Amaru started dancing in 2011 back in high school for a while. He was then pushed to try a Zumba class and he LOVED IT!!! Since then, he took Zumba classes, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Modern, and Jazz in College and during that time became a Zumba Instructor. Being an instructor has taken Amaru on an amazing journey towards fitness. He has learned how to keep the body healthy and fit, which of course put him on the path to become a STRONG by Zumba Instructor. Amaru loves teaching people and helping them reach a higher level of fitness while enjoying the music and having fun in the process.
Born and raised in Olinda in the state of Pernambuco in northeastern Brazil, Beto Guimareas is dedicated to sharing the richness of his culture through many forms of Brazilian dance such as Samba, Samba de Roda, Pagode, Coco de Roda, Samba Reggae, Frevo, and Maracatu. Beto has performed internationally, and all over the United States. His passion is infectious.Beto is available for private lessons in Brazilian Samba.
Chris has been dancing since 1980. He has competed and taught extensively on the national country and swing dance circuits. He is a U. S. Open Swing Dance Championships finalistand a Country Western Grand Champion as well as winner of numerous Jack and Jill Championships. Chris judged the first Country Western World Championship in Nashville, Tennessee. He also owned and operated the popular Southern California dance studio, Dance Magic. While living in California, he was nominated for recognition by the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame. Because of his unique style, he has been affectionately called “No Bones Jones,” and was very influential in the acceptance of West Coast Swing by the country dance community.
Daniel Hutchison has been teaching different forms of body movement for over 20 years. “I used to teach Katas which are patterned forms from the martial arts. They’re a dance against imaginary foes that early practitioners would use to memorize and teach others their specific defense moves.”After finding an affinity for teaching and body movement he discovered his true passion. “A friend of mine shared some complimentary dance lessons with me. Shortly thereafter, I saw my first Ohio Star Ball on OPB and was instantly hooked. I knew that I wanted to move across the dance floor with such passion and finesse! Upon finding such an enjoyable activity that gave me so much happiness and pleasure I just had to share it with absolutely everyone!”
He then embarked upon an intensive dance training regime. “My dance partner and I would practice for hours on end, staying up to the wee hours of the morning. We danced 7 days a week. I was very fortunate to have excellent coaches from the Seattle area who would frequently come to Portland. I was also able to benefit from world-class competitors who would come to Portland to perform shows and give coaching lessons as well. I am so grateful that I was allowed such opportunities right here in Portland!”
Daniel found dance fitness late in life after three decades of sedentary living; the fun and pleasure-filled Zumba workout fueled a new passion which propelled the development of healthier lifestyle habits. This new journey led Daniel to losing a hundred pounds and then becoming a group fitness instructor to spread the transformative energy of dance to people at all points of their own fitness paths. While it is amazing to help inspire people looking to change their own lives, the most rewarding and joyful experiences have come since Daniel began teaching the Zumba Kids program with a focus on nourishing a lifelong love of dancing to music from all over the world… and making it fun!
Born and raised in the desert sun, Eve danced her way to the rainy Pacific Northwest in 2012 to chase a dream and lifestyle that revolved around her passion and dedication to the performing arts.
Eve has been dancing and performing for 20 years. Starting at Footlite School of Dance in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, Eve studied and performed in the styles of Ballet, Broadway Tap, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Pointe, Riverdance and Street Tap. Eve then went on to study dance theory, composition and choreography as well as music with a focus on vocal performance at Linfield College, in the heart of Oregon’s wine country. She was a member of the Linfield College Concert Choir, touring across Oregon, California and Hawaii. It was in college when her passion for dance blossomed and reached beyond just performing. Her unique and expressive choreography and storytelling was featured in over 8 dance shows at Linfield.
Along with performing and choreography, Eve has a passion for teaching the arts. She has been teaching dance for 5 years in the styles of creative movement, tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop and contemporary. Eve has a special place in her heart for teaching tiny dancers. She welcomes dancers starting at the age of 2 years old to her Tiny Toes classes at Dance With Joy Studios. Click here to sign your tiny dancer up with Miss Eve!
Heidi’s love and flair for the arts started at an early age and is in her blood from generations past; her maternal grandmother a singer and dancer and her maternal grandfather a noted band leader and musician. She trained early in tap dance and later moved onto ballet which became her biggest and deepest passion. Heidi studied ballet in the Southern California area for 9 years (modern and jazz for 7) before moving to Portland. Heidi has worked in banking since 1994 and has always craved to explore the creative side of her mind.
