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Jonathan JanisFranklin Method Educator Level 1 Teaching Franklin Method, Dance, and Wellness
Jonathan studies and teaches dances deriving from the African diaspora. He is interested in the intersections of art, culture, self-expression, the healing use of the body, and the embodiment movement. As he studied dance, he discovered the Franklin Method, and quickly found it to be the most powerful method of change and body education that he has found. He has been able to shift tension and body use patterns that have inhibited his movement for years. He is continually amazed at the power of the mind to create real change in the body at gross and subtle levels, and he believes in the Method wholeheartedly from this experience. He continues to grow to provide better student-centered teaching, and is becoming increasingly interested in the fundamental movement patterns of the body — looking at the organs, nervous system, deep muscles and ligaments.
Jonathan currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches Franklin Method and social dance, and is being certified in Qi Gong.
Izabela JaworskaFranklin Method Educator Level 1, reg. 04/2017 Professional Ballroom Dancer, Teacher, Adjudicator, USISTD Examiner
Izabela is a certified Ballroom Examiner for the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, with a Fellowship in International Ballroom and a Licentiate in Latin, American Rhythm and Smooth styles. She is also a National and World Dance Council adjudicator. In 2016 she was on the judges’ panel of such prestigious competitions as the WDC Amateur League World Championship in Paris, France, and the WDC Amateur League “Freedom Dance Cup” in Radom, Poland.
She fell in love with dancing at age 7, and is a longtime ballroom teacher, competitor and adjudicator. A native of Poland, she represented that country with her former partner in competitions in Europe, Asia and the United States. They were finalists in Standard and 10-dance Polish Championships, and won almost every U.S. Professional Rising Star title.
Izabela has been a studio co-owner, has designed a popular line of women’s dance fashions, and now teaches at the Dance Pavilion in Ypsilanti, Michigan. She has been rewarded with a large number of students in the region and is devoted to helping each student achieve his or her goals. Her teaching style focuses on technique and its nuances. She also recognizes how important it is for students to learn and understand body mechanics. She brings her knowledge gained from her long studies in yoga and anatomy to develop her students’ awareness of balance, strength, and flexibility.
She is currently working on her ISTD Fellowship in Latin style and just finished her year-long teacher training in London in the Franklin Method course in body awareness and movement.
ZoyaMarie JilbereFranklin Method Educator Level 3, reg. 09/2011
“Grounded in Science, Expressed in Spirit”
Ever since I can remember I could see, what I called as a child, “black spots” on people. When I got older, I would touch someone where I saw a “black spot” and ask, “Does it hurt here?” The response 99 1/2% of the time was, “Yeah, it does! How did you know? I didn’t even know it hurt there until you touched it.” I could only reply, “I don’t know, I just saw a black spot.” As an adult I have come to understand that those spots are places of held energy.
I was always interested in health, fitness, and well-being, so at a later point in my life I began studying the human body. As my life evolved, I began working with people.
In 1992,1 started working with bodies professionally as a Certified Massage Therapist (CMT). I had a foundation in Swedish Massage with additional studies in Neuromuscular Release, Sports Massage, Reflexology, and Aromatherapy. Realizing that knowing the biomechanics of movement was an important adjunct to body therapy, I went on to receive a certification in Pilates. I have been teaching Pilates since 1997 and added Gyrotonic(TM) techniques in 2002. Yoga and Dance have been with me since childhood.
My most recent studies are Structural Integration 2005-2006 (freeing the connective tissue, allowing harmonization within the body) and the Franklin Method 2004-2007 (using imagery and kinesthetic experience as a means to educate the design and function of the human body). Both create profound ongoing changes resulting in greater ease in your body and an empowered ownership of your body.
My work now arises from the awakening of possibilities in myself that I have experienced personally with Structural Integration and the Franklin Method. These methods have given me a fundamental understanding of the human body that makes sense of the strength training of Pilates, the circular exercises of Gyrotonic(tm), the age-old opening that comes with Yoga, and the rhythms of dance which are all blended into my current practice. From my personal embodiment of this wide range of modalities, I am passionate about sharing what I know with my clients and students.
