RED BANK: A NEW MOON, A NEW MISSION

Ode to Moon yogaPress release from Ode to the Moon Yoga

On Sunday, July 24, Ode to the Moon Yoga invites the public to join them on a new journey to aid the victims of domestic violence. Beginning at 6 p.m., a one hour yoga class will be held at Renaissance Pilates, located at 8 East Front Street in Red Bank. Sponsored by Mika Yoga Wear and Booskerdoo Coffee, the donation-based session will be accompanied by the live, soulful music of vocalist Allison LaRochelle.

Ode to the Moon began 2 years ago, starting very small. The goal was simple: to invoke discussion on the topic of domestic violence and raise money to benefit the efforts of 180 Turning Lives Around, a Monmouth County-based nonprofit organization that provides shelter and resources for the survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault.

Now, after a brief hiatus, Ode to the Moon will be going to a different studio each month this summer, leading to a big final 2016 event of the season in October (Domestic Violence Awareness Month) at the new Detour Gallery. All donations will go toward making Ode to the Moon Ode to the Moon a non-for-profit origination that breaks the silence about domestic violence through movement in yoga, visual art, and music.

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RED BANK: YOGA AGAINST DOMESTIC ABUSE

officialpicttureOTTMThe artistic team of singer/songwriter Allison LaRochelle and Yoga instructor Eleonora Zampatti take their unique healing powers of music and movement on the road in the Ode to the Moon Summer Tour; a benefit for victims of domestic abuse.

Press release from Ode to the Moon Yoga

Last year, Red Bank yoga instructor Eleonora Zampatti launched Ode to the Moon (OTTM), a unique artistic brand of yoga that combined the healing powers of art, music and yoga to benefit women suffering domestic abuse.  She was recently commended by the benefactor of her efforts, the non-profit organization 180 Turning Lives Around, with their Outstanding Community Partner Award.

Danielle Buccellato, the owner of OTTM’s home base Renaissance Pilates in Red Bank was also honored. Every month during the new moon, OTTM offers the healing power of yoga to its clients. All profits, including the sale of homemade clothing and jewelry at the events, benefit 180, the organization dedicated to the support of Monmouth county women suffering domestic violence.

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR HOSTS ALL-SHORE CONCERT

allshorepressOn February 8,  Red Bank Regional High School was very proud to be the host school for the annual All Shore Concert, with 13 student singers representing RBR in the honor chorus.  Pictured above (left to right) are: (back row) Mackenzie Clark, 18, Shrewsbury; Ricci Bigelow, 16, Lake Como; Shannon O’Donnell, 16, Little Silver; RBR vocal teacher Kristopher Zook; Jaclyn Gisondi, 17, Shrewsbury; Victoria White, 15, Union Beach;  Brian Healey, 16, Union Beach; (front row) Erin Ostrowski, 15, Little Silver; Kalei McCarthy, 17, Little Silver; Danielle Wolf, 15, Shrewsbury; Allison LaRochelle, 17, Middletown; Eliana Swartz, 17, Little Silver; Alexa DeAnna, 16, Keansburg; and Emma Craven, 16, Brielle.

RED BANK: NEW MOON, NEW WAYS TO HEAL

odetothemoontwoAccording to Eleonora Rachele Zampatti, “All the arts are therapy to heal” — and this Sunday, January 25, the founder of the monthly Ode to the Moon yoga program joins with the Monmouth County-based nonprofit 180 Turning Lives Around for an occasion designed “to celebrate the new moon in the New Year with the benefits of yoga and healing art, in a special event to aid the victims of domestic violence.”

Herself a survivor of domestic violence, Zampatti will present an afternoon of locally sourced art, live music, therapeutic yoga and healthy refreshments — all for the benefit of 180’s programs, and all of it hosted at Renaissance Pilates (8 East Front Street in Red Bank) beginning at 3 pm.

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RED BANK: A DAY OF HEALING ART AND YOGA

OdetoMoon_20141124_204704_294A0186Left to right: Amanda’s Easel program coordinator Cindi Westendorf, yoga teacher Eleonora Rachele Zampatti, vocalist Allison LaRochelle and pianist Samantha La Rochelle will collaborate on a special Healing Art event on January 25 to benefit 180 Turning Lives Around.

