Our Instructors...

Each of our instructors are handpicked for their expertise, unique personal skills, and technical ability.

 

At Goodwin Studios, clients can be confident that all trainers undergo yearly continuing education in their respective fields.

Lisa Marie Goodwin
Director of Goodwin Studios

•Authorized International Master Trainer GYROTONIC® / GYROKINESIS®

•Appointed GYROTONIC® Final Certification Master Trainer / Master Trainer of all Specialized •Equipment/ GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® LEVEL 2 Master Trainer / Ballet dancer / Specialized Workshops

•Exclusive Dance + Body Conditioning Coach and GYROTONIC® Master Trainer for LADY GAGA

 

Lisa Marie one of the 16 Authorized Specialized GYROTONIC® Master Trainers in the world for the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® appointed to conduct Final Certifications. She is also a GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® Level 2 Master Trainer and a certified Master Trainer of all GYROTONIC® Specialized Equipment and specialized workshops.

Lisa Marie has been dancing since the age of 3. During her professional ballet career, she performed nationwide with several companies including the San Francisco Ballet, Cleveland Ballet, LA Classical Ballet and Helios Dance Theatre. Lisa Marie's background in movement naturally kindled her interest in GYROTONIC®, Pilates, and other movement-based therapeutic disciplines.

In 1991, she began her extensive training in the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®, created and founded by Juliu Horvath. Throughout her GYROTONIC® training, Lisa Marie travelled from her home in California to New York to work privately with Juliu in his studio, White Cloud. She frequently hosted him in Long Beach, and eventually in Los Angeles as well, to teach classes and workshops. Lisa Marie earned her first Level as a GYROTONIC® Trainer in 1994, and in 1998 Juliu appointed her as a Level 1 GYROTONIC® Master Trainer and in 2011 as a GYROTONIC® Level 2 Master Trainer. Lisa Marie became one of the first GYROKINESIS® certified Level 1 Trainers, then a GYROKINESIS® Master Trainer and by 2008, Juliu raised Lisa Marie's status to GYROKINESIS® Level 2 Master Trainer.

In 1992, Lisa Marie became a certified Pilates instructor under the tutelage of Marie-Jose Blom-Lawrence at Long Beach Dance Conditioning studio. She co-managed the studio and provided teacher training and certification to prospective Pilates instructors until 2000. She also studied under Marika Molnar (New York City Ballet's Physical Therapist) and Jean-Claude West (specialist in Kinesiology) and continues to take seminars and consult with them. During the same period, she was a principle dancer with LA Classical Ballet, Ballet Mistress for a season with the Guangzhou Ballet in China, and served as Director of the Children's Division of Long Beach Ballet Arts Center, teaching over 400 students. Lisa Marie was in high demand to assist ballet schools and dance companies set up Pilates and GYROTONIC® studios.

From 2000-2007, Lisa Marie was co-owner of LA Body Kinetics, directed the GYROTONIC® program of Angel City Body Kinetics with Marie-Jose Blom-Lawrence, and was a member of faculty at Loyola Marymount University teaching advanced classical ballet and GYROKINESIS® for dancers.

Lisa Marie founded White Crane Movement Arts, from which she ran a successful movement program and GYROTONIC® teacher training courses for over 15 years.

In 2007, Lisa Marie was appointed by Juliu Horvath to be an Authorized International Master Trainer. She is one of only 16 Authorized Master Trainers in the world. As an Authorized International Master Trainer, Lisa Marie conducts the GYROTONIC® Level 1 Final Certifications internationally and assists Certified Trainers in the rigorous process of becoming Master Trainers. She is a certified Master Trainer in all aspects of the system and specialized equipment and continues to deepen her knowledge and skills studying with Juliu Horvath on a regular basis.

In 2007, Lisa Marie co-founded In-Spiraling Movement Arts, Inc.

