Our Family

Angeliki Karamina
Founder and Director of Living Room SoHo & The Private Loft
Professional Ballet Dancer, BA in Physical Education and Sports Science
Certified GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Instructor

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angeliki 8.jpegAngeliki Karamina is the founder and director of Living Room SoHo, as well as a member of the teaching faculty.

She studied GYROKINESIS® under master trainer Young-Ah Kim and GYROTONIC® under Specialized Master Trainer Erika Hassan. She began practicing these methods while pursuing her dance training at New York City’s Peridance Capezio Center in 2008. After twenty-plus years of dancing and dance-related injuries, Angeliki found herself unable to continue performing professionally—a crisis which, compounded by the loss of her father Ioannis Karaminas, left her searching for answers and desperate for healing. She was enormously grateful to discover the deeply transformative and empowering practices of both GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS®. The spiraling movements and intentional breathing of these techniques invited her to create a new relationship with her body, a new recognition of her spirit and a new definition of her worth.

Born and raised in Athens, Greece, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Sports Science, with a specialization in the History of Ancient Athletic Arts, from Athens’ Kapodistrian University as well as a graduate degree from the Academy of Greece. Her areas of expertise include anatomy, physiology, physiotherapy and sports psychology, and athletic pedagogy for young children. A dancer both the Royal Academy and Vaganova ballet methods, as well as an accomplished performer of modern dance/Limón technique, she has been teaching ballet and other physical exercises for the past ten years.

Her greatest wish and her motivation in founding Living Room is to share the affirming and inspiring truth with others that you don’t have to be “perfect.” She seeks to help her clients relax both their bodies and their expectations of themselves, and to offer them the space to arrive at their own definition of what it means to be a valid and valuable human being.

Hilary Cartwright

Educational Advisor, Master Trainer, GYROKINESIS®, GYROTONIC® and Specialized Equipment

screen shot 2010-05-16 at 2.40.22 pmFollowing a career as soloist with the Royal Ballet, England, Hilary progressed into teaching and coaching with this company, eventually becoming Artistic Director with Winnipeg Royal Ballet, Netherlands Dans Theater 11, before coming to the USA. She has also spent periods of time in Brazil and Argentina in a similar capacity, and remains constantly involved with this aspect of her work.

Hilary has been involved with GYROTONIC®, since its initial fabrication and development. Working closely with Juliu, from picking up the original pieces of timber and ball bearing plates, found on the street, to financing and opening the first studio “White Cloud Studio” on W 29th St in NY. Hilary run this studio for the next 12 years, as well as opening a further studio in New York on W 72nd Street.

Hilary has helped with developing exercises, brainstorming as to what could be transferred from the original Yoga classes taught by Juliu, and then meticulously training and gathering a group of teachers together, first at the White Cloud Studio and then later travelling to other parts of the States and Europe as the work progressed. She helped to establish the System in Florence, Italy – London, England, and Amsterdam, Holland amongst others, then visiting these locations to ensure that the trainers were being developed along the lines originally conceived by Juliu, and most importantly maintaining the essence of the work.

Hilary continues to work with a variety of clients in New York City, as well as implementing the training of already newly certified teachers. She teaches courses on the specialized equipment, bothg in the States and Europe. In addition, Hilary teaches “Yoga for Dancers” based on the Horvath System, but developed along the lines concurrent with her ownexperience and expertise. She conducts annual intensive retreats in “Yoga for Dancers” in bothe Tuscany, Italy and Puerto Rico.

Hilary is Living Room SoHo’s educational advisor, and will also be offering courses on specialized equipment.


Erika Hassan
Authorized Master Trainer GYROTONIC®, GYROKINESIS®, and All Specialized Equipment

erikaheadshot Erika Hassan moved to New York City in 1992 to pursue dance. Within a year, she encountered Juliu Horvath for the first time. For the next 5 years she began an intensive course of study with him in dance and the Gyrotonic Expansion System. She felt the dance open to her from the inside outwards. From 1998-1999 she apprenticed with Jennifer Muller/ The Works and danced in her 2000 season at the Joyce Theater. In 2000 she moved to Brasil with fellow company member Marcelo Pereira to dance and assist in his Zen Companhia de Danca until it disbanded in 2004.

 She also studied Butoh with Min Tanaka on his Body Weather Farm in the Yamanashi district of Japan in 2001 and again in 2003. She performed her own work in his space, Plan B, in Tokyo. She danced her own solo and small group work around the world in Brasil, Japan, Denmark, and Italy. She directed and danced in two full length evenings of dance in Theater for the New City in 2005 and 2006.

She is currently a Master Trainer for GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS®. She is extremely grateful to be able to share this beautiful system that has changed her life! She gives trainings and workshops around the world. www.erikahassan.com 

Leda Franklin
Authorized Master Trainer GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS®


Leda Franklin is an Authorised Master Trainer of the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® and a Choreographer. She trained as a ballet dancer in England and at the Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York City. She started working with Juliu Horvath in 1985, becoming one of the first certified instructors in GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS®. Leda taught for seven years at Juliu’s White Cloud Studio, before opening her own studio, Studio Riverside/Gyrotonic New York, in 1992. After 17 years of owning and running the largest and longest running Gyrotonic Studio in New York, Leda moved back to England in 2008. She currently teaches every aspect and all levels of the GYROTONIC®system, as well as running Final Certifications Exams.

Leda mostly offers Teacher Trainings in GYROTONIC® (all levels), GYROKINESIS,(all levels), Jump Stretch Board, GYROTONER®, Leg Extension Unit, Archway, The Ladder, Pre and Post Natal GYROTONIC® Applications and GYROTONIC® Applications for Breast Cancer Survivors. However Leda also still teaches and develops individual programs to a diverse clientele. Leda choreographs for her dance theatre company, ‘Interdigitate’, which currently performs in the United Kingdom and Europe.

Leda also makes legendary cheesecake. www.ledafranklin.com

Jackson Kellogg
Master Trainer GYROTONIC®, GYROKINESIS®, and All Specialized Equipment


Jackson Jolley Kellogg – In the year 2003 Jackson began his teaching career after studying English at the City University of New York. He met Authorized Master Trainer Sebastian Plettenberg while on a Trip to Boulder C.O and began his teacher training courses. Jackson started his first six months of teaching at GYROTONIC®Boulder where he worked closely with Lindsey Hanson Sturm. He was then introduced to Geta Constantinescu in Miami Beach. Geta had a profound impact on his teaching and abilities. This meeting led him into teaching GYROKINESIS®/ GYROTONIC® at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet as well as the Miami City Ballet. He moved to Miami and lived there for two years teaching, studying GYROTONIC®, and taking care of the GYROTONIC® Educational Headquarters of Miami Beach where he did many courses with the founder of GYROTONIC® Juliu Horvath.

After two years in Miami, Jackson decided to move back to New York and help Sebastian Plettenberg with his then new studio in Columbus Circle GYROTONIC® Manhattan. This is where Jackson did the bulk of his teaching thus far in his career. He spent three and a half years developing a wide range of cliental and continuing his education. He is married to his college sweetheart during this time, who has also become a GYROTONIC® Instructor and Pre-Trainer.

In the spring of 2010 Jackson took a break from the pace of New York and taught GYROTONIC® abroad for several months in Athens Greece. This was a very rewarding experience for him. He has since traveled all over the United States "studio-sitting" for several Master Trainers as well as Authorized Master Trainers. He spent the spring of 2011 in Rome working in White Cloud Studio Roma. Since then, he has been traveling all over the U.S. and Asia. In 2011, Jackson became a GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Master Trainer and is now based in Palisades, NY.