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Stacey Nolan

M.Ed.
Director, Owner

About Us

Meet Our DIRECTOR

We're a dance and yoga studio offering classes and workshops in yoga, bellydance, healing arts and more. Our studio features the area's only Healing Yoga Program, designed and directed by Tara Phillips, a licensed MSW and 500hr  RYT.

Our Story

"Through bellydance, I began to look at my body differently for the first time. Not as an ornament to please others, but as a powerful vehicle that helps to drive my purpose and intentions. And that is what I strive to teach others through this dance. Your body is strong, powerful and capable of doing amazing things!!! Learning to love your body and your self is the greatest gift you can give yourself." 

  • Background in gymnastics and vocal music
  • Began studying bellydance in 2004 with Andrea Perkins
  • B.S. - Mass Communications from Middle Tennessee State University
  • M.Ed. - Secondary Education from University of Tennessee Chattanoooga
  • Founded the Emerald Hips Student Troupe in 2008
  • Studied extensively with Donna Mejia and Mira Betz

Stacey Nolan and Tara Phillips met in 2005, while attending an educational Master's program. Tara was leaving the field of Social Work for Education, and Stacey had a background in Marketing. After realizing they went to the same high school, the two became fast friends. Stacey was a new Bellydance instructor at the time, and Tara an avid practitioner of yoga. They both taught in the public school system for several years before having their children. By the end of 2012, the two had left their teaching positions and Tara was just finishing up her 200 hour Yoga Certification. Stacey had been teaching bellydance for several years and had an established student troupe, of which Tara was a part. So one evening after dance class, the idea of opening a studio together came up. Stacey had wanted to for years, and Tara thought yoga and bellydance were a perfect match! So they joined forces and set out to find a space. Little did they know, they would come upon the perfect place in the heart of Red Bank just a couple weeks later. Too good to pass up, they signed a lease immediately and started renovating! And renovating! And MORE renovating, with the help and skills of Tara's father.  It took an entire month to transform an old, musty, outdated, 50 year old storefront into a peaceful, welcoming movement studio. But the work wasn't over yet! Only 3 months after their grand opening, a deluge of rain brought in flood waters, ruining their brand new floors! And after a two-week closing, they were able to open their doors once more to offer movement classes to the community. And whileTara decided to leave the business in 2018, the pair are still dear friends who support each others in their independent endeavors. 

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