Elizabeth Marberry - Owner/Instructor
CLASSES TAUGHT: Hip Hop, Contemporary/Lyrical and Yoga Flow
I have been passionate about movement my entire life. As a child, dance was my outlet of expression and as I grew older, I felt most free and alive when I moved my body.
I received my Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. My professional dance credits include performing internationally in India, France and Japan, and I was a featured dancer for Holland America Cruise Lines. I also had the privilege of performing for many small dance companies based in NYC and Chicago.
I can’t pinpoint the exact time I fell in love with Yoga. I was first drawn to it as a form of exercise but was completely taken when I discovered the meditative and mindfulness aspects that are Yoga. Throughout my life I have struggled with stress, depression and anxiety. Yoga provided me a sanctuary where I could still my mind and tune in to my body and soul. I was proud to receive my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Soul Tree in Lafayette, Colorado.
My goal is for my students to feel safe and encouraged in my classes. I create space for my students to re-center, relax and reconnect with themselves.
PASSION FORCE has been a life long dream of mine. I'm excited to share yoga and dance with people from all walks of life. I truly believe this work of practicing yoga and dancing through the tears can be life changing and life extending. This is a studio for every BODY. You don't have to be a great dancer. You don't have to be flexible. You don't have to be ____. Come as you are and you will be welcomed with open arms. We pride ourselves on being a high quality, affordable and accessible studio for all people. I'm happy and grateful you are here and I look forward to seeing you in the studio soon!
CLASSES TAUGHT: TANDAVA YOGIC DANCE
Dance is my life and I feel so fortunate to be able to move and breath and live my dream every day! My first love was ballet, and then I fell in love with the freedom and expression in contemporary dance. I've been on so many dance companies, I've lost count - ranging from contemporary, to burlesque, and was even a Denver Nugget's Dancer. When I battled depression, I found yoga to be my solace. Now I combine mindfulness and movement to bring you my signature style, Tandava Yogic Dance. I realized that my yoga mat and the yoga poses brought me a sense of comfort and peace, so I created this style which combines yoga shapes with contemporary dance transitions. It is choreographed and expressive, varied and exciting. I love when world's collide and I can bring dance to yogis and yoga to dancers!
CLASSES TAUGHT: Feel good vinyasa flow
Monica has taught and, more importantly, learned from children of all ages and in various elements - in schools, dance classes, individual lessons, and eventually through yoga-centered classes. She received her Master of Music Education from University at Buffalo, in her NY hometown, and found herself disconnected and discouraged after just a handful of years teaching in the public school system. Monica relocated to Denver in 2014 with an inclination to shift her perspective and urgency to heal her overall well being, leading her to cultivate a deeper connection with yoga, and ultimately share the transformative power of this practice outwards. After years of teaching music and dance she felt natural in extending her offerings through yoga and completed her Children’s Yoga Teacher Certification with Yoga for Young Warriors. She has since founded Roots Youth Yoga, offering mindful movement and music classes throughout Denver, and is currently training to lead the Yoga for Young Warriors Children’s Yoga Teacher Training. Through her own personal yogic journey she completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training at The River Yoga and can now be found leading vinyasa-based classes as well. Monica recognizes the potential of moving and breathing together as a community - to empower, to heal, to be. She guides yoga for everybody, yet is continually inspired by learning through children's eyes and hearts.
Kaitie is a native Californian, who moved to Colorado for her pursuit of her Nurse Practitioner dreams. Although this may her goal in life, dance and movement has been her life passion since she was young.
Kaitie started dancing at the age of 3 and grew her passion for dance at Adage School of Performing Arts and continued in college at the University of California, Irvine. Throughout her life, she has taught at studios and has had the opportunity to dance with companies such as Adage Rep Company, Charles Moulton Dance Company, Nhan Ho Company and Silhouette Dance Company as well as the opportunity to dance and direct Booftroop Dance Company.
In 2011, she was introduced to yoga and began teaching and creating her #yogancin flow on the mat and on the water after being certified in 200 RYT, paddle board yoga, and aerial yoga. Currently, she has deepened her practice by becoming certified in aerial dance.
She feels so blessed and fortunate to live this life and be able to share her passions with others, whether it is in class, on stage or in teaching. In the end, movement is life. She feels honored to be with the Passion Force Family.
