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Abraham Hernandez

Location: Oregon, US

About me: Born and raised in Mexico, Abraham started in the fitness industry as a gym owner and Spinning instructor in 2000, then received his Personal Trainer Certification. He started teaching Zumba® classes at Guanajuato Gym in 2006 and became a Zumba® Education Specialist in 2007 when he moved to Spain, returning to Mexico as a ZES before moving to the USA in 2010. He is currently presenting and representing the Zumba program as a bilingual ZES at different fitness trade shows and conventions such as IDEA, IHRSA, EFC, IAFC, EMPOWER, and Zumba® globally. His passion is teaching and helping people and instructors reach their goals for a healthier life while acting as a stellar role model to his two wonderful children.

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Adela Iacob

Location: Romania

About me: Adela Iacob is from Romania and in 2010 she became one of the first Zumba® Instructors in Romania. In 2012, she was selected to become a Zumba® Jammer and since then she is traveling all around Europe teaching ZIN Jam Sessions. In 2012 Adela was featured in the 2012 Zumba® Instructor Convention Fitness-Concert and in 2013 for the Zumba® Instructor Conference Fitness-Concert in LA and France! She’s been featured also in the ZIN DVDs 42,48 and 52.

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Ai Lee Syarief

Location: Switzerland

About me: Ai Lee Syarief has always been athletic! She began dancing and taking gymnastics classes as a child and at the age of 12 she discovered yet another fascinating sport — Karateí. At 17, she was a runner-up in a Shorin-Ryu Karate World Championship Kumite Tournament in Okinawa, Japan. She fought and represented Switzerland and the Malaysian National Karate Team for several years and successfully participated in many international tournaments. Ai Lee is a passionate dancer and loves Hip-Hop, street dance, jazz and all forms of movement. In 2010 she fell in love with the Zumba® program and went on to become a licensed Zumba® instructor. In Feb. 2012, she was selected to be a Zumba® Jammer and presented her first ZIN Jam Session. In December 2012, she was selected as a ZES representing Switzerland and Austria.

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Alena Groopman

Location: California, US

About me: Alena is an energetic, fun-loving and passionate Zumba® Jammer and Instructor, teaching Zumba® classes and events in California and internationally. Throughout the past 4 years, Alena has loved and enjoyed every moment of teaching classes, hosting ZIN Jam Sessions, sharing choreography, and supporting the ever-growing Zumba family of students, instructors and enthusiasts around the world. Alena was a presenter at the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Zumba® Instructor Conventions in Orlando, Florida, and was featured on ZIN Volume 38. Alena also worked with Princess Cruise Lines to develop the choreography to Pitbull’s “Don’t Stop the Party” as part of Latin Dance Night onboard all cruise ships and their “Around the World” Zumba® Course for instructors on board.

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Alessandro Belletti

Location: Italy

About me: Alessandro Belletti went through seven years of professional dance and swim classes before becoming a Zumba® instructor. He studied breakdance, hip-hop and contemporary salsa courses and became a Zumba® Jammer in 2010, and a step aerobics instructor and toning instructor in 2002. He teaches at Virgin Active and Sway in Bologna.

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Alexander Cohen

Location: Florida, US

About me: Alexander Cohen is a recognized fitness instructor, mentor, coach who has a unique ability to integrate mind, body and spirit in his work. He is one of the Founders of Omechaye wellness and fitness center, an accredited Pilates and Yoga teacher, and NSCA personal trainer. He is also a Holistic Coach. Through his versatility and creativity Alex has developed different fitness programs which have been presented in Europe and South America.  Alex has been a consultant for television fitness shows and top fitness magazines.  He is a Functional Trainer Specialist from IHP.   He is currently enrolled in the University of Miami’s Certified Professional Coach Program and he continues to lead 200 Yoga teacher trainings and facilitate specialty workshops in the fitness industry. He believes that the three elements of success are the Three P’s: Passion, Perseverance and Patience. His personal mission is to positively influence people’s lives through fitness and wellness.

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Ali Ramirez

Location: Florida, US

About me: Ali Ramirez, has been involved in dance since a child and was a former dance instructor at Arthur Murray Dance Studios. Her involvement with Zumba® Fitness started when she attended the first Zumba® Training back in May 2003. Ali was chosen as one of the 13 original Master Trainers for Zumba® Fitness in March 2006. Her passion and love for dance and people shines through wherever she goes!

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Ana Georgescu

Location: Romania

About me: Ana Georgescu became a rhythmic gymnast when she was three. She was part of the Junior Romanian Olympic Team with over 30 Gold International and National medals won during her career. Ana continued as a professional dancer in two well known dance companies, AEROS and Rhythmix, dancing on some of the most famous stages of the world, including on Broadway. She is a certified fitness and aerobics instructor and a rhythmic gymnastics instructor as well. In 2011 she became a Zumba® Education Specialist and now she teaches Zumba® Instructor Trainings and presents at Fitness Conventions and Conferences around the world. Ana’s passion for dance and fitness inspires and motivates thousands of people to have fun while working out and heading towards a healthy and positive lifestyle.

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Ann Saldi

Location: Massachusetts, US

About me: Ann Saldi, founder of VaVaVoom Dance and Fitness, LLC and Creator of the HIP TO STRIP program, has been in the dance and fitness industry for over 25 years. She is a Zumba® Education Specialist and has trained thousands of people to become Zumba® Instructors in the New England area. Voted “Boston’s Best” instructor, she has presented nationally and internationally and is a Presenter at the Zumba® Instructor Convention. She knows how to motivate and designs her workouts to inspire and achieve maximum results with her creative choreography.

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Anna Marchenko

Location: Canada

About me: Anna started dancing Ballroom and Latin when she was 6 years old. She performed in various countries and participated in many competitions. Living in the Middle East, she developed a love for Belly Dancing while Latin beats of salsa, merengue and bachata captured her heart! She became a licensed Zumba® Instructor and earned her certification as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer in Toronto. In 2010, she became a Zumba® Jammer.

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Armando Salcedo

Location: Florida, US

About me: Born in Cartagena, Colombia, Armando began his career in the fitness and entertainment industries in 1996. He worked in Bogotá, Colombia with Beto Perez, creator of the Zumba® program, and was an international presenter and dancer in Jakarta, Indonesia, Italy, Argentina, Cuba, Mexico, Panamá, Guatemala and in the United States since 2005. He performed globally and is now a Zumba® Education Specialist, International Presenter and model. He is featured in the original Zumba® music videos, “Caipirinha” and “Crazy Love” as well as in the Zumba® video games. He was recently featured in ZIN 42 “One on One” and ZIN 46 Live Miami.

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Barbara Klontz

Location: Illinois, US

About me: Barbara is a Zumba® Education Specialist living in Chicago and travels extensively to train new Zumba® Instructors. She has been a group fitness instructor and personal trainer since 1992 and was thrilled to make the Zumba® program a part of her life.

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Benjamin Richard

Location: France

About me: Benjamin was born in France and has been living in Paris for 10 years. When he was 5 years old, he discovered the world of artistic gymnastics. His love for this art has allowed him to reach the French national level and to participate in many tournaments. At 18 years old, Benjamin arrived in Paris and went to a university where he obtained a degree in Sports Management along with other diplomas in fitness and physical training. During this time he perfected his dance and acrobatic technical skills, such as capoeira and pole dancing, integrating different performing acts. In 2011 Benjamin became a Zumba® instructor and currently teaches in dance schools throughout Paris. In 2013, he became a Zumba® Jammer and joined the "French Fusion" team at the European conference in Lille.

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Beto Perez

Location: Florida, US

About me: Beto began as a fitness instructor in his home city of Cali, Colombia. One day he arrived to class and realized he had left his regular aerobics music at home. Beto looked in his bag, took out some salsa and merengue tapes, popped them into the sound system, and taught the first–ever Zumba® class. After a career as a trainer and choreographer in Colombia, Beto decided to make the big move to the United States. With only his moves and his passion, Beto sold all his belongings and moved to Miami in search of the American Dream. He didn't speak a word of English. Beto is here to bring the Zumba® love to the entire planet.

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Betsy Dopico

Location: Florida, US

About me: Betsy has been studying and performing dance since she was four years old, focusing on modern, classic and Latin rhythms. Born in Cuba, she traveled the world as a dancer in her teenage years. She holds a degree in music (piano) and has won many awards for her musical talent. She owns BASS Studio and is the co-founder of DAF Studio, both in Miami. Betsy has been featured in various ZIN Volumes and Fitness-Concert events. She has presented at several conventions and now travels the world as a Zumba® Education Specialist.

