Luckie was featured as an on-air choreographer and dance partner for Oxygen’s hit competition weight loss show Dance Your A** Off. While dancing his way into the finale, he found himself cultivating a signature style of cardio fitness that would be a fun challenge for recreational dancers.
Old School Skinny is designed around the feeling of togetherness people had at house parties back in the day. A time when everyone was on the dance floor and the DJ rocked the party all night long. In class, the air is always electric. The hand picked playlist of hits from the 70s 80s and 90s is invigorating spiritually as well as physically! Luckie’s patient teaching style and attention to the needs of his students makes the atmosphere incredibly uplifting.
In the first year of Old School Skinny, Luckie was featured in LA Weekly for his commitment to health and happiness through dance. Since then, he’s taught students of all ages and levels in dance/fitness studios around the world. He produces interactive live dance alongs for companies such as Kaiser Permanente, the Neon Run, Flash Mob America and more. Most recently, he received the position as Lead Director for the LA Sparks Ole Skool Crew dance team.
Now it’s time for you to get on the floor and bust a move. Old School Skinny’s throwback grooves and “express yourself” vibe is directly influenced by the days Luckie would dance in front of the tv while Soul Train and music videos were on.
A native of Louisiana, Apollo Levine is an actor, singer, and dancer/choreographer that has traveled the world performing with major and independent music artist, theater shows, and more. He has been a resident choreographer/instructor at the DATokyo School of the arts in Japan for the past 2 years and works with countless organizations to bring dance to underprivileged youth. Now a resident of LA, Apollo is excited to be joining the LA DanceFit family.
Betsy Struxness is a powerhouse instructor recently transplanted from New York City. After graduating with a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School, Betsy has gone on to all sorts of performing adventures from cruise ships to voiceovers, Broadway to TV, you name it. On Broadway, Betsy made her debut with Wicked, and then very quickly joined the cast of Memphis right before its run into the Tonys. Her first originating experience was with Leap of Faith, to be joined in swift succession by Scandalous and Matilda. Her biggest honor to date though has been bringing the smash hit Hamilton from the workshop to off-Broadway to Broadway as one the original company members. Betsy has taught WERQ Cardio Dance Fitness around the country in addition to Broadway masterclasses and other dance workshops. She believes in the power of dance as a form of celebration, healing and connectivity. In between all that however, Betsy enjoys her free time as a traveler and photographer. Shooting everything from landscapes to portraits. Check out Betsy’s semi-known Hamilton-inspired series: #StruxSelfie along with her new dance series #PatioJams on YouTube.
Choreographer • Teacher • B-Boy
Brandon has been teaching Hip-Hop & breaking for nine years and has trained students from all backgrounds. Growing up with a strong passion for Hip Hop culture has lead him to train in popping, locking, waving, house, breaking, and choreography. In 2013 he began choreographing for Breakdancing Shakespeare: An educational theatre program with Tony Award-winning Hartford Stage Company. The love for dance education has led him to be a visiting lecture at Central Connecticut State University and Trinity College. He is always aiming to enlighten his students on Hip Hop culture and the movement within it.
Originally from Munich, Germany, Carina has trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop since early childhood. After moving to Orlando, Florida, Carina was a soloist at the Central Florida Ballet Conservatory and became an All Star member of the Universal Dance Association. A recent graduate of Dartmouth College, Carina holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Romance Languages (concentration in French and Italian) and a minor in Theater. At Dartmouth, she was the director of Sheba, the College’s premiere competitive hip hop troupe, placing 9th at World of Dance Boston and competing at conventions including Elements at Boston University and Jam On It at Wellesley College. In 2014, Carina was a featured dancer with JP Chandler (a choreographer for “Dancing with the Stars, France”) in his Iggy Azalea music video cover, filmed in Paris.
Since then, Carina has taught Zumba for two years and has fallen in love with the supportive and challenging atmosphere that dance-cardio offers. Carina has been choreographing in contemporary and hip hop styles since the age of 14, and has experience teaching all age groups, from children’s hip hop to adult’s Zumba.
