Dance, fitness and music have always played a big role in my life. At an early age, my mother enrolled me in Mexican folklore (family heritage) classes and I loved it so much I continued training in jazz, tap, modern dance and a little ballet. High school stayed pretty busy with choir, dance, theater performances and joined the highschool gymnastics team which began my career teaching children's recreational gymnastics. Although my collegiate gymnastics career was cut short due to a back injury, I continued teach gymnastics and also had the pleasure to be a student coach for the women's collegiate gymnastics team. While working on my master’s degree I fell in love with ballroom dancing so much I began to teach beginner social classes along with other fitness courses. In 2008, I was fortunate enough to start my first monthly SWUSTLE dance in Atlanta which includes a basic lesson before each dance and still continues once a month.
With a busy schedule teaching West Coast Swing, Hustle, gymnastics, group fitness classes, personal training, and coaching and competing in dance events, I also try to stay up to date in what goes on in fitness industry by reading periodicals, attending workshops, seminars and coaching sessions in fitness and dance (specifically in West Coast Swing and Hustle).
I enjoy spending my off time with my wonderful husband Scott doing many outdoor activities, hiking, running, traveling and just relaxing at home with our dog. I get bored easily so I love confusing my muscles by changing my workouts (example; running one day, HIIT workout the next day, Zumba another day, beating my Ripstix during POUND FIT training and finishing up with core & balance training all in one week). Oops! Can’t forget walking the pooch 3 to 4 times throughout the day and dancing twice a week in the evenings (mainly but not limited West Coast Swing & Hustle).
My passion is to teach, motivate and encourage people of all ages how to MOVE THEIR BODIES through music and strive to live a healthy balanced lifestyle through exercise and nutrition.
B.S. Exercise Science
Professional member of American College of Sports Medicine, Zumba ZIN member, POUND Pro, Atlanta Swing Dance Club, International Hustle Dance Association and IDEA Health & Fitness Association
2006 1st place Pro-Am Hustle, International Hustle & Salsa Competition
ACSM Personal Trainer