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Welcome to our web page featuring the exceptional Contract Instructors working at our facilities. Check out their photos, certifications, qualifications and experience, along with some of the healthy benefits you and your family members will receive from taking their classes.

AMO Volleyball - Volleyball for athletes at any level
Barrister-Dhamani, Salima - Rosemeade Preschool
Barrows, Nick - Bowmen Sports Camps & Clinics                                                                 
Bills, Doreen - Power Up Yoga
Burdette, Kandyss - Ceramics classes 
Campo, Cristina - Fitness
Deaver, Chad - Fugitive Fitness
Espinoza, Jennifer - Dance 
Garden, Robert - Painting classes 
Gold, Russ - Private Guitar Lessons
Guinn, Jan - Stretch & Yoga
Horwitz, Scott - Chefsville, cooking classes 
Jordan, Joanna - Dance
Khalsa, Swami Dev Singh - Kundalini Yoga
Khan, Amir - Keyboard and Music
LiveWire Fitness - Core Energy
Marcotte, Brett - Director of Tennis
Moreno, Alison - Crosby Preschool 
Margach, Robert - Red Tiger Karate
McGehee, Don - Indoor Cycling
Nakaya, Takao - Karatedo 
North Texas Chess Academy 
Oak Creek Tennis Pros - Tennis  
Parks, Trevor - Adult Karate 
Rogers, Shadae - Dynasty Dance Academy - Dance Camp 
Soto, Hector - El Barrio Boxing Club 
Sparenberg, Samantha - Senior Specialist 
Sullivan, Jill - Water Aerobics 
Tufariello, Mike - Boxing 
Young Rembrandts - Art Classes 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 AMO Volleyball

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 Katherine Allison King

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AMO Volleyball covers all aspects of the game for athletes at any level. We pride ourselves in providing experienced coaches who are able to give personalized instruction, high intensity, and FUN! Our goals for each camp are to teach the fundamental aspects of the game (physical, technical, mental, and emotional), emphasize efficiency, correct technique, and increase volleyball knowledge in order to enhance each individual player.

email: amovolley1@gmail.com
website: www.amovolleyball.com
phone: 972-695-9529
             

 Salima Barrister-Dhamani

Rosemeade Preschool Teacher

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I am a daughter, sister, wife and mamma.  When I took over the program in January of 2018, I knew I wanted to provide care and learning in the same way I have for my own child and family.   I believe children thrive when they are in a safe and nurturing environment with high expectations wrapped up on love!!

 

Research shows that play is young children's natural language, benefiting their cognitive and social development; that's our focus at Preschool Pals.  Students are exposed to social and academic tools and essentials through modeling, songs,  rhymes, dance, reading hands on activities, outdoor play and lot and lots of natural, informal learning.  I strive to make this the best part of their day away from home.  

Nick Barrows

Bowmen Sports Camps and Clinics

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Nick has been involved with summer sports camps and clinics for eight years and has experience as a coach, head coach, director and owner.

He is the varsity women's head basketball coach at Westlake Academy and has coached there for six years where he's had 180 career wins. They are the 2010 State Champions and Nick was named the TCAF 2010 Coach of the Year. His teams have earned five regional championships and have been district champs six years running at both the JV and Varsity levels. As a guest coach at the University of Kansas Summer Basketball Camp, he coached 800 kids at a single week-long camp. Nick has also coached football, baseball and soccer at Junior High, Junior Varsity and Varsity levels. Hundreds of players each summer take the summer Bowmen camps.

The goal at Bowmen Sports Camps and Clinics is to get children excited about sports! Hitting golf balls or shooting lay-ups, learning the rules is just a small part of the process. They have hundreds of drills and skills sets that are super fun and keep players in the game. They want them to leave with a healthy appreciation for team sports while in a fun, active and positive environment.

email: nick@bowmansports.com

phone:817-929-3333

Doreen Bills

Power Up Yoga

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Doreen Bills is the president and founder of Power-Up Yoga since 2003, with over 20 years of experience in the practice of Yoga. Her Power Up Yoga program was designed to be a new, up-tempo, easy to follow routine to perfect your technique. Doreen Bills was certified by the American Aerobics Association International, International Sports Medicine Association, and Yoga Alliance.

Using Doreen’s Power Up Yoga method, anyone at any level can practice power yoga! She is a premiere yoga class provider and well-known for leading energizing workouts. Your age, gender, body type doesn't matter - Doreen will surely make your experience worthwhile. Class with Doreen is the right place for you to invest your physical and mental health that will surely benefit you, even through your golden years. START POWER UP YOGA NOW AND FEEL GREAT!

