Who We Are
Cara Dixon and Jaimie Goodwin are the founders of Relative Motion.
They are sisters who have been performing, teaching and choreographing in the dance industry for over 2 decades. Throughout their work, one concern has been a common thread among the dance community, and that’s the anatomy of technique. For this reason, they began a mission 3 years ago to create a program where the concepts of anatomy are both accessible and understandable to every dancer and teacher. Through certifications in injury prevention and personal training, along with studies in Anatomy and Kinesiology for the body in motion, and yoga certifications (200hr RTT), they have been meticulous in bringing a thorough and cutting edge program to the dance community. The goal is to simplify anatomy so it is understandable and applicable, taking the complex and making it accessible. This will strengthen and align the body for technique, so that movement serves the body and the body supports the movement.
Relative Motion adds value to both dancers and teachers, as it connects us as a community.
The Relative Motion Team
The faces behind the company!
The Relative Motion Team
Meet the amazing people behind the training
Cara Dixon, co-founder of Relative Motion, is originally from Virginia Beach, VA where she trained and later taught at Denise Wall’s Dance Energy. Cara went on to perform for Cirque Du Soleil and Stiletto Entertainment, traveling the world to share her passion for dance. She has been featured in commercials as both a dancer and a teacher, and is grateful to have had the opportunity to create her own contemporary company in NYC, where her work and the work of her dancers was recognized in various choreography showcases. While living in NYC, Cara had the pleasure of being on faculty at Broadway Dance Center and later on faculty at Old Dominion University in VA. She currently lives in Virginia raising the three sweetest boys, and travels the US and internationally teaching master classes and choreographing for various studios and companies, along with adjudicating and teaching on the convention circuit. She has a BA in Dance and is certified in both yoga (200hr RTT) and Sugarfoot Therapy’s injury prevention, and is truly passionate about the difference Relative Motion can make for dancers training in this amazing community.
Co-founder of Relative Motion, Jaimie Goodwin grew up training in dance under Denise Wall. She has gone on to perform on SYTYCD both as a contestant and an Allstar. She has also appeared in commercials, movies, and television shows including Dancing With The Stars, Ellen, Glee, Rock of Ages, High School Musical 3, Mad Men, Two and A Half Men, and many more. She’s enjoyed making appearances on the Emmy’s, The Academy Awards, the Billboard Music Awards, and The American Music Awards as well as working with several artists such as, Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Underwood, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Kylie Minogue, and Miley Cyrus. She has also enjoyed the touring world while performing with Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound Dance Company. When she’s not performing she nurtures her passion to share through teaching. Jaimie has choreographed for and taught dancers all over the world through conventions, at studios, and universities. She has overcome several severe injuries that have led her to be an advocate for wellness and injury prevention in dancers and she has been certified in Sugarfoot Therapy’s injury prevention conditioning program as well as Tspheres in hopes of bringing more knowledge of wellness and longevity to our performing community.
Lauren Gibbs Benyounes graduated in 2013 with her BFA in dance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Post graduation she traveled the world and lived in Sydney, Australia working as a dance teacher and choreographer while furthering her dance education at Sydney Dance Company. Upon her return to the states, Lauren decided to study yoga with a focus on how it can benefit dancers mentally and physically. She has a passion for creating a healthier dance community and supporting the mental and physical challenges dancers face. Lauren has also studied with Sugarfoot Therapy on injury prevention and recovery, which has only grown her desire to work with Relative Motion and create content that helps dancers understand how their anatomy fuels their performance. She has a passion for continuing education to support the needs of the next generation of dancers. After 28 years in the industry, it is her dream to raise the vibration of the dance community through her passion of helping young dancers grow and learn both mentally and physically.
Kate is originally from Houston, TX, and now resides in the Tampa, FL area. She has a BFA in Dance from NYC’s Marymount Manhattan College and over 15 years of professional performance experience in regional theatre productions, theme parks, cruise lines, and various TV shows and films, where she has also served as dance captain, and as a member of Actor’s Equity. Kate has nearly 20 years of teaching, choreographing and judging experience, specializing in areas such as musical theatre, lyrical and contemporary, and strengthening and conditioning techniques, and has received numerous overall and choreography awards for her works. Kate recently furthered her education to gain an Associate of Science as a Physical Therapist Assistant, and is currently employed as a PTA at the Tampa VA. In addition to her current teaching and physical therapy careers, Kate enjoys spending time with her husband, 1 year old daughter, and dog, and is excited to be a part of the Relative Motion team where she can blend her performance, teaching, and physical therapy backgrounds and share her knowledge with young, aspiring artists.
Cailyn Kennedy is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina where she grew up competitively dancing. She then continued her dance career on the Carolina Girls Dance Team at the University of South Carolina, performing at football and basketball games, along with competing in team, hip hop and jazz performances at UDA Dance Team nationals.. Following graduation from USC in 2018, she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree and is now a board certified Physical Therapist in Charlotte, NC. She currently works as a physical therapist, while also creating injury preventative dance team content and training programs for Relative Motion.
The Relative Motion Method