Originally from New York, I am an accomplished dancer, teacher, and choreographer who ran my own company, RitaRivera & Dancers, from 1983-1996. I was the founder and artistic director of the Santa Cruz Dance Gallery from 1993-2000, the first independent dance performance center in Santa Cruz, California. I have been a guest artist at Cabrillo College and on Theater Arts faculty at San Jose State University, University of California Santa Cruz, and Sonoma State University. My desire to deepen into the field of movement awareness led me to study the Alexander Technique for several years before I entered the teacher training program, completing my certification in 1993. In 2016, I became certified in the Hand & Foot Melt Treatments.