Portrait of Leela Kalo and Dean Yerushalmy in their Santa Cruz Movement studio
Meet the founders

Direct Guidance

Leela Kalow and Dean Yerushalmy are the only two people in Santa Cruz, California teaching classes based on the work and philosophies of Ido Portal under his direct guidance in his Mentorship Program. Their varied backgrounds in sports and dance organically lead them to study with Ido.

"We are honored to be in this select group of mentees from all over the world who come together throughout the year to continue our studies and to build our own communities through movement."

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Movement Teachers

Experienced instructors passionate about sharing their knowledge of movement.
Photography of Leela and Dean by Natasha Lozanoff

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Leela Kalow
Co-founder + Teacher

Leela is originally from Santa Cruz, where she dedicated much of her youth to serious study in dance.

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Dean Yerashulmy
Co-founder + Teacher

Dean is originally from Tel Aviv, Israel where he grew up actively playing sports, surfing, and served in the Navy.

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Leila Elizabeth

Leila became a student of Dean and Leela in 2018 after nearly 15 years of intensive percussion and dance studies.

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Clare Peabody

Clare became a student of Leela and Dean in 2021 and quickly fell in love with the practice, philosophy, and community.

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Tad Davies

Tad joined Santa Cruz Movement in 2021. With a background in various sports, he embraced the holistic movement philosophy, enhancing his wellbeing and incorporating it into his therapy work.

The Space

Our newly renovated 2,500 sq. ft. space located at 730 Soquel Avenue in Midtown Santa Cruz.
Design + buildout by Yaron Pardo Workshop. Photography by Heather McKenna.