- Zumba Basic 1
- AFAA Group Exercise
Nickname: Bish, Ali, Bishalicious
From: Weirton, WV
How long: 5 years
Where did you go to school?
Weir High School, Virginia Tech, West Liberty State College
What is your “real” job?
Tell me about your family life.
It’s just me and Sydney, my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
What is your favorite quote?
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4.13
Do you have any formal dance training?
Yes. I danced for 12 years throughout childhood/adolescence
What or who inspired you to become an instructor?
I moved to Roanoke in 2008 and at the time I couldn’t find a Zumba class I liked. I got my Zumba License about a year later because I figured I would just teach my own class! What I failed to realize was the fact I had no clue how to make that happen. Thanks to Sara moving in to town and asking me to join her team, she helped make my goal a reality!
What are your favorite dance moments from movies, TV, and/or stage?
As cheesy as this sounds, the “showcase” performance in the original Step Up. I could watch that scene on repeat and never get sick of it. The dancing is phenomenal plus Channing Tatum is nice to look at 😉
Who are your dance & fitness role models and inspiration?
Tanya Beardsley…I love the way she dances and she is an incredible woman. I am thankful that I got to meet her. She hugged me!
The Rockettes! I love their style
What is your favorite song we do in class?
Holding on for a Hero
What have you learned from being on the JDR Team?
I learned how important dancing is to my life and I didn’t know how much I missed it.
What does being an instructor mean to you?
I get to share my passion with others and motivate them to be fit and happy.