Who we are?

An amazing group of facilitators and educators that LOVE to GROOVE
and are passionate about Community, Creativity and Authenticity

TEAM MISSION


We are dedicated to superior kick ass instructor development by providing powerful relevant information, high-quality education, effective tools and useful resources. We are here to support, inspire and empower community leaders, dance lovers and teachers to go from being teachers to learning how to facilitate mind-blowing, therapeutic dance experiences for the mind, body, heart and soul. We are here to serve you!

Misty

Misty

Founder and Creator of The GROOVE Method misty@TheWorldGROOVEMovement.com


Rebel, TRUTH Warrior and lover of DANCE. Innovator and Founder of The World GROOVEMovement. Creator of TheGROOVEmethod™, The technology of AUTHENTICITY™, THEGROOVE and The bodyGROOVE™ Experience. I live eat and breathe the essence of dance, it screams in every cell in my body! It is what I was born to do! I have dedicated my life to the elevation of consciousness, creativity, and authenticity through this very simple and powerful technology that came through me.

I am devoted to sharing it with others, and showing people how simple it is to tune in, be creative and GROOVE. I am always honored to facilitate a GROOVE and get to witness someone “waking up” in their body for the first time in their life and to see the joy and bliss that comes when someone finally moves past the fear of what others think about what it looks like and truly let themselves DANCE!

I am proud and excited to lead this team of amazing GROOVERS that are just as passionate as I am about being authentic, dancing and building a healthy conscious global community. I genuinely hope we get the opportunity to serve you and GROOVE with you very soon!

Corinne

Corinne

Operations Director corinne@TheWorldGROOVEMovement.com


I had a massive wake-up call in 2009 that had me rethink and redo my life. I wasn’t able to understand that wake-up call at that time, I needed some time to figure it out. I decided to make the most out of the given situation and went on a long trip. I ended up in Mexico at the end of my trip and got introduced to GROOVE at the beach, what an amazing experience!

I was not intending to provide GROOVE classes; I just wanted to experience more of this amazingness I experience back in Mexico, for myself! Luckily, some of my friends convinced me to start this new concept in Switzerland and I was hooked ever since.

It was amazing to see my friends and their friends enjoying my GROOVE experiences; and seeing myself enjoying providing them with the space, amazing music and moves was pure joy. It’s been so much fun creating something new, something nobody has done before in my country.

With GROOVE, some of my most favorite things came together, traveling, music, dancing and meeting amazing people all around the world along my beautiful journey called life. I’m grooving my life! GROOVE your life, be authentic, be YOU!

Dani

Dani

Education Director and Master Teacher dani@TheWorldGROOVEMovement.com


Hey I’m Dani, a hard-core dance lover and always honored to provide a space where people can come together to celebrate, unite and feel good. GROOVE came into my life powerfully and quickly became my tool for my own personal growth - my go-to thing to do when I need to express myself, let go, honor my body and experience deep joy.

In addition to leading courses and workshops with TWGM, I work in schools with students and teachers to infuse GROOVE philosophies and principles in the Education sector with our sister company,The GROOVE EDGEucation. I’m the Visionary for GROOVE and Grow, an organization that offers a variety of workshops, programs, and events that promote holistic health and build community. Using GROOVE as a tool for healing and empowerment is at the heart of this work.

Before I became a “professional” GROOVEr, I pursued my PhD in Education and had been leading and organizing various community projects in Latin America, Asia and Africa.

Heather

Heather

Master Teacher and GROOVE Fit (Michigan, USA) heather@TheWorldGROOVEMovement.com


It definitely took some Divine intervention in November, 2009 when I decided to step into a fitness conference session called GROOVALICIOUS SEXY DANCE PARTY led by Misty Tripoli. I was feeling everything BUT sexy that day or most days for that matter. You see, I have been in the fitness industry teaching group exercise for over 25 years and the subtle messages are that we are never quite good enough, fit enough, strong enough, skinny enough, etc. We need to keep reshaping this or that and burn off the fun we had the night before. I can tell you this one-hour GROOVE class literally changed my life and my teaching forever.

