Shireen has pursued her lifelong interest in movement arts through training in yoga, dance, circus arts and aerial dance. She has been dancing with fire since 1999, and is known for her fluid style, innovative movements and mesmerizing performances. An accomplished teacher as well as performer, she has taught circus skills, object manipulation and aerial arts to students of all ages, come learn with Shireen!
I am originally from New Orleans, now living in the beautiful NW and I love teaching fitness stateside and internationally. The reason is simple: Every class/clinic/session feels like a party! I am a Certified Group Exercise Instructor, Fitness Nutrition Coach & Personal Trainer. With years in the fitness industry and dance, I am here to provide an energetic and fun experience.
Jose has over 50 years of teaching experience in Okinawan style Shotokan Karate. Hailing from Puerto Rico, he represented his country at the 5th World Traditional Karate Championship in Lima, Peru in 1990. He was also recognized at the Latin American Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 1997 and at the Karate Voice's Hall of Fame in 2001. He holds an International Instructor License from the International Martial Arts Federation of Japan. Following is a short list of some of his training accomplishments:
-Black Belt 8th Dan, Kyoshi Karatedo
-Black Belt 7th Dan, Kyoshi Okinawa Kobudo (Okinawan Weaponry)
-Black Belt 3rd Dan, Shidoin Nihon Jujutsu
-Chief Instructor United Alliance of Shoto Karatedo - UASK
-Chief Instructor Okinawa Budo Kenkyukai - OKIBUKAI
-Chief Instructor Okinawa Kobayashi Shorinryu Karate Kobudo - Puerto Rico Shorinryu
Kelly is a freelance dancer and teacher in Portland, Oregon, with a passion for cultivating community, making dance accessible for all, and helping adults find joy in movement. Ballet is an art form that has been traditionally very exclusive and she wants to change that. Her goal is to bring the joy of ballet to everyone in an environment where underrepresented communities feel safe and valued.
I first experienced Somatics during a Practicing Justice retreat in upstate New York when I felt the freedom of not fighting my body in meditation. After some research, I discovered Hanna Somatic Education and began the three-year course Clinical Techniques of Hanna Somatic Education Training at the Novato Institute near San Francisco. I currently have 200+ hours of training, classroom study, and private session experience as a Somatics Educator in the tradition of Thomas Hanna. I am also a member of the Association of Hanna Somatic Educators. In Hanna Somatics, we learn through our subjective experience if brain and body to rest muscles and reorganize ourselves for efficiency, pain relief, and somatic freedom. I have deep habituations in my own body. The soma-to-soma work that I do has brought pain relief and deep joy to my life.
I have danced and performed for most of my life! I started as a performer in the Bahai Youth Workshop when I was 8 years old. I am a former memeber of the NW Afrikan American Ballet, the Fisk University Orchesis Company, Uhuru Dance Ensemble of Nashville and currently dance with Sebe Kan (Serious Sound) West AFrican Dance and Drum Ensemble in Portland, Oregon. I have taught toddler ballet classes, served as dance coordinator and instructor of the Global Education Center in Nashville, TN, and the Dance Coordinator for the High Steppers Dance and Drill Team in Portland, OR. I was a fitness instructor at the YMCA located in Baton Rouge, LA.
Hey Beautiful Souls! My heart is in supporting women in the journey to healing and transcending past pain, traumatic experiences and self-sabotoging mindsets through transformation of the mind, body & spirit. I walk with women on the path to realigning with self, reawakening to the wisdom of our intuition and our bodies, and remembering our creative feminine power through soul work. As the creatrix of Ascension Well Body & Fitness I teach the purpose of the spirit-mind-body connection, share self-investment tools, and help define what having a "well-body" means and how to achieve it. I believe our bodies are the most sacred, sensual and magickal conduits between worlds that has limitless potential...And I use movement as one of the tools to tap into this potential. Teaching at Commotion is a complete blessing that allows me to hold space for women to heal, express themselves through their bodies, build confidence and revive their feminine energy in a safe, loving & supportive community.
