Meet Our Instructors
Ana Leon Bella
Ana Leon Bella has worked in movement for over 20 years as a dancer, fitness expert, and dance educator. She is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist/Educator (RSMT/E) with ISMETA, a Laban Certified Movement Analyst (CMA), and a Dance Educator. Ana teaches Dance History and Dance Criticism at Wagner College, and Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Ana holds a Master's degree in Dance Education from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University. She is also a Dance Artist for the Phyllis Rose Dance Company. She became a Certified MFL Instructor in July 2015, and currently teaches all over the city and in the MFL Teacher Training Program. Ana speaks Spanish, Italian, and is knowledgeable in Mandarin Chinese.
Raised in Baltimore, MD, Anna Cuffari graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a Bachelor's Degree in Dance and Kinesiology at Marymount Manhattan College. Since she has moved to New York, Anna has had the opportunity to train in various dance techniques, perform professionally throughout New York City, and intern and work for Moving for Life. Anna believes that the mind-body connection is the most powerful tool we can use to achieve our goals.
"As an artist, creativity has exposed me to the notion of living without limitations. As a dancer, movement has enabled me to channel the discipline, strength, and drive needed to achieve."
Anna's passion for movement and exercise has taken her on a path of pursuing fitness to inspire others to find this connection and to foster creativity and movement within their own lives.
Beverley has been dancing, moving and studying various dance styles and BodyMind modalities since her first ballet lesson at the age of 6. She was drawn to Moving For Life for its scientific basis, rigorous training process and accessibility to all regardless of fitness level or previous experience. One of her greatest pleasures is to help others find joy and health through the transformative and inherent healing power of dance and movement, whether leading Moving For Life classes or in her work as a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist and Certified Movement Analyst. As a Registered Movement Pattern Analyst, Beverley helps individuals and businesses improve decision-making and team effectiveness. How you move reflects how you think and how you feel - Bev looks forward to moving with you!
Candice is a dance artist, educator, and administrator based in Corner Brook, NL. She uses a gentle approach to create, interpret, and share dance through both a somatic and intellectual lens. Candice also practices 'community networking choreography' by designing and facilitating a number of arts engagement and mentorship programs. She has been teaching dance and fitness classes for over 15 years and is passionate about helping other find their own confidence and creativity through movement.
Caroline Zayas King
Caroline Zayas King loves to dance and cannot wait to have you join her for a class! Caroline is a Certified Moving For Life Cancer Exercise Specialist and a RYT® 200 Hatha Yoga Instructor. She leads classes and workshops on mindful movement, yoga and Moving For Life Dance Exercise for Health and Cancer Recovery throughout New York in both English and Spanish. She teaches regularly at Gilda’s Club, Studio 55C, Lincoln Hospital, and Jacobi Hospital and guest teaches at Marlene Meyersen JCC Manhattan, public libraries and parks and the 92nd Street Y. As a wellness educator, cancer exercise specialist and mindfulness practitioner her approach is to help students tune into their inner wisdom, connecting breath to movement, working gently and joyfully towards fitness or spiritual goals through movement. She encourages her students to leave the mundane and heavy stuff at the door and have fun moving for a bit. Come as you are, let go, breathe and move in whatever way feels easy and free.
Caryn Cooper is a health, wellness and fitness practitioner from the Greater New York City area. She began her journey as a dancer where she trained in ballet in the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) for ten years along with other dance styles such as tap, jazz, modern and hip hop. Caryn transitioned into the fitness industry teaching dance exercise classes in community spaces such as public libraries, hospitals, parks, apartment complexes and community centers with the goal of helping others towards a healthy and active lifestyle. She is currently certified to teach various dance-based fitness formats including Moving for Life, POP Pilates, Zumba Fitness and Zumba Toning. Caryn holds her Master’s degree from New York University and her Bachelor’s degree from LI
Chaya Sarah Stark
Chaya Sarah Stark is a Moving For Life Instructor as well as a music and movement therapist who works with both children and adults. The medium of dance is her passion and she uses it to bring joy, integration, and overall body alignment to people of all ages.
