AMY REDMOND WARAN - Artistic Director
Amy is a Hollister native whose passion for dance began at age 5. Over the past 20 plus years she has trained in several dance styles including: Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Afro Haitian and Samba. Her early dance training focused mainly on ballet.
She studied ballet at The Mainstreet Ballet Studio in Hollister, California under the instruction of Ariel Hall and at The Academy of Classical Ballet in Sonora, California under the instruction of Suzanne Stalley-Katsarsky (former soloist for the San Francisco Ballet). In 2000 she received a scholarship from the San Benito County Arts Commission; Ms. Redmond was the first recipient of what is now an annual performing arts scholarship in San Benito County. Amy holds a B.A. in Theater Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a M.F.A. in Dance Choreography and Performance from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. After graduation from UHM she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area.
Since moving to the Bay Area she has been an active member of two dance companies; Malia Movement Company and On Three Dance Company. In June of 2010 she completed a comprehensive Pilates teacher training course at Turning Point Studios in Walnut Creek, CA. Amy has taught Pilates both out of her home and at various studios/gyms around the East Bay Area.
For the past several years Amy has had the pleasure of teaching dance to children of all ages. Her classes for children focus on teaching proper technique in a disciplined environment that is encouraging and supportive. Amy's compassion and enthusiasm, combined with her education in anatomy and kinesiology, create a class environment that is not only fun but also safe and effective. Amy is a certified Zumba instructor. She loves teaching Zumba because it is so inclusive. ANYONE can dance, have fun and get fit at the same time!
Amy would love to share her love of dance and fitness with you!
Originally from Florida, Meredith Buck discovered her passion for dance at age 10 after a dance company performed at her elementary school. She began taking classes at Many But One Dance Studio. For the last 10 years, she has fallen deeply in love with the art form and has taken every opportunity to immerse herself in it.
Currently, she is studying at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz and pursuing her Associate’s Degree in Dance. Her dance background emphasizes ballet, jazz, and contemporary, and she has experience in hip hop, ballroom, and modern as well. Meredith believes that the creativity, discipline, and confidence she has learned from dance translate into every other aspect of her life. For this reason, she is excited to share her love of dance with others by helping them to have the same positive experience!
Kimmy resides in Hollister, CA with her husband and three boys. Some of her earliest memories are of taking ballet, tap, and jazz, with her two sisters. She grew up with a passion for gymnastics, swimming, and now running. She is passionate about fitness and children. Through high school she enjoyed lifeguarding and coaching special Olympics swimming. In college she enjoyed working in a children's preschool, working mostly with infants and toddlers. Kimmy graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies and an emphasis in Child Development and Psychology. She spent a year subbing in the Gilroy Unified School district, preschool through eighth grade, before she moved to Hollister. She has spent six years working in homes with families of special needs children as a behavioral interventionist. She enjoys being able to work one on one with each unique child to help them work on specific skills to improve their quality of life and their family's.
This past year she has had the pleasure and privilege to train with Amy working especially with the toddlers in the creative movement class and mommy and me class. She loves working with this age group as they bring such fun and joy to the class. She is excited to share her love of fitness and dance with such a great group of kids!