Leina’ala started dancing at an early age at her local community center. She fell in love with Tap and has not looked back since. In efforts to get more active she pursued her love of dance into teaching dance fitness with U-Jam Fitness in 2015 and recently GROOV3 She danced hula for ten years under her na Kumu(teachers), ‘Aukai La’amaikahiki and Ka’aumoana Ahina. Dance has always been important to me as a way to connect with others and build relationships. Through the power of dance, we are connecting, supporting and creating classroom community which can go far beyond the walls of a dance studio.
I have been dancing for 20+ years in various styles of dance including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Belly dance, Hip Hop, Salsa, Tango, and Cha Cha. I love to share my passion for dance with others and Zumba is a fun way to get all styles and people involved to free themselves!
Paulette brings over 20 years of dance experience and a deep appreciation for movement to her classes at (com)motion. She is very excited to bring her 4 week Dance & Desire series in January! Come to move and manifest- this class will fuse movement and journaling to illuminate your desires.
Rajah (she/her, they/them)
Rajah has been a long time lover of dance, and has been performing in theatre for over a decade. She has attended intensives for theatre, dance, and singing with the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, from where she hails. They train everyday for her own dance exploration, and has experience in ballet, modern techniques, and improvisation. In her free time, she works to better understand body awareness, movement, and what ties us to dance. You can find them thinking of these with a glass of cava in their hand, likely with pomegranate juice. :) My whole approach to dance and teaching is to spread movement throughout all communities and allow those from disenfranchised communities an opportunity to explore their expression through dance. Even as a mixed race genderqueer person, I still recognize my privilege and honestly, just want to dance and spread dance and elevate our community past the ballet blanc lines we’ve been taught.
My own study began with 10-day silent meditation courses. Sitting on a cushion for long periods at a time was a real challenge. After 10 years or so of yoga, I found a suitable yin practice to release tension in the body especially the joints. This discovery led to deepening my practice through the 200+ hour yoga teacher certification at the Movement Center where I first taught Yin Yoga. This is a registered Yoga Alliance school in Portland, OR. The Hatha Yoga training focused on Asanas (postures) using the breath and enhancing energy flow (Chi or Prana). I have been teaching yoga in community settings and studios for over five years. I am most grateful for the opportunity to be teaching in Cully. Volunteering in Mexico, Peru, as well as Portland has been a gratifying part of this journey.
I am an author, yoga teacher, social justice activist, licensed clinical social worker and Dismantling Racism trainer. I approach my life and work from a place of empowerment, embodiment, and integration. With a deep understanding of trauma and the impact that it has on the mind, body, spirit, and heart; much of my work focuses on helping people better understand how power and privilege operate in their lives. I explore how privilege, power, and oppression affect the physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and energy body.
KAYLA BANKS (professional choreographer, dancer and actress) is from Denver, Colorado where she received her BA in Performing Arts and Business Administration from Colorado State University. She has danced professionally with Impact Dance Company in Colorado, performed with local artists in Portland, and received a scholarship to train with NW Dance Project. She recently performed in an original work in New York City at The Public Theater under the choreographic direction of Emily Bufferd. She has choreographed and danced for events in Colorado, The Portland Musical Theatre Co., Anya Pearson: Shaking Tree Theatre, and led original projects. She currently teaches dance at studios such as The Portland Ballet, Multnomah Athletic club, and Laurelhurst Dance Studio. She is also the Program Coordinator for Kúkátónón African Dance Troupe. She is a recipient of the New Expressive Works residency program where she will debut an original work in March 2019. You can take her childrens’ dance class here at (com)motion!!
I have been teaching in Portland for 27 years. I am your movement motivator, passion instigator, a transformational lifestyle coach and a global dance innovator. I want you to dance not only into your body, but your soul and mind! To live bigger, fuller, to show up and shine your light with support and dance medicine to live with passion.