Claire Sersun is an American artist, dancer, choreographer, movement instructor, web designer, and photographer. She started her career at 15 dancing in music videos in Los Angeles. She then moved to NYC and received her BA in dance from Marymount Manhattan College. While there she was also able to explore her interests in photography and kinesiology. While in NYC, Claire has had the pleasure of performing and sharing her choreography and photography across the city. She has performed works by Valeria Gonzalez, Mackenzie Martin, Cornelius Carter, Deborah Damast, Karen Gayle, Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish, Troy Ogilvie, Camille Loftin, Anthony Ferro, Christy Curtis Buss, Charm La'Donna, and more. She was apart of VALLETO Dance's Fall 2020 virtual season. She is currently apart of Geometry Dance Company as a G2 artist.
Claire holds a 200 hour yoga certification and a Personal Training Certification from the American Council on Exercise (ACE). She is trained in the Bridging The Gap Movement Method™ which is a neurophysiological conditioning program. She is trained in somatic based fitness and dance programs as well as pedagogy for those dealing with the effects of cancer and aging. Claire is a Moving For Life Certified Instructor and a BodyMind Dancing Associate. Her passion is in getting people moving so that they can love their bodies and live their lives to the fullest of their abilities.
Claire is a Graduate Student in the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications. She is working towards a Master of Arts in Mass Communication with a concentration in Web Design. Claire loves helping to build out the voice of the individual, company, or organization through their website's presence.
Dafna Soltes Stein
Dafna Soltes Stein has been diving in and out of the depths of Somatic education since 1980. She studied at NYC’s Laban Institute for Movement Studies with Irmgard Bartenieff. Dafna has embraced the brilliant Moving for Life work of Dr. Martha Eddy, and teaches classes on Long Island at the Northport Veterans Administration among other locations. She believes deeply in the power of movement to transform how we feel, heal and communicate. As a Performance and Teaching Artist in Dance, Drama, Storytelling since 1971, Dafna has travelled throughout the USA, Canada, Israel and Mexico. As a Teaching Artist, Dafna designs and implements arts in education curricula that integrate with core curriculum needs for Long Island school districts. Dafna has received generous funding for her projects from JPMorganChase Bank, New York State Council on the Arts, Target Foundation among others. Dafna holds a BA degree in Dance and Drama from Bard College 1974, is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst 1981, a Registered Dance Educator 1990, Certified Aesthetic Educator from the Lincoln Center Institute,NYC 2005 and a MFLCI 2021.
Dana Davison is a registered somatic movement therapist and educator (RSMT/RSME), certified Dynamic Embodiment® practitioner and teacher of Moving for Life® and BodyMind Dancing®. She studied classical ballet with Sher Marie Farrell (Farrell Ballet Theatre) and Sir William Martin-Viscount (Fort Worth City Ballet) before graduating from University of Texas in Russian Studies and Journalism. In 2010, serendipity led her to an intensive three-year training with Dr. Martha Eddy. She teaches somatic movement classes at BAX-Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Slope Wellness and Gilda's Club, as well as offering private sessions.
Elena Lopez Sans
Elena Lopez Sans (bilingual Spanish and english)is a dancer, choreographer and a long time teacher of yoga, dance and Alexander Technique. She has a BA in contemporary dance,is a certified teacher member of Alexander Technique international, and a certified teacher of yoga on the line of Krishnamacharya, she also accomplished the four year yoga therapy training in India on the same yoga lineage. Elena is a Moving for life dance teacher since the earlier years and has been teaching it throughout the city, she really loves to dance with different communities and ethnicities .in addition she enjoys practicing and offering Vedic chanting and jin shin Jyutsu form of healing as well as reiki. Elena is also dancing sacred dance.
Ellen Bartel MFA, CMA, RSME, Moving For Life™ cancer exercise specialist, and is an award winning independent choreographer and an established dancer and teacher in Austin TX. She recently served as the Interim Education Coordinator and Assistant Instructor at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in NYC, as a facilitator of creative and somatic approaches to grief in NYC and Austin and, previously been a peer review dance panelist and Creative Ambassador for the City of Austin. She has been a dance educator for over three decades teaching in Central Texas and New York. She is an adjunct professor at Austin Community College and continues to choreograph original work and teach independently in Austin.
