Movement is my muse. Personally I am inspired by physical activity that balances strength, mindful movement and self awareness. I believe tapping into our mind and body and moving in ways that serves our body, will promote higher feelings of love for ourselves. We all look and feel differently, so we will all move different too, and that is magical.
I encourage everyone not just to “move” their bodies daily, but to adjust their lifestyles, hobbies and physical activities in a way that elevates their sense of pride for the beautiful, authentic life they are living.
Mindful movement and practicing self-care has inspired many positive changes for me. It is my hope that by sharing love and light with you, you will choose to trust your heart use these tools to cultivate personal growth in your everyday life.
If I'm not practicing yoga or teaching classes, you can likely find me hiking with my husband, cuddling my two dogs, working on a passion project, singing loudly to 90's music, hanging in my eno hammock with a book and coffee, or spending time with family and friends.
Brittany’s love for dance started at the young age of 4 years old at Estelle & Alfonso Performing Arts Complex in Poughkeepsie, New York. After moving to Raleigh, North Carolina at 10 years old, she continued studying Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and Contemporary dance at CC & Company Dance Complex where she had the opportunity to train with numerous influential dancers and choreographers. Brittany continued on to Appalachian State University where she pursued her passion for dance by choreographing and performing for the Appalachian Dance Ensemble.
Brittany loves living in Charlotte with her husband Taylor, daughter Elise, and all of her fur babies, and you can usually find her hanging out at a local brewery in her spare time!
She is excited to be a part of the Ebb & Flow Movement Studio family by assisting with administrative roles as well as teaching a few contemporary dance classes.
Chris started dancing at the age of 18 in Boone, NC. He began training with the Appalachian State University’s break dance crew Urban Legacy as well as taking classes offered on campus. He studied different styles of dance while in Boone including Jazz, African, Modern, and had the privilege of dancing in the University’s Showcases in 2008 and 2009. The following summer he taught breakdancing and hip-hop classes in Bristol, VA at Extreme Dance Company. Chris moved to St. Louis where he continued to teach for a short time and then moved back in his hometown Charlotte, NC. Dance has been a passion of his for over 10 years and he cannot wait to share something he truly loves.
1. What are you looking forward to with Ebb & Flow? I’m most excited to express myself again through movement and dance. And to be in a space with people I trust will only push me to be better.
2. What do you love most about dance? I love that it doesn’t have to be pretty or perfect. Movement reflects what you feel in that moment. How the music hits or the beat drops or an emotion that comes to mind. Finding the connection between body and mind is pretty incredible. 3. What do you love about Charlotte? Charlotte is where I learned everything about myself and it’s home, I’ve been here 23 years and can’t seem to find a good enough reason to leave.
Liam began exploring movement with traditional martial arts as a kid and then transitioned into MMA and weight lifting. While focusing on his own twist of Olympic barbell style lifting mixed in with interval body weight training, Liam acquired some small injuries and decided to switch things up. After a year of focusing on the kettle bell, Liam found his injuries had subsided and was able to train every day without pain. Liam then decided attended his first Onnit certification which included kettlebells, steel maces, battle ropes, suspension and body weight teacher training.
What are you most excited about E&F? I’m excited to see all different types and levels of movement come together in one location. Also excited to help promote a fun, free environment for anyone and everyone.
What do you love about Charlotte? I love the size of Charlotte, it isn’t too big nor too small. I also think there is people who are into the idea of community and networking.
What do you love most about movement/yoga/dance? The concentration/flow state you can Achieve during the movement. The feeling you get after moving. When your finished, the clear headed, accomplished, free feeling.
Molly began dance early in her childhood at the age of three. She was a student at Angie's Dance Academy in Clyde, North Carolina for 15 years where she had the opportunity to train with a passionate academy staff, as well as industry-leading guest choreographers. She continued her dance education at Appalachian State University by dancing and choreographing for the Appalachian Dance Ensemble while obtaining a Bachelors of Arts degree in Dance Studies. Molly also holds a degree in Psychology with a concentration in Business Administration.
