MEET OUR TEAM

NINJA SPECIALIST COACHES

Veronica Tirado

Veronica Tirado

Program Director, Aerial Silk Instructor and Gymnastics Instructor

Veronica Tirado has more than 15 years of dance, aerial arts and gymnastics experience, and more than 7 years of coaching. In 2012, she became a member of USA Gymnastics where she gained many certifications including Instructor, Administrator, Developmental teacher, and Jr. Olympic Development Coach. She is also a certified in First Aid, CPR, and Safety & Risk Management. In addition to being the Aerial Silk Coach and Program Manager, she is the Director of the Recital Shows hosted at Ninja Lounge. Veronica continues to expand on her knowledge and expertise through continued training and certifications through USA Gymnastics. She loves her job and loves her students.

Amber Friedman

Amber Friedman

Aerial Silk Instructor

Amber Friedman’s passion is aerial arts. She specializes in aerial silks, lyra, lollipop, aerial chandelier, double work, chains, and character work/modeling. She has been training for the past three years and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Amber also enjoys sharing her skills with others who share the same interest. She describes herself as a performer and loves her job!

Kellie Rothman

Aerial Silk Instructor

Kellie Rothman is an aerialist and yoga instructor. She began training in Manhattan in 2007 and continued until 2013 when she moved to Miami. She has experience in static trapeze and lyra but her emphasis and passion is for silk rope. She has trained on the silk rope with many professionally accomplished aerialists at STREB, MMAC, Trapeze School of NY and Reebok Sports club LA. In 2012 Kellie received her Yoga Alliance Certification. She also has 16 years of dance and tumbling experience.

Isaiah "Zayy" Hines

Isaiah "Zayy" Hines

Certified WFPF Parkour Instructor.

Isaiah "Zayy" Hines’ passion for Parkour and free running began at the age of eight. He loved watching the Olympics as a young child and quickly got hooked on the highflying action. He officially started Parkour and free running at 16-years- old.

DMITRI SHVIDKI

Gymnastics Instructor

Dmitri Shvidki is a world class athlete with years of experience. From 2013 to 2016 he was a gymnastics, acrobatics and tumbling coach for Rising Stars Gymnastics. He was also a Cirque Du Soleil-Saltimbanco principal artists and solo act. In 2007 Dmitri worked with Circus Kobzov as a Co-Coach of the acrobatics group ‘‘Sad Dolls,” who were the winners of the Grand Prix at the International Children’s Festival in Monte Carlo. He has also worked abroad in Israel as a head coach for Bnei Herzliya/ Matnas Tel-Mond as a gymnastics and acrobatics coach. Dmitri is also a stellar athlete and is a two time Champion in Israel in aerobics. Dmitri received his bachelor’s degree from National University of Physical Education and Sport.

VIKTORIYA ZHERDYEVA

Gymnastics Instructor

Viktoriya Zherdyeva has a wealth of knowledge in gymnastics and many years of experience in this area. From 2013 to 2016, Viktoriya was a gymnastics choreographer and acrobatics coach for Rising Stars Gymnastics Academy. In 2007, she was a principal artists and solo act for Cirque du Soleil-Saltimbanco. She was also a Choreographer Director of acrobatics for Circus Kobzov for their group ‘‘Sad Dolls,” who were the winners of the International Children’s Festival in Monte Carlo. In 2004, Viktoriya was as Choreographer and artists in the Ukrainian Circus call “Kobzov.” This great coach gained her experience through years of competing as an athlete in these sports. She was a 2003 Silver medalist in the Acrobatics World Cup in Russia, a 2002 Bronze medalist in the Acrobatics World Championship in Germany, a 1997 two time Silver Medalist and Gold medalist in the Acrobatics World Championship in England and many more accolades. Viktoriya received a bachelor’s degree from National University of Health and Physical Education & Sport.

Sensei Alexander Sanchez

Sensei Alexander Sanchez

Karate Instructor

Sensei Alexander Sanchez has a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education. Sensei Sanchez attained his 4th Degree Black Belt in Wado Ryu back in his native country and for many years, coached fighters at a National High Performance Center. In addition to Wado, students will have ample opportunity to learn techniques from many other styles. Our instructors bring to Time Out Karate over 40 years of combined martial arts experience in multiple disciplines. Ground control of an opponent, pressure points, Nunchaku, and even "Ki" (energy that transforms in power) evaluations through board breakings are in the mix. No matter if the student is a Jr. Ninja (4 - 8), Youth (9-13) or an Adult (14 and Over), classes at Time Out Karate will keep you motivated, in shape and you will leave every day with a sense of true accomplishment!”

Gisela Rivera

Gisela Rivera

Hip Hop, Jazz Lyrical, Jazz Funk, Latin Dance, and Salsa Instructor

Gisela Rivera studied dance in San Juan, Puerto Rico where she is originally from. She started as a professional dancer when she was 17 years old with different artists like Ednita Nazario, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Victor Manuel, and Marco Antonio Solis. She was featured in the movie "El Cantante" with Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. Gisela also danced in the Premios Latin Grammy, Premios Billboard, and Premios Juventud. Meanwhile, she also represented Puerto Rico at the Congress of Salsa in Europe.