JDR Spotlight is a series where we get introduce you to some of our JDR Junkies. This gives you the chance to see the variety of participants we have at Just Dance Roanoke and allows you to get to know your dancing BFF’s a little better.
Meet Suzanne Mayo-Glesner! She has been taking Just Dance and Just Burn classes for just over a year, is a loyal member of Kelly’s Just Sweat Boot Camp, and recently completed the Shamrock Half Marathon (her first half-marathon). We are so proud of Suzanne’s accomplishments and wanted to give her the Spotlight! If you see her around the studio, feel free to tell her how awesome she is!
What brought you to your first class at JDR?
My co-worker had been talking to me about Just Dance, and I have a friend who lives out of town who always goes when she’s in Roanoke. She was in a town for a last minute visit, and asked me to go with her. I loved it from the first class!
How did Just Sweat and Just Dance classes impact your half-marathon training?
Just Sweat has been a great complement to my half-marathon training. I think it made a big difference in my endurance and leg strength. Just Dance classes have been a great way to stay active on my days off from walking/running (and are a lot more fun!).
What are some of your favorite songs to twerk to in class?
Lately, my favorite has been Upgrade U. I also really like Let Me Be Your Lover, Bailando, and We Owned the Night.
Does your running playlist include any JDR songs?
Yes! I started and ended the race with JDR songs to get myself pumped up and then through that final stretch.
What’s your favorite outfit to Sweat, Burn, and Dance in?
Like most people, I like outfits that I feel comfortable and confident in. I usually wear some type of compression tights and a tank top. I love my JDR tanks, because they are fitted but comfortable.
What is the next fitness goal you would like to accomplish?
My friend and I are participating in the Blue Ridge Half Marathon in April, which will definitely be a challenge. The race I just did was at the beach and completely flat, but the Blue Ridge goes up Mill Mountain and then into the Peakwood neighborhood. I am excited but nervous!
What have you learned from JDR and your half-marathon experience?
The biggest thing I’ve learned is that my body is capable of a lot more than I give it credit for. At this time last year, I wasn’t physically active at all. Taking classes at JDR gives me confidence in what my body can do, and the fitness I have built there is what led me to decide to give the half-marathon a try.