most of his working life in high-tech industry, and certain there was more to
his calling, he discovered an artisan hiding within, and has been hurrying to
make up for lost time, spending full time in the study and practice of the
craft of glass.
introduction to glass crafting was through a Montgomery County Recreation
Department class. He has continued to study privately; design, copper foil
fabrication, painting, etching and kilnforming with local artist Tony Glander;
lead fabrication with Charles Devillier; glass painting with local artist
Warren Porter and with Ken Leap of Wheaton Village, New Jersey; and patina
methods with Joe Porcelli of Richboro, PA.
exclusively in the medium of stained glass, both leaded and copper foiled,
and prefers to work in lead in the classic manner. He has made hanging and
skylight panels, windows and window inserts, and three dimensional artifacts
including lamps and boxes. He seeks to broaden his crafts practice by increasingly
using fired paint on glass, employing etching, and by adding kiln working to
his repertoire of techniques.
He has been
practicing his craft professionally since 1995 and is a member of the
Association of Stained Glass Lamp Artists, the Metropolitan Stained Glass
Association, the National Capital Art Glass Guild, the Art League of Germantown, and The Hyattstown Mill Arts Project.
He has shown at
Kentlands Mansion, at the Art League of Germantown shows where he is a
frequent Peoples' Choice award winner, at the Maryland College of Art and
Design, at Glen Echo Park, and at other juried and non-juried shows in the
area. His work can be found in private collections locally, throughout
the United States, and in Europe and Australia.
in his studio in Boyds, MD, he teaches glass arts for the Montgomery County
Recreation Department and for The Black Rock Center for the Arts, and is an
occasional guest instructor at The Stained Glass Window in Damascus.
His major work
to date is a 35 square foot window in the entry courtyard and lobby of N
Street Village, Washington DC. He has executed commercial commissions
for Global Database Systems, Inc. in Rockville and for Barry's Magic Shop in Wheaton, and for the Montgomery County Historical Society's Waters House.
I have been
teaching Jacki Sorensen's Aerobic Programs since 1975, and currently teach Aerobic
Dancing, Strong Step and Aerobic Workout. I am also certified by AFAA for
Personal Training, and by AEA for Water Aerobics, both of which I currently
I am a
Contractor for Mont Co., Montgomery Village Foundation, and I teach for Sport
and Health Clubs.
Basso has been a ballroom dance instructor in the Washington DC area since 1981.She has taught at a number of nationally known dance studios in the
area, including the Arthur Murray Dance Studios, and the Dance Factory in Arlington. She has been the guest instructor at several venues including the Hollywood
Ballroom. She is a member of the National Dance Council of America and USA
Dance, the amateur dancer's organization. Ms. Basso has been teaching
ballroom dance for Tom Woll & Associates in the Montgomery County
Recreation program since 1987.
Christopher McCauley Bowers
instructs Mystery Academy, a class that teaches children magic tricks. He
received a BA from Wheeling Jesuit University and is a black belt head
instructor for Tompkins Karate Association. He is a member of both the
International Brotherhood of Magicians and the International Conservatory of
Gary Chao has been providing exciting badminton classes for over 5 years. They
are excellent value, high-quality classes which attract over 30 participants
per season. The secret to his success is that he is patient, flexible,
realistic, and knows how to handle all levels of students. He understands the
varied needs of his customers and is never without a smile. Hardworking and
caring, he puts his students ahead of everything else.
Joan Clowes teaches tiny
tot art classes for the Montgomery County Department of Recreation. She
received a BA from the University of Maryland and is currently creating and
teaching original opera. She taught Hands on Science in the Montgomery County
Public Schools. Her philosophy for teaching art to the children is "process
rather than project."
has been teaching Yoga for over 16 years. She works at achieving a balance
among stretching, strength, and endurance while incorporating different
relaxation techniques. She attaches a great importance to breathing practices
and gives special attention to student's individual needs.
Arts Center staff believe that everyone is innately creative and that it
is our job to help you discover and develop your individual style. They teach
what you want to learn and they know how to make you succeed while enjoying
Jim Davis, a native of West Virginia, has had two successful
professional careers, one in Hospital Administration where he traveled the
world building hospitals in 7 different countries plus the United States; and another successful career as a Mortgage Broker in the Gaithersburg Area.