You’ve never met a dancer like Corey Coombs. Born in Barbados and raised in Montreal, Corey has consistently participated in a culturally rich variety of dance forms. Being part of a Calypso heritage inspired Corey to start his dance training at the age of 8 with The Montreal Afro-Caribbean Dance Company, expanding his repertoire in his teens with Fusion, a Jazz Hip-Hop troupe. By 18, New York City became his personal stage for dance discovery, and under the tutelage of a team of Jazz, Modern, and Ballet instructors at the Broadway Dance Center, Corey evolved as an artist and performed in many showcases and events.
Performance is only one aspect to his many talents: Teaching is where his passion kicks into the next gear! Corey has the natural ability to communicate easily and encouragingly to students of all walks of life, from the novice to the practitioner, as well as influential locals and celebrities. His drive to teach has brought him to New York, New Jersey, Montreal, St. John United States Virgin Islands, and California.
Corey’s unbroken focus and loving dedication to dance has sparked the branding of his own exceptional workout intensive which channels the groove and spirit of the Islands: Cardio Carnivale. It has received major notice from Malibu, the Pacific Palisades, and countless corners of Los Angeles.
Corey currently teaches classes at the Brazil Brazil Cultural Center in Los Angeles, as well as private lessons throughout Venice and Malibu. He’s approaching his 10th year instructing in Malibu, the fulcrum for his ongoing dance training and choreography, in high demand by the community. Renowned as “the Dance King” by his following, new students will arrive to a packed, supportive, and excited class!
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YouTube: Corey Coombs
Fitness Professional living in Santa Monica. She has always been a fitness enthusiast, but found a passion for Zumba as she quickly reaped the benefits of weight loss. She became a Zumba instructor because she wanted to help others reach their health goals. In November 2010, she quit her full time job in non-profit to become a full time Zumba Fitness Instructor. Deirdra’s devoted students share that her high intensity Zumba classes are fun, easy, and provide an effective total body workout! In December of 2011, Deirdra added Pilates to her list of certifications completing a program through the Physical Mind Institute.
Deirdra takes genuine interest in the health goals of her students. Often becoming more of a friend or a health coach than just their group fitness instructor. Motivated to inspire her students even more, she made a commitment to train for a fitness competition. In February 2012, she began her journey as a Fitness Bikini Competitor. Deirdra is AFAA certified in Personal Training and Group Fitness. She holds a Bachelors Degree from UCLA and a Masters Degree in Health Education from CSUN.
Visit her online at www.deirdramartinez.com
I’m Dennis Guzman, born and raised in Queens, New York. Thanks to my Colombian parents, I was introduced to Latin music and party at a young age, hence my love for Zumba.
I began dancing at the University of Tampa, Florida, making it my minor when I graduated.
Moving back to New York is when I began my journey in Latin dance dancing for ballet Mestizo, a Colombian Folklore dance company. Here, I learned all my countries dances, including Salsa.
I’ve been teaching Zumba for 5 years now where I am finally able to use all my dance experience.
Born in El Centro, Ca and raised in Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, AKA “a border baby” Fayad began her love of dance at the very young age of 2 ½ and continued for the next 9 years studying ballet, jazz, and modern at a private dance studio. She continued to train extensively at La Jolla Festival Dance Center in San Diego. At 13, her family made a huge move to Los Angeles, but continued her ballet/pointe studies at Stanley Holden Dance studio in West L.A. During her High school years she discovered EDGE performing dance center in Hollywood where she was introduced to the professional dance world, and extended her training by taking hip-hop, lyrical dance and salsa. Accepted at Loyola Marymount University she majored in TV Production and Dance where she trained under Chair Judy Scalin and professors, Damon Patrick Rago, Holly Johnston, and Jason Myhre. She performed in many LMU dance concerts and she was chosen to be part of the LMU hip hop group “Kumba Beats”. After graduating in 2004, she was hired at Providence H.S. as head Choreographer for musicals such as “Pippen”, “Wonderful Town, “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Godspell”. She continued to train in Salsa Styling under Lisa Nunziella and Hip Hop-Salsa fusion under Gladys “Cuba” Ortega. This love of salsa expanded her Latin horizons and delved into the dance fitness world. After working at Univision (KMEX) for 11 years, she decided to get her certification in Zumba fitness under the amazing ZES Gina Grant in 2005 and continues her instructor development with Wil-son Williams. Fayad has made her path by starting the first Hip-hop after school and summer program at Visitation School and also teaching the first Zumba and kid’s Hip-hop class at Westchester Parks and Rec. She is currently part of the FitWell staff at Loyola Marymount University where she teaches Zumba and Hip Hop and is the 2018 Spring Sing choreographer for Visitation school. You can catch her perform during the year as she is part of the ladies salsa group “Artistico Dance Company”.
