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Ici Thalmann

Ici Thalmann

Isolde Thalmann

Isolde Thalmann, or as she is called by her friends, Ici, holds a PhD and is Professor Emeritus of Otolaryngology, Washington University School of Medicine. She has published many academic studies on hearing and deafness, and balance and vestibular dysfunctions.

For some 25 years Ici has been trained in Ballroom/Latin Dancing by the Belarus Champion Vassily Lyashenko, competed nationally, and assisted teaching classes with him. They no longer compete but still dance together (see bottom of this page under Vassily Lyashenko). For the last ten years she spent part of the year in Buenos Aires, where she was trained by masters of Argentine tango, Diego Alvaro, Zoraida Fontclara, Pedro Benavente (“El Indio”), Ivana Smoljanovich, and others. Ballroom dancing provided a valuable foundation for Argentine tango, a dance only recently included in Ballroom/Latin Dance Championships.

Ici is a member of The National Council of America. She is a native of Oberammergau, Germany, and since her retirement, makes her home in the High Desert of New Mexico and St. Louis Missouri.

Sue Dwyer

Hi, I’m Sue Dwyer, philosopher, yogini, writer, and aspiring barrel racer. I am honored to have the opportunity to teach at Dancing in the Desert and to share the wonders of yoga with all people. If you’re a complete newbie, if you have a regular home practice, it doesn’t matter — everyone is welcome. Yoga is many things — a gentle form of exercise, a way to get and stay limber, a great stress reliever — and it is also one of the world’s most ancient practical philosophies aimed at answering our deepest questions about human life and existence. As a teacher, I aim to bring the philosophy of yoga to life on the mat. Please email me with any questions you might have about my classes at



Hi, I’m Gurukiren Ramos. I am a certified Nia teacher that is passionate about sharing the joy of movement in the body’s natural way.  I discovered Nia after a long and painfully slow recovery from several sports-related injuries and surgery. From starting Nia with a severe frozen shoulder barely able to lift my arms, I noticed in a couple of weeks incredible improvement in my overall movement and overall well being.

I believe the physical body is a magnificent gift and exquisite vehicle, designed beautifully to heal through movement and to experience deep joy while moving your body’s way. Nia helped me bring awareness to my body’s unique way and wisdom. I’d like to invite you to come experience the same through the Nia lens.

Please feel free to ask me any questions you might have about my Nia classes at


Joy Nagle at-large Teacher

Joy of Soulfire Yoga with Joy is an Ayurveda Yoga Specialist (AYS) offering private lessons, classes, retreats and Ayurvedic Lifestyle consultations in northern New Mexico. Her passion is being able to teach and share the rich transformative power of these two ancient wisdoms with others. 

Joy’s yogic foundation is rooted in the Raja (Royal) Yoga path and greatly influenced by the teachings of the Kripalu School of Yoga and The Himalayan Institute. She is also a devotee of the spiritual teacher, Amma, and has been attending her annual retreats since 2013. 

Joy has over 20 years of personal experience in both Yoga and Ayurveda. She is certified as an Ayurveda Yoga Specialist, through the Himalayan Institute and Lotus Garden Yoga School, a comparative theory yoga teacher training. She has also completed various advanced teaching courses with The PranaKriya School of Yoga and Healing Arts. And has level one training in Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery, through the Veterans Yoga Project. Joy is a lifelong student, always wanting to expand her teaching skills and knowledge, is continuing her education in Ayurveda and Yoga at the New Mexico School of Yoga. 

Joy lives in Ojo Caliente with her husband, Peter, a Spiritual Director (Soulwork Spiritual Direction), Abby, their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and two aging Himalayan cats, Theo and Clare. When Joy is not immersed in a yoga book or practice, she can be found hiking or cooking up nourishing meals for her family.

Contact Joy or call 505-747-0002


Anastacia Kaser

Anastacia is an advanced practitioner and senior teacher of Dancemeditation ™. Anastacia has been teaching embodied dance and movement meditation classes, as well as Hatha Yoga, since the early 1990’s. With a B.S. degree in Biology, M. A. in Education, certifications in Yoga and multiple massage techniques, and as a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, she has a profound understanding of the body. As long-time meditator with over 30 years experience, Anastacia understands the link between body, breath, mind and spirit and is well-equipped to guide participants into a deep, rich state of embodied presence. She creates a safe environment in which to explore movement and to express our inner beauty. Feel free to contact her if you have questions:, or at 685-0055.


Vassily LyashenkoIMG_1088 cropped

Vassily Lyashenko is an International Ballroom/Latin Dance Champion and Teacher with over 35 Years of experience. He ranks in the top five teachers in the USA  “Dance Cup Tour” since 2002. He is an eight times USA National Pro-Am Champion. For over 25 years he has been adjudicating International Dance Competitions. Vassily holds a PhD in Computer Sciences from the Belarus National University. Vassily is shown here with Ici at a Dance Competition.

A more recent picture shows Ici and Vassily at a Ball in Vienna, Austria where they danced until four in the morning!