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JourneySpace at Renaissance Village Family Learning Center

JourneySpace is an intimate and affordable Adult movement studio offering classic Ballet Barre, BoundlessBarre workout, Vinyasa Yoga, Zumba Fitness and  JourneyDance in Washington Heights. Our mission is to make wellness of the mind & body fun and accessible for everyone!

We offer low-cost classes in a welcoming, supportive environment for people of all walks of life. See programs for full listing and description of services. JourneySpace is located on 220 Cabrini Boulevard (entrance on 186th Street), sharing the space of The Renaissance Village Family Learning Center.

We believe any BODY can move! Age or size shouldn't stop us from engaging in healthy activities that we love.

 

FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

MAGGIE HERNANDEZ-KNIGHT

JourneySpace was conceived and is directed by Maggie Hernandez-Knight, a dedicated Wellness Facilitator with a background in the arts, classical ballet and fine art painting. She opened JourneySpace in 2013 to give others an opportunity to use non-verbal expression as a pathway to healing. Maggie is the author of the book The Magic of Succeeding: Baby-Stepping Your Thoughts, Goals, and Life and mPoweredMind self empowerment program. She holds certifications as a Burris Life Coach, L.E.A.N. Health Coach, Transformational Rhythm Facilitator, Laughter Yoga Leader and JourneyDance Guide. Maggie currently teaches classic Ballet Barre on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays as well as BoundlessBarreTM on Thursdays and Saturdays.

TEACHERS

LAURA "ROCKSTAR" DANELSKI | Vinyasa Yoga Teacher

For as long as Laura could remember, she was a bit of a rockstar. Four show days on two hours sleep were not unheard of in her world as a (Radio City) Rockette. This was the life she lived for 13 years until retiring her dancing shoes and becoming a drum playing yogi. Her life and her work is now stripped down and raw. She teaches from my heart and is grateful for a practice that continues to bring her back to her rockstar self. Laura currently teaches Vinyasa Yoga on Saturdays.

CECIL DOMINGUEZ | Salsa Teacher

Cecil Dominguez found his passion for Salsa by accident when two friends forced him to a dance class nearly 20 years ago. The self proclaimed non-dancer soon found himself addicted to the art form, discovering he possessed a hidden talent for salsa. After training with acclaimed mambo instructor, Carlos Konig for five years, Cecil began performing with the school at public and private venues such the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park and Lincoln Center. After a decade of dancing, Cecil began teaching alongside his beloved teacher, Mr. Konig and is now starting up the Salsa program at Journeyspace. Cecil currently teaches Salsa on Fridays.

CECY FIGUEROA | ZUMBA® Fitness Teacher

Get ready to let your guard down when dancing with Cecy. Her smile has the power to melt even the most reserved newcomer. She loves teaching Zumba Fitness simply because every class feels like a party! No experience or dance ability required. You just move your body and follow her lead. Join her and you'll understand. Cecy currently teaches our Monday night Zumba Fitness Class.

HEATHER RIANNE GROSSE | Modern Dance Teacher

A dancer from early childhood, Heather began her training in ballet, tap and jazz at the age of five. She later ventured in to the world of Fashion as a menswear stylist returning to dance after relocating to New York from Virginia in 2015. When not consuming copious amounts of pickles, Heather dances professionally with the dance troupe Joosebox and teaches children's ballet for a local cultural arts program, DI Studio Heights. Heather currently teaches our Thursday night Modern Dance Class.

NICKY HAMILTON | ZUMBA® Fitness Teacher

Nicole (AKA. Nicky) is a self-proclaimed Zumbaholic! For almost her entire life she went through a long, hard battle with weight. The battle ended the day her mother dragged her to her first Zumba class in Miami. The minute the class started, she realized that Zumba was so much more than just a dance or fitness class. A year and a half later, Nicky became a licensed instructor. If someone had told her that she would become an exercise instructor, she would have never believed it. She used to be unfit, on the verge of obesity, and lacked the confidence she would have thought necessary to be a fitness professional, but Zumba was special enough to change her in so many ways. Zumba quickly fast-forwarded her to her fitness destination, and now it's her turn to pay it forward. Nicky currently teaches Zumba Fitness on Saturdays.

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