The Center for Balanced Living
Meet Our Instructors
We are pleased to introduce you to the exceptional, professionally trained, and certified instructors who lead our programming activities. Their expertise and enthusiasm will provide you with high-quality training, individual attention, and a fun environment perfectly suited to learning.
Jayne holds a Masters Degree in Education from Lehman College and is certified through the Himalayan Institute of Yoga and the NIA Technique. In addition to studying to be part of the NIA Technique training faculty, Jayne's other jobs include marketing home furnishings, and teaching NIA dance and yoga.
Kerry Ann King
Kerry Ann received her early dance training at the Joffrey Ballet School and continued to dance at Swarthmore College where she studies Graham and Cunningham techniques. Now a NIA Brown Belt, Kerry Ann teaches NIA, Kickboxing and conditioning classes.
Julia has been in the performing arts industry for over 20 years as a student, teacher, performer and choreographer. After earning her BA in Modern Dance Performance and Dance Education at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, she was a Principal Dancer with Patricia Kenny Dance Collections in New York City, and was blessed with the opportunity to get a taste of Broadway musicals such as Sweet Charity and Contact.
After receiving her BA from NYU and her Masters Degrees in Dance and Movement Education from Columbia University, Marcy has danced professionally in many venues and has created, choreographed, taught and performed with her own dance company since 1997. In addition to her current position as Director of The Center for Balanced Living, Marcy teaches dance, fitness and yoga classes that are specifically designed to accommodate different levels of ability.
As a dancer, producer and director of his own shows, Bernard believes nutrition and dance are the fountain of youth. His many achievements include dancing at the Apollo Theater, Madison Square Garden, and other venues, with a specialty in Mamba, Cha-Cha, Line Dancing, Jazz, and Country Western.
Judith is a ceramic sculptor who has exhibited nationally and internationally. After completing a MFA in Sculpture, she developed skills in hand building with porcelain while attending programs at Skidmore College. Since 2005 she has been teaching adjunct courses in 2D and 3D Design in Visual Merchandising Department of the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising in Manhattan. Judith has received several awards from the Council of Arts and Humanities of Staten Island, the New York Council of the Arts and the Puffin Foundation.
Jeremy is a third generation musician and dance instructor whose grandparents owned and operated a performing arts school after a successful career in show business – began dancing at three-years-old and first played the piano at age five. He furthered his studies with Dance Educators of America and music master classes throughout the country. In 2008 Jeremy, along with Cory Herman, developed a tap dance curriculum for seniors. The curriculum focuses on beginner through intermediate levels of technique. Classes benefit novice adults and seniors looking to enrich both physical and mental health.
Cory is a New York based writer and director – began theater study at five-years-old. Performances in musical theater, television, and dance soon followed. His real world practicum left him well versed to direct vocal and performing art groups around the country. In 2009 Cory, along with Jeremy Long, developed a creative arts therapy curriculum of theater basics for Seniors. The curriculum focuses on the fundamentals of drama, improv, and musical comedy. Classes benefit adults and Seniors with an interest in the performing arts along with those looking to build confidence in every day life.
Allison M. DeVane
Allison M. DeVane completed her Pilates Apparatus certification and pre/postnatal continuing education course with the Pilates Sports Center in 2009. Miss DeVane received her Pilates Mat Certification with Continuing Education courses in stability ball, foam roller, and small props in 2008 with Teri Steele through Dance New Amsterdam. She focuses every class by beginning with the core principles of mat work. While alternating muscles groups, the class continues to flow cohesively, through the use of creative transitions between exercises. Throughout class, Allison encourages her students to ask questions, work at their own ability level, and remain mindful.
We look forward to hearing from you! For additional questions or information, please call our staff in the Center for Balanced Living at 646-395-4530 or reach us via email at BalancedLiving@EdAlliance.org.
Funding for our Older Adults Program is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, New York State Office for the Aging and New York City Department for the Aging. Support for the Center for Balanced Living is being provided by The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation and UJA-Federation of New York.