Kristen is a Texas-raised dancer, yogi, and dog mom. She grew up dancing competitively in contemporary, modern, ballet, jazz, and lyrical styles. She knew from a young age she wanted to teach, and after graduating from college she saw the growing need for welcoming, inclusive, and empowering spaces for adult dance classes.
Kristen was introduced to yoga in college as an additional movement practice. After experiencing the joy, comfort, and stillness yoga brought to her life and how beautifully it complemented and supported her dance practice, she felt called to share both of these healing movement modalities with others. As a 200-hr registered yoga teacher and dance teacher, choreographer, and performer, Kristen now aims to inspire and empower her students by sharing tools to support their minds and bodies both in and out of the studio.
Kristen offers yoga and dance classes and privates at Body Collective.
What to expect from a yoga class with Kristen
Based in traditional Vinyasa style, my yoga classes will begin with a grounded warm-up, build to ~20 minutes of faster-paced Vinyasa flow, and end with a gentle and supported cool-down. We’ll focus on stretching and strengthening our bodies as we support our minds with breath cues and sometimes short meditations. Classes will be paired with intentional playlists to inspire and move you. Options will be given for different variations of poses and the use of props, and you will always be encouraged to tune in and listen to your body — this may mean skipping any pose or sequence, moving at a faster pace, etc. Sometimes, classes will be themed around a Chakra, astrology sign, season, etc. Suggestions are always welcome.
What to expect from a dance class with Kristen
Dance classes will usually be based in contemporary style, sometimes also blending a fusion of heels style (heels optional). The end goal of all my dance classes is simply this: to release emotion. While we’ll learn about and implement technique to feel strong and supported in our bodies, ‘perfection’ is the least of our concerns. Classes are open to all dance levels, and options will be given throughout. Song styles will vary, but I often choose from indie / indie pop genres. Song suggestions are always welcome.
Class structure will usually be:
- Warm up – stretching (expect some yoga poses!), light cardio, and sometimes across-the-floor
- Learn choreography and repeat, performing for each other and videoing (always depending on students’ consent and comfort level)
- Cool down and community building (sharing highlights, challenges, emotions, etc.)
Fun fact about Kristen
Before high school, I moved to a very small town, and my high school graduating class was 26 people.
Bonus: My favorite movie is Beetlejuice!