I spent what felt like the majority of my childhood in a dance studio, studying ballet, jazz, flamenco, hip hop, and modern dance and more. I trained with the Goleta Civic Ballet, Santa Barbara Festival Ballet, Santa Barbara Chamber Ballet and American Ballet Schools in California, the Milwaukee Ballet in Wisconsin, and the Joffrey Ballet in New York City. Just as I became an adult, my body gave out on me in the form of tendonitis and knee failure, requiring surgery and rehabilitation, and my hoped-for dance career came to an end. During the next decade and a half my love of music and dance brought me back to the dance studio numerous times, but I was petrified of re-injuring myself as it was always very painful, and it was completely frustrating to not be able to make my body do what my mind thought it should be capable of.
Knowledge is power, and I'm committed to learning all I can so my classes will be safe and effective in addition to being fun. I've completed day long trainings to receive the following licenses: Zumba, Zumba Gold, Zumba Toning, Aqua Zumba, Zumba Sentao and Zumba Kids + Zumba Kids Jr (formerly known as Zumbatomic); as well as the additional online training modules Zumba Gold Toning, Zumba In The Circuit, Zumba Core and Zumba Glutes; and the educational class Zumba Basics 2. I am AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) Primary Group Exercise Certified and I hold Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Certifications from ACE (American Council on Exercise), as well as a Spinning Certification. I am also Red Cross certified in adult, child and infant First Aid, CPR and AED and maintain liability insurance as well as music licensing.
Enough about me! I'm passionate about what I do, but ultimately I teach for YOU, and I'd love to share my love of dance and fitness with you. Please come to one of my classes and find out for yourself how much fun Zumba is. It honestly is a party! Forget your troubles, smile and laugh with us, work up a fantastic sweat and burn tons of calories. I truly hope that I will see you soon!
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