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    ANNA KAISER

    CEO

    An international fitness authority, dancer, and choreographer, with a background in professional dance and sports medicine, Anna Kaiser began her career in NYC in 2002. After earning a BFA in dance from the University of California (Cum Laude), she studied kinesiology, sports medicine, and functional anatomy at Mount Sinai Medical Center. She then went on to acquire teaching certificates in Pre/Post Natal, Pilates, TRX (Total Body Resistance Exercise), CES (Corrective Exercise Specialist), and NASM (The National Academy of Sports Medicine). Her natural enthusiasm, terrific sense of humor, and reputation for results quickly made her the preferred trainer of such celebrities as Kelly Ripa, Shakira, Karlie Kloss, Hilary Duff, and Sarah Jessica Parker.

    ANNA KAISER

    An international fitness authority, dancer, and choreographer, with a background in professional dance and sports medicine, Anna Kaiser began her career in NYC in 2002. After earning a BFA in dance from the University of California (Cum Laude), she studied kinesiology, sports medicine, and functional anatomy at Mount Sinai Medical Center. She then went on to acquire teaching certificates in Pre/Post Natal, Pilates, TRX (Total Body Resistance Exercise), CES (Corrective Exercise Specialist), and NASM (The National Academy of Sports Medicine). Her natural enthusiasm, terrific sense of humor, and reputation for results quickly made her the preferred trainer of such celebrities as Kelly Ripa, Shakira, Karlie Kloss, Hilary Duff, and Sarah Jessica Parker.

    Anna’s artistic success as both a dancer and choreographer, are the backbone of her approach to fitness. For the last four years, Anna has been the resident choreographer for Live! W/Kelly, winning an Emmy each of those years. She was featured in Shakira’s “She Wolf” video, assisting HiHat with choreography. Some of Anna’s other performing credits include: international tour of Fame!, Swing, Disney’s feature film Enchanted (principal dancer), Broadway’s 50th Anniversary of West Side Story, Carnegie Hall’s revival of Showboat.  She has performed the works of Paul Taylor, Jose Limon, Donald McKayle, and Chase Brock. Most recently, she choreographed Reebok’s finale to close NYC Fashion Week.

    Her experience as an artist, coupled with her expertise in fitness, led her to create her own brand and chain of luxury fitness studios, AKT. As CEO and Founder of AKT, Anna has opened studios in NYC, East Hampton, and CT, as well as an in-studio elite private training certification, created specifically for dancers. Her first DVD Expecting More: The Complete Pregnancy Fitness System for Fit and Healthy Moms-to-Be, received rave reviews internationally, and received a GOLD medal at the National Parenting Publications Awards. (NAPPA) She has since released her signature workout “Happy Hour”on DVD, the AKT streaming membership app, her renowned 8-week AKTransformation Program, retreats in Mexico and Costa Rica, and continues to train and travel internationally to teach and expand the AKTechnique. Anna has been featured in Vogue, The NYTimes, Cosmopolitan, US Weekly, The Today Show, Good Morning America, SELF, Glamour, Shape, WWD, E!, InStyle, W Magazine, Women’s Health, Well&Good, and is currently a contributing editor for People Magazine. Most recently, she can be seen as the co-host for the prime time ABC series “My Diet Is Better Than Yours.”

    Through AKT, Anna combines all her years of expertise in performance and training to create a cross-training technique that offers a 360 degree lifestyle approach to fitness with a highly curated program of the best workouts available today (dance, HIIT, Pilates, yoga, toning, circuit training, conditioning). Her groundbreaking approach combines the personalization of private training with the exhilarating energy of group exercise to give clients everything they need under one roof. After 15 years of personally bringing these services to her clients, Anna now has a team of over 75ppl, which continues to grow as she auditions to find the best dancers and trainers to join her incredible family of elite experts for locations across the United States.

