Staff

Nicole Maxwell
Owner of Dancing Bones Santa Fe, Certified Biodensity Coach

I grew up in New York City. I came to New Mexico to go to St. John’s College and was enchanted by the beauty of the state and its people. My father was a physician and he inspired my interest in learning, mind, movement and what makes people healthy and strong.

While owning and operating a bicycle business, I became a trainee in Feldenkrais, the somatic learning and movement method. This beautiful work led me to Sheila Nixon and Dancing Bones where I have been a certified Biodensity coach since 2020.

I love coaching at Dancing Bones and I am awed at the surprising circumstances that brought me here.

Hattie Proteau
General Manager, Certified Biodensity Coach

I was born and raised in the West – New Mexico and Arizona. I have a background in movement, specifically dance and Pilates, and have practiced both for over 10 years.

I graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in NYC, with a BA in Dance. I raised two sons in Brooklyn, where I lived for seventeen years. I returned to Santa Fe in 2017, and started working at Dancing Bones two years later.

I enjoy helping our clients feel stronger, healthier and more vibrant. I personally use all the technologies at Dancing Bones, which have strengthened my body so I can continue to dance and do Pilates into my 50s.

Lawrence McGrael
Finance Manager, Certified Biodensity Coach

I grew up in Northern California. I moved to Santa Fe in 1989 to pursue my interest in the culinary arts.  I met another chef, who came from the opposite coast, and is now my wife. After our travels and adventures in Florida, Oregon, and Arizona, we returned to Santa Fe fifteen years ago to raise our son.

Fitness has always been a part of my life. I enjoy running, cycling, and practicing hot yoga. It is a great pleasure to be a part of the Dancing Bones team.

Ty Smith
Certified Biodensity Coach

I am a Santa Fe native, yogi, fitness lover, and fourth generation farmer and rancher.  With six years of yoga experience, I focus on the body-mind connection and a healthy lifestyle. My passion is to inspire others on their journey towards health, harmony, and abundance.

Sheila Nixon
Founder of Dancing Bones

While no longer the owner of Dancing Bones, Sheila continues to be a mentor and guiding member of our operation. She and her husband, Roland Richter (owner of Joe’s Dining in the same shopping center) both use the Dancing Bones protocol and equipment as part of their health regimen.

Sheila spent 25 years in the entertainment industry in NYC (from Joffrey Ballet to Broadway) and Toronto as a dancer, choreographer and director. She and her family moved to Santa Fe in 1990 where she began creating a healing practice. You can find out more about Sheila and her wellness journey in an interview with the Santa Fe New Mexican or listen to Sheila’s conversation with Bridget Dixon, President of the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce on “Business Matters.”