Instructors

photo Ali Kishiyama

Ali Kishiyama is the Artistic Dance Director of Mayama and feels she has truly arrived to her ultimate dream. Originally from Nebraska, Ali worked extensively on the eastern side of the state as a choreographer, a principle dancer for Central Dance Theatre and held a lead role in a swing dance video production for Manheim Steamroller/ Fresh Aire.
Since her arrival in Lyons, CO in 2000, Ali has choreographed for various high school musicals and swing choirs on the front range and she possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is proud of the success the Mayama dance program has achieved over the past six years and is excited to continue bringing joy, wellness and creativity to all ages through the art of dance.

     
photo Jasmine Lok

 

Jasmine Lok is a licensed Nia Black Belt. Her passion is to move and dance through life. Jasmine opened Mayama with her business partner, Ali, in October of 2009. It has been an adventure of trust, hard work, and following her dreams. Every day she is thankful for the life she has created. Jasmine was always active and grew up dancing ballet, playing tennis, and skiing. Later in life she added yoga, martial arts, and hiking but teaching movement of any sort was never a goal of hers until she found Nia in 2007. Nia has changed her life and still changes it daily. Jasmine's classes are energetic and welcoming and are designed for all fitness levels.

Jasmine has also undergone the following teacher trainings: Creative Movement for Kids, Nia's Move I.T., Inner Personal Power Yoga, Taiji Fit, and Ageless Grace. She is a life long learner and strives to broaden her kinesthetic knowlege.

     
photo Shannon Johnson

Shannon Johnson is a music teacher and vocalist in the Lyons community. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Ithaca College, NY. For the past 5 years she has sung both classical and contemporary music with the Ars Nova Singers in Boulder, CO. One of her greatest joys is making music with children (including her own daughters
Zoe and Violet).

     
photo Alexandra Ogsbury

Alexandra has been a massage therapist and teacher in the health profession for more than 30 years. She has acquired a wide range of hands-on and movement skills. Her clients include people of all age groups from children to the over 50’s crowd. While living in NYC her early career began as a dance therapist and then as professional improv dancer with Elaine Summers. She studied, trained and worked in several bodywork modalities including teaching Kinetic Awareness and Tai Chi.

Alexandra received her Tai Chi teaching tutorial from Sat Hon in NYC, 1988. She was his first female student trained to teach Primal Wudang Neigong Taijii Quan. Her classes also reflect further study in Gao Style Bagua, and Hebei Xingyi with Owen Schilling at Boulder Internal Arts .

     
photo Kim Rand

Kim Rand found and fell in love with Boulder County in 1990, moving from a small suburban town east of Boston, Massachusetts.  She found herself out west with the space to grow and room to continue to develop her goals in life.  In 1996, Kim graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Conservation. Her strong passion for the environment and love for the outdoors eventually landed her in the small mountain town of Nederland, Colorado, which she now calls home. Kim spends her free time outdoors in nature, hiking with friends and her dog, snowboarding, snow shoeing,  river running and fly-fishing.  She has truly found herself and her passion thru the practice of yoga and she continues to experience the spiritual journey yoga offers.  Her practice and teaching is influenced by Hatha Yoga, Baron Baptiste’s Vinyasa Flow, Jivamutki, Anusara, and most recently, Maya Yoga.

Kim’s passion brought her to Maui in April of 2009 to study “Maya Yoga” with inspirational teachers Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini.  Her emphasis is on awareness, breath, alignment and the integrity of the asana allowing the space needed to move energy and create positive change in the body and mind.  She feels that the foundation of the pose is essential to a healthy and sustainable yoga practice and it’s through a safe and mindful practice that a student is able to heal their body and quiet their mind.  Kim brings the ancient teachings of yoga philosophy into the classroom cultivating ones connection to self and the wisdom within.  She encourages her students to take yoga off the matt and into their daily lives promoting healthy relationships in every aspect of life.

     
photo Aubrey Davis

Aubrey Davis is a seeker. The word has permeated every aspect of her life. Since childhood, she has had a love of learning and a hunger for the unknown. Aubrey fell in love with yoga in 2008 at a community yoga class in a church basement. Yoga was not only challenging physically, it was a way to connect with and learn about herself. Since then, she continues to learn all she can about yoga and finally completed her 200 Hour Yoga Certification in March 2016 from Full Circle Yoga in Longmont, CO. Her goal as a yoga teacher is to help students learn the wonders of their own body and being, nurturing courage and self love while getting a great workout! Besides yoga, Aubrey loves to ride dual sport motorcycles, read and discuss literature, and continually tries to draw inspiration from the natural world.