 Kandyss Burdette

Ceramics

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Kandyss has 30 years of experience in the art of ceramics. She teaches ceramics to ages 50+ at the Carrollton Senior Center. Her students learn how to use low-fire clay to create items which they take through the process of cleaning, glazing and firing in the kiln. She also purchases precast items from a ceramic store for another learning opportunity in her class. 

 

Cristina Campo 

Step, Strength & Core

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Cristina is a certified Aerobics Instructor for over 30 years and a Personal Trainer for 25 years. She is currently certified by AFAA in Group Exercise, Step Reebok and Personal Training. She also received additional training in Hip Hop from Planet Funk, Yoga from AFAA and Tribal Fusion Belly Dance. In June 2017, she completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher certification from Yoga Alliance.  

Cristina enjoys teaches a variety of class formats including Step, Strength Training, Interval, Hip Hop, Latin Fusion, Tribal Fusion and Traditional Belly Dance, Yoga and Aqua Aerobics.  She is currently teaching “Step, Strength & Core” on Thursdays at the Rosemeade Recreation Center. This class balances step cardio intervals with upper body strength and wraps up with core conditioning for a very efficient use of your time.

Cristina loves to encourage and inspire others to improve their health and fitness levels with fun and motivational workouts.

Chad Deaver

Fugitive Fitness

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Chad Deaver, owner of Fugitive Fitness, has introduced countless kids, teens, and adults to Parkour and natural, functional movement both at the Parkour gym and in Carrollton. With both breadth and depth of natural and functional movement knowledge, he can provide the best ideas from a variety of sources to improve your movement and preserve your mobility. Having a personal relationship with the founders of the discipline themselves, he brings their original vision of physical, mental, and emotional growth through progression, hard work, and discipline to the training.  Chad is a certified Crossfit Trainer and World Freerunning and Parkour Federation instructor, and holds certifications from the Cooper Institute, ADAPT, and MovNat.

 Parkour is the disciple of training the body to move from one place to another, safely and in the most efficient manner possible for the situation using movements like running, jumping, swinging, vaulting, and rolling. We take each movement from the ground up at the individual’s pace, so it will be applicable to life but feel like play. It takes focus, commitment, discipline, and a lot of hard work to become completely comfortable moving your body in every possible way. You will have your body forever, and you only get one, so we’d like to show you how to make it work well.

Jennifer Espinoza 

Dance

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As a young girl, Jennifer Espinosa, found it difficult to stay still when she heard music playing. She would stand in front of the living room mirrors and dance her own special ay. Her passion for movement and dance inspired her parents to enroll her in dance classes which included: ballet, jazz, pointe, tap, and musical theater. Jennifer's journey through dance continued for eighteen years. She later ended up on the other side of the classroom as a ballet and jazz instructor for children of ages 5-11.

Children naturally love to express themselves and release emotions through movement. Jennifer witnessed this not only as a dance instructor but also during her time as an elementary teacher. Today, Jennifer has embarked on a new journey. She's bringing together the inherent desire that children have to move and express themselves with physical fitness. Therefore providing a fund experience that not only results in smiles, laughter, and fun but also promotes better health.

Robert Garden

Painting Classes 

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 Robert Garden, of the Robert Garden School of Art in Irving, Texas since 1976 is an award-winning master artist whose works range from private galleries to museum murals.  Robert holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Art, has received “Teacher of the Year” awards from various school districts and a curriculum excellence award from the Texas Education Agency. His revolutionary “You Can Paint” method of teaching beginners to advanced artist ages 5 to 105 is popularized through their books, television appearances, instructional videos, unique line of art supplies and numerous classes, workshops and camps for children and adults. Robert Garden is a recognized instructor for Boy & Girl Scouts of America where he offers special merit badge workshops throughout North Texas. Robert’s love of painting and travel has inspired him to lead numerous Painting Cruises and Annual You Can Paint Retreats where students can paint with him in exotic locations.

Russ Gold 

 

Private Guitar Lessons

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Russ Gold has been playing the guitar since 1969 and teaching since 1971. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from North Carolina School of the Arts and has also attended New England Conservatory of Music and Southern Methodist University. He has performed concerts on stage, radio and television in various parts of the United States. He has been teaching at Rosemeade Recreation Center since 1989.