Franki Floro was born and raised in Vancouver, B.C. She was raised with 3 brothers and decided to put the hockey skates away and shake her thang on the dance floor. After touring across Canada, Franki made her way to LA at the age of 18. When you walk in to Franki’s class you are surrounded with love and encouragement. Franki brings different and unique choreography to class every single day. You will never get bored. Franki makes you feel like your “back up dancer” days are far from over. If you want to have fun, blow up the dance floor and sweat out your worries then Franki’s your girl!
Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela; George Akram was surrounded by show biz from an early age. After finishing his first musical as a lead called “ Celebremos La Vida”, Akram decided to emigrate to the United States and invest time honing his skills attending classes and workshops in Miami, New York and Los Angeles, where he now resides. In his first four years in Florida, George had the tremendous honor to be part of several major events including the Latin Grammys, Latin Billboards, Selena Vive, Viña del Mar in Chile, Premio Lo Nuestro, Premios Juventud,, among others sharing stage with esteemed artists like Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Celia Cruz, Alejandro Sanz, David Bisbal, Shakira, Daddy Yankee and many more. In 2005 he received by Zumba creator Beto Perez the invitation to join the company with the immediate possibility to choreograph for two editions of the DVD sets (Chile and Riviera Maya, MX), a US tour and the honor to be part of the first group of ZES.
George’s acting career started to take off in 2005 once he made his movie debut in the film “Stuck On You” by The Farrelly Brothers. Currently he can be seen in the upcoming films “Sins Of Our Youth” “Km72” and the comedy “My Friend Vijay” In 2008 by the hand of legend Arthur Laurents, was given the opportunity to play the role of Bernardo, leader of the Sharks, in the Broadway Revival of WEST SIDE STORY at the Palace Theater in NYC, becoming the first Venezuelan to star in a Broadway musical. Worth mentioning, George completed the longest running Broadway production of WSS in January 2011, with a Grammy Award for “Best Musical Show Album” and a Tony Award nomination for Best Revival.
Gerald “Gee” Scott got his first shot at dance at the tender age of 17. Gerald has studied dance at Millennium Dance Complex, Edge Performing Arts Center, and Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio just to name a few. Gerald has worked for artists such as Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, and Rihanna. Gerald can currently be seen teaching Dance as a form of Fitness for Equinox Fitness Club(s)!
Heather Peterson teaches Zumba and Cardio Hop Hop at the studio. This spunky dance instructor lights the room on fire with her energy and hot dance moves. She loves her students and welcomes new people with open arms to join her dance family. Heather brings nothing but positive energy, laughter, joy, good music, a good time and a good work out to her classes. Heather encourages all her students to let loose, have fun and give there all as they sweat and shake during her 60 min classes. Her sports background, experiences with the performing arts and her study of different styles of dance make her a well-rounded Dance Fitness Instructor. Follow Her on Social Media and try her class for yourself!
Meet Ilyse Baker, a woman whose personality is as contagious and charismatic as her enthusiasm for fitness and dance.
CEO and creator of the new dance fitness program Dancinerate™, Ilyse is currently a Reebok Global Fitness Ambassador and a Presenter, Master Trainer and Choreographer for Qignition’s QiDance and QiForze programs. Based in Los Angeles, Ilyse is a Dance and Fitness Expert to celebrities including LeAnn Rimes, Rihanna, and Daniella Monet, Trina Vega from Nickelodeon’s “Victorious.” Named Top Trainer in the Country for Dance by Exercise TV, Ilyse has also appeared in numerous fitness DVDs including workouts with “Biggest Loser” instructor Kim Lyons and ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” champion Cheryl Burke.
