Born and raised in Bemus Point, NY, Molly started dancing at the age of twelve and hasn't stopped since! Molly studied classical ballet and character dance at Pointe Chautauqua Dance with Jill Keating and at the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet with Monika Alch. She opened the Bemus Pointe Ballet in 2006 and runs their summer dance program annually. Since moving to Buffalo, Molly has danced with Configuration Dance Theatre, the Greater Niagara Ballet Company, Ballet Ex Machina, and the ALT Performance Group. In 2015, Molly opened the Buffalo Dance Ensemble at the Porter Center of Health and Wellness. The BDE offers classes and performance opportunities for all ages.
Mo is the owner and operator of the Porter Center of Health and Wellness. He holds his B.A. from the University of Connecticut, an M.S.S. from the University of New York at Buffalo, and is a graduate of Hong Kong college of acupuncture. Mo opened the Porter Center in 2004 with the goal of providing traditional health practices and treatment. Mo has hosted all genres of wellness classes at the Porter Center, including tai chi, yoga, brazilian boxing, kung fu, capoeira, and midwifery services. The Porter Center has also hosted Chinese Qi Gong masters, and continues to bring East Asian health practices to Western NY.
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Mary is a dancer, choreographer and ballet teacher in the Buffalo, NY area. She is constantly researching how biomechanics, physics of movement and somatic principles can be applied to ballet studies in a way that helps provide a safe, fun and efficient way of moving .She is also currently working on her MFA in Dance Studies and has recently presented a workshop on the Physics of Pirouettes to help demystify turns for both dancers and fellow teachers.
Her choreography with her dance group, Ballet ex Machina, involves mixing contemporary ballet with industrial and electric music and is often in collaboration with other visual and performing artists. Mary has choreographed pieces that have been presented at the Albright Knox Art Gallery, ALT Theatre, University at Buffalo, Music is Art Festival and the Elmwood Festival of the Arts.
Barbara was born and raised in Buffalo, NY and continues to give back to her community through the Porter Center of Health and Wellness. Barbara holds her B.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, as well as her Diploma from the New England School of Acupuncture in Watertown, Massachusetts. Barbara has 200+ hours in Continuing Education in Western Sciences and Acupuncture Studies. Barbara's Certifications include the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture Society of New York, Acupuncture and Detox Supervisor, and the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association of Washington D.C., Specialist Certified. Barbara currently practices at the Porter Center of Health and Wellness, and the Caro Medical Center in Derby, NY.
Susi Rosinski started her Qigong training with Jeff Primack of Qi Revolution, along with Wim Hof, aka "The Ice Man". She was so inspired by them, that she immediately started seeking out the best teachers she could! Her training in Qigong and TaiChi includes studying with Masters: David Saltman, Daisy Lee, Francesco Garripoli, Dr. Effie Chow, Mantak Chia, Lama Tantrapa, Dr. George Love and Philip Tai Foo Lai, as well as others.
In 2012 she became a student of Grand Master Yuanming Zhang, who has trained her in Qigong, TaiChi and Medical Qigong for Healing others.
She has trained at the Wu Dang Shang Temple, as well as TianLongGong Temple in China and also in Tibet.
Having a varied background with many Masters, has helped her gain the necessary experience to help people!
Mark Stoddard is a Western New York native who has had an interest in Martial Arts since childhood. He was able to pursue this interest beginning in 1992 with Thai kickboxing and then Fu Hok Tong Long Kung Fu. He moved to Rochester, NY in 1992 where he started training Wing Chun Kung Fu.
He met his current Wing Chun teacher Kenneth Chung Maanin in 1997 and with his friend Kathy Jo Connors formed the North East Wing Chun Student Association. Mark came to Buffalo in 2006 and opened a branch of the association.
"Not greedy, not afraid" is a Wing Chun idiom that has been adopted as the motto of the Association. Mark explains "The idea is that in a physical conflict you keep your balance so that your own movements don't put you in an awkward situation, for example if your punch misses and you fall forward. But is also applies to our emotions, spirit and mind. Can I take on a new challenge in life or pursue a goal and keep myself centered, keep my feet underneath me and not let fear keep me from trying. So we practice not being greedy or afraid physically with each other in training but I think it is a great philosophy of life as well."
Mark is a hands on teacher as "the art demands it". Wing Chun is a way of kung fu that uses touch, contact sensitivity to feel and deal with the opponent's movements. Accordingly Mark allows students to learn at their own pace. "The important thing is that you, the individual understands it (Wing Chun) in your body."