OUR ZUMBA FIESTA TEAM
Zumba Fiesta Owner/Instructor
I first became aware of this fantastic program over 10 years ago as I was researching some ideas for my dance fitness classes on the internet. Just over 8 years ago it FINALLY came to Australia and now, everyone is sharing the Zumba® love!
I have been working in the fitness industry since 1997. Over the years I have taught almost all styles of Group Fitness classes, and I am now exactly where I've always wanted to be. The thing I love about my industry is the reward that comes with changing someone's life in a positive way. With Zumba® I can do this every day and I get to see my participants doing something that is not only good for their body, but their mind too. I've seen Zumba® help people lose weight and get fitter - and improve both their physical and mental health. It gives people an hour in their day to let go, feel good about themselves and shake all their troubles away.
It is a positive, relaxed, non-intimidating environment where no matter how fit or coordinated you are, everyone feels comfortable and accepted. There is no pressure and no ego. I have people - male & female, from ages 5 - 90yrs taking part in Zumba®classes, and everyone is loving it in their own way. I see new friends being made. Friends for life. People begin to feel confident with themselves and their bodies and this transforms their lives outside of the classes. And all this happens while having so much fun they don't even remember they are working out! Be careful. You WILL get addicted.
Zumba has absolutely CHANGED MY LIFE. There is a MAGIC in this program like no other I have ever experienced before - and I am so grateful every day I I get to share this magic with the world.
JASON "JJ" JAMIESON
Zumba Fitness Instructor
About 12 years ago a friend of mine invited me along to a Group Fitness class and I instantly fell in love. The atmosphere, the energy, the community that each class develops, the fun fitness feel - it was all just so electric! I was a participant for about 2 years then I actively pursued becoming an instructor. It is one of the best decisions I have ever made! Now I get to connect with people and inspire them to achieve their own fitness goals. This is really rewarding for me! I've been instructing Zumba and various other Fitness Programs since then and the classes are just as fun and vibrant as ever!
One of the things I love most about Zumba Fiesta is that the only thing you need is just to let go and have fun. My favourite thing in the world is when a new person comes along to my class, introduces themselves and let me know that they're feeling a little nervous. Then not even 5 minutes into the class, they've lost themselves in the fun and excitement of the program.
Zumba Fiesta is not only about the classes, but it's also about the community of friends that develops. We all come together and do the class, then we catch up together after class, over a coffee. Some of the best friends I have have been made through Zumba Fiesta. Being a part of this community has changed my life as I'm sure it has for so many others.
GILSON JOY SANTOS
Zumba Fitness Instructor
Along with being a Zumba Instructor, I am a dance teacher, choreographer, performer and entrepreneur in the dance industry. I came to dancing when I was 29, which is very different from most people in the industry who began in their childhood. I come from a very humble beginning in Brazil, where I grew up with another 30 children. I am now dancing my way around the world - I've been to 27 countries since I began to dance and there are still more to go.
The thing I love most about Zumba is smiling at the students. I believe that the dance can improve the world, and that people who dance are happier. When I see them smiling - I see my mission being fulfilled. If dance can improve the world, then I believe that I am one of the instruments to help this happen. This is why I'm taking the dance around the world. To improve lives - everywhere. When someone is dancing, they are having fun and not thinking about problems. It is so good for the body and for the mind. I am so excited to join the Zumba Fiesta community and share the music of dance with the wonderful members of our classes.