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    ARIEL HOFFMAN

    Director of Professional Development

    A Palo Alto, California native and a fitness instructor since 2007, Ariel has been a part of the AKT family since its inception in 2011. She began training in classical ballet at age 6, which carried over into a passion alongside a successful 12 year career as a competitive ice skater. Following an apprenticeship with the Cleveland San Jose Ballet, she developed a lasting interest in musical theatre while pursuing a BA in architecture at UC Berkeley. Upon graduating, Ariel moved to New York City to pursue her dream of a professional dance career which led her to numerous performance opportunities including show productions for Celebrity Cruises, regional and community theater productions of Beauty and the Beast, Swing! West Side Story, and Contact, and appearances in both Film and TV. Since 2006 Ariel has appeared in several popular Fitness productions including Shaun T’s Insanity and Asylum DVD programs, as well as promotional commercials for both Hip Hop Abs and Rockin’ Body. Ariel can be seen in past Halloween specials on Live with Kelly, and has made several promotional appearances with Anna Kaiser on Good Morning America, and the Today Show.

    ARIEL HOFFMAN

    A Palo Alto, California native and a fitness instructor since 2007, Ariel has been a part of the AKT family since its inception in 2011. She began training in classical ballet at age 6, which carried over into a passion alongside a successful 12 year career as a competitive ice skater. Following an apprenticeship with the Cleveland San Jose Ballet, she developed a lasting interest in musical theatre while pursuing a BA in architecture at UC Berkeley. Upon graduating, Ariel moved to New York City to pursue her dream of a professional dance career which led her to numerous performance opportunities including show productions for Celebrity Cruises, regional and community theater productions of Beauty and the Beast, Swing! West Side Story, and Contact, and appearances in both Film and TV. Since 2006 Ariel has appeared in several popular Fitness productions including Shaun T’s Insanity and Asylum DVD programs, as well as promotional commercials for both Hip Hop Abs and Rockin’ Body. Ariel can be seen in past Halloween specials on Live with Kelly, and has made several promotional appearances with Anna Kaiser on Good Morning America, and the Today Show.

    Ariel’s approach to both personal training and instructing classes exemplifies AKT’s fitness program as a well-balanced workout. She has many specialties that have earned her credentials in the fitness arena including corrective exercise, sports performance, pre & post natal, and special populations. With this expertise and decades long background as a top level athlete and seasoned performer, she is able to parlay her knowledge into working with a wide range of individuals who want to achieve optimum results. Ariel has considerable success planning and customizing special training programs for those coming back from injuries and/or surgeries as well as athletes wishing to excel at demanding sport activities such as marathon running, track & field, tennis, and ice skating/ice hockey, where she focuses on regaining or increasing levels of fitness while minimizing risk of injuries. She also designs workout programs for those who seek fitness and weight management goals for significant life events such as red carpet appearances, award ceremonies, weddings and pre/post pregnancies.

    In addition to being the lead trainer at AKT, Ariel is the Director of Professional Development. In this role, she assists & collaborates with Anna on choreographed class content, and has also created & developed the AKT Certification Curriculum, a rigorous training program that all instructors must complete in order to teach at AKT. Under her direction, Ariel is proud to say that all of our AKT instructors are top level trainers, and are among the best in the business in helping people achieve superior fitness outcomes. She continues to travel across the country for AKTours and promotions, teaching the AKT techniques and spreading its unique approach to additional markets.

    Ariel is a NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES), and CPR/AED, and holds other certifications in Special Populations, Sports Performance, Pre/ Post Natal, Zumba, TRX, Hypopressive Method, and is also a Certified Primal Health Coach through the Primal Blueprint.com

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    EMILY MARA

    AKT Extensions Director

    Emily Mara, a native of Stowe, VT has been a part of the AKT trainer team since April of 2013. Prior to AKT she received a BFA in Musical Theater from the University of Central Florida and spent the last few years singing and dancing in regional theater productions.  She moved to New York from Los Angeles where she first started to integrate her performing life with her love and passion for fitness. While in LA she became an AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor on top of getting her Zumba certification.

