Meet Our Teachers

rachel bw-001Rachel Nace Maynard
President of Inspiration to Movement, Co-Artistic Director of Oyo Dance Company

Ms. Rachel began her study of dance in 1982. She danced for 11 years in pre-professional companies and danced professionally for one year. Rachel has studied with many companies and teachers throughout Pennsylvania and Maryland. Rachel has taught dance to persons age 3 – adult since 1991 and has taught dance at Harcum College. She served as Ballet Mistress for Greater York Youth Ballet and has guest taught and choreographed at regional ballet companies. She completed master teacher John White’s Teaching Program in July of 2003. Ms. Rachel is the Director of the Dance Program at Inspiration to Movement, Inc. She teaches Intermediate and Advanced classes and the Adult Program.Rachel began her “traditional” Pilates study in 1997 and earned her Teaching Certificate of Completion in 1999. She served as a training teacher for a Teacher Training Program in Rosemont, PA. After injuries from two car accidents left her in pain and with decreased range of motion, Mrs. Maynard began studying the Ron Fletcher Work in 2001. In November of 2005 she earned her National Certification from the Pilates Method Alliance, one of the first 200 in the world to complete the test without aid of the study guide. Rachel earned her certificate from the

Fletcher Pilates® Comprehensive Program (Formerly the Ron Fletcher Program of Study) in January of 2006 as the first Qualified Teacher in the state of Pennsylvania and on the East Coast. Rachel is a member of the Pilates Method Alliance and the Fletcher Pilates, Inc. Rachel is a Facilitator for the Fletcher Pilates®Program of Study. Mrs. Maynard has had experience working with many different types of bodies and many different pathologies.In 2000 Rachel began her study of Massage Therapy, Anatomy and Physiology, and Pathology. In 2001 Rachel Maynard studied and completed a 109 hour program on Corrective Medical Massage. She earned her Diplomas in Professional Massage Therapy and Medical Massage Therapy from Pennsylvania School of Muscle Therapy (now Cortiva Institute) and her National Certification in Massage and Bodywork in 2001. In 2002 Rachel completed a four-level program on Therapeutic Touch. She has taken courses in Cranio-sacral Therapy, Aromatherapy, Visceral Manipulation, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, Kinesiology, Advanced Anatomy and Physiology, Chakra Therapy, Advanced Sports Massage and Ligament Therapy for Common Injuries. Ms. Nace enjoys learning and continues to widen her spectrum of knowledge.

In 2006 Rachel began studying ballroom dancing. In 2009 Mrs. Maynard moved to Ohio to dance professionally, with her now husband, Adam Maynard. Together, in a very short amount of time they have won many titles including Fred Astaire 4-time Ohio Regional Open American Smooth Champions, Kentucky Rising Star American Smooth Champions, Yuletide Ball Rising Star Champions and Fred Astaire Ohio Regional International Standard Champions. They have also been Showdance Finalists in the United States Dance Championship; Rising Star American Smooth Finalists at: Fred Astaire Nationals, Nashville Starz, Cincinnati Dancesport, Volunteer State, Michigan Dance Challenge; and Open American Smooth Finalists at Philadelphia Festival; to name a few. Rachel enjoys teaching and competing with her amateur students. If it is for social dancing, rehabilitation or competition Rachel has a passion to see all of her students achieve new heights of accomplishment.

Adam Maynardadam bw-001
Director of Ballroom Dance, Professional Ballroom Competitor and Chief Music Editor

Always having a passion for the arts and creativity, Adam began his artistic career as a musician at age twelve. This experience in the school choir was followed by taking up the string bass a year later and the guitar shortly after that. His high school years were spent making music and skateboarding, the latter of which was, perhaps, his first introduction to creative movement.

Adam earned his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from The Ohio State University. During college, his passion for the performing arts deepened as he was exposed to modern dance, Laban Movement Analysis, and conducting. He also took a year off from college to tour as a musician playing the double bass with acoustic band, Coincidence Maybe across the southern and eastern United States. On a break from touring Adam first stepped into a local Ballroom dance studio and discovered another creative outlet. From the first lesson, he was hooked. At the urging of his teacher, he began dance teacher training and then taught dance part-time as he finished his college degree and music teacher certification. Adam now uses his music background to create unique medleys and tracks for Showcases and Performances.

Adam entered his first professional competition in early 2002, winning the Fred Astaire Regional “Mixed Novice” division. He later went on to win the Regional Closed and Rising Star Rhythm Divisions and was runner-up in the Open Rhythm Division. In late 2008, Mr. Maynard began his partnership with Rachel Nace Maynard. The two quickly became 4-time undefeated Regional Open American Smooth Champions and 2-time undefeated Regional International Standard Champions. They have also been Yuletide Ball Rising Star Smooth Champions, Kentucky Dancesport Rising Star and Open Smooth Champions, Buccaneer Ball Closed Smooth Champions, Runners-up at Harvest Moon and Cincinnati Dancesport and finalists in many National-level competitions including United States Classic Showdance competition. Adam continues to train and compete in American Smooth with a former US Finalist and US Representative to the World.

Adam has had the honor of training with such coaches as: David Hamilton, Olga Foraponova, Kimberley Mitchell, Sam Sodano, Cher Rutherford, Chantal LeClerc, Glenis Dee, Mariann Nicole, Jonathan Roberts and many others. Adam specializes in coaching and teaching both competitive and social dancers as well as teacher training and music editing. Adam enjoys getting to know his students and making them their very best. Whether for a night on the town or on the competition floor, Adam gets his students comfortable with the movements and the patterns so they can have fun and look amazing too!

Hayley Platthayley bw-001
Administrative Assistant, Company Dancer, Qualified Dance Teacher,
Children’s Ballet Teacher, Pilates Student Teacher

Hayley Platt is a native of Warren, OH where she received her early dance training.  Hayley graduated from Youngstown State University in December 2014 with a BA in Dance Management under direction of Christine Cobb.  She was a member and choreographer for the YSU Dance Ensemble, and also represented YSU at the American College Dance Association in March 2014.  She has performed with Youngstown Dance Project and Lindsay Renea Dance Theatre before joining Oyo Dance Company in 2015. Hayley teaches Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet and beginning ballet levels of the children’s program as well as the adult program. Ms. Platt is also studying to be a Pilates teacher at ITM.

Joscelyn BaezJoscelyn Baez
Hip Hop Teacher, Student Ballroom Teacher, Children’s Ballet Teacher
Joscelyn began her training at BalletMet Columbus in 2005 after winning the Dare to be Moved dance scholarship for training in ballet, modern, jazz, modern jazz, Afro-Caribbean, and Pointe.   She trained there for 6 years, where she joined the National Honor Society for Dance Arts.  Her performances include The Nutcracker, Aladdin, Ohio Hip Hop Awards Tour, and Brown Dove Dance Theatre. She continues her technical training in ballet and modern at ITM.  She completed an intense study in ballet at the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet in 2014.  Ms. Baez is part of the office staff at ITM, and currently teaches Hip Hop, assists in choreography, and is training to be a Ballroom Dance Teacher at ITM.
Casey KrysztofikCasey Krysztofik
Apprentice Ballroom Teacher

 

Casey is a native of Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Reynoldsburg High School in 1993. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree, Cum Laude, in Mathematics from Ohio University in 1998. The appreciation he has for classic movies and the classical music repertoire seem to fit with the ballroom dancing he began studying in 2009. Casey is currently in training to become a Ballroom Dance Teacher at ITM.

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