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Abraham Hernandez

Location: California, US

About Me: Born and raised in Mexico, Abraham started his career in the fitness industry as a gym owner and spinning instructor in 2000 Soon after, he received his Personal Trainer Certification. He began teaching Zumba® classes at Guanajuato Gym in 2006 and became a Zumba® Education Specialist in 2007 when he moved to Spain. 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, and EMPOWER. His passion is teaching and helping instructors reach their goals for a healthier life, while acting as a stellar role model to his two wonderful children.

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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 February 2012, she was selected as 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 four 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 ZIN 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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Alexander Cohen

Location: Florida, US

About Me: Alexander Cohen is a recognized fitness instructor, mentor, and coach who has the unique ability to integrate mind, body and spirit in his work. He is one of the founders of Om’echaye Wellness & Fitness Center, an accredited Pilates and yoga instructor, an NSCA personal trainer, and a holistic coach. Through his versatility and creativity, Alex has developed different fitness programs that have been presented in Europe and South America. Alex has been a consultant for television fitness shows and 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 instructor trainings and facilitates 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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Alex Mclean

Location: California, US

About Me: Alex McLean has been teaching group fitness since 1995. He began as a dancer and master class presenter for the Reebok Performance Team and Nike Culture Shock. Currently, Alex is an educator for three global brands: TRX®, Schwinn® Cycling and Strong by Zumba®. He has appeared in video and print projects for TRX®, Under Armour® and Total Gym®. He’s also worked behind the scenes as a fitness tech for TRX® projects and for health magazine shoots with Brooke Burke and Cheryl Burke. As a professional dancer and acrobat, Alex has participated in commercials for Facebook and Joy Mangano Home Products. He’s danced for LeAnn Rimes in the opening ceremonies of the Rose Parade, Disney, Universal Studios and the NBA/WNBA. Alex is certified in group fitness and personal training by ACE, AFAA and NASM.

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Alexsa sissom

Location: Florida, US

About Me: Alexsa Sissom is an international dancer with over 25 years of experience. As a Zumba® Instructor and Zumba® Jammer, she strives to help others achieve a happy and healthy lifestyle. Alexsa is fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish. A native of Bahia, Brazil, she was exposed to different dance styles like Axé, Samba and other African-Brazilian rhythms, which have inspired her dance philosophy and style.

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Ali Ramirez

Location: Florida, US

About Me: Ali Ramirez has been involved in dance since she was a child. She was a former dance instructor at Arthur Murray Dance Studios, and 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 Zumba® master trainers in March 2006. Her passion 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 years old. 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 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 thousands of people to have fun while working out, leading them 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, training thousands of people to become Zumba® Instructors in the New England area. Voted “Boston’s Best” instructor, she has presented nationally and internationally. 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 six years old. She performed in various countries and participated in many competitions. Living in the Middle East, she developed a love for belly dancing, but it’s salsa, merengue and bachata that 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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April Smith

Location: Virginia, US

About Me: April began her health and fitness journey in 2007 after leaving her full-time career as an administrator in higher education. She became a member of a local YMCA in her hometown and eventually began teaching dance classes regularly, sharing the skills acquired from her extensive dance and teaching background. As her classes became more popular, she moved to the group exercise department, teaching hip hop aerobics, later known as cardio dance. Life in the wellness world intrigued April, so she decided to learn more about health and fitness, and how to combine such knowledge with her passion for dance. In 2009, she became a licensed Zumba® Instructor. Soon after, she furthered her fitness education through certification programs such as AFAA and ACE Group Exercise Instruction. As a Zumba® Education Specialist and presenter for over seven years, April has also presented numerous sessions at the annual ZIN Convention. April has been featured on stage with Beto Perez on numerous ZIN Volumes. A family member introduced April to the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, where she enrolled to become a certified holistic health coach! Her training included learning more than 100 dietary theories and studying a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. This has been an exciting adventure for April, and she is very passionate about physical, emotional and nutritional health. April desires to inspire and give back to the community.

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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. He’s worked as an international presenter and dancer in Indonesia, Italy, Argentina, Cuba, México, 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 the ZIN 42 “One on One” and ZIN 46 Live Miami.

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Ashley Bishop

Location: California, US

About Me: Born and raised in British Columbia, Canada, Ashley spent the first 10 years of her career working as a professional dancer in Vancouver BC; a choreographer for Wyndham Resorts in Cozumel, Mexico; and a featured performer for Carnival Cruise Lines. She is a certified ballet teacher (RAD), personal trainer (ACE), and a group exercise instructor (AFAA/AEA). Now Living in Northern California, she is the fitness director for uforia Studios. On weekends, Ashley travels the continent teaching a variety of workshops for fitness instructors. She is a continuing education provider for ACE, AFAA and AEA, an aquatic training specialist for the Aquatic Exercise Association, and a Zumba® Jammer for Zumba® Fitness. Ashley absolutely adores teaching, learning and sharing knowledge with others.

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Barbara Klontz

Location: Illinois, US

About Me: Barbara is a Zumba® Education Specialist living in Chicago, traveling 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 five 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 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. 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. Today, he’s spreading the Zumba® love all over the world.

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Betsy Dopico

Location: Florida, US

About Me: Betsy Dopico is a motivator, presenter, performer and ZES (Zumba® Education Specialist). Since the age of four, Betsy has focused on modern, classic and Latin dance rhythms. Born in Cuba, she participated in countless dance competitions and festivals. She also holds a degree in music (piano) and has won many awards for her musical talent. She now leads her own studio, B2Xpress. She is an active influencer in her community and her plan is making happiness a global movement with "Pongamos de Moda La Felicidad” (translating to “Let’s Make Happiness Trendy”). Betsy has been featured in shows like CNN en Español, Despierta America, Revista Hoy Televisa and Premio Lo Nuestro, among others. She is featured in several ZIN Volumes and has performed at Fitness-Concert Events with artists like Pitbull, Wyclef Jean, etc. She has presented at several ZIN Conventions, Zumba® Cruise and now travels the world as a Zumba® Education Specialist.

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bianca Ayala

Location: Florida, US

About Me: Born in Peru, Bianca was exposed to a plethora of music and dance styles when she moved to Miami, Florida at the age of 10. In her 20s, she taught English in her native Peru, where she learned to become a great communicator, both visually and verbally. In her ZIN Jam sessions, she is equal parts electric and versatile. The first format she ever taught was spinning at the age of 25, and soon after she began teaching Zumba® classes. Bianca came in second place in the 2007 Model America (Saratoga/Fitness modeling).

