Co-Owner, Artistic Director,
Lifelong athlete and performance artist, Caitlin is an accomplished singer, dancer, actor and teacher. Her list of credits include being a member of the breakdancing crew Total Khaos, competitive Bellydancing Troupe Baktiari, choreographer and instructor for Dancenter, Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center and Santa Cruz Performing Arts and featured dancer and flying monkey in Cabrillo Stage’s The Wizard of OZ. Also a very experienced personal trainer and fitness instructor, she has worked at Spa Fitness Watsonville, Bay Avenue and 41st Ave, Santa Cruz CORE Fitness and Rehab, BodyWorks, and for herself conducting her own fitness camps since 2007. Caitlin loves to dance and is incredibly passionate about helping people lead healthier, happier more balanced lives.
Co-Owner, Director of Business Operations, Instructor
Jill’s accolades include 8 years as a member of the San Francisco 49er’s Goldrush Cheerleaders, where she also served as line captain and choreographed for the team, performing in England, Japan and at four NFL Superbowls. She spent 5 years as lead Instructor for United Spirit Association (USA), being a U.S. Latin Ballroom Champion winning in both Latin and Ballroom Divisions while competing in Blackpool, England, and teaching alongside celebrity pop star and professional dancer/choreographer Paula Abdul. She is enthusiastic about creating a space where people can feel good, increase health and have fun.
Personal Trainer, Tai Chi, Chi Quong, Limalama®
Thomas began to find himself as a leader and coach when he was asked to be team captain of his college cross country team. Like his sister, Thomas is a very knowledgeable and caring personal trainer, having gained valuable experience at Santa Cruz CORE Fitness and Rehab as well as BodyWorks Personal Training Studio. A skilled runner, mountain climber, golfer, martial artist, trainer and recently-avid-stair climber, he has also added certified Tai Chi instructor to his list of credentials in 2015. He further deepened his capacity for this ancient healing art by traveling to China and Vietnam for 3 weeks to study with monks at the Nam Hoa Temple. He was promoted to 1st degree blackbelt in 2018 by Senior Master Rudy Tuiolosega and is eager train new students in the art of Limalama.
Mindy Pedlar has worked professionally as a Singer, Dancer and Actor. She toured with Serendipity Singers, performed in musical theater productions throughout the state and was a featured singer/dancer in Juliet Prowse’s night club act. Mindy is a lifelong student of Classical Ballet. She began teaching basic ballet at Synergy in 2006. She now teaches 4 classes a week to accommodate beginning, intermediate and advanced level students; recognizing the progress of her long time students and welcoming new students desiring to enter the wonderful world of Classical Ballet.
Foam Rolling & Dunham Technique
Zari Le’on is an artist and educator who challenges perceptions of either/or. A lone wolf in lineage, heritage and praxis, Zari’s work in liminal space bleeds into her performance, technique classes, scholarship and healing modalities. The late historian Hayden White, called Zari a “radical visionary,” an accurate description, as every mode of Zari’s work challenges existing notions of what “is.” The participant is plunged into an intellectual and/or physical articulation that uses the voices of both colonizer and liberator: Whether Ballet or vernacular, slang or scholarship, Zari uses languages that seek to tame, while simultaneously liberating the proverbial savage beast that humans ignore through 9-5 practices of counter-intuition
Tai Chi, Gentle Movement and Meditation
Kevin Burke began studies of comparative spiritual philosophies as an undergraduate at Stanford University. Initiated into Raja Yoga a few years after graduating, he continued his studies and practice of yoga and meditation while working as a public school teacher and Parks Manager. Kevin took an avid interest in Taoist philosophy, and in 1998 he began studies and practice of Chi Gong, Tai Chi, and Taoist Meditation techniques at Esalen Institue in Big Sur. In 2002, he began teaching those techniques at Esalen as well as at Post Ranch Inn and Ventana Inn. Kevin holds a current State of California Teaching Credential and is a State of California Certified Massage Therapist with special interest in Energy Work including Reiki and Matrix Energetics.
Latin and Ballroom Dance
Originally from San Francisco, Mario’s career began with the formation of the youth group “Boogie Down Productions” performing Hip Hop, Break Dancing, and Pop Locking in front of Ghiradelli Square and Pier 39. From there, he expanded his dance repertoire with the study of jazz, ballet and Flamenco before discovering Ballroom. He has since taken his street jazz styles and Ballroom dance to many studios, corporate/private events and cruise ships as choreographer, performer and instructor. He has also served as guest performer and choreographer at many of Santa Cruz’s charitable events. Look for him as a principal dancer in the feature film, “Swing.”
Liza Manley has been a student of classical ballet since the age of six when she began her training in the Vaganova method. She has lived in Santa Cruz for over a decade now, and continues to take as many ballet classes as possible, always striving to improve her technique and artistry. It is with this mindset that she loves sharing her passion for ballet, and all of its beauty and challenges, when she teaches beginning through intermediate ballet classes. When she is not dancing, she is in her classroom working as a local school teacher in PVUSD.
Rudy Tuiolosega was officially promoted to Senior Master/Soke, 10th degree black belt, Malamalama in June 2004. Senior Master Rudy Tuiolosega has over 40 years of experience in self defense both as a competitor and instructor. He has traveled extensively and has done numerous seminars worldwide specializing in combative arms and well as specialized self defense training for police officers, and anti-terrorist groups.
Senior Master Rudy Tuiolosega has a deep love and respect for his father’s teachings and holds a deep commitment and passion to carry on the quality and integrity of Limalama to the new generation of practitioners. He speaks Samoan fluently and his love of his Samoan culture is reflected in his teaching. He believes Limalama will enrich the lives of those who study this unique martial arts system and asks of his students, “What can I do to benefit you.”
Chris Martin graduated California State University Chico in 1982 with a Minor in Dance and has worked as a ballet Instructor locally since 1998. Chris has been liiving, dancing, performing, choreographing in Santa Cruz since 1958.
Rea (pronounced Ray) studied and instructed martial arts for many years within the Bok Fu system in San Jose where he rose to the brown belt level. While stationed in Germany, Rea was a member of the U.S. Army boxing team and later participated in the AAU Golden Glove Tournament at the Cow Palace in South San Francisco. He has been training in Limalama with Senior Master Rudy Tuiolosega alongside Thomas Fahey here at Synergy for 2 years where he recently tested and earned his third-degree brown belt. Rea loves sharing his martial arts knowledge and skills to increase his student’s mental and physical strength leading to a state of empowerment.