She practiced Bikram Yoga for 7 years and was a very dedicated yogi who loved the class atmosphere and community and even completed 100 classes in 100 days in early 2010!
Jack is a versatile dancer who actively competes in west coast swing. He started ballroom dancing in 1998, then dabbled in lindy hop, salsa, blues and whatever partner dance he could find, so that he could share the joy of dance with as many people as possible. He enjoys being silly and loves finding goofy ways to express musicality.
2012/01 Swingcouver, 1st place Intermediate Jack and Jill, Vancouver BC
2010/02 Capital Swing, 1st place Novice Jack and Jill, Sacramento CA
2009/04 USA Dance Nationals, competed in both bronze and silver level for International Standard and Latin, Baltimore MD
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JoAnn Kohl, lawyer by day and dance instructor by night, teaches a Zumba®, Zumbatomic®, Jazz, Theatrical Dance, and Flash Mob Choreography for Dance with Joy Studios. JoAnn loves teaching people of all ages, and particularly enjoys teaching children and teens.
JoAnn started dancing and teaching professionally in the late nineties. She taught children’s theatrical and jazz dance to local community groups starting in 1997, and her ballroom and social dance teaching career began in 1998 at an Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Merrilville, Indiana.
JoAnn’s dance titles include first place champion of the 2001 Indiana Challenge in Youth Pro-Am Open International Latin and 1998 Teen Miss American Star Dancer of the Year.
JoAnn teaches weekly Zumba®, Zumbatomic® Kids Dance Parties, and other group classes for adults and youth. She is also available for private lessons in jazz, theatrical and flash mob choreography.
Jon’s been dancing to his own beat his whole life, though as a kid he called it “Flailing with Confidence” rather than dancing. The “Flailing” was largely comprised of cliché movie dance moves combined with a heavy influence from Michael Jackson choreography. For a high school talent show, he taught himself the choreography to Thriller and then taught it to his friends. The performance was a hit, and the crowd went wild.
In 2010, Jon discovered West Coast Swing, and a new life passion in partner dancing. From there, he began his professional dance training by exploring every style he could get his hands on: Ballroom, Salsa, Blues, Argentine Tango…. but Swing remains his first and greatest love. He found early on that he enjoys following even more than leading, which has spurred him to excel in both roles, having claimed multiple 1st place wins on the national circuit as both a lead and a follow. Exercising both roles has given him a broad understanding of the intricacies of partner dancing, as well as crafted him into an extremely versatile social dancer and a wonderful teacher and trainer for both leaders and followers. Dancing is his light in life, and he’s eager to share that light with the world.
Jon teaches group classes on Mondays and Sundays, as well as private lessons.
Joshua Faulkner, a native of Portland, began instructing with Fred Aistaire studios and later moved to southern California to study and teach dance. There he specialized in Salsa and studied with many greats of the genre, eventually becoming known for his unique style and fusion of Salsa with other forms of dance. Joshua has taught for well over a decade and brings his experience from one of the Salsa capitals of the world to Portland. You’ll also appreciate his dashing good looks and wicked charm, so be careful ladies! Joshua instructs our weekly Salsa class and also teaches private lessons.
Joy has a passion for teaching group classes in all styles of partnership dance and is known for her high energy and enthusiasm. Joy is an accomplished dancer and performer, and travels nationally and internationally each year to broaden her horizons. She continues to study dance, improve her teaching methods, perform, choreograph and teach on a daily basis. At the early age of 6 she studied ballet, tap and jazz, and still attends classes and workshops today to refine and expand her skills. She majored in theater and minored in dance and received her degree from Northwestern University in Illinois.
Joy relocated to Portland last year is excited to be part of the incredible teaching team at Dance with Joy Studios.
