Steamboat Movement Fest features diverse lineup, local and not |

Steamboat Movement Fest features diverse lineup, local and not

Carrie Nelson

If you go

What: Steamboat Movement Fest

When: Thursday, July 23 to Sunday, July 26

For tickets: http://www.steamboatmove...

— In two and a half weeks, Steamboat will host the inaugural Steamboat Movement Fest for a weekend of yoga, dance, music and everything movement. Leading the festival are 39 distinguished yogis and related fitness specialists from around the country and here in Steamboat, who organizers predict will propel the festival to success during this and future years.

“We wanted to bring as much diversity so that the festival could have a unique quality about it in comparison to others,” said Talaya Thomas, the festival’s managing director. “So we pulled from Steamboat, around Colorado and around the country, from not just the yoga community, but all things movement whether dance or mountain biking.”

The festival will run from Thursday, July 23 to Sunday, July 26, and here are four of the featured teachers.

Carrie Nelson

Carrie Nelson, a local Steamboat yogi, has shared her extensive training with all pockets of the Steamboat community since 2004. Her training is rooted in India where she went to the Yoga University to study the Bihar style of yoga but extends across the globe from Australia to Cleveland, Ohio.

With over 5,000 hours of yoga training, Nelson is versed in not only the postures but also the philosophy of yoga. She has shared such knowledge with her students at the Yoga Center of Steamboat, the Old Town Hot Springs, Strawberry Park Elementary and the Yoga Academy of North America, among others, and as a board member of the North America Gurukul.

“Carrie is one of our more seasoned teachers who also brings her community spirit,” Thomas said. “She has what in sanskrit is known as seva, or selfless service, and is the whole package when you think about being a yogi.”

Currently, Nelson teaches a semester-long yoga class at Colorado Mountain College. At the festival, Nelson will teach Bihar Yoga from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Friday, July 24.

Gina Caputo

After running a web development company in the mid-90s, Gina Caputo stepped away from the tech industry unknowingly onto a path toward becoming the yoga giant she is today.

Having trained and taught in Los Angeles and in Kansas City, at festivals across the country and currently in Boulder, Caputo has developed a balance in teaching between simple and focused and creative and dynamic with an emphasis on the psychological aspects of the mind-body complex.

“I try to teach in a way that is like the day-to-day life of a Coloradan,” Caputo said. “It is a practice where we do hard and important work but have fun doing that. It makes me really excited to be in Steamboat because I’m partnering in the festival’s first year to make it extraordinary.”

She has most recently founded the Colorado School of Yoga in 2014 as an institution that is dedicated solely to yoga education and certification programs.

She will teach Friday Night Live with Justin Kaliszewski at 5:30 p.m Friday, July 24 and ColoFlow-Vinyasa for Mountain Yogis at 11 a.m Saturday, July 25.

Alfred Kendrick

Alfred Kendrick, one of the five male teachers at the festival, specializes in all areas of movement and body. He has practiced martial arts, notably kick boxing and capoeira, and dance for 22 years and studied massage therapy and structural integration.

As a day-to-day personal trainer, his objective and subjective understanding of the body allows him to break down movements and body positions for beginners and experienced athletes in whatever skill with which they approach him.

“I think it’s important that, as we grow older, we remember how to play and enjoy things that have no concrete end goal,” Kendrick said. “A lot of my message is giving people the freedom to express these movements in whatever art they favor.”

“It’s cool to see strong men expressing themselves through movement and removing the stigma that this is only for women,” Thomas said.

Kendrick will teach Capobatics-The Acrobatics of Capoeira at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 25.

Valerie D’Ambrosio

Valerie D’Ambrosio will also represent the Steamboat yoga community as not only a yoga teacher but also a professional coach for Organic Twist. In this role, she works to immerse people in the greater works of life, including physical movement and the body-mind-spirit connection, using yoga as the vehicle.

“I’m a teacher who loves alignment, but at the same time, I really honor the individual to allow yourself to be your truest teacher,” D’Ambrosio said. “The way I think about it is fluidity within the structure.”

D’Ambrosio will teach the Goddess Cricle Immersion at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 23 and Uniting Forces: The Dance Between Masculine and Feminine at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 25.

For more information and tickets to the Steamboat Movement Fest, visit

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