Press release from Ode to the Moon Yoga

On Sunday, January 25, Ode to the Moon joins with the Monmouth County-based nonprofit 180 Turning Lives Around in an invitation to celebrate the new moon in the New Year with the benefits of yoga and healing art, in a special event to aid the victims of domestic violence.

Hosted at Renaissance Pilates, the program begins with an art show, featuring the works of local artists as well as participants from 180’s art therapy project Amanda’s Easel, opening at 3 pm. A special one-hour yoga practice — accompanied by live acoustic music, and led by Ode to the Moon yoga teacher and founder Eleonora Rachele Zampatti — follows at 4 pm. A silent auction of the showcased art and other art items follows the yoga class, with refreshments available.

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LITTLE SILVER: FROM RBR TO KIDS, WITH CHEER

DSC01285_-_CopyStudents from Red Bank Regional High School joyfully participated in a school-wide event recently, helping to spread some season’s cheer to the children of St. Judes Hospital in handcrafting holiday cards during their lunch break. Smiling behind some of their creations are (standing, left to right) Allison LaRochelle, Middletown; Brianna Napoli, Interlaken; Sophie Halpern, Shrewsbury; Jeannette McKenna, Red Bank; Emme Scharmann, Little Silver; Eli McCarthy, Shrewsbury, and (seated, left to right) Mackensie Clark, Shrewsbury; Julia Sullivan, Little Silver; Mia Nelson, Shrewsbury, and Eliana Swartz, Little Silver. The activity was sponsored by the RBR International Baccalaureate program and National Honor Society.

MIDDLETOWN TEEN GIVES VOICE TO A CAUSE

bandpiconeAllison LaRochelle, Middletown, and Tristan Garrity, Red Bank, perform with their Jersey Shore rock/blues group Crimson Sky. The two musicians also lend their musical abilities to aid victims of domestic violence, at a monthly yoga class.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

By most measures, Allison LaRochelle is a very accomplished young artist. The vocal major at Red Bank Regional High School‘s Visual and Performing Arts Academy (VPA) has studied voice from the age of seven, and has been an active part of the Count Basie’s Rockit! youth performance program since its inception. Her powerful, Janis-Joplinesque voice has prompted such descriptions as “a mature woman trapped inside a teenager’s body.”

The Middletown senior is also the lead singer and co-songwriter for her locally based band, Crimson Sky. The rock/blues band has recently made it to the final round in the Stone Pony’s Rock-to-the-Top Contest, with the final competition occurring in January of this year.

She is also an excellent student, having earned entrance into the National Music, English and National Honor Societies. The member of RBR’s Chamber Choir recently joined the Harp ensemble, and has also been selected to the prestigious All Shore Choir.

Even with all that on her plate, one of the most rewarding gigs Allison LaRochelle has ever undertaken came about unexpectedly, when she attended a yoga class conducted by Eleonora Zampatti — a unique class known as Ode to the Moon, developed to bring awareness to the often-taboo topic of domestic violence, with class donations benefiting the Monmouth County-based nonprofit 180 Turning Lives Around.

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RBR VOCAL MAJORS MAKE ALL SHORE CHORUS

RBRchorusPress release from Red Bank Regional High School

A total of sixteen students from Red Bank Regional High School made the prestigious All-Shore Chorus, performing with the best voices from Monmouth and Ocean counties in the 51st annual honor chorus concert held recently at Neptune High School.  Pictured above from right to left are: (front row):  Allison LaRochelle, Middletown, Kathryn Robinson, Shrewsbury, Alexa DeAnna, Keansburg, Jazmin Graham, Lake Como, Eliana Swartz, Little Silver; (back row):  Emma Craven, Brielle, Dana Brown, Red Bank, Patrick Martini, Union Beach, Shannon O’Donnell, Little Silver, Amanda Strydio, Keansburg, Dannielle Wolf, Shrewsbury, Lauren O’Brien, Little Silver, Courtney Ravelo, Union Beach, Mackenzie Clark, Shrewsbury and RBR Choral teacher Kristopher Zook.  Missing from the picture were Shurmila Dhar, Little Silver, and Kacey Greico, Keansburg. The Honor Choir was conducted this year by Andre Baldasserini from Matawan-Aberdeen Regional High School.

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