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Carlos Henriquez

Location: Canada

About me: Carlos is a native of the Dominican Republic and moved to Canada in 2007 where he became a licensed Zumba® Instructor. His lifelong passion for dance and dedication to fitness made him a natural fit for the Zumba® program. In 2010, he was thrilled to be selected as a Zumba® Jammer in Canada. He’s been part of the Zumba® family for over four years and recently had the honor to be one of the 15 ZJs dancing on stage at the Fitness-Concert. He appeared in ZIN Live 42 and the Zumba® Toning Volume.

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Carolina Arias

Location: New Zealand

About me: Carolina Arias is originally from Chile and became a qualified Personal Trainer and a certified Group Fitness Instructor in 2000 after completing her degree in Public Relations in Santiago, Chile. She is also an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. In 2006, Carolina packed her bags and with very little knowledge of the English language, boarded a flight to New Zealand for what was meant to be a year. Little did she know that she would ultimately stay and develop a successful fitness career.  She became a Zumba® Instructor in 2009. She fell in love with teaching immediately, thrilled with how she could change people’s lives.  She then obtained her licenses in every Zumba® specialty program! One year later, she became a ZES in New Zealand and Australia. Today, she teaches Basic 1, Basic 2, Pro Skills, and Zumba® Toning instructor trainings in New Zealand, Australia, Asia and the Pacific. Carolina believes she has one of the best jobs in the world!

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Caroline Crowe

Location: United Kingdom

About me: Caroline Crowe is proud to be one of the leading Zumba® Education Specialists in the UK. Based in Guildford in Surrey, she arranges and conducts Zumba® instructor training courses in England and Wales, and teaches a variety of programs, including Zumba® and Aqua Zumba®. Caroline has been professionally trained in dance and musical theatre at The Arts Educational School of Musical Theatre, London and has an impressive list of qualifications. Caroline holds an ISTD Associate in Modern Theatre Dance and a National Diploma in Professional Dance Musical Theatre. She has also earned dance certifications in ballet, tap, modern and jazz.

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Catherine Chiemelu

Location: Oklahoma, US

About me: Catherine Chika Chiemelu, Cat, is a Nigerian-American from Oklahoma. Her passion for dance, especially tropical and international, stems from youth. She served 7 years in the United States Army and found her new passion, the Zumba® program. She now fuses her passion for structure in health and fitness with personal training and teaching Zumba® classes. She enjoys exposing the beauty of tropical West African dance, dancehall, soca, reggae and calypso in her jam sessions and Zumba® classes.

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Cheryl Wu - Hall

Location: California, US

About me: Cheryl is from Taiwan and currently resides in California, where she is an AFAA and ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor and a Zumba® Education Specialist. As a choreographer, she has a varied dance background, which includes ballet and jazz. As a fitness professional, she has taught a myriad of formats (Aqua, Senior, Cycling, Boot camp, Strength, HIIT). She has been included in several trade shows and appears in multiple media events such as video games, commercials and some major network television shows.

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Clotilde Martin

Location: France

About me: Clotilde started dancing at age 16 in Paris where she studied jazz, ballet, tap, singing, and musicals. She moved to New York at 19 to study hip-hop, street jazz, new style and Pilates at the Broadway Dance Center. She worked as a professional dancer for a dance company with other French performers. In 2000, she earned her Dance Certificate from Choreia in Paris 11ème. In 2001, she earned her Dance Certificate from Broadway Dance Center in New York. In 2006, she earned her Fitness Diploma Paris in order to teach fitness (Step, LIA,) in different gyms throughout Paris. In 2007, she completed a Pilates training in Paris. In 2009, she became a licensed Zumba® Instructor as well as a certified Vinyasa Yoga instructor. She became a Zumba® Jammer in 2011 and a ZES in 2012. She was a presenter at the Europe Conference with "French Fusion”.

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Coco Qing Xie

Location: New York, US

About me: Born in China and raised in Switzerland, Coco studied piano and dance at the Franz Liszt Academy in Hungary before she moved to the United States to study Finance at Baruch College in New York. After earning her BBA degree, working for a big corporation for 3 years, Coco gained over 50 pounds and became a size 12. She turned to group exercise classes and lost all the weight! Coco’s goal became to help others achieve their goals through fitness. Coco was introduced to the Zumba® program in October 2008, and immediately fell in love and became a licensed Zumba® instructor. In June 2010, she was thrilled to be chosen as a First Generation Zumba® Jammer. Then, in 2013, Coco was ecstatic to be selected as a Zumba® Education Specialist and an international presenter for Zumba® Fitness.  She travels the world to share her vision and expertise with dance and fitness enthusiasts.

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Conley Zani

Location: New York, US

About me: Conley is an executive coach and corporate team-builder. She teaches leaders how to maximize their effectiveness communicating and motivating others. When asked what she does, she often answers: “Edu-tainment.” She is a mother, sister and wife. She is a coach, counselor, teacher and friend. She is a Zumba® instructor! She has an MBA from Harvard and is lucky to live in Rhode Island, next to the sea, where she aspires to give back in every way she can.

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Dahrio Wonder

Location: Oregon, US

About me: Dahrio Wonder is a San Francisco Bay Area native who has worked with some of the industry's top recording artists as a professional dancer and choreographer. As a dancer, choreographer and instructor he has performed and worked with Britney Spears, Madonna, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Hart, Melanie Fiona, Jonn Hart, An’gela Winbush, Zumba®, and the late salsa legend Celia Cruz. In 2007, he penned a music publishing deal with Foxx King/Bug Music (ASCAP), and was also an opening act on select dates for The Isley Brothers US tour. In 2012, Wonder joined the Gina & Tanya Zumba® tour as the featured music artist, entertaining crowds in cities throughout the US and Canada. Most recently, Wonder teamed up with Zumba® creator Beto Perez to write and perform, “Came Here To Party” for Zumba’s 2013 instructor conferences and convention.

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Daniela Cesnekova

Location: Slovakia

About me: Since she was 4 years old, Daniela's passion for dance and later fitness has always been inseparable part of her life. Since she took her first Zumba® fitness class, she knew this program was exactly what she was looking for. She became Zumba® fitness instructor in 2005 when she attended her first Zumba® instructor training in Miami, FL. After coming back to her home country Slovakia in 2006, she was one of the first Zumba® fitness instructors introducing the program in Europe.

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Darren Jacobson

Location: Florida, US

About me: Darren is the Vice President of Instructor Programming for Zumba® Fitness, LLC. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Movement Science and is a featured writer for numerous industry publications. In addition, Darren sits on the IDEA Program Directors Committee and was a finalist for the IDEA Program director of the year award in 2009. Darren is a regular speaker at most major international fitness conventions including IHRSA, IDEA, CAN-FIT-PRO and FILEX and has presented at conventions across South Africa, Canada, the USA and Asia.

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Debbie Wood

Location: Illinois, US

About me: Debbie Wood has been a fitness professional for over 30 years, beginning in South Africa, Sasolburg, South Africa where she received an Associate’s Degree from the University of Pretoria in Gym Management and was a presenter for the South African Gym Owners’ Federation (SAGOF). Debbie also attended Northwestern University, where she danced with the Northwestern Dance Company. She studied dance at Gus Giordano, Lou Conte, Interlochen, Connecticut College, as well as others. She has been a Zumba® Education Specialist since 2006 and has trained thousands of instructors in several states.

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Diane Felkenes

Location: Florida, US

About me: Diane Felkenes has been an active ZIN™ Member for over 10 years.  She started teaching Zumba® classes in 2005, and began working for the Zumba Home Office in 2008 as a paralegal.  She currently holds the Director position in the legal department for License Enforcement and is part of the fraud prevention team. Diane comes to Zumba with over 30 years experience in the legal profession, 20 years as a dance professional, and a passion to help others.

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Donna Giffen

Location: United Kingdom

About me: Donna trained as a gymnast from a young age, taking up coaching as a teenager and athletics, then at 18, moved to London to pursue a career in Musical & Physical Theatre. After many years living and working in the Big Smoke, Donna was lucky enough to gain Visa Sponsorship with a talent manager and hopped over the Pond to LA for a few years. Having been away from Scotland for 12 years, Donna decided she fancied a spell back in her homeland, to see what work was to be had and to spend time around family. Donna started teaching the first Zumba® classes in the UK in September 2008, initially in between performing contracts. As the classes boomed, Donna was offered the position of ZES in Summer 2009, Zumba Fitness fever took over the UK and she now has the fabulously fun job of teaching B1, B2, and Zumba® Kids and Zumba® Kids Jr., mostly in the UK & Ireland.

