Title: Associate Instructor - Wing Chun
Dr. Denson Angulo has been a Wing Chun practitioner for 9 years. His lineage can be traced directly to the famous Ip Man, grand-master of Wing Chun, and Bruce Lee's first instructor.
He has recently joined our team and his classes are growing!! Denson has been instructing for ESSF since 2016.
Wing Chun is a fantastic way to learn self defense and boost confidence, all while participating in a safe and non-competitive environment.
Denson encourages everyone to join! Wing Chun is a wonderful art that is especially beneficial for women and smaller individuals.
Title: Associate Instructor - Tennis
Vikram is an ex-ATP professional tennis player and held the world junior ranking of 150 in the world. Vikram was the National Men's doubles champion in 2008 and was the number 1 junior in under 18, under 16, and under 14 categories nationally. He played NCAA Division 1 for the University of Alabama in the South Eastern conference during his undergraduate degree. Prior to coming to the University of Utah for his Master's degree, Vikram travelled to 34 countries for tennis tournaments and spend the last 18 months working as a junior development tennis coach in Shanghai, China.
Title: Associate Instructor - Yoga Teacher Training, Yoga, Pilates
Rebecca Davenport has been an active instructor of asana yoga for over thirteen years, and a practictioner for fifteen years. She received her first 200 RYT certificate in Salt Lake City in 2007, then completed both a 500-hour E-RYT and 500 hour Pilates teacher certification in NYC through 2010.
Ms. Davenport has been teaching ESSF classes for the U's College of Health's Kinesiology Department since Fall 2015, as well as managing their Yoga Teacher Training program, assisting those who wish to depeen their personal path of health and wellness. She also instructs a variety of other fitness disciplines such as barre fitness, TRX suspension, and prop based HIIT workouts.
Forever a student herself, Ms. Davenport is currently studying to become a licensed Ayurvedic Therapist while working alongside the Institute of Human Anatomy for the continued benefit of the U's students and staff.
Title: Associate Instructor - Billiards
Sylvia Flater has been teaching the billiards class at the University of Utah since 2011. She is a certificated instructor through the Billiards Congress of America and the American CueSports Alliance. She is also the advisor for the pool club at the University. Sylvia loves working with students with varying skill levels from beginners to advanced players. Students can come to class expecting to learn new billiards skills and have a fun and enjoyable time under a stress free environment.
Title: Associate Instructor - Ballroom Dance
Josh has taught dance for six years, three of them at the University of Utah, and has loved every moment. Physical activity – especially partner dance – is no longer just a “pass-time” or “job” – but has become a passion. He will teach you how to glide across the floor in a Waltz or Tango, connecting with yourself, your partner, and the music. He is not afraid to help any student learn the steps and how to be successful dancing in a social ballroom setting.
Outside of teaching, he works as a Social Worker on the Inpatient Youth Units at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute. He also enjoys reading good books, learning new skills, hiking, singing, and delicious food.
Title: Associate Instructor - Pilates, Barre Tone
Martha Howe holds both a BA (BYU) and MFA (ASU) in Dance and is a Stott Pilates certified instructor. She has been working on fitness teaching Pilates and Dance for fifteen years and loves it. She's had the opportunity to work with a wide range of demographics throughout Los Angeles and Salt Lake City.
Title: Associate Instructor - Aikido and Tai-Chi
"What exactly is Aikido all about?" The most obvious answer is that Aikido is a remarkably effective form of self-defense which has earned for itself a well-deserved reputation among practitioners of the martial arts. Aikido is a comprehensive system of throwing, joint-locking, striking, and pinning techniques, coupled with training in traditional Japanese weapons. The founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, was determined that his Aikido be practiced as more than simply a method of self-defense, but as a means of developing and promoting the positive character and ultimately of transcending dualistic conflict.
