Ann Votaw [VO-taw] is a born-and bred-Hoosier who moved from Chicago to New York in 2003. A Certified Health Education Specialist (C.H.E.S.), Ann lives in Manhattan where she is a freelance writer and recreational therapist. Specialties include Vinyasa Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Personal Training for older adults.
In September 2013, she completed iRest® Level II training under the direction of Dr. Richard Miller, who developed the yoga nidra/meditation protocol for the U.S. Military in 2006. She is one of the first New Yorkers to teach iRest and is available to lead workshops for businesses and community groups.
Movement Arts: In 2006, she was semi-knockdown karate champion in Montreal and New Jersey. In that same year, she partnered/lifted Jamie Ansley in their self-written “Be Your Own Friend,” a popular dance/comedy sketch performed Friday nights at People’s Improv Theatre. In 2012, Ann began running in local races. She ran her first New York City Marathon in November 2014.
Dance: Performance highlights include nightly shows on the M.S. Scotia Prince, Hunyak in Chicago, and Texas in Cabaret. Off-Broadway credits include Out of Water at the Duke Theatre. Television appearances include the Food Network’s Ham on the Street: she and fellow dancers made canned food and “can-canned” with Chef George Duran. In 2009, Ann lived a dream by kicking high with current and former Rockettes in a Hewlett Packard industrial in Times Square.
Education: Ann has a M.A. in Health Education from Lehman College in the Bronx. She also has a B.S. in News Journalism with minors in Dance and Political Science from Ball State University, but her most valuable education came from New York City.