In 2016 she began Goodwin Studios, LLC which runs all aspects of GYROTONIC® studies here for both private clientele and continued education for instructors. Juliu Horvath appointed the studio to begin running GYROKINESIS® FINAL certifications in 2015.

She travels extensively internationally conducting courses and workshops for the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®. She has been an invited presenter at the Body Mind Spirit Conference since 2002. She also teaches specialized seminars focusing on injury prevention for dancers in schools and institutes such as Lines Ballet, California Institute for the Performing Arts, Inland Pacific Ballet, and Pasadena Ballet. While she was pregnant with her daughter, Lisa Marie began her Doula certification and wishes to further assist women with pregnancy issues in specialized workshops and classes. She studies and practices Medical Chi-Gong, combines healing on multiple levels with essential oils, and continues to embrace with grace and light the development of her studies in her career as a movement educator in the dance of life learning and sharing with others.

Nichole Beeks

GYROTONIC® Instructor

Nichole Beeks has studied GYROTONIC® in San Francisco for 5 years under Master Trainers Debra Rose and Elizabeth Dawson. She is a graduate and member of the inaugural class of the Alonzo King Lines Ballet/ Dominican University of California BFA program. After graduating with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Psychology, Nichole danced professionally with Peninsula Ballet Theatre in San Mateo CA.

 

Nichole spent two summers sharing her passion for GYROTONIC® teaching young dancers in the Lines Ballet Summer Program the direct relation and application of GYROTONIC® in dance. She is also certified in the Leg Extension Unit and Jumping Stretching Board and is studying Level 2 as well as completed the Therapeutic Courses for Scoliosis, Shoulder Girdle, and Psoas.  She enjoys sharing her love for movement and this rejuvenating system with people of all backgrounds and movement experience.

Sher Borrell

GYROKINESIS® Master Trainer & GYROTONIC® Pre-Trainer

Sher Borrell has loved moving and dancing most of her life.  She comes from a family that enjoys dancing, exercise and staying active.  She holds an A.A in general education, a B.A. in dance from the University of California, Irvine, has passed her grade 5 Cecchetti ballet exams, performed on dance teams and has always been interested in cutting edge fitness.  Upon her college graduation, she joined the Nannette Brodie Dance Theater in Long Beach where she taught and performed nationally and internationally for schools, festivals, shows, galleries, and fashion events.  This work inspired her to start her own dance collaborative in LA where she produced her own show and worked with numerous multi-media artists.  While dancing, Sher received her Pilates Certification under Tracy Fitzpatrick at Aline Studios in Newport Beach.  Sher assisted Tracy in working with professional athletes, teams, dancers and businesses while helping manage her studio. Tracy introduced Sher to GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® and (with gratitude) she completed her final certification under Julio Horvath. 

 

At Aline Studios, Sher developed “Ballet Fit” class (for dancers and non-dancers) that was a huge success.  Sher continued to dance, teach, and share with students from all walks of life, from sports enthusiasts to senior citizens.  She is both a GYROKINESIS® and GYROTONIC® pre-trainer under Lisa Marie Goodwin.  She has studied with numerous master trainers in the states and abroad, and is certified on all of the specialized equipment.  Under Paul Horvath and Uwe Herbstreit, she has completed the therapeutic applications for pelvic girdle, shoulder girdle and scoliosis.  Sher has taken the rejuvenation course, GYROKINESIS® level 1 and level 2, and GYROTONIC® level 2 with Julio Horvath.  She has completed GYROTONIC® Applications for the Hip and Knee with Lisa Marie,  GYROTONIC®  Psoas Principles, GYROTONIC® for Golf , GYROTONIC® for Dancers 1 and 2,  and other specialized courses in both modalities. 

 

Sher’s rich history (with over 20 years of teaching experience), zeal, and passion for the work is felt in every session and class.  It brings her great joy to see peoples lives change while connecting in mind, body and spirit.  Sher currently teaches at a private country club in Indian Wells, in Los Angeles, throughout California and internationally.  She looks forward to working with you.