    EMILY MARA

    Emily Mara, a native of Stowe, VT has been a part of the AKT trainer team since April of 2013. Prior to AKT she received a BFA in Musical Theater from the University of Central Florida and spent the last few years singing and dancing in regional theater productions.  She moved to New York from Los Angeles where she first started to integrate her performing life with her love and passion for fitness. While in LA she became an AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor on top of getting her Zumba certification. She received her NASM personal trainer certification here in NY and is thrilled to be able to continue her education of the human body through the work of AKT. She feels blessed to have found a job that allows her to utilize some of her main passions, dance, fitness, and the ability to help and encourage people to live a happier, healthier life!

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    JESSICA CASTRO

    Jessica Castro, the mother of a beautiful baby girl, was born and raised in Hartford Connecticut. She moved to New York with dreams of being a dancer where she was immediately accepted into the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center Certificate Program. Her career started as a Knicks City Dancer for the New York Knicks. Jessica has toured the world and danced for such artists as Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, The Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Will Smith, and Mary J Blige, just to name a few.

    JESSICA CASTRO

    Jessica Castro, the mother of a beautiful baby girl, was born and raised in Hartford Connecticut. She moved to New York with dreams of being a dancer where she was immediately accepted into the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center Certificate Program. Her career started as a Knicks City Dancer for the New York Knicks. Jessica has toured the world and danced for such artists as Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, The Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Will Smith, and Mary J Blige, just to name a few. You can also see her in countless movies such as “Honey” where she was a principle dancer as well as Jessica  Alba’s dance double, and in “Idlewild” where she played Bobbie the Showgirl. She was also in the show “Fuerzabruta,” as well as several commercials, industrials and award shows. What she’s most passionate about is inspiring the people around her. To always live fearlessly and have no regrets!

    She would like to thank the AKT family for being such an awesome support system and inspiration in her life.

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    ALYSSA FURHMAN

    After spending nearly a year living and performing in paradise on the island of Guam, Alyssa is thrilled to be back in NYC and here at AKT! A native of California, Alyssa started her performing career in her dream job dancing and on stilts at Disneyland. She then graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Psychology while cheering on the Golden Bears as Artistic Captain of the Cal Dance Team. Some of her favorite performing highlights include dancing on Good Morning America, Live! with Kelly and Michael, and a live televised event in Shanghai, China, sailing through the Caribbean dancing on Carnival Cruise Lines, and singing at Carnegie Hall. She is continually inspired by the energy and passion that this city and everyone in it brings and loves to share her enthusiasm in class. Let’s boogie!

    ALYSSA FURHMAN

    After spending nearly a year living and performing in paradise on the island of Guam, Alyssa is thrilled to be back in NYC and here at AKT! A native of California, Alyssa started her performing career in her dream job dancing and on stilts at Disneyland. She then graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Psychology while cheering on the Golden Bears as Artistic Captain of the Cal Dance Team. Some of her favorite performing highlights include dancing on Good Morning America, Live! with Kelly and Michael, and a live televised event in Shanghai, China, sailing through the Caribbean dancing on Carnival Cruise Lines, and singing at Carnegie Hall. She is continually inspired by the energy and passion that this city and everyone in it brings and loves to share her enthusiasm in class. Let’s boogie!

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    BECKY ANDERSON

    Becky Anderson, originally from Sturbridge, Massachusetts, is so grateful to be part of the AKTeam! She has trained in dance since the age of three and has always loved educating herself about fitness.  After graduating from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst with a BFA in Dance and a Minor in Kinesiology, she began her career in dance and in fitness. She’s had the privilege to perform with several Boston and New York based companies as well as travel throughout the world dancing on Holland America cruise lines with Stiletto Entertainment.

    BECKY ANDERSON

    Becky Anderson, originally from Sturbridge, Massachusetts, is so grateful to be part of the AKTeam! She has trained in dance since the age of three and has always loved educating herself about fitness. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst with a BFA in Dance and a Minor in Kinesiology, she began her career in dance and in fitness. She’s had the privilege to perform with several Boston and New York based companies as well as travel throughout the world dancing on Holland America cruise lines with Stiletto Entertainment. Becky has her group fitness certification and is a NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) certified personal trainer. AKT inmotion has provided so many opportunities for her.  She’s thankful to be able to bridge a connection between dance and fitness while helping those achieve their goals!

