Level 5 Master Trainer Instructor
Performing and teaching for over 25 years, Darlene Casanova brings her vibrant New Orleans heritage to her imaginative philosophy through music, dance, and fitness. She holds a musical theater degree from the University of Utah, an MFA in Dance and Choreography from New York University, and is one of 50 Certified Level Two Music Together® Facilitators in the country. In 1998 she opened Imagination Place, which ten years later became America’s first AntiGravity® franchise. There she developed three groundbreaking curricula—Imagination Workshop, Musical Bridge™, and AntiGravity® Fitness for Kids — all focused on enhancing the innate magic children already possess to help them cultivate health, creativity, and confidence when it matters most. The first Flying Fitness Level I Certified Instructor in the world, Darlene Casanova is now one of only five Master Trainer Instructors in the United States. With her many accomplishments, Darlene considers being a mom to sons Tristan and Skylar her highest creative achievement!
David began his teaching career in 2008 while assisting Taylor Lamont with the Structural Bodywork department at UCMT. In 2010 he went on to certify as an AntiGravity® Yoga instructor through Christopher Harrison. David combines his two passions, alignment therapy and yoga, into one congruent discipline. David’s practice and teaching model allows for clients to incorporate yoga poses and postures as a means of ridding pain through movement and stretching. David blends the modalities of Dance, Yoga, and Alignment Therapy from his training in Modern, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Musical Theatre Dance at the Boston Conservatory and University of Utah.
Dawn Levingston is a certified Level 4 AntiGravity® Yoga Instructor, and has been teaching AGY since 2009. She has certificates and training from The Radiant Child Yoga Program with Shakta Kaur Khalsa, Brain Gym, and The Center for Music and Young Children. She graduated from Myotherapy College, and Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts. Her study of kinesiology has been a great benefit to her AntiGravity® Yoga classes. Dawn holds a B.F.A in Dance and Theatre from the University of Utah. A drummer and dancer with Samba Fogo, a premier Brazilian performance band at The Utah Arts Alliance, feeds much of her personal growth musically and physically in addition to the amazing programs held at Imagination Place. When out of the studio and classroom, she is engaged with the physical, mental, and emotional development of her two young children.
Emily Jacobs is a Level 2 Certified AntiGravity® Fitness instructor. Teaching AntiGravity® is the newest outlet for Emily's passion for education and fitness, following a lifelong pursuit of team sports, group fitness, and a strong healthy body. Emily was drawn to AntiGravity® because of the fun and playful curriculum that also challenges the mind and body. Her teaching philosophy is "We all have the ability to create beauty through movement and music, no matter what your background." Her goal is for each student who leaves her classroom to experience this success first-hand. Emily obtained her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Westminster College in 2004 and is certified with the Center for Music and Young Children. She is a seasoned educator and has been teaching at Imagination Place since 2003. In addition to her AntiGravity® classes, Emily is currently teaching various classes to children and adults including: Music Together, Imagination Workshop, and group guitar classes. She considers her three young boys and her husband her greatest treasures and when she is not teaching, she can be found pounding on the drums or the piano with her boys or cheering on her little soccer and golf stars.
In September 2011, Molly Gaudry sustained a mild traumatic brain injury from a roller derby training accident, and she spent the next few years undergoing vision, physical, and occupational therapies. In 2013, with the support of the U's Life Skills Clinic, she began to slowly reintegrate back into her old life as a writer, publisher, and professor. Molly's journey toward becoming a Level 1 Certified AntiGravity Fitness instructor begins here, in December 2013, when her Occupational Therapist encouraged her to really begin challenging her vestibular and proprioceptive systems. Over the next few months at Imagination Place, while setting positive intentions in "Womb Pose," enjoying inversions (especially "Flying Shoulder Stand"), and meditating on her own personal transformation in "Cocoon" -- from someone who couldn't swing without getting nauseated to someone who now craves her daily upside-down inversion -- Molly came to wholeheartedly embrace one of Christopher Harrison's philosophies: "Hidden in the forces that pull us down is the energy to lift us up!" Today, Molly's personal goal is to assist and celebrate the triumphs of others -- especially those with sensory challenges -- as they discover their own bodies' strength, flexibility, and hidden abilities. (When she's not in the Harrison Hammock, Molly is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Utah, the founder and creative director at The Lit Pub, and a core faculty member at the Yale Writers' Conference.)
Brianna Neilson is a Level 1 Certified AntiGravity Fitness Instructor. Born and raised in Utah, she has been a dancer since she was 3 years old. Brianna was a part of her high school drill team and was chosen to be a part of the Utah 5A Allstate Drill Team her senior year. After graduation Brianna searched for a fitness practice that provided the same physical expression and benefits of dance. She started practicing yoga in college and later found AntiGravity Fitness and fell completely in love. With every class she became more and more passionate about AntiGravity and made the decision to share her excitement and become an instructor. “AntiGravity Fitness is my sanctuary. When I walk into the studio I leave all of the cares and worries of the day at the door and reward myseslf with some much needed ‘me time’.” Her goal as an instructor is to create an atmosphere where students can escape the everyday rush and revitalize, all while having fun and benefiting the body and mind.