Virginia Horne
GYROTONIC® Pre-Trainer & GYROKINESIS® Instructor

 

Virginia Horne is a native of Oahu, HI where she began her dance training in Honolulu. She went on to have an extensive career in New York City, where she was immersed in both the classical ballet world and the Broadway community.

Being introduced to the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® method early on in her professional dance career has allowed her body to recover and prevent injuries, as well as improving the quality of her movement.


She became a certified GYROTONIC® instructor by her long time teacher Jennifer Daly and along with Chantal Deeble at Kinespirit (NYC). She then continued her GYROTONIC® teachings at Body Evolutions Studio (NYC) with SMT Billy Macagnone. Virginia has furthered her education in the GYROTONIC® Method with Certificates in Level 2, Applications for Dancers, and Applications for the pelvic girdle/low back, and Psoas Principles. GYROTONIC® Level 1 as a Musical Journey by creator Juliu Horvath.

Also trained in specialized equipments:
Jumping-Stretching Board, GYROTONER®, Leg Extension Unit, and the Archway. She is also a GYROTONIC® Pre-Trainer and certified in the GYROKINESIS® method.

Virginia is thoroughly enjoying helping people of all ages and abilities with this expansion system to live pain free and help reach their personal goals now in sunny California.

Kiki D. Amanno

 

GYROTONIC® Instructor

 

Kiki D. Amanno discovered Pilates while pursuing her Bachelor’s degree at UCLA and working as a professional dancer.  After a back injury and experiencing profound benefits from her Pilates practice, she received her Pilates training through Marie-Jose Blom and the Romana’s True Pilates Program.  She is PMA certified and worked as a Pilates Teacher Trainer at Yoga Works.  As a teenager she also began her studies of yoga with Yoga Works founders, Maty Ezraty and Chuck Miller and completed the Yoga Works Teacher Training program with Lisa Walford and Maty Ezraty. She is also a certified GYROTONIC® trainer and has completed GYROTONIC® Level 1 and Level 2 Program 2, JSB, LEU, and GYROTONER® courses.

 

Over the last decade, Kiki has worked with a diverse group of clientele including professional athletes, dancers, artists, as well as, clients recovering from breast cancer, surgeries, or suffering from chronic pain.  She is known for her keen eye and incorporating her breadth of knowledge in different disciplines to create custom tailored workouts that are both challenging and empowering for her clients.

Mao Hamada

GYROTONIC® Pre-Trainer & GYROKINESIS® Instructor

Born and raised in Japan, dance was introduced to Mao early in her life. After moving to New York under a two year grant she received from The Agency of Cultural Affairs of Japan, she completed her dance education at the Ailey School, and received BFA from the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase. Upon graduation, she danced professionally with multiple dance companies in NY and more. After 12 years of being a New Yorker, Mao recently moved to Los Angeles to start a new life.

She is a GYROTONIC® Level 1 Pre-Trainer under Billy Macagnone(NY) and certified trainer for GYROTONIC® Level 2, GYROKINESIS® level 1.

 

The specialized courses she has done are:

Applications for the Pelvis & Shoulder Girdle with Uwe Herbstreit, and Applications for dancers with Miriam Barbosa. Mao is certified with all the specialized equipment; Jumping-Stretching Board, GYROTONER®, Archway with Billy Macagnone and Leg Extension Unit with Sebastian Plettenberg.

She originally began her GYROTONIC® journey through Yoga for Dancers with Hillary Cartwright in NY while suffering from minor chronic pain in her lower back for over years. She soon realized that the GYROTONIC® system was a great tool for injury prevention and physical therapy for her own body. She always looks forward to learn, grow more, and find a joy of this great method. She truly wishes to share the happiness of the movement with everyone. She has worked with clients range from the age of 21 to 70 and include professional dancers, athletes, artists, and the people recovering from the injuries.

