nadine dorrington

Nadine began her dance studies in the small Chesapeake Bay community of Mathews, Virginia with Debbie Diggs. As her interest and dedication for ballet grew, Ms. Diggs encouraged her to train in a pre-professional program with renowned ballerina and teacher Sandra Ballestracci in Williamsburg, Va. Nadine quickly advanced in her ballet, character, and modern dance training and performed as a member of Contemporary Ballet Theatre, at Eastern Virginia School for the Performing Arts, and at The Mansur Kamaletdinov School of Ballet. While still in high school, she began assisting with children’s classes, substituting, and eventually began teaching her own ballet classes for youth and adults. Several years later, Nadine returned to her hometown and began teaching creative movement, ballet, and jazz and served as a guest artist, co-director, and choreographer for the Bayside Youth Ballet. In 2004 she moved to Richmond where she has shared her love for movement not only as a dance teacher and choreographer, but as a yoga teacher.

At age 17, Nadine discovered yoga while reading Ram Dass’s classic, Be Here Now. After years of dabbling in various traditions, she became a dedicated practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga and studied with many senior teachers of the method, including Sharath Jois, Tim Miller, David Garrigues, and Lino Miele. An interest in meditation combined with a desire to reach diverse populations prompted Nadine to train with Cyndi Lee and she completed Cyndi’s advanced Om Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training. Her mission is to deliver intelligent, safe, and creative movement concepts while remaining authentic to yoga's true purpose. Nadine works with students of all abilities; from professional dancers, athletes, new mothers, and seasoned yoga practitioners to those dealing with profound physical hurdles such as Parkinson’s.

Nadine is also an experienced Labor and DONA trained birth doula. For over fifteen years, she has worked as an advocate for adult and child survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and served as yoga therapist at a local mental health facility for teen trauma survivors. Nadine currently teaches yoga, ballet, conditioning, and meditation in private sessions, group classes, and workshops and has independently created a Yoga Teacher Training and Mentoring program. She resides in Richmond with her wonderfully weird family and two rescue dogs.