Evelyn Nunlee, CMA, MFLCI is a University of Michigan graduate, Certified Laban Movement Analyst, dance educator trained at the 92Y's Dance Education Laboratory, and Moving For Life Certified Instructor. She has 30 years of experience as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Her work sites span diverse health clubs, corporate wellness and fitness venues as well as union and senior fitness classes. She is honored to teach the Community class for the Harkness Dance Center that is generously underwritten by Jody and John Arnhold. She also teaches several other of Moving For Life's upper Manhattan agencies. She works sensitively with cancer survivors, senior citizens, and anyone who wants to get moving safely.
Florence migrated from France to New York City to Kingston,NY at the door of the Catskills mountains by the Hudson River. Florence is a Butoh dancer, a Moving for Life Certified instructor, a BodyMind Dancing Certified Teacher and she is a student of Body Mind Centering. Florence has worked as a Creative Arts, activitiesTherapist with In-patients in Acute and Progressive units and Substance Abuse Unit. She has a background in Music and Film production. She currently teaches a “Movement Lab” at the Kingston Public Library, NY and a Moving For Life class in collaboration with the Oncology Support House of the Health Alliance Hospital in Kingston, Ny.
Gail is thrilled to be part of the Moving For Life Team! A lifelong dancer and fitness enthusiast, Gail received her first certification as a Group Fitness Instructor from AFAA, the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), in 1992. She went on to become a Licensed Instructor in Zumba and Zumba Gold for Seniors, and she completed graduate level coursework in Dance Therapy at the Harkness Dance Center in NYC. Gail also teaches her own Move & Make Merry dance-fitness classes for adults age 50+ and she is passionate about helping others experience joy through movement. Gail has taught Moving For Life classes for cancer thrivers and older adults in a wide range of venues, including park and recreation centers, medical clinics, cancer support centers, hospitals and community centers. Gail holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Wesleyan University and a Master’s Degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Hitomi Hayashi is a Japanese oncology certified nursing specialist. She had been worried about how best to care for the body and mind of cancer patients, and met our founder Dr Martha Eddy at the Cancer Institute Ariake Hospital in Tokyo. She was very impressed. participated in Dr. Yuko Hashimoto's LMA / BF seminars to prepare to study Moving For Life. She also met Dr Naoko. Murakoshi there - both students of Martha Eddy. They became important friends who understood her desire to go to NYC to become a Certified MFL Instructor (MFLCI). She received her MFLCI certification in July 2018. After NY, she started going to Cancer Fitness - the Japanese Program of cancer survivor and MFLCI Manami Hitomi, every month. To help her patients more, she studied and received the Lymphedema Care Therapist qualification, and the Cancer Fitness instructor certification. She has held the MFL classes at her local hospital, and established a private business "Milestone" in May 2020, which helps individuals and groups to move through challenges. "Milestone" an important symbol as a sign and a guide in the life of cancer patients and their families.
I recently became a Moving For Life Certified Instructor (MFLCI) after studying with Dr. Martha Eddy for many years. I am excited to be teaching MFL classes at Mount Sinai Beth Israel and NYU Medical Centers. Seeing the enthusiasm and comraderie of the participants is inspiring. Seeing the benefits achieved is wonderful. -Jyothi Larson
Jyothi Larson has been practicing yoga for over 40 years, and has been teaching yoga since 1992. She is a certified Integral Yoga teacher, specializing in pre-natal and postpartum, restorative and therapeutic yoga. Jyothi teaches at Integral Yoga Institute, Prenatal Yoga Center and Karma Kids Yoga. She lectures and facilitates classes at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center for cardiac and pulmonary patients. Jyothi is an Urban Zen Integrative Therapist, Certified Personal Trainer, Tai Chi Easy Practice Leader, Interfaith Minister, and now a Moving For Life Certified Instructor. Author of “Yoga Mom Buddha Baby” (Bantam 2002), Jyothi teaches her postpartum yoga training nationally and internationally. Jyothi loves that her students range in age from in-utero to over 90 years, and believes movement benefits everyone.
Joseph Mills holds an Ed.D in dance education from Temple Univerisity. He is a CMA and conducts classes and private movement sessions designed to help nurture mindful movement practices. Joseph has been a faculty member at Temple University, an assistant professor at The George Washington University, a tenured Associate Professor and director of the dance program at Northwestern University, an Assistant Professor of Dance at Queens College-CUNY in New York, and an an Adjunct Professor of Dance/Movement Therapy at Sarah Lawrence College. Joseph was a principle dancer with MADCO (Modern American Dance Company) and MOMIX, and was a principal dancer and rehearsal assistant with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company. He has been a guest artist and choreographer with numerous companies, and over the span of his work with professional companies, Joseph performed and choreographed his own work nationally and internationally. Recent work in New York includes an evening of his dances at New York Live Arts. Joseph is currently teaching mindful movement classes at the Northern Dutchess Hospital’s Wellness Center, in Rhinebeck, NY, where he works as a fitness educator for older adults. He is a MFLCI and cancer exercise specialist, and personal trainer and fitness instructor at IXL Fitness in Rhinebeck, NY.
