Meet Our Instructors
Louise has enjoyed robust careers in marketing, event planning, retail, arts management and journalism. In 2007, she shifted gears to earn her Yoga teaching certification and begin her teaching practice. Louise studied ballet and modern dance for many years and incorporates that grace and precision into her practice and teaching. She also emphasizes play, laughter and lightness.
Louise unabashedly credits Yoga with changing her life and is grateful for the emotional and physical health benefits and balance it fosters. Some of her greatest pleasure, however, comes from sharing those benefits with others as a teacher. Louise emphasizes tapping into the authentic self "on the mat" to find greater calm, balance and alignment for the mind/body/soul. She also teaches students how an ongoing yoga practice promotes improved strength, flexibility and fitness.
Candace is a MoveStudio legacy instructor, having taught at the studio since 2001. With a thirty-year background in modern dance, ballet, Middle Eastern and African dance, yoga, Pilates, and fitness she brings a well-rounded perspective to her classes. She holds doctoral and master’s degrees in dance from Texas Woman’s University and bachelor’s degrees in modern dance and exercise physiology from the University of North Texas. She is a certified personal trainer with the National Association of Sports Medicine and is currently working on her Metabolic Effect Fat Loss Nutrition certification.
Cindy discovered yoga in 2000 to support the imbalances in her spine, find freedom in her range of motion and cultivate a new sense of awareness she never knew was possible. She began conquering fear in challenging yoga poses that was symbolic of the fear in other areas of her life. Since yoga has always been a source of healing for Cindy, she is very passionate about sharing it with others. She brings compassion and experience from her own healing process to guide others on their own path to wellness. Through ongoing study and personal practice she keeps a fresh attitude of exploration that she brings to her teaching. It is her desire to help others create a happier, healthier and more balanced life through the moving meditation of yoga. Cindy holds a RYT-500 hour certification through Yoga Alliance.
For Tida, the gift of teaching yoga comes from the opportunity to help heal and transform lives. As yoga has helped her to access greater understanding and wisdom within, she has experienced healing on the mental, emotional, energetic and physical levels. Tida’s main ideal is to help her students transform the body, mind, heart, and therefore, life, and move to greater wholeness.
Her studies include a BA in Psychology, Masters in Business with focus on Health Management, and 3 years of study in Metaphysics. Her yoga path began in 1998 to help her deal with stress and cross train for competitive racewalking. She has been practicing yoga for over 15 years and teaching yoga for more than 9 years. She holds an ERYT 500 hour certification through Yoga Alliance, and studied with teachers such as Manju Pattabhi Jois, (Ashtanga 2004), Erich Schiffman (Yoga and Meditation 2004), Sharon Gannon and David Life (Jivamukti Yoga 2005), Rod Stryker (Para Yoga/Yoga Marma/Prana/ Yoga Fulfillment, 2007 to current).
Power Pilates 600 hour, Yoga RYT 200
Sue Dado holds a B.A. in dance teaching and choreography from Columbia College Chicago. Sue has been practicing Pilates since 1996, became Power Pilates mat certified in 2002, and completed the comprehensive certification program in 2003. Sue believes Pilates can improve everything you do, from how you do your daily work to any sport you practice.
Throughout her career, Sue has worked with people struggling with stressed induced hormonal imbalances, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, chronic pain, pre and post surgery, post injury, prenatal and postnatal, and post cancer treatment.
Transplanted from Northern Virginia, Barbara has been studying alignment-based yoga since 2004, completing her teacher training in 2006 at the Health Advantage Yoga Center in Herndon, Virginia. She has studied with Doug Keller and Susan Van Nuys. She is an RYT-200 with the Yoga Alliance, as well as a Certified Personal Trainer with NASM, Mad Dogg Certified Spinning Instructor, Concept 2 and Rowbics certified for Indoor Rowing, and Group Exercise Certified Instructor with AFAA. While living in Virginia, Barbara had been pursuing a degree in Exercise Science from George Mason University and hopes to finish her degree here in Texas. Her passion for yoga began with a desire to create strength and flexibility and prevent injury through yoga, and she was inspired to help others do the same. Barbara believes that an alignment-based practice brings strength, flexibility, balance, restoration and deeper understanding of asanas, while helping to prevent injury and aiding in injury rehabilitation.