Kaycie Lopez Jones
Kenya’s love of dance started when she was 8 years old and saw her first ballroom competition on TV. It was love at first sight. As a kid Kenya really struggled with communication and when she found dancing, she felt like she had finally found her voice. When was 10 years old, her aunt bought Kenya her very first dance lesson. SALSA! From then on Kenya tried a little bit of everything but ballroom was what her heart desired. The dances, the costumes, the make-up, the beauty, the elegance. She remembers stepping into her first ballroom at the age of 20 and thinking “I made it.” Over the years she was given many opportunities to explore Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Swing, Rumba, Samba, Bolero, Salsa, Bachata, and Merengue. When she turned 25, Kenya discovered the beautiful and exotic world of burlesque. Burlesque gave her an even bigger opportunity to learn and grow in her dancing, and also learn a new way to express herself. She learned how to push herself to the max, and really bring the stage presentation and energy she had always wanted to. All in all, Kenya’s life experiences have taught her to be a better person. Dancing has completely changed her outlook in life. Kenya states, “If I can teach a class, and at least one person leaves feeling even half of what I feel for dancing, then I know I’m doing my job.”
Christina and Victoria White
Portland-raised sisters Christina and Victoria White own the Oregon Irish Dance Academy and offer non-competitive Irish dancing classes for all ages in multiple locations throughout Oregon. Irish dancing is their passion, and they love sharing that with their students! Class is designed to instill an appreciation for structure while creating a positive, pleasant, and fun-filled environment that students will look back on and remember with joy. They love Irish dancing and want you to love it, too!
Victoria first Irish danced when she was 7 years old. She excelled competitively, reaching the highest level of competition in a mere year and a half. She is the current Western US Regional Champion, meaning she is the highest ranked dancer in the 13 western-most US states. This makes her a two-time Regional Champion, having won in 2015 and successfully defended her title in the oldest (and some would say hardest) age category in 2016. She has qualified for the World Championships six times, been ranked as high as 20th in North America, and placed as high as 24th in the world. She has traveled all the way to England and Ireland, and she has performed with many world-renowned Irishmusicians. She has been teaching for six years and loves passing on her love for Irish dance!
Kerry has been dancing since the age of 3 and teaching dance for over 10 years. Throughout this time, she has taught hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary dance to students of all levels, ages 3 to adult. Kerry has taught in dance studios, coached dance teams, worked in public and charter schools, and even taught dance abroad in the South Pacific and South America.
Kerry strongly believes in the power of dance in helping to create lifestyles of well-being – that being involved in dance increases one’s physical health, emotional health, sense of community, and personal empowerment – and she is passionate about bringing joy, community, and health to others through dance.
Kerry teaches dance classes for kids, teens, and adults in the styles of hip-hop, jazz, and lyrical dance and is also available for private lessons and flashmobs for weddings and special events.
Laura Carim Todd, PhD, RYT
Yoga has been an essential part of Laura’s life since she first stepped into a small locally owned yoga studio in Frederick, MD. Her love for the practice and eagerness to learn more led her to embark in Yoga for the People Teacher Training whilst pregnant with her daughter Lluna. Obtaining her 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification coincided with moving her family across country to Portland in 2010. She has been teaching yoga consistently ever since.
Yoga practice is the perfect counter balance to Laura’s career in academia as a research scientist interested in the application of mind-body practices in clinical settings. Her teaching is enhanced by her love of learning. She is certified as a Cancer Exercise Specialist by the Cancer Exercise Training Institute, has been trained through the Yoga of Awareness for Chronic Pain program, and completed trainings in Neuroscience, Mindfulness, and Modern Yoga for Transforming Trauma.
Her classes are inspired by her students and everyday life. She emphasizes synchronizing breath, movement, awareness to the physical body and attention to the chatter of the mind. In a down-to-earth manner, she will guide you through a practice that includes challenge, release, play, awareness, surrender, and many opportunities to learn more about yourself.
She is extremely grateful to all the teachers she encounters everyday on and off the mat.
In 2014 Lena was invited to perform with the 6-month world-touring show “Brazouka”. She has performed and taught at various congresses including LA Zouk Congress 2013-2016, Fall for Zouk NYC 2015, ZNL Mexico 2015, Brazouka Beach Festival 2016, 8th LambaZouk Beach Festival 2016. She also practices physical therapy independently.
My name is Moon Wiblemo and I have been actively involved in Zumba for almost three years now and I love it!! However, Moon is only a nickname, my real name in Natasha, so if you go looking for me on the Zumba website to check out my schedule, you will have to use my big kid name. I can always tell when I have crossed paths with people by the name they call me.