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Dorinda Wexler

Location: Colorado, US

About me: A native New Yorker, Dorie brings her Puerto Rican spice to the dance floor with heart, soul and ‘flava’. She has been teaching Zumba® classes for 9 years, presenting ZIN Jam Sessions for 3 years and in 2013 was honored to accept the role of ZJ Coach. A full-time traveling Zumba® Jammer, Dorie joins forces with ZIN Members everywhere to light up their dance floor. With a deep love and connection to her NYC and Caribbean roots, Dorie is known for her urban edge, sassy style and charismatic personality. Dorie was a presenter at the 2012 and 2013 Zumba® Instructor Conventions in Orlando, FL. Additionally, she was invited to share her tips on Entrepreneurship and Marketing at the Zumba® Instructor Conferences in London 2012, Los Angeles 2012 and France 2013. To her personal achievements, Dorie has maintained a 70 lb. weight loss and appeared in the Zumba® infomercial in 2008. Professionally, Dorie holds an AAS in Marketing & Merchandising from The Laboratory Institute of Merchandising in New York City. She is AFAA certified, a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher and has 15 years of experience in Salsa training and dancing.

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Dr. B

Location: Pennsylvania, US

About me: Dr. B began her Zumba® Fitness journey in 2010 when she stepped into her first class. By happy circumstance she was invited to choreograph and perform a Bollywood number on the Zumba® Consumer DVD series, ‘Exhilarate’.  This is where her professional Zumba® Fitness journey began.  Since then she has trained and worked with Beto Perez, as well as numerous top Zumba® instructors.  She has taught Zumba® classes locally since 2011, has been invited to teach several master classes across the States, and for a period of 2 years traveled both nationally and internationally as a presenter for Zumba; she created and led the Bollywood and Bhangra (BnB) workshop at various Zumba® Instructor Conventions.

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Elena Baranova

Location: Russia

About me: Elena Baranova is a Zumba® Education Specialist for Russia. Besides dancing in Elena's life was a lot of professional sports. In 2007 she graduated as a specialist in sport and coaching in Russian University of Sport and Physical Education.. 6 years ago Elena became one of the first Zumba® instructors in the territory of Russia and completely fell in love with the program. Today Elena is teaching Zumba Gold® and Zumba and Zumba® Kids & Kids Jr. trainings in Russia and all over the World, presenting on Fitness Conventions, teaching master classes and spreading her Zumba® Love to many people.

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Eliza Stone

Location: California, US

About me: Eliza is a Zumba® Education Specialist, international fitness presenter and nutritionist with 19 years of experience in the fitness industry. Raised in Sinaloa, Mexico — the home of the Quebradita — she is a seasoned dancer with a background that includes ballet, tap, jazz and flamenco. Eliza is featured in various ZIN Volumes and in the 2011 Zumba® Instructor Convention Flavors DVD. She is AFAA, ACE and AEA certified.

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Eleni Daskalopoulou

Location: Greece

About me:Nena Eleni Daskalopoulou was born in Athens, Greece, and is passionate about dancing, education and the Zumba® program! She started dancing at the age of 2, joined the Greek National Gymnastics team and then the National School of Dance in Athens as a student. She was 16 years old when she decided that teaching dance was her dream. After being a member of the Greek Youth Ballet Dance Company for 3 years, she moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Dance, BA (Hons) in Ballet Education. She has been a passionate Zumba® Education Specialist since 2013 and today she owns 2 studios in Athens: a dance oriented studio and a Pilates/Yoga studio. Eleni loves inspiring people, and she is continuously learning and loving the results!

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Erick Santana

Location: Florida, US

About me: Erick possesses over 25 years of professional dance instruction, choreography experience and all-around performance experience. Beto Perez endorsed Erick Santana as one of his first 13 master trainers to help expand the Zumba® program into the international fitness phenomenon it is known for today. Erick has licensed thousands of Zumba® instructors nationally and abroad. He has presented and has been featured on International stages such as Italy, Portugal and Brazil.

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Fabio Barros

Location: Florida, US

About me: Fabio Barros started his career as a dancer in Brazil in 1992. He practices a variety of dance styles including Folk Brazilian Dances, Latin Ballroom, Belly Dance, Ballet, Jazz, Gypsy and Flamenco. Since 2009, Fabio has been traveling the USA teaching dance classes, dance workshops and performing as a dancer and choreographer. Fabio taught at the Zumba® Convention, at the Brazilian Carnival Workshop (2009/2010/2011), and at the 2013 Zumba® Conference at the Flamenco Fever Workshop. He was part of 2 Zumba Gold® DVDs and participated at the Zumba® Instructor Convention Flavors DVD.

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Gina Grant

Location: Oregon, US

About me: Gina has over 15 years of dance and fitness experience and has mastered various genres, including tap, jazz, hip-hop, Hawaiian, Tahitian and musical theatre. She is a former Sacramento Kings dancer and a former choreographer for both the Portland Trail Blazers and the Sacramento Kings dancers. She has been featured on Today, Sábado Gigante and The Early Show and has performed alongside artists like Pitbull and Wyclef Jean. Gina travels the world as a Zumba® Education Specialist and was instrumental in developing the Zumba® Kids and Zumba® Kids Jr. programs. She was featured in the Exhilarate DVD collection, in numerous ZIN Volumes and in the Zumba® video games. She has performed at countless events and presented at conferences worldwide. She is AFAA and ACE certified.

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Heidy Torres

Location: Florida, US

About me: Heidy is a professional dancer, model, singer and Zumba® Instructor. She has been featured in ZIN Volumes 30 and 33, in Fitness-Concert™ events and in Zumba’s "Caipirinha" music video. She presents at international tradeshows, conventions and master classes. Heidy is also the lead vocal talent in three original Zumba® songs.

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Henry Cedeño

Location: Florida, US

About me: Born in La Guaira, Venezuela, Henry began to take Zumba® classes at the age of 9 in Miami, alongside his mom, ZIN Member Eli Pereira, and found a passion for Zumba® and dance. He started teaching classes at the age 15 years old as a way to support himself throughout high school and during college. He then began to educate himself more and focus on his career as a fitness instructor. Having been given the opportunity to present at the 2014 Fitness Concert, Henry was able to share his passion in many ways and in numerous places, from Chile to Europe and in 2016, became a Zumba® Jammer.

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Hermann Melo

Location: France

About me: Hermann Melo is a Zumba® Education Specialist & International presenter. Born in Colombia, Hermann moved to France over 12 years ago. He completed an International Business Degree in Paris and was later offered the opportunity to become a Zumba® Education Specialist. He conducts trainings in places from France, India, Ireland, Bulgaria, Dubai, Jordan, Kuwait, Spain and Portugal to name a few. Hermann has fitness qualifications in Personal Training and Group Exercise to music.

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Izabela Kin

Location: Poland

About me: Izabela Kin has been a fitness Instructor in Poland since 2001. She teaches different classes including Aerobic with elements of dance choreography (Hi-Lo, Latino) as well as a focus on Toning classes (TBC, ABS, Pilates). Her love of exercise and body shaping drove her to Sports Aerobic competitions and led to her discovery of Zumba® classes in Florida in 2006. After a few years of being a Zumba® Instructor, Iza quit her profession of developing software and returned to Poland to introduce the Zumba® program overseas. She became a Zumba® Education Specialist in 2009 and began leading trainings and presenting at fitness conventions internationally. She was featured in ZIN Volumes 8 and 9 and Zumba® Core. Iza is an AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor and certified personal trainer by Academy of Form, CPR.

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Jarrod Tucker

Location: Australia

About me: Becoming a licensed Zumba® instructor in early 2010 started a huge life change for Jarrod, who was 110kg when he first started teaching. It propelled him forward into a career in the fitness industry which he has never looked back from. Jarrod is now the owner and group fitness director of Newcastle's largest independent group fitness studio, "Energize Studios”. Having spent a short while as a Zumba® Jammer, Jarrod has been fortunate enough to have been selected as a Zumba® Education Specialist and now travels across Australia, New Zealand and overseas conducting Zumba® Instructor Training Sessions and Master Classes as well as his many classes back home in Newcastle NSW Australia.

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Jenna Bostic

Location: Florida, US

About me: Jenna Bostic is an international Zumba® Education Specialist. She teaches Zumba® Basic 1, Zumba® Basic 2, Zumba® Step, Zumba® Toning & Aqua Zumba® instructor trainings. Jenna has been a ZES since 2008 and has been a Zumba® instructor since March 2006. She was the featured ZES for the one-on-one choreography on ZIN Volume 35 and also the Aqua Zumba® choreography videos in May 2014. Jenna has a degree in Exercise & Sport Science and holds ACE, AFAA and AEA certifications in group fitness training, personal training and aqua fitness. Her dance background comes from 10 years of competitive gymnastics. Jenna presents both internationally and in the states, and currently resides in Florida. She has taught Zumba® classes in 22 different countries.