What are you looking forward to the most with Ebb & Flow? - Movement is good for the soul! I can't wait to get in the studio and help make someone smile simply by dancing.
What do you love about Charlotte? - Charlotte is where my husband and I started our family. For being home to our babies-- one human, one fur, Charlotte will always hold the most special place in my heart! (In case you were wondering, I'm super mushy!)
I started dancing at the age of 12 studying Irish dancing. Studied jazz, modern, ballet, hip hop and African dance all the way through college. I have dance on numerous competing dance teams through High School. Started a Hip Hop dance team at Appalachian State as I minored in Dance studies. I have coached, choreographed, and performed for pageants and competing dance teams
My style of movement- my style is hip hop that allows you to utilize every part of your body.
Why I love movement/dance- I have loved dancing the moment I took my first class. This has always been the way to express my creativity. There is not a time where music is playing and I'm not moving to it. Dancing has given me an outlet emotional express myself and inspire others and myself through my movement
What I am looking forward to the most- I'm so excited to work with some creative people who love movement. Makes me feel we are giving something back to the community something that they haven't been able to receive
What I love about Charlotte- Charlotte has grown so much into a city that continues to grow in culture and technology
Funny story to tell- when I was at App state on the way to a half time performance for a basketball game I slipped down the stairs on the snow outside trying to help my sister from not falling. I bend my foot in the process and then performed right after. I then found out right after the performance I sprained my foot and was on crutches for a couple weeks. The adrenaline was pumping for excitement for the performance that I had not realized how much pain I was really in. That's how much I love dancing
Born in Romania and brought to Wisconsin, Georgiana “Georgie” Elena (RYT 200) fell in love with all things cheese and yoga. She found a home on her mat at the age of 15 after her first sun salutation. Georgie completed her 200 RYT certification here in Charlotte at a local studio. She wants students to feel empowered, enlightened and encouraged to see life through a different lens. Georgie holds space in the studio to practice more than just the splits, handstands and backbends. Adding a pinch of humility to a handful of blood pumping tunes, students come to practice both self-acceptance and self-improvement. Her classes are fun, encouraging, and upbeat. Yoga healed her life her from the inside out and Georgie wants others to feel that same impact. She can’t wait to see you in her classes!
What are you most excited about with Ebb & Flow?
The most exciting part about Ebb and Flow coming alive is realizing how much love has been built into the design of every single nook and cranny. Talking to Lauren, I hear about her honest love and passion for this studio and the purpose behind every decision she’s making. Its extremely exciting to be a part of something that is so honestly good for our community and in a way has a hand in making our world a better place.
What do you love about Charlotte?
The thing I love most about Charlotte is the home I have cultivated. Everything I ever dreamed of trying I have found the ambition to take the chance on in this city. Charlotte is filled with the fresh energy that inspires me and yet maintains a touch of the past that keeps me grounded.
What do you love most about movement/yoga/dance?
Being on the mat and expanding the body in all directions gives us this incomparable healing. My mat is the place where I’ve learned to be tall, confident and courageous. I couldn’t have learned to love myself so honestly any other way. When teachers queue for us to ‘take up space’, I think it’s a glorious reminder that we are supposed to be here, no matter where we come from or what our past has looked like. We all have a purpose. At the core level we are all human, but our ability to move and flow gives us insight to the real strength and resiliency we hold. Paired in a studio setting, movement and yoga create this energy that continues to vibrate in our daily lives.
“Dance with your heart, and your feet will follow.” -Nikki Hopkins
Nikki began her dance experience at the Morrison Ymca in 2010. She studied and performed Hip-Hop and Jazz dance for four years. Beginning in the fall of 2017 through the summer of 2018, Nikki was the dance Instructor at South Mecklenburg High School for the ‘Sabre Dance Crew’ where she taught Hip-Hop and Contemporary dance. Nikki was also apart of the Fila Latin Dance club and learned Latin dances such as Bachata, and Salsa.
