b • brave reminds me to make the most of life by stepping up when I might otherwise shy away. We can inspire one another by encouraging each other to b•brave and never give up.
Why do you teach fitness?
I have always been passionate about dance and love to share that with others. This, coupled with how I found being physically active and strengthening my body could completely change my life, is the main reason. I did nothing to restrengthen my core after having children and ended up with severe back pain that was affecting all aspects of my daily life. After being inspired by my Zumba instructors, who turned my life around, I dreamed of helping others in the same way. Luckily, I was given that opportunity and I have loved every minute of it.
When did you begin in dance and fitness?
I have danced since I could walk - but I really started focusing on Fitness after college when I ran mini-marathons with my husband.
What keeps you motivated?
The “high” I feel after a great workout, the friendships I have made in class, the strength I have gained physically, the music, and knowing that I have a better chance of living longer for my family – all of these things (and more) motivate me.
What is your professional background?
Outside of Studio b, I am a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty. I love helping people in the journey of buying or selling their home. Prior to real estate, I worked at Purdue University for 16 years, spending my last few years there as the manager of Donor Relations and Marketing for the Purdue Center for Cancer Research.
Why do you teach at Studio b?
I can’t imagine any other place I would rather be! It’s not just about physical fitness. Studio b focuses on the fitness of mind, body, and spirit – with an amazing group of people where all are welcome and encouraged to be themselves. I like being part of a team who's focus is building up those around them. I teach because I hope to inspire others to be the best they can be and to share my love for Zumba fitness with all ages.
I am a soccer mom, dog lover, vegetarian, runner. When I am not at the studio, you're most likely to find me outside somewhere. I love traveling and exploring the world, with my favorite destination being Kauai.