Madeline Conroy

GYROTONIC® Instructor

Madeline Conroy has a rich movement background in ballet and Argentine tango. She has a degree in Kinesiology and has worked in physical therapy for 5 years, where she has worked with diverse populations. GYROTONIC® has been very influential on her dance technique and movement education, constantly pushing her to new limits. She hopes to share her knowledge with individuals to help increase strength, improve flexibility and find enjoyment in their body’s possibilities.

Celeste Knickerbocker

GYROTONIC® Instructor

Celeste Knickerbocker has transferred her own life-long passion for movement and dance into a passion for helping others. After discovering the benefits of GYROTONIC® in 2013, she dedicated many hours of study to this unique and profound exercise art - becoming certified in Level 1 Tower in Germany in 2015. She continues to expand her knowledge through specialized programs and apparatus work. Celeste became Pilates certified in San Francisco in 2012 and is also trained in Advanced Massage, PT modalities, Group Fitness & TRX Instructor continuing to expand her knowledge through progressive courses and workshops. Confident in her ability to work with all body types, she enjoys taking mothers through their pregnancies as well as helping people prevent or recuperate from injuries. Helping folks improve their overall health and well-being is deeply fulfilling for Celeste.

Erik Heger

Goodwin Studios welcomes Erik Heger as our newest GYROTONIC® Instructor. Erik  has an extensive background in movement, performance, athletics, yoga, Tai Chi, martial arts, and mindful training techniques. He was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers out of high school, played basketball professionally in Europe, was a stuntman in Taiwan, and is a classically trained harpist (his two solo albums are available on all platforms).

 

Erik’s lifelong passion for healthy movement and peak performance eventually led him to the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® in which he is certified on the Pulley Tower and GYROTONER®. He is also certified as a Personal Trainer with the National Association of Sports Medicine.

 

He has worked with elite athletes, dancers, musicians, and actors as well as people trying to recover from major injuries and/or surgeries. His clients have ranged from 7 to 87 years old. The joy and vitality of movement is central to Erik’s work.

Erik recently moved back to his hometown in Los Angeles after 15 years in New York City.

Pre-Trainers in Lisa Marie's Network
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Karen Washburn Ness
GYROTONIC® Belmont Shore and Naples, part of Axis Classical Pilates
Learn more: www.axislbc.com
More Pre-Trainers to be added soon!
Hosting Master Trainers...
Angela Crowley

GYROTONIC® Master Trainer

Angela began studying GYROTONIC® when Juliu was still making machines by hand in NYC. She had the first machine between the East and West Coast in Denver where she developed the Phoenix Center For Health and Excellence. Here is a link filmed at The Phoenix with Juliu.

Angela is Authiorized to teach all levels of GYROTONIC® Educational Courses from Pre-training to Final Certifications including Level 2 and all Specialized Equipment. Additonally, she created two courses for GYROTONIC® continuing education: 

-GYROTONIC® for High Level Athletes

-The Pathways Of the Shoulder, Hip and Spine.

Angela is a Feldenkrais practitioner and massage therapist whose practice is know for her blend of manual and movement therapies for complex chronic problems as well as high level performance.

Angela and Yannis own GYROTONIC® Coral Gables in Miami where they offer personalized sessions and professional trainings and continue to teach educational presentations around the world.

Website:  http://www.gyrotoniccoralgables.com/

Sebastian Plettenberg

GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Master Trainer

 

Sebastian Plettenberg is an internationally renowned GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Authorized Master Trainer conducting teacher trainings around the world. An award-winning choreographer, he received his ballet training at the National Ballet School in Germany and danced with many companies throughout Europe. His clients include dancers from American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Boston Ballet. He also regularly sees professionals from Broadway as well as Olympic athletes.  

Sebastian offers teacher training in all courses in the GYROTONIC® educational curriculum, privates and semi-privates in NYC and worldwide.