Magdelena Fusaro is belly dance instructor, performer, and choreographer.
She danced professionally for over 3 decades in NYC, Dallas, and the Midwest. She was the founder of the Dallas based award-winning professional belly dance troupe Na’Di el Raks. She began her studies in Middle Eastern dance in the mid 80’s in New York and has never looked back. Her classes are fun, sassy and challenging. Class is focused on belly dance technique and skill building.
Terry started his yoga practice in 1983 with George Purvis in Dallas. Six months later he attended his first workshop with Ramanand Patel and he became his main teacher ever since. Terry also has studied with many other Iyengar teachers over the years for workshops and teacher training, including: Mary Dunn, Judith Lasater, Dean Lerner, and John Schumacher. He traveled to India five times to study with the Iyengars in Pune and Ramanand in Rishekesh. Terry holds an ERYT (expert registered yoga teacher) certificate with Yoga Alliance.
Teresa has been an athlete her entire life, competing in a wide range of sports including several triathalons. This active lifestyle led to a knee injury requiring two surgeries and Pilates Method techniques to assist in rehabilitation. The non-impact exercises improved her flexibility, balance, agility, core strength, and endurance. She is certified by Stott Pilates and Michael Miller Pilates, in prenatal and postnatal fitness. Teresa expands her Pilates knowledge base through teaching intensives with renowned instructors including Jay Grimes, Peter Fiasca, Siri Galliano, Chris Robinson, Mejo Wiggins, and Dorothee VandeWalle. She strongly believes Pilates can enhance the lives of everyone, from someone recovering from injury to elite athletes. Teresa is a legacy instructor and has been teaching at MoveStudio since 2004.
Raena is an award-winning “pro” bellydancer who has been performing and teaching in the DFW area for well over a decade. Her lifelong background in fitness and dance has established her as a respected, well-liked instructor. As a troupe director and NASM certified personal trainer, she is comfortable teaching students of all levels - offering modifications for chronic issues (knees, low back) while also offering options that challenge more experienced students. Her classes focus on incorporating safe technique, developing body awareness, and improving core stability and cardio endurance – all under the guise of having fun.
Andy McDonald helps people live more authentic lives through achieving greater awareness of mind, body, and breath. Through mindful movement and breathing, he teaches people to connect mind, body, and spirit, and to achieve deep states of relaxation, calmness, and peace. Since 2004, Andy has been teaching yoga, mindfulness, and meditation techniques to a wide array of people ranging from age 7 to 90, as well as special needs groups including Parkinson's and cancer patients. He is an ERYT 500 yoga teacher who integrates his training and study in meditation, metaphysics, and breathwork, along with his deep understanding of nature to help people realize deeper levels of personal transformation.
Kelley Pennington teaches a variety of dance, fitness, barre, yoga and wellness classes. She grew up dancing throughout her childhood, with a focus on ballet, jazz and modern. Kelley began competing with her studio’s performance company and broadened her training through musical theatre and pom and dance team. She was hired to teach for NDA and was accepted into the Dance Conservatory at Barat College in Lake Forest Illinois.
With a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a minor in business, Kelley has 15 years of experience coaching dance teams and teaching dance and fitness classes. Kelley became a certified yoga teacher in 2008 through Moksha Yoga in Chicago, has studied under Daren Frisen, Tias Little and Shiva Rae. She has found great joy in helping people physically and mentally connect through their yoga practice, from Vinyasa Flow to Restorative or Prenatal Yoga. With a love for dance, fitness, and yoga, Kelley brings fun and good energy to the classes she teaches so that you can love your workout!
Gaby has been teaching yoga since 2008 and passionately brings the benefits of yoga and mindfulness to people of all ages and abilities. She teaches flow yoga and restorative yoga, yoga and mindfulness to children and teens, prenatal yoga and ‘Mommy & Me’ postnatal yoga.
