Gilda has been a dancer most of her life. She started ballet at an early age, dancing with The Westchester Ballet Company and studying with some of the most prestigious teachers in NYC. Over the years she studied and taught jazz, hip hop and ballet. She is also an amateur international style dancesport (ballroom) dancer. In addition, Gilda is an equestrian, specializing in dressage, with over 25 years of riding experience. Her experience with GYROTONIC® started in 2005 after knee surgery caused by a dance accident. All it took was one session for her to see how beneficial it was, which led her to pursue her certification. Gilda became a certified instructor under renowned Master Trainers Sebastian Plettenberg and Erika Hassan. She is Level I and Level II certified in GYROTONIC® and Level I GYROKINESIS®. In addition, she is a GYROTONIC® Pre-Trainer, and certified on the Jumping Stretching Board, Leg Extension Unit, Archway and Gyrotoner. Gilda enjoys accompanying people on their journey to increased strength, flexibility and self-awareness both physically and energetically. She’ll help you take your fitness to the next level.
Christina has over 25 years of training and experience in the Gyrotonic Expansion System and is a Level 1 certified instructor in both Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis. Her teaching career began over 20 years ago in NYC at Leda Franklin’s infamous Studio Riverside. Many Principal Dancers in the ballet and modern dance community trained at Studio Riverside to rehabilitate from dance injuries, extend their performance career, or to reach new heights of technical and artistic virtuosity. Professional relationships with seminal Master Trainers of the GXS began here. Christina is also a graduate of the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance’s Trainee Program and has participated in the Martha Graham School’s Summer Intensive Workshop for Graham Teachers. While residing in London she trained at London Contemporary Dance School and the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance. She has taught dance at several dance studios throughout the area and founded the Fairfield University Dance Ensemble. Her choreography appeared at the Special Olympics World Games in New Haven and has won prestigious awards including the Juror’s Choice – Artspace, New Haven and the Industry Dance Awards People’s Choice Award at Starquest’s 2016 Regional Competition. Christina has performed on stages from NYC to London including Royal Festival Hall, London Contemporary’s “The Place,” St. Mark’s NYC, and Lincoln Center’s Peter Jay Sharp Theatre performing with Buglisi/Foreman Dance, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Isadora’s Dance Legacy, Emily Burns, and Jason Lewis. She has studied with dance legends such as Pearl Lang, Yuriko, and Richard Alston among many others.
Inspired by the infamous quote from Martha Graham that, “Movement doesn’t lie,” Christina has studied many movement methodologies exploring the integration of body, mind and spirit. Christina is certified to teach Progressing Ballet Technique for Junior, Senior and Advanced Programs. She is also an Evidence Based Fitness Academy Level 1 Barefoot Training Specialist with Dr. Emily Splichal (Podiatrist and Human Movement Specialist). She has also studied with Tom Myers (Anatomy Trains), Kirstin Schumaker (Neurovascular Release for the Arm Lines), Jill Miller and Integrated Movement Therapy (Yoga Based Therapy Techniques) with IMT’s Founder, Molly Kenny, MS-CCC. She completed Shakta Kaur Khalsa’s Heart and Soul Work with Children, and is certified to teach Yoga in the Preschool Classroom.