Fitness has always been an important part of my life. From dance training, pilates, weight training, aerobics, running, skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, hiking, yoga, spinning, and cross fit, I like to try new fitness activities and adapt them into my healthy life style. I pursued fitness goals and became a fitness trainer and aerobics instructor before I began teaching high school. I have trained and completed half marathons. What has changed my life the most, since dance, was my introduction to yoga which has helped me through injuries and I am sure prevented others. Without yoga, I know I would not be able to teach dance every day. I have my 200 hour yoga teacher certification.

What sparks my interest lately, is the amount of fitness that is directly available to make dance training easier, safer, and more effective. I am a certified Progressing Ballet Technique instructor, a program that uses large fitness balls to help find and strengthen the muscles and connections used in ballet. It is a revolutionary new program developed by Marie Walton-Mahon. You can find out more information about the program here.

I have also taken the Sugarfoot Therapy teacher training which is another amazing, scientifically proven, injury prevention training for dancers designed by a physical therapist, Nicholas Cuti along with the help of his professional dancer/choreographer wife, Katie Schaar. You can find more about Sugarfoot Therapy here.

I am also a certified Barre fitness instructor. Barre is a low impact, full body workout that focuses on eccentric and isometric contractions with high repetitions to burn out the targeted area.

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