Students learn any style of music, learn music reading, scales, improvisation, music theory and how to learn songs from recordings. Lessons are ongoing and meet Tuesdays, Fridays or Saturdays.

Phone: 214-500-6704

Jan Guinn

Stretch & Yoga

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Jan has been a dedicated Yoga practicioner for several years. She is a certified Yoga, Pilates and Group Exercise instructor. She has also been certified as a Silver Sneakers instructor which qualifies her to teach exercise classes to seniors. Classes focus on improving strength, flexibility and balance, along with increasing range of motion. Her Aging Gracefully Yoga™ and Stretch classes at the Carrollton Senior Center are specially designed to meet the needs of older adults.

 Scott Horwitz

Chefville 

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Scott lived in the Washington DC area where his love for food began in his teens and his mentors were Julia Child, Jacques Pépin and Jean Louis Palladin.  Chef Scott sits as a member of the Dallas Coalition for the Prevention of Childhood Obesity, the Healthcare Commission of Collin County and on the program advisory board for Remington College School of Culinary Arts. Chefsville offers service learning opportunities to Remington College students, students of Collin County Community College, Le Cordon Bleu, El Centro, and The Art Institute of Dallas. Chef Scott lives in Texas with wife Sarah and his children, Christopher, Dorian, Timothy and Chelsea.

Joanna Jordan

Dance

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Joanna graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the University of North Texas and is certified in Pilates. She has been performing professionally, choreographing and teaching since 1996. She teaches and performs many styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip-hop, contemporary, drill and lyrical.

Dance has many benefits. It helps improve coordination, balance, flexibility and memory. Allow yourself to escape into the world of dance and improve technique or find your style. Various class combinations are offered for children age 3 to adults. Classes range from beginning to advanced levels. Private lessons are also offered.

For more information, dancestoreandmore@gmail.com.

Swami Dev Singh Khalsa 

 

Kundalini Yoga

        

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Swami Dev Singh Khalsa began practicing Kundalini Yoga under the guidance of Indian Master Yogi Bhajan in 1974 and began teaching in 1976. Director of the Dallas 3HO Toha Center, he has also taught at North Carolina School of the Arts, Eastfield College, the Healing Springs Ranch in Tioga, Texas and the Houston 3HO Yoga Center. He has taught at Rosemeade Recreation Center since 1996.

Through improved flexibility, breathing and circulation, Kundalini Yoga emphasizes a healthy body and mind as keys to a healthy and happy life. Exercise and meditation are augmented by the ancient technique of mantra to enhance the meditative aspect of the Yoga experience. Once learned, Yoga can be practiced at home. Experience increased energy and vitality, stress reduction, mood control and overall peace of mind.

Phone: 214-500-6704

Amir Khan

Keyboard & Music

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Amir Khan is a professional composer and music educator with over 20 years experience as a recording artist and 10 years experience teaching music in a variety of positions. His recording works have been published by EMI International, Far East Peach (Japan) and Indie labels. In 2009, Amir completed advanced digital music production course from Berklee College of Music and holds an MBA in marketing from De La Salle University. Amir has been managing the keyboard/piano training program at the Coppell Aquatic & Recreation center since 2009. In 2011, Amir has introduced the keyboard/piano program at the Crosby Recreation Center in Carrollton and Community Activity Center in Flower Mound.

In addition to teaching piano/keyboard, Amir teaches digital audio workstation, music production and sound engineering. Currently, Amir has over 30 students ranging from ages 5 years to 55 years, from beginners to advanced levels.

Keyboard/piano program is a beginner program geared primarily towards children ages 5-14 years. Piano/keyboard is an ideal first musical instrument for children of any age. Being one of the easiest instruments to learn, children love the idea to instantly play simple songs. Research has shown piano/keyboard lessons help children in school, raise self esteem, increase coordination, help concentration and contributes to child being well-rounded.

 Email: amirkh_2001@yahoo.com

Website: http://www.amirkhanmusic.com/

LiveWire Fitness

Core Energy

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Jennifer Reid, a marathoner, cyclist, triathlete and owner of LiveWire Fitness, understands the dedication and determination that it takes to get healthy and lose weight. After years of hitting the gym on her own, she decided to focus on helping others reach their fitness goals. She is an Elite Certified Personal Trainer and Indoor Cycling instructor from the nationally recognized Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas. Additionally, Jennifer has worked with celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak as an "off camera trainer" for the Health and Lifestyle TV show, The Revolution. Since she knows that nutrition is equally as important as exercise through her involvement with Weight Watchers, Jennifer is passionate about motivating and inspiring positive changes in her clients' workout program and their eating habits. Being physically fit has changed her life and she wants her clients to experience similar results.

