Valerie, Exhilarate Movement Studio Founder- Valerie found her way to health and fitness because of her own personal health challenges. After experiencing so many dead ends and endless pharmaceutical treatments for cancer and an auto-immune thyroid disease, it became her passion to take her health into her own hands and pursue alternative forms of healing. Her journey led her to study holistic nutrition, meditation, ayurveda, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and colon hydrotherapy. Valerie is I-ACT (International Association of Hydrotherapists) certified at the advanced level and a LIBBE certified colon hydrotherapist. She holds an M.A. in French Literature. She is also certified as a Nutritional Consultant and raw food chef! She has completed the Healthy Lifestyle Program at the Living Foods Institute and the Living Foods Lifestyle Total Well-Being Program at Anne Wigmore's Natural Health Institute. In addition to having a vast knowledge of detox and a living a healthy lifestyle, she teaches pilates, Zumba®, Zumba® Toning, Zumba® for Kids and Rumba Caliente. Valerie got certified in pilates at Sheppard Method Pilates in 2009 and also completed an advanced pilates certification in Pilates for Injuries and Pathologies at BASI (Body Arts and Science International®). She began dancing at the age of 4 and continues that passion by teaching Zumba® . She is passionate about health and hopes to help educate and inspire people to become responsible for their own emotional, physical and spiritual health.
Alicia -Alicia loves to dance! She was born in Mexico and musica latina is in her roots. The first time she tried Zumba®, she was hooked and decided to be in the front of the class and transmit all that great energy she has. She began teaching Zumba® in 2013 and loves it just as much now as she did then. Zumba has helped her in so many ways she could have never imagined. "It is fun, sweaty and challenging. It gets you in shape, releases stress and works the mind."
Anna - Anna grew up in Poland where she earned her Master’s in Architecture. She moved to Cape Cod, Massachusetts 10 years ago where she discovered her love for Zumba® during a far too cold winter. “I was amazed that I was able to burn so many calories while having such a blast!” This love turned into a passion for Latin and international music. She immediately got certified and has been teaching Zumba® back east ever since. Moving to LA in 2015, Anna is thrilled to continue her Zumba® passion here in the warmth of LA at Exhilarate Movement Studio. “There is no bigger reward than seeing people’s smiling faces at the end of a great song!”
April Grace - April Grace has been teaching in the Los Angeles area for the
past 8 years as a Yoga and Pilates instructor.
2014 she discovered the healing benefits of dynamic stretching and
strengthening with Maria Esmonde White’s Essentrics Program. This program transformed her body to longer
and leaner muscles, but more amazingly healed chronic neck and shoulder
injuries. She is one of the first
certified Essentric Teachers in the Los Angeles area and is really excited to bring
this incredible technique to this area. She holds a Mat Pilates and Advanced Mat
Pilates Certifications from Fitour USA and Yoga Certification from the Hatha
Yoga Center (RYS).
Elisa - Elisa
has been teaching Zumba® since 2009 in Colorado, Singapore, and
even at sea with Celebrity Cruises. Originally, Elisa is from Uruguay,
South America, but she spent more than half of her life growing up in
the United States. Her passion for her roots led her to pursue studying
the culture, dance, and music of Brazil and Latin America. Elisa has
trained in samba and afro-Brazilian dance with Brazilian teachers as
well as danced with several samba troupes. She has taught workshops in
Singapore and the U.S, including the Colorado Brazil Fest in 2012.
Dancing is one of her great passions and she has trained in jazz,
modern, African, samba, salsa and other rhythms from Latin America.
Megan -Megan is an upbeat and creative dance fitness teacher whose joy for dancing is contagious. She brings her passion for health and wellness to the dance floor. Her class is a blend of dance and fitness that will leave you feeling motivated, excited, and defitnitly sweaty! In Megan's classes, you will dance to music that makes you feel good and get a total body workout. Her goal is to leave you feeling more centered, happy, and energized than when you walked in the door. All levels welcome. She is Zumba® and AFAA certified.
Sandy -From childhood, Sandy has been involved with dance, organized athletics, drill team, fitness classes, martial arts and yoga. Dance has always been her passion, however, and she studied hip-hop, Latin dances, Jazz, Afro-Cuban and other world dances both at UCLA and beyond. Sandy has a Bachelor's degree from UCLA in Sociology, and a Master's degree in Social Welfare. She is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Sandy has certifications in Zumba® , Rumba Caliente and AFAA group fitness. Sandy brings energy, fun, challenge and a big smile to each class. When she's not dancing at the studio, you may see her running around town with her husband, two amazing kids and two dogs!