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About Prism Movement

Amy Bonaduce-Gardner showing an online client an area of the nervous system they are working on

Welcome to Prism Movement Studio, where we are passionate about helping you improve the health of your nervous system through movement and body mapping. As practitioners and teachers, we know firsthand the impact that a nervous system activated to be in a hyper sympathetic state, has on our minds and bodies. We offer our clients modalities to help them rebalance and achieve optimal wellness. We are committed to helping our clients achieve greater health while fostering a sense of wellbeing.

For the most part, our clients are experiencing some kind of dis-ease. Many have tried "everything else" without success and are now willing to try something new.

Our clients have a range of issues and situations they want to address, such as:

  • joint injuries

  • pain patterns

  • movement or range of motion difficulties

  • chronic illness

  • digestive issues

  • pelvic floor pain

  • balance

  • mental health

  • a nervous system in a hyper-sympathetic state

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Also called Holistic Biomechanics, this type of modality allows many of our clients to continue doing the things that keep them feeling young, healthy and adventurous. They move their bodies and learn about themselves at the same time. Our clients are kids, adults, parents, couch potatoes, Olympians and professional athletes, entrepreneurs, musicians, investors, physicians, therapists, and artists.

A client may have had surgeries that didn't get them where they wanted to be, while another wants to avoid a surgery or procedure all together. Another might want to sit on the floor and play with their grandkids, while another wants to play on their recreational, but slightly competitive soccer team. A client may want to move away from trauma or survival patterns that no longer serve them, while another wants to walk the Portland to Coast without injuring themselves. Some clients are highly competitive athletes who want to be more efficient and smarter about their sport, while others just want to be able to go for a walk with friends. Another, after being injured in a car crash, wants to be able to sit at their desk and do their job, and another, wants to be able to play with their grandkids on the floor, while yet another, wants to be able to jump and flip off a high structure.  Our clients’ desires run the gamut: from defying the laws of gravity to being able to tie their own shoes, or simply, get through their day without feeling stressed all the time. 
 
Our clients learn how their brains and bodies "work" using a very different, non-traditional approach.  By applying a new way of thinking to their lives, they discover a path to a functional, healthy self. It's not for everybody, but those that let go of what they thought they knew, do a lot more than they thought they'd ever be able to do again.
 
But then they stick around. They keep coming back. They like learning about their structure, their behavior patterns, their nervous system, and how they feel after a session. 

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Our Prism Movement Staff

Amy Bonaduce-Gardner founded Prism Movement Studio in 2019. She grew up in Portland, Oregon and was part of the Jefferson High School Performing Arts Dance program.

In 2005, Amy began training in Pilates at Transformations Studio in Portland, Oregon. Under the direction of Alicia Fajardo, she completed her Pilates certification with endorsements in Mat, Reformer, Cadillac and Chair. Continuing her education with Alicia, she also obtained her certification in the Fajardo Method of Holistic Biomechanics and was a group and private personal trainer at Transformations Studio for 13 years. Amy is also a NASM certified Personal Trainer with specializations in Corrective Exercise and Behavior Change, and a certified GYROKINESIS® and GYROTONIC® instructor.

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Amy Bonaduce-Gardner
Amy Bonaduce-Gardner, owner of Prism Movement

Kelly Moon is an independent contractor for Prism Movement Studio. She was born and raised in Portland, Oregon.

Kelly started taking dance classes at age 6 and has continued to take them throughout life. Kelly graduated from University of Oregon in 2012 where she double majored in International Studies and Economics, with minors in Political Science and Dance. In 2014 she became certified in the Fajardo Method of Holistic Biomechanics and taught at Transformations Studio for 6 years. In 2019 she joined Amy at Prism Movement Studio where she continues to use Holistic Biomechanics to help her clients achieve greater mobility and structural functioning.

She currently lives with her husband Richard and two cats Paka and Lilca. Kelly continues to take dance classes at Vega and Bodyvox.

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Kelly Moon
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Amy's Background

Amy began dancing at the age of 3 and was part of the Jefferson High School Performing Arts Dance program in Portland, Oregon. 

 

TRAINING: During her studies at Jefferson, Amy received training in tap, jazz, modern, African, and ballet and was a member of the Jefferson Dancers and Modern Dance Lab (both youth pre-professional companies). 

MENTORS: She received instruction from exceptional artists including Julane Stites, Elena Carter, Fred Locke, Keith Goodman, Mary Osland, Patricia Brewer-Jones, Terry Brock, and Barbara Remington. She has also worked with nationally acclaimed teachers and choreographers such as Brenda Buffalino, Sam Weber, David Ward, and Lowell Smith. Additionally, Amy attended the School of Oregon Ballet Theater and Alvin Ailey School In NYC. Amy has performed with Keith V. Goodman's modern dance company, Dance Gatherer, as well as with other local artists.

COMPETITION: Amy is a three-time Grand State Baton Twirling Champion in the event of Dance Twirl, and has won several regional and national titles, and was a member of a nationally ranked baton twirling team. She is also a United States Twirling Association certified coach and judge. Amy has had the privilege of being a clinician at state, regional, and national conventions and camps as well as judging throughout much of the Western United States. Since 1994, Amy has been a coach and choreographer for the Portland Kelly Kadet Corp, and is a two-time recipient of the Best Team Choreography award at the US Twirling Association National Baton competition.

EDUCATION: Amy is a graduate of Portland State University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Upon graduation, she has continued her education, taking classes and college coursework in childhood/elementary education, creative dance methods, including Anne Green Gilbert's Brain Compatible Dance Education, master tap, jazz, and modern classes, and teacher training seminars and workshops. In 2012, Amy began belly dancing with Nemra Khan and currently performs locally as Andalee Khan and with Khan's Karavan.

TEACHING: Amy began student teaching at an early age under the mentorship of Shanon Barker, and has been teaching independently for over 30 years.  She has taught baton twirling, ballet, pointe, jazz/contemporary, tap and creative movement in both community school and private studio settings. In 1996, Amy joined the staff at Stites Performing Arts Center, teaching all ages and levels of dance, and is on staff at Classical Ballet Academy. In 2001-2005, she taught for the Portland Public Schools at the elementary and middle school levels, and later at MLA Public Charter School for 3 years. Amy has also been on staff with the Portland Parks and Recreation, Corbett Children's Theater, Mt. Hood Community College, and summer dance programs at Beaverton's Arts and Communication Magnet Academy.

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Our Classes

We offer one-on-one in-person or online sessions, as well as several online group classes. Learn more about our classes here:

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