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Jennifer Hildebrand

Location: Germany

About me: Jennifer began dancing at the age of 4 and started teaching dance and fitness at 15. She has an extensive dance training background including Ballet, Jazz, hip-hop, Latin and Ballroom. She has been a professional dance and fitness instructor since 2004 and holds a variety of licenses for different programs. Additionally, Jennifer works for IVM - Buster Groove as a choreographer for Videoclipdancing - and HipHop - DVDs and as judge for their national Videoclipdancing Championships. As a Zumba® Education Specialist, she teaches Basic 1, Basic 2, and Zumba® Step Instructor Trainings.

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Jennifer Lopez

Location: Indiana, US

About me: Jennie is from Puerto Rico and first started dancing in the water! After synchronized swimming, she took her passion for music to the dance floor. Jennie is trained in ballet, jazz and amodern dance. She has over 10 years of experience as dance instructor. As a professional dancer she performed on a daily TV show, was a back-up dancer for several Latin artists, and was an NFL Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader for 7 years. Jennie moved to the U.S. in 2000 to complete her MS in Chemical Engineering. That year she also became a group fitness instructor and later, a licensed Zumba® instructor in 2007. She now lives in Indiana with her beautiful family (Isabella, Ethan, and Brad). She is thrilled to be a ZES and to be able to share her passion for kids, teaching and Latin dancing.

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Jessica Exposito

Location: Spain

About me: Jessica Exposito is an international presenter for Zumba. A native and resident of Spain, she is a Zumba® Education Specialist. She discovered her passion for dancing as a young girl and sought to share her love of dance with others. Since moving from her hometown of Puigcerda-Gerona at 17 to study physical education at the University of Barcelona, Jessica has taught dance in more than 40 countries. She has participated in countless events around the globe representing programs affiliated with Nike, Adidas, Fila and more. Jessica is a frequent guest of news media and has appeared in numerous TV shows, including Spain’s versions of “American Idol” and “The Biggest Loser.” She also was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for participating in a 600,000-person dance event in Barcelona. When not touring the globe teaching Zumba® classes, Jessica resides in Barcelona.

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Jessica Witt

Location: Kansas, US

About me: Jessica Witt is a certified ACE & AFAA presenter & Zumba® Education Specialist, based in Kansas City. She and her husband, Tony Witt, are also professional dancers trained in International Latin, Standard Ballroom, Salsa and Swing. In 2004, Jessica and Tony’s passions for Latin Ballroom dancing and for the Zumba® program lead them to open their very own dance studio, Amore Dance. Jessica began teaching Zumba® classes in 2003 as a way to introduce health and fitness to dance students. Since then, she has provided dance and Zumba® instruction to over 30 fitness clubs/schools in the Kansas City area. She formed part of the cast for the Cardio Party Zumba® videos in 2007 and has also created choreography and was featured in several ZIN videos. She has worked closely with Zumba’s Education Department on programming and training content and was a co-author for the Zumba® Kids and Zumba® Kids Jr. programs. Jessica has taught and performed at worldwide dance and fitness conventions including, Idea Fitness, Chicago Salsa Congress, New York Salsa Congress, SCW Fitness, Can Fit Pro, DCAC, Empower Fitness, Paris Expo Mondial Body Fitness and Zumba® Conventions and Conferences in Orlando, LA and Lille.

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Jhon Gonzalez

Location: California, US

About me: As a native Colombian growing up in Miami, Jhon was born to dance. He took his dancing and professional performing skills to the next level in his teen years, adding styles such as hip-hop, jazz and ballroom to his repertoire. He discovered the Zumba® program over 5 years ago and instantaneously became a Zumba Fitness addict… and hasn’t sobered up since! In 2012, he moved to Los Angeles and joined LA Dance Fit with hopes of bringing the Miami flavor to the West Coast. He currently teaches over 10 classes a week at multiple locations across the West Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley areas. Celebrities like Dayanara Torres, Lori Loughlin, Valerie Ortiz and Famke Janssen take his classes on a regular basis.

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Josie Gardiner

Location: Massachusetts, US

About me: Josie Gardiner is the co-developer of the Zumba Gold® Program for active older adults. As a Zumba® Education Specialist, she has worked hard to bring new and exciting choreography and music to the Gold population. She looks forward to many more years "dancing like no one is watching!"

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Joy Prouty

Location: Florida, US

About me: Joy is the co-developer of the Zumba Gold® program, a member of Zumba’s Education Department and a renowned Zumba® Education Specialist. She is a former Radio City Music Hall Rockette and has been a prominent leader in the fitness world for more than 35 years. Joy has trained thousands of instructors worldwide, has choreographed and starred in dozens of fitness videos and DVDs and co-developed several successful fitness programs such as The Breast Cancer Survivor's Fitness Plan. She served on the Summit Committee of The American College of Sport Medicine for the past 13 years and was a member of their certification writing committee for eight years. She is the owner of Fitness Programming, Inc. and a featured fitness columnist for The Palm Beach Post Times.

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Karla Mead

Location: Florida, US

About me: JKarla has been a Zumba® Education Specialist since 2010 and a ZIN Member since 2007. Originally from Brazil, Karla has lived in the USA for over 20 years.  Her passion for the Zumba® program started in 2007 when she became an instructor. Karla teaches many formats of fitness classes, including spinning, yoga, Pilates, TRX, boot camp, CrossFit®, and dance classes, in specific Brazilian Rhythms. She loves Brazilian Funk, as it originated in the favelas in Rio and is part of a lifestyle she emerged on since she started teaching trainings here.

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Kass Martin

Location: Utah, US

About me: Kass Martin is from Provo, Utah. Her passion for fitness started as a child as her mom was a fitness instructor. She loves teaching and has taught all over the world sharing her passion for music, dance and most importantly people. Kass has been featured on the Exhilarate DVD System, Incredible Results, Incredible Results Step Upsell, and ZIN Volumes 36, 40, 48, and 50. She is the presenter for ‘Dancin’ Thru the Decades’ and ‘Crazy Country’ at the Zumba® Instructor Convention. She has been a Zumba® spokesperson on various shows including The Biggest Loser, The Today Show, The View, Martha Stewart, Steve Harvey, and more. Kass is also on the cover of the Zumba® Wii video game and is a character in Zumba® Fitness, Zumba® Core, Zumba® World Party for Wii and Xbox Connect.

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Katie Moore

Location: Hawaii, US

About me: Katie is an athlete, dancer, surfer, model, actress, triathlete, competitive swimmer since the age of 5, and all around adventurer- she just can’t sit still! Katie has been teaching Zumba classes since 2006. She has presented at Zumba® Instructor Convention, performed in Fitness-Concerts; Orlando, Los Angeles and Lille, France, as well as ZIN Live 42 & 48. She has been voted “Best Fitness Instructor of West Hawaii” 6 years in a row. Katie is NASM & AFAA certified. Katie finds joy in being a Zumba® Instructor, motivator and fitness professional. Combining her love of dance and fitness, she uses her passion to inspire and motivate others to develop healthy lifestyles.

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Kelly Bullard

Location: Wisconsin, US

About me: Kelly is an international fitness educator and has been a Zumba® Education Specialist since 2009. With a bachelor’s degree in Exercise & Sports Science (Health and Physical Education) and a Master’s degree in Sport Administration, her passion, enthusiasm, and experience is for fitness and dance for people of all ages. After 9-years as a physical education teacher, dance and sports coach, Kelly now specializes in many of the Zumba® programs and has presented in over 36 countries. She is featured in several Zumba® DVD’s, and is also featured in Aqua Zumba® Volume 6. Kelly holds a variety of certifications in many areas of fitness, and is a continuing education provider for AEA, AAAI/ISMA, AFAA & ACE.

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LaToya Bufford

Location: California, US

About me: LaToya, known as just "Toya", currently resides in Sacramento, California where she was born. Toya was inspired to become a Zumba® Instructor by her energetic and loving ZIN Member mother Linda Taylor. Toya presented Dancehall Mash-Up at the 2013 and 2014 Zumba® Instructor Convention in Orlando and at the 2013 and 2014 Zumba® Instructor Conference in Los Angeles, along with her ZJ pal Catherine Chiemelu. Toya has always loved to dance, but it was in college, while attending the University of California - Los Angeles to obtain a degree in economics where she discovered her love and appreciation for the culture and styles of West African dance, Afro-Cuban dance, Caribbean dance, and Jamaican dancehall.

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Liana Veda

Location: Florida, US

About me: Liana feels blessed to have been part of the Zumba® Fitness World in 2006; not only as a featured Presenter but also as a Dancer and Choreographer. Liana has had amazing Zumba® opportunities including being featured in and choreographing ZIN volumes as well as live performances with artists such as Lil’ Jon, Pitbull, Don Omar and Sean Paul. For the past four years, she has had the incredible opportunity to work as Assistant Choreographer to Zumba® creator Beto Perez.

