ABOUT ORISHA WHOLENESS
Turning Interest Into Action
Dealing with the challenges of today requires problem-solvers who bring different perspectives and are willing to take risks. ORISHA WHOLENESS emerged out of a pursuit to inspire and support the community, and a desire for actions to speak louder than words.
Established in 2021, we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization driven by progressive ideas, bold actions, and a strong foundation of support. Contact us to learn more and get involved.
Meet the Founding Members
As a founding member, Pascale has been involved in community work for a number of years. She teaches several fitness classes a week, helping the community to live a better and fruitful life.
Shelly has over 30 years of experience working with and managing community - based organizations throughout NYC. She uses her journey to help others to lead a healthy lifestyle regardless of age.
Martine holds advanced degrees in Banking, Finance and Trust Management. She also possesses experience with corporate, academic and governmental charitable management and oversight.
Tina has been enjoying line dancing for over 7 years and recently began teaching beginner line dance classes. The smiles from her students is what motivates her to return every week.
Steven Dillard joined Orisha Wholeness with the vision and drive to improve upon our non-profit organization, and focused on developing the organization with experience and integrity.
Traci 'Stilettozz' Smith
Traci 'Stilettozz' Smith is a global R&B/Soul line dance coach. choreographer & performer.
She embodies the perfect combination of charisma and irrefutable energy!
Meet the Instructors
I've been on the salsa scene for over 10 years participating in salsa congresses in PA and CT. I have also performed with a number of salsa artists locally at Lehman college for Tito Rojas, Angel Lopez w/ Tony succor and Tito Nieves to name a few.
Hello! I'm Ashley Thompson, and I live in Bronx, NY. I've been dancing since I was 2 years old. I've been a Certified Zumba Instructor since May 2019 and I absolutely love it. The reason is simple: Every class feels like a party! Come join me, I guarantee you will have a blast!
Hi, I'm Pascale! I’ve been teaching dance fitness and other body conditioning classes for over ten years. My goal is to give you a great workout while having fun, at the same time, helping the community to live a better and more fruitful life.
Hi, I'm Amanda. I'm a versatile dancer and teacher who loves to study and share African derived movement fused with technique. I continue to learn, train, and perform in new styles of dance to keep developing my movement and inspiring those who love dance to do the same.
Hello! My name is Tina and I've been enjoying line dancing for over 7 years, and recently began teaching beginner line dance classes. The smiles from my students is what motivate me to return every week.
I am a certified group fitness instructor who loves teaching group fitness classes. I've taught for the past 7 years and my classes are fun, energetic and easy to follow. You will have a blast and get a great workout!
Hello! My name is Pamela. I am a Registered nurse and have been for over 25 years, specializing in Asthma, other Respiratory Diseases, Home care and Disease Case Management
Hello! My name is PJ! I have been line dancing since 2008 and instructing since 2015. In 2015, joining with a group of ladies, we created our first dance called Passion, and shortly thereafter, we formed I.F.E. and our motto "We dance from our souls to our soles", keep me moving, and sharing my love of dancing with others
Hi! My name is Tye and I am the founder of Hiking While Black. I have been hiking for over 10 years for mental wellness and being active. Join me on this journey to hike the trails of NY!
My name is Earl, I was nominated for Choreography Of The Year in 2019 for Earl’s 4 Steps, Winner of Turbo Man Award in 2019 & I'm the creator of line dances to various kinds of music.