Shane Ball is an Elite Certified Personal Trainer from the nationally recognized Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas. As a cyclist, runner and triathlete, he knows the discipline it takes to achieve superior levels of fitness. Shane is no stranger to instructing class; when is not making clients work hard to achieve their fitness goals, he is in the classroom as a college professor. Shane greatly enjoys motivating those seeking fitness to perform at their optimal levels.

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 Brett Marcotte

Director of Tennis

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Brett, USPTA Pro 1, has over 25 years playing and teaching experience. He is a former nationally ranked junior. After years away from the game, Brett returned to the game to play Div-1 collegiate tennis and compete professionally on the satellite tour. As a player, Brett won two Southern Sectional Championships. In addition to being a former collegiate head coach, he has extensive knowledge teaching players of all levels. Brett has served as the Director of Tennis at OCTC since 2009 and is the former head coach of Carrollton Christian Academy. Several of his students have gone on to earn college tennis scholarships and compete professionally.

Click here to email Coach Brett Marcotte.

Robert Margach

Red Tiger Karate

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Began martial arts training in 1973
Certified Master Black Belt and Chief Instructor
Styles include: American Karate, Judo, Shotokan Karate, and Tae Kwon Do
Professionally teaching for over 20 years
Established Red Tiger Karate in 1999
Educational background: MBA and Bachelor of Science, Purdue University

Robert has built a strong following through his many years of teaching, training, and competing in various martial art styles. He excels in teaching every type of student from top competitors to shy five year olds. He has taught in a variety of venues over the years including Texas School for the Blind, classrooms designed for at-risk kids, and martial art classes for elite competitors. Since 1991, he has taught martial arts in community facilities, allowing students to train in comprehensive, affordable programs with high caliber instruction. His goal is to help each student reach their personal best, inside and outside of the dojo. He created Red Tiger Karate to provide high quality programs that promote character development, physical fitness, and life skills for children and adults through the study of martial arts.

Don McGehee

Indoor Cycling

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Don has both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Biology, Chemistry and Education with experience in health, fitness, and nutrition education since 1981. His advanced fitness and cycling training is from the Cooper Institute in Dallas. He has been the Indoor Cycling instructor and personal trainer for the Rosemeade Rec Center for over six years. Don is an active outdoor cyclist and rides continuously during the spring, summer, and fall. He owns Health and Fitness Consulting in Carrollton, is a guest speaker at selected events, and regularly writes articles on health, fitness, and nutrition.

Benefits include weight loss, improved cardio/respiratory function, elite fitness, reduced dependence on medications, improved overall health, look and feel great, increased energy levels, greater strength and endurance.

don@healthandfitnessconsulting.com or 469-878-8535

 Alison Moreno

Crosby Preschool Teacher

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Alison Moreno moved to the DFW area 7 years ago. She has taught children in various roles for 19 years. She has taught preschool for 6 years and has such a love for all the students in her class; past, present, and future. She is drawn to children and loves to help them to see their potential through discovery, play and structure.  Alison loves music and finds that children can learn so much more when they can associate learning with song and movement. Alison also encourages her students to learn sign language, such as the alphabet and colors. Her goal is to help her students learn to interact with each other with love and patience and also to prepare them for an exciting year of Kindergarten! She evaluates her students throughout the year in order to see the areas that she can focus her one on one time with them. She also believes that every child is gifted, they just unwrap their gifts at different times. Every child is different and she is excellent at finding ways to connect with each of them. 

Takao Nakaya

Karatedo

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Mr. Nakaya graduated from the university of Takushoku in Tokyo, Japan (BA), holds a master degree from the late Chozo Nakama in Okinawa, Japan (Karatedo). He has been teaching at our recreation center since 1975 and is the author of Karatedo History and Philosophy.

Learn Karatedo together, the mental and physical aspects, the techniques of self defense, learn the history, the philosophy of self control, better understand your own self and make a peaceful life.

To contact Mr. Nakaya, email him at tanaka@verizon.net, or call 972-245-5731. 

