Melissa Lohman-Wild loves to make stuff in the company of others. Her vocation is film-making, which she taught to New York City public high school students for 7 years, but she is happiest when cutting up pieces of paper and glueing them together. Her artsy/crafty interests include collage, screen printed cards, and mailable art. Melissa sends out handmade mail regularly, hosts MAKE MAIL workshops for children and adults, and posts weekly on her blog, Melissa holds an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School and has taught art at Beam Center's Inventgenuity Workshops, The Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace, and Children's Aid Society in Manhattan. She lives in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn with her husband and two Hootenanny appreciating kids. 

April Cantor received her first certification to teach yoga with Integral Yoga in 1999. April now blends her love for theater, movement, children and yoga into her SoulShineLife's Kids Yoga Adventures, which she brings to preschools and daycare centers throughout Brooklyn, and offers tot yoga classes at Bend and Bloom Yoga and Hootenanny. April holds a BA in Visual Media/Communications from American University, DC. Her certifications and trainings include Anusara Yoga, Phoenix Rising therapeutic yoga, and Prenatal/Postpartum Yoga; and for children's yoga with Karma Kids, Storytime Yoga, Next Generation Yoga and Mini Yogis. April is grateful for her most influential teachers: Amma, Mother Nature, her Family and her adventurous students. Namaste.


Aria Rivera Aria is a Waldorf educated New York Native. After receiving her BFA in photography, she spent her time traveling and working with children. More recently, Aria received her Masters degree in Art Therapy and gave birth to her third child. Aria’s professional and personal background have inspired her to meet the individuals needs of each child she works with. She does this through her selection of art materials and instruction. Aria’s classes are not focused on the product, but more emphasis is placed on the creative process.

Kira Smith runs the hootenanny office and dances wherever and whenever she can. She holds a masters degree in Dance and Movement Therapy from Pratt Institute and she is so happy to be dancing again with the wonderful hootenanny community.

Pete SInjin Heitmann is co-founder of Hootenanny Art House, along with his partner Kira Smith. He has spent the last twenty years playing music from his native Pennsylvania to his adopted homes of San Francisco and New York City. His musical inspiration ranges from punk rock to country to the blue plastic trumpet inspired jams his daughter Zoe initiates in the morning to wake up the sun. He’s thrilled to be sharing his guitar strumming passion with new and old friends.
Pete's an active musician singer/songwriter in the NYC area and performs regularly. Check out his music and show schedule at

Cassie Naaktgeboren Originally from Iowa, Cassie made the big move to Brooklyn in August of 2012 in search of a supportive, creative community of educators and artists, and to share her love of music, yoga, art, and theater with children.  She holds a Bachelors and Masters of Music in Opera Performance and is a certified kids, postnatal, and adult yoga teacher.  Currently, Cassie is a 3s teacher at Studio Creative Play in Park Slope, as well as a yoga teacher to children and adults throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.  Cassie loves working with young children because of their unpretentious honesty and their constant willingness to take imaginative risks in any activity.   If you can’t find her in a classroom, try looking for Cassie on stage, in the kitchen, at the yoga studio, the park, or the beach.

Judi Socarras is NY licensed creative arts therapist and a registered dance movement therapist. She has been studying and teaching creative dance movement for many years. It is her vision to support individuals in maintaining a healthy body, mind and soul through playful, creative, expressive dance. She's worked in the mental health field as a primary therapist and taught in community centers, yoga studios and classrooms.  In addition she has extensive early childhood education experience working with children from birth through 1st grade. Her dance background includes training in Gabrielle Roth's The 5Rhythms, Synergy Dance, NIA, and expertise in Latin dance forms particularly those of her native Cuba.