Meet Russ and Brittany Hopkins
More about Brittany and CCYOGA
Brittany's warm-hearted spirit brings light and joy wherever she travels. Whether she is dancing, rock climbing, practicing/teaching yoga, or cruising around town on her bamboo bicycle, Brittany is hoping to inspire others to use their bodies to create a sense of peace for themselves.
She graduated from Principia College with a degree in Art History where she performed and choreographed within the Theater and Dance Department. After graduation she danced professionally in Chicago with various jazz and modern dance companies, including the Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago 2nd Company and the Valerie Alpert Dance Company. Since 2005, she has also taught at the Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop and performs with Interweave Dance Theater. Brittany received a “Ticket to Vegas” on the smash television show So You Think You Can Dance in 2008.
She spent eight years creating a thriving dance program at Wasatch Academy in Mt. Pleasant, UT where she found and fell in love with yoga before moving to China to teach both dance and yoga in 2013-2014.
As an E-RYT 500 certified Baptiste Yoga Instructor, Brittany believes strongly in making a positive difference in the world. Her goal is “to always move and inspire others to do the same,” and, she winningly adds, “to never be too ‘old’ to dance!”
More about Russ and CCBIKES
For Russ Hopkins, riding bikes isn’t a hobby—it’s a lifestyle. Whether it’s building bikes, welding artwork from bike parts, or riding in the skate park, Russ loves all aspects of working with bicycles. He is a natural born teacher with the intention to inspire worth and value into his student's lives while giving them the tools to use their passions for a lifetime.
Before moving to China for two years, he taught photography at a college prep boarding school in Utah for eight years. He served on the board of directors for the Salt Lake City Bike Collective, a nonprofit organization that aims to promote cycling as an effective and sustainable form of transportation and as a cornerstone of a cleaner, healthier, and safer society.
Russ regularly converts 1979-83 VW rabbits to run on waste vegetable oil and sells them to people interested in the practice. From traveling the world making large format photographs, to pushing his physical limits in the skate park, to filtering waste vegetable oil from fast food restaurants to fuel his cars, and now teaching others to build bicycle frames out of bamboo, Russ lives to pursue his passions in life. He puts 100 percent of his effort into each task he’s given—keeping the end product in mind, but focusing his energy on the journey.
More about the CCDOGS
Ava, the Border Collie/Australian Shepard mix, is a major player in the CC community. While she's still working on her customer greeting skills, once you are through the door she is stoked to have you there because you are one more person to play with. One important thing to know about Ava are that her hierarchy of playing is:
#1 favorite game to play is keep away
#2 favorite game to play is tug-o-war
#3 favorite game to play is fetch (sticks trump frisbees, frisbees trump everything else)
#4 favorite game to play is wrestle