BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jana Taylor Eshaghian
Jana Taylor Eshaghian holds a Bachelor of Science in
Business Management and Marketing from the University of North Carolina
- Asheville, a second degree and Teaching Credential in Dance Education
from the University of North Carolina - Charlotte, and a Masters-equivalent
Certification in Laban Movement Analysis from the Laban Institute of Movement
Studies, New York.
She has worked as a Creative Movement Educator in North
Carolina public schools and California private schools, grades preK-12.
Her research has included completing a thesis based on the developmental
movement patterns of two sixth grade boys. The paper studied how a change
in the childrens movement patterns impacted a positive influence
in their classroom behavior. In 1989 Jana received a grant from the University
of North Carolina - Charlotte to choreograph a work which studied the
effects of unconscious movements in everyday life. On this project, Jana
worked with the noted American Dance Historian and member of the UNC-C
Dance faculty, Karen Hubbard, MFA. The piece was set on undergraduate
students and received critical acclaim.
In 1990, Jana left the field of education to work as a Trial Consultant.
She applied her knowledge of observation and movement patterns to non-verbal
communication during Jury Selection, Witness Preparation, Lawyer Preparation,
Shadow Juries and Mock Trials. Jana worked across the country for the
top ten percent of the Fortune 500 Companies.
With the birth of their first daughter in 1994, Jana
began studying and working on the developmental movement patterns of children
six weeks old to seven years old. She structured seven basic exercises,
that can be done with any age, which help to create neural pathways in
the brain. The idea behind the developmental movement pattern exercises
is to be able to access various areas of the brain through particular
movements of the body.
Jana's interest in movement and business is broad,
yet she has found her work with children to be the most rewarding experience.
As an advocate for children and education she firmly believes that, "The
future of our world depends upon the types of connections that we make
with our children. By creating additional neural pathways in the brain
through creative movement, we open additional opportunities for deeper
learning experiences throughout life. Creative movement can also foster
communication and critical thinking skills while engaging in fun and interesting