photo Ali Kishiyama

Ali Kishiyama is the Artistic Dance Director of Defined Motion and feels she has truly arrived to her ultimate dream. Originally from Nebraska, Ali grew up dancing various styles from a young age and then worked extensively on the eastern side of the state as a musical theatre choreographer and dance instructor. 
Since her arrival in Lyons, CO in 2000, Ali has choreographed for various high school musicals and show choirs on the front range and she possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She enjoys spending time with her two children as well as reading and attending concerts. She is proud of the success Defined Motion has achieved over the past ten years and is excited to continue bringing joy, wellness and creativity to all ages through the art of dance.

photo Jasmine Lok

Jasmine Lok is a licensed Nia Second Degree Black Belt. Her passion is to move and dance through life. Jasmine opened Mayama with her business partner, Ali, in October of 2009. It has been an adventure of trust, hard work, and following her dreams. Every day she is thankful for the life she has created. Jasmine was always active and grew up dancing ballet, playing tennis, and skiing. Later in life she added yoga, martial arts, and hiking but teaching movement of any sort was never a goal of hers until she found Nia in 2007. Nia has changed her life and still changes it daily. Jasmine's classes are energetic and welcoming and are designed for all fitness levels.

In addition to Nia, Jasmine has also undergone the following teacher trainings: Creative Movement for Kids, Nia Move I.T., Nia FreeDance,  Inner Personal Power Yoga, Taiji Fit, and Ageless Grace. She is a life long learner and strives to broaden her kinesthetic knowlege.

photo Gillian Pierce

Gillian attended her first yoga class in the 90’s, as she struggled to stay present and still with herself, she recognized the need to step on the slow and long path of the practice. In 2003, she deepened her practice while living at home with her father while in hospice care and began to fully appreciate the healing powers of yoga. Between 2007-2009 she completed the Anusara immersions and teacher training with Jeanie Manchester and Amy Ippoliti in Boulder. She has since attended countless workshops and trainings, including a number of master trainings with Rod Stryker. She has taught SUP yoga classes, at a middle school and in studios. She is a currently finishing a Masters degree in mindfulness-based transpersonal counseling at Naropa. She is an outdoor educator and is the co-founder of Global Glue Project and writes, speaks, and creates films on the topic of healthy relationships. Her classes are infused with an earthy, grounded wisdom in mindfulness and the practice of returning over and over again to the breath, acceptance, and present moment awareness. 

photo Kim Rand

Kim Rand found and fell in love with Boulder County in 1990, moving from a small suburban town east of Boston, Massachusetts.  She found herself out west with the space to grow and room to continue to develop her goals in life.  In 1996, Kim graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Conservation. Her strong passion for the environment and love for the outdoors eventually landed her in the small mountain town of Nederland, Colorado, which she now calls home. Kim spends her free time outdoors in nature, hiking with friends and her dog, snowboarding, snow shoeing,  river running and fly-fishing.  She has truly found herself and her passion thru the practice of yoga and she continues to experience the spiritual journey yoga offers.  Her practice and teaching is influenced by Hatha Yoga, Baron Baptiste’s Vinyasa Flow, Jivamutki, Anusara, and most recently, Maya Yoga.

Kim’s passion brought her to Maui in April of 2009 to study “Maya Yoga” with inspirational teachers Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini.  Her emphasis is on awareness, breath, alignment and the integrity of the asana allowing the space needed to move energy and create positive change in the body and mind.  She feels that the foundation of the pose is essential to a healthy and sustainable yoga practice and it’s through a safe and mindful practice that a student is able to heal their body and quiet their mind.  Kim brings the ancient teachings of yoga philosophy into the classroom cultivating ones connection to self and the wisdom within.  She encourages her students to take yoga off the matt and into their daily lives promoting healthy relationships in every aspect of life.

photo Cindy Kalyan

Nearly four decades ago, Cindy Kalyan discovered a love for weight training and began to understand how it impacted every aspect of her life, from daily activities, to sports performance to overall health and a positive outlook on life. She became a personal trainer in 2000 to share her passion and help other people discover the benefits. 

