I used to be a professional dancer. From age 9 to 20,  I danced with a company that valued my atypical dancer’s body – big legs, thick thighs, big butt. And I was gooood.

Following an ACL tear at age 20, not following rehab instructions, falling off the daily dance routine, and becoming a working adult, my dancer’s body left me.

In 2010, I fell in love with Zumba and became a certified instructor. Yet and still, finding my way to a regular fitness routine and maintaining a healthy weight continues to be a challenge. Especially as I get older. But I’m up for the challenge! My life depends on it.

But for a little background on my hey day, I have studied and danced the styles of Afro-Cuban, modern, jazz, tap, ballet, liturgical dance.

My earliest memory of being a “real” dancer was when I was age 9. No other kid showed up to ballet and tap class on this Saturday. Who knows why. But what I do know is that instead of canceling class and calling my parents to pick me up, my teacher, Mrs. Maia Watson, made sure to make use of those two hours she had alone with me. That was the first time I remember sweating. That was a tough day. My dance career high: when Carmen DeLavallade complimented my Horton-technique deep floor movement while studying dance at Howard University.

I have performed at the African Marketplace and Cultural Faire (Los Angeles), Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood Paladium, the Home of actor Ed Asner, Wilshire Ebell Theatre (Los Angeles), National Cathedral (Washington, DC), New York Avenue Presbyterian Church & more!

Today, Zumba merges all of what I’ve learned over decades of taking classes, and dancing professionally, and I lovemelding it into a fun fitness class for all levels.

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