My love of dance began at the tender age of five... kind of! My mother enrolled me in a ballet class, however, as a very shy girl, I was so terrified by the new faces and seemingly enormous dance studio that she decided to wait another year until my younger sister was old enough to join me in class. And so I returned the following year, obediently taking class but not necessarily enjoying it because I was such a wallflower! This continued until I traded in my pointe shoes for pom pons in junior high. Slowly but surely, I came out of my shell and before I knew it, I was dancing at athletic events, parades and competitions. And I absolutely LOVED IT!
Fast forward to post-college life when I focused my interests in hip hop dance, taking classes Lou Conte Dance Studio in downtown Chicago, teaching classes at Dancin' Around Dance Studio in Lansing, IL and performing with award winning hop dance company, Hip Hop ConnXion. I entered the fitness world in 2004 as a member of Bally Total Fitness Performance Team. For five years, I perfomed and choreographed group fitness routines with my fellow teammates at health expos and major events throughout the Chicagoland area. Guess which format attracted the most attention? You guessed it, Zumba Fitness!
Before I knew it, I attained my AFAA group fitness certification in 2007 and attained Zumba Fitness licensing in 2008. Because I can't get enough Zumba in my life, I also became licensed in Aqua Zumba (2010) and Zumba Sentao (2012.) Additionally, I teach Cardio Capoeira, a simplified version of the Afro-Brazilian martial art, am R.I.P.P.E.D. certified. To fine tune my technical dance expertise I took Latin dance classes for two years and was a proud member of the Latin dance company, Ladies of Soul, led by Kimberly Rivera, the "Queen of Soul."
So now you know how my background in ballet, hip hop and fitness performance has propelled me into the fabulous world of Zumba Fitness! Join me as we swivel, shake and shimmy to the spicy world beats!
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