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Fitness Instructors

Winnie Au has been a fulltime fitness instructor for many years, and now focuses on Yoga and Thai massage. Her challenging classes and concern for her students are well known. A native of Hong Kong, Winnie integrates the philosophies of Asia into her teaching, combined with her unique sense of humor.

Michelle AVA approaches movement as a healing art. With a Master?s degree in dance education, she has been a vital force in the Washington, D.C. dance and holistic community for over 3 decades. She has dedicated her work to fusing modern dance with yoga, meditation and spiritual practice to assist others in discovering their creative expression. Michelle is the founder of Joy of Motion dance center where she served as artistic director from 19761990.

Ladora Barnes has taught for City Fitness since its McPherson location, and has continued to teach for Fit Physique and City Fitness in Cleveland Park. Ladora is well-known for her energetic step classes, but also teaches a dynamic body sculpting class. She is a mother and grandmother who also works a full-time ?day job.?

Vanessa Bilanceri has been practicing yoga since 2004. She has worked with young people through a variety of organizations, including St. Patrick?s Episcopal Day School Summer Camp, Yoga Tales, Latin American Youth center and the Girl Scouts. Vanessa is a graduate of City Fitness? very own Samayama Yoga Teacher training program and is a 200-hour registered Yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance. Aside from teaching yoga, Vanessa freelances in marketing and communications for a variety of nonprofit organizations and small businesses. She enjoys traveling and Latino culture.

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