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Linda Shelton

Location: California, US

About me: Inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame in March of 2007, Linda Shelton stands as one of the country’s leading exercise experts. She is an internationally recognized fitness and wellness consultant, certified trainer, speaker and health writer, who for the last 45+ years, she has been inspiring millions around the world to a healthier way of life. Completing a B.A. degree in Physical Education and her master’s work n exercise physiology, she has continued to consult, develop and implement innovative fitness and wellness programming as well as train instructors and practitioners in her successful methods.  Recognized as a ‘Visionary Actionist,” Linda has worked with Zumba® since 2008, when she co-created Zumba® Toning and recently, STRONG by Zumba® in 2016.

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Lindsey Taylor

Location: Utah, US

About me: Lindsey Taylor has been a Zumba® Education Specialist and International Presenter for over 6 years. She has presented at various events and trainings alongside the creator of Zumba® Fitness. Lindsey was featured in the Zumba® Fitness Music Video Don Omar titled “Zumba” and for Pitbull’s song “Pause”. She was a principal dancer in the 2011 Fitness Concert. She is a choreographer for the Zumba® Instructor Network and has choreographed and starred in 4 ZIN Volumes and 2 Zumba® Kids + Zumba® Kids Jr. DVD’s. She also has appeared alongside the hosts of The Today Show and Access Hollywood Live in segments featuring Zumba® Fitness. Her singing voice can be found on the original Zumba® music used in classes all over the world. Lindsey is a key member of the Zumba® Kids + Zumba® Kids Jr. team. She played a key role in the development of the format for the classes as well as choreographed and hosted the DVD’s for instructors. She was a co-owner of a very successful dance studio in which she participated as an instructor, choreographer and director of both dance teams and performing groups. Also during this time, she created the choreography for Disney’s ‘Hannah Montana’ Wii video game. Lindsey is an AFAA and ACE continuing education provider and fitness professional.

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Lisa Hamlin

Location: California, US

About me: Professionally, Lisa is a Director in the International & Military Relations Department of AFAA. She is a Master Certification Specialist at the AFAA, an International Presenter and Educator and a Continuing Education Provider. She has also taught group exercise classes at 24-Hour Fitness in Oxnard, CA since 1993.

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Lisa Marie

Location: California, US

About me: Live your Life! Travel the world. Eat healthy. Dance Forever. Stop the bad guys. Make people laugh. That’s Lisa Marie in a nutshell. An ever-changing, ever-growing and entrepreneurial artist, Lisa Marie uses all avenues to express her inner light including dance movement, choreography, fitness, acting, voice and through the education of others. Her career began in Chicago, IL with establishing one of the city’s most outstanding and enduring hip hop dance companies, C.O.D.A (Chicago Onyx Dance Alliance). She has studied and trained at the Ohio State University with the Buckeye Dance Force, Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio, Monsters of Hip Hop, The Edge, and Millennium dance studios in Los Angeles with a focus on her favorite styles of popping, wacking, locking, and belly dance.  Lisa Marie lives in Los Angeles and has been featured in music videos with Shakira, Jay Sean, Lil’ John, Sean Paul, R. Kelly, Caribbean hip hop artist Dappy Yute and several local LA artists. She has toured as back-up dancer for 3 years with KC and the Sunshine Band. She is also featured in several fitness DVD’s including Flirty Girl Fitness, the Pink Method, Zumba® Fitness, and Brooke Burke. For recent dance shows and performances check out Lisa Marie with the Jungle Jills- Los Angeles, CA.

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Loretta Bates

Location: North Carolina, US

About me: Loretta is an international fitness presenter and Zumba® Education Specialist. She also teaches hip-hop and belly dance, is a certified group fitness instructor and certified personal trainer and has performed in a European hip-hop dance troupe. Loretta is featured in the Exhilarate Body Shaping System, the Incredible Results Consumer DVD set, Basic 2 Instructor DVD, and in various ZIN Volumes. She is also featured in the Zumba® Fitness Core Video Game and the cover model and featured in the Zumba® Fitness World Party Game. She is ACE and AFAA certified.

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Luana Dias David

Location: Italy

About me: Born in Brazil, Luana grew up dancing samba and latin rhythms, but mainly studied Classic Ballet and Break Dance. This combination built her style and helped her career as International dancer. In 2009 she moved to live in Italy, in 2012 become a Zumba® instructor and in 2013 a Zumba Jammer. With over fifteen years of experience teaching and dancing her resume includ performance and Master Classes throughout Europe, Asia and America. She is featured in the ZIN 52 live class with Beto Perez, dance performance at Zumba Instructor convention 2013 and Zumba Instructor Academy Italy 2014.

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Luca Grillo

Location: Germany

About me: Originally from Italy Luca Grillo was born and raised in Germany. After his studies in business administration he decided to take a new line and became a certified fitness instructor and professional dance teacher for ballroom dancing and kids. At that time Luca also discovered his love and passion for Zumba® fitness and became instantly obsessed with Zumba® and all its specialties!

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Lucia Sastre

Location: Florida, US

About me: Lucia is the Social Media Manager at Zumba® Fitness. Lucia has dedicated her efforts to researching and implementing new Social Media Marketing techniques for a variety of companies and fitness personalities. Lucia graduated with a Degree in Mass Communications and a Minor in Art. Prior to working at Zumba® Fitness, she led successful Social Media campaigns for Jillian Michaels, Telefonica and the Cleveland Clinic Hospital. She was also a Social Media consultant for high profile fitness trainers, and Universities around the South Florida area. She has been featured in several publications including Blue Global and SocialMedia.org.

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Lyna Mourcou

Location: United Kingdom

About me: Lyna Mourcou is a fun loving and enthusiastic international presenter, Personal Trainer, TRX® trainer,  Zumba® Instructor and an official Zumba® Jammer, branded by her Zumba® students as “the crazy lady with the fun classes!”.  She draws on her backgrounds of Ballroom, modern Jazz and Personal training to create fun, eclectic and effective classes with a party atmosphere. For the past 3 years, she has been traveling around Europe and the USA, having fun, sharing choreographies and supporting other Zumba® colleagues in ZIN JAM Sessions, classes, master classes, charity events, and also presenting at different fitness week ends including the annual Zumba® Instructor Convention in Orlando, Florida.

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Lynn Sheehan

Location: Rhode Island, US

About me:Lynn Sheehan is a Registered Nurse and ZIN Member from Rhode Island. Lynn specializes in training peers and caregivers in CPR and nursing care. Besides nursing, Lynn has a passion for teaching Zumba® classes and is involved in the RI Soaringwords program, a collaboration between Zumba and Soaringwords that brings the Zumba® program into the local children's hospital. Music and dance is truly the best form of Medicine! Lynn feels that being CPR ready for Zumba® class is the best way to ensure a safe and healthy environment for everyone.

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Madalene Aponte

Location: Hawaii, US

About me: Madalene Aponte has over 24 years experience in group exercise and personal training. She is a Zumba® Education Specialist for Basic 1, Basic 2, Zumba Gold®, Aqua Zumba®, Zumba® Toning, Zumba® Pro Skills and Zumba® Step. She is also featured on Zumba® Toning Volume 6 and Aqua Zumba® Volume 7. Madalene is also a Hula and Tahitian dancer and choreographer for the Zumba® video game’s Polynesian dances. A proud mother of four and an army wife, she trains instructors on international military bases. Madalene's athletic background also includes being part of the Olympic tae-kwon-do team in Puerto Rico. She holds a third degree black belt.

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Marcie Benavides

Location: Florida, US

About me: Marcie is a former competitive gymnast with over 20 years of group exercise experience. A Zumba® Education Specialist, she helped develop the Zumba Sentao® and Zumba® Step programs. Marcie is a featured performer in ZIN Volumes, in the Exhilarate DVD collection, at Fitness-Concert events and at international conferences. She holds a degree in exercise physiology and is AFAA and ACE certified.

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Maria Browning

Location: Florida, US

About me: Maria has over 10 years of experience in group exercise and has presented at countless events. She is featured in several ZIN Volumes and has performed at Fitness-Concert events and with artists like Pitbull, Wyclef Jean and Mara. Maria is AFAA, ACE and AEA certified.

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Maria Teresa Stone

Location: Australia

About me: Maria Teresa Stone is a Mexican who lives in Australia, whose passion for dance and fitness began at a very young age. She began leading group fitness classes in 1996. After completing a degree in marketing, she moved to London to study English and travel. There she worked as a group fitness instructor and group fitness manager. In 2007, Maria Teresa became a Zumba® Education Specialist for Mexico and in 2009 helped launch the program in New Zealand and Australia. She has presented at fitness conventions in Mexico, Australia (FILEX and WAFIC), New Zealand (FITEX), China (NIKE super workshop), Thailand (ASIA FIT), England (Zumba® Conference), Indonesia (Bali Fitness Weekend) and the USA (Zumba® Conventions and Conferences). She has trained over 15,000 Zumba® instructors worldwide in various specialties. Maria Teresa has been featured in fitness magazines and on television and has choreographed and performed on Zumba® continuing education DVDs. She is certified by the AFAA and is a WETS instructor as well as a registered exercise professional.