A longtime Lyons resident, Cindy has worked with clients of all ages, both at her home and at the Lyons Gym, where she was as a trainer for seven years. 

Cindy is continually researching different ways to train with weights, establishing a variety of routines that challenge every muscle group and keep her clients interested.

 When not working with her human clients, you can find Cindy walking her dog, Scarlett, on the trails of Lyons and enjoying another of her passions, gardening. 

photo Lori LeGault

Lori LeGault started teaching fitness classes when she was 17 years old growing up in Tucson Arizona during the step aerobics craze, and hasn’t stopped teaching since. She earned a B.S. from Northern Arizona University in Community Health Education and Promotion and in 1997, moved out to Colorado and went on to work in the Corporate Wellness Field for many large corporations. She has taught a variety of fitness classes such as Step and High/low impact aerobics, spinning, circuit training, yoga, fitball, aqua aerobics, outdoor boot camp, senior fitness and most recently TRX. She landed in Lyons Colorado in 2005 when she and her husband were starting a family and felt Lyons was the perfect location to do that. Lori has always enjoyed teaching and creating a comfortable environment while exercising focusing on honoring what your body is telling you so as not to cause injuries. Her two children have been dancing at Mayama since the early days when they were located behind the Stone Cup!

photo Shannon Johnson

Shannon Johnson is a music teacher and vocalist in the Lyons community. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Ithaca College, NY. For the past 5 years she has sung both classical and contemporary music with the Ars Nova Singers in Boulder, CO. One of her greatest joys is making music with children (including her own daughters
Zoe and Violet).

photo Wendy Olson

Wendy Olson began dancing at the age of three in Longmont, CO. Throughout her years of training she has studied jazz, modern, flamenco, ballet, pointe, lyrical and hip hop.  For two years Wendy served as captain of her high school dance team while continuing to train at various studios.  After spending two years as a dance major at CSU she moved to Denver to pursue a degree in Human Performance and Sport and spent time training in New York City and San Francisco.  Since 2005 she has danced with the True II Form hip hop dance company under the direction of Kevin O'Keefe.  Wendy's classes emphasize foundational hip hop dance styles including popping, locking and b-boying/b-girling, while incorporating elements from all other dance styles. 

photo Summer Templin Culp

Summer Templin Culp grew up in Telluride, Colorado, where she began dancing at the age of fourteen under the direction of Shirley Fortenberry and Valerie Madonia. Her family moved to Boulder, Colorado shortly afterwards where she continued to train with and be inspired by a wide-variety of teachers including Peter and Ana Claire Davison, Katie Elliot, Jillana, Michelle Ellsworth, Vernon Windsor, Gabe Masson, and Erika Randall. Summer received her BFA in Dance, with an emphasis in choreography from the University of Colorado. Summer has performed independently in works choreographed by Lindsay Pierce, Viki Psihoyos, David Lorence-Schefflers and Angie Yeowell. Summer has appeared in solo and group pieces in the American College Dance Festival and as a company member with Boulder Ballet, the Cabiri and Redd Legg Dance. Her choreography has been performed across the Denver Metro area and in the 2010 Beyond the Threshold: Seattle International Dance Festival.

Summer is passionate about bridging the gap between contemporary ballet and modern dance and helping the next generation of dancers cultivate their artistry through well-rounded, healthful and holistic training.

photo Erin Flegle

Erin has been dancing her entire life and loves the art of dance!  After high school musicals and many competitions, she accepted a scholarship to Oklahoma City University receiving a Bachelor of Performing Arts. She has toured nationally and internationally, as a dancer, instructor, and choreographer of Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, and Tap. Erin trained, taught and worked with many talented dance companies, performing arts centers and schools, including The American Spirit Dance Company in Oklahoma City, the Gus Giordano’s Jazz Dance Company in Chicago, the Hoofers Club in Denver, and the Broadway Dance Center in New York City. 

