Meet your Group Instructors

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Masha maddux

 

Pilates

Masha Dashkina Maddux is a professional concert dance performer and dance educator. A native of Kiev, Ukriane, she was first introduced to dance through the classical Vaganova ballet technique. After moving to United States she studied at the New World School of the Arts of Miami, FL where she received her BFA. Upon graduating, Masha joined the renowned Martha Graham Dance Company where she rose to the rank of principal dancer, performing major roles in classical Graham repertoire along with works by some of the most influential contemporary choreographers. Currently she resides in Wake Forest where she founded and directs the Wake Forest Dance Festival.

Masha received her Beginner and Intermediate Pilates Mat Certification from Core Pilates of New York City. Combined with her extensive dance training, Masha’s classes focus on detail and flow to bring awareness to the whole body, while identifying correct alignment essential for strengthening and injury prevention.


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Jenna Skarda-Higgins

Yoga

Jenna was first introduced to practicing yoga at 15 years old and soon fell in love with the personal, physical and spiritual benefits  She started instructing six years ago and prides herself on creating a communal feeling in a small and connected group. Jenna is currently E-RYT200 and Group Ex certified. She has also earned her Decision Education and Risk Management certification from Stanford and uses it to help clients evaluate their own needs. Her professional passion is working one on one with clients who are recovering from acute injuries and chronic illness as well as supporting individuals who are new to fitness. Her teachings are strongly focused on physical alignment and helping people build their individual practice and healthy lifestyle on their own terms. 


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Kristen Carpenter

Strength Training

Kristen is a lover of life and helping others reach their full potential and feel their best through exercise, nutrition, and mind/body awareness and acceptance! 

Since 2013 she has been a certified group fitness instructor through AFAA (Athletics and Fitness Association of America) Kristen has also been a certified Personal Trainer since 2015 through IFTA (International Fitness Trainers of America). 

She is passionate about meeting people where they are and helping them to achieve their goals safely and effectively. Kristen has experience teaching all ages and from small children through seniors and believes we should celebrate our bodies in each stage of life.

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Macy Rupska

Yoga

Macy started teaching fitness part-time in the early 2000's. Soon after starting, she noticed how much she enjoyed being part of her class participants’ healthy lifestyle. She stepped out of her full-time advertising job and pursued a M.S. in Exercise Science at Indiana State University, an ACE personal training certification and a 500 hour yoga instructor certification . Macy also trains yoga instructors through YogaFit International and leads continuing education classes for instructors in a variety of topics. She loves to keep class routines fresh by tailoring classes to the class participants’ needs. No two classes are the same! 

 

In Macy’s spare time, she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her husband and well as their dogs, Kubota and Caesar and their cat, Kami. 

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Jeff simonton

Tai Chi

Jeff Simonton has been teaching Tai Chi, Qigong, and Meditation around the Triangle area since 2003.  He has had the honor of working with some of the top health care and university systems in the area such as UNC Wellness Centers, Duke Teer House, and Rex Cancer Center.  Jeff was certified to teach Tai Chi 5 Element Qigong by the world famous Master, Binhui He.  Over the years Jeff has studied with various teachers and continues to add to his learning while staying true to his original teacher.