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Bobi Panayotov

Location: Germany

About Me: Born in Bulgaria, Bobi Ivanov has been dancing alongside his twin brother from a very young age. Soon after finishing high school and while performing with a dance company in their home country, the brothers decided to leave Bulgaria in order to pursue their dreams. They became licensed Zumba® Instructors, becoming the first twin brothers to get certified. For the past five years, Bobi and his brother have taught more than 7,000 classes. They’ve taught master classes in more than 20 countries, even teaching with creator of the Zumba® program, Beto Perez! In 2017, Bobi was part of the ZIN Convention Fitness-Concert Event, which he calls a dream come true.

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Carlos Henriquez

Location: Canada

About Me: In 2007, Carlos moved to Canada and became a Zumba® Instructor. Shortly after that, he became a Zumba® Jammer. His dedication to fitness and love of dance has made him a great addition to the Zumba® family! During his professional career, Carlos has had the pleasure to work with artists such as Celia Cruz, Juan Luis Guerra, Shakira, Pitbull, Daddy Yankee, Marc Anthony, Paulina Rubio, Vanilla Ice, Lil Jon, as well as Beto Perez, creator of the Zumba® Fitness Program. He has been a session presenter at the ZIN Convention since 2013, in addition to representing Canada as an on-stage dancer at the 2012 Fitness-Concert Event in Orlando and the 2013 Convention in Los Angeles, California.

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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, teaching a variety of programs, including Zumba® and Aqua Zumba®. Caroline was 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-Marte

Location: Florida, US

About Me: Catherine “Cat” Chiemelu-Marte is a wife, mother, personal trainer, group fitness instructor and Zumba® Jammer from Oklahoma City, OK. She is a U.S. Army veteran who found her love for group fitness shortly after leaving the military. She always had a passion for dance and fitness, but found the perfect balance of the two with Zumba® Fitness. She has a BS in Kinesiology with a focus on Exercise/Fitness Management. She always seeks to further her education and knowledge in all things health and fitness. Catherine enjoys fusing her choreographies and classes with the musical styles and flavors of Africa and the Caribbean. She has been blessed with the opportunity to be a presenter of Dancehall Mashup at the 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 ZIN Conventions and has also presented at many Zumba® Academies held worldwide.

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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 appeared in several trade shows and multiple media events such as video games, commercials and some major network television shows.

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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. Coco was introduced to the Zumba® Fitness Program in October 2008, immediately fell in love and became a licensed Zumba® Instructor soon after. In June 2010, she was thrilled to be chosen as a first generation Zumba® Jammer. In 2013, Coco was selected as a Zumba® Education Specialist and an international presenter for Zumba®. Today, she travels the world to share her vision and expertise with other 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 in communicating with and motivating others. When asked what she does, she often answers: “edu-tainment.” She is a mother, sister, wife, coach, counselor, teacher, friend, and… 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. He’s had the pleasure of performing and working with Britney Spears, Madonna, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Hart, Melanie Fiona, Jonn Hart, Angela Winbush, and the late salsa legend Celia Cruz. In 2007, he signed a music publishing deal with Foxx King/Bug Music (ASCAP), in addition to performing as the opening act for The Isley Brothers US tour (select dates). In 2012, Wonder joined the Gina & Tanya Zumba® tour as the featured musical artist, entertaining crowds throughout the United States and Canada. Wonder has performed his Zumba® hit records "Came Here to Party" and "Get Up" in the Zumba® Fitness-Concert Event, as well as presenting the Hip Hop Turn-Up session at the ZIN Convention, Zumba® Academy, and the Zumba® Cruise. Most recently, Wonder's music has been featured in various Zumba® campaigns, including the ZumbaxMDCDance collaboration, where he was also a featured dancer.

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Daniela Cesnekova

Location: Slovakia

About Me: Since she was four years old, Daniela's passion for dance has been a major part of her life. In 2005, she became a Zumba® Instructor after attending an instructor training in Miami, FL. After returning to her home country of Slovakia in 2006, she was one of the first Zumba® Instructors to introduce the program in Europe. In 2009, Daniela became a Zumba® Education Specialist, training thousands of instructors in more than 20 countries around the world.

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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. 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, canfitpro and FILEX and has presented at conventions across South Africa, Canada, the United States and Asia.

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Debbie Wood

Location: Illinois, US

About Me: Debbie has been a fitness professional since 1984, where she started teaching at a coal mine in a small town in South Africa. She has seen firsthand how the language of fitness and dance crosses boundaries and cultures. She is from the Chicago area, where she currently lives and teaches a variety of fitness formats, including Zumba®, Zumba Gold® Pilates and Barre. She is a Balanced Body Certified Mat and Reformer Pilates instructor. She also holds certifications in group exercise, personal training, Barre among others. She has been a Zumba® Education Specialist since 2006 and in that role, is thrilled to share the joy of Zumba® throughout the Midwestern United 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 of experience in the legal profession, 20 years as a dance professional, and a passion to help others.

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DJ Gringo

Location: Florida, US

About Me: At a very early age, ”DJ Gringo” began to showcase his passion for music. He began his career as an amateur disc jockey while attending high school. In 2005, he worked for a radio station and became a part of its morning show. Due to the fact that he didn’t speak Spanish, he gained his well-known name of “DJ Gringo”. In 2007, he met Beto Perez, creator of the Zumba® program, which led DJ Gringo to work with Zumba and its instructors around the world.

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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 nine years and presenting ZIN Jam sessions for three years. In 2013, she 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 the 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 ZIN Conventions in Orlando, Florida. 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-pound weight loss, appearing in a 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 dance.

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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. Since then, she has trained and worked with Beto Perez, as well as numerous Zumba® Instructors. She has taught Zumba® classes locally since 2011, has been invited to teach several Master Classes across the states, and has traveled both nationally and internationally as a presenter for Zumba®. Additionally, she created and led the Bollywood and Bhangra (BnB) workshop at various ZIN Conventions.

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Ecem Kuntay

Location: Turkey

About Me: Born in Istanbul, Ecem began dancing at the age of five. After dancing ballet for five years, her interest shifted to basketball, where she was a licensed player for 10 years. She graduated with a degree in psychology and began taking Zumba® classes in 2013. Soon after, she joined the Zumba® Instructor Network, which led to her attending several ZIN Conventions, conferences and trade shows. A year later, Ecem became a Zumba® Jammer. After teaching 12 ZIN Jam sessions, she became a ZES. She now teaches Basic 1 and Zumba Gold® trainings in Turkey and the Middle East.

