Maria "naja" Richardson
Studio Owner, Fat Chance Belly Dance Style Certified Instructor
Maria is global dance performer, choreographer and Instructor from Brooklyn, NY now in Linden, NJ and has been dancing since chilhood. She is a founding member of the world renown troupe, Manhattan Tribal of NYC. She received her Fat Chance Certification in 2009 and after traveling abroad with Manhattan Tribal, Maria branched out creating her own troupe Tribe Hamsa, which as toured the US. She has studied under some of the most prestigous teachers such as Dalia Carella, Carolena Nericcio, Sarah Johansson Locke, Puela Lunaris, Silvia Salamaca and many others. Her style is contemprary yet traditional and is sought after to teach and perform regularly. When not dancing, she is an Information Governance Professional in the legal field.
Bally Dance & Yoga Instructor
DANCE/ MOVEMENT EDUCATOR, CHOREOGRAPHER AND PERFORMER Leary is a world dance performer, choreographer and instructor who is well regarded for her teaching skills which focus on identifying learning styles of her students and incorporating her knowledge of anatomy, music and cultural context for an enriched and creative learning experience. She is Co-Artistic Director of Groove Merchant Drum & Dance Ensemble and Co-Director of her school, The Drum & Dance Learning Center. Kim has been involved in the multi-cultural music and dance genres since 1989. Kim holds a certification in Training & Development as well as certification in Multiple Intelligences and the Arts. She has studied intensively within the Salimpour School of Dance for 15+ years with both Jamila and Suhaila Salimpour. She has earned dance certifications in Sahra Saeeda's Journey Through Egypt Program. She also has earned her 200 RYT Yoga certification with specializations in Gentle and Restorative yoga.
Megan is a Certified Yoga & Wellness Instructor. As an instructor of vinyasa flow and yin yoga, she is passionate about creating a nonjudgmental space for self-discovery. She strives to meet her students where they're at, while also encouraging them to challenge themselves She completed her trainings with Breathe for Change, Lakshmi Rising, and Home Power Yoga. All three are on a mission to build positive communities and cultivate strength, balance, and peace on and off the mat. In addition, Megan has worked as a public-school teacher for over 15 years and taught EFL (English as a Foreign Language) in Madrid, Spain, for three years. She’s also deepened her commitment to the healing arts by becoming a level III Reiki practitioner. Outside of the studio, she enjoys nature, music, and time with family.
Fit to the Core Instructor
Omar is an Internationally known DJ, Personal Trainer and Fit to the Core Instructor. In the summer months, you can find him with his students in the parks doing their workouts outdoors. He is a 6 degree blackbelt and former kickboxing champion. Hailing from Newark, NJ, Omar is also one of the premier DJs in the NJ House Music community and has been featured as a guest DJ on WBLS.
Cardio Salsa Instructor
I’m Carolina began her training in Latin Dances in New York City in 2000. She specializes in Mambo, Bachata, Cha Cha, & Argentine Tango. The height of her professional career is marked by her role as a primary dancer in the feature film Random Hearts directed by Sidney Pollack. In 2018, Carolina became a certified Yoga Instructor and most recently completed her Certifications in Zumba and Strong Nation. Carolina is a respected and sought after performer and instructor she is renowned for her precision of movement, professionalism and charisma.
Kim Nyx Asteria
Nyx Astéria is a performing artist based out of Central New Jersey. She’s been teaching dance for over a decade and is excited to return after taking some time off to spend more time with her family. Nyx has had the pleasure of playing the role as director of Troupe Ouroboros as well as a collaborative dance group known as the Mystique Collective. Nyx's background in ballet, tap, jazz, athletics, and various styles of Oriental dance have allowed her to develop her Classical Mystique dance style. She views each of her dances as individual pieces of art: music, props, and costuming are always carefully selected in order to connect to the audience.
Laura Holcomb Warrior Fitness NJ Pilates
Laura is a middle school Special Education teacher, Personal Trainer, Pilates and Kickboxing Instructor. She is also a Certified Nutritional Therapist, Certified Kids' Nutritional Specialist, Certified Master Personal Trainer and Certified Prenatal and Postpartum Fitness Specialist. Laura is married with 2 sons.