Group Exercise Instructors
Amy Kennedy-Valente has been practicing the art of Dance since she was able to walk. She was a Modern Dance Major at North Carolina School of the Arts, where she studied Graham and Cunningham technique. She also was fortunate to have studied at The New Haven Ballet, The Hartford Ballet, both Trinity and Connecticut Colleges and a myriad of other studios. She has performed with 2 CT based companies who toured throughout New England and New York. She had the good fortune of having a Yoga Mentor who she has been able to study with as well for the last 6 years. Her teaching experience has included master classes at various colleges and private studios in CT. She’s also been teaching here at Yale for 13 years, guest teaching at Quinnipiac University as a Yoga Instructor as well as a Dance Instructor, Fairfield University, and she has also been teaching Yoga on the Beach in East Haven, Ct. through the summer months. She has a Hatha Yoga Teacher Certification, as well as a Special Population Yoga Teacher Certification, and a Master Balletone Certification in Standing Flow, and Sole Synthesis.
Dianne Terrace MS, CPT, CYI, teaches Pilates on the Ball. She is the clinical trainer for the United Methodist Homes and works with private clients with disabilities. Dianne holds multiple certifications through AFAA as well as a 200-hour yoga certification through Lotus Gardens Studio, she studied Mat Level I APPI Pilates and taught Pilates and Yoga for 10 years at corporate gyms before coming to Yale. She received a CALA award for her balance and strength programs for seniors and is a clinical instructor for the Exercise Science and Physical Therapy students at Sacred Heart University.
Ann Cowlin , MA, CSM, CCE, teaches ballet and pre/post-natal fitness. She danced with several ballet and modern companies in the U.S., Europe, and on NBC television’s Today Show and Omnibus. Ann received her M.A. in Dance from UCLA and a postgraduate certificate in Sports Medicine from Phoenix General Hospital. She taught at UCLA and Arizona State University before coming to Yale. The author of Women’s Fitness Program Development and chapters in various textbooks, she founded ‘Dancing Thru Pregnancy,’ is the expert consultant in Pre/Post-Natal Physical Training for the U.S. Army, and is an international presenter in dance medicine
Matisse Madden received an MFA from the University of Utah in Ballet teaching and choreography. She has also studied the Vagonova teaching methodology with Mr. John White. Matisse discovered Pilates as a compliment to her training as a professional ballet dancer. She received her Pilates certification through the Physical Mind Institute. She finds great joy in the success of her beloved students and is thrilled to work with dancers and athletes, both professional and amateur alike. Matisse is currently dancing with the Connecticut Ballet. In addition to her performance responsibilities, she teaches Ballet and Pilates at Mount Holyoke College.
Craig Elkin has been practicing karate with the Japan Karate Association since 1979. He is a 5th degree black belt, a certified instructor, judge, and examiner. Shotokan karate is a traditional Japanese martial art stressing physical conditioning and character development. Craig has been the chief instructor of the Yale University Karate Club since 1996, as well as a self-defense instructor for Yale for many years, specializing in women’s self-defense. Craig is a retired Police Sergeant, having served with the Middletown Ct Police Department for 27 years, and has served on the Department’s SWAT team for 15 of those years.
Andy Lipsner has been a certified Spin/Studio Cycle instructor since 1996. He has led many thousands of classes since and currently leads 21 classes a week. He is an avid Road & Mt cyclist and applies many of these techniques in his class format. He is also a ride leader for Marshall 100 mile ride and he coaches outdoor bike boot camps.