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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 ZIN Convention Flavors DVD. She is AFAA, ACE and AEA certified

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Erica Dixon

Location: North Carolina, US

About Me: Erica is a fitness professional and Zumba® Jammer from North Carolina. In 2002, she earned her MS Degree, working in the fitness and rec field for several years. In 2008, she became a Zumba® Instructor, and currently instructs approximately 400 students weekly. In 2011, she became a Zumba® Jammer and has since built a brand with her notable teaching style and choreography. In 2012, she fell in love with soca music and became involved in the Caribbean community. In 2014, she created Unity Mas Band which won Band of the Year in 2015, 2016, and 2017. She can best be described in three words: "Passion in Motion!”

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Erick Santana

Location: Florida, US

About Me: Erick possesses over 25 years of professional dance and choreography experience. Beto Perez endorsed Erick Santana as one of the first 13 master trainers to help expand the Zumba® program into the international fitness phenomenon it is today. Erick has licensed thousands of Zumba® Instructors nationally and abroad. He has presented and been featured on international stages in Italy, Portugal and Brazil.

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Fabio Barros

Location: Chicago, 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 dance, Latin ballroom, belly dance, ballet, jazz, gypsy and flamenco. Since 2009, Fabio has been traveling the United States teaching dance classes, workshops and performing as a dancer and choreographer. Fabio has taught at the ZIN Convention, at the Brazilian Carnival Workshop (2009/2010/2011), and at the 2013 Zumba® Conference at the Flamenco Fever Workshop. He was part of two Zumba Gold® DVDs and participated in the ZIN Convention Flavors DVD.

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Gina Grant

Location: Oregon, US

About Me: Gina has over 15 years of dance and fitness experience, mastering various genres, including tap, jazz, hip hop, Hawaiian, Tahitian and musical theatre. She is a former Sacramento Kings dancer and former choreographer for both the Portland Trail Blazers and the Sacramento Kings. 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 + Kids Jr. programs. She is featured in the Exhilarate DVD collection, the Zumba® video games, and numerous ZIN Volumes. She has performed at countless events and presented at conferences worldwide. She is AFAA and ACE certified.

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Guillermo Melendez

Location: Texas, US

About Me: Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Guillermo grew up in Texas where his passion for dance and education first started. He found his outlet and career in fitness through Zumba®, which led him to pursue a bachelor’s degree in fitness management with a minor in business administration. He plans on graduating from his dream school - Texas State University. He is a national fitness presenter with Zumba® for SCW and Empower, a certified group fitness instructor with AFAA and ACE, a national personal trainer with NASM, and an aqua professional through AEA. He started as a ZIN Member back in 2010, continued his career as a Zumba® Jammer and is now a Zumba® Education Specialist, leading trainings across the United States for Aqua Zumba®, Zumba® Toning, and Zumba® Pro Skills. He got the chance to share the stage with other ZIN Members from around the world in the 2017 ZIN Convention Fitness-Concert Event, in addition to assisting in many of the convention sessions over the years. Guillermo has a true love for dance, education, and fitness. Having found a program that combines all three has made his life all the better.

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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 trade shows, 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 taking Zumba® classes at the age of 9 in Miami, alongside his mother, ZIN Member Eli Pereira. Discovering a passion for both Zumba® and dance, he began teaching classes at the age 15 as a way to support himself throughout high school and college. After being given the opportunity to present at the 2014 Fitness-Concert Event, Henry was able to share his talent from Chile to Europe. In 2016, he became a Zumba® Jammer.

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Hermann Melo

Location: France

About Me: Hermann Melo is a Zumba® Education Specialist and 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 numerous locations like France, India, Ireland, Bulgaria, Dubai, Jordan, Kuwait, Spain and Portugal. Hermann has fitness qualifications in personal training and group exercise.

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Ilian Panayotov

Location: Germany

About Me: Born in Bulgaria, Iliyan Ivanov has been dancing since the age of five. At 18 years old, he performed with Dance in Jazz Company in Bulgaria. At 20, he decided to move to Germany alongside his twin brother to pursue a career in dance. Specializing in folkloric, jazz and modern dance, Iliyan took his passion to the next level by becoming a Zumba® Instructor. This step made him and his brother the first licensed twin brothers worldwide.

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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 aerobics with elements of dance choreography (Hi-Lo, Latino) and toning (ABS, Pilates). Her love of fitness drove her to sports aerobic competitions and led to her discovery of Zumba® classes in Florida in 2006. After a few years as a Zumba® Instructor, Iza quit her career as a software developer to returned to Poland and introduce the Zumba® program overseas. She became a Zumba® Education Specialist in 2009, 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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Janice Gonzalez

Location: Florida, US

About Me: Janice Gonzalez has been a licensed Zumba® Instructor since 2012. Originally from Nicaragua, she has traveled internationally to teach and inspire others to join the ZIN community. She has been a licensed Zumba® Jammer since 2014.

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Jarrod Tucker

Location: Australia

About Me: Becoming a licensed Zumba® Instructor in early 2010 began a huge life change for Jarrod. He 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 was fortunate enough to be selected as a Zumba® Education Specialist and now travels across Australia, New Zealand and overseas conducting Zumba® Instructor Training Sessions and Master Classes, in addition to 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 and Aqua Zumba® Instructor Trainings. Jenna has been a ZES since 2008 and a Zumba® Instructor since March 2006. She was the featured ZES for the One-on-One choreography in ZIN Volume 35 and also the Aqua Zumba® choreography videos in May 2014. Jenna has a degree in exercise & sports 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 four 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 Hip Hop DVDs and as judge for their national Videoclipdancing Championships. As a Zumba® Education Specialist, she teaches Zumba® Basic 1, Zumba® 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 modern dance. She has over 10 years of experience as a dance instructor. As a professional dancer, she performed on a daily TV show, served as a backup dancer for several Latin artists, and was an NFL Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader for seven years. Jennie moved to the United States in 2000 to complete her MS in Chemical Engineering. That year, she also became a group fitness instructor. In 2007, she became a licensed Zumba® Instructor. 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 years old 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 news media guest and has appeared in numerous TV shows, including Spain’s versions of American Idol and The Biggest Loser. She was also 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 and Zumba® Education Specialist based in Kansas City. She is also a professional dancer trained in international Latin, standard ballroom, salsa and swing. In 2004, her passion for Latin ballroom dancing and for the Zumba® program led her to open her 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 and schools in the Kansas City area. She formed part of the cast for the Cardio Party Zumba® videos in 2007 and has created choreography for and been 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, canfitpro, DCAC, Empower Fitness, Paris Expo Mondial Body Fitness and ZIN Conventions and Conferences in Orlando, Los Angeles 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 five years ago and instantaneously became a Zumba Fitness addict. In 2012, he moved to Los Angeles and joined LA Dance Fit with hopes of bringing Miami’s 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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Joao Domingues Reis