My dance story starts later in life, which is the backbone of my inspiration to become a Zumba instructor. At the young age of 30, I took my son to see the So You Think You Can Dance tour. We always enjoyed watching the show together and being inspired by the dancers and the choreographers. It was after one of his favorite hip hop routines, when my son turns to me and says “I want to learn hip hop”. There is where is all began. My son and I began taking hip hop lessons together, him the only boy in the class, and me the only adult in a beginning kids hip hop class. We continued taking classes together for almost 2 years. The memories and experiences I will cherish forever!! We had the pleasure of meeting and dancing with Tabitha and Napolean Domo, amazing choreographers from SYTYCD, as well as others at the Monsters Of Dance convention. He also amazed his friends and family when he performed at the 5th grade variety show and danced an awesome hip hop routine.
After hip hop, I dabbled in the fun world of Latin, Salsa in particular. For the next two years I would take classes in this beautiful dance. I became involved in a ladies salsa styling group, Mambo Melange, and had the pleasure to travel around Oregon. Performing In Pendelton and Eugene OR. As well as Zoo Lights at the Oregon Zoo and the Rose City Salsa Festival in Portland.
Finding an environment where I could dance, work out, sweat hard, and have fun was amazing. It made become a Zumba instructor the logical next step. My love for Zumba inspired me to become an instructor to share the joy with others. I have been licensed for over a year and it has been an amazing journey. There is nothing like having fun, shaking your booty, and getting lost in the music while getting in shape at the same time. It is a win-win situation.
I look forward to meeting all of you and hope you will come and have fun with us. You do not need a dance background for Zumba, just the willingness t have fun, smile, and try something new.
Nathalia Carbajal was born in São Paulo, Brazil and grew up following the footsteps of her family’s passion for dance. Since her early childhood she has shown interest in dance, attending Ballet and Jazz lessons from the age of 4. As a teenager she had partner dance training, when she learned different styles of Brazilian ballroom dance, such as Samba de Gafieira, Forró and Sertanejo. In the meantime she also trained Street Dance and Axé, a folkloric dance from Brazil. In 2006 she began to study Law, but always kept her dance training as part of her life. During college she attended a performance arts group for 2 years, having performed at festivals and events. In 2008 she discovered Zouk, and it was love at first sight. Since then she has been practicing Zouk and its different styles. In 2013, she moved to Los Angeles and couldn’t stop dancing. That’s where she met Ivo Vieira and Shani Mayer, when she kept training Zouk and was introduced to Kizomba. Living in Portland since 2014, she decided to dedicate her life to dance, getting certified in Zumba, having elaborated her class with a spicy Brazilian flavor. Her biggest goal is to grow the Zouk community in the city and spread her love for this beautiful dance style.
A professional dancer, singer, and choreographer, Rachel has been teaching dance as a certified dance professional since 1989. A two-times Bronze medalist, 1992 USA Nationals and 2005 Worlds Championships, Rachel has been fortunate to travel professionally for her work to destinations across the US, and around the world, including Argentina, Canada, Cuba, France, Spain, Holland, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Finland, Sweden, and the Eastern & Western Caribbean. Known for her joy shared with her students while teaching, Rachel’s dance knowledge includes a broad repertoire of styles, from the competitive level to the social dance level. Teaching all the American and International Style Ballroom dances, (Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Rumba, ChaCha, Quickstep, Viennese Waltz, Jive, Samba, Paso Doble, Bolero and Mambo) as well as social and street partner dance styles (Argentine Tango, West Coast Swing, Hustle, Country 2-step, Night Club 2-step, Salsa, Cuban Casino Rueda, Bachata, Cumbia, Merengue, Lindy Hop Swing, Charleston, Balboa, Rotary Waltz & Cross-step Waltz), Folk dance Styles (Scandinavian, Mexican, Russian, Argentinian, Cuban) and several popular Line dances, Rachel is never bored. She offers weekly classes at several locations in Portland & Vancouver and is the owner of her own dance studio, Dance with Joy Studios LLC, an Art & Activity Wellness Center, www.dancewithjoystudios.com, In addition to her two studio locations, Rachel also teaches at Portland State University, Portland Community College, Lewis & Clark College, the Laurelhust Club, Paradise Dance Studio, the Sesame Club, and several K-12 schools. She is a yogini, with a strong dance performance background including training in classical ballet, tap, jazz, modern, gymnastics, musical theater, Polynesian, Irish, and Flamenco. Rachel’s Musical Theatre Performance credits include the leading and supporting roles of “Nellie” in South Pacific, “Dorothy” in The Wizard of Oz, “The Ghost of Christmas Past” in Scrooge, “Stupefying Jones” in Lil’ Abner and “Old Devil Moon” in On With the Show, as well as a principal dancer and chorus singer in Evita (Argentine Tango), Oklahoma, South Pacific, Annie Get Your Gun, and Cabaret. Rachel’s choreography credits include numerous student and professional showcase routines, local performance groups, local Dance with the Stars celebrity fundraiser routines, Newberg High School’s Show Choir, Newberg High School’s musical production of Guys and Dolls, a community theater production of Haddasah, Forest Grove High School’s production of Brigadoon,Vancouver School of Arts production of Guys and Dolls, and an episode of the television series Leverage for celebrity actors, Jerri Ryan & Roberto Sanchez.Rachel considers it an honor and privilege to teach and welcomes students, from beginning to advanced, to share the joy of dance!