He is a
graduate of the Part Time Professional Program of L'Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg and has been a teaching assistant at the Bethesda location of L'Academie for
more than 7 years. He has assisted both local and world-renowned chefs
in more than 400 classes. He has been teaching more than forty cooking
classes in all disciplines each year for the last 6 years for the Montgomery
County Recreation Department.
was named "Chef of the Year," in July at the Annual Summit of the American
Personal Chef Association (APCA) in New Orleans, LA. Jim is also the Eastern
Regional Director of the APCA.
George De Buchananne teaches basic photography with the Montgomery
County Department of Recreation. He was educated at the Smithsonian Institute
and was self employed as a wedding photographer. He has won awards for
photography in local, state, and regional competition.
years of teaching experience. B. A. in Dance from the University of Maryland (1994).
She is a former
Atlantic City show girl! Her most recent accolade - representing the
Montgomery County Department of Recreation in the televised "National
Cherry Blossom Parade" with dancers from her Tap classes.
that anyone who wants to dance should, and if it's not fun, why do it!
Phyllis Diamond has been
teaching dance since the age of 15. She taught ballroom and social
dancing in the Washington Area from 1959 – 1962, and began teaching
International Folk Dancing in 1964. For several years in the 70's, she taught
Folk Dancing at the National Folk Festival at Wolf Trap Park. Ms. Diamond has
been an instructor with the Montgomery County Department of Recreation for
over 40 years.
Abigail Dion has a strong background in art, including high school and
college level classes, as well as private lessons. She majored in Early
Childhood Education and Child Psychology. She has worked as an independent
contractor for the Montgomery County Recreation Department for over 8 years,
starting with classes for tiny tots—Tiny Hands Crafts—and then Tiny Hands
Cooking. Along the way, she added other classes including Family Chefs,
Family Pottery, Art Destinations Club, Furniture Painting for adults, and
Treasure Hunt for Antiques. The summer program, Art Destinations, has turned
out to be very popular with the kids. Abigail employs several instructors.
Renee is the "Cake Lady." She teaches Tiny Hands Crafts, Tiny Hands
Chefs, Family Chef, Cake Decorating, and operates the Art Destination program
at Damascus Community Center.
Kim teaches Tiny Hands Crafts and helps out with the Art Destination program
at Wood Middle School. She has worked with children for many years and has
even had her own preschool.
Jean helps with project development, ordering materials and teaches the Art
Destination program at Cabin John MS.
Jody teaches the Tiny Hands Crafts at Potomac Community Center and runs the
summer Tiny Hands programs.
Sharon runs the Tiny Hands Crafts program at Fairland Community Center.
Pam helps with logistics and is starting to teach a few classes on her own.
Dourado, a pianist, singer,
composer and music educator, founded Music for Life for Young Children
(MLYC) in 1988. Geiza is an authority in developmental music education
specializing in early childhood, with more than 30 years of experience from
around the world.
For years, MLYC
has been developing children's love for music. Together with the Montgomery
County Recreation Department, we offer group classes of Discovering Music for
Infants and Toddlers, and Exploring Music & Piano for children 3 years or
high quality classes are excellent values which attract over 2,000 customers
per season. The instructors, Geiza Dourado, Regina Andrade and Erna
Hobro are hardworking, caring, patient and flexible. Most of all, they love
music and children.
Tony Dunn has
been teaching Ballroom Dance in the Washington DC area since 2001.In addition
to teaching the traditional ballroom dances in American Style Social Dance,
he also excels in teaching Salsa, Hustle, DC Hand Dancing, West Coast Swing,
Night Club Two Step, Chicago Stepping and Soul Line Dancing, and has
conducted several dance workshops at locations and night clubs in the
four years of dance instructor training with the Ballroom Dance Company
covering all dances of the NDCA Syllabus. In addition to conducting classes
in many local nightclubs, he has taught for the American Dance Institute,
Bally Total Fitness, the Ballroom Dance Company, the Studio of Ballet Arts,
Montgomery County Recreation Department, and currently teaches for Tom Woll
& Associates Dance Instruction. He has also competed in several dance
competitions including the local Yuletide Ball Dance Sport Competition
receiving First Place awards in all dances. He is a registered Pro/Am
instructor with the National Dance Council of America (NDCA).