Her teaching philosophy is a solid foundation of technique and training embraced by her students so they may continue to love the art of dance in many different genres. Erin continued her education at the City University of New York receiving a Bachelor of Psychology and continued on in San Francisco to receive her Master of Forensic Psychology.  All of this education and experience with many age groups is helpful when trying to connect with each and every student in a positive and encouraging manner.

Erin is also happily married and the mother of two beautiful children.  She is committed to being a child advocate and hopes to promote the love of arts.

photo Amber Murray

Amber started dancing at the age of 3. She has also been teaching dance for children and choreographing since age 16.  Amber was on scholarship at the University of Las Vegas for dance.  During her time there she performed in several musicals, danced and choreographed for the UNLV Dance Company, and studied with various artists from all over the country.  She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Northern Colorado, where she performed with the UNC performing arts team.  Amber then moved to New York to pursue her love of dance. Now she is back in Colorado running her own mobile spa business and Amber is looking forward to continuing her dancing and choreography with Mayama Dance Studio.

photo Qiyra Marie

Qiyra Edmonds grew up in Hill-Top Dance Studios in Kansas City where she spent 20+ years learning and eventually teaching dance. She spent 10 years performing with the Kansas City Dance Theatre Company during that time. After participating in dance scholarships in jazz (Chicago), tap, jazz and ballet (New Jersey) and ballet (New York) she headed off to college where she obtained her Masters in Physical Therapy. She spent years working as a physical therapist and became mama to two beautiful girls. Recently she has performed (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Grand Night For Singing, and Scrooge!) and choreographed (Camelot) at Jester Dinner Theatre in Longmont, often with her children and once with her husband. Assisting creative movement at Mayama and performing/choreographing with Jesters has brought about a return of the dancing bug! Qiyra sees that dancing never left her. She hopes to continue to spread her joy of dancing with all she meets, young and young at heart alike!

photo Jacob Gomez

Jacob Gomez began dancing in 2008 at the Longmont Youth Center. He was immediately drawn to breaking and received the opportunity early on to travel to New York City for a Hip-Hop conference. Upon returning, he joined the renowned crew GWT and performed on prestigious stages, including for the artist Eve. Today, he competes professionally on his own and with his current crew BreakEFX. Together, they have traveled to battles around the United States, earning accolades from some of the best in the scene and winning both Battle of the Elements and King of Hearts. He is dedicated to advancing his own craft as well as teaching, empowering, and inspiring the next generation of b-boys and b-girls.

photo Leslie Scott

Leslie Scott is well known not only for her talents but also her unwavering work ethic, inspiring
public speaking, contagious positive energy and bold use of movement to spread a positive
message! After serving as Faculty at Hollywood’s Edge Performing Arts for 14 years and
Millennium Dance Complex for 12 years. She was represented by the agency McDonald
Selznick Association (MSA). She chose to leave the Los Angeles area in December of 2017 after
18 years and relocated to Colorado to be with family, raise her daughter in a calmer environment
and continue developing services and curricula that advocate for youth.

Over the course of her 30 year career as a dance educator and choreographer Leslie has been a
guest artist at dozens of studios in 22 countries, including 48 of the Unites States. She has been
guest faculty on numerous conventions and conferences including Dance Teacher Web, Rhee
Gold’s Dance Teacher Life Conference, The Pulse, Dance 360, LADF, Dance Olympus, Toronto
Dance Teacher Expo, One Family Festival, and more. She has spoken at several Studio Owner
University conferences. She was the Keynote Speaker at The National Honor Society in Dance
Arts in Boca Raton and Keynote Speaker for Colorado’s Hip-Hop Madness. She has written
many articles for Dance Informa and MTJGD® and has been highlighted by different dance
magazines for her contributions to dance. Multiple dance podcasts have featured her as a guest.