I currently have a practice where I use various techniques, individually or blended together, creating a modality of body therapy tailored to your specific needs. With this broad base of knowledge and kinesthetic understanding of the human body, I apply my unique style to educate and assist you in finding a happier, stronger, healthier body. As well as working one-on-one, I teach movement classes that are educational, bio-mechanically sound, stimulating workouts, and ……Fun!
As a qualified practitioner, I can still “see” those “black spots” but now I have the means through knowledge and experience to guide others to melt their “spots”. When the structure has balance, these points of held energy can fade. You will find a body with better ease, better function, and a greater awareness of yourself. With this, you can experience unity within your body.
Life can be full and beautiful. Let’s enjoy it with a happy body!
Louise JohnsFranklin Method Educator Level 1, reg. 2014 Pilates Teacher and Educator
Louise Johns has been in the movement industry for over 20 years. An expat from England, Louise started out her career as a Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor holding certificates with NASM, ACE, instructor in weightlifting B.A.W.L.A, Spin, Exercise to Music, TRX and a 200-hour Yoga Certification which she acquired with Laura Camp at Flying Yoga in Oakland CA. As a Master Instructor for Balanced Body since 2007, Louise enjoys educating teachers in the Pilates Method and holds a mentorship program for those taking their comprehensive Pilates exam.
In addition, she is co owner of her own studio, Absolute Center in Lafayette CA where she
has created continuing education workshops for student teachers and works daily with her own clientele. She also teaches numerous group fitness and Pilates classes on an on-going basis and is inspired and invests in her own continuing education with distinguished teacher such as; Marie Jose, Tom McCooks, Elizabeth Larkham, Rael Isacowitz, Nora St John, Wendy LeBlanc, Jean Claude West, Benjamin Dagenhard, Cara Reeser and many more.
In 2014 she became a Level 1 Franklin Method teacher and in 2015 she co-created Primal Movement WORKS! where she holds regular teacher training and workshops.
Annemieke JonasFranklin Method Educator Level 2, reg. 11/2009 Personal and group training pilates, shiatsu massage incorporate and private, workshops & education in health, pilates and shiatsu, franklin method educator
Annemieke specializes in healthy and posture correct consistency of the body in motion. She has a keen eye for proportions of the underlying physical connection. Her strength lies in the playful and imaginative way in which they teach you something about your own body, she turns on the light where it has long been dark. Vision: Train so you become an expert in the things that you most do; thinking, breathing and your body moving. Mission: To improve health and welfare by transferring knowledge, sharing experiences and creating new possibilities using intelligent body of work. How: Your guide to having a positive experience of your body in motion.
Stephanie JonesFranklin Method Educator Level 1, reg. 11/2015 Molecular Toxicology Research Technologist
Level II Centered Riding Instructor
Level 1 Franklin Method Educator
Stephanie started riding at the age of eight, when she got her first horse and became a 4-H member. She spent a few years riding Quarter Horses and competing locally and provincially in British Columbia. The sport of Eventing caught her interest in her mid-teens and she successfully competed from Pre-Training to Training Level.
After a number of years of post-secondary education and training for a career in science, Stephanie returned to riding and found that there was still a lot to learn. She began to be coached extensively by Sue Leffler, a Level IV Centered Riding™ Instructor and International Clinician, with a focus on dressage. During that time Stephanie successfully trained and competed her own horse to Second Level in dressage, while training for the requirements of Third Level.
With her background in science and a desire to understand how and why things work the way they do, Stephanie has found that approaching teaching and training from a biomechanically functional perspective is extremely beneficial to riders. To that end, she has participated in, and audited riding clinics with Mary Wanless (Ride with Your Mind ™), Eckhart Meyners (BALiMO™), Per Meisner (Danish Riding Master), Stephen Clark and Cindy Ishoy (among others) and with movement specialists Morten Dithmer and Eric Franklin (Franklin Method™), while continuing to work with Sue Leffler both in clinics and as a regular student. She also has multiple years of experience in the Pilates Method. In 2015 Stephanie became a Level 1 Franklin Method Educator, and it has further informed her teaching and understanding of how the body works and why.
Stephanie has found that enabling the rider to understand how his/her balance and posture affects the horse and why, the entire horse/human relationship changes and becomes more harmonious. Stephanie enjoys learning and teaching and strives to make it enjoyable for everyone involved.