Throughout her years of being a dancer, Hip Hop became her favorite style of dance. Nikki describes her movements as a reflection of her emotions to the beat and the sounds of music. She often finds herself dancing in her seat, or creating choreographies in her head whilst listening to music. The creativity is limitless.
Nikki’s goal is to bring people together through dance, and ultimately achieve unity in diversity. With or without prior dance experience she wants individuals to feel comfortable and confident in themselves inside and outside of class.
There is absolutely nothing better than the feeling of complete happiness doing something you love, and the world of dance for Nikki is just that.
A Charlotte native, Kat Spangler began her dance training at age 3 with Dance Davidson, a classical ballet studio near her hometown. Eventually she would move on to a competitive dance team and youth ballet company, with her penchant for teaching and creating choreography becoming more apparent each year. At the time she entered Appalachian State University, she was teaching more classes than she was taking and felt quite at home with the Dance Pedagogy coursework completed while earning a minor in Dance Studies. It was here that the diverse and respected Dance & Theatre staff at ASU helped further develop Kat’s technique and personal style, taking as many classes as her schedule would allow, and performing and choreographing for multiple seasons of Appalachian Dance Ensemble productions.
After many years post-college building a career in the photography industry, it became hard to ignore that dancing recreationally was not enough for her and she made the leap towards a new professional (and very personal) goal, Dance Therapy.
Kat is a mental health and wellness advocate, with a steadfast belief in the therapeutic properties of movement in all its forms. Her teaching style is “feel good”, loaded with expressive movement and emotion-sometimes sass, sometimes pain, sometimes joy.
Kat is currently in pursuit of a Masters degree in Dance Therapy with the goal of becoming a licensed Expressive Arts Therapist.
Victoria Woazeah Cerrato has been dancing for the last 19 years. Dance has always been a big part of her life. She studied hip hop, jazz, modern in middle school through high school and in college she studied ballet and African dance.
In college she choreographed and led the hip hop dance team as well as competed. Teaching hip hop brings utter joy and such excitement when she gets to see how she makes others feel. She is excited about joining the Ebb & Flow team and ready to have some fun!
Jarvis Garvin is a dancer, fight choreographer, actor and writer. Born and raised in Charlotte NC, Jarvis started dancing at the age of four at the county fair where he performed Micheal Jackson's "Billie Jean". From there he learned the street dance styles "Popping" and "Top Rock".
Growing up in the ‘90s, Jarvis fell in love and excelled at "New Jack Swing" style which included the dance moves "The Running Man" and "The Kid N Play".As an adult Jarvis studied the dance styles known as "Locking" and Swing Dance. Jarvis also loves to teach Jazz after being inspired Bob Fosse and Fred Astaire.
Growing up listening to his mother's ‘70s and ‘80s records Jarvis developed an unwavering belief that dance is the ultimate form of expression.
Jarvis has performed in several plays including Justin Mann's "Breaking Silence" at the Blumenthal Theater, Cast Studio's "How I Got On" and Q Production's "A Rhyme Deffered" in which he won the Metrolina Theatre Association Award for Exemplary Performance Element in a musical.
Loren has been nominated and awarded for his choreography for dance companies, works on his own companies, and Off-Broadway. National television commercials, industrial films, and corporate trade shows are three of the many areas he has made his mark. His clients in the corporate world include General Mills, Baskin Robbins, Church's Chicken, Tyson Foods, Household Finance Corporation, L.A. Gear and Fila. In the hair industry he choreographed and produced for companies like Zotos, Quantum, Bain De Terre, Senscience, Sheenique, Wella, Sally Beauty Company, Daniel Galvin & Iso Sport. He restaged the show Get Dancin on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and was assistant choreographer for the World Cup Opening Ceremonies where he worked with Kenny Ortega, Diana Ross and John Secada. He has also choreographed for the musicals Hair, Crowns, HonkChildren's version and Secret Garden.
