Ottavio was born and raised in the world of entertainment and hails from over six generations of circus performers. He has created acrobatic and fighting stunts for numerous live shows and was the critically acclaimed Stunt Director & Choreographer for the National Touring production of “Spider-Man Live,” which enjoyed sold out performances at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Ottavio has worked as a professional dancer & stuntman for over twenty years, working with such names as Aerosmith, The Spice Girls, Britney Spears, Penn & Teller, Eric Idle, Michael Crawford, Tommy Tune and David Cassidy. He was an original cast member and fight captain for the musical “Saturday Night Fever” on Broadway as well as for the First International Company of “Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida” in Holland (where he studied Shorinjikempo martial arts extensively with Master Mike Brenkman)
Naomi was born in Utrecht Holland, where she began her Shorinjikempo martial arts training at the age of 4. By age 6 she focused on dance and later attended the Royal Academy of Ballet in Amsterdam “Scapino Dansamademie” and then graduated from the Academy of Dance in Rotterdam “Rotterdam Dansacademie” with a Teachers Degree in Classical Ballet & Folkloristic Dance with additional specialties in Contemporary, Jazz, Flamenco, Character Dance & Choreography. Naomi has enjoyed an extensive performing career throughout Europe, Canada and the United States. She was resident Choreographer, Dance Captain & Swing for the musical “Miss Saigon,” as well as Dance Captain & Swing for the First International Company of “Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida” in Holland. She was an original member of the hit recording group “Alice DeeJay” and was the Associate Fight Director, and Swing for The National Touring production of “Spider-Man Live!”
Naomi & Ottavio are certified Yoga instructors and have taught Full Primary, Modified Primary (beginning Ashtanga) and Mixed Levels Ashtanga and Power Vinyasa Yoga (with poses up to 2nd, 3rd & 4th series) classes at numerous studios and events in the US and Europe.
Shortly after becoming certified instructors, Ottavio and Naomi created the DRAGON VINYASA system, which was born out of necessity to stay well-balanced, calm, focused and energized for their death defying Crossbow Stunts performance. In this highly skilled and extremely dangerous routine they demonstrate the ultimate in trust and focus as they shoot cigarettes out of mouth, playing cards out of hand and apples off the head. Please never try this at home for they are trained professionals.
You don’t have to shoot a crossbow bolt near your loved ones head in order to benefit from doing DRAGON VINYASA. Many students have reported increases in energy, strength, focus & flexibility through various workshops and classes, which are always presented in a safe environment free of judgment & competition.
If it helps their focus and concentration, imagine what it can do for you. Prior experience in yoga or martial arts is not required and these classes are open to all levels; everyone is welcome to attend.