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Meet the Staff

Our staff has over 40 years of combined GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® experience.

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Joseph Liu

Studio Owner & Trainer

Gyrotonic
Gyrokinesis
Massage
Shiatsu
Franklin Method
Joseph Liu is a Licenced Massage Therapist, OBMT #24254, Certified Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis Trainer, Franklin Method educator and dancer in Portland, Oregon. He owns and operates Center Gyrotonic in Portland, Oregon. His desire is that everyone can experience the nourishing ecstasy of movement. Joseph’s passion for dance and movement started at a young age watching ballroom dance competitions on public television. Their elegance and grace and led him to pursue studies in numerous social dances including Swing, Blues, Tango, and Salsa.
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Emma Kingston

Master Trainer

Gyrotonic
Gyrokinesis
Gyrotonic Master Trainer
Gyrokinesis Master Trainer
Master Trainer Emma Kingston is certified to teach both the Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis teacher training programs as well as some of the specialized equipment courses. Emma is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and has a background in dance, Gymnastics and Capoeira (a Brazilian martial art). Emma melds these influences together into her teaching style and works to bring a balanced perspective between the more technical knowledge of the body in tandem with the fun of movement.
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Gail Bolte

Trainer

Gyrotonic
Gyrokinesis
Gyrotonic Pretrainer
Gail Bolte creates customized private and group Gyrotonic training sessions to improve her clients overall health and well being. A native of New York, Gail Bolte’s enthusiasm for fitness began in childhood trying a myriad of sports but her passion landed with gymnastics and high school team dance. In 2003, Gail relocated to Portland and embraced Pilates to treat the chronic lower back pain she experienced after having children. Gail’s success with Pilates drove her passion for practicing therapeutic movement and led her to become a certified Pilates instructor.
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Gyrotonic
Gyrokinesis
Gyrotonic Pretrainer
Born in Albany, NY Heather began dancing at 8 and was enthralled. At 14 she became a Ballet Major at the University of Utah where she earned her BFA. Heather has danced with Utah Ballet and Ballet West performing classic ballets as and more contemporary works. After moving to Portland Heather became a dancer with BodyVox where she has danced for 12 years until she retired in 2016. Heather has also enjoyed working with skinner|kirk DANCE ENSEMBLE, The Portland Opera, and other choreographic projects as well as a full teaching schedule.
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Gyrotonic
Gyrokinesis
Jessica credits Gyrotonic exercise for her rehabilitation from what should have been a career-ending shoulder injury as a circus artist. She enjoys working with all types of movers, who are eager to challenge themselves and inquisitive in maintaining and gaining function in their bodies. She began her study of the Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis Methods in Washington, DC, under Master Trainers Justine Bernard Shaw, Tracy Monaco Reid, Christina Hritz, and Juergen Bamberger.
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Gyrotonic
Marissa is a lifelong dancer and finds GYROTONIC® exercise is unique in it’s adaptability to be tuned to any body to bring that body into it’s clearest and most elegant expression of mechanical ease. She discovered Gyrotonic (after trying most everything else) during rehabilitation from a dance related hip surgery in 2012. Not only did Gyrotonic allow her to return to what she loved to do, in it she finds the same sort of poetry and communion between self, time and space that is found in dance.