Brian Gross has taught
guitar lessons with the Montgomery County Department of Recreation for over
10 years. Mr. Gross has over 20 years of music experience and became a
professional musician in 1993. He is a member of the Washington DC Blues
was educated as an artist at the University of Michigan School of
Architecture and Design, Ann Arbor, Michigan. She was awarded a BFA and
Teacher Certificate in 1970. Further studies include drawing, painting,
photography, art history, and ceramic, sculpture at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, MFA 1988, the Corcoran School, Washington, DC, 1991 and the Vermont Studio School, Johnson, VT
philosophy is to help students explore ceramic possibilities and set a studio
routine that incorporates new challenges as well as practice in the medium.
Dr. Steven Horwitz is a
graduate of both Cornell University and the National College of Chiropractic.
He is certified as a Chiropractic Sports Physician, Strength and Conditioning
Specialist and a USA Weightlifting Club Coach. He is a credentialed Active
Release Techniques® practitioner (upper extremities, spine, and lower
extremities) and is a certified Graston Technique provider.
Dr. Horwitz was selected by the United States Olympic Committee as the sole
chiropractor for the 1996 United States Olympic Team and has traveled
internationally with U.S.A Track and Field. He is the chairman of the USA
Track and Field Potomac Valley Sports Medicine Committee and was the chairman
of the Maryland Chiropractic Association Sports Council. He was the team chiropractor
for George Mason University, has worked with athletes from Georgetown University and University of Maryland and currently consults with American University. He treats athletes from many local high schools as well.
In 1996, Dr. Horwitz was appointed by the Governor to the Maryland Council on
Physical Fitness. He served as the Chairman of the council from January
2002 until June 2004. In May 2004, Dr. Horwitz was selected as the Maryland
State Director for the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is
a recipient of the Maryland Chiropractic Association's Outstanding
Achievement Award and Washingtonian magazine has chosen him as one of
the area's top sports medicine doctors.
Dr. Horwitz is the author of the book YOU CAN BE FIT! and was the sports
medicine expert on WTEM Radio. He has provided care for dance and theater
groups like Jesus Christ Super Star, The Rockettes, Dance Theatre of Harlem,
Crazy For You and Chicago.
An avid athlete, Dr. Horwitz studies martial arts, has run marathons, was the
1986 A.A.U. Collegiate Mr. America Bodybuilding Class Winner, and the 198lb.
class winner at the 2000 100% RAW World Powerlifting
Sharon Jeremiah teaches
floral design with the Montgomery County Department of Recreation. She was
educated at the Fashion Institute of Tech in New York. Her objective is to
enrich students with an appreciation and understanding of floral design.
Kelley is a 1967 graduate of
the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Physical Education and Dance. From
1967-1970 she taught Physical Education as a teacher at Glenelg High School in Howard County, MD.
teaching exercise and fitness with Montgomery County Department of Recreation
in 1974.In 1986 she was appointed to the Montgomery County Commission on
Physical Fitness and in 1991 she was appointed to the Montgomery County
Wellness for Youth Task Force.
Since 1979, Ms
Kelley has been a Physical Education teacher and the Department head at St. John's Episcopal School, Olney, MD.
Stanley E. Kensky is the Adult Recreation Basketball instructor.
The class provides an opportunity for good exercise in a friendly, casual
atmosphere, and in a competitive environment for all skill levels in
a wide age range (18-70). Play is conducted in a "pickup"
team-oriented game, realizing the necessity to rely on teammates to achieve
the common goal.
Kensky has been involved in various competitive sports for many years:
basketball, tennis, table tennis, softball. He applies his knowledge of
the game, sportsmanship, organizational, administrative and dispute
resolution skills to the informal environment of competitive basketball for
adults of all ages.
primary objective of participants: exercise, competitive athletic
activity within a basketball environment, with emphasis on sportsmanship
& cooperation, recognizing the limitations of older adults by playing
half-court, rather than full court games.
Kensky has been running this MCRD Monday night adult basketball program since
1999, while participating for about 15 years. The Program has been in
existence for about 40 years! He has lived in the Silver Spring, Maryland area for almost 40 years, attending Montgomery Blair HS ('70) and the University of Maryland (Labor Relations/Business Administration; BS '74; MBA '75). He
has been an Umpire, Referee, Mediator, Negotiator, Administrator, &
Ombudsman, among other things.
Stan enjoys most about Adult Rec Basketball: The exercise, sportsmanship
& camaraderie of athletics in a controlled environment.