Having danced professionally and toured throughout the United States and the Caribbean, Ilyse was chosen to represent dance fitness at the Asian Academy of Sports Fitness Professionals in Beijing, China. She has been featured on EXTRA, LA 18, Access Healthy Hollywood, FOX’s Everyday Denver, CBS’ Talk Phillyand on Exercise TV and Fit TV. Ilyse has been showcased in American Fitness Magazine, SHAPE, SELF Magazine, Bella, Redbook, Diets in Review and Girls Life as well as on SheKnow.com, examiner.com, sweetfit.ca, Skinnymom.com and many others. She was also nominated as Best Choreographer for her ZUMBA video game commercial and is a Master Instructor for SHAPE magazine’s annual Summer Beach Tour. Ilyse is an AFAA Certified Fitness Instructor, has a B.A. in Dance Performance and Dance Education from Point Park University.
Never one to stand still for too long, Ilyse is a Top Ten Trainer for FitOrbit, contributes online workouts to FitnessGlo and teaches dance to at-risk youth in the greater LA area. Praised as a dance teacher like no other, Ilyse is dedicated to sharing her passion with “anybody that comes to me.”
Jhon Gonzalez was born in Medellin, Colombia and moved with his family to Orlando, Florida at the age of 10. It was then when his spark for dancing began. His dancing career has been a hard training journey, primarily focusing on his favorite style of hip-hop. Nevertheless, he has also worked really hard to develop additional skills at all types of dancing disciplines.
Jhon is a Certified Zumba Instructor teaching at multiple locations across the Los Angeles area. His discipline and continuous training in hip-hop and jazz has helped him gain more experience and a higher set of dancing and performing skills.
Jhon has trained with the creator of Zumba himself Beto Perez who helped him realize that he needed to be open for continuous improvement. Getting Zumba certified provided him with knowledge and the tools necessary to help him create routines to better format his classes.
Today, Jhon has been a part of several Zumba Fitness DVDs and several Master Classes with Zumba Instructors from around the world. He was also a part of Step Up 4 and Rock of Ages both filmed in Miami Fl. The high energy he projects in class is contagious and he keeps the Zumba formula alive. He combines dance and fitness to make his classes full of energy and Happy People.
Kiari has been dancing since his youth, inspired by artist like Michael and Janet Jackson, Usher, Ciara, Britney Spears, and Missy Elliott. At the age of 15, he joined a Hip Hop competitve team and began his professional carrer, earning Regional & National titles. He has been featured in local magazine articles and tv spotlights.
He has been professionally teaching hip hop classes for the past 10 years. He also choreographs and dances for hip hop competitve teams, tours, and music videos with artist Todrick Hall, Jasmine, Tony Valor and Nelson O. He is excited to share his love of dance in Los Angeles, CA.
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LeAnna Sharp is a multi-talented performing artist and instructor in the creative arts, as well as a rockin’ Zumba dance fitness instructor! Born and raised in LA, she grew up dancing Latin social dances, particularly Salsa and Bachata, with her El Salvadoran family. Despite her upbringing and love for music, LeAnna was a late bloomer in her dance career due to her extreme sensitivity and shyness! It wasn’t until she was forced to take a theatre improv class that she broke out of her shell and spilled out onto the stage. Having this experience brings understanding and support to her students in expressing themselves as they truly are, and allowing that to shine.
She received her double major in Classical Music as a vocalist, in Dance with an emphasis in Choreography, and a minor in Multi-Cultural Theatre, from San Francisco State University. LeAnna works professionally as singer, dancer and instructor, and has been teaching Zumba dance fitness since 2012 and has been teaching in the performing creative arts such as piano, trombone, voice, acting and dance since 2006. Her formal dance training includes modern (Graham and Cunningham), jazz (Dunham and Horton), Afro-Cuban, Haitian and Brazilian Folkloric, Hip Hop, Swing & Lindy Hop, and her favorite, Latin Ballroom with Ava Apple & the Latin Symbolics in SF, and Rodrigo Guzman in Los Angeles.