CLASSES TAUGHT: CANDLELIGHT YOGA FLOW
Being a counselor, a listener, and a helper have always been my passion. I studied psychology and worked as a counselor in different settings but found myself feeling unfulfilled and stuck in the corporate world. I could feel my light and my passion fading but yoga helped me find my way home. It has taught me ways to deal with anxiety and calm the chatter of a busy mind. After practicing for more than 10 years, yoga has given me the gift of being comfortable in my own skin and led me down a path of discovery where I found my authentic voice. Each time I teach, I do so with grateful heart; completely open to offering all of myself to help others on their unique path. I encourage students to stay present, and to connect to the power of their breath and the wisdom of their bodies. My mission is simple…to return to my love of helping others by sharing the gift of yoga; especially with those who may feel yoga is not for them.
Amanda is a 200 hour RYT.
Classes taught: Adult hip hop, Groov3
Jasmine completed her Groov3 training and certification in Los Angeles in October 2018. She has a natural gift of dancing, and the art form has remained a part of her life from cheer to tap to modern. In addition to her weekly Groov3 cardio fitness class, Jasmine teaches hip-hop choreography with a feminine twist. Want to feel sexy and confident? Join her for fierce dance moves and self-empowering walk exercises to female artists like Rihanna, Estelle, and Janelle. Jasmine is passionate about making dance accessible – and fun – to all backgrounds and experiences. She is originally from Nashville, TN and owns a design and marketing studio with her husband in Denver.
Classes Taught: Power Yoga
I completed my 300-hour yoga certification in Orlando at the Baptiste-affiliate studio Warrior One Power Yoga. I love heart-opening flows and challenging my beliefs about my body's physical limitations. I am committed to creating a space that is welcoming to all people from all walks of life. My intention is to lead classes that inspire you to be compassionate, balanced and centered - on and off the mat.
Classes Taught: Authentic Movement
After spending 15 years with dance, choreography, and technique. 10 years with massage and energy work. And 7 years with somatic practice and Aikido, Phannie has come to a place where movement means so much more than dance. Movement is our first language, our first avenue of self expression. It is now Phannie's goal to use her experience and acquired wisdom with the body to support others in finding a deeper more meaningful connection with their bodies through movement.
CLASSES TAUGHT: BUTI YOGA
Maddy has always been a fitness enthusiast. She was introduced to Buti Yoga in the summer of 2018 and was immediately hooked. She got her certification in September 2018 and since has continued to take and teach classes as much as possible. To Maddy, movement is a healing process, physically and emotionally, and will always continue to be a part of her life. When Maddy teaches, her goal is to take ego out of the practice and provide a space for people to feel comfortable in their now body, leaving every class feeling empowered and strong.
Leslie has always had a passion for movement and is grateful for the opportunity to spread that love to others through teaching and facilitation. She has been on several professional and non-professional dance companies and has traveled to over 20 countries around the world performing with the global education program, Up with People. Leslie works as Registered Nurse, Integrative Health Coach, Group Fitness Instructor, Yoga Instructor and professional dancer and choreographer. She received her 200-hr RYT in Guatemala with The School Yoga Institute. Her training has blended roots from Indian Yogic tradition, Chinese medicine philosophy, and South American Shamanism. As a trained nurse and integrative health coach, Leslie's mission is to change the paradigm of health through empowerment and education. What she loves most about teaching is that movement is a beautiful bridge that allows us to access our deeper spiritual selves. Through yoga and dance, Leslie has learned the delight in personal growth and expansion, the power of gratitude and presence, and that she is a lifelong student.
Our Teaching Philosophy:
We strive to create a relaxing and encouraging environment in which our students will have a positive movement experience. We believe that in order to learn efficiently, the student must feel comfortable and safe. Our goal is to help you let go of your inner judge and enjoy the power of movement and expression through yoga and dance. Instead of perfectionism (as they say it's a yoga practice, not yoga perfect), we encourage our students to explore and embrace the wobbles or falls that may come with exploring something new. With our infectious enthusiasm and ENCOURAGEMENT, we hope that you will be able to feel safe and free to spread your wings and find your bliss.