Tom Kozar is a
distinguished American artist who has earned international recognition. He
has been selected by the State Department to participate in its Art for
Embassies Program, and was commissioned to paint for the American Veterans
Association and the National Park Service. He has been the Artist in
Residence at the C&OCanal, Antietam's battlefield, and RockCreekPark in Washington, D.C. Tom Kozar has created sculptures for the Truman Library and the
Kennedy Library and other monuments around the nation. He also did the
painting "Spirit of the Nation" for the 2002 fourth of July poster
for the nation. A copy is now in the Smithsonian.
Kritt is an award-winning
artist who teaches at her studio in Burtonsville, MD. Penny works with
beginners through advanced painters teaching painting and drawing. The small
class size allows for more student interaction. Students show their work in
the Fall and Spring Art Shows
Kumar learned yoga at the Bihar School of Yoga in India under the guidance of
Swami Niranjananandaji. She teaches yoga because it allows us to
unwind, relax and be with ourselves. When physical stresses are
released, mental preoccupations dissolve and we become creative in redefining
ourselves beyond the "To do" lists, roles and labels we've catered to for so
instructor only acts as a facilitator in this process by introducing postures
and other exercises. With guidance, the student's individuality
determines how to apply a posture to dissolve his / her tensions. In a
relaxed state of mind, openness and acceptance may arise in one while another
may want to pursue a latent interest in painting or writing.
we work towards the union of our inner wisdom and outer personality we become
practitioners of Integrative Yoga.
Alison Leadbetter-Hines is
a graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Winchester, VA., with a Bachelor degree in Music Education. She has been singing professionally in the
Washington,D.C./Northern Virginia area since 1972. She is a member of NATS
(National Association of Teachers of Singing) and has taught voice privately
since 1983 and for the Montgomery County, MD. Department of Recreation since
having been in the hectic world of business, I transformed my life to regain
my inner balance through Tai Chi. I would like to pass on the tools for
people to change their lifestyle. Tai Chi is concerned with every aspect of a
person, it is physical, spiritual, and works with the energy flow in the
body. Tai Chi holistically heals the self and overall improves the quality of
Laura Lunking has a
Bachelors Degree in English Literature from the University of Delaware and a Masters Degree in Library Science from Indiana University. She has been working
with young children for 20 years, first as a children's librarian in various
public and private settings, and since 2001 as an instructor for Mother Goose
on the Loose (now Mama Goose on the Loose) with the Montgomery County
Department of Recreation. She has presented workshops to librarians, teachers
and childcare providers on using storytelling, children's books, music and
movement with young children. A member of The National Association for the
Education of Young Children, she loves to sing, dance and share stories with
your children. She lives with her husband, two children and one sweet but
very stubborn Basset Hound.
Martin began her training of traditional Viniyoga in India in 1970 where she studied for nine years with two of yoga's most noted teachers. She
also trained in the methods of B. K. SIyengar for three years in South Africa . Her relevant academic background is in comparative religion and exercise
physiology and kinesiology.
The director of
the Dance to Health Society, Ms. Kumud Mathur is from Bethesda, Maryland. She extensively trained in Kathak, a north Indian classical dance and is
proficient in many folk dances from the Indian subcontinent. Mathur is
trained in Kathak with Guru Shri Kundan Lalji from the Jaipur Gharana of
Kathak, a very authentic style of the dance. Her folk dance training is
traditional and she has earned a diploma in dance and Tabla (Indian drums)
from the Music Academy of Rajasthan, India. Her performance experience is
vast and even includes Indian Universities-sponsored youth festivals and
competitions, in which she represented her home state. Other venues include
the Smithsonian Institution, Asian Pacific American heritage events and
inter-faith festivals in the Metro Washington DC region.
Mathur has been
performing and teaching dance in the Metro Washington DC Area for over
fifteen years. Not only is Mathur an artist and director of the Dance to
Health Society, but she is a practicing mathematician with a Masters of
Science in Mathematics from the University of Rajasthan.
dance sweeps across the country a a representative of Indian culture,
one of its major hubs is in Potomac, Maryland at the Bhangra for fitness
class! Students are experiencing a little bit of India culture, while keeping
up their physical and spiritual health!