The constant comparison of ourselves against impossible standards and not honoring the unique, amazing individuals we are all meant to be! Life is meant to be simple, joy-filled, connected and truly lovely. When I am on the GROOVE DANCEfloor, time disappears, all stress is gone and I get to let myself feel amazing. When I facilitate GROOVE for others, I get to share these Positive Vibes about life. EveryBODY can dance and everyone is a whole, consisting of mind, body and soul. The world and the fitness industry will continue to benefit greatly as we engage in GROOVE experiences!

Liz

Liz

Master Teacher (Victoria BC, Canada) liz@TheWorldGROOVEMovement.com


Hi! I'm Liz! I am a playful yogini, teacher and coach, lover of sweet beats and a goddess ofGROOVE, Master Trainer in THEGROOVE, Reiki practitioner, blogger, business owner/operator and above all, a mumma of two beautiful, bright lights. I have been professionally involved in the “fitness industry”for over seventeen years, accumulating an eclectic collection of certificates, a degree, and some wisdom over the years. I have an absolute passion for helping people discover their own physical and inner strength and beauty.

My classes and trainings reflect the way I like my life; a full spectrum of potential experiences....savoring everything from loud, playful and creative movement to quiet, deep, introspective stillness. My offerings are truly an act of love and my souls passion. I strive to create an environment where participants feel welcome and leave feeling completely nourished. I believe in people’s ability to exceed beyond their own perceived limitations to live a life happier and more abundant than ever thought possible! I am grateful that you allow me the honour of being a part, however that may look, of your journey and I cannot wait to shake it with you on a DANCEfloor!

Laurie-Lynn

Laurie-Lynn

Master Teacher (Montreal, Canada) laurielynn@TheWorldGROOVEMovement.com


Laurie-Lynn I GROOVE because it allows me to let go, release, relax and rejoice in my body! I facilitate GROOVE classes because it promotes a deeper connection with the body and soul and inspires people to move in ways they never thought possible.

I want to teach people to become facilitators because I know firsthand the way GROOVE has significantly changed lives –those of my participants and my very own. I believe that by growing the GROOVE community we can open hearts, bodies and minds to the immeasurable power of authentic dance. Just think about how awesome you feel after a GROOVE class? Imagine the whole world felt that way.

Holly

Holly

Master Teacher (Nebraska, USA) holly@TheWorldGROOVEMovement.com


GROOVE found me! My first GROOVE experience was at a Fitness Conference before it was called GROOVE. I noticed all of these classes by M. Tripoli that were dance-based. They seemed like they were up my alley. EARLY in the morning. A handful of us were in there waiting for Misty. Pretty soon, this larger than life woman with dreads and a cup of hot tea walks in, rolling her little suitcase behind her.She turned on the music and I was hooked!

Over the years, I’ve had Misty share GROOVE with students at the University where I worked. Now it’s my turn to spread GROOVE into this world! Having struggled with body image and an autoimmune disease, I know the power ofGROOVING your body! It has transformed the way I view HEALTH versus Fitness. It also gave me the courage to start my own Healthy Lifestyle Coaching business.

My passion is to help women of all ages reconnect to their bodies so that they can reconnect to themselves! I also want to spread GROOVE to Kids of all ages so they already are connected to their bodies and are confident humans, willing to change this planet for the better. When I’m not GROOVING, I’m enjoying nature, doing Yoga, spending time with nieces and nephews, traveling, and learning.

Yvonne & Roger

Yvonne & Roger

Young at Heart (GROOVE Seniors) support@theworldgroovemovement.com


We, Yvonne & Roger Puckett, came from the same dance background. Musical comedy. Dance. Love of dance. Addicted to dance.However, we came from different states. Roger, from Texas, Yvonne, California. We danced Broadway shows, however not at the same musical theatres. Eventually both of us landed in New York. We met at a show backstage. We’re now on the Groove Dance Floor stage because Leslie Howitt and Maria Ferrar introduced us to Misty Tripoli’s THEWORLDGROOVEMOVEMENT. Eureka!! A new beginning! We took Dani’s Groove Training and were on our way to dancing our hearts out! Our love of dance allows us to design GROOVE YOUNG at HEART for Seniors. Thank you Misty & Corinne! We are elated to discover that authentic movement for seniors, seated in chairs or standing is not only healing but joyful to share and in many cases is saving lives. We feel blessed and grateful to be called the G-Ma & G-Pa Groovers who have found “we can’t get it wrong!”