LeAnna has a wide variety of experience from choreographing and performing with Latino theater companies such as El Grupo Arco Iris, SF, La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley, and El Teatro Campesino, San Jose, to touring in South America with a multicultural, bilingual production, to working with contemporary theaters such as the Magic Theatre, SF, Shotgun Players, Berkeley and Brick House Theatre, LA. As an educator, LeAnna holds a strong belief that the arts is a gift to be shared with all. She has had the honor of serving as the Co-Creative Director of the SF Young Dancers Program, providing Ballroom dance classes and performance experience to low income and underprivileged youth of SFUSD. She has worked with programs such as SF Juvenile City Hall Youth Now providing dance for incarcerated youth, and Saint Ignatius College Preparatory programs for minorities in the arts. When she is not teaching dance, you can find her on her yoga mat, on a hiking trail, on the basketball court, or most likely, on the salsa dance floor. LeAnna is passionate about living a happy, healthy life and is so grateful to teach dance and share this joy with her students!
Manu Fernández Barrio was born and raised in Germany. He started dancing Jazz/Modern when he was 4 years old and transitioned into Hip Hop at the age of 13. Manu has taught dance in Spain, Switzerland and throughout Germany. When he was 23 years old he luckily won the green card lottery and was able to fulfill one of his biggest dreams: “Moving to Los Angeles”. He’s worked with Taylor Swift, Arcade Fire, Beachbody and Chevrolet. Manu is a certified Personal Trainer with ACSM with a back round in Sports therapy.
Michelle has been dancing all her life. In fact her mom was dancing in a show right before she went into labor so Michelle was even dancing in the womb. She is classically trained in ballet. She has also trained in Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop and Burlesque. She has been featured in several music videos, and was a dancer (and the choreographer) for the Bad Apple Burlesque group. In addition Michelle is a competitive triathlete and fitness addict. She started doing Zumba a little over a year ago and instantly fell in love. Finally something that combines her love of dance and fitness! She began teaching Zumba to spread her enthusiasm about getting fit and having fun while doing it.
Minerva Dusigne began her love of dance in the world of Salsa. She trained for over three years with Alex Da Silva, the recurring guest choreographer on the Fox TV show “So You Think You Can Dance.” Minvera’s passion has always been music and dance. In her classes, you will listen and dance to Latin music of all genres (salsa, merengue, reggeton, cumbia, tango, samba and more) and music from many countries throughout Latin America, France and the U.S. Minerva began her career as a fitness instructor in 2008, teaching “Latin Heat,” a style similar to Zumba.
Minerva also ran her own private and successful studio from 2010 – 2013 but closed it when she moved to the South of France. While in France, she taught Zumba for two years in various locations and also stumbled across a new dance style popular in Europe: Kizomba, which she sometimes incorporates into some of her cool downs. Now, back in L.A., she has returned to teaching Zumba and has rediscovered the immense passion that originally drew her to dance and fitness!
“The first class I taught was Latin Heat in 2008 at LA Fitness. Then I discovered Zumba® and fell in love once again. For the next 3, I opened my own Dance studio in Los Angeles, until I moved to Europe, were I taught Zumba® for 2 years. My return to LA has been awesome, because I continue teaching my great passion.”
Nicole Steen aka Ms. “Buns Of Steen” the Cardio Dance Queen is a professional dancer, fitness expert, and fire baton twirler who has traveled all over the world performing her special talents and featured in many fitness and music videos. These videos include Beachbody, Weight Watchers, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Snoop Dogg, Becky G and more. Nicole has been featured on many news stations showing off her fitness skills and can also be seen online teaching her own workouts on PopSugar Fitness, Hip Shake Fitness, GymRa, and her own Tone and Twerk DVDs.
She is a USC and Pepperdine University graduate with her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology. Nicole has been in the fitness industry for over 15 years and has earned a number of certifications such as AFAA and ACE. She teaches a variety of formats which include dance, Zumba, barre, booty toning, sculpt, and kickboxing! This former USC Song Girl brings her cheerleading spirit into all of her high energy classes and believes in the philosophy of No Pain, No Gain!