Andrea is a
mother of one daughter, Leah, born in February 2004. Motivated by a desire to
get back in shape, she took Baby Boot Camp classes in California. She moved
to Maryland in July 2004 and decided to bring this wonderful program to the Montgomery County area. She became a NAFC certified personal trainer in September 2004. She
has always been active playing volleyball, softball, and taking fitness
classes. Andrea's knowledge and love of fitness combined with her
professional expertise with children made Baby Boot Camp a perfect match. She
loves all the new friends she and Leah have made through this experience. She
formerly was an elementary school teacher with an emphasis on Child
towards a Bachelors of Arts Degree from the University of Florida, Rebecca received an educational and dance background which included study in classical
dance, choreography, and dance theory. Rebecca has danced and competed
professionally in world competitions in Europe and the United States as well as taught dance in the various Dance Clubs in Washington, DC and the surrounding areas. Rebecca has been teaching International and American Standard
Ballroom and Latin Dance for over 10 years with Montgomery County and has developed a loyal following of students.
Mid-Atlantic Volleyball (MAV) has been conducting instructional clinics for adults and youth since 1982. Their instructors
are local players and coaches who enjoy the sport of volleyball and wish to
spread the enjoyment of this great game to their students. Founded by David
Baker, Ricardo Vera, Hernan Vera and Leo Buscher, MAV has worked for over 20
years to serve the volleyball community with tournaments, clinics, leagues
and special events with national and international players.
Gitty Mohebban teaches
fencing for the Montgomery County Department of Recreation. She received a
B.A. from the University of Tehran and an M.A. in Physical Education from Howard University. She was a fencing, archery, and volleyball coach at both the University of Tehran, and Howard University.
held the National Gold Medal for fencing in Iran for 16 years. She was a gold
medalist in 1973's International Olympics and 1974's Asian Olympics. She
competed 14 times in the World Championship and finished 8th in
the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.
Fred Mosby is
certified as a personal trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine
(NASM) and holds certificates in Functional Integrated Training and Core
Strength Development from National Athletics Association Board of
Certification (NATABOC) and certificates in Stability, Flexibility, Power,
and Balance and Speed training from NASM. He also advocates for physical
fitness in the community as a volunteer member of the Germantown Community
Center Advisory Board.
Grace Oleson has been a
dance instructor to children for the Montgomery County Department of
Recreation for over 20 years. She has danced with Orchesis with Iowa State University and the Montgomery College Dance Troupe. Ms. Oleson has taught with
the Washington School of Ballet and once owned a private ballet studio
company. In her classes, she emphasizes rhythm, coordination and dance.
Yolanda Prinsloois a realist painter of landscapes,
still life and portraits who works in a variety of mediums, primarily oil and
watercolor. Originally from South Africa, she has resided in the US for the past decade. She has exhibited across America and internationally and her work
has appeared in several local and international newspapers and magazines,
Reuben Renner teachespottery and ceramics and was educated
in London, England where he received a B.A. in Ceramics from the Chelsea
College of Arts. He has also worked as a substitute teacher in the Montgomery
County Public Schools.
Juliet is a registered dietitian and certified fitness
instructor who specializes in weight control, cardiovascular health, sports
and general nutrition. She has been helping people become healthy for more
than 15 years. As a fitness instructor with an enthusiastic following, she
expanded her professional qualification in 2000 by becoming a registered
dietitian and earning a BS degree in nutrition science. With her unique
combination of nutrition and fitness expertise, Juliet presents lectures on
wellness, appears regularly in health and fitness media, and maintains a
private practice in Bethesda, Maryland.
Jennifer Sambataro is a Certified Instructor and has been
Jazzercising since 1985. She was certified to teach in 1990 and opened
classes in Poolesville that same year. She has been honored by Jazzercise
with the prestigious "Rising Star" award since 2002. She
has earned a Master's certificate for Jazzercise Continuing Education every
year since becoming certified. Jennifer also teaches the Junior Jazzercise
Santos has been practicing yoga for
15 years and is a registered instructor with the Yoga Alliance at the
200-hour level. Mercedes encourages students to explore how the body, breath
and mind work together to create a balance between strength and flexibility
and effort and ease. She primarily teaches a blend of Iyengar and classical
Ashtanga styles, and her classes include meditation for focusing the mind.
Mercedes' approach to yoga comes out of her experience as an athlete, as well
her interest in body awareness and alternative healing modalities. As someone
who discovered yoga relatively late in life, she enjoys working with and
encouraging those of all ages who are new to yoga.