 North Texas Chess Academy

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At the NTCA we believe the game of chess can inspire and empower people of all ages. Our goal is to provide a family friendly environment where children and adults can all become students of the game. National Master Christopher Toolin and Vishnu Warrier are not only active competitors, but also have many years of coaching experience. Using modern technology and the NTCA Curriculum our team of instructors strives to instill an enthusiasm for chess that will last a lifetime.

 

Trevor Parks 

Adult Karate

Trevor Parks first got involved in martial arts training in 1993 while serving in the United States Air Force. After a few years of initial karate training Trevor got involved in other various complimentary martial art styles such as Aikido and Judo to help expand his martial arts foundation and core knowledge. Trevor spends most of his martial arts training utilizing the most practical aspects of the traditional core style as well as implementing various complimentary techniques to help strengthen the mind and body. Trevor has spent a several years studying the latest in modern science in anything related to health and fitness as a way of better living through science, and he shares this knowledge with all of his students. Trevor has several hobbies keeping him busy in his spare time such as motocross racing, triathlon racing, and playing poker. Trevor’s day job is a network security and martial arts is what he uses to help keep his life balanced. Trevor is currently a 3rd Dan within the World Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate Association.

Currently Trevor teaches Adult karate classes on Monday and Wednesday at the Rosemead Rec Center.

To contact Trevor, email him at tparks1@gmail.com.

 

 Dusty Pilgrim   

Outdoor Pursuits

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Dusty has been camping and teaching since he was 6 years old. He grew up a Boy Scout and his mother was a special education teacher. Dusty spent most of his elementary school days volunteering to help teach children his age with Autism and Down Syndrome. Since then he's become an Eagle Scout, spent 2 years at the Dallas Museum of Natural History working in the Paleo lab, spent a brief time working security at the Caldwell Zoo, worked for the Boy Scouts on the national level, and in 2008 became a North Texas Chapter Master Naturalist. At the time, Dusty was the youngest Master Naturalist in the field. He works as the Environmental Programs Director at the North Texas Outdoor Pursuit Center, which is the worlds tallest rock climbing gym. As a nature guide, he teaches families about nature at the Elm Fork Nature Preserve. His degree is in fine arts, so when he's not teaching, he's working on his next gallery.

Shadae Rogers - Dynasty Dance Academy

Dance Camp    

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Shadae Rogers graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Dance Education and Sociology Studies. Her journey began in 2002 with a dance background ranging from dance and drill, collegiate dance teams, summer camps, professional auditions, collegiate fine arts performances and more. Shadae enjoys teaching Modern, Broadway and Stylistic Jazz, Dance/Drill Team and Hip Hop. Dancing has allowed her to discover her true passion; sharing an enthusiasm for both life and dance to the youth of today.

To contact Shadae, email her at shadaerogers@hotmail.com.

Hector Soto

El Barrio Boxing

 

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USA Boxing Certified Trainer, Coach of El Barrio Boxing Club since 2007

To contact Hector, email him at wade3-4@hotmail.com, or call 214-680-0422.

 

Samantha Sparenberg

Body Blast

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Certified by the Institute of Aerobic Research, Cooper Center, Dallas, Texas.

Samantha has earned certifications in Group Activity Leadership, Cardio Fitness (Aerobics), and Water Aerobics. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer, focusing on training for function, strength and energy. In her 25 years in the field of health and wellness, she has had multiple articles and columns published in local newspapers and magazines and continue to be available for public speaking events. She specializes in restoration of function in senior adults through weight training and therapeutic massage. Her program is aptly titled “Older is the New You”. Samantha conducts the Body Blast Class at the Carrollton Senior on Tuesdays and Thursdays focusing on building a stronger core through intensive strength training. Samantha has been teaching at the Senior Center since 1995 and enjoying every minute of it!

Jill Sullivan

Water Aerobics

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Certifications: Water aerobics instructor, CPR, First aid, Lifeguard

Has been teaching water aerobics since 1984
Middle school teacher (Health, athletics, P.E.) since 2004
College swimmer
Coaches and teaches swim lessons

Appropriate for all levels of fitness, all ages
Excellent cardiovascular conditioning as the heart is more efficient in water
Resistance and density of water improves strength and flexibility which leads to better muscle endurance and balance, leading to quicker results in fitness. Water’s buoyancy supports 80% of your weight so there is less strain on joints, back and torso, and participants are less likely to injure muscles, bones, or joints. Cool water in summer lifts mood and keeps body temperature constant. Total body exercise, you can move body in ways you could not move on land. More calories are burned in water than on land, a typical class burns between 450 and 700 calories per hour.

 

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