I've loved dancing since I can remember...whenever I hear music, I can't resist the urge to dance! My most memorable moment was in 2001... I had just moved to the US and decided to participate in my school's talent show. Initially, I was going to perform in a group, but the others changed their mind so I decided to perform a different song, alone. I was so little when I signed up, that the administrators thought I was kidding. As a true and proud Colombian, I wanted to represent our passion for dancing. I remember rehearsing with my mom every night for about 2 weeks, I got to a point where I could do the dance in my sleep! I was the last act and when I got up on stage, everybody went crazy. They stood up and began clapping along with the song...I had a blast!
Ever since then, I knew dancing was made for me. Most of what I know, I've learned from my wonderful parents and their patience... thanks mom & dad I LOVE YOU♥ The rest, I've picked up along the way:)
I took tap, jazz, hip-hop & ballet classes for 3 years, they were okay but not quite my thing.
Then, I was introduced to Zumba by my mom. My first class was with Asuka. I was completely lost, but I didn't care because it was the most enjoyable experience ever: the lights, the loud music & people's happiness made me feel at home and I loved it. After about a month of taking Zumba, I asked Asuka if there was an age limit for becoming a Zumba instructor. She was very supportive and got back to me saying that there wasn't. Zumba world, here I come! I immediately got certified and became a Zumba instructor a couple months after my 11th birthday.
Shortly after, 2 great instructors came along: Joe & Carol. They allowed me to help them on stage and I had a lot of fun. In November 2010, I came to Studio X for the first time with Carol for a Zumbathon. I had no idea it existed and was really happy to find out that it was so close to home! I got the chance to meet Martin and Julie, two wonderful instructors, but most importantly, two wonderful human beings! They believed in me and gave me the opportunity to teach at Studio X. Now I'm part of the Studio X family, doing what I love and enjoying every minute of it:)
Recent acknowledgments and recognitions:
The Youngest Zumba Instructor - World Guiness Record Holder