Karen Eubanks (AEA, AGMA) is a consultant, cooperative teacher, certified dance teacher, and professional performance artist with an MA in Dance and Dance Education from Teachers College Columbia University, a BA in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College, and a plethora of academic accomplishments. In 2000, she combined her artistic experience and choreographic skills with movement retaining concepts and Bartenieff Fundamentals, and assisted the group fitness design and music selection for Moving on Aerobics, known as Moving for Life. As a senior Associate, she has taught the therapeutic movement regime in private and group fitness at Gilda's Club, Spa Day at the Jewish Community Center, and Emblem Health. Ms. Eubanks believes that structured movement patterning with aerobic dance enlightens, restores, and empowers as she continues her personal exploration in life through assessment projects, artistic performance, production mounting, and travel.
Kristin teaches dance movement, Yoga and Pilates to children, adults and seniors in the Greater New York area. She began her teaching journey in 2005 after dancing the Nia Technique to heal and condition her body, and discovered a deeper connection between body and mind. As Kristin continued teaching, she expanded her education into Pilates, Vinyasa Yoga (with advanced studies in anatomy and yoga for arthritis) and Reiki, and developed a new class called Relaxation+Meditation, while continuing to teaching movement full time throughout New York City. Kristin earned her Moving for Life certification in March, 2021 after many years of study with Martha Eddy.
Lani Weissbach, MFA, RSME, E-RYT 500 is a movement artist and educator of contemporary dance, yoga and somatics. Lani has held faculty and guest artist positions for over 40 colleges and universities, public schools and private institutions throughout the U.S. for over 25 years, teaching a wide range of dance studio and academic subjects as well as yoga and somatic movement to people of all ages and varying needs. Lani holds an M.F.A. in dance from Arizona State University, is certified through the Integral Yoga® Institute and the Eastwest Somatics Institute for Yoga, Dance and Movement, and completed her MFL certification in the spring of 2019. She currently serves as the Director of Embodied Learning for the Indianapolis Movement Arts Collective (IMAC) in Indianapolis, IN. For more information, visit www.laniweissbach.com.
May Britt Froysa
May Britt has always loved to move. She studied dance full-time at Oslo Dance Center during 1990 and at Laban Centre of Movement and Dance- London during 1992. Her recent stay in New York gave her an opportunity to refresh her passion for dance, attend Moving for Life classes, and eventually become an MFLCI.
Melinda is a Certified Personal Trainer (NASM), Certified Pilates Instructor (Turning Point Studios), and now a Somatic Movement Therapist/Educator. She specializes in working educationally and therapeutically with a wide range of people recovering from illness, injury, childbirth, and surgery. She is also a dancer, musician, choreographer and new mother!
Michele is an oncology nurse and social dancer who likes to blend other dance styles with the Moving For Life exercise program. She believes dance is about moving, feeling good, and being mindful and can be used to reset ourselves every now and then with something positive and fun!
Nancy is a certified personal trainer, group exercise instructor, and Public Health Physical Activity Specialist, with a master's degree in public health with a specialty in community health education. She has taught her Nancercize Outdoor Fitness Classes since 2004. She is the prolific author of 25 books including, "Coping with Chemotherapy" and, most recently, "101 Things to Do on a Park Bench," a collection of exercises designed to safely and effectively improve strength, flexibility, balance, and endurance.
Sara K. Vogeler graduated from NYU in 1974 in Dance Therapy after beginning a life-long study in Body-Mind Centering® which integrates the body and mind using anatomy, physiology, developmental patterns and movement exploration. She danced professionally in the U.S. and abroad before founding The NeuroMuscular Center, Inc. in NYC in 1990 for natural pain relief using hands-on techniques, nutrition, and somatic movement therapy.