Loren has also toured with 7 companies of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls. He has danced for River North Dance Company and Gus Giordano. He has taught at Southern Methodist Univ., University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of Iowa, University of New Mexico, Brigham Young and Mesa State
Loren is the creator of Dance Logic, Supplemental Training - a system developed over the past 25 years that produces dramatic results. Designed to help train today's dancer, Dance Logic is a jazz based technique that uniquely and seamlessly incorporates ballet and modern. Thus a technique that flows with, applies and connects to virtually every other dance discipline.
DLST-Dance Logic Supplemental Training in the words of a student: This past semester, Jazz students were further challenged by the technique and principles offered by guest artist in residence, Loren Fletcher. At the end of his residency, it is more than apparent that he offers a holistic technique through which a dancer can consciously unite mind, body and spirit, and apply even the simplest exercise to any situational or disciplinary setting.
In conclusion, the overarching objective of Loren’s technique is to provide tools that dancers can use to apply to any academic, professional or personal dance situation. Through encouraging students to draw upon their own individual emotions and experiences, Loren’s technique defines dance as a place within each dancer where he or she can find answers to questions, validation for accomplishments and solace during storms of overwhelming emotion. By engaging students holistically and experiencing dance through the mind, body and spirit, Loren’s technique forces an awareness in his dancers that I found profoundly necessary and provocatively useful.
My background and experiences are quite varied giving me a useful perspective to share with students and faculty. My approach to teaching is to do it with effective innovation. I seek solutions to giving the student necessary technique while also infusing qualities and aesthetics each dancer should possess through organic references between body, mind and nature.
University of Iowa, Giordano's Jazz Dance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Dupree Dance Academy Los Angeles, The Edge Los Angeles and various master classes including, Francious Martinet (original Joffrey member), Robert Severs (Harkness Ballet), Karen Krete (ABT), Lan Lan King (Graham Company), Sherry Zunker (River North Dance Company), Frank Hatchet (Broadway Dance Center), Joe Tremaine (Tremaine Conventions and studio), Randy Allaire (TV's Fame and Michael Jackson Tour), Loretta McCray (Loyola University California), Kieth Clifton and Jodi Winz (Joffrey Ballet) and more...
Originally a small town girl from West Virginia, who discovered she's really a Cali girl at heart, now calling Charlotte home.
Movement has always been a part of Shawna's life, growing up she was a cheerleader and then she found her passion for dance. She danced on her high school dance line and then with worship dance teams after graduation. Shawna was honored to choreograph most of the pieces during her time on her West Virginia worship dance team, allowing her to find her voice through movement. Then she moved into modern dance when she joined a worship dance team in San Diego.
After she stopped dancing Shawna fell in love with ballet-based barre workouts after searching for a way to stay active after a cross-country move to San Diego in 2007. Shawna spent 6 years at the barre as a client, enjoying the of mix of cardio & sculpting each class had to offer! A 2013 move back to the East Coast prompted her to follow her dreams and open a barre franchise of her own to share her love of barre with others. It was during this time Shawna realized her love of being in the studio, teaching and educating others. With the studio ownership chapter behind her, Shawna now focuses on teaching barre classes and is pursuing her comprehensive Pilates certification.
Shawna loves to create fun, challenging workouts that keep her clients on their toes while channeling their inner ballerina!"
Kara started dancing ballet, jazz and tap at age seven, then took an almost 10-year-long hiatus to focus her creative energy on musical theatre. A nerd at heart and a lover of all things theatrical, Kara came back to the studio after taking a cardio dance class for a P.E. requirement at Davidson College. When she's not at E&F, she's running her pop-up cardio dance fitness classes – MiSFIT Dance – working to take E&F values of accessibility, affordability, and dancing your heart out into the Charlotte community.