Uwe Herbstreit

GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Master Trainer

 

Uwe Herbstreit was born in Freiburg, Germany 1964. He completed his study in Physical Therapy 1995 in Bad Krozingen, Germany. During his apprenticeship in the Rheintal Clinic, a Rehabilitation Center for orthopedic patients, Uwe got in contact with the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods, founding immediately an immense interest for both methods.  Uwe started deepening into the systems and got certified 1997 in the GYROTONIC® method and 2000 in the GYROKINESIS® method.  

 

Several years in the Orthopedic clinic and in his different own Physical Therapy Center, made him a competent Therapist in the application of GYROTONIC® for orthopedic issues. Uwe is specialized also in Manual techniques and Lymphatic drainage.  Since 2009 Uwe travels around the world to teach Specialized workshops like Anatomy workshops for Trainers and Movement specialists,  GYROTONIC® Applications for Pelvic Girdle, Shoulder Girdle and Scoliosis and Physiotherapy services at several Partner studio's. 

Visit him online at:  https://www.uweherbstreit.net/

Domini Anne

GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Master Trainer

 

Ever since Domini can remember, she has been practicing some form of mindful movement, designing clothes, and teaching people how to move their bodies. This took various forms over the years, with ballet being her first profession, then evolving in to a career teaching Yoga and Pilates, until finally she discovered the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®, and experienced a "coming home" when she met those beautiful machines.  She quickly pursued that system, moving to the States (from Canada) to do so, and studying extensively with its founder Juliu Horvath to eventually become a Specialized GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Master Trainer.

She is fascinated with the link between the breath, connective tissue and core strength, and is a perpetual student of breath work modalities, restorative yoga, and functional anatomy. The more she learns about basic approaches to human movement, both physical and energetic, the more clarity she finds within the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®. 

As a Master Trainer, Domini finds delight in sharing this knowledge with her students, and clarifying this extensive system through an approach firmly based on the breath, and physical alignment. 

Visit her online: www.dominianne.com

Adrianna Thompson

GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Master Trainer

 

Adrianna has been training in the GYROTONIC Expansion System® methodology since 1995. She is a certified Specialized Master Teacher in both the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® educational programs including the specialized equipment. She has worked extensively with the founder of GYROTONIC®, Juliu Horvath and travels the world leading teacher trainings. Most recently she has developed a new application for dancers in GYROTONIC® with Mr. Horvath and master trainer Miriam Barbosa which was presented at the GYROTONIC® International Conference in Rome in 2008. She was an accomplished professional dancer and choreographer in New York City for 15 years, and has worked with dancers from New York City Ballet, Jose Limon, Martha Graham, MOMIX Dance Companies, and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.

Ms. Thompson has performed and taught Master Classes around the world including at The Silesian Contemporary Dance Conference in Poland, in Slovenia, Finland, Bulgaria, Sri Lanka, India, Peru, New York City, Montana, Los Angeles, Texas, and the Harvard Summer Dance Project in Cambridge, MA. She has been a guest teacher for Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Company, Missouri River Dance Company, & Martha Graham Dance Company. Ms. Thompson has been a guest artist on faculty for Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, among others, she is founder of Aspen GYROTONIC® and has most recently started a dance company in San Francisco, CA called SOULSKIN Dance.

 

GET MORE INFO: Visit her online: www.adriannathompson.info

Erika Hassan

GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Master Trainer

Erika Hassan met Juliu Horvath (founder of the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®) in 1993 when she moved to New York to study dance.  She had only been dancing for a couple of years and as her technique consisted mainly of force and desire, she was extremely grateful to find a teacher who could guide her into the inner-workings of her own dance.  She trained intensively with Juliu for the next 5 years in the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®.  She went on to perform with Maureen Fleming, Jennifer Muller/The Works, Zen Companhia de Danca, and Min Tanaka, and Meftas Dance Theater.  She is currently Associate Artistic Director of Soulskin Dance (director Adrianna Thompson).

