YOGA FOR DANCERS: 

 

Founded by Marja Lankinen, Yoga for Dancers is a class style built to support dancer health and wellness. Y4D's movement methodology roots in therapeutics through yoga, and every class targets strength training, flexibility, range of motion, joint integrity, structural awareness, recovery, and self care techniques.

 

As a former professional dancer, Marja understands the constant rigors and stressors dancers see on a daily basis. That is why Y4D classes not only speak to elite performance but also mental health and overall wellness. Through mental imagery, goal setting exercises, and a physical practice set in a community-building environment, Y4D offers dancers the extracurricular tools to maintain health and wellness for the duration of their careers and beyond. 

PAST RESIDENCIES:

  • Movement Lifestyle Dance Studio, DR Legacy Scholarship Program, Millennium Dance Complex, EDGE Performing Arts Center, and Gigi Torres' Establish Your Empire Dance Training Program. 

PAST GUEST ARTIST WORKSHOPS:

  • Gothenburg Opera Dance Company - Gothenburg, Sweden

  • LAX Studio - Paris, France

  • ICI Selfcare Paris Teacher Training (lead team: Tatiana AvilaBouru and Gemma Vassallo) - Paris, France

  • University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, Freshman Seminar - Funkamentals (dir: professor d. Sabela grimes) - Los Angeles, CA

  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago summer intensive, University of Southern California (2016-2018)

  • Complexions Contemporary Ballet summer intensive, University of Southern California (2018)

  • USC Trojan Dance Force Dance Team - Los Angeles, CA

  • UCLA World Arts and Cultures Department  - Los Angeles, CA

  • Chapman University Dance Department - Orange, CA

  • The Pulse Dance Convention - Scottsdale, AZ

  • Velocity Dance Convention  - Orange County, CA

  • Coachella Music + Art Festival - Indio, CA

  • Diavolo Dance Company - Los Angeles, CA

 

  • Jacob Jonas Dance Company - Los Angeles, CA

  • Edge Performing Arts Center (on faculty 2014-2016)

  • Unique Dance Program (dir: Matt Cady and Tovaris Wilson) - Los Angeles, CA

  • Dance2XS University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, MI

  • Full Out Dance Studio's "Unplugged" Urban Dance Retreat (dir: Rocko Luciano, Emerson Aquino, Anthony Pizarro Esposo)  - Mendocino, CA

  • Establish Your Empire Dance Training Program (dir: Gigi Torres) - Los Angeles, CA

  • Kreativ Mindz Dance Complex (dir: Kolanie Marks and Antoine Troupe) - Los Angeles, CA

  • Blacklight Society (dir: Tony Tzar) - Los Angeles, CA

  • Mischief Maker's Maker Empire Dance Company

  • Culture Shock LA's "Hip Hop Has History" Conference

 

  • Gallery 37, Happiness Club, and Blu Rhythm - Chicago, IL (dir: Tanji Harper) 

  • Kaba Modern Dance Company - Orange County, CA