Rachel has been bellydancing since age 15. She attended a youth program called “SEEDs” (Self-esteem, Education, and Empowerment through Dance) in Santa Fe, NM, and later co-founded a branch in Portland in 2007, now called The Marissa Mission. She is currently the Treasurer of the Portland Bellydance Guild, holds a BA in Child & Family Studies, and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management. She specializes in Improvisational Tribal Style, a form of bellydance that originated in California, and utilizes a set vocabulary, cues, formations, and transitions to create group performances improvisationally.
Rob walked into a Casino Salsa class on a whim in 2005 and has never looked back. Working diligently to learn, perform, and teach the dance style he has come to love, Rob’s focus has been to master the art of leading and general technique to make partner dancing enjoyable for follows as well as leads. Recently relocated to Portland, Rob put in countless hours dancing in the thriving Bay Area Cuban Dance Scene and is eager to share his knowledge with the Pacific Northwest. He is thrilled to join a community of dancers he highly respects and has a long-standing friendship with. Finally venturing out on his own, he not only looks forward to spreading the love of Timba (Cuban Salsa music) and Casino dance worldwide, but also bringing a new perspective on Casino to Portland.
Country two-step, Hustle, NC2step & More!
A 1st Degree Black Belt Nia instructor who has been passionately practicing Nia for 20 years. He is also a professional performer and musician who has been featured on over 46 CD’s, and has opened for several international acts, including Cheryl Crow, Crash Test Dummies, The Paul Winter Consort, and Barenaked Ladies. His embodiment and transmission of music and rhythm stir profound transformation in his students. Saffireco-founded two experimental dance companies in 1986 and 1989, and has performed with Danelle Hellander Dance Company and Mergence Dance Theater. For seven years he was co-director of the Ecstatic Choir, five at Naropa University where he was also a musical accompanist for dance and movement classes, and taught drumming classes for the continuing education program. He has taught Nia,Drumming and Dance into Being workshops throughout the US, Europe, Mexico Bali and Singapore for the past 13 years. His greatest joy is helping to Embody the world, one Community at a time!
Sue Ceswick has been a tap dance instructor in the Portland, Oregon area for over 35 years. She has taught tap dance to children and adults at studios in Hillsboro, Tualatin, St. Helens as well as Multnomah Arts Center, Portland Parks and Recreation, Portland State University and Portland Community College. She also has a home studio called Tap Girl and has now joined Dance with Joy Studios.
She has attended festivals and workshops in NYC, Chicago, L.A., Detroit and Vancouver B.C. She has been fortunate enough to study with some of the great tap masters such as Honi Coles, Eddie Brown, Steve Condos, Dianne Walker, Brenda Bufalino, Linda Sohl-Ellison and Heather Cornell.
She has also taught all-level classes at area nightclubs in a program she calls “Tappy Hour.”
Sue’s classes are high energy, inclusive and most of all FUN! She also has a suitcase filled with loaner tap shoes that students may use.
Wintry Whitt Smith
Wintry Whitt Smith is a certified children and family yoga instructor. She teaches peace education, including conflict resolution and mindfulness to children and families through Peace Village, Inc. Wintry taught preschool for 6 years and loves working with children of all ages.