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Yoga & Dance

Nancy has been working in the field of dance/movement education for nearly 20 years. She first began her dance training here in Brunswick County at the young age of 3. Dance being her passion she went on to study it as a career at the esteemed Meredith College where she completed a B.A. in dance education along with K-12 certification in dance. Very soon after graduation she moved to the arts capital – NYC. After completing her MA degree at New York University Steinhardt School for Education, Culture & Human Development, she began working in both dance administration and education in New York City’s public and private institutions as a teaching artist instructing dance and yoga residencies. She is also a graduate of 92nd St Y’s professional development program, DEL – Dance Education Laboratory. Nancy has been on the faculty and directed programs at Harkness Dance Center’s 92Y, Peridance Capezio Center and Brooklyn Ballet …. to read more click here

Martial Arts

Sensei Sutzer’s wellness and martial arts career began in 1970. His initial training was in Judo and Japanese Karate. Over the years, Mr. Sutzer has expanded his training experiences to include Tai Chi, Qigong, Personal Fitness Trainer, Wellness Coach, Jujutsu, Kempojutsu, Kobujutsu, and Iaijutsu / Kenjutsu (just to name a few!).

Mr. Sutzer conducts national seminars, individual sessions, as well as regularly instructing numerous group sessions both public and private.In 2001, Mr. Sutzer founded Shingitai-Ryu Bujutsu (Heaven/Earth/Man School of Combat Arts), sanctioned by the USMA, AFJ, IIMAA.   


Claire describes the practice of yoga as balancing the physical, spiritual, and mental aspects of being human.  Her classes emphasize building endurance and strength, aligning the breath with movement, and integrating physical actions with mental and spiritual focus.  She is dedicated to helping each student recognize his or her innate goodness and honors each person’s unique talents and strengths.  Her teaching brings mindfulness of action with remembrance that there is Joy available with each breath and that all is right in this moment.

 Claire is a Yoga Alliance-registered yoga teacher (E-RYT 200, RYT 500), a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP®), and a licensed Anusara-Inspired™ yoga teacher by the Anusara® School of Hatha Yoga.  She completed the Anusara® Immersion and Yoga Teacher Training Programs at the Willow Street Yoga Center (WSYC) in Maryland (2009, 2010).  Anusara yoga is a school of hatha yoga that integrates biomechanical principles of alignment with the celebration of the heart and spirit.  Claire completed the 500-Hour Certification in Advanced Yoga Studies at the Asheville Yoga Center in North Carolina (2013).  Claire continues to learn and grow as a “forever” student of yoga. She teaches styles of yoga including hatha, vinyasa, yin and restorative.  Her background and continuing study in alignment for safe practice is the foundation of her teaching.  She is honored to be a student of master yoga teachers including Moses Brown, Suzie Hurley, Stephanie Keach, and Jason Crandall.  In addition, Claire draws from her career as a psychologist and educational administrator and her training as a Reiki practitioner (Level II) to enhance her teaching of yoga, for practices both on and off the mat.

Yoga/Dance Education

Hope Skaggs was born and raised in Brunswick County. Dance and creative movement has been one of her biggest passions since she was a child. She competed locally and regionally for 20 years. After graduating high school she moved to Wilmington, NC where she received an associate’s degree in sociology at Cape Fear Community College. She then moved on to the Art Institute of Charleston to study film and studio art. Hope returned home the summer of 2016 following the death of her father. Aerial yoga became an essential part of her life when she realized the impact it had on her healing. Highly inspired by this type of practice, she attended an Anti-Gravity(®) teacher training in NYC.  It is her intention to help others find joy and healing, the way aerial yoga has helped her, as well as introducing a new, fun and unique form of exercise! Hope is certified by AntiGravity Fitness(®) and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. 

Yoga Class Assistant

When Kathy Small retired and relocated from New York State to Brunswick County, NC, she was delighted to find a place near her community to practice yoga and Tai Chi. Shortly after her move, Community Movement Alliance was formed, and she knew she wanted to be a part of this wonderful not-for-profit organization. As the “dream” of bringing its mission into the schools in our county became a reality, she could not think of a volunteer opportunity more rewarding than to help in the after-school program that introduces practices like yoga, dance, Tai Chi, and movement into the busy lives of today’s young people. These practices offer them a “pause” from their social devices, smart technologies, academic work, and the stresses of today’s world. Watching and interacting with the students as they learn and wholeheartedly participate made her realize how beneficial stepping away from social media and into movement is in the lives of the students she mentors.