Annabelle Neudam

Annabelle Neudam

Master Teacher (Berlin, Germany) annabelle@TheWorldGROOVEMovement.com


Music and dance have always been very important in my life: Starting with ballroom dancing at the age of 15, joining all kinds of dance classes from Jazz, House, Lyrical, Hip Hop for 20 years to being a Salsa-addict and singing in a youth-choir. For me GROOVE is the most wonderful combination of music and dance. GROOVE has enriched my life in so many ways – from experiencing dance completely new, meeting wonderful people all over the world, becoming part of a creative, crazy, caring international family to becoming a better teacher – it has been and still is quite a journey. I am happy and beyond grateful to be a Facilitator of the THEGROOVE since 2012 and give other people the opportunity to experience the freedom of dance in their very own way. It is such a joy to see. Other than GROOVE I also teach a variety of group fitness classes such as bodyART™, deepWORK©, Speedball Fitness™, Step Aerobic and workout classes. Teaching movement is my passion – there is nothing better than seeing participants walking out of a class all happy, smiling and confident. Annabelle@TheWorldGROOVEMovement.com www.annabelleneudam.de

Miranda

Miranda

Master Teacher (Hawaii) miranda@TheWorldGROOVEMovement.com


Last year I did my first GROOVE class and fell in love with it! I have since been to Mexico todo a Master Trainer Camp and I am now the only GROOVE Master Trainer in Australia. I felt very refreshed when I discovered a class that allows people to move ‘ their way’ , without having the pressure of copying the instructor. GROOVEis also designed to nurture the body so I couldn’ t help but fall in love with itstraight away, asit made my body feel so good every time I did a class. The GROOVE community in Melbourne is growing fast and I’ m really looking forward to sharing this class more people – just hanging out, playing and dancing – for the HEALTH of it! After experiencing the class –my body does not want todo anything else. My body feels strong and flexible and completely nurtured. I really want tobe able to share this feeling with other people. I’ d love to see the dancers I know in both the gym and dance communities experience the same feeling that I had. I’ d love tobe able to get the message across to them that you do not have to hurt your body tomake it stronger or better. To feel itis one thing, but to have the ability to share that feeling with others is an honor.

Torild

Torild

Master Teacher (Denmark) torild@TheWorldGROOVEMovement.com


GROOVE empowers me! It MOVES me physically and mentally.  For me, every dance is a practice in listening to myself, tuning in and becoming aware of what I need to pay attention to in that very moment. GROOVE is my meditation, it tunes me into my inner compass that I know will always guide me in the right direction if I pay attention to it and follow it. It’s an eternal journey into my own little wonderful universe. Always new adventures to discover. Some are pure joy and some are hard and challenging. It is so beautiful to witness the journey of the GROOVERS in my class. First time GROOVERS, seasoned GROOVERS, men, women, young and old. To witness their journey is truly humbling, and touches me deeply every single time. MAGIC happens on the DANCEfloor. And even more MAGIC appears when we apply the GROOVE truths to our everyday lives. I see the journey of GROOVE having such tremendous, positive impact on people, and I feel honored and grateful to be part of this powerful movement. Torild is a physical therapist and has worked with the body-mind connection in forensic Psychiatry for many years.  She is currently managing a program in Denmark with young at risk boys, facilitates GROOVE weekly and is passionate about building the GROOVE community in Copenhagen.

