Coaches

JLD_8163Heather Murphy Dragoiescu

Program Director

Head Aerial Circus Coach

Heather is a motivating, positive force with an understanding of movement and an ability to communicate movement and placement to her students. She has studied martial arts since a young age. At age five Heather began to study breakdance, capoiera, acrobatics and clown arts under professional clown and author Brandon Barnette. Her interest in the mechanics of the body were sparked whiles studying classical dance disciplines under the instruction of the late Michelle Leslie of Dance Theatre of Harlem, and under Jose Mateo Dance Theatre of Cambridge. She has completed many training’s including Pilates, yoga, aerial fabric and trapeze. Always eager to grow her knowledge, Heather frequently attends workshops and seminars.

Heather heads the Go Ninja Aerial Circus Arts program. She is a ball of energy, with a smile and a style that will get you out of the chair and into the air.DSC_0914

 

Shaunna Isadore Murphy

Nutritional Science BS, UNH

Nutrition, Health and Wellness Coach

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Shaunna Murphy has been around high performance athletic sports that involve weight lose since she was a little girl. She specializes in health and nutrition for athletes, weight loss, and health improvement. She combines her nutrition and wellness with strength and conditioning and aerial circus arts. She has trained in Martial Arts since the age of two.

Her athletic training expanded under the instruction of Michelle Leslie and Marie Frederique for ballet, tap, jazz, point, and modern dance. She continues her study today of Martial Arts Aerial circus arts, and modern dance. She values the discipline and joy that exercise can bring to ones life.

Melissa Melhorn Desrosiers

Aerial Dance Coach

Modern Dance Instructor

Melissa’s passion is modern dance. (Modern dance uses the entire body in movements expressive of abstract ideas not bound by the classical rules of ballet; meaning you may see contractions, curves, rolling and sometimes acrobatic movement).

After many years of teaching and choreographing in traditional dance studios, such as Southern New Hampshire Dance Theatre and Dimensions in Dance, Melissa is fulfilling her goal of teaching modern in an athletic environment.

Her role at Go Ninja is to help aerial circus athletes transfer movement from Modern Dance up onto the apparatus. Melissa has a bachelor of arts in modern dance from Butler University.