Teachers

 

Ashley Patchen is the owner of Alchemy of Movememt! Ashley has been teaching Zumba for over 8 years throughout multiple locations on the front range. She started teaching Zumba after falling in love with world rhythms while performing and competing in Salsa, Bachata, and Bollywood. Her classes have elements of hip hop, samba, bachata, bollywood, bhangra, zouk, kizomba, and of course the Latin rhythms normally encountered in a Zumba class (salsa, cumbia, merengue, reggaeton).

 

 

Lucy Wallace, MA After years of technique driven dance study, Lucy re-discovered the joy and freedom of movement in SoulSweat™ and shares that passion through her welcoming presence while challenging you to move in new and empowering ways. With a master’s degree in Psychology, Lucy infuses her classes with the emotionally provocative nature of dance. Now Lucy is busy with Dance To Be Free (DTBF) is a 501(c)3 that is changing the trajectory of women in prison through the healing power of collective dance, sexuality, gender identity, and self-expresison.

 

Maria Cooper’s background as a musician has given way to a new exploration of music and movement through SoulSweat. Maria brings an earthy, grounded foundation to her classes while also creating a fiery, high-energy fiery experience that is a great workout.  Maria adds a sacred element, focusing on a devoted connection to the body. Her soulful routines allow you to sink into rhythm-driven music, ranging from Arabic, Latin, and Trip-Hop, to African, Pop and Electronica.

 

Hannah Kinderlehrer is an embodied meditation teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist community. She is a dance teacher, workshop facilitator, chronic illness coach through Rise and Thrive Coaching, and choreographer. She is a graduate of the Peacemaker Institute, Naropa University and the Hakomi Institute for Mindfulness Centered Somatic Psychotherapy. She lives in Boulder with her composer husband and their breakdancing son. Her passion is supporting people on their journey to embodiment and loving their lives from the inside out.

 

Heather Harris Choreographer, dancer and performer Heather Harris has been teaching and performing in Boulder for over 10 years. She is the creator of The Jezzebelles, a local dance troupe in Boulder, CO. She has spent her life studying movement and anatomy to learn the body’s way to health and wholeness. Believing that our bodies are our greatest teachers it is her passion to bring this knowledge to the world. Heather also brings her experience as a yoga teacher to Alchemy, making her classs sensual, embodied, and in the flow.

Tori Sherman is welcoming and brings a wide variety of dance experience to her classes. She includes African, hip hop, jazz and and umistakable cheerfulness to her choreography, which is inviting and attainable for people at all levels. Tori started teaching in June of 2013 after years of attending classes at Alchemy. She left corporate life to pursue the more creative and expressive aspects of her life and is grateful to share the dance!

Sarah Jane Romano brings her technical and world dance training to the Alchemy mix. With a decade of teaching experience and a passion for the groove, Sarah Jane hails from New York where she grew up dancing in traditional ballet, jazz and tap classes. She eventually moved to the world of Nia and Zumba, and finally broke out on her own funky path to incorporate her Hip-Hop roots and embrace her passion for African, Afro-Cuban, Latin and Eastern dance.

Jill Emich brings a dynamic class with uplifting music and themes. Dance has always been a way of stoking her inner fire and she is excited guide you to connect with yours through high energy moves, strengthening and lengthening cool downs and an all around good time. She blends all styles of dance, connecting you to your heart so you can Shine from within. Jill is the founder of Shine Restaurant and Potion Bar and Shine Potions in Boulder Colorado and the author of lifestyle cookbook Eat Drink Shine. She believes in transformation and healing through movement and community and is excited to be part of the Alchemy Team!

Dan “Hips Don’t Lie” Flores is a licensed Zumba® Fitness instructor and has been a member of the Zumba® Instructor Network (ZIN™) since March 2012. He grew up listening to the dynamic rhythms of Afro-Caribbean music, so his style has a strong Latin influence, but he incorporates a variety of genres in his high-energy classes, including salsa, samba, soca, dancehall, and Bollywood. His teaching philosophy is that ZUMBA® isn’t all about dancing; it’s more about having fun! So unleash your inner artiste! No experience necessary. Ditch the workout, and join the party!

Jackie Diner is a Black Belt Nia Teacher, previous Nia Training Faculty, a Certified Melt Instructor and an Early Childhood Educator. She worked in Early Childhood for 35 years, has been teaching Nia for 15 years and sharing the healing benefits of the Melt Method for six years. Jackie has spent her life dedicated to the health and well-being to people of all ages and energetically strives to lift everyBody to find a lifetime of strength, joy and peace in every piece of their being.

Beth Burcham, Soul Sweat teacher,  has been involved with dance, movement, and Yoga for over three decades. Beth is a certified yoga instructor and has been teaching dance fitness since 2012, currently teaching at Rally Sport as well as Alchemy. She is experienced  in African Dance, Modern Dance, Contact Improvisational Dance, Gabriele Roth’s 5 Rhythms, Vinyasa Yoga, Women’s Yoga. Beth a full time licensed psychotherapist, since 1990, specializing in PTSD, complex trauma and major mental illness.

Sasha Price will be teaching GROOV3, a one hour, high-energy, dance-til-you-drop cardio funk class at Alchemy. She began her dance journey at the age of 9 at Tucson School of Ballet, where she quickly advanced to join their Regional Senior Company. After a few years in advanced ballet, she decided to immerse herself in jazz, contemporary and hip hop and eventually fitness. She eventually worked as a Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer at world renowned Health Resort, Canyon Ranch. It was there where Sasha was introduced to belly dance, African, Samba and East Indian Bhangra, finding an entirely new passion in the world of dance. Welcome to Sasha!

Dieja Tostenson (aka AfroDiejiac) is from California and Missouri. She has 8 years in the exotic entertainment industry and is sharing all her performing secrets! Her mission in her classes is to help her students find love, appreciation, and acceptance of their bodies. She want to show them how strong and sexy they are, help unveil their inner performer! Most of all, she wants to guide them to liberating and expressing the taboo that resides within. Your sensuality is first for yourself and secondly for others.

Laurie Pemberton, creator of Alchemia, has been teaching movement and yoga for over 15 years. After many years teaching Nia and Kundalini Yoga Laurie created Alchemia, transformative movement blending dynamic dance and free form movement with specific techniques drawn from Kundalini Yoga and martial arts. Every Alchemia experience is designed to activate the deep and powerful healing forces in each of us. For more, visit www.alchemiadance.com