What do you love about Charlotte?
Most people who live here are from other places. Because of that, I feel like there's a warmth and acceptance here you don't find in most cities. There's also an enthusiasm for learning and growth that I find so refreshing.
What are you looking forward to with E&F?
I think the community. From the minute I walked in the door, this space felt so welcoming and authentic. I think when you're talking about creative expression, having an environment that feels supportive is so, so huge.
Elsie Mufuka born and raised in Gardens Corner, SC with roots from Zimbabwe hold a B.A in Dance and Communications from Coker College and candidate of Masters of Arts Administration from Winthrop University developed MufukaWorks Dance Company in 2010 with the inspiration of providing dance education and performances for the community. Since then, Mufuka has provided high art cultural dance experience through dance education and dance performance for the community. This inspiration grounded in Mufuka’s Zimbabwean lineage; professional experience; and, international travels has afforded her the opportunity to offer dance education programs and performances within a diverse community. Since the opening of the company, Mufuka has started and taught dance education programs. Some of these programs include dance education at the Burton Wells Recreation Center in Beaufort, SC and, more recently, an education program at the Albemarle Road Recreation Center located in Charlotte, NC, Dance Education Workshops at Whale Branch Elementary, Beaufort, SC, Bluffton School of Dance, Bluffton, SC, and Charlotte Dance Festival, Charlotte, NC. Additionally, Mufuka has brought dance performances to the International House in Charlotte, NC, Lexington International Festival in Lexington, NC, Gullah Festival, Piccolo Spoleto, Links Inc. Dance Performance School Series, Levine Children’s Hospital, Charlotte Emerging Young Artist Dance Festival just to mention a few. The Company repertory is Return to Sender, One Blood, Our World: the stories of our community, Invisible, and “I AM”.
MufukaWorks Elite Root Performance Company:The MufukaWorks Elite Root Dance Professional Company is the first company of MufukaWorks. These dancers are professional for the company whom perform for festivals, theatre performances, outside area performances, weddings and other required performances. The dancers in our first company are required to participate in special performances outside the dance education program and attendance for these events is mandatory. The performances are choreographed by MufukaWorks unless allocated by director to other qualified choreographers. The company style is Afro Russe Dance (a fusion of African, Ballet, and Contemporary) conjunction of live drumming.
In addition, she is a dance teacher at a Title I School, Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts, Monroe Recreation Centers teaching artist, and Charlotte Ballet’s (formally North Carolina Dance Theater) teaching artist for REACH!,
Mufuka has been awarded full scholarship to Dance USA and Coker College Outstanding Young Alumni (the first African American Women to receive this award). Her mission is to continue to inspire through dance education and be a role model to the youth.
Jenn's love for yoga began after her first Savasana where she cried as she realized that she was rarely ever still and restful. As she kept returning to the mat, she began to notice much of her pain and discomfort post car accident began to alleviate. Because of what yoga has done for her, she's deeply committed to sharing the practice with you. Because Jenn has a background in behavioral psychology, neuroscience, and is also a mindset coach, expect an experience that will allow all your parts to be seen and loved.
1. What are you excited about with Ebb&Flow?
I am excited about such a one stop shop of movement based classes under one roof! I've been talking about trying barre for forever. I've been talking about getting back into pilates for some time. It felt like a lot to have to go to a bunch of different studios to make it all happen. Now that it's all under one roof, I don't have to! I'm stocked to bring some yoga to the space.
2. What do you love about movement?
Movement in the body allows more movement in the thoughts and emotions, which is important so we don't get stuck in self sabotaging patterns and feelings. Movement creates space, and I like space. It also allows me to feel more connected to the divine.
3. What do you love about Charlotte? I love that Charlotte is a forward thinking city that supports its entrepreneurs, is into wellness, is clean, and has a lot of trees