LoLo began her yoga practice as counter training for dance when she was performing throughout college. Through the physical practice, she was able to align her body between rehearsals, but didn’t consider the incredible emotional and mental benefits until years later. Practicing yoga with many teachers worldwide, LoLo felt this shift happen when a teacher gave her permission to let go in pigeon pose. That is when she realized the deep connection between mind and body; during this one pivotal practice, she felt whole and complete physically, emotionally and mentally. Having experienced how powerful a yoga practice could feel like, she was on the path to achieving that feeling every time she arrives on her mat.
The healing of yoga is holistic and she is thrilled to help guide students toward their full potential, like so many teachers has done for her. Yoga is an essential tool she uses every day to improve her focus so she can excel technically, build strength and flexibility to use when performing on stage, and to gain control of her emotions with breath to make smart decisions that bring her closer to her personal goals. Her mission is to bring yoga to the many engineers and tech workers who dedicate so much of their mental energy to solving tough technical problems, yet have not realized how much can be gained if they applied their naturally brain-heavy approach to their bodies with a regular yoga practice.
When she started training aerial and circus arts with Jem Alvarado and Xiaohong Weng, her confidence in her tech career soared because of the heights she was dancing at. If she could hang upside down 18 feet in the air, then any technical challenge became achievable. She has performed at many fundraisers in the Bay Area, including for The Happy Hollow Foundation and the Yerba Buena Center for Performing Arts. LoLo has also performed aerial silks, hula hoop dance and more with Michael Stroud and Genii Perry of the Magique Bazaar at such venues as the San Jose Center for Performing Arts, Santa Clara Convention Center, Chinese Center for Performing Arts, and the San Jose Improv.
Genii has been teaching gymnastics and acrobatics for over 25 years.
Competing in high school artistic gymnastics, she was a two time Northern Peninsula League all-around gold medalist.
In acrobatic gymnastics (women’s pair, mixed pair and women’s trio), she is a three time U.S. National gold medalist.
Following her retirement from competition, she joined Cirque San Jose as a performer and teacher and is currently a master instructor for their developmental program as well as a professional magician’s assistant.
Top ten reasons Genii loves acrobatics
- It feels great! … to learn new amazing skills and discover that you are stronger and more powerful than you ever imagined.
- The skills you learn, benefit you in life, whether you compete or not. Just consider, it improves your body awareness, balance, posture, strength, flexibility, blood circulation, overall body condition, mental acuity, timing, confidence, skills of cooperation and boosts your mood.
- Youth and adults work together, not just side by side, but hand in hand…or hand in foot
- It’s so cool to see the endless possibilities and how every skill you learn builds upon the next.
- It works both upper and lower body.
- It’s challenging … in all the right ways.
- It requires focus and concentration so it builds mental strength as well as physical strength.
- It’s done inside on a mat. Hey, you could be out skulling on the lake at the break of dawn in 40 degree water. Which would you prefer?
- Other than a forgiving floor, it requires no special equipment.
- When someone asks you what you do for fun, you can say acrobatics! How awesome is that?
Petra had a life-transforming “A-ha!” while at dance in San Francisco. She was “waiting” too much, for the perfect time to start learning how to shimmy like “the big girls” in class, and also was waiting for others in my life outside the dance studio, as well. She says, “I was living in the waiting room.” Her inner voice, said, ‘Stop waiting and DO it! Life is too short to wait for the perfect time to act!’ When this happened, she started shimmying, and realized that she could do just about anything to which she set her mind, body and spirit to accomplish.
Petra love sharing the potential break-through experience of belly dance with others. Petra has a 200-hour yoga certification. Since 2004, she has broadened her awareness of the Body-Mind through getting back into yoga, getting a accreditation with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Educational Seminars. She enjoys bringing asana, awareness of the esoteric body, and meditation into dance classes… this can really enhance dancing techniques and performance capabilities. Additionally, Petra is on a long-term track to complete a Masters in Somatic Psychology (a fancy way of saying “therapy with a focus on mind-body connections for healing”).
As a troupe, House of Inanna loves to perform traditional American Tribal Dance (ATS), an improvisational group dance style which is the brain-child of by Carolena Nericcio; and also add in moves from our imaginations and many other sources; perform devotional/ritual dances, as well as work comedy into our routines on occasion. We also enjoy performing with our dear friends and world-music performers Fontain’s M.U.S.E. We welcome new students and collaborators, any time.
Kinni loves to dance and express herself. She believes that expressing via dancing will help her connect better with her audience. Kinni considers her mother to be her dance inspiration, a classically trained Bharatnatyam dancer.
Kinni has been teaching dance since she was in her teens. She has taught private dance sessions at events like weddings, birthdays, school performances, etc. She has performed at annual dance events, weddings events, and also competitions and made her top spot.
Her friends and family would describe her as an outgoing, friendly, and fun woman.
Besides dance, she teaches yoga and believes that the mind to body connection is key to expressing yourself better.
“Look for creativity in you. Bollywood dancing is working out with expressions. Keep smiling! 🙂 -Kinni”
A challenging corporate career led Nisha to seek a greater sense of balance in her life. Yoga became her outlet, and eventually her journey led her to a 200 hour yoga teacher training program. Shortly after completing the program, she became pregnant with her daughter. Yoga became even more essential and helped her physically and emotionally through a stressful pregnancy. In her classes, she seeks to help other expectant / new mothers by building a sense of community in motherhood. Off the yoga mat, Nisha enjoys spending time with her husband Nirave, and her baby (now toddler) Anura.
A native of Harbin, China, Yan dabbled in Qigong as a teenager and took one semester of Taijiquan in college; though both experiences were memorable, none of the practice was retained. Years later, her fascination with taijiquan was unexpectedly rekindled when she stumbled upon Sifu Tony Wong’s Chen Family Taijiquan class while procrastinating in graduate school. Since then she has been studying and practicing Chen Taiji with Sifu Tony and a few other renowned grandmasters in the art, and continues to renew her understanding and appreciation for this profound martial art and healing system. Yan has been teaching Chen Taiji since 2010 and was certified by the late Grandmaster Chen Qingzhou as a Mid-level Chen Family Taijiquan Instructor in 2011. Find out more about Yan Li Here.
Miss Scarlet Conte
Miss Scarlet Conte is a Bay Area-based circus and variety performer, who loves too many performance styles to limit herself to just one. She began as a storyteller, branched out into theater, and then leapt into the circus as an aerialist, bellydancer, and burlesque performer. Her performances have delighted crowds in venues ranging from dive bars to black-box theaters to the Texas Burlesque Festival.