Tai-Chi is taught by Veera in the Yang style tradition of Professor Cheng Man-Ching's teachings. They are noted to strengthen the legs and soften the body; to maintain the equilibrium and increase the sensitivity; to cultivate the mind and seek the Tao.
He has taught Aikido at the University of Utah since 1977 and Tai-Chi since 2002. Veera graduated from the University of Utah in 2002 with an MFA in Painting and Printmaking. He has been awarded a 5th degree black belt from the Aikido World Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan and a Tai-Chi Instructor in the lineage of Master-Teacher Benjamin Lo.
Aikido and Tai-Chi are suitable for both young and old alike. Everyone is welcome. His philosophy is to train in a safe, vibrant and joyful manner.
Title: Associate Instructor - Cycling, P90X, Ski Conditioning, and Boot Camp
Sarah graduated from Florida State University in 1999 with a B.S. in Administration of Leisure and holds other degrees in Exercise Sports Science. She holds a variety of certifications and has an abundance of experience in the fitness industry.
She holds the following certifications: NASM Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialization, NASM Weight Management Specialization, NASM Senior Fitness Specialist, NASM Women's Fitness Specialist, P90X®, Insanity®, Madd Dog Spinning®, and PUSH Therapist Practitioner. Sarah is also a Utahan and a Utah licensed Massage Therapist.
You can bet she is always keeping a keen eye on the ever shifting paradigm of Exercise and Fitness to gain more knowledge to improve overall life functionality & modality
Title: Associate Instructor and Faculty - Pilates and Fitness For Life
Cindy Metcalf is a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor as well as a master instructor for Balanced Body. Cindy has more than 20 years experience of teaching health and fitness. Born out of need, her journey in the fitness world of teaching began with major injury. The world of cycling began her journey to recovery and also teaching. She became an avid cyclist, touring much of Europe and the west coast on her bike in her early twenties. She then began to compete and teach cycling through the spinning program and coaching with JR Smith and Jeff Louder. CIndy began her career as a Personal Trainer in 1996 at the Sports Mall in Murray and loves helping others become stronger and more confident in their lives through healthier lifestyles and better movement. Cindy gravitated from group fitness to pilates in 2002 and continues to teach pilates and cycling more than anything as of late. She is a Master Trainer and Teacher for Balanced Body here at the University of Utah and loves sharing her passion with up and coming teachers as they work through the teacher training program. She also teaches classes for students and community members at the U on Mondays and Wednesdays through the ESSF department. Come join her for an experience you will never forget as you journey through your body and experience what good movement should feel like - free and painless, supported and strong! Pilates is a process, begin at the beginning and understand that strength starts at the core. 'You have to have a supported structure to hang those muscles on!'
Title: Associate Instructor - Yoga, Yoga Teacher Training Program
Jendar Marie Morales was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 2008, while living in New York City, she began to experience pain on her knees. Looking for a less strenuous workout to help her knee, Jendar began to practice yoga. Jendar immediately fell in love with the practice for how it made her feel both physically and mentally.
She holds a 500 E-RYT from the Yoga Alliance and has received training at the University of Utah and the Association for Yoga and Meditation in Rishikesh, India. In her classes, Jendar applies principles from the Iyengar style of yoga, which focuses on alignment and use of props. She teaches students breathing and meditation techniques, and basic safe guidelines when practicing yoga postures to help them improve range of motion and stamina.
Jendar has also completed the Level 1 Yoga Therapy program at Inbody Yoga Academy in Salt Lake City, UT. Unlike a traditional yoga class, in a yoga therapy session, she assesses the client's physical and emotional needs and offers them yoga tools such as postures, breath work, and mindfulness techniques to help them manage their symptoms.
She also holds an MA in Museum Studies from New York University and has worked in the arts for over a decade. Jendar is currently an Associate Instructor of yoga at the University of Utah College of Health and is a trainer at their 200-hour yoga teacher training program. She is the founder and director of Raices Yoga & Culture Retreat in Puerto Rico.
