- Zumba Basic 1
- AFAA Group Exercise
From: Huntington, WV
Classes: Just Dance
How long: 3 years
Where did you go to school?
William Byrd High School, B.S. in Health Science degree with a minor in Biology from Jefferson College of Health Sciences, & Phlebotomy Certification from VWCC
What is your “real” job?
Tell me about your family life?
One cat named Gabby and part time baby sitter to two adorable yorkies
If you could go anywhere on vacation, where would you go?
I would go somewhere tropical and warm where I could take in the view of the ocean and feel the sand between my toes.
What is your favorite quote?
“Dance enables you to find yourself and lose yourself at the same time” -Peter Townsend
Do you have any formal dance training?
I have danced since the age of 3. Over the years I have taken ballet, tap, baton, clogging, lyrical, and jazz.
What or who inspired you to become an instructor?
I was inspired to become an instructor after finding Just Dance and discovering how much I enjoyed it. After high school I gained some weight and growing up as a dancer I could not get used to working out in a gym. JDR showed me that exercise could be fun and I became an instructor because I wanted to share the joy that it brought me with others.
What is your most memorable JDR experience?
My most memorable JDR experience is teaching my first MegaMix. The energy in the room was unreal and I got a new appreciation for how difficult but rewarding it can be to teach an hour and a half.
Who are your dance & fitness role models and inspiration?
Kass Martin. Slightly obsessed with what an amazing instructor and dancer she is. She’s also super nice!!
What have you learned from being on the JDR Team?
I have learned that hard work pays off. I’ve learned to put health and fitness as a top priority in my life, to love myself, and that we are a part of something truly special at JDR.
What does being an instructor mean to you?
Being an instructor to me means that I get to help people achieve their fitness goals on a daily basis while showing people how much I love to dance.