Ildiko Hegyi

Ildiko Hegyi

Ambassador for Toronto


My passion is dancing and GROOVE gave my passion a new MEANING - My passion has a PURPOSE now: making the world a more harmonious, more loving place; I am honoured and lucky to share the gift of dancing in my life. Grooving for me dancing is like the fresh air for my breathing. Grooving together enriches and amplifies my own experiences. The metamorphosis which happens on the DANCEfloor impacts all aspects of my life, continuously. And it is that feeling in my heart that made me want to create the similar kind of space for everybody. I was so excited to bring it into my dance classes. GROOVE is so simple and yet so beautiful; everybody can do it and everybody can experience the feeling of being successful and having fun on the DANCEfloor. From the first moment I met Misty and experienced The GROOVE I wanted to be involved, I wanted to make it happen, create the space, find the space and arrange for the space, offer my home and office as shelter for GROOVErs who are coming from around the world and want to attend GROOVE events in Toronto, this way helping spread the GROOVE worldwide. I still remember with warmth in my heart the LOVETRAIN in the living room after our cozy family like patio BBQ dinner. What I love most about groove is that it brings together like minded/hearted people and that allows a strong bond amongst GROOVErs. It feels like being with very close friends, sisters and brothers, it is like being in a HAPPY HOME. ildiko@theworldgroovemovement.com

Maria Gutierrez-Ferrar

Maria Gutierrez-Ferrar

Ambassador for New York

I have been a dance instructor for over 15 years and LOVE helping people find joy through dance.
I began teaching dance fitness 10 years ago and found out exactly how terrified people are to move their own bodies.
I started researching ways to help my students relax and actually enjoy the process. Luckily, I found GROOVE!
I immediately connected with this “MOVEMENT” it is exactly what I was looking for.
Authentic dance for EVERYbody!  I am so proud to say, I have been able to help hundreds of people benefit from this simple way of moving.
Since I became a facilitator in 2009, I have never looked back. Maria@TheWorldGROOVEMovement.com

Paula Harris

Paula Harris

Ambassador for New Zealand

The very first time I GROOVED, I felt like I’d found home. GROOVE instantly took me back to when I would go out dancing as a teenager at night clubs (underaged!), when I didn’t care what anyone thought of my dancing, when I just moved because the music made me want to, when dancing filled me with sheer joy.
I love that when I GROOVE I don’t have to worry about looking like anyone else, or moving like anyone else, or whether I should be on my left foot or the right. I can just connect with the music, move my body and feel freakin’ amazing.
As a facilitator, I love seeing others connect to themselves and to the music, and just dance. It’s a beautiful thing to experience. I feel so lucky that I get to share The GROOVE with others.

Paula@TheWorldGrooveMovement.com http://fluidformfitness.co.nz/

Tine Aggrey

Tine Aggrey

Ambassador for Norway tine@TheWorldGROOVEMovement.com


Moving to music is healing to me. And I don’t mean it in a mainstream, superficial way, because movement actually healed me! 
Ten years ago I was suffering from anorexia, anxiety and severe depression, and so I dropped out of my studies in dance pedagogy. Analyzing my body’s movement in the mirror everyday made my mind go crazy, I think. Nothing was ever good enough, and I was constantly striving for perfection, comparing myself with everyone! For many years I did nothing but receive therapy, and it helped but it was actually Yoga and GROOVE that saved me from this “striving to be perfect” -illness! I came across a talk by Misty on YouTube, where she was addressing body image. Something in me just said “find her and learn from her!”. So I did! 
After attending my first facilitator training I can honestly say my life changed completely. I have never danced to impress anyone ever again. Now I dance to keep myself grounded in my body, in tune with my deepest essence, and I dance to create joy and happiness within! This body we are born into is meant to feel good! And It is meant to look exactly the way it does right now! There is nothing you need to do, it already is perfect! I know that now! So let’s just enjoy and GROOVE together!

Linnéa Larsson

Linnéa Larsson

Ambassador for Sweden

For years I was trying to figure out a way to allow people to share what I experience when I dance. Often people could sense something, watching me on the dance floor, and they’d wonder how I did it. I couldn’t say, because it just happened. It’s not about remembering steps, styles or choreography, the dance happens, your soul is free and expresses itself in ways you couldn’t expect. 
So I wanted to figure out how to share this way of letting go, not caring what you look like and let the music have you. On day I came across an article in a magazine about Misty Tripoli and The GROOVE. I couldn’t believe my eyes. It matched exactly what I had been looking for. Soon after I took my facilitator training and started facilitating The GROOVE almost right away. Now, I’m proud to say I’ve been grooving my community for almost two years and I’m amazed at what The GROOVE provides for people, how it supports them to be more and more free and courageous in their expression. I have so much love, respect and enthusiasm about this movement and I’m so proud to be a part of it as a Facilitator and the Ambassador in Sweden.