Certified as a Teacher of Body-Mind Centering®, a Registered Movement Therapist, an ACE-certified Personal Trainer, an Orthopedic Exercise Specialist, a TMJ Myofunctional Therapist, a NYS-licensed Massage Therapist, and a Moving for Life—Dance Exercise for Health® Certified Instructor, she teaches anatomy, exercise, and movement therapy from a somatic perspective based on Body-Mind Centering® and her extensive education. She has taught at the Opleiding Modern Dans in Amsterdam, Marymount Manhattan College, and the Pacific College of Health and Science in their first year of offering massage, and lectured at various educational centers and symposiums in the US and abroad.
She served as president of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA) and the Body-Mind Centering® Association which she cofounded in 1983. In her private practice of almost 50 years, she helps relieve pain and dysfunction, and currently is training to coach others in balancing blood sugar levels to fight weight gain and inflammation. She has a long list of clients, from newborns to seniors, including celebrities like Mary Tyler Moore, Bette Midler, Lou Reed, Tony Robbins, Donna Karan, Lou Gossett, Jr., Dudjom Rinpoche, Sara Hughes, Penny Marshall, Albert Brooks, and Daymond John of Shark Tank fame.
She helps people in pain due to sports injuries, TBI, movement disabilities, physical and emotional challenges, nutritional and hormonal deficiencies, and weight gain and lack of exercise.
Shane is a Somatic Movement Therapist / Educator, Pilates Instructor, CranioSacral Therapist and dancer. Her education also includes Body-Mind Centering(TM), Laban/Bartenieff, Authentic Movement, Yoga, Hakomi, and dance improvisation. She is interested in introducing movement as a means for self-empowerment. She believes that peace begins within us and that somatic work helps people make optimal choices on a personal, community, and global level.
Tatiana Valencia is from Queens, New York and graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 2018 with a Bachelors in Dance and Psychology. She began her MFL journey as an intern with Dr. Martha Eddy who soon after encouraged her to pursue a Moving For Life Instructor certification! She thanks the MFL community for helping her grow confidence and develop a voice in the health and wellness space throughout the years. After college Tatiana worked in a Counseling & Wellness Center as a Health Promotion coordinator where she advocated for mental health.
Aside from teaching her regular MFL Monday 12pm EST classes, you can find Tati leading latin dance classes in Washington Heights, immersing herself in yoga, and professionally dancing with the Rumbamena dance company every weekend!
Tom Sullivan is a native New Yorker. He earned a BA in Special Education from Arizona State University, MS in Special Education from Hunter College/CUNY, and MA in Dance Education from New York University/Steinhardt. Tom studied at the Laban Institute of Movement Studies and is a Certified Movement Analyst. He also is a Certified Pilates Beginner Mat 1 Instructor. Tom is an instructor in both Moving for Life and Body Mind Dancing. He has performed as a dancer with HARRY, dance and other works by Senta Driver, the Martha Graham Ensemble, and The Washington Square Repertory Company of NYU/Steinhardt, as well as several independent choreographers. He currently performs with the Phyllis Rose Dance Company, which brings multicultural dances to schools throughout the tri-state area. Upon retiring from teaching Special Education classes for the NYC Department of Education, he has worked as a teaching artist in dance for Go Project, Arts Connection, 92nd Street Y, and Education in Dance and the Related Arts. Tom enjoys choreographing, painting, and volunteering as a teaching assistant with Dance for PD (Parkinson’s Disease).
Vincent Yong is the first male Moving For Life graduate (MFLCI). A Certified Movement Analyst, Vincent is also South East Asia's first Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist. Privileged to bring Dr Martha Eddy's work back to Singapore, Vincent now brings cancer and preventative health care to people from various background in a program called Re-Moving™ Cancer at Mahota Commune. Vincent is the author of Flow-The Art of Creating AbunDance and a Master Neuro-linguistic Programming Coach. He is profoundly elated to contribute to Dr Martha Eddy's book: Mindful Movement-The Evolution of the Somatic Arts and Conscious Action.
Yoo Mi Kim
She was featured in the Lifetime documentary "Say it, Fight it, Cure it" directed by Lee Grant. In June of 1997 Ms. Febus-Sampayo participated in the first Breast Cancer Survivor Forum held in the White House with Vice President Al Gore and Mrs. Tipper Gore to help end the stigma of cancer in Hispanic communities.