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    JONATHAN TYLICKI

    Jonathan Tylicki is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, and has always had a passion and love for the arts. Thinking more practically, he studied Spanish and Sociology at John Carroll University, ultimately his career brought him back to dance after he auditioned for “So You Think You Can Dance” where he became a Semi-Finalist on Season 2 of the hit show. After that, he moved to NYC to pursue his dreams of becoming a professional dancer.

    JONATHAN TYLICKI

    Jonathan Tylicki is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, and has always had a passion and love for the arts. Thinking more practically, he studied Spanish and Sociology at John Carroll University, ultimately his career brought him back to dance after he auditioned for “So You Think You Can Dance” where he became a Semi-Finalist on Season 2 of the hit show. After that, he moved to NYC to pursue his dreams of becoming a professional dancer. His career blossomed, and he has had the opportunity to perform around the USA and abroad, and has gained almost 30 professional stage credits to his name. Some of his favorites are: CATS (starring Taylor Dayne), Chicago, Legally Blonde, and The Will Rogers Follies. Always aware of the key importance of health, fitness, and nutrition to his career, he has a vested interest in keeping fit. Now, as a trainer at AKT, he can combine his love for dance and fitness and give you the tools you need to become your best self!

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    JAMIE GOLDEN

    Jamie grew up as an award winning dancer at a Ballet Academy in Colorado. She then traveled the states as a protegé for Hollywood Vibe Dance Conventions and later on the staff of StarQuest International. After high school she joined the entertainment department for The Walt Disney Company. Soon after, she booked her dream job and got to travel the world while performing in the production shows for Princess Cruise Line. Jamie was living in Tennessee performing full time at the Smokey Mountain Opry when her spontaneity led her to New York.

    JAMIE GOLDEN

    Jamie grew up as an award winning dancer at a Ballet Academy in Colorado. She then traveled the states as a protegé for Hollywood Vibe Dance Conventions and later on the staff of StarQuest International. After high school she joined the entertainment department for The Walt Disney Company. Soon after, she booked her dream job and got to travel the world while performing in the production shows for Princess Cruise Line. Jamie was living in Tennessee performing full time at the Smokey Mountain Opry when her spontaneity led her to New York. She is now a cast member for The Radio Disney Road Show in New York and is so excited to be a part of the AKT family. Jamie’s passion for fitness grew after realizing how important it is to lead a healthy lifestyle. She has fallen in love with AKT. It is exactly what she was looking for–the perfect workout that combines fitness, fun, great people and a disco ball!

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    ALISSA TUCKER

    Alissa is a professional dancer, fitness and dance instructor, and choreographer based out of NYC. Alissa began dancing at age six in her hometown of Missoula, Montana. At eighteen she moved to NYC where she interned at Broadway Dance Center. From there she performed in many regional theatre productions, spent six months sailing the Caribbean as a dancer with Norwegian Cruise Line and has performed in NYC Couture Fashion Week with ALMA NYC. Alissa spent two semesters teaching Jazz for the Ballet Department at the University of Utah and has had the privilege to travel the country as a master teacher and fitness instructor with TAMJAMS!

    ALISSA TUCKER

    Alissa is a professional dancer, fitness and dance instructor, and choreographer based out of NYC. Alissa began dancing at age six in her hometown of Missoula, Montana. At eighteen she moved to NYC where she interned at Broadway Dance Center. From there she performed in many regional theatre productions, spent six months sailing the Caribbean as a dancer with Norwegian Cruise Line and has performed in NYC Couture Fashion Week with ALMA NYC. Alissa spent two semesters teaching Jazz for the Ballet Department at the University of Utah and has had the privilege to travel the country as a master teacher and fitness instructor with TAMJAMS!. Currently Alissa is performing in NYC with Coco & The Vanity Vixens. Alissa is a NASM certified personal trainer. Alissa is absolutely thrilled to join the amazing AKTeam and for the opportunity to share her passion for dance and fitness with you!