Gaby was drawn to yoga when she found her constant backaches diminished and that she was less reactive, more peaceful and more mindful the more she practiced. She received her 500-hour yoga certification in 2008, and then expanded with the second prenatal yoga teacher certification from Prenatal Plus Yoga in 2013 after experiencing the benefits of yoga throughout her pregnancies. She has served as a Certified Lamaze Childbirth Educator since 2010 and as a birth coach helping moms have natural births, and is a parent educator with Baylor. With her Live Free Yoga certification in 2017, she teaches yoga and mindfulness to the children and teens in DISD.
In 2000, while recovering from an illness Terry discovered Pilates. On the recommendation of one of his instructors and having realized the benefits of Pilates in his life, he began the journey to becoming an instructor. He has a certification from Pilates Unlimited in Pilates Mat and Apparatus. He is also a Romana’s Pilates level 5 instructor. He has also done workshops and advanced study with numerous first and second generation students of Joe Pilates including Jay Grimes, Sari Mejia-Santo, Kathi Ross-Nash, Cynthia Lochard, Anthony Rabara, Chris Robinson, and many others.
For Terry, "Pilates is a gift we offer to help people stand, walk, sit, and move in their daily lives. It offers strength, stretch and control." Terry has a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music degree from Southern Methodist University. He has worked for many years as a professional musician. He currently is a retired member of the Dallas Opera orchestra and was an adjunct professor of Horn and chamber music at the University of North Texas for many years
Meet Our Nia Instructors
Jule Aguirre M.Ed., LPC, NCC, is a Mind-Body Psychotherapist and Nia Faculty Trainer. Named by ORIGIN Magazine as one of the nation’s TOP “Leaders Who Inspire”, Jule ‘moves’ integrative wellness seekers with her unique approach to blending conscious movement, body-mind awareness, and integrative psychotherapy to dynamically stimulate self actualization, transformation, and healing through her global trainings, classes, workshops and private sessions. Jule is a MoveStudio legacy instructor, having taught at the studio since its inception in 2000.
Jan experienced her first Nia class in the spring of 2009 at MoveStudio. After only six classes, she sensed that Nia would transform her life. She has been dancing her way through life ever since! Within the first year, Jan achieved both her White Belt with Holly Curtis and her Nia 5 stages certification with Nia cofounder Debbie Rosas. Jan began teaching Nia in 2010 and completed both her Green and Blue Belt Trainings with Nia cofounder Carlos AyaRosas. Jan has recently completed her Brown Belt with Nia cofounder Debbie Rosas and Trainer Ann Christiansen. Jan is also a certified Level II BodyHoops fitness instructor.
Jan is thrilled to be teaching at MoveStudio where her Nia journey began.
Upon attending her first Nia class at Move Studio the fall of 2013, Lara immediately felt FREE! Free to express her whole self: Body, Mind, Emotion & Spirit!
Lara has been active in sports and fitness her entire life. Nia is the one movement practice that delivered everything she loves: the creative expression of dance, the power and focus of the martial arts, and the mindfulness from the healing arts. As a lover of music, Lara noticed the powerful music that is used in Nia routines. Nia’s choreography is consciously crafted to fuse with the music. This fusion created an enlivening experience for Lara and kept her coming back for more!
Lara received the Nia White Belt in February 2015, the Nia Blue Belt in October 2016, and the Nia Brown Belt in June 2018. Lara has been certified to teach Nia and Nia Moving to Heal since 2015.
Growing up in Dallas, Theresa’s outlets of creative expression were through piano and harp, her first instruments. Her love of music sparked a fire within her, and unleashed a desire to seek additional ways to express her creativity. Theresa joyfully danced out of her first Nia class in 2000. Soon after, it was Jule’s Moulin Rouge Nia class that drew her to MoveStudio…and Theresa hasn’t left since. The Move Studio community was home. In 2002, she received her white belt certification in Portland, Oregon from Nia co-founders Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas. Since then, she has been dancing through life; her body an instrument of health and expression found through movement and stillness. Over the years, Theresa has been (affectionately) called a Nia “Pixie” and a Nia “Ninja”. In her classes, her wish is to inspire you. An elementary school art educator, Theresa spends most of her days nurturing and growing the innate creativity found in all children. She also practices Vipassana meditation, Ecstatic dance, enjoys Hoop dance, knitting, cooking, painting, sewing, and whatever else she can dip her toes into…before she dives in.