Jada Davis, Owner & Co-Founder
Jada grew up as a dancing at the age of 4 and trained at a professional level for 10 years. While attending college atSacramento State, she was a member of the NBA Sacramento Kings dance team. After graduating, she moved to Los Angeles to further pursue her career.
She danced with the L.A. Lakers as well as work with some of the industry’s top choreographers. This then created a life-long love affair with fitness and wellness of the body. After years of training and incurring several repeated injuries, she made the decision to transition out of the dance world and into the fitness community….with the intention of one day opening her own studio.
With her well-rounded background (Pilates, Yoga, Tabata, Strength and Conditioning) and years of experience, she is skilled at working with clients of varying fitness levels. Clients leave the studio feeling energized, and inspired. 4.5 years ago she created Elevate and we are so happy she did! Her unique “Fusion Method” is both safe and effective and gives clients a full body workout in just under an hour.
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask, instead what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what this world really needs are more people who have come alive.” ~ Howard Thurman
Liane Burns, Lead Instructor
Liane began her training in dance at the age of 4, studying ballet, tap, jazz, and modern. She received her BFA in Dance Performance in 2011 from Chapman University in Orange County, CA. After graduating, her curiosity and fascination for Israeli contemporary dance lead her on a year-long journey of living, studying, and dancing in Jerusalem, Israel.
Liane’s experiences in Israel ignited in her a newfound passion for art through movement. Since returning to the Bay Area, she has been dancing and creating work with many San Francisco based choreographers. After several significant injuries throughout her dance career, Liane became excited about cross training in other avenues of exercise to build a body that is stronger and more functional. Liane has been teaching classes with Elevate since 2014 has played an integral part in the Elevate community by coaching and training new talent for our instructor team! Liane’s classes are known to be dynamic, engaging and cardio-focused.
“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.” ~ Havelock Ellis
Kendra Cannoy, Independent Instructor
Kendra’s lifelong passion for dance evolved into fitness in the early 2000’s. After two seasons performing with the NBA’s Golden State Warrior Girls, she began working as the fitness trainer to the following season’s team of
dancers. She became a Certified Personal Trainer in 2001 and worked for various gyms before owning her personal training business in Newport Beach, CA.
Through her experiences with clients young and old she became more focused on injury rehab and prevention by strengthening and stretching key areas of the body. A hip flexor injury led her on her own journey of healing which ultimately resulted in her current business of educating clients about the anti-inflammatory diet. Utilizing a proven nutrition program, Kendra has helped hundreds of clients eliminate pain and symptoms of disease. Helping people become healthier through diet and exercise is incredibly rewarding to her and she brings this enthusiasm to her classes at Elevate. Kendra’s classes are known to be challenging, fun and core focused.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”~ Lao Tzu
Carson Stein, Independent Instructor
Carson Stein has worked as a professional contemporary ballet dancer and teacher in the Bay Area for six years, and is very excited to be joining the Elevate team. She relocated from Wilmington, Delaware to San Francisco in 2009 to train at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance under the direction of
Summer Lee Rhatigan. Carson has worked with Bay Area companies Liss Fain Dance and Sharp & Fine, along with teaching students at the San Francisco Youth Ballet Academy. She is thrilled to bring her knowledge of fitness and healthy lifestyle to the Elevate community. Carson’s classes are known to be well rounded, encouraging and alignment focused.
“Are arms start from the back because they were once wings” – Martha Graham.
Melissa Gordon-Wollin, Independent Instructor
Melissa has a lifelong passion for physical movement and study of the body. She grew up taking ballet and performed almost every role in the Nutcracker.
As a NASM certified personal trainer with more than 4 years of experience designing and monitoring fitness programs she works with her clients to help them achieve their goals. She is a results oriented trainer with a passion for designing programs that improve fitness, increase stamina, improve mobility even at the smallest joint, and develop healthier lifestyles.
Pain in the way? Clients quickly get out of pain and increase their efficiency of movement through the application of a highly specialized neuromuscular performance enhancement program called Z Health. She brings her knowledge and passion to Elevate to meet clients where they are at and push them one step further. Melissa’s classes are known to be focused, dynamic and fun.
Anna Elizareva, Independent Instructor
In teaching yoga classes, Ana is doing her part as a teacher – to inspire people to work with body, breath, mind and emotions so they could bring their energy and use all “tools” which they are getting on the yoga mat in daily life. Her style is result of time spending in travels around the world, learning from a different teachers, exploring different and unique practices. Each class is a harmonius blend of traditional ancient knowledge and modern science about body and mind, delivered in English and Sanskrit, include maximum hands on assist and adjustment often using techniques from shiatsu and thai massage.
“In oneself lies the whole world, and if you know how to look and learn, then the door is there and the key is in your hand.” -Jiddu Krishnamurti
Marisa LaValette, Independent Instructor
Marisa LaValette came to yoga seeking a balanced approach to well-being after a lifetime of running and horseback riding. She started yoga from a purely physical perspective in the attempt to relax overworked muscles and immediately realized that yoga offered a holistic approach to wellness encompassing body, mind, and spirit.
Marisa thoroughly teaches every pose in a well-aligned, energetic yoga flow class. She takes a meticulous approach to asana to ensure that students can set themselves up for lifelong practice. Naturally gifted as a teacher, she inspires adults to incorporate yoga into their healthy lifestyle habits.
Her experience working as a school teacher enables her to ignite a love for yoga among preteens and teens at an early age. In her summer time off from school teaching, Marisa offers yoga and vegan cooking retreats for teen girls. Contact her directly on her website happyhungryjourney.com to learn more.
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