Location: Germany

About Me: Born in Africa and raised in Portugal, music and sports were always a big part of Joao’s life. He has a degree in sports and physical education, working in the the fitness industry for over 15 years as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor and international fitness presenter. He discovered Zumba® Fitness eight years ago, working as a Zumba® Jammer for the past four. Since 2017, he’s served as a Master Trainer for STRONG by Zumba®. Joao’s hobbies include traveling, sports, music and spending time at the beach.

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John Sinclair

Location: California, US

About Me: John Sinclair is the director of programming for IoM Health based out of Solana Beach, California. IoM Health is an active health company that seeks to solve the issue of global inactivity. He uses unique methods to deliver programming solutions in the areas of physical culture and health coaching and presents these solutions to coaches all over the world. John also serves as the president and founder of Authentic Health Coaching based in Sunrise, Florida. He is also the co-founder and owner of THE HIVE – Performance and Health Coaching, a training facility located in Davie, Florida. A native of Lucky Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada, John later moved to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to attend the University of Alberta. In 1999, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical education & sport performance. After 15 years of coaching in Canada, he relocated to Sunrise in 2013. Certifications/ Accreditations: University of Alberta, BPE; NSCA: CSCS; PTA Global: CPT; Gray Institute: CAFS; EXOS: XPS; AAHFRP: MES; Precision Nutrition: Pn1

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Jonathan Benoit

Location: Canada

About Me: Jonathan’s first passion was hockey, but an unfortunate leg injury caused him to give it up. However, at the age of 16, his mother challenged him to try a Zumba® class and it quickly became his new passion. A Zumba® lover for five years and an instructor for three, he’s impressing his entire community with his talent and dedication for Zumba®. Last year, he was selected as the winner of The 2017 Zumba® Next Rising Star, mentored by Kass Martin and Steve Boedt. This amazing experience pushed him to travel and create his first Zumba® Master Class. Now, he’s visited Portugal, Spain, Poland and Germany and is getting ready to present his first Master Class at the ZIN Convention this year.

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Josh Leve

Location: California, US

About Me: Josh Leve is the founder & CEO of the Association of Fitness Studios (AFS), whose mission is to provide studio and gym owners with running running facilities up to 10,000 square feet. AFS is also focused on giving entrepreneurial fitness professionals the platform to effectively start, manage and grow their businesses. With 13,000 members and over 60 industry partnerships, Josh’s success with AFS has seen him featured in all major fitness publications, the Wall Street Journal and US News. He is also a featured speaker for events like Club Industry, NSCA, NASM, EMPOWER!, Athletic Business and more.

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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 nobody’s 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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Juan Miguel Collado

Location: Italy

About Me: Born in Santo Domingo, Juan Miguel moved to Italy at a very young age. There, he began dancing both hip hop and salsa. Since he was 10 years old, he worked and traveled as a professional dancer and choreographer with a dance company called Dominican Power based in Italy. Juan Miguel also participated in a film named Latin Dream as a dancer and actor. Four years ago, he discovered Zumba® Fitness, instantly falling in love with the program. He decided to become an instructor and is excited to share his passion for dance with the Zumba® community.

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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 ZIN 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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Kathryn Burnside

Location: Missouri, US

About Me: Based in St. Louis, Kat Burnside has been working in fitness and dance most of her adult life. A ZIN Member since 2009 and a Zumba® Jammer since 2011, Kat became licensed by Beto Perez himself. Kat began working full-time as a personal trainer in 2002, adding her Group Exercise Instructor certification in 2010. Kat has assisted in several Master Classes and trainings at the ZIN Convention, including Rock 'N Roll Revolution, Zumba® Toning with ZES Jani Roberts, Curtain Call with ZES Tony Witt, plus numerous B2 and warm-up/cooldown sessions. Since her college years, Kat has choreographed multiple stage productions, dance numbers and performances for a variety of groups. One of Kat's proudest endeavors has been her work with the Cancer Support Community, lecturing on wellness and returning to exercise after diagnosis, as well as teaching a Zumba Gold® class to patients and their caregivers. She currently works with The TaTa Sisterhood, a charitable organization formed after one of her most loyal and dedicated Zumba® students passed away from triple-negative breast cancer. Kat is now a full-time paralegal, but she still finds time to share her personal training expertise and her love of the Zumba® program. Kat is ecstatic to be bringing her years of experience to the ZIN community at this year's ZIN Convention!

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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 and dance/sports coach, Kelly now specializes in many of the Zumba® programs and has presented in over 36 countries. She is featured in several Zumba® DVDs including 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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Kizzy Adams

Location: Canada

About Me: Ever since she could remember, Kizzy could never resist the urge to dance. Since her father was a popular Caribbean DJ in Toronto, she was always surrounded by infectious island rhythms and would often be seen dancing in the DJ booth at his events! For years, she took dance and gymnastics classes and even played collegiate basketball throughout North America. But it wasn't until she came across a Zumba® Fitness class in 2008 that she was introduced to the world of dance fitness. In 2011, she became a licensed Zumba® instructor and began teaching classes, producing, hosting and presenting at various Master Classes. She has also attended numerous ZIN Conventions and Academies to further her dancing repertoire. This year, Kizzy is presenting her own session at the ZIN Convention, which will showcase the diverse island rhythms that she grew up listening to. Her session will provide ZIN Members with the opportunity to bring innovative moves and an authentic West Indian Caribbean experience to their classes.