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    JESSICA HALL

    Jessica is a native Coloradan and outdoors enthusiast who during the winter months found herself bouncing off the walls of her local dance studio wanting more. She always pushes the boundaries to find new ways to challenge herself, so it wasn’t surprising that straight after high school she set sail on Royal Caribbean International for several years performing around five continents. Not long after, Jess signed a contract with the International Tour of West Side Story and traveled around Europe. Her UK passport landed her a job in the UK production of West Side Story. Now she is back to stay in NYC after tying the knot in November 2014.

    JESSICA HALL

    J. Hall(Jess) is a native Coloradan and outdoors enthusiast who during the winter months found herself bouncing off the walls of her local dance studio wanting more. She always pushes the boundaries to find new ways to challenge herself, so it wasn’t surprising that straight after high school she set sail on Royal Caribbean International for several years performing around five continents.  Not long after, Jess signed a contract with the International Tour of West Side Story and traveled around Europe. Her UK passport landed her a job in the UK production of West Side Story. Now she is back to stay in NYC after tying the knot in November 2014. Jess is a NASM certified personal trainer, a corrective exercise specialist, and has her Adult First-Aid/CPR/AED. She is so thrilled to have found a creative avenue that combines art with exercise the way AKT does and can’t wait to share the experience with you!

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    MICHELLE RUSSELL

    Michelle Russell grew up in Miami, Florida and developed a deep love for movement at a very young age. She graduated with a BFA in Dance and a minor in business from the Florida State University and while there performed work by choreographers including Larry Keigwin, Martha Graham, Gerri Houlihan, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. After graduating she became certified in Pilates Mat (Balanced Body) and relocated to New York City to pursue her career as a professional dancer. Since moving to NY, she has had the pleasure of working with JKing Dance Company and Sleep No More among many other performing artists in the city.

    MICHELLE RUSSELL

    Michelle Russell grew up in Miami, Florida and developed a deep love for movement at a very young age. She graduated with a BFA in Dance and a minor in business from the Florida State University and while there performed work by choreographers including Larry Keigwin, Martha Graham, Gerri Houlihan, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. After graduating she became certified in Pilates Mat (Balanced Body) and relocated to New York City to pursue her career as a professional dancer. Since moving to NY, she has had the pleasure of working with JKing Dance Company and Sleep No More among many other performing artists in the city. She is currently apprenticing and performing with Urban Bush Women. Michelle is excited to be working with the AKT family and help inspire people to take an active role in their health and fitness lives.

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    SASHA LYNN

    Sasha grew up in a little town outside of Washington D.C. Strongly influenced from her tap dancing grandmother and her mom being a professional musician, it’s no surprise that at such a young age her passion for movement and music developed. She started dancing professionally at age 15 working with various dance companies and theaters in the D.C. area. With high hopes, and some high kicks, Sasha decided to move to NYC at the age of 18 to further her career. Since then some highlights have been: dancing and modeling for cosmetic brand NYC Color, performing at Lincoln Center’s first performance of Jacqueline Buglisi’s “9/11 Table of Silence”, and dancing for several Carnival Cruise Lines Production shows.

    SASHA LYNN

    Sasha grew up in a little town outside of Washington D.C. Strongly influenced from her tap dancing grandmother and her mom being a professional musician, it’s no surprise that at such a young age her passion for movement and music developed. She started dancing professionally at age 15 working with various dance companies and theaters in the D.C. area. With high hopes, and some high kicks, Sasha decided to move to NYC at the age of 18 to further her career. Since then some highlights have been: dancing and modeling for cosmetic brand NYC Color, performing at Lincoln Center’s first performance of Jacqueline Buglisi’s “9/11 Table of Silence”, and dancing for several Carnival Cruise Lines Production shows.