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Mario Gutierrez

Location: Israel

About me: Mario was born in Chile and moved to Israel in 2004. Sport and dance was always part of his life. At age 8, he was practicing martial arts by himself, while imitating famous people from television! Soon his talent was noticed, and he started to study in a proper school and specializing in Kempo karate. When he was 18, he won first place in several world competitions. At the age of 18, he joined "Bafochi", the official dance and folklore troupe of Chile (he passed his first audition because they were looking for tall men). Mario quickly changed his "white suit and black belt" to dance clothes and started to study classical ballet, folkloric dance from South American countries, specializing in Latin dances. Mario became one of the lead male dancers of the troupe, which performed all over the world. Ten years ago, Mario arrived in Israel and taught Latin dance, kickboxing classes and Latin aerobics. In 2010, Mario joined the first Zumba® Instructor course in Israel, and the rest is history! In 2011 Mario was chosen to be the official ZES of Israel.

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Marta Formoso

Location: Spain

About me: Marta's passion for dance began at a very young age. She lives fully committed to the moment and allows her whole body to tell a story through movement. She truly believes that dance has exhilarating effects with its meticulously controlled movement. People dance for all kinds of reasons - to mourn, to celebrate, to heal, to give thanks, to preserve cultural heritage and treasured legends, to demonstrate physical prowess, to assert individuality, to provoke and to entertain. She achieved presenter and educator status at 18 years of age and now at the age of 27, as a Global Fitness Ambassador for Adidas, is an international rising star within the fitness industry with a vast array of media exposure. One of the most sought after instructors within Europe, Marta is committed to creating and supporting a strong and energetic dance fitness culture. Her philosophy is "Live out your Dreams" and her proudest moment is when it clicks for her students that moment at which the movement makes sense or the music is perfectly interpreted.

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Mauricio Camargo

Location: Florida, US

About me: Zumba® Jammer Mauricio Camargo was born in Cali, Colombia but raised in Miami, FL. He began dancing at the age of 12 and made a career as a professional dancer sharing the stage with big names in the music industry and appearing in different TV shows. His extensive dance background serves as a platform for his unique and creative style as a Zumba® Jammer. Mauricio has been featured in ZINCON Workshops: Caribbean Heat-2014 and Colombia Con Estilo-2015. Mauricio Camargo is now recognized as an international presenter and has performed in over 20 countries worldwide. His Certifications include Zumba® Licenses (Zumba® Toning, Zumba Sentao®, Zumba® Kids + Zumba® Kids Jr., and Zumba® Step) AFFA Certified Group Fitness Instructor and CPR/First Aid Certified.

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Maurice Weindel

Location: Germany

About me: My name is Maurice Weindel and I am 24 years of age. I am a Zumba® Instructor since September 2012 & a Zumba® Jammer since December 2014 and it has been an incredible journey. Beside Ballroom Dance, which I did for 7 years, I was part of the federal Athletics Team (NRW) for 4 years. I am currently enrolled at the University of Cologne finishing my Bachelor of Arts in English and French Teachers Studies. I have a Mauritian Mother and a German Father, which is beneficial, as I speak 4 languages fluently (German/French/English/Creol). I am an open minded, fun loving and professional person.

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Melissa Carias

Location: Florida, US

About me: Melissa’s fitness career started in 1993 in Honduras, with a form of dance fitness as a part time employment. She also worked as a radio presenter for a National Radio Station, “Rock & Pop” (English/Latin music), and was exposed to unique and various music. She holds Music and Advertising degrees, and graduated in 2003 in the USA with an MBA. She also pursued a Personal Trainer Certification in 2004, then discovered the Zumba® program in 2007. She is now residing in Florida, continuing as a Fitness professional.

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Melissa Mastroeni-Kirkwood

Location: California, US

About me: Native of Venezuela, Meli was raised in a multicultural family (Peruvian and Italian) where many flavors combined with her Caribbean Heart. Her interests for electronics, music, innovation and design took her to pursue 3 different majors: Graphics, Digital Media and Recording Arts. During her school years she began to feel passionate about fitness and since 2006 she has been AFAA certified and licensed in all the Zumba® programs. In 2011, she became a Zumba® Jammer and in 2012 an ACE personal trainer. Meli lives in California and travels nationwide holding ZIN Jam sessions and Master Classes.

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Michael Dean

Location: United Kingdom

About me: The Creator of ‘Flow Experience’, a 3rd Degree Black Belt in TaeKwon- Do, a Coach to World Champions & a Professional Fitness Coach. Hi my name is Michael Dean, I have been in the industry a long time  and trained in many styles of fitness, competed at a high level in my former martial art days, winning numerous TaeKwonDo & Kickboxing championship titles. Movement is what I like to do for fun & Calisthenics is my lifestyle! Coming full circle and through my journey of calisthenics lead to my passion for movement training, where I then developed and created my new system of 'Kinisi Flow'.  Why?… because I want you to unlock  your true potential, become fluid, strong & flexible again. I’d like to share my passion & make you unique.

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Michael Thomas

Location: Australia

About me: After a long tenure with California Fitness Asia, Mike became a Zumba® Education Specialist in Asia. Currently conducting training for potential Zumba® instructors in Asia and Australia, Mike is fulfilling his dream to help people change their lives through regular exercise and a balanced lifestyle. He specializes in combining dance with group exercise classes and has been an international presenter and producer of exercise videos for REM music company as well as numerous international fitness conventions. Mike has himself danced professionally alongside talented artists such as Kylie Minogue, Elton John, James Brown, Macy Gray, Duran Duran, Leon Lai, Anita Mui and Sandy Lam. He has choreographed shows for many corporate events throughout Asia and built a reputable name for himself as a dancer and choreographer across the region.

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Michele Bastos

Location: New York, US

About me: Michele Bastos is a Brazilian award-winning dancer, choreographer, Pilates, Zumba® and Fitness instructor based in NYC. She has worked for Crunch Gyms for over 10 years as The National Pilates Director and most recently as the Regional Group Fitness Director for Crunch Essentials NY and as Crunch Classic National Master Trainer. Michele has performed with artists such as Daniela Mercury, Pharrell Williams and Jay Z and has been featured in national and international newspapers, magazines and TV shows including ‘The Today Show’, presenting Zumba® Sentao. Michele has a BFA in Dance with studies in Anatomy and Physiology and is a continuing education provider for both ACE and AFAA.

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Michelle Calise

Location: Rhode Island, US

About me: Michelle Calise is a Registered Nurse and ZIN Member from Rhode Island. Michelle specializes in training peers and caregivers in CPR and nursing care.  Besides nursing, Michelle has a passion for teaching Zumba® classes and is involved in the RI Soaringwords program, a collaboration between Zumba and Soaringwords that brings the Zumba® program into the local children's hospital. Music and dance is truly the best form of Medicine! Michelle feels that being CPR ready for Zumba® class is the best way to ensure a safe and healthy environment for everyone.

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Monika Lejman

Location: Sweden

About me: With a bubbly personality, a broad education and background in dance, and most notably, with an intense passion to awaken and spread the love and joy of dance - Monika's presence will inspire and motivate everyone around her. As of 2014, she is one of Sweden's own Zumba® Education Specialists, and also runs her own dance studio Dansplatsen, located in Stockholm. Monika was born in Poland, but grew up dancing in Sweden before she completed training at the University College of Dance in Stockholm, where she graduated in 2004. Ballet and jazz dance were the focus of her training for many years but she also has some ballroom competitions up her sleeve, as well as a Masters degree in Polish Folkdance. Today, between running weekly dance and fitness classes she also hosts dance workshops and projects, organizes fitness events and is a vibrant source of inspiration for exercise and a healthy lifestyle.

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Monica Heather Auslander

Location: Florida, US

About me: I am a registered dietitian and founder of Essence Nutrition, a concierge private nutrition practice in Miami serving individuals and corporations. I craft honest and accommodating meal and lifestyle programs for my clients. I have my own line of vegan, gluten-free energy bars, published e-books, a published video series, a blog, a newsletter, and have been quoted in various local and national publications like Cosmopolitan, Elle, Self, O Magazine, Reader’s Digest, and Eat This, Not That! I also serve as an in-house consultant for many local meal delivery companies and restaurants. In addition to my B.A. from the University of Florida I have a Master’s in Dietetics and Nutrition from Florida International University. I first practiced as an inpatient clinical dietitian for both pediatrics and adults at Jackson Memorial Hospital. I serve as an adjunct professor in Nutrition at the University of Miami and occasionally teach medical students there as well. I am co-chair of Jewish Community Services Young Alliance Board, a committee chair within Junior League of Miami, and volunteer with the Greater Miami Humane Society as well as Therapy Dogs, Inc. I participate in many pro-bono nutrition activities such as seminars and counseling for needy community groups. I enjoy yoga, Zumba, Pilates, stalking dogs in my neighborhood, and torturing my fiancé with high fiber cereals.

