• ANNA KAISER

    CEO

    @theannakaiser

    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, Master Trainer

    @thearielh

    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.

    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 Hamptons Director, Master Trainer

    @ecmara85

    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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    JONATHAN TYLICKI

    AKT On Demand Director, Master Trainer

    @jonathantylicki

    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

    AKT Master Trainer

    @golden5678

    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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    BECKY ANDERSON

    AKT Senior Trainer

    @i3ecki

    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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    SASHA LYNN

    AKT Senior Trainer

    @shassay_sasha

    Sasha grew up in a little town outside of Washington D.C. She started dancing and performing 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 continue her career. After moving to the city Sasha got straight to work dancing for NYFW, television, flash mobs, and music videos. Dancing for choreographers like Derek Mitchell, Jacqueline Buglisi, Martha Bowers, and Jana Hicks to name a few. Shortly after that Sasha started traveling the world dancing for Carnival Cruise Lines for several years.

    SASHA LYNN

    Sasha grew up in a little town outside of Washington D.C. She started dancing and performing 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 continue her career. After moving to the city Sasha got straight to work dancing for NYFW, television, flash mobs, and music videos. Dancing for choreographers like Derek Mitchell, Jacqueline Buglisi, Martha Bowers, and Jana Hicks to name a few. Shortly after that Sasha started traveling the world dancing for Carnival Cruise Lines for several years. She met her husband at sea and now is back in the city dancing up a storm and is a NASM certified Senior Trainer at AKT InMotion. She’s had some unbelievable experiences as a fitness instructor at AKT. From training celebrities, dancing on Live! With Kelly, filming AKT On Demand workouts, and partnering with Adidas and Karlie Kloss for photoshoots and fitness events. She can’t wait for you to come join her under the disco ball for a killer sweat session soon!

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    MICHELLE RUSSELL

    AKT Senior Trainer

    @shesgotmoves

    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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  • ALYSSA FURHMAN

    AKT Senior Trainer

    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.

    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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  • ALISSA TUCKER

    AKT Senior Trainer

    @tucker_alissa

    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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    LAUREN SAMBATARO

    AKT Senior Trainer

    @sambie_fit

    Born a health enthusiast! Lauren is an original 2012 AKTeam member and 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 is an original 2012 AKTeam member and 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, Scientific Back Training, Program Design, and is a Certified Russian KettleBell Instructor (KettleBell Concepts).

    Lauren earned her B.F.A. in Dance from Fordham University & The Ailey School in New York City and has concurrently been performing in theater and dance ever since. She was most recently seen on the National Tour of Wicked as the Dance Captain and female crossover swing. Other credits include the Broadway production of Mamma Mia!, National tours of Movin’ Out and Evita, and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Musical Hall.  Lauren has appeared in commercials for Lucille Roberts Fitness, on the Nike Training Club iPhone App and on SNL with Kanye West.

    As an AKTrainer, Lauren loves to combine her dance experience with her knowledge of movement and science to create a fun and inspiring, yet focused and progressive workout experience!

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  • VICTORIA ELLIS

    AKTrainer

    @victoriaellis

    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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  • RYAN LINGLE

    AKTrainer

    @ryan_lingle85

    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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  • EBONY WEBSTER

    AKTrainer

    @xcusemyhonesty

    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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  • KATE BALDASARE

    AKTrainer

    @misskatebfit

    Kate Baldasare, a native jersey girl, is thrilled everyday that she is a part of the AKT #fitfam! Prior to AKT, Kate attended Rutgers University, where she received her BFA in dance from the prestigious Mason Gross School of the Arts. Kate followed her dreams to live in NYC and pursue her dance career and instantly fell in love with the NYC fitness industry. While integrating her dance life with fitness, she has been able to work with various companies and choreographers throughout the tri-state area as a freelance modern dancer and performer. Her certifications include NASM certified personal trainer, Barre fitness, TRX Level 1 Qualified instructor, and CPR/ AED.

    KATE BALDASARE

    Kate Baldasare, a native jersey girl, is thrilled everyday that she is a part of the AKT #fitfam! Prior to AKT, Kate attended Rutgers University, where she received her BFA in dance from the prestigious Mason Gross School of the Arts. Kate followed her dreams to live in NYC and pursue her dance career and instantly fell in love with the NYC fitness industry. While integrating her dance life with fitness, she has been able to work with various companies and choreographers throughout the tri-state area as a freelance modern dancer and performer. Her certifications include NASM certified personal trainer, Barre fitness, TRX Level 1 Qualified instructor, and CPR/ AED.