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  • VICTORIA ELLIS

    Victoria Ellis grew up dancing competitively in Vestal, NY. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from The Boston Conservatory in May of 2015 with a BFA in Contemporary Dance. While at the conservatory, Victoria performed works by Colleen Thomas, Adam Barruch, Tommy Neblett, Danny Buraczeski, and Omar Carrum & Claudia LaVista. Since graduation, Victoria has relocated to New York City and has started a career as a free-lance dance artist. She has worked with Amalgamate Dance Company and LEMI Collective, and she is a proud company member of CaptiveFlow Dance. Victoria is thrilled to be bridging her passion for dance with a love of fitness as a part of the AKTeam!

    VICTORIA ELLIS

    Victoria Ellis grew up dancing competitively in Vestal, NY. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from The Boston Conservatory in May of 2015 with a BFA in Contemporary Dance. While at the conservatory, Victoria performed works by Colleen Thomas, Adam Barruch, Tommy Neblett, Danny Buraczeski, and Omar Carrum & Claudia LaVista. Since graduation, Victoria has relocated to New York City and has started a career as a free-lance dance artist. She has worked with Amalgamate Dance Company and LEMI Collective, and she is a proud company member of CaptiveFlow Dance. Victoria is thrilled to be bridging her passion for dance with a love of fitness as a part of the AKTeam!

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    MAYTE NATALIO

    Mayte Natalio received her BFA from SUNY Purchase’s Conservatory of Dance and has trained at Ballet Hispanico, Dance Theater of Harlem and the LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts. She has been a member of Camille A. Brown & Dancers since 2010 and has danced with The Parsons Dance Company, Nathan Trice’s Rituals, Kyle Abraham’s AIM, and Darrell Grand Moultrie. Regional theater credits: The Ogunquit Playhouse, Pregones Theater, and Dallas Theater Center. She has performed for French Pop star Mylene Farmer as well as Kanye West.

    MAYTE NATALIO

    Mayte Natalio received her BFA from SUNY Purchase’s Conservatory of Dance and has trained at Ballet Hispanico, Dance Theater of Harlem and the LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts. She has been a member of Camille A. Brown & Dancers since 2010 and has danced with The Parsons Dance Company, Nathan Trice’s Rituals, Kyle Abraham’s AIM, and Darrell Grand Moultrie. Regional theater credits: The Ogunquit Playhouse, Pregones Theater, and Dallas Theater Center. She has performed for French Pop star Mylene Farmer as well as Kanye West. Mayte has taught, choreographed, and re-staged works for The Juilliard School, Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive, University of Michigan, among others. She was an original cast member and dance captain of “Queen of the Night,” is a core member of Lub Dub Physical Theater Company, and recently joined the cast of Third Rail Projects’ new work “The Grand Paradise.” Mayte has also been a personal trainer and fitness enthusiast since 2007.

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    MEGAN NILES

    Megan is a native Northern Californian who fell in love with dance during her first performance at the age of 4. From there she became a competitive dancer and expanded her passion of performing to include musical theater and acting. She began acting professionally at age 13 and dancing professionally at age 16. She has spent her life studying many styles of dance, performing in regional productions and live shows, and teaching everything from Ballet to Belly Dance. After receiving her B.A. in History from UCLA with a minor in Sociocultural Anthropology, she continued performing and teaching in Los Angeles until moving to New York.

    MEGAN NILES

    Megan is a native Northern Californian who fell in love with dance during her first performance at the age of 4. From there she became a competitive dancer and expanded her passion of performing to include musical theater and acting. She began acting professionally at age 13 and dancing professionally at age 16. She has spent her life studying many styles of dance, performing in regional productions and live shows, and teaching everything from Ballet to Belly Dance. After receiving her B.A. in History from UCLA with a minor in Sociocultural Anthropology, she continued performing and teaching in Los Angeles until moving to New York.
    Inspired by her healthy and active up bringing, she has always been passionate about health and fitness. She began working in fitness in 2004 and has continuously studied food and its effect on the body. Megan is Steele Pilates Mat and Advanced Mat Certified, Pre/Post Natal Pilates Certified, as well as certified in Plant­Based Nutrition by the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. She is thrilled to be a part of the AKT team and help others achieve their health and fitness goals.
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  • RYAN LINGLE

