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Instructors - Listed Alphabetically

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 A.C.T. the Workout

 Antos, Lori Schneider

Asbeck, Fran

Having misspent 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.

His 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.

He works 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.

Besides working 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.

 Azuree, Virginia


Baker, Karin

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 do.

I am a Contractor for Mont Co., Montgomery Village Foundation, and I teach for Sport and Health Clubs.

Soon to start Teen Workouts!

 Baldwin, Richard

 Banisadr, Shara

 Barry, Lee

Basso, Ann

Ann 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.

 Bell, Kim

 Berman, Joel

 Bio Aerobics Company

 Bopp, Irene

Bowers, Christopher McCauley

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 Magicians.

 Brookes, Judy

 Brunner, Esther

Bulla, Mary

BioAerobics Tone & Firm and CardioFit instructor

Mary Bulla has been a fitness instructor for 14 years with BioAerobics.  I

have instructed Tone & Firm for 14 years and CardioFit for 10 years in Montgomery County at Briggs Chaney Middle School.


 Camp Olympia

 Carp, Lisa

 Castellucci, Marie

Chao, Gary

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.

 Cho, Vivienne

Clowes, Joan

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."

Cooper, Suzanna

Susanna Cooper 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.

CREATE Arts Center

CREATE 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 the class.



 Dameron, Nancy

Davis, Jim

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.

Jim 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.

De Buchannanne, George

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.

DeLuca, Rowena

Rowena DeLuca has 30 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.

She believes that anyone who wants to dance should, and if it's not fun, why do it!

Deskin, Margaret

Margaret Deskin teaches art with the Montgomery County Department of Recreation. She organized the Potomac Art League and was the first President and Chairman of the Board.

Diamond, Phyllis

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.

 Dickerson, Margaret

Dion, Abigail

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.

Miss 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.

Ms. 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.

Ms. Jean helps with project development, ordering materials and teaches the Art Destination program at Cabin John MS.

Ms. Jody teaches the Tiny Hands Crafts at Potomac Community Center and runs the summer Tiny Hands programs.

Ms. Sharon runs the Tiny Hands Crafts program at Fairland Community Center.

Ms. Pam helps with logistics and is starting to teach a few classes on her own.

 Dixon, Pyper

 Donnelly, Alice

Dourado, Geiza

Geiza 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 older.

The 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.

 Doyle, Ferhan Kiper

 Duda, Julianna

 Duncan, Elizabeth

Dunn, Tony

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 metropolitan area.

Tony completed 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).



 Elmore, Diane


 Fairweather, William

 Fernandez, Rochelle

 Frederickson, Herb



 Gaither, Regina

 Ganoe, Wortley

Gross, Brian

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 Society.


Haber, Valerie Hilton

Valerie 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

Her philosophy is to help students explore ceramic possibilities and set a studio routine that incorporates new challenges as well as practice in the medium.

 Haskel, Doris

 Hayden, Dale

Hayton, Kevin

Kevin Hayton has 30 years of experience playing guitar and over 20 years of experience teaching guitar. He trained at Shenandoah University in classical guitar, music theory, piano, and liberal arts.

Horwitz, Dr. Steven

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 Championships.  

 Hutchinson, Karen



Jeremiah, Sharon

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.

 Johnson, Alba

 Johnson, Larry


Kelley, Pam

Pam 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.

She began 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.

Kensky, Stanley E.

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. 

Mr. 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. 

The 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. 

Mr. 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.

What Stan enjoys most about Adult Rec Basketball: The exercise, sportsmanship & camaraderie of athletics in a controlled environment. 

 Kim, Joe

 Kornley, Michael

Kozar, Thomas C.

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, Penny

Penny 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, Anjali

Anjali 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 long. 

The 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. 

As we work towards the union of our inner wisdom and outer personality we become practitioners of Integrative Yoga.


 Lande, Sharon

 Lavrich, Carol

Leadbetter-Hines, Alison

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 1985.

 Leek, Elizabeth

 Lightfoot, Johnarthur

Liu, Louise (Chung-Ying)

After 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 life.

Lunking, Laura

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, Moria

Martin, Patricia

Patricia 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.

Mathur, Kumud

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.

As Bhangra 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!

 McCarthy, Helen Sze

McEvoy, Andrea

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 Development.

McKinney, Rebecca

While working 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

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.

 Miller, Patricia

Mohebban, Gitty

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.

She 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 8 th in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.

Mosby, Fred

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.

 Mote, Consie

 Music for Life (see Dourado, Geiza)



Oleson, Grace

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.

 Oring, Gail


 Palmer, William

 Perfect Balance, Inc.

 Powell, Josephine

Prinsloo, Yolanda

Yolanda Prinsloo is 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, including Newsweek.



Reid, Pamela

Pamela Reid teaches the basics of ceramics and pottery.  She is a workshop instructor with the Pottery Association Art League School in Alexandria, VA.

Renner, Reuben

Reuben Renner teaches pottery 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.

Rodman, Juliet

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.

 Rogell, Gerald

 Ruppert, Annamyra


 Sadeghi, Firouzeh

Sambataro, Jennifer

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 classes.

Santos, Mercedes

Mercedes 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.

Saunders, Betsy

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, Denise

Denise 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.

 Schreiber, Angela

 Schwabe, Sheila

 Schwanke, Douglas

Seleme, Tony

Tony Seleme 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, The

The 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 class. 

The Sergeant's Program also certifies all its instructors, using a custom designed education program created by the Program's founder and several fitness educators.

Bottom line is we deliver to you the best.

Shintaku, Doshu Shiro

Shiro Shintaku, Doshu - Ten Shin Ichi Ryu

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.

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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.

Along with studying martial arts technique, Doshu

studies brush writing, language, and philosophy.

©2008 Ten Shin Ichi Ryu

 Smith, Teresa


Taylor, Susan

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 Recreation.

Tompkins Karate Association (TKA)

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 these classes.

The 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 1974. 

Mr. 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.

 Trimble, Mildred

Tyson, Richard (Rudra)

In 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.




 Waldsteicher, Elaine

Watkins, Trish

Trish 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!

Weeks, Donna

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 essential oils.

 Weimers, Katherine

 Wilard, Russell

Woll, Thomas

Since 1977, 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.

The company, 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.

Tom Woll 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.

Professionally, 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.



You Can Be Fit, Inc.

Dr. Steven 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.


 Zapatka, Paul