Betsy Saunders (Miss
Betsy), of Jazzmatazz Dance and Fitness, has been teaching dance and fitness
for thirty years, and she has been teaching for Montgomery County for twenty –five of those years. A skilled instructor, she lovingly trains small
children through adults in the joy and discipline of dance, and in the
benefits of living a healthy and active life.
Schattenberg is a dance
instructor with the Montgomery County Department of Recreation. She is a
certified dance instructor from the Dance Educators of America and from Star
Makers in Pennsylvania.
has been a ballroom dance instructor for over 15 years with the Montgomery
County Department of Recreation. He received a BS from American University and received a Bronze, Silver, Gold, and International Certificates from Kurt Schoen
Dance Studio. He has worked as a dance instructor for Arthur Murray Dance
Studios as well as Fred Astaire Dance Studios.
Sergeant's Program trains all its Instructors. With over 35 on staff here
is a general idea of who we hire and what we require. Many of the
Instructors were once clients so they understand your needs. For 2-3 months
candidates will shadow a senior instructor before ever teaching a
Sergeant's Program also certifies all its instructors, using a
custom designed education program created by the Program's
founder and several fitness educators.
As was expected in the 1950's when growing up in Japan, Doshu studied martial arts in one form or another since elementary school. However,
serious martial arts study began during the early 60's when he vigorously
studied Goju Karate while a student at Kyoto University of Foreign
Studies. Training in Goju Karate was very physical and provided a strong
foundation for Doshu's formative years in the martial arts. After receiving
his degree from Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Shintaku received his
license to teach in Japan. To further his knowledge of the English language
and western culture, Doshu Shintaku decided to move to the United States, and taught Goju Ryu Karate at Berkley University in California. He then
moved to South Carolina in order to immerse himself in English, and earned an
Associates Degree at Anderson University. While at Anderson University, he continued his teaching of traditional Goju Ryu Karate.
Doshu returned to Japan, and began studying Aikido from Morihei
Ueshiba's 10th Dan - Hikitsuchi Sensei -- located in Shingu. Through Shintaku
Sensei's daily training experience with Hikitsuchi Sensei, he learned of the
deeper concepts of Aikido the Founder had emphasized. Shintaku Sensei always
arrived at the dojo very early in the morning in order to clean and have time
alone with Hikitsuchi Sensei. These were special, insightful moments in his
life. It was also during this time Shintaku Sensei studied Iaido (Eishin
Ryu), Bojitsu, Kendo and Jujitsu. Shintaku was fortunate enough to study
Iaido from two instructors, Ishigaki Moriji, and Hikitsuchi Sensei himself.
*Moriji Sensei was an instructor of sword arts to Hikitsuchi Sensei.
Later returning to the States, Doshu resumed teaching in South Carolina. It was then he began studying Ryukyu Kempo Karate and weapons from Okinawan
Karate Master, Taika Oyata. After approximately 5 years, he moved to Missouri and trained directly from Oyata on an almost daily basis for 9 years. Training
with Oyata Sensei and developing a close relationship with the master also
furthered his foundation and insights into the martial arts.
Doshu Shintaku now resides in Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC and has developed the art of Ten Shin Ichi Ryu™ which means "heaven's
mind, one flow." The art of Ten Shin Ichi Ryu teaches the use of peaceful
protection techniques in order to defend oneself. While there are many good
techniques in martial arts, Ten Shin Ichi Ryu focuses on the mental aspects
often neglected in martial arts study along with energy flow, natural human
reactions and non-aggressive techniques.
Each year Ten Shin Ichi Ryu appears at the National Cherry
Blossom Festival in Washington, DC and hosts an annual seminar in Maryland. Doshu has held numerous demonstrations throughout the States, Europe, and Japan. In order to share traditional Japanese arts, Doshu arranged tours of Japan, introductions between western and Japanese martial artists and supports the efforts
of the International Shinto Foundation.
Visit www. tenshinichiryu.com for more information
Ten Shin Ichi Ryu
P.O. Box 17
Kensington MD 20895
In Japan, the title Doshu is used for a person who _nds
a new way in the either the arts or spiritual pursuits.
