I LOVE ZUMBA! Teaching Zumba has brought so much joy to my life...I just need to share it with everyone around me. I've been an AFAA-Certified Group Fitness Instructor since 1995, but nothing has brought me greater friendships and teaching opportunities than Zumba. As a fitness professional, I feel that exercise adherence occurs when exercise is FUN and does NOT feel like exercise. I know that as daily life gets overwhelming, we all need a place to escape and just have a good time. That's what I try to create in my class atmosphere - a "NO WORRIES" zone! Don't focus on the choreography, focus on feeling the music and getting lost in the moment :-) My teaching approach for Zumba stems from my background in jazz, modern, ballet, Hip Hop and Afro-Caribbean styles. I started formal lessons at 16, in Reno and Las Vegas (yep, even tried to do the showgirl thing). I spent all my teen years dancing in all the dance clubs in the Northern Nevada area and continued dancing training in my early college years at the University NV at Reno. I've had wonderful opportunities to study dance and fitness in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; DC/Virginia; NW Ohio; Detroit, Michigan and Oklahoma City. I also teach hip-hop classes for kids 5-7 yrs. and ZumbaAtomic for kids 8-12 yrs. I had a wonderful opportunity to choreograph my own dance troupe, The Perrysburg YMCA Dancers, in Ohio. We were honored to serve our community with our performances. Living in Oklahoma City was a blast too - performing for an NBA Half-time show for the OKC Thunder vs. the Indiana Pacers and participating in the MANY Zumbathons each month! I hope to bring this same spirit of Zumba and dance to the Carson Valley, Lake Tahoe and Reno areas and to nurture lasting friendships throughout our lifetimes. Come "join the party" and have a great day or night out - we deserve it!
Instructing for Zumba Fitness since 2007!
- Zumba Basic
License to teach regular Zumba® classes.
- Zumba Gold
License to teach specially designed Zumba classes for the active older adult or deconditioned participant.
- Zumba Gold Toning
License to teach Zumba® Gold-Toning classes.
- Aqua Zumba
License to teach the 'pool party' workout for all ages using the Zumba® formula and traditional aqua techniques.
- Zumba Toning
License to teach body-sculpting techniques using Zumba Toning Sticks to enhance rhythm and build strength.
License to teach the custom-designed kids program that blends dance-fitness routines with fun games and high-energy music.