Title: Associate Instructor - Fencing
The sport of Fencing is not what many people think. It is a true sport in which the mind and body are utilized in psychological, strategic, and tactical ways against an opponent who is trying to do the same to you. Kenny's way of teaching involves knowing oneself, composure, and strategic-tactical planning in order to accomplish a goal. Fencing is for everyone from beginner to advanced, and the idea is for everyone to enjoy the learning aspects of the sport, and how these things relate to, and to incorporate them into everyday life.
Kenny has been teaching Fencing since 2004. In this time he has taught many recreational and semi-competitive students who are located in the Salt Lake area. Most of these students have competed in local and regional events. He has also taught students who have gone on to compete in NCAA competitions and championships, attained numerous National medals, two National Champions, a Pan-American Champion, and four World Team members who have won gold and silver medals at the World Championships.
When he is not traveling about the Country with his students and the World for Team USA for competitions, Kenny likes to have his vacation time at home with his wonderful wife Jennifer, working around the house, in the garden, and biking.
Title: Associate Instructor - Table Tennis
Diana is a certified USA Table Tennis coach and a three-time National Collegiate Champion. Diana is active in training and competes in tournaments around the US. She trains players and coaches them at tournaments, and at the US Nationals and US Open tournaments. On her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking and watching netflix with her pups.
Title: Associate Instructor - Bowling
Troy joined the University of Utah’s Kinesiology’s Department in 2012 as their head Bowling Instructor. Troy’s bowing career began in the early 80’s where he was introduced to the sport by his parents Paul and Karen. For the next several years, he bowled many youth leagues and tournament and then in the early 90’s, he moved to the adult division. Troy’s coaching career began in 2004 while working for his parents at Pullman’s Bowling center where he earned his Level 1 coaching certification. He used this knowledge for the next several years to help coach several youth leagues which allowed him to earn his Bronze Coaching Level in 2009 and in 2014 his Silver level Certification. He has been a member of the RVP program since 2004. In 2012, Troy joined the local bowling association as a Youth Committee Director to help promote the sport to kids of all ages. Troy has coached Bowlers of all skill levels from the beginner bowler up to the advanced level player. His main focus is to provide each student with the techniques and skills so they are on a path to become great players in this sport.
Title: Associate Instructor - Pilates
Abigail Ririe is a Certified Pilates Instructor through Balanced Body. Her interest in movement and kinesiology began as a young dancer. She has completed a BFA and an MFA in modern dance at the University of Utah, where she had the opportunity to teach pilates to professional dancers. Her passion for the pilates method began after having spinal surgery and enduring intense back pain. By focusing on balanced muscle development, proper alignment, and core strength through pilates, Abi was able to continue moving and dancing pain free. Abi believes that pilates is excellent for rehabilitation, but also for managing the complex movement sequences and muscular challenges offered by everyday life. Her classes focus on strengthening every major muscle group in proper alignment and with focused attention to create safe workouts of challenging intensity and maximum efficiency.
Title: Associate Instructor - Cycling
I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, UT. I have four kids, two boys & two girls. I have a degree in elementary education as well as a degree in kinesiology. I taught kindergarten and elementary for 9 years before returning to the U for degree #2. I have been teaching fitness and wellness for over 15 years, specializing in yoga, Pilates, weight training, cycling, meditation and other forms of mindfulness. I have taught in most major gyms in the SLC Valley. I have started wellness programs in many well-known corporations, such as eBay, PayPal, 1-800 Contacts, Sinclair, just to name a few. My current positions include teaching at the University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College as an Adjunct Instructor in the Exercise Science Programs. I assist in teaching the Yoga Teacher Training and mindfulness program at SLCC. I spend my summers running the fitness center at an 8-week summer camp in Rock Hill, NY, where my two younger kids get to experience an amazing summer away from everything else (especially technology). Outside of work, I enjoy traveling with my family. We visit Mexico often, but our hearts are in South America. My family and I are currently working on opening yoga/healing retreats in the heart of the rain forest in Mindo, Ecuador early next year. I am a lifelong learner and a list of my skills so far are consisting of my Yoga 200 RYT, I am certified as a Reiki Master, Schwinn Cycle, Balanced Body Pilates 500 Comprehensive, Equalizer Barre, ACSM, Silver Sneakers, and of course First Aid/CPR/AED. I wonder what I will add to the list next year.