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  • MEGAN NILES

    AKT Senior Trainer

    @grace_and_power

    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 upbringing, she has always been passionate about health and fitness, and the potential of the human body. She began working in fitness in 2004 and has continuously studied food and its effect on the body. Megan is Steele Pilates certified in Pilates Mat, Pilates Advanced Mat, and Pre/Post Natal Pilates. She is also a NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), certified in CPR/AED, and certified in Plant-Based Nutrition by the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. Megan is thrilled to be a part of the AKT team and help others achieve their health and fitness goals.

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  • MAYTE NATALIO

    AKTrainer

    @mayte_n

    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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  • IMAN BARNES

    AKTRAINER

    @iman.ayana

    Iman is a New York native. She studied dance at The Alvin Ailey School from the age of 6 to 15, and after graduating she attended The Florida University and received her BFA in Dance in May 2013. Iman is currently a company member with Third Rail Projects “The Grand Paradise”, BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance, and working with various freelance choreographers.

    IMAN BARNES

    Iman Barnes is a New York native. She studied dance at The Alvin Ailey School from the age of 6 to 15, and after graduating she attended The Florida University and received her BFA in Dance in May 2013. Iman is currently a company member with Third Rail Projects “The Grand Paradise”, BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance, and working with various freelance choreographers. She’s had the opportunity to work with Equus Projects, 10 Hairy Legs Projects, iKADA Contemporary Dance, Zullo/Raw Movement, and Zion Dance. She is extremely grateful for all the support she has received from her family and colleagues.

    In conjunction with her performing career is her love for fitness. She is a NASM CPT, CPR/first aid/AED certified. Motivating others and helping them achieve their goals while having a kickass time in the studio is what it’s all about. Iman is excited to be a part of the AKT team and is ready to get sweaty!

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  • TAYLOR HABERSHAW

    AKTrainer

    @taylorhabershaw

    Taylor’s love for dance sparked in her hometown of Warwick, Rhode Island where she danced competitively in ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and other various styles for 13 years. Her passion for the art led her to pursue her BFA from Jacksonville University where she received many performance accolades along the way. Now in New York City, Taylor works professionally in both the musical theatre and commercial circuits – performing in regional productions, industrials, and films. She is lucky to have had the privilege of working closely and consistently with choreographers such as Al Blackstone, James Kinney, Marc Kimelman, and Josh Assor – just to name a few. Having always been devoted to fitness and a healthy living style,Taylor is beyond excited to merge her two loves together here at AKT and hopes you are ready to SWEAT IT OUT with her!

    TAYLOR HABERSHAW

    Taylor’s love for dance sparked in her hometown of Warwick, Rhode Island where she danced competitively in ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and other various styles for 13 years. Her passion for the art led her to pursue her BFA from Jacksonville University where she received many performance accolades along the way. Now in New York City, Taylor works professionally in both the musical theatre and commercial circuits – performing in regional productions, industrials, and films. She is lucky to have had the privilege of working closely and consistently with choreographers such as Al Blackstone, James Kinney, Marc Kimelman, and Josh Assor – just to name a few. Having always been devoted to fitness and a healthy living style,Taylor is beyond excited to merge her two loves together here at AKT and hopes you are ready to SWEAT IT OUT with her!

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  • ADEA SESSOMS

    AKTRAINER

    @iamadeamichelle

    Adéa Sessoms is a native of Memphis, TN and is excited to be joining the AKTeam. Adéa fell in love with dancing at the young age of 3 when she began competing. After high school Adéa attended The University of the Arts where she graduated with a B.F.A. in jazz dance performance. After graduating she moved to NYC where she started her career working in industrial shows for Target and Nike.

    ADEA SESSOMS

    Adéa Sessoms is a native of Memphis, TN and is excited to be joining the AKTeam. Adéa fell in love with dancing at the young age of 3 when she began competing. After high school Adéa attended The University of the Arts where she graduated with a B.F.A. in jazz dance performance. After graduating she moved to NYC where she started her career working in industrials for Target and Nike. Adéa has toured with both companies of the Wicked national tours and also toured with singer Santigold, as one of her backup singer and dancer. She has always had a love for fitness and is excited to be able to merge these two passions. In addition to dance and fitness Adéa is also a freelance makeup artists.

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  • KELCY PENDER

    AKTRAINER

    @kelpender

    Kelcy started training in all styles of dance including ballet, jazz, and tap at the age of three. Her passion for performing would land her at the University of Michigan where she pursued acting and musical theatre. Since moving to NYC, Kelcy found herself traveling across the country to perform in national tours and regional theaters. She has two Broadway shows under her belt, including Chicago and Bullets Over Broadway.