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Natalie Constanti

Location: United Kingdom

About me: Natalie has shared a vast fitness journey through Martial Arts, Dance & Fitness. She lives a lifestyle to inspire, share and connect with like minded individuals as well as motivate and encourage those to take a leap of fitness faith. She placed top 4 at the European WBFF Diva Fitness4 Model competition, has won many Taekwondo championship titles, danced with numerous pop acts and presented around the world. But most of all, she is lucky enough to wake up every damn day and love what she does! Each discipline and ounce of knowledge that she continues to seek from other industry leaders & professionals has given her the fundamental skills to make her a versatile fitness presenter. Her passion and dedication towards her ever growing ‘Fitfam’ from around the world is to share and inspire them to achieving their goals, live better lifestyles, and make ‘funk’ look funky!

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Nathalia Ferreira

Location: Connecticut, US

About me: Nathalia Ferreira has been in the dance world since an early age. Her passion for it only grew as she embarked on a dance journey between Brazil and the US. While in Brazil, she worked on soap operas and short films that opened a new world for her. When she relocated to the US permanently, she explored the modeling world and kept up with her passion for dance. In 2009, Nathalia discovered the Zumba® program through a friend as she looked to lose 45lbs gained during pregnancy. It wasn't long before the hobby became a career and the journey began. In 2011, Nathalia opened Momentum Fitness located in Fairfield, Connecticut where she has grown the Zumba program into a full time schedule and has turned the boutique-style studio into a successful accomplishment. In 2013, Nathalia became a Zumba® Education Specialist for Zumba® Toning and Zumba Sentao®. She has also been a recurring guest in the Toning Live master classes at the Zumba® Instructor Convention.

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Nick Logrea

Location: New York, US

About me: Nicholas Logrea was trained in ballet, tap and jazz beginning at the age of 6. He has performed in Westchester Ballet Company’s production of The Nutcracker for 22-years and has also performed as a soloist in WBC productions such as La Bayadere, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Peter and the Wolf, and more. Nick has been a ZIN Member since 2008 and is currently a Zumba® Education Specialist. He has spent much of the past two years traveling in the U.S. and Europe teaching Master Classes and has had the privilege of dancing with Beto Perez, founder of the Zumba® program, appearing in Fitness-Concertsa in London, Australia and Prague. Logrea has appeared on shows like ABC’s The View, where he danced alongside Vanilla Ice to a Zumba® remix of his smash hit “Ice Ice Baby”. Nick has also been a featured avatar in several Zumba® Fitness video games—which have sold more than 9 million copies worldwide—including Zumba® Fitness Core and Zumba® Fitness World Party. He currently is scheduled to present his session, Swing Baby Swing, at this year’s Zumba® Instructor Convention.

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Patrick Reischmann

Location: Germany

About me: Patrick started dancing in 1985 in different styles and ways. As a ballroom Latin dancer, he took part in many competitions and became state champion in 2014. After his studies in business administration, he made his dream come true and opened his own dancing school in 2010 and got his fitness certification. Due to his versatile job, he deals with various music and dance styles, and teaches a wide range of people of many different ages. Since 2013 he has been sharing his passion with ZIN Members as a Zumba® Jammer. He is known for his very special style and his extraordinary songs from very different cultures.

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Portia Lange

Location: Florida, US

About me: Portia is the founder of Belly Motions, the largest Belly Dance Fitness Studio in the US! Portia is a certified fitness professional, ZIN Member, ELLE cover girl and award-winning international performer. Portia has devoted the last decade to empowering and inspiring students across the globe through Belly Dance instruction and presentations.

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Priscila Sartori

Location: Florida, US

About me: Priscila Sartori is an AFFA Certified Primary Group Exercise Instructor and a Zumba® Education Specialist. Priscila was born in the state of Paraná in Brazil, and started her relationship with dance at a very early age. Brazil is a country rich with dance culture - from then on, her entire life included one form of dance or another. She moved to the United States in 2000 as an exchange student pursuing a degree in Hospitality. In 2008 she became the assistant to Beto Perez, founder of the Zumba® program. While working for Beto, Priscila was intimately exposed to all the workings of Zumba®, its infrastructure and its culture and gained an invaluable wealth of experience and love for the program. She became a certified Zumba® Instructor in January 2008. She juggled her job as an assistant and instructor until 2011, when she left to pursue her own business endeavor, which became Cia Do Axé Dance Studio. She was a featured dancer in Fitness-Concerts at a number of Zumba® Instructor Conventions. Priscila has been featured in several Zumba® Instructional DVD's and video games as well as Zumba® wear campaigns and additional media features.

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Priscilla Mirabal

Location: Oklahoma, US

About me: Priscilla Mirabal was born in New York and is ACE certified, AFAA Personal Training certified and AFAA Group Fitness certified. She began her fitness career as the owner of a health and fitness facility in Broken Arrow Oklahoma, where she worked for 10 years. She became a licensed Zumba® Instructor in April 2005 and a ZES in March 2006. She was one of the 13 original ZES’s handpicked by Beto, the creator of the Zumba program. She now presents internationally in Zumba Basic 2, Zumba Toning, Zumba Gold®, Zumba® Jump Start Gold, and Zumba® Pro Skills.

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Ricardo Carvalho

Location: Brazil

About me: Ricardo Carvalho is a Zumba® Education Specialist living in Espirito Santo, Brazil. He has a degree in Physical Education and a postgraduate degree in Advanced Exercise Physiology. Before becoming a teacher, he studied engineering but his destiny changed all his life plans. When he began working out at a gym, he fell in love and decided to change areas. He is currently working in two very big gyms in his town and teaches GAP (glutes, abdomen and legs) and Zumba® Classes.

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Ricardo Marmitte

Location: Canada

About me: Ricardo, originally from Mauritius, now lives in Ontario, Canada. He is a Zumba® Education Specialist. Ricardo started dancing at the age of 8. He has a dance background in jazz, ballet, tap dance, Indian dance, hip-hop, merengue, bachata and salsa. He has been performing in various countries for over 14 years. In March 2008, he became a licensed Zumba® Instructor and now teaches Zumba® classes all over the GTA. He became a CanFitPro Certified group Fitness Instructor in June, 2009. In 2010, he was selected to become a Zumba® Jammer. In May 2011, Ricardo became a ZES. He has presented at numerous Zumba® Instructor Conventions and Conferences. He’s been featured on many ZIN Volumes including 41, 47, 48 and 51. He was a featured dancer in the 2011 Zumbathon® event at Convention. He also appeared in the Zumba® Incredible Results DVD collection..

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Richard Gormley

Location: Florida, US

About me: Richard Gormley has a passion for leading and promoting a healthy lifestyle through physical activity and has worked in the fitness industry since 2005.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology as well as group exercise and personal training certifications with ACE, AFAA, and AEA.

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Robert Birchbauer

Location: Austria

About me: Robert "Rob" Birchbauer-Sanchez, is a licensed Zumba® Instructor and licensed Zumba® Jammer currently residing in Vienna, Austria.  Originally from Barquisimeto, Venezuela, Rob made the big move to Vienna in 2007 where he would later take his first zumba class in 2011. Having the class remind him of home and his culture, Rob embraced the program's familiar Latin rhythms and decided to pursue a career in Zumba® Fitness. Rob's passion for teaching dance and fitness pushed him to take his career to the next level by becoming a Zumba® Jammer in 2013. Today, Rob is a highly respected choreographer and an international fitness instructor having travelled throughout Europe and North America teaching a series of Master Classes and ZIN Jam Sessions and has been featured in many different Zumba® Convention flavors.

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Rodrigo Angello

Location: Brazil

About me: Rodrigo was born in Brazil and has loved dancing since he was a young boy. He started his career as a dance teacher, which led him to dancing professionally. He started to live out his passion in Brazil performing ballroom dancing, and soon after diversified with other dance styles. In 2009 he left Brazil for France in order to enlarge his experience. He then joined several dance companies, including the famous Parisian Cabaret! With fitness and physical training diplomas in hand, Rodrigo blends dance and fitness skills, devoting himself to fitness. He puts all his skills, experience, energy, positive personality (and a Brazilian touch!) in order to communicate his passion and give his students the ultimate experience. Let Rodrigo surprise and dazzle you as he takes you into his world.