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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 mother Linda Taylor, an energetic and loving ZIN Member. Toya presented Dancehall Mashup at the 2013 and 2014 ZIN Conventions in Orlando and at the 2013 and 2014 Zumba® Instructor Conference in Los Angeles, along with her Zumba® Jammer 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 joined the Zumba® Fitness family in 2006. She has been a featured presenter, dancer, choreographer and singer at ZIN Conventions around the world. She was also selected to represent the Zumba® Jammer program, not only as a session leader, but also as an international trainer. Liana has also been featured in and choreographed several ZIN Volumes, in addition to performing alongside Lil Jon, Pitbull, Don Omar, Sean Paul, Timbaland and Shaggy. For the past six years Liana has served as assistant choreographer to Zumba® creator, Beto Perez. Liana's background includes over 25 years of dance experience, having studied everything from ballet to funk to hip hop to Latin. She has 17 years of professional work to her credit. She has traveled to many different corners of the world teaching different Master Classes to instructors and students of all levels. Liana was a featured dancer in Wisin y Yandel’s music video for “Rakata” and is credited as one of its choreographers. In addition, she has choreographed concert tours for artists such as Khriz y Angel, Wibal y Alex, Baby Ranks, and many more.

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Linda Shelton

Location: California, US

About Me: Inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame in March 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. For the past 45+ years, she has been inspiring millions around the world to a healthier way of life. Completing a BA in Physical Education and a master’s degree in exercise physiology, she has continued to consult, develop and implement innovative fitness and wellness programming, in addition to training 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 six years. She has presented at various events and trainings alongside Beto Perez, the creator of Zumba® Fitness. Lindsey was featured in the Zumba® Fitness music video for Don Omar’s song, “Zumba” and for Pitbull’s song, “Pause.” She was a principal dancer in the 2011 Fitness-Concert Event. She is a choreographer for the Zumba® Instructor Network and has choreographed and starred in four ZIN Volumes and two Zumba® Kids + Kids Jr. DVDs. She has also appeared alongside the hosts of The Today Show and Access Hollywood Live in segments featuring Zumba® Fitness. Her singing voice can be found on original Zumba® music used in classes all over the world. Lindsey is also a key member of the Zumba® Kids + Kids Jr. team. She played a key role in the developing the format for classes, as well as choreographing and hosting the DVDs 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. 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: Lisa J. Hamlin, the director of international education at Mad Dogg Athletics and an AFAA master certification specialist, has over 30 years of experience in the fitness industry. Lisa created and produced several fitness DVDs, developed and authored a variety of instructor training programs and has presented at numerous conventions worldwide. She is actively involved with U.S. Military Command Fitness Leader training and writes articles regularly for fitness magazines in the U.S. and Asia. In addition to her appearance on nationally televised “The Good Morning Show,” her credentials include over 20 certifications and training in group exercise, personal training, dance and specialty class formats.

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Lisa Marie

Location: California, US

About Me: Live your life! Travel the world. Eat healthy. Dance Forever. 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 the education of others. Her career began in Chicago, Illinois where she established 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 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 Jon, Sean Paul, R. Kelly, Dappy Yute and several local Los Angeles artists. She has toured as a backup dancer for three years with KC and the Sunshine Band. She is also featured in several fitness DVDs, including Flirty Girl Fitness, the Pink Method, Zumba® Fitness, and Brooke Burke.

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Loretta Bates

Location: North Carolina, US

About Me: Loretta is an international fitness presenter and Zumba® Education Specialist. She 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 featured the Zumba® Fitness World Party Game. She is ACE and AFAA certified.

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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 become a certified fitness instructor and professional dance teacher, specializing in ballroom dancing and dance for children. At that time, Luca also discovered his love and passion for Zumba® Fitness and soon became obsessed with all of its specialties!

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Lucia Sastre

Location: Florida, US

About Me: Lucia is the social media manager at Zumba®. 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 bachelor’s degree in mass communications and a minor in art. Prior to her career at Zumba®, she led successful social media campaigns for Jillian Michaels, Telefonica and the Cleveland Clinic Hospital. She also served as a social media consultant for high-profile fitness trainers and universities around South Florida. She has been featured in several publications, including Blue Global and SocialMedia.org.

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Lucrecia Venosta

Location: New Jersey, US

About Me: Lucrecia Venosta, better know as Luli Zumbera, is a native of Argentina. Her passion for Latin music saw her become part of several Latin dance groups in Cordoba, Argentina. Among them, the recognized “Comadreja” group. She moved to the United States in 2010, becoming a Zumba® Instructor soon after. She is ACE and AFAA group exercise certified, an ACE senior fitness and sports nutrition instructor and ACE health coach. Lucrecia became a Zumba® Education Specialist (ZES) for Zumba Gold® in 2013. Now, she teaches Zumba® Basic 1, Zumba® Basic 2, Zumba Gold® and Jump Start Gold trainings in New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

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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. She’s been branded by her Zumba® students as “the crazy lady with the fun classes!” She draws on her background of ballroom, modern jazz and personal training to create fun, eclectic and effective classes with a party atmosphere. For the past three years, she has been traveling around Europe and the United States, having fun, sharing choreographies and supporting other Zumba® colleagues in ZIN Jam sessions, classes, Master Classes, charity events, and also presenting at the annual ZIN Convention in Orlando, Florida.

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Lynn Blakeley

Location: Ohio, US

About Me: Lynn Blakeley has been a Zumba® Instructor since 2007. She was an original Zumba® Jammer, educating ZIN Members from 2010-2017. Lynn holds a bachelor’s degree in music with an emphasis on voice and a master’s degree in educational leadership. She spent several years performing on the musical theater stage, as well as directing and choreographing her own students in various productions. Lynn has taught both voice and piano privately. Currently a part-time music teacher, group exercise coordinator and fitness instructor, Zumba® Fitness is still a main focus for Lynn, and she’s thrilled to share her vocal knowledge with fellow ZIN Members at the ZIN Convention

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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. Besides nursing, Lynn has a passion for teaching Zumba® Gold 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: Washington, US

About Me: Madalene Aponte has over 24 years of experience in group exercise and personal training. She is a Zumba® Education Specialist for Zumba® Basic 1, Zumba® Basic 2, Zumba Gold®, Aqua Zumba®, Zumba® Toning, Zumba® Pro Skills and Zumba® Step. She is 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 taekwondo team in Puerto Rico. She holds a third degree black belt.