    KELCY PENDER

    Kelcy started training in all styles of dance including ballet, jazz ,and tap at the age of three. Her passion for performing would land her at the University of Michigan where she pursued acting and musical theatre. Since moving to NYC, Kelcy found herself traveling across the country to perform in national tours and regional theaters. She has two Broadway shows under her belt, including Chicago and Bullets Over Broadway. She can also be seen on TV shows such as Power and Bull! Since finding AKT, she truly feels in her element. The workout has changed her body and mind. Kelcy has always been passionate about fitness, and has been training in the industry for 7 years. She is a NASM certified personal trainer, and looks forward to connecting with the AKT community and growing within the AKTeam!

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  • TENEALLE FARRAGHER

    AKTRAINER

    @teneallefarragher

    Tenealle Farragher was born and raised in Newcastle, Australia. She began her dance career at 4 years old, competing around Australia, and received her training at some of the best schools in the country. She has trained with The Australian Ballet school, along with National Academy of Dance and Brent Studios. Tenealle has won of countless awards and dancing honors, including being bestowed with The Australian Dancer of The Year. She moved to New York after being accepted into the Alvin Ailey School to pursue a career in dance.

    TENEALLE FARRAGHER

    Tenealle Farragher was born and raised in Newcastle, Australia. She began her dance career at 4 years old, competing around Australia, and received her training at some of the best schools in the country. She has trained with The Australian Ballet school, along with National Academy of Dance and Brent Studios. Tenealle has won countless awards and dancing honors, including being bestowed with The Australian Dancer of The Year. She moved to New York after being accepted into the Alvin Ailey School to pursue a career in dance.
    After graduating, she performed in many shows including Fame, Footloose, Cirque du Soleil at MSG, Disney Cruise Lines, the original cast of The Dream, Fuerza Bruta, West Side Story International Tour, Flashdance, the Illusionist on Broadway, and West Side Story at Papermill Playhouse. She has also been involved in commercial work AXE, Twister, and TV appearances such as America’s Got Talent, Nurse Jackie, John Wick, and Broadway 4D, along with industrials and concert performances with Pitbull, and music festivals with headliners Tiesto, Diplo, and Skrillex. Tenealle is extremely excited and honored to be a part of the AKT team, bringing her passions for teaching, fitness and dance all together.
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  • EJ STILLINGS

    AKTRAINER

    @emilystillings

    EJ is from Columbus, Ohio where she was a competitive dancer in all styles and graduated from her high school as a valedictorian. After high school, EJ moved to NYC and quickly fell in love with the hustle of the city where she soon made her Broadway debut at the age of 20 in the Tony award winning show, “The King and I” at Lincoln Center Theater. Emily has had the pleasure of dancing behind celebrities such as Jimmy Fallon, Josh Groban, LLCoolJ, and many more.

    EJ STILLINGS

    EJ is from Columbus, Ohio where she was a competitive dancer in all styles and graduated from her high school as a valedictorian. After high school, EJ moved to NYC and quickly fell in love with the hustle of the city where she soon made her Broadway debut at the age of 20 in the Tony award winning show, “The King and I” at Lincoln Center Theater. EJ has had the pleasure of dancing behind celebrities such as Jimmy Fallon, Josh Groban, LLCoolJ, and many more. EJ has had the pleasure of dancing behind celebrities such as Jimmy Fallon, Josh Groban, LLCoolJ, and many more. She has also appeared on many popular TV shows such as “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” and multiple episodes of both “Lip Sync Battle,” and “Saturday Night Live.” She was even a principal dancer on “SNL’s” Emmy nominated episode dancing behind Lin-Manuel Miranda.

    EJ is so excited to be a part of the fiercest crew in fitness and party it out with you on the dance floor.

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  • CHRISTIE PORTERA

    AKTrainer

    @christieebean

    Christie is a native New Yorker whose been dancing her way through the city since she could remember.  Growing up with a deep love for an active lifestyle Christie dedicated all of her time to training in competitive gymnastics and dance. She landed her first professional gig as a Nets Kids Dancer at age 12 and continued on with her training as a dance major at Laguardia H.S. of Performing Arts. After graduating high school Christie went on to live her best “gypsy” life, touring nationally and internationally with the Broadway production of West Side Story. Fitness has been a huge asset to Christie’s career and she cannot wait to share her bubbly energy and ALL OF THE SASS with the AKT community!

    CHRISTIE PORTERA

    Christie is a native New Yorker whose been dancing her way through the city since she could remember.  Growing up with a deep love for an active lifestyle Christie dedicated all of her time to training in competitive gymnastics and dance. She landed her first professional gig as a Nets Kids Dancer at age 12 and continued on with her training as a dance major at Laguardia H.S. of Performing Arts. After graduating high school Christie went on to live her best “gypsy” life, touring nationally and internationally with the Broadway production of West Side Story. Fitness has been a huge asset to Christie’s career and she cannot wait to share her bubbly energy and ALL OF THE SASS with the AKT community!

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