Linnea@TheWorldGROOVEMovement.com www.happyembodiment.com

Nadine Joy Collins

Nadine Joy Collins

Ambassador for Montreal

GROOVE found me a few years ago when I was recovering from an injury and looking for something different to shake things up! I have always loved music and dancing and The GROOVE was the perfect combination! It’s a way to continue to learn to love and connect to my body, mind and soul in an AUTHENTIC way.  
The great thing about it is that all that matters is the music and how your body wants to move! The GROOVE creates a safe space to let yourself go because no one cares what you look like! No judgements, just you and the wonderful people dancing with you! The GROOVE communities around the world are so welcoming and are such a family that you feel that you’ve known them forever! The diversity of people that are GROOVErs is just that: DIVERSE they are from all walks of life and bring something UNIQUE and special to The GROOVE. I am always honored to be in the company of Misty, The GROOVE Team and the GROOVErs! I am so grateful that as a participant and a facilitator I get to share this experience with others on amazing DANCEfloors!

Nadine@TheWorldGROOVEMovement.com

Pernille B

Pernille B

Ambassador for Denmark

My name is Pernille from Copenhagen, Denmark. I'm a GROOVE Facilitator for adults and for kids, designer in training. In my daily work I inspire and help people in need to exit gangs and their criminal way of living. I'm also a music-lover, a performer and choreographer (gymnastics and Street) and I easily get inspired by the power of music. I had the opportunity to GROOVE at an event in Copenhagen two years ago - I fell for it. Deeply in love!!! And have been ever since..... I cannot not GROOVE! In many years I've been told what to do and how... I love the choreo-world as well, but on my GROOVE journey I found that moving authentic and free gives me the whole body and mind experience. It's my way to clear the head and get my energy back. And I love to bring it on!! To see how people respond to The GROOVE and to see them grow with it! It's amazing.... No limits, just love. Nothing more, nothing less. The GROOVE will get you there.

pernille@TheWorldGROOVEMovement.com

Amy Tepperman

Amy Tepperman

Groove Edgucation

I am a longtime lover of music, dancing and pretty much everything creative. So you can imagine my excitement when I stumbled across The Groove in 2010. Soon after, I began to work closely with my now partner in crime Michelle Hillier taking The Groove to the education sector, adapting it for use with children and youth. After much experimenting and witnessing the effects and links to educational mandates and curricula, we then adapted The Groove into an educational pedagogy that can now be implemented by school teachers in different areas of the classroom (numeracy, literacy, Phys Ed, Dance and more!). The Groove EDGEucation was born. I am honoured to be creating positive change in the education sector, inspiring teachers, and pioneering the use integrated/holistic learning with the "Body, Brain & Being" in the classroom.    

Michelle

Michelle

Groove Edgucation

Michelle is a passionate educational presenter and consultant for school boards, community/recreation leaders and teacher education programs across Canada and growing into the U.S.A. Michelle was moved immensely by The Groove Method in 2008 while participating in a presentation by Misty Tripoli that ROCKED her entire idea of dance, fitness and of how people move. Things have never been the same since.  After completing her degrees in Arts and Education, and spending years in the classroom, she is now passionately committed to getting dance and movement into ALL areas of education and recreation through the Groove EDGEucation programs and resources with Amy Tepperman and their amazing team of EDGEucators. They most recently received an award from the Canadian Intramural and Recreation Association, for making a positive contribution to the field of education through non-competitive activity programming, which was the start of a vision to make a change in education and the ways children learn. Michelle also on faculty at the University of Ontario in the teacher education program and instructs Dance Education at York University. When she is not on the Groove DANCEfloor, Michelle is actively involved in fitness, travelling and spending time with the two biggest loves of her life ~ her husband Dave and son James. 

376385384387389391392394172591726117263172671727317277172831728417285172861728717289