Haley Codoni- Artistic Director/Instructor
Stretch & Control, Contemporary, Jazz, Character, Tap, Ballet
Haley started dancing when she was two years old. Both her parents were dancers, which means she grew up in a house full of music and movement. Haley started competing in dance at the age of 11 and stopped at the age of 17 to teach. Haley then went to college at San Jose State University to study dance, and after a year of being in school, she realized while she loved to perform, her true passion was teaching. When she came back from school, Haley dove right back into teaching and began coaching competitive team, along with teaching technique classes. She wanted to take her passion and career a step further with Artistic Movement Center and help create a space for people who want experience the joy and freedom of movement. Haley loves the art of dance and is excited to take on this new adventure and share her passion with anyone who wants to join her.
Beckie Almirol has performed most of her life, but really loves studying and teaching ballet. She is continually studying under ballet and technique masters in order to further her knowledge and apply them to her classical studies. Beckie feels that everything she has been doing to advance her knowledge in teaching is much more important than the other education she has had, and the performance work she has done. Teaching is Beckie’s main focus, and though some already say she is, becoming a master is what she is ultimately striving for.
Elena Martinez – Instructor
Dance has been a true passion of Elena’s since the age of 2. In her 30+ years in the industry she has had the privilege to take classes from many amazing choreographers including Mia Michaels, Brian Freedman, Dave Scott, and many more. From a young age she competed in competitions and was a part of several dance groups. She was also the prima ballerina for Rohnert Park City Ballet for about 5 years. Elena’s teaching career began at the age of 11 where she was a student teacher assisting in classrooms and had her own classes at the age of 15. She became the director of the ballet department in a studio in Novato, and after 5 years, she became the creative director of a studio locally where she helped mold some of the most talented, hardworking young women that she has the privilege to know. Also during this time, she built her own business in Cotati where she spends most of her time today. She is ecstatic to have the privilege to come back to her passion in life, and looks forward to sharing her knowledge and creativity with her students.
Kaylie Boettner- Instructor
Tots N Motion, Tumbling Technique
Kaylie was active throughout her childhood in many different sports ranging from soccer to horseback riding to ice skating. She found a passion for cheerleading in eighth grade and pursued cheerleading throughout high school. All four years at her high school Kaylie was varsity cheer captain. She decided to spread her love for cheerleading and has now been teaching tumbling and gymnastics classes for four years. When she's not working you can find her hitting the gym or hanging out with her two puppies.
Kyle Baxter- Instructor
Kyle started dancing at Santa Rosa Junior College only a few years ago. He found an instant connection and passion for the art of dance, specifically Hip Hop and Animation, and has been working hard to develop and fine tune his skills and technique. Kyle is currently still taking classes at the SRJC, and often choreographs for the ensemble and production programs they offer. When he first started dancing, he joined a competitive hip hop group called Auxiliary, and is now an assistant director for the team who competes all over the Bay Area. Kyle loves to dance and is very excited and grateful that he gets to share his passion with friends, family, and the community.
Natalie Makardish - Instructor
Empowered Artist Training, Fit-Flow Fusion, Pre-Professional
Natalie’s experience as a depth-oriented ‘movementrepreneur’ fosters an integration of mind-body interface through a collaborative journey of performance artistry and Jungian- inspired art therapies. She subscribes to loving ourselves in our darkest spaces; embracing the strength of our shadows and redirecting the energy toward a resilient, empowered self. Her ‘heartwork’ encourages oneself to explore the relationship of unconscious intentions and unwanted behavioral patterns through a metaphorical and symbolic lens for a conscious, nourishing life. Natalie's background reveals her multifaceted relationship with movement throughout her diverse training and job ventures. She has performed professionally in theater and dance companies; facilitated therapeutic groups within intensive and outpatient treatment programs; and artistically directed over a decade of dance instruction and curriculum design for dance studios and non-profit organizations. As a practicing yogini and fitness instructor, Natalie invites a partnership of restorative movement vocabulary for a complimentary, creative medium toward a healing, healthier body.
Sophia Tessum - Instructor
Ballet, Tap & Jazz
Sophia began her dance career in ballet, tap, and jazz at 6 years old, adding a variety of dance styles through high school. She spent 8 years on competitive dance teams, traveling around the Bay Area to attend competitions and conventions where she was fortunate to be able to take classes from some of the greatest-known choreographers in the dance industry. Most recently, Sophia spent 6 years teaching ballet, tap, and jazz to students of all ages at a local studio in Rohnert Park. Outside the dance world, Sophia is the Human Resources Manager for a travel technology company in San Francisco and a proud dog mom
to her miniature schnauzer, Captain. She enjoys working with others and is excited for the opportunity to introduce movement and musicality to the minis, as well as share her love for dance at Artistic Movement Center.
Niki Marchione - Instructor
Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Tumbling and Hip Hop
Niki began dancing at the age of three and has never stopped. She trained in classical ballet by our ballet director, Beckie Almirol. She has years of ballet experience in pointe and pas de deux as well as other genres such as contemporary, lyrical, jazz, acrobatics, tap and hip hop. She spent 6 years on a competitive dance team competing all over the state. She is passionate about dance and excited to join our studio and help us build a competitive team of our own.