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Catrina & Bo
KineOasis is an exploratory and creative merger of husband and wife team Catrina Choate-Heretoiu and Bogdan Heretoiu - movement educators dedicated to the exploration of Human Expression through Movement.
Catrina Choate-Heretoiu is a somatic practitioner and dance educator who works with recovery and learning through movement. She is the co-founder of Soma Studies which includes online/live somatic classes and is the creator of Soma Stories and Ballet Journeys.
While young, she trained at the prestigious School of American Ballet and then continued to dance professionally with Miami City Ballet, Carolina Ballet, and Miami Contemporary Dance Company. Catrina thrived in her performance career but she also understood movement from a healing perspective and chose to nurture an academic and somatic path.
"The students at NCDC were lucky to have the opportunity to train with Ms Catrina in ballet. Her knowledge, kindness and process allowed them to progress technically in a supportive and nurturing environment.
Through her work, the students gained a deeper understanding on how to increase their alignment, flexibility and overall strength safely."
Founder / Executive Director of Northern California Dance Conservatory
Catrina has a B.A. Degree in English Literature from Florida International University, an MFA Degree in Dance from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, and is certified in The Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education. She has taught all levels of ballet and Feldenkrais at many conservatories throughout the U.S. and Europe such as the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Dance Department, Northern California Dance Conservatory, and Sacramento Ballet.
Throughout Catrina’s life, movement has been the trusted language of communication and she understands that a somatic conversation through movement can reveal unexpected experiences that can promote learning, growth, relief, and ultimately connection.
“Catrina brings professionalism, somatic awareness and individual attention to each of us enrolled in her Adult Ballet Classes.
Her concentration and sharing of the importance of muscle awareness is much appreciated in dealing with the various levels of training and experience in our class.
By calmly and patiently instructing and correcting us we learn to apply and benefit from her expertise and attention.”
“Hi! I am Beverly and have been playing ballet classes for over 25 years. I look forward to playing class with Catrina.
Why? The working atmosphere is focused and intense yet with a sense of ease and joy. Catrina’s musical depth is reflected in her clear precise varying tempos and articulations for each combination and her recognition of repertoire played in class. She truly values and knows how to maximize the partnership of a live musician.”
“Ballet is such a beautiful art but so very challenging for adult beginner students like myself.
Catrina helps us by breaking down the steps into manageable pieces, and all within the safety zone of our physical abilities.
We are learning and having lots of fun at the same time. The meditative quality in in the music and the movements is amazing.
I look forward to Catrina’s classes.”
Adult Ballet Student
“I have had no ballet or dance experience of any kind until the fall of 2020 when I decided to take up ballet as a form of exercise. The past two semesters I've had Catrina as an instructor have been wonderful.
I love how each class is slightly different to keep things from getting too repetitive. She incorporates stretching into the beginning and end of class and it's so helpful and relaxing.
There are so many little things in ballet that Catrina is able to explain in a way that makes sense and is so accessible for someone who has no previous dance experience of any kind. I love her music choices and the overall class is a delight with her as an instructor.”
Bo is a Filmmaker and a Martial Arts Educator. He has accumulated 40+ years of practice and 20+ years of instructing Martial Arts at different levels and ages.
He started Okinawan Goju-Ryu at the age of 13, became one of the Founders of the first Romanian Martial Arts Federation, and later an Aikido Instructor with the Romanian Aikido Federation under Dan Ionescu Shihan.
He founded The Grasshoppers Club and runs his Martial Arts program as a hybrid between in-person classes and an online community.
Over the years, Bo has expanded his movement vocabulary to incorporate everything useful and practical for achieving and maintaining a healthy mind inside a healthy body.
After years of practice and exploration, Bo shifted focus from the ritualistic and often unilateral nature of traditional martial arts training to researching and incorporating teaching methodologies across various Martial Arts styles, with the goal to support a Developmental, Enhancement, Performance, and Recovery Movement-based Program for all ages.
While still practical from a "martial" perspective, Bo's classes are adapted to a modern society that demands mental and emotional resilience, critical thinking, and teamwork. Mutual Respect is at the core of this practice.
Bo's open invitation to everyone is to Re-THINK Martial Arts, and his favorite quote is "A teacher is a student who teaches in order to continue his study" (Mochizuki Minoru Sensei)
Please join us anytime to explore how Movement can be used to improve quality of life, assist in personal transformation, and offer a portal into a personal space of joyful empowerment.
Catrina & Bo