|Hi there! My name is Vanessa and I love to dance! I first started taking dance classes late in my teens but my love for dance has been forever! After I graduated high school in 2000, I decided to take modeling classes hoping that it would help set my foot in the door towards a dance career but I was wrong. Taking these classes may not have helped with my dance career, but it helped boost my confidence. Still not giving up on my dance dreams, I signed up to take dance classes in 2004 at my local community center in Hayward, CA. From there, I went on to compete at a local and international level with my dance crew and won numerous awards and titles. I had the best experience dancing with my dance crew (aka my dance family) and will always cherish the memories we had together. Even though I was actively dancing, I've always had weight issues, but with dance I never let it stop me from doing what I love. It was in 2006 that I was at my heaviest, weighing in at 215 lbs. I used dance as a way to escape from any issues and forget about how overweight I was.
In 2009, I was laid off from my job and made a decision to get more active. I joined a gym which is where I first took a Zumba class. I was recommended to try Zumba by a few people and when I did... I fell in love! It combined my love for music and dance all in one! Zumba does not feel like a workout but more like a dance party. I was encouraged to become a Zumba instructor by my Zumba teacher and I became certified to teach in February 2011. Never in a million years did I think I was going to be part of the fitness world and now that I am, I find it so rewarding on so many levels. Zumba has allowed me to use my talent and drive to inspire others and to help them achieve their fitness goals. Come Zumba with me, and I guarantee you will have a blast! I look forward to meeting you!