Susan Taylor has 30 years
of exercise teaching experience with the Montgomery County Department of
Recreation. She is certified from the Aerobic Center Physical Fitness,
The Management of Exercise and Fitness Program, Aerobics
and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), and in Therapeutic
Tompkins Karate Association (TKA) has taught Korean karate and jujitsu through the Montgomery County
Recreation Department for 40 years and was the first karate program offered
by MCRD starting in 1965. TKA was one of the first martial arts groups
to welcome children under 13. While children are a large component of the
program, many adults and enitre families enjoy the fun and benefits of
founder and chief instructor of TKA is Dale Tompkins. Mr. Tompkins
holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland and a Master's Degree in physical education from the same institution. He taught
physical education in the Montgomery County public schools for five
years. He was an adjunct professor at Montgomery College from 1974 to 2003
and designed the martial arts program for accreditation at the College since
Tompkins' goal with TKA is to teach a traditional martial art using current
educational theory. TKA instructors are trained to use modern concepts
in education to help students develop strength, flexibility, coordination,
and physical fitness along with a sense of self-confidence, responsibility,
and respect for themselves and others. TKA looks forward to a
continuing tradition of martial arts excellence in Montgomery County.
early months of 1977 Richard started practicing yoga by studying from an Integral
yoga book that had fallen from a high bookshelf in a book store and struck
him on his head. In March of 1984, in the Bahamas, he received (200 hours)
certification to teach Sivananda style hatha yoga after studying with Swami
Vishnu Devananda. He received his spiritual name of Rudra and has been widely
known as such since then. In 1993 he received (200 hours) certification to
teach Kripalu style hatha yoga in LenoxMass. Over the years he has amassed
over 800 hours of teacher trainings from various yoga disciplines. Now
teaching in his 23rd year with his private company and in other local area
recreation programs. He has taught with the Montgomery County recreation
program since 1993 and has taught as many as 15 ninety minute classes per
week during many of those years. He teaches an eclectic yoga style based on
the various systems he's studied; a yoga style that is physically challenging
but presented in a gentle, disciplined, progressive and incremental way.
Watkins has been an aerobics instructor with Montgomery County Dept. of
Recreation since 1992. Dance Dynamics, Dancin' Fitness and Dancing and
Fitness have been a perfect match since her background is in all kinds of
dance. She has performed in many local dinner theatres and local
theatre in the DC area focusing mostly on tap dance. A former
Redskinette, she is trying to keep fit with all kinds of aerobics
classes. Her program is so much fun, it doesn't feel like exercise at
all! Come on out and join the fun!
Donna Weeks has been
teaching art and craft classes for over 15 years. She is a self-taught artist
specializing in mosaics, beaded and wire jewelry and pressed flower art.
Trained as a Master Herbalist, she also teaches classes using herbs and
Thomas (Tom) Woll has been teaching ballroom and hustle dance for the adult
recreation classes in Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria and MontgomeryCounties,
and privately in his home studio.He is also the owner of a very successful
independent dance instruction company, Tom Woll & Associates, which
offers instruction in disco, nightclub and ballroom dancing primarily through
35 adult recreation classes in these Counties with over 500 students per
semester.Instruction is also provided for private groups, sport & health
companies, military clubs, privately in a home studio, and in leased
facilities.The TW&A staff, most are part-time and hold full time
professional positions in other fields, currently consists of about 12 highly
qualified instructors with many years of extensive experience as instructors
with nationally known dance studios.
Tom Woll & Associates, has developed a dance curricula synchronized among
the various County recreation jurisdictions to provide a coordinated dance
instruction program for those interested in learning the skill of ballroom
dancing which allows new students to start at very low nominal cost.Various
dance instruction aids, including video tapes, audio tapes, CD practice
music, and instruction manual publications are offered for sale to assist in
the student's learning process.
started his career in ballroom dance in 1975 with the Arthur Murray Dance
Schools and competed in various competition showcases receiving the highest
awards and honors.He is a member of the National Dance Council of America,
the Professional Dancers Federation, is an Associate Member of the US Amateur
Ballroom Dance Association and was one of the organizers of the Inter-City
Amateur Dance Challenge - a local one-day dance competition, held annually in
May for over 17 years.
Mr. Woll holds a BS in Electrical Engineering, a MS in System Science, is a
Professional Engineer in three States and has been employed by the US
Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration since 1969.
Horwitz, a certified chiropractic sports physician and stength and conditioning
specialist, was selected by the U. S. Olympic Committee as the sole
chiropractor for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team. Washingtonian magazine
has chosen him as one of the area's top sports medicine doctors. He has been
the chairman of the Maryland Council on Physical Fitness and is the author of
the book You Can Be Fit! He is currently the Maryland State Director
for the National Strength and Conditioning Association.