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Magali Cepeda

Location: Argentina

About Me: Magali Cepeda is a Zumba® Instructor from Argentina. She currently lives in La Plata, where she owns a dance studio. She has had a passion for dancing since she was young, and now she enjoys teaching and spreading the Zumba® love! She joined the Zumba® Jammer team in June 2016, resigning from her profession as an attorney to dedicate herself fully to the Zumba® program. Her mission is to positively influence the well-being of her students! In 2015, for the first time, Magali taught a class with Beto in Miami. In 2016, Magali was part of the Fitness-Concert Event team for the ZIN Convention in Orlando. During the 2017 ZIN Convention, she was part of the Latin Urban Team and had her own Micro Jam session in the We Move the World Stage.

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Mansoor Galant

Location: South Africa

About Me: Mansoor Galant is vibrant, energetic and full of life! An artist by nature, Mansoor has been dancing his entire life, exposing him to different music genres including hip hop, Latin, African and contemporary. Through teaching, coaching and presenting numerous workshops, he is able to educate and share his experiences through dance. His commitment to the growth and development of others led him to become a Zumba® Education Specialist.

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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 several 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 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: Originally from Mexico, Maria Teresa Stone currently lives in Australia. Her 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 United States (ZIN 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. Sports and dance were always part of his life. At age eight, he was practicing martial arts by himself, while imitating famous people from television! Soon, his talent was noticed and he began to study and specialize in Kempo karate. At the age of 18, he joined "Bafochi," the official dance and folklore troupe of Chile (fun fact: he passed his first audition because they were looking for tall men). Mario quickly changed from his "white suit and black belt" to dance clothes, studying classical ballet and folkloric dance from South American countries. 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. One of the most sought after instructors within Europe, Marta is committed to creating and supporting a strong and energetic dance fitness culture.

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Mauricio Camargo

Location: Arizona, US

About Me: Mauricio Camargo was born in Palmira, Colombia and raised in Miami, Florida. Influenced by his Latin roots and the cultural diversity of Miami, Mauricio has a unique and creative outlook on dance. His love for urban culture has inspired him to add a new twist to Latin rhythms, bringing a fresh style to his Zumba® classes. In 2017, Mauricio was featured in ZIN Volume 72, the 2017 Fitness-Concert, and a Livestream on ZIN Now. Mauricio currently resides in Tucson, Arizona and has been a Zumba® Jammer for the past three years.

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Maurice Weindel

Location: Germany

About Me: Maurice has been a Zumba® Instructor since September 2012 and a Zumba® Jammer since December 2014. In addition to ballroom dance, which he did for seven years, he was part of the Federal Athletics Team (NRW) for four years. He is currently enrolled at the University of Cologne finishing his Bachelor of Arts in English and French teachers studies. He has a Mauritian Mother and a German Father, which is beneficial, as he can speak four languages fluently (German/French/English/Creole). He considers himself 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 as part time employment. She also worked as a radio presenter for a “Rock & Pop", a national radio station that played English and Latin music. During her time there, she was exposed to unique and varied music. She holds degrees in music and advertising, graduating in 2003 in the United States with an MBA. She also pursued a Personal Trainer Certification in 2004, then discovered the Zumba® Fitness 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 and passionate about the fitness industry. I discovered Zumba® Fitness when I moved to the USA and was missing home and my roots. I fell in-love with Zumba® Fitness! It gave me happiness and mental health for so many years! It changed my entire career as a Graphic Designer to enjoy being a full time Zumba® Jammer, Trainer and Instructor. My certifications include: AFAA Group Ex Instructor, NASM Women’s Health, Corrective Exercise and Nutrition, ACE and NASM Personal Trainer and licensed with multiple group fitness certifications and specialties. Content Fitness Creator for multiple boutique studios in the California Bay Area. A representative of Zumba® Programs and Choreographer and International Presenter for Zumba® Fitness LLC. “To me, fitness is essential and I LOVE to make people smile and move! It’s a lifestyle. When your soul syncs with the music, the rest is magic!”

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Michael Dean

Location: United Kingdom

About Me: Michael Dean is the Creator of “Flow Experience,” a third degree black belt in taekwondo, a coach to world champions, and a professional fitness coach. He has trained in many styles of fitness, competed at a high level in his days as a martial artist, and won numerous taekwondo and kickboxing championship titles. Movement is what he like to do for fun and calisthenics is his lifestyle! Through calisthenics, he was led to his passion for movement training, later developing and creating the “Kinisi Flow” system. He’s determined to unlock your true potential, becoming fluid, strong and flexible again.

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Michael Marmitte

Location: South Africa

About Me: Michael Marmitte is a married father of two wonderful children. His passion for dance and fitness started at a very young age. He has a dance background in jazz, ballet, hip hop, salsa, contemporary, traditional African dance and Afrobeatz. He has been performing in various countries as a professional dancer for over 15 years. He completed his B1 with his brother Ricardo Marmitte and became an official Zumba® Instructor in 2012. In August 2013, he shared the stage with his brother for the African Workout session at the ZIN Convention. In September 2013, Michael Marmitte became a Zumba® Education Specialist (ZES). He is a certified fitness instructor (BPJEPS, AGFF). He feels honored to work with a lot of amazing people, while inspiring many around the world.

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Michele Bastos

Location: New York, US

About Me: Michele Bastos is a Brazilian award-winning dancer, choreographer, Pilates instructor, Zumba® Instructor and Fitness professional 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 Crunch Classic National master trainer. Michele has performed with artists such as Daniela Mercury, Pharrell Williams and Jay Z. She’s 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 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. She also manages 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, although she also has some ballroom competitions up her sleeve, in addition to a master’s degree in Polish folk dance. 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.

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Monica Auslander Moreno

Location: Florida, US

About Me: Monica Auslander Moreno, MS, RDN is the founder of Essence Nutrition, a concierge nutrition practice in Midtown Miami. She sees private clients, corporate clients, and consults for various local restaurants and businesses with her signature programs. She is the dietitian for the Miami Marlins, Del Monte Fresh, and Ocean Reef Resort and Club. Before opening her practice, she was a clinical dietitian at Jackson Memorial Hospital and trained in both pediatrics and adults. Monica enjoys yoga, Zumba® classes, Pilates, stalking dogs in her neighborhood, and torturing her fiancé with high fiber cereals.

