Claudia Samano-Losada

Owner/Artistic Director/Instructor

Claudia, is a  movement educator with a degree in Movement Therapy, certified Early Childhood Education Practitioner, Dance,Yoga and Fitness Certified Instructor is also a Children and Senior Fitness Specialist, Rhythm Works Integrative Dance certified instructor and certified in Essentials of Massage and body work. Choreographer since 1997. Born and raised in Mexico city. She has studied in Mexico, the United Kingdom and the U.S. Teaching Dance and Movement since 1994. Her 23 years of experience as an Instructor, her personal experience with special needs population and her Spanish native language heritage, have led her passion to create, teach and share with the people around her, -all ages- all needs- a new way to learn and understand their own abilities through movement. She teaches Modern dance, Lyrical, Jazz, Movement therapy, Yoga, Dance for special needs, Dance workouts, and bilingual programs. She has participated and directed numerous recitals, events and performances since 1994. In 2001, she was chosen to play a roll as a Belly dancer in the Metro- Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) film called "Original Sin", starring Angelina Julie & Antonio Banderas. She has volunteered at the Oak Harbor WA School District, teaching movement, Spanish and bilingual programs since 2009. Currently volunteering/working at the City's Whidbey Playhouse collaborating and co-choreographing musical theater local productions: "Spamalot" 2015, "Pirates of Penzance" 2015, "South Pacific" 2016, "Beehive" 2017, and  "The Producers" 2018. She offers different programs through the year to the Skagit region public libraries (Sno-Isle Libraries) and dance/fitness programs at Retirement Centers in the community. She is a member of the local PRIME TIME Humanities Washington team in Oak Harbor SnoIsle library, working in conjunction with OH School District in a literacy family program.

She volunters and collaborates with the non-profit organizations: Positively linked, YOUTHnited, Whidbey Has Talent (WHT), NorthWest Language Academy Cultural Center (NWLACC) and PAMI (Spanish Speaking families with special need children) in Oak Harbor Wa.

She is the founder of BILMP -Bilingual Integrated Learning Movement-Program based in cultural/movement/music education. Founder of "Cross-cultural World in motion" program offering support and information about language/multiculturalism/cultural intelligence to families and students. She has recenly gotten the position of an Oak Harbor's SnoIsle Library Board Member and member of Soroptmisit International in Oak Harbor.

Claudia, is the owner, artistic director and Instructor at In Motion Co.

 

 "We should be able to understand our own body in order to understand our world in motion. Our body, mind, soul and intention in constant motion, will create a peaceful place to life within us"

 

Other Certifications: Yoga therapy, Youth Mental Health First Aid-USA, Responding to Complex Trauma through ARC, Fortaleciendo Familias bilingual facilitator - WSU-Strengthening Families-.

Zumba, Zumba Toning, Zumba Gold, Rhythm Works Integrative Dance.

 

Miguel Losada

Co-Onwer/Administrative Managment

Miguel, Navy Veteran with an Associates of Science degree in Electronics and a Bachelors degree in International Business Management. He is a an Entrepreneur by nature. An enthusiast in Astronomy, History, Geography, Languages, Arts, Culture, Soccer and Education. He has five yrs of  experience as a children soccer coach, and 23 years of business experience and administration. His passion and perseverance have taken him to explore countries and cultures through his entire life. Miguel owns an Iberian bistro and importer in WA state. He is the Adminsitrative Manager and Co-owner of In Motion Co.

DANCE CENTER

Melissa Carmichael

Comptetitive Team Coordinator Junior  Category

Jazz, Hip- Hop, Ballet, Tap, Tumbling

Melissa started dance at the age of three and Gimnastics at the age of five. She has 15 years of experience in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pom, Lyrical and Hip-Hop and over 10 years of experience in Gymnastics. She competed for several years at Simmonds Performing Arts, Hendersonville Jefferson, IN. and Southern Indiana Gymnastics school. She was part of the Wildfire dance team for Louisville Arena Football and choreographed for the Indiana University, SE's  team. Melissa has a Health background from Dental Careers of Southern Indiana, Jeffersonville, IN. and an Early Childhood Education background from Indiana University Southeast, New Albany.

 

Kylene Ayer

Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Ballroom, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Tumble.

A local from Whidbey Island, Kylene Ayer has returned from Central Washington University with two high honor Bachelor’s degrees, one in Dance and one in Psychology. Spending three years with the Orchesis Dance Company and two with the Central Washington Dance Ensemble she performed in 10 major productions. Her favorite, due to the amount of creativity and originality required between music and movement, was based on the popular Magic Tree House book series. Trained earliest in ballroom dance, hip-hop, jazz, and tumbling, these are the areas she feels most confident, but is familiar with many other styles. Dance is most invigorating when she can learn from someone new or dance an unfamiliar style and bring it back to the classroom. She believes movement is therapy and embodies it by hiking, rock climbing, and running as well as attending yoga, Bar Method, and CrossFit classes. Kylene also likes to read, sunbathe, and explore new towns with friends and family.

