Team

Crystal Hays

Founder & Creative Director

Crystal’s professional movement career in dance, movement and wellness began more than 15 years ago when she began dancing for Disney in Orlando Florida and later at Disneyland in California. She studied dance and exercise physiology from The University of New Mexico. After graduating Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Education, she moved to NYC to pursue her dance and movement career. 

Crystal has held wellness certifications from NASM, AFAA, The Cooper Institute and Yoga Alliance. While interning at The Cooper Institute, she helped develop pre-post natal curriculum for their certification program. She has modeled and hosted events for NIKE throughout Los Angeles, and has published work for industry leaders IDEA and InnerIDEA.  

In 2008, she created her first fundraiser & climbed to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa to build awareness around the childhood obesity epidemic and to develop preventative wellness programs to address it.

Crystal's experience summitting Mt. Kilimanjaro coupled with her experience now as a mom and Parent Education chair at her daughter's preschool, helped her invision her next career direction.  As Parent Education chair, Crystal was really inspired to see and understand the importance of play in childhood development.  Not only through unstructured and structured play environments, but also the role parents play in their families development.  

Crystal’s current project, House of Movement, provides a space where families can actively play together, through movement classes and play activities that extend into the home. It is her solution to providing a fun way for families to bond, grow and be active together. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Seth, her two girls, Evelyn and Elle, and son, Bradley.

Crystal D'Angora

Family Yoga Instructor

Crystal combines over 10 years as a certified Kundalini and children's Yoga and Pilates instructor and an eclectic background in theater, dance, Kundalini and Hatha yoga to create a holistic fusion of physical expression and discovery. Crystal became certified in Khalsa Way Pregnancy Yoga Teacher's Training with Gurmukh at Golden Bridge in 2008, and felt deeply connected to these teaching during her own pregnancy and home birth in 2010. She continues to find new ways to create a safe and fun environment for students, ages 2 years and up, to explore and express their unique physical and mental gifts. 

Her current work as a child and adult Marriage/Family therapist and co-founder/instructor of the Light Leaders Yoga teachers training program for children's yoga teachers, in addition to being a busy Mama and partner, are all great sources of joy and growth.

Fiona Godschalk

Community Manager

Bio coming soon.

Livya Howard-Yashar

Dance Instructor

Livya Howard-Yashar is a dancer/choreographer, singer and percussionist who has worked in early childhood dance and music education both in New York and Los Angeles. She currently performs in LA and is passionate about introducing young people to different world cultures through the art of movement and music. 

Nury Gomez

CFO

Nury Gomez, MBA is the CFO for House of Movement. She holds 20 years of career business experience, a Bachelor’s degree from Cal State Dominguez Hills in 2001, an Accounting Certificate in 2006, and a Masters Degree from Pepperdine University, The George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management in 2012. As of April 2016, Nury will also be a supporting faculty member of the Finance and Accounting Department of Pepperdine University. Nury and her husband Hector, have been married for 14 years, and have two children - Daniel age 10 and Esther age 7. When she is not at the business, she volunteers, as an assistant Bear Den Leader for the cub scouts, is 2014-2015 past PTA treasurer for Richmond Street Elementary, past guest speaker at career week at El Segundo High School, and is on the Professional Development Committee with the Pepperdine Alumni.

Tesa Hays

Summer Camp Instructor

For the past ten years I have been educating children inside and outside of the classroom. My passion started while teaching swimming lessons to children of all ages. From there I went on to coach youth soccer and obtain my National youth coaching license. I then completed my degree in early childhood and multicultural education. I am a firm believer in keeping children mentally and physically fit and active. My approach to education is to have fun, be creative and keep children interested and in search of knowledge.

You will find Tesa teaching summer camp at House of Movement.

Zoe Welch

Dance Instructor

Zoe’s background in movement and fitness began very early…growing up with a yoga instructor father, she was raised with a regular practice, and is thrilled to continue the “family business.” She began dancing at age 5, after seeing an Alvin Ailey performance with her mother and dance quickly became her passion and favorite creative outlet. Currently you can find Zoe dancing and getting sweaty all over Los Angeles, teaching multiple Barre, Ballet, Hip Hop and SUP Yoga classes to students of all ages. Dance, fitness, and the ocean are her biggest passions, and she feels blessed to be able to share that love and knowledge with her students every day!!

Zoe holds Certifications in SculptWorks, BarWorks & DanceWorks from YogaWorks, Inc., GROOV3 Certified Instructor from GROOV3, and Gold Barre Certified Instructor from Equinox. She is currently furthering her studies at YogaWorks, and will soon complete her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training.

You can find Zoe teaching children’s ballet/tap and hip hop at House of Movement.