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Roland Schmid

Location: Germany

About me: Roland was born February 2, 1986 in Germany. He has a Masters of Science in Business Administration and has been an Assistant Professor since January 2013. Roland has been a Fitness Instructor since January 2010 and a Zumba® Fitness Instructor since January 2012. In Jan Zumba®Jammer since January 2015

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Rony Gratereaut

Location: Florida, US

About me: Rony was born and raised in the Residencial Las Margaritas, Puerto Rico. While in school, he participated in talent shows. At the age of 14 he became part of the G.O.P., a dance company located in San Juan, P.R. His training in Jazz, Cultural Dance, Salsa, Funk, Hip Hop, and BreakDance took him to the decision of starting his own Dance company at the young age of 18. Since then Rony has had the opportunity to travel to different parts of the US and Europe representing his Island.  Later on he decided to move to Orlando where he discovered the Zumba® program and fell in love with it instantly. RONY today teaches around 17 classes a week, and hosts Reggaeton and Choreo ZIN Jam Sessions as a licensed Zumba® Jammer in Florida. Rony’s goal has always been to present his own session at a Zumba® Convention and bring to the ZIN Members new and fresh tools that they can use in their classes!

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Sandra Harnes

Location: United Kingdom

About me: Sandra has been in the dance, fitness and performance industries since leaving prestigious Dance College "Performers" based in greater London as both professional dancer and choreographer. She has a vast experience in the industry as well as numerous dance music acts including a residency as lead dancer for Ministry of Sound, London. Sandra has also been featured as a soloist in various productions. She has been the principal dancer and lead choreographer for many venues and shows and was also the casting manager and choreographer for a UK-based talent agency. She became a Zumba® Instructor in 2010 and then not long after, gained the role as a Zumba® Jammer and has now become a Zumba® Education Specialist. Sandra was a presenter and choreographer in the 50th anniversary ZIN DVD release, presented ZIN Jam sessions and a master class at convention. Sandra has a varied experience of many different genres – from hip-hop, street, ragga, dancehall to ballet, jazz and contemporary. She was also credited with “Dancer Of the Year” within the industry SDTA Alliance.

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Shweta Kulkarni

Location: India

About me: Professionally, Shweta holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Mumbai University. She has been passionate about dance and fitness since childhood, with a good classical dance base in Bharatnatyam. She was a  Zumba® student for 3 years before finally becoming a licensed instructor in June 2011. She is passionate about Zumba® Fitness, because it gives her the ultimate cardio, plus the opportunity to go around the world through international dance rhythms. Being a ZES has added to her enthusiasm for spreading fitness and love through teaching Zumba® classes. Teaching instructors to be true to the Zumba® program is one of her favorites during training. As an educator, she would love to take Indian dance rhythms to the world!

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Stephanie Masceri

Location: Pennsylvania, US

About me: Stephanie Masceri, MEd, is a national and international education specialist and presenter for Zumba® fitness. She has choreographed for and been featured in the Zumba® Instructor Network DVDs. She was part of the development team for the Zumba® Kids and Zumba® Kids Jr. program and was co-author of the instructor training manual. Stephanie has taught dance to both children and adults for over 13 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in elementary education and is a group exercise instructor certified by ACE and AFAA.

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Steve Boedt

Location: Belgium

About me: Steve is a Zumba® Education Specialist and trainer. He trains Zumba® instructors worldwide, mostly in Scandinavia and the United Arab Emirates. A ZES who has presented in over 60 countries around the world, he’s been awarded with over seven national and international fitness awards. His career began in Belgium in 1997 when he was awarded Instructor of the Year by FFA. Subsequent years saw him receiving rookie of the year 2000, Belgian Fitness Trophy 2002, 2003 EFAA presenter of the Year and the 2004 Presenter of Excellence UK and nominated as top 4 best international presenters in NY ECA. Steve has been a trainer on several national television shows including The Biggest Loser, Fit Back to School and Celebrity Fitness.

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Sucheta Pal

Location: India

About me: Sucheta Pal is India's Zumba® Education Specialist and is also the first female athlete and Master Trainer for Optimum Nutrition. She is a licensed trainer for Zumba®, Zumba® Kids, Aqua Zumba®, Zumba Gold®, Zumba Sentao®, Zumba® Toning and Zumba® Step and is the only Indian to be famously featured as a dancer avatar on the Zumba® Rush Game on XBOX for Kinect. Sucheta Pal is also a trainer for celebrity fitness program Piloxing® and a Masala Bhangra Workout® Ambassador. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering having worked in the IT industry for five years before changing career paths. She has been conducting official trainings, workshops and master classes in the US, Europe, Middle East and Southeast Asia. After undergoing her fitness training from the United States, she now brings her energy, enthusiasm and experience to India.

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Tamara Pitts

Location: Australia

About me: Tamara is a dedicated, determined and passionate Zumba® instructor, Zumba® Jammer, ballroom dancer and coach, who specializes in the International Latin American style of Dancesport. With over 20 years dance and 10 years teaching experience, Tamara was primarily trained as a Dancesport Latin American dancer. She has also studied ballroom, new vogue, hip-hop, ballet, flamenco, Irish dancing and yoga. She is known for her vivacious energy and bubbly personality as well as her patience, creativity, technical skills, presentation skills, professionalism and abilities as an instructor and educator.

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Toni Costa

Location: Florida, US

About me: Toni Costa was born in Valencia, Spain, where he began to dance at the age of four. He is a professional ballroom dancer/choreographer and actor. He has participated in multiple television shows in Spain and America, being the winner in "Mira Quien Baila" Spain and USA, "Mi Sueño es Bailar" and "Si Se Puede". Also has been part of videos of Zumba® with Beto Perez as "La Marioneta", "Violint" and "Come here to Party". Very energetic and disciplined. Toni is very active on social media with more than half a million followers on each of his platforms.

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Tony Witt

Location: Kansas, US

About me: Tony is co-owner and head choreographer for Amore Dance, an international fitness presenter and a Zumba® Education Specialist. He has traveled across the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia, helping to expand the reach of the Zumba® program and presenting at fitness conferences such as IDEA, Club Industry, SCW, DCAC, Canfitpro, AFAA Taiwan, AEA and Nike Asia. He is certified by AFAA, ACE, AEA, CFP, NDCA and NTA.

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Vicky Zagarra

Location: Italy

About me: Vicky Zagarra is one of the leading Zumba® Education Specialists. She is a true “Zumba® original,” having become an instructor during the first-ever Zumba® training in 2002 in Miami and was featured in the original Zumba® videos alongside Beto Perez. The Colombian native-turned-Italian resident initially was drawn to the Zumba® program not for the business opportunity but rather the party…and then the fitness!

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Vin Iyer

Location: New Jersey, US

About me: An experienced fitness and dance professional, I teach all levels of classes in Freestyle Step, Dance Aerobics, Sculpting and Conditioning. I teach Zumba® Fitness Classes, Hip Hop Abs & my specialty, Bellydance Fusion!! I am a licensed Zumba® Fitness Instructor and proud to be an authorized Zumba® Jammer. This gives me the privilege of running my own workshops, sharing my choreography exclusively with other ZIN members. Starting my dance training in the art of the traditional dance of India, Bharatnatyam, I continued to learn Western styles in NYC for many years before moving into the Fitness world. Bellydance has been art form I have always loved and respected and added to my repertoire 10 years ago. I am Level II Certified under The Suhaila Salimpour School of Dance and am continuing my classes under her format in New Jersey at the Drum & and Dance Learning Center. I teach at Fitness centers as well as Community Centers and Private organizations. I lead an active fitness lifestyle always trying to improve my skills and classes. It would be a matter of great pride and accomplishment to be able to bring my style and talent to every place I work.

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Walter Diaz

Location: Florida, US

About me: Walter (a.k.a Wally, the king of salsa and merengue!) has been an aerobics instructor for more than 20 years and a Zumba® Instructor for almost 10 years. He grew up with Beto, creator of the Zumba® program, and worked as a choreographer for many Colombian artists and bands. He has also been a professional dancer, actor and model. Walter was featured in the 2010 and 2011 Zumba® Instructor Convention Zumbathon® Fitness-Concert events, in the 2011 Zumba® Instructor Convention Flavors DVD and in the Exhilarate DVD collection.

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Yuko Tanaka

Location: Canada

About me: Yuko, also known as the JapeXicana, is a proud Japanese Mexican currently living in Canada. She has been a Zumba® Instructor since 2009 and proudly represents one of the Zumba® Jammers in Canada. Back in Mexico, Yuko practiced many dancing disciplines and took part in numerous dance competitions, locally and nationally. She is always looking for different ways to spice up her classes, not just because of her love for music and dance, but also to welcome all participants that have different backgrounds. A few years ago, she encountered Kizomba, a rhythm that captivated her. Very soon she was emerged in her local Kizomba dancing community. Yuko believes that that through dance and music, we can feed our souls. Come and dance with Yuko!

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