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Natalie Constanti

Location: United Kingdom

About Me: Natalie has enjoyed a vast fitness journey through martial arts and dance. She lives her life 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 at the European WBFF Diva Fitness 4 Model Competition, has won many taekwondo championship titles, danced with numerous pop acts and presented around the world. But most of all, she’s lucky enough to wake up every day and do what she loves to do! Each discipline and ounce of knowledge that she continues to seek from other industry leaders and professionals has given her the fundamental skills to make her a versatile fitness presenter.

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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 six. He performed in Westchester Ballet Company’s (WBC) production of The Nutcracker for 22 years and has performed as a soloist in WBC productions like 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 the past few years traveling throughout the United States and Europe teaching Master Classes. He has had the privilege of dancing with Beto Perez, founder of the Zumba® Fitness program, appearing in Fitness-Concert Events in London, Australia and Prague. Nicholas 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.

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Noelle Hollins

Location: Florida, US

About Me: Noelle has been a ZIN Member since 2011 and a dancer since the age of three. She has trained in ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop and cheer. Noelle’s love for dance continued throughout college where she was a four-year member and captain of the Ohio University Dance Team. During her time there, she was introduced to the world of stepping. Noelle has choreographed for various organizations, several Latin artists, and the Zumba® Fitness Core Video Game. She was also a presenter during the 2014 and 2015 ZIN Conventions.

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Patrick Reischmann

Location: Germany

About Me: Patrick started dancing in 1985. 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, in addition to receiving his fitness certification. Due to his versatile career, he deals with various music and dance styles and teaches a wide range of people. 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 song selections 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 United States! 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 Graf

Location: Argentina

About Me: Priscila Graf was borned in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has loved dance since she can remember. She began taking classical dance and jazz classes at the age of three. In 2012, she became an aerobics instructor after receiving a degree in Human Resources. She first discovered the Zumba® program in 2010 during a trip to New York. In June 2014 she decided to become a Zumba® Instructor after falling in love with the program that combined her two passions: dance and aerobics. She realized that her new job wasn’t only about dance, it was also a way of reaching the hearts and souls of her students. In June 2016, when Beto Perez first came to Argentina, she had the opportunity to dance with him.

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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 ZESs handpicked by Beto, the creator of the Zumba® Fitness 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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Raffaele Verrillo

Location: Italy

About Me: Raffaele (aka RAF MC) began his career as a modern dancer at the age of 13, working with various dance companies in Italy. At 16 years old, he began to travel to study with international masters of Caribbean dance in New York and Cuba, such as Franklin Diaz, Maykel Fonts, Eddie Torres and Pietro Mingarelli. For 15 years, he collaborated with the main Discoteche of Central Italy as a vocalist, animator, and live performer. Raffaele became a Zumba® Instructor in 2011 and a Zumba® Jammer in 2014. Raffaele has attended the ZIN Convention every year since 2012. His passion for music and singing brought him to the United States, where he met and began collaborating with DJ and producer Francis Benavides. After several months of working together, he recorded his first single “Muevete,” available on all platforms and digital stores and on Zumba® MegaMix 61.

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Renee Mark

Location: Canada

About Me: Renee grew up in a Caribbean home, participating in the Toronto Caribbean Parade from a young age. So, it should come as no surprise that Renee’s favorite rhythm is soca. Renee has always had a passion for dance and chose to expand her repertoire by studying Afro-Cuban and salsa rhythms. In 2010, Renee was introduced to Zumba® Fitness. The program had a huge impact on Renee because she saw the opportunity to blend her favorite rhythms and share her passion for dance and fitness with others. Renee immediately took the instructor training and has been teaching since 2009.

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Renee Pickett

Location: North Carolina

About Me: Renee Grace Pickett is a certified AFAA personal trainer, health and fitness motivational speaker, and fitness model. With over 10 years of experience in the fitness industry, she is constantly finding new ways to challenge herself and those around her. As her career with Zumba® progressed, she found a mental strength that was directly connected to her physical strength. It then became her goal for others to experience this same thing during every class. In 2015, Renee was asked to be part of a team of trainers that helped create the STRONG by Zumba® program. Since then, she knew she had discovered her passion of teaching others to push their boundaries. Helping others challenge their endurance and mental strength is Renee’s ultimate joy. She is now a STRONG by Zumba® Master Trainer and can be seen in the STRONG by Zumba® 20-Minute Demo.

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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 Zumba® instructor, he studied engineering but his destiny was always to dance. 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 eight. 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 Greater Toronto Area. 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 ZIN 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 ZIN 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 degree in kinesiology, as well as group exercise and personal training certifications with ACE, AFAA, and AEA.

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Rita Cohen

Location: Virginia, US

About Me: Rita, a native of Ghana, holds a bachelor of music degree (University of VA) and master of music degree in classical voice performance (Manhattan School of Music). She is a trained singer who has continually worked on breath support and vocal care throughout her career as a musician, Zumba® Instructor and Zumba® Jammer. Rita, a soprano, has sung in leading roles from New York down to Texas in several professional operatic and musical theatre productions and currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her husband and their two children.

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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 both his home and culture, Rob embraced the program's familiar Latin rhythms and decided to pursue a career with 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 traveled throughout Europe and North America teaching a series of Master Classes and ZIN Jam sessions. He has been featured in many different ZIN 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 by performing ballroom dancing, and he soon diversified with other dance styles. In 2009, he left Brazil for France to gain more experience. He then joined several dance companies, including the famous Parisian Cabaret! With fitness and physical training diplomas in hand, Rodrigo perfectly blends dance and fitness skills. He includes all of his energy, positive personality (and a Brazilian touch) 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 master of science degree in business administration and has been an assistant professor since January 2013. Roland has been a fitness instructor since January 2010, a Zumba® Instructor since January 2012 and a 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 numerous talent shows. At the age of 14 he became part of the G.O.P., a dance company located in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His training in jazz, cultural dance, salsa, funk, hip hop and breakdance led to him starting his own dance company at the age of 18. Since then, Rony has traveled to different parts of the United States and Europe representing his island. After opening his own dance company, Rony moved to Orlando where he discovered the Zumba® Fitness program. Today, he 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 ZIN Convention and provide ZIN Members with new and fresh tools that they can use in their classes!