A deepening interest in yoga and mysticism led her to the teachings of Dr. Joseph Michael Levry and Naam Yoga.  Erika is a part of the Naam Yoga Level 1 Teacher Training Team and a Harmonyum practitioner. 

Erika is also a Specialized GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Master Trainer.  She travels the world teaching workshops and trainings.

Visit her online: www.erikahassan.com

Jackson Kellogg

GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Master Trainer

Jackson began his career teaching the GYROTONIC® methodology directly after finishing University.  He lived for a brief period in Boulder-Colorado and for two years in Miami-Florida gaining experience as a teacher and completing many of the basic GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® educational courses.  In 2006 he moved back to New York to work at GYROTONIC® Manhattan, where he developed himself and others through the support of a vast New York city community.  In 2010 he began his international teaching career, which spanned many countries across Europe and Asia, and at that time he also earned the title of Master Trainer in both the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods. 

 

Since 2013 he has had the great joy to demonstrate for the founder Juliu Horvath in his educational courses.  He also has modeled for many of the educational DVD's the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®. has released which are included as part of the teacher training process.  In addition, he has also been very privileged to assist Juliu Horvath in re-organizing and developing the educational material on such pieces of equipment as the Archway and the Jumping Stretching Board.  He now resides in Athens, Greece.  Jackson is able to conduct all of the teacher training courses in both the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® educational programs and he regularly travels internationally to teach. 

Visit him online: www.jacksonkellogg.org

David Rasmussen

GYROTONIC® Master Trainer

 

David Rasmussen, a certified GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® instructor has over 35 years of experience teaching golf. He was one of the original PGA Tour instructors in the 1980’s. At the start of his carrier, David worked with Hank Haney, a former PGA Teacher of the year.

On the PGA Tour, David worked with over 20 different PGA Tour professionals.  He has also worked with students on the European PGA Tour, Champions Tour, LPGA Tour, and Australasian Tour.  His students have had great successes over the years, but David continued to search for a better way to train his golf students. His search led him to the GYROTONIC® methodology, and over the last 15 years he has worked closely with Juliu Horvath, GYROTONIC® creator, becoming a certified GYROTONIC® instructor.  His  vast knowledge in the GYROTONIC® method, has led him to develop a comprehensive curriculum integrating GYROTONIC® methodology and Golf.

David has been traveling around the world teaching Golf and GYROTONIC® workshops for over 15 years. He and his wife Jeanie own a golf and GYROTONIC® studio in New Berlin, WI, where they teach and train all levels of golfers.  

 

Visit him online: http://www.rasmussengolf.com/

Irene Rampino

GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Master Trainer

 

Irene's extensive knowledge of mind-body movement techniques stems from more than 30 years of study, along with comprehensive training under some of the top movement professionals around the world. She is well-versed in numerous movement disciplines, including: yoga, tai chi, ballet, modern dance, Feldenkrais®, Skinner Releasing Technique™, Contact Improvisation, Laban & Bartenieff Fundamentals and ideokinetics.

Irene is a certified both as a Master Trainer in the GYROTONIC® method, as well as the GYROKINESIS® method and in Specialized Equipment. Additionally, Irene earned her Pilates certification from the Polestar Institute, which specializes in applying Pilates for rehabilitation purposes Irene holds an MFA in Dance from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and an MS in Physical Therapy from Old Dominion University. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association with specializations in orthopedics and performing arts.

Irene seeks to instill playfulness, creativity and ease of movement—tools to individual empowerment and informed motor patterns. Her deep love of biomechanics, physical therapy, movement sequences and rhythm provide nurturing and motivating learning experiences.

Irene has developed a new exploratory, process-oriented seminar to help teachers fine-tune their understanding of fascia and somatic patterning.

Visit her online:  https://www.irenerampino.com

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