Title: Associate Instructor - Weight Training
JJ graduated the University of Utah With his Bachelor's Degree in Exercise and Sport Science, fitness leadership emphasis, in December of 2015, and became ACSM-CEP Certified in July 2016. He has a passion for long distance runs of 13 miles and up with an interest in Ultra-Marathons. He has also completed several obstacle course races such as the Spartan Beast and Tough Mudder. When he’s not running through the city or lifting weights, he enjoys listening to plenty of music, yoga, hiking, photography, reading, and writing. JJ’s personal motto is "to experience as much of this life as possible while never letting fear keep you from trying something new." This leads into his favorite quote, "No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training... what a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable." - Socrates
Title: Associate Instructor - Hip Hop Dance
Rachel created the Hip Hop program at the University of Utah in 2011 while completing a double major in Finance and Psychology. She discovered her passion for Hip Hop dance as a young teen living in Washington state, she had an abundance of energy which Bgirling (commonly known as breakdancing) provided the perfect athletic and creative outlet for, so she began to teach herself the art of breakin' one move at a time, diligently practicing everyday. After moving to Utah in high school she expanded her knowledge and experience in dance, learning fundamentals in other Hip Hop styles like popping and locking. Rachel joined a local Bboy/Bgirl crew called 'Blowup Kingz' and began performing and competing in local and regional events. In addition, Rachel learned from experienced dancers in Los Angeles, joining a historical Hip Hop crew called 'Airforce Crew' as well. Her challenging signature strength moves and style earned her the title of 'Bgirl Savage.' As a sophomore in college, Rachel wanted to share her passion for the culture and movement of Hip Hop so she started the Break Club at the U of U, and was a dedicated president for 6 years, every week volunteering to teach any students that wanted to learn Hip Hop, while organizing countless performances for U of U affiliated organizations and various charities. Rachel deeply appreciates the culture and history of Hip Hop which represents a diverse, powerful uniting force for self-expression, equality and equal opportunity, encompassing the underlying philosophy of peace, love, unity and having fun. Rachel's class shows students the spirit of Hip Hop while providing a fun full body workout, with classic moves like the worm and the moonwalk. She teaches students to adapt Hip Hop moves to their individual style, expressing themselves uniquely with an emphasis on freestyle. Rachel is passionate about teaching Hip Hop dance as a pathway to a healthy, fun and active lifestyle.
Title: Associate Instructor - Swimming, Circuit Training, Yoga
Ildiko's deep sense of purpose originates from her teaching. She feels truly fortunate that her diverse experience in sport, as an Olympian, in biomechanically effective movement patterns, and in mindfulness have an ideal yet rare link between her teaching and evidence-based practice, her two passions. A physically active healthy lifestyle comes natural to her and moving is her way to be. Since her childhood, sport, exercise and physical activity, especially swimming, have been an efficient way of keeping her body and mind strong, resilient, and healthy. In her classes, she expects excellence from herself and from her students. As such, she provides proper support; everyone collaborates and discusses skills and fitness development in group and individual settings. Her teaching approach is integrative. Individual goal setting and feedback create opportunities for her students to rise for the challenge and master skills. Teaching individuals to enhance their psychological and physical well-being is her life. For her, swimming is a life skill; swimming with a “blue mind” is a lifestyle. She loves the outdoor activities every season can offer in Utah from ripping up the powder to hiking Mt. Olympus.