate, but to teach her students to enjoy the dance as much as she does.
Violet believes there is always more to learn and feels it’s her duty as both an instructor and performer to continue pursuing a dance education regularly from a variety of skilled dancers. To date, she has studied with many of the greats, such as: Rachel Brice, Zoe Jakes, Carolena Nericcio-Bolhman, Maria Hamer, Amy Sigil, Ashley Lopez, Sharon Kihara, Ashley Lopez, Olivia Kissel, and many more (while the list continues to grow)! Violet has successfully completed Phase I and Phase II of Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements™ approach. She is a 2014 graduate of Shannon Townsend’s Movement Utilizing Stage Emotives (M.U.S.E.) program.
Recently, Violet completed Zoe Jakes’ Key of Diamonds™ intensive and started The Bleuebellatrix Project. She also helped create international dance group Dubrikato, which features dancers Charlotte Wassell of England and Stacey McPartlin of Ireland. They are planning dates for European workshops and performances in 2017.
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Yoga Instructor Sub
Kelly Holland has been teaching yoga in Southern Minnesota for over 16 years and practicing for over 20 years. She has trained extensively throughout the United States with Master Teachers such as Baron Baptiste, Ana Forest, Gary Kraftsow, and Seane Corn. She is registered with Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 200 Level, an indication that she has over 1000 hours of teaching experience. Her most recent certification is through the Mind Body Adaptive Yoga Training Program that focuses on teaching to individuals with varied abilities.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s Studies and has completed Graduate work in Community and Women’s Health. She also holds certifications in Reiki, and Shamanic & Intuitive Healing and has been a Wellness Consultant at the St Peter Food Co-op for several years.
Kelly teaches with deep compassion and understanding. Her focus is on healthy, expressive movement that meets individual’s needs. She encourages her students to explore their relationship with their bodies in a mindful and connected way. Through her yoga practice and belief in alternative modalities, Kelly has learned the amazing healing power within and strives to share and incorporate this wisdom into all aspects of her life.
Michele Rusinko is a teacher, choreographer, dancer and writer. She has taught at Gustavus Adolphus College, in St. Peter, Minnesota, for 29+ years. She received her B.A. from St. Olaf College and M.F.A. from Arizona State University. While at ASU, she was the recipient of several academic and artistic honors including a first place award in technical performance and choreography from the American College Dance Festival Association, an invitation to perform her solo work, Seed For Planting: Homage to Käthe Kollwitz, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and being named the outstanding graduate of the Graduate College. Prior to coming to Gustavus, Rusinko spent four years as the Director of Dance at Weber State University in Odgen, Utah.
She is also a breast cancer survivor, yoga teacher and resiliency coach. Michele has spent her entire career integrating the life of the mind with the wisdom of the body. Navigating her cancer diagnosis gave her new skills which allowed her to feel empowered and joyful as she adapted to the changing landscape. It is these skills, and this dance, she enjoys sharing with students of all ages and backgrounds.
She teaches Embracing Ease on Wednesday evenings at 5:30 p.m.
Michele holds a 200-hour yoga teacher certification from Sun Moon Yoga, Chair Yoga teacher certification from Strong Spirits: Mindfulness and Movement Program, and Y4C (Yoga4cancer) teacher certification.