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Sandra Bayliss

Location: United Kingdom

About Me: Sandra Lizeth Bayliss is an international fitness presenter. Originally from Mexico, Sandra relocated to the UK where she was appointed as a Zumba® Education Specialist, delivering Zumba® Basic 1 and Zumba® Basic 2 trainings within the country. Sandra is a proud mother of two young daughters. Since childhood she has been exposed to different kinds of dance training such as flamenco, modern, Latin and international rhythms. In addition to her dance and fitness training, Sandra also has a background in education and has taught several subjects to a wide range of age groups. After becoming a versatile fitness instructor and nutritional adviser, she became a REPS (Register of Exercise Professionals) and EMD (Exercise to Music and Dance) ambassador. Her main goal is to inspire others to live a fun, happy and healthy lifestyle. She always seeks to empower people to become the best version of themselves. She helped pilot the personalised feedback session in the UK and has also delivered this session at the ZIN Convention for three consecutive years.

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Sandra Harnes

Location: United Kingdom

About Me: Sandra has been in the dance, fitness and performance industries since leaving the prestigious Dance College Performers in greater London, where she was both a professional dancer and choreographer. She has vast experience in the industry, 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. Not long after, she became a Zumba® Jammer and later a Zumba® Education Specialist. Sandra was a presenter and choreographer in the 50th anniversary ZIN DVD release and presented ZIN Jam sessions and a Master Class at the ZIN Convention. Sandra has varied experience in 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’s SDTA Alliance.

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Stephanie Masceri

Location: Pennsylvania, US

About Me: Stephanie Masceri is a national and international education specialist and presenter for Zumba® Fitness. She has choreographed for and been featured in several Zumba® Instructor Network DVDs. She was part of the development team for the Zumba® Kids + 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, 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. 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, one of India's Zumba® Education Specialists, is also the first female athlete and master trainer for Optimum Nutrition. She is a licensed instructor for Zumba®, Zumba® Kids, Aqua Zumba®, Zumba Gold®, Zumba Sentao®, Zumba® Toning and Zumba® Step. She is the only Indian to be featured as a dancer avatar on the Zumba® Rush Game on Xbox for Kinect. Sucheta 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 United States, Europe, Middle East and Southeast Asia. After undergoing her fitness training in 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 of dance and 10 years of 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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Tommy-davis Ezedunor

Location: Germany

About Me: Tommy-Davis Ezedunor was born in Germany with roots in Africa. Tommy started dancing in 2010 at the age of 15. Since then, he became a Zumba® Instructor, worked in several dance schools as a choreographer, and participated in hip hop dancing competitions. At the age of 19, he became the youngest Zumba® Jammer worldwide. He loves to share his passion, happiness and joy for dancing to make people feel good about themselves.

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Tony Witt

Location: Kansas, US

About Me: Tony is an international presenter, owner of Dizzy T Dance and professional dancer of over 25 years. Starting his first dance class in 1986, Tony instantly realized the power of movement and music. Tony worked with Zumba® as its lead education specialist, co-creating many of Zumba’s educational programs. As a featured performer, Tony has presented at dance and fitness conferences around the globe. Tony has a passion for dance, aqua, kids fitness and is known for creating an unforgettable emotional experience in every class.

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Umar Syarief

Location: Switzerland

About Me: In 1997, Umar was selected to join the Indonesian National Karate Team, winning two gold medals in the Southeast Asian Games. Since then, he went on to represent his country in several international karate tournaments, winning many titles. In 2003, he discontinued his university studies to pursue his passion for karate. In 2004, Umar trained in various European countries with well-known kumite masters, winning the European Master Cup twice. From 2005 until today, Umar has served as the captain of the Indonesian Karate National Team. In 2013, he won a gold medal at the Southeast Asia Games in Myanmar. Based in Switzerland, Umar runs his own studio and teaches karate, martial arts and functional trainings. Since October 2017, he’s served as the STRONG by Zumba® Master Trainer for Indonesia.

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Von Stanley Gossi

Location: North Carolina, US

About Me: Von Stanley Gossi was born in the Philippines, raised in the United States and currently resides in Greensboro, North Carolina. Von has a BS in public health education, a master’s degree in business management, and currently works as a senior business analyst for a Fortune 500 health insurance company. Von has been a ZIN Member since 2013 and a Zumba® Jammer since 2015. He’s the recipient of the 2017 Top Rhythm Zumba® Jammer of the Year award.

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Walter Diaz

Location: Florida, US

About Me: Walter (aka 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 Perez, creator of the Zumba® Fitness Program, working as a choreographer for many Colombian artists and bands. He has also worked as a professional dancer, actor and model. Walter was featured in the 2010 and 2011 ZIN Convention Zumbathon® Fitness-Concert Events, in the 2011 ZIN Convention Flavors DVD and in the Exhilarate DVD collection.

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William Villaseñor

Location: Mexico

About Me: William Villaseñor has 11 years of experience as a hip hop choreographer and dancer in Mexico. With the hip hop dance team Sick Toys Crew he won three competitions at the national level, in addition to traveling and performing throughout various cities. In 2010, he became a ZIN Member and began teaching Zumba® classes. In 2011, he worked as a dancer for International Cruises in Mazatlán City, dancing for travelers boarding the ship. He also won third place in Zumba’s "Do the Pause" competition. In 2014, he was one of the winners of the "Dance with Mara" contest in Mexico. William has had the pleasure of working with musical artists like Laura Leon, Emmanuel, Margarita, and Robert Jr. In addition to his work as a Zumba® Jammer, William is also a personal trainer, aerobics instructor and CrossFit trainer. He is certified with AFAA and ANAFIT. He’s toured Mexico, Europe, Canada, Asia, South America and the US for six years, sharing the love and discipline of the Zumba®️ program. In 2017, he led the ZIN 70 live class, was a member of the ZIN Convention Fitness-Concert® team, and participated in the November Livestream for ZIN Now on Zumba.com.

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Yuhaine Lopez

Location: Mexico

About Me: Yuhaine is from Quintana Roo, Mexico. She is 24 years old and began dancing jazz, contemporary and hip hop when she was six. She discovered her passion for fitness in 2010 when she attended her very first Zumba® class. She became a Zumba® Instructor in 2011 and a reggaeton ZJ in 2016. She loves hip hop, dancehall, reggae and reggaeton. She performed at the ZIN Convention Fitness-Concert Event in 2017. Yuhaine loves to inspire others to reach their dreams through dedication and passion.

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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 as a Zumba® Jammer in Canada. Back in Mexico, Yuko practiced many dancing disciplines and took part in numerous local and national dance competitions. 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. Soon after, she was immersed in her local Kizomba dancing community. Yuko believes that through dance and music, we can feed our souls. Come and dance with Yuko!

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