    Ryan was born and raised in sunny Orlando, Florida. He followed his passion for the arts to Florida State University where he received his BFA in Music Theatre and has since been a professional performer for the past 10 years. Some credits include working in professional music theatre at the Gateway Playhouse, the Fulton Opera House, and the Maltz Jupiter Theatre; sailing across Europe as a dancer on the Saga Rose Cruise Ship; and touring the country for two national tours of Elf, the musical as dance captain. Always an activity seeker, Ryan played baseball as a youngster, was a swimmer through high school, discovered his passion for dance in college, and is now amped up to spread joy at AKT. Always seek out your passions and maybe sweat a little while you do it!

    RYAN LINGLE

    Ryan was born and raised in sunny Orlando, Florida. He followed his passion for the arts to Florida State University where he received his BFA in Music Theatre and has since been a professional performer for the past 10 years. Some credits include working in professional music theatre at the Gateway Playhouse, the Fulton Opera House, and the Maltz Jupiter Theatre; sailing across Europe as a dancer on the Saga Rose Cruise Ship; and touring the country for two national tours of Elf, the musical as dance captain. Always an activity seeker, Ryan played baseball as a youngster, was a swimmer through high school, discovered his passion for dance in college, and is now amped up to spread joy at AKT. Always seek out your passions and maybe sweat a little while you do it!

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  • KATHRYN MULCAHEY

    Kathryn has been in love with dance for as long as she can remember. Her formal training began at age 12 under the direction of Lauri MacLean in Norwalk, CT. She began her professional career at the age of 19 when she booked the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show as a backup dancer, and gained representation by Clear Talent Group. Since then she has performed with artists such as Justin Timberlake, Usher, Nicki Minaj and Carly Rae Jepson. She has appeared in several episodes of Saturday Night Live, as well as Boardwalk Empire, and danced in national commercials for Macy’s and Clear Scalp & Hair. She has performed in fashion shows for Athleta, Hermes and Wolford under the direction of Luam Keflezgy, Andrea Miller and Brice Mousset respectively.

    KATHRYN MULCAHEY

    Kathryn has been in love with dance for as long as she can remember. Her formal training began at age 12 under the direction of Lauri MacLean in Norwalk, CT. She began her professional career at the age of 19 when she booked the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show as a backup dancer, and gained representation by Clear Talent Group. Since then she has performed with artists such as Justin Timberlake, Usher, Nicki Minaj and Carly Rae Jepson. She has appeared in several episodes of Saturday Night Live, as well as Boardwalk Empire, and danced in national commercials for Macy’s and Clear Scalp & Hair. She has performed in fashion shows for Athleta, Hermes and Wolford under the direction of Luam Keflezgy, Andrea Miller and Brice Mousset respectively. A fun fact about Kathryn is that she was the voice of Tickety Tock the Clock on Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues. She currently performs at the Barclays Center as a Brooklynette for the NBA Brooklyn Nets.
    Her search for the perfect cross training to compliment her dance career led her to AKT, where she quickly fell in love with the community and technique. She is pursuing her NASM certification (CPT) and is excited to continue to grow in her expertise of movement science. She is grateful for every day she gets to dance and thrilled to be a part of this talented, wonderful family at AKT in Motion.

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  • EBONY WEBSTER

    Born and raised in Queens, NY, Ebony made her way to Philadelphia to attend Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance to complete her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography. Her time in Philadelphia was spent dancing in contemporary African company Kariamu and Company, hip hop crew Dare to Dance, the training company of Philadanco, as well as working with world renown choreographers such as, Kyle Abraham and Larry Kegwin. Ebony has also set three original works on her colleagues.