Social Media: Instagram: @NicoleLovesFire; Youtube: NicoleLovesFire; Facebook: www.facebook.com/CardioDanceQueen, website: www.NicoleSteenFitness.com
Radha Ruiz is a professional Dancer and Iyengar based Hatha yoga teacher. She began performing African dance with MKM Cultral Dance Center at 8 years old. Radha later studied & performed Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Jazz and Hip Hop at Debbie Allen Dance Academy. She majored in Performance & Choreography at the EMCVPA in Kingston, Jamaica as well as choreographed and performed amongst various dancehall artist such as Baby Cham, Yellowman, Konshens and Beenie Man.
Sam Allen was born and raised in Manhattan where he graduated from New York City’s acclaimed “Fame” school, LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. This school provided him with many opportunities to develop his artistic craft and ultimately gave him his foundation in the entertainment industry. After studying with the American Ballroom Theatre and the Harkness Youth Ballet, he decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in choreography and to continue his education at the University of Southern California. He has been featured in many music videos, commercials for both Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, and television shows on ABC, CBS, and PBS.
After choreographing the General Motors NY Press Event for the Auto Show at the Javits Center, he began to teach Hip-Hip Dance Classes at Arthur Murray Dance Studio, Dance Center of the Hamptons, the Edge Performing Arts Center, Gold’s Gym, and most recently, Beach Cities Dance. His choreography was featured in Carnival Choreographers Ball and was also awarded first place and best choreography at the United States Tournament of Dance Nationals. Sam ultimately seeks the opportunity to tell stories through creative movement and encourage and inspire people to dance with all their hearts.
CREDITS – Mya Harrison at LA Pride, Dina Rae Music Video “No Matter”, Mandy Rain Music Video “Boogie”, General Motors NY Press Event, Dancers Responding to Aids, National commercials for Nickelodeon and Blackwatch Productions.
Tier Elera, is a South Central, Los Angeles native that has loved dance from the young age of two. Her dance background includes training in ballet, jazz and hip hop.
During her college years in Nashville, TN, Tier developed her own fitness brand, TIERTIME Fitness. Over the years she has held the title as Best Group Fitness Instructor, Favorite Place to Exercise, Favorite Weight Loss Center and Favorite Fitness Center in the Middle TN area. With her signature phrase, “We Pickin’ Up!”, she encourages her class participants to leave their shame, judgments, and limits at the door.
Inspired by the Fly Girls troupe and artists like Janet Jackson and Chris Brown, it is guaranteed that class will always be enjoyable, challenging and different as the playlist varies every class.
Wil-son Williams is a Philadelphia native, who began performing at the early age of 8 with The Next Generation Dance Company under Stephan Love and Leon Evens. Excelling in Tap, Jazz and African genres Wil has performed at The Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York and has made a guest appearance on the television talk show “People Talk”. In addition, he has trained under world-renowned entertainers Maurice Hines, Jaye Allison and Delphine Mantz all before reaching high school.
Wil continued his dance education with Ballet and Modern techniques at the High School of Creative and Performing Arts Philadelphia (CAPA High). Now in Los Angeles with over 20 years of dance training Wil-son has performed all over Los Angeles in numerous LA-based dance projects with companies including Los Angeles Choreographers and Dancers, The Los Angeles Orchestra, Nike Advertisement, BET Television Network, Charo Entertainment and the L.A. County Fair. His skills continue to grow covering Ballroom dancing styles such as Salsa, Argentine Tango and Swing.
For the past 8 years, Wil has been working with both children and adults of all ages and skill levels. He has lead many group and private classes at gyms and studios throughout West LA including Spectrum South Bay, Downtown LA Job Corps, Sports Club LA, Your Neighborhood Studio, and at special events such as the recent Lakers 3-on-3 Tournament.
Wil focuses on providing patience and a nurturing environment for his students, while always encouraging them to have fun and learn. In addition to his group classes, Wil works with several celebrities’ children including Pam Anderson, Jane Seymour, and many celebrity child stars. Many of Hollywood’s elite have been trained by Wil and attend his classes. Among them are Tara Lipinski, Jacky Loughery, Paula Abdul, Vivica A Fox, and Mina Hung.