The Team

Shevi Baruch

Body Rhythm Founder, Shevi, has assembled the top Pilates, GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® method instructors in Los Angeles to offer clients world-class training that produce results tailored to each client’s needs.

Shevi’s training integrates progressions and adaptations to meet the demands of biomechanics of body conditioning, pre and post natal, and the design of corrective programs. Shevi applies her skills and specialized knowledge to individualized training sessions with her clients, teaching them how to incorporate body awareness and the ability to move into their daily lives.

Shevi Baruch is a native of Israel with a Bachelors degree in Speech Therapy and Clinical Audiology from the Tel-Aviv University, and a Masters degree from the Program of Brain Sciences at the Bar-Ilan University.

Shevi studied the GYROTONIC® &  GYROKINESIS® methods and has became a Pre –trainer for both GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS®. Shevi is also trained to teach how to use the special equipment of the GYROTONIC® method. Shevi studied the method of Pilates and received her Pilates Certification under the instruction of Tamar Tsachi, at Tamar Studio in Israel, as well as with Marie-José Blom at Long Beach Dance Conditioning Studio and Movement Academy, in Long Beach, California.

Betty Townsley

Pilates & GYROTONIC® Instructor

Betty is a native of Australia. Pilates was recommended to her for rehabilitation due to a car accident in 2002, which led her on her journey to find ways to strengthen her body and achieve overall health. After experiencing the amazing benefits of Pilates for many years she decided to become an instructor.

She studied Pilates with Marie-Jose Blom at Long Beach Dance Conditioning as well as with Body Arts and Science International. Betty Studied GYROTONIC® with Authorized Master Trainer Sebastian Plettenberg at GYROTONIC® Manhattan.

Betty is a dedicated and passionate teacher who strives to bring out the best in herself and her clients. Her mission is to show her clients how to experience their bodies in a whole new way to enjoy the strength and freedom acquired by her training.

Virginia Horne

Virginia Horne began her early dance training in Honolulu, HI, where she studied under Rosalie Woodson, Laurie Lubeck Yeames (ABT), and Shamil Yagudin (Bolshoi Ballet). She has performed in the national tours of 42nd St. The Musical, West Side Story, and with Jean Ann Ryan Productions. International projects include the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, MTV Italia in Rome, and working as a guest principal dancer in Guatemala City. Virginia is a founding member of Thomas/Ortiz Dance, and has danced many soloist and principal roles at Connecticut Ballet, Continuum Contemporary/Ballet, and Thang Dao Dance Company. She has also danced with Ballet Hawaii, Colorado Ballet, Konstantin Uralsky and Ballet NY. Ms. Horne has performed as a guest artist with Neglia Ballet Artists, Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, Northeast Youth Ballet and the New England Dance Theater.

She discovered GYROTONIC® in 2002 which has allowed her to sustain a career in dance by improving the quality of her movement. In 2009, she decided to become a GYROTONIC® instructor, and started her apprenticeship with master trainers Jennifer Daly and Chantal Deeble at Kinespirit Madison Park (NYC). She then began her GYROTONIC® teaching career at Body Evolutions Studio (NYC) with master trainer Billy Macagnone. Virginia has furthered her education in the GYROTONIC® Method by completing certifications in the application GYROTONIC® Level I as a Musical Journey and in specialized equipment such as the Jumping-Stretching Board, GYROTONER®, Leg Extension Unit and GYROTONIC® Applications for Dancers. She has also studied with master trainers Erika Hasaan, Miriam Barbosa, Debra Rose, and the creator himself Juliu Horvath.

Danielle Litman

A physical force since birth, Danielle earned the nickname “The Hulk” after breaking a few walls (and noses) as a baby. Danielle’s parents enrolled her in dance and gymnastics at age two, looking for a more constructive outlet for her endless energy. Danielle studied Dance at the University of Arizona and earned a Bachelor of Science degree, then continued her education in Musical Theatre at Carnegie Mellon University. She became a full-time GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® Instructor, eventually becoming certified on the GYROTONER® Leg Extension Unit and Stretching Jumping Board. She continues to develop her education by taking the GYROTONIC® LEVEL 2 Foundation and Pelivic/Lumbar and Scoliosis Therapeutic courses. She has found her true calling healing and helping people. But she didn’t stop there. Danielle’s passion for her own total health drove her back to school to become a Certified and Licensed Esthetician. One of the top skin care professionals in Beverly Hills attracted Danielle—first as a client, then an apprentice—with their philosophy of healing the skin from the inside out. Danielle has found the fountain of youth. She now shares her secrets in GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® and skincare with select clientele.

Yelena Shor

Yelena is a certified GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® instructor and has been teaching movement for awareness and wellness for over ten years. She holds a BS in Kinesiology, Magna Cum Laude, from Cal State University in Northridge. Following her training in Mechanical Engineering in Russia, she pursued her deep interest in human development in the US. Yelena came to know and appreciate the healing and transformative power of movement through dance, martial arts, Yoga, Tensegrity, Feldenkrais Method, Alexander Technique and DeCroux Corporeal Mime. She has team-led numerous workshops and seminars in the United States and abroad.
With her clients Yelena focuses on core strength, flexibility, posture and alignment, opening energy channels, functional and efficient movement for less wear and injury, more energy and enjoyment, and awareness to be in charge of your own wellness.

Erika Hassan

Authorized GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS®  Master Trainer, Specialized Equipment

Erika Hassan has studied dance for 15 years and started her GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® training in 1993. After taking private lessons with Juliu Horvath for three years, Hassan changed her body and her life in general! The GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® training opened up a vision of dance from the inside out, so that outer forms were dictated by the energy within. Hassan is currently a dancer and choreographer, as well as a Authorized Master Trainer, teaching courses in GYROTONIC® GYROKINESIS®, and the Specialized Equipment at GYROTONIC® Santa Monica and other studios around the world.

Sebastian Plettenberg

Authorized GYROTONIC® and a GYROKINESIS® and Special Equipment Master trainer