    EBONY WEBSTER

    Born and raised in Queens, NY, Ebony made her way to Philadelphia to attend Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance to complete her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography. Her time in Philadelphia was spent dancing in contemporary African company Kariamu and Company, hip hop crew Dare to Dance, the training company of Philadanco, as well as working with world renown choreographers such as, Kyle Abraham and Larry Kegwin. Ebony has also set three original works on her colleagues.
    Upon graduation, she moved back to New York and worked in the fitness community, as well as dancing in Forces of Nature. She also works with independent artists, showcasing work around New York City and beyond. Groovin’ and Movin’ are a few of Ebony’s favorite things!!
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    ETHAN BUTLER

    Ethan Davis Butler, a Pittsburgh native, received his BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University. Recently Ethan performed regionally in Syracuse Stage’s production of Hairspray. Dancing since high school, Ethan found his real love for it in hip hop and contemporary/lyrical. Only a year out of college Ethan is thrilled to find a home in AKT – blending his love of dance with athletic fitness.

    ETHAN BUTLER

    Ethan Davis Butler, a Pittsburgh native, received his BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University. Recently Ethan performed regionally in Syracuse Stage’s production of Hairspray. Dancing since high school, Ethan found his real love for it in hip hop and contemporary/lyrical. Only a year out of college Ethan is thrilled to find a home in AKT – blending his love of dance with athletic fitness.

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    KATE BALDASARE

    Kate Baldasare hails from Howell, N.J. She attended Rutgers University, where she received her BFA in dance from the prestigious Mason Gross School of the Arts. Since then Kate followed her dreams to live in NYC and pursue her dance career. Kate is an alumni of the Rockette Summer Intensive, where she was a Capezio scholarship winner, Invitational Week Student, and was a teaching assistant for three years. Kate is honored that she has been able to work with various companies and choreographers throughout the tri-state area as a freelance modern dancer.

    KATE BALDASARE

    Kate Baldasare hails from Howell, N.J. She attended Rutgers University, where she received her BFA in dance from the prestigious Mason Gross School of the Arts. Since then Kate followed her dreams to live in NYC and pursue her dance career. Kate is an alumni of the Rockette Summer Intensive, where she was a Capezio scholarship winner, Invitational Week Student, and was a teaching assistant for three years. Kate is honored that she has been able to work with various companies and choreographers throughout the tri-state area as a freelance modern dancer. Kate has been in the fitness industry since 2013 and her certifications include Zumba and Barre fitness. She is honored to be joining the AKT #fitfam and continue her journey in this awesome community!

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    LAUREN SAMBATARO

    Born a health enthusiast! Lauren has been working in the fitness and nutrition industry since 2006. As a NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) Certified Personal Trainer and CHEK Exercise Coach (CHEK Institute), Lauren takes a unique approach to achieving optimal body composition and function through primal movement patterns, corrective exercise and postural training. She believes in integrative work patterns and using global movements to enhance function and correct dysfunction.

    LAUREN SAMBATARO

    Born a health enthusiast! Lauren has been working in the fitness and nutrition industry since 2006. As a NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) Certified Personal Trainer and CHEK Exercise Coach (CHEK Institute), Lauren takes a unique approach to achieving optimal body composition and function through primal movement patterns, corrective exercise and postural training. She believes in integrative work patterns and using global movements to enhance function and correct dysfunction. Specialties include PNF Neuromuscular Stretching, NASM Advanced Corrective Exercise, Fit For Birth and PreNatal & Postpartum Exercise Design, Scientific Core Conditioning, and is a Certified Russian KettleBell Instructor (KettleBell Concepts).

    Lauren can currently be seen in the Broadway musical Mamma Mia! She has performed with the National Tours of Movin’ Out and Evita, in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, and in regional productions of In the Heights, West Side Story and 42nd Street.  Lauren has appeared in commercials for Lucille Roberts Fitness, on the Nike Training Club iPhone App and on SNL with Kanye West.  She earned her B.F.A. in Dance from Fordham University & The Ailey School NYC.

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