- Zumba Basic 1
- AFAA Group Exercise
From: Roanoke, VA
Classes: JDR After Dark, Zumba
How long: 2 1/2 years
Where did you go to school?
Lord Botetourt High School, B.S. in Health Science, and A.A.S in Surgical Technology from Jefferson College of Health Sciences
What is your “real” job?
Surgical Tech at CRMH
What other hobbies & talents do you have?
Braids. I do love researching new hair styles and trying them out either on myself or doing other peoples hair. Makeup is another side hobby that I love to experiment with.
Tell me about your family life.
I am 22 years old and single. I love my parents and my only sister that is 8 years older than me. She is married and has one little boy. Aedan is all boy and has definitely livened up our family. During my first years of college I rescued a 6 month Blue Heeler/collie mix and named her Hadley. I can’t even imagine life without my pup. She is my forever fur child.
What is your favorite TV show?
I have many favorite shows but one show that I love to keep up with when I have time is Greys Anatomy. It’s basically a soap opera for those that are in the medical field and I AM ADDICTED.
What is your favorite quote?
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet…keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know it when you find it.”-unknown
Do you have any formal dance training?
Yes. I have been dancing ever since I was 3 years old. I started taking classes at Floyd Ward School of Dance in Vinton. When I was old enough to try out for competition ensembles dancing became more of a passion for me. I have been trained in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, hip hop, modern, clogging, and contemporary. I absolutely loved traveling with my studio to numerous competitions and preforming for many crowds. Dance has brought me so much joy and I can not imagine my life without dance.
What or who inspired you to become an instructor?
I started taking classes with Just Dance Roanoke during my first year of college when Maria Diavolitsis was teaching a weekly noon class at Jefferson College of Health Sciences. I have always loved her energy and her passion for teaching. Once the studio opened I was hooked and coming to as many classes as I could. The first time I took a Monday Mega Mix class with Sara Bremer I was in complete awe. JDR brought back my passion for dance that I thought I had to leave behind when I graduated from my high school dancing days.
What is your most memorable JDR experience?
My most memorable experience at JDR was during the final round of auditions when we each had to lead our audition song at the Monday night mega mix class. The feeling of being on stage brought back so many memories growing up in competitive dance. I could wipe the smile off my face the rest of the night. Complete bliss.
What have you learned from being on the JDR Team?
I have learned a lot form begin on the JDR team. The most important thing that I have learned is the ability to provide a fun, energetic workout for women and men. I used to dance for myself and now I have the chance to dance for myself and motivate others to do the same. It is such an awesome feeling to share my passion.
What does being an instructor mean to you?
Being and dance fitness instructor means that you do not have to be a size zero to be fit. It is simply being able to inspire and encourage others in that room to forget about their troubles and take time to reconnect with themselves.