     
photo Summer Templin Culp

Summer Templin Culp grew up in Telluride, Colorado, where she began dancing at the age of fourteen under the direction of Shirley Fortenberry and Valerie Madonia. Her family moved to Boulder, Colorado shortly afterwards where she continued to train with and be inspired by a wide-variety of teachers including Peter and Ana Claire Davison, Katie Elliot, Jillana, Michelle Ellsworth, Vernon Windsor, Gabe Masson, and Erika Randall. Summer received her BFA in Dance, with an emphasis in choreography from the University of Colorado. Summer has performed independently in works choreographed by Lindsay Pierce, Viki Psihoyos, David Lorence-Schefflers and Angie Yeowell. Summer has appeared in solo and group pieces in the American College Dance Festival and as a company member with Boulder Ballet, the Cabiri and Redd Legg Dance. Her choreography has been performed across the Denver Metro area and in the 2010 Beyond the Threshold: Seattle International Dance Festival.

Summer is passionate about bridging the gap between contemporary ballet and modern dance and helping the next generation of dancers cultivate their artistry through well-rounded, healthful and holistic training.

     
photo Qiyra Marie

Qiyra Edmonds grew up in Hill-Top Dance Studios in Kansas City where she spent 20+ years learning and eventually teaching dance. She spent 10 years performing with the Kansas City Dance Theatre Company during that time. After participating in dance scholarships in jazz (Chicago), tap, jazz and ballet (New Jersey) and ballet (New York) she headed off to college where she obtained her Masters in Physical Therapy. She spent years working as a physical therapist and became mama to two beautiful girls. Recently she has performed (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Grand Night For Singing, and Scrooge!) and choreographed (Camelot) at Jester Dinner Theatre in Longmont, often with her children and once with her husband. Assisting creative movement at Mayama and performing/choreographing with Jesters has brought about a return of the dancing bug! Qiyra sees that dancing never left her. She hopes to continue to spread her joy of dancing with all she meets, young and young at heart alike!

     
photo Wendy Olson

Wendy Olson began dancing at the age of three in Longmont, CO. Throughout her years of training she has studied jazz, modern, flamenco, ballet, pointe, lyrical and hip hop.  For two years Wendy served as captain of her high school dance team while continuing to train at various studios.  After spending two years as a dance major at CSU she moved to Denver to pursue a degree in Human Performance and Sport and spent time training in New York City and San Francisco.  Since 2005 she has danced with the True II Form hip hop dance company under the direction of Kevin O'Keefe.  Wendy's classes emphasize foundational hip hop dance styles including popping, locking and b-boying/b-girling, while incorporating elements from all other dance styles. 

     
photo Erin Flegle

Erin Flegle received a Bachelor Degree of Performing Arts from Oklahoma City University.  For over 15 years, she has been a dance instructor of Ballet, Broadway and Rhythm Tap, Contemporary and Modern Jazz, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, and Musical Theatre in Chicago, Denver, New York, Oklahoma City, and in Nebraska.  Erin has also choreographed musicals including; Chicago, Grease, Guys and Dolls and many others.  Her professional experience includes The American Spirit Dance Company, Gus Giordano’s Jazz Dance Company, Spirit of the Dance, and the principal dancer in A Christmas Carol at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.  Erin provides professional technique and training to young dancers and those who aspire for a career in the industry. 

     
photo Amber Murray

Amber started dancing at the age of 3. She has also been teaching dance for children and choreographing since age 16.  Amber was on scholarship at the University of Las Vegas for dance.  During her time there she performed in several musicals, danced and choreographed for the UNLV Dance Company, and studied with various artists from all over the country.  She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Northern Colorado, where she performed with the UNC performing arts team.  Amber then moved to New York to pursue her love of dance. Now she is back in Colorado running her own mobile spa business and Amber is looking forward to continuing her dancing and choreography with Mayama Dance Studio.

     
photo Kevin O'Keefe

One of Colorado's original Hip Hop teachers, Kevin O'Keefe has an extensive background in all Hip Hop Styles. He received training from industry pioneers- Clyde Evans, Eric Finn, and Quickstep. He has performed with; Don Campbell Lock Jr., Electric Boogaloos, Lady Jules, the late Gary Kendall of the Jabbawockeez, and is a former member of Motion Underground's Hip Hop Company EOM. He's been a guest artist at The Arena in Switzerland, The San Francisco Hip Hop Festival, The Colorado College Dance Festival, The Breaking Pointe in Montana, CU Boulder, and CSU Ft. Collins. Kevin is now bringing this unique flavor to many studios in Colorado and is the Founder/Director of True II Form Dance Group.