Elizabeth Marberry - Owner/Instructor
Classes Taught: Contemporary/Lyrical and Feel Good Vinyasa 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!
Morgan Casavant - Studio Manager
Classes Taught: Yoga Beats, Whole Body Stretch, Yoga Beats Happy Hour
When we have the opportunity to move I believe that it should come from a place of celebration, joyfulness, and playfulness. My ultimate goal is to create a space where you feel empowered to try new things and ready to become unshakeable - mentally, physically, and spiritually. I think we could all use a little more radical self-love, and I hope that you find space to grow in your self-love practice on your mat.
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, and my intention is to lead classes that inspire you to be compassionate, balanced, and centered - on and off the mat.
Classes Taught: 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: Contemporary Jazz, Zumba, Hip Hop
My love for dance started at a very young age. I grew up in dance studios and some of my best memories and most cherished mentors were within those walls.
To this day, when I’m in a dance studio, I feel a tremendous sense of joy and freedom. It’s where I’m able to create and express every possible feeling. As the saying goes, “It’s my happy place.” Professionally, I danced for the Denver Nuggets Dancers from 2000-2003.
I’ve been choreographing and teaching dance for 21 years. I specialize in hip-hop, contemporary and jazz. I’m also a licensed Zumba instructor!
My intent has always been and will continue to be to provide an environment that is welcoming, non-judgmental, empowering and fun! I’ll always nudge you to dance a little outside of your comfort zone and try something new. But most importantly, I simply want to give you a space to be your authentic and unapologetic self.
In my class, we’ll learn, explore, laugh, cry at times, feel sexy, confident and supported. Let’s Dance!!
Classes Taught: Candlelight Yoga Flow
Vanessa began practicing yoga in 2007 and was instantly amazed at the feeling of strength and resiliency found within that she didn’t know she had. Vanessa received her 200 hour YTT in 2017 from ZenSpot Institute - a hot power vinyasa training program. While Vanessa loves a dynamic and powerful flow, she also loves to meet the strength and power of yoga with softness and compassion.
On top of Vanessa’s initial 200 hour training, she has a 30 hour certificate in Trauma Informed Yoga, and will be a 500 RYT in November. Vanessa has her Masters in Social Work and has a passion to blend these worlds of yoga and mental health while serving every BODY.
Vanessa hopes you will leave class with a greater sense of self and be reminded “you have everything you need.” She aims for you to remember your inner strength and that physical and mental health go hand in hand.
Classes Taught: Zumba
In 2008 I was in my mid-twenties, had terrible eating habits, never exercised and was close to the 300 pounds. I knew I had to make a change and began consulting doctors about bariatric surgery (lap-band). The surgery was a success, but it wasn’t a magic solution to my lifestyle problems. It wasn’t until I found the joy in movement that the weight loss process really clicked for me.
Finding the right exercise options was daunting at first. I knew that hiding at home doing workout DVD’s by myself wasn’t the answer because I knew I couldn’t hold myself as accountable as I would be in a more public setting. That meant I needed to find group fitness classes, but any public exercise situation whether it’s a group class, gym, or studio can be overwhelming and sometimes frightening. I had to find a workout that I would enjoy in an environment of support and inspiration.
I discovered a local studio through an online deal and fell in love immediately with the culture and community the studio embodied. I was so moved by my experience, I knew I wanted to share this joy with other and become licensed to teach Zumba in May of 2011. Since then I have earned seven other Zumba certifications, competed in Ballroom (now in Country) and enjoy a plethora of activities such as hiking, yoga and strength training.
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.
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: 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.
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.