Miranda Gonzalez

Ballet, Pre-Ballet, Creative dance, Contemporary dance, Lyrical

Miranda is from Jupiter, Florida where she began her dance training at age three. Her formal training in ballet, jazz, tap, and modern continued through her high school years when she attended the Dreyfoos School of the Arts as a dance major. From there, Miranda went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in history from The Florida State University. While at FSU Miranda was both a member and a captain of a student run team which focused on contemporary dance. After graduating, Miranda worked as a museum educator. During her time as an educator she discovered a great passion for teaching and inspiring young people in a fun and creative environment. Her happy marriage to a Naval aviator has led Miranda to her new home here in Oak Harbor. She is thrilled to be a part of the community and IMC family. “I am so excited to combine my love of dance with my passion for educating in order to serve my community and further the mission of In Motion Company!”

Daunne Bacon Zinger

Tap & Jazz

 Daunne has been dancing since she was eight years old, first starting with Ballet and then moving into Jazz.  She taught Jazz Dance briefly in the mid 70’s.  After a 30-year career in Construction Management, she retired and obtained a Bachelors of Arts degree in Dance from the University of Washington.  Since that time she has taught a variety of dance classes on Whidbey Island, including Jazz, Tap, Creative Movement and Choreography Workshops.  

She teaches several types of water aerobics classes and various Zumba classes on Whidbey Island and Seattle. She has been a choreographer for Whidbey Playhouse in Oak Harbor since 2008 and was recently selected to choreograph for Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley. Daunne owns a Bachelor of Arts Degree with minors in Dance and Music – University of Northern Colorado 1976 – Dance specialties :Luigi jazz, Graham Modern, Contact Improvisation and Choreography. She played Chorus dancer and soloist for Black Arts West, dance company of Black Arts West Theatre Group. Seattle, WA 1974-75. She was a Jazz instructor for Experimental College, University of Washington 1976-78. She owns a Master’s Degree in Public Administration – University of Washington 1981.

 Participated in: Summer Integrated Dance Intensives – AXIS Dance Company, Oakland CA  2006, 2007.

Qualified to teach Integrated dance for Physically Challenged/Special Needs dancers. Aquatics Exercise Association Certification since 2010. 

Licensed Zumba Gold, Aqua Zumba, ZIC instructor since 2009.

Resident Choreographer for Whidbey Playhouse Theater: “Peter Pan”- 2007; Choreographer – “Zombies from the Beyond” – 2008; Dance Captain – “Chicago” – 2010; Choreographer – “Disney Revue” – 2011; Choreographer and Performer – “Man of La Mancha” – 2011; Choreographer, Performer and Recital Director – “Christmas Snapshots” – 2012; Choreographer – “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” – 2013; Choreographer – “1776” – 2014; Co-Choreographer – “SPAMALOT” – 2015; Co-Choreographer – “Pirates of Penzance”– 2015. Artist-in-Residence, Atlantic Center for the Arts – New Smryna Beach, Florida – 2014. Choreographer for Whidbey Center for the Arts – The Addams Family – 2015.

She travels to NYC 3-5 times a year to study at Luigi’s dance studio to keep up her jazz dance skills as well as attend tap and jazz dance classes in Seattle twice a week.

She is currently teaching Tap and Jazz at In Motion Co.

 

RECREATION CENTER

Keri Wade

Mindful Fitness - Yoga TuneUp, Roll Model Method,  Mobility, Meditation, Self Massage

 
Keri Wade is a mom, movement educator, and agent of change.  
Through life experiences such as a near paralyzation, Keri has first hand knowledge of how important movement is to a person’s overall well being.  After the death of her husband in Iraq, Keri turned to fitness as career possibility but was at a loss as to how to help deal with the frequency and variety of pain and injury that is common among people today.  Since 2011, Keri has been seeking out health and fitness professionals that teach specifically about movement from a restorative perspective.  Keri now teaches about increasing mobility and stability through education, restorative movement, and self-massage.  Her classes are focused on helping introduce people to self-care opportunities that they may incorporate at home and in time increase their resiliency to life in general.  
 
Keri is currently a certified Yoga Tune Up and Roll Model Method teacher, certified in Functional Range Conditioning (FRC), and a current Restorative Exercise Specialist student with Nutritious Movement Center in Sequim Washington.  In addiion to her current certifications Keri has held certifications and/or attended trainings with CrossFit, Functional Movement Systems (FMS), and Original Strength.  
Keri also enjoys raising her children, tending to her home, and exploring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.