Anna (“Anya”) Avilov is originally from Russia and has lived in Virginia for more than 20 years with her family. Anya has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and currently works as an Independent Consultant in the Information Technology and Project Management fields.
Anya’s love of dance began at age 6, and Zumba is the best dancing outlet she has found in years! She pursued her teaching certifications in 2010 after taking her very first Zumba class and is currently certified to teach Zumba, Zumba Kids, Zumba Gold and Zumba Toning. Teaching Zumba motivates Anya to constantly practice and stay in shape while encouraging others to do the same! She has a passion for working with children. While her two daughters were little, she taught at their Montessori school and once they started public schools in Reston, she continued to volunteer there. Teaching kids and adults Zumba is a fun and rewarding experience for Anya where she can share her love of dance with others!
I was born and raised in beautiful Shimla located up in the Himalayas. I moved to US in year 2004 after my wedding. I have two wonderful boys, 8 and 9 years old. I have been practicing Bollywood dancing since high school. I have actively participated in cultural programs through my school and college years. I have Masters Degree in Business from India and Masters Degree from Shippensburg University of PA. I am Certified Zumba and Zumba Kids Instructor. I work as Bollywood Zumba, Zumba and Kids Zumba Instructor at multiple locations in Fairfax, VA. I love teaching kids especially because of immense benefits of Zumba for kids. These include teaching children to lead active lives, combating childhood obesity, teaching body coordination, helping youngsters to develop healthy friendships with other kids, and encouraging kids to explore the world of dance and fitness!
Catherine Xiang has danced for over 12 years. She has experience in the styles of hip hop, modern, contemporary, pom, jazz, kick, and more. From being on a competition team, participating in a varsity dance team, and being featured on TV, Catherine is versatile in the dance industry. Some of her awards include ranking first place at NexStar National Dance Competition and even qualifying for the World Dance Championships. She has had the opportunity to perform around the country. Also, Catherine is CPR certified. When she not teaching Zumba and Hip Hop classes, Catherine loves to volunteer for local nonprofits and engage in social activism in her community. She values dance and zumba as exercise and a form of self-expression, and is ecstatic to teach all of her students.
Dawn grew up in a military family and has traveled all over the world. She played a few sports as a kid but was not a ‘natural athlete’ and preferred reading to physical activity. She graduated with a BA in International Relations from Michigan State University and moved to Washington, DC. In 2001, she decided to challenge herself to run the Baltimore Marathon and found that she actually did like exercising! She ran Marine Corps Marathon in 2002 and the Army 10-miler in 2005. In 2009 she attended her first Zumba class and fell in love! She became a Zumba instructor, focusing on Zumba Kids, to share her love of exercise with children, especially her own!
Erica Simuel is from Bowie Maryland. She has played in many sports and dance at a young age. Erica had played AAU basketball, made varsity high school team as a freshman, and was captain of her college team. She not only played basketball, but also soccer, softball and ran track. In addition to sports Erica also loves the performing arts. She danced with C&C Dance studio during her childhood age and continued to learn and dance when she attended Bowie High School. When she was a Junior in high school Erica was very creative and founded Bowie dance ensemble. After high school she also studied dance, theater, and business administration. Her background for dance is jazz, modern, ballet, tap, lyrical, and hip-hop. Erica was also kids dance instructor for eight years at Artistic Dance Academy in Maryland. She currently teaches Pop Star Dance Party, Run Club classes, and Hip Hop Kids classes for Kids in Motion. She has two small children of her own and loves to be around kids and to make learning fun. Although dancing is her passion she recently decided to get involved in fitness. Erica is a certified Zumba and Piyo instructor and always loves learning new things and helping others.
Hannah has been dancing her entire life, recollecting that much of her childhood spinning and dancing around the house in her ballet tutus. At the age of 13, Hannah was introduced to the dance style of hip-hop, and from that grew her desire to explore other forms of dance, including lyrical, modern, and Zumba. It was also in this moment that Hannah realized her passion and desire to want to use dance to help others express thoughts, feelings, and emotions that they would not otherwise be able to communicate, which led to her pursuit of her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and her Zumba certification. Once Hannah obtained her BSW in May of 2013, she went on to work at an outpatient mental health center in Frederick until April of 2016, and then moved to Centreville VA in May of 2016 and began working at a private holistic wellness center based out of Stone Ridge, VA. After working there for about six months, Hannah decided to return to school to pursue her Master’s Degree in Social Work in order to be able to help people from all walks of life on a larger scale through educating people on the importance of diversity and inclusion. Hannah obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work in May of 2018 and worked as a canvasser for a civil rights organization based out of Washington, DC. After a short period of time, she began working as a dance instructor with Kids In Motion and as a Pet Care Professional with Becky’s Pet Care, Inc. Hannah was drawn to the role of Kids Dance Instructor based on her strong desire to find a way to bring the joys of dancing back into her own life, as well as into the lives of others.
Picture Coming – Heather is a retired Air Force officer who recently moved to Virginia after her husband was reassigned here in July. Upon Heather’s retirement, she was excited to pursue her passion in fitness. Soon after, she became a certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Additionally, Heather has received certifications specializing in Women’s Fitness and Nutrition, and was a Jillian Michaels Bodyshred instructor. Fitness has become a way of life for Heather. Additionally, she loves to move and have a strong and healthy body while sharing this passion with others. Currently, Heather teaches Body Sculpt classes and is a personal trainer at Audrey Moore Recreation Center. Heather enrolled her son in a Kids Zumba class last fall and remembers him really enjoying the music, fun, and play involved with the class. Heather is excited to dance with the kids as they explore and learn how fitness can be healthy and fun!
Originally from Alexandria, Virginia, Irena’s love of dance started at the age of three while taking ballet lessons after school at the Montessori School of Alexandria. From there, she grew up as a competitive dancer, traveling throughout the east coast for dance conventions and competitions in jazz, lyrical, and ballet. During her teenage years, she began taking gymnastics lessons, and combined her new skills with her dance background. This allowed her to enter the world of competitive cheerleading. In her adult years, Irena has always incorporated dance into her fitness regime by taking classes which incorporate ballet and dance techniques. In addition to working her full-time marketing role, it wasn’t until she started teaching dance and gymnastics to children in grades PreK-5 that she discovered her love for instructing. She loves being able to introduce them to a world where they can stay active while also having fun. With her once a cheerleader, always a cheerleader mindset, Irena hopes to create a fun environment where she keeps her students encouraged, and wants them to always remember to dance to the beat of their own drum like no one is watching!
Jen is a California girl who thinks teaching dance is her dream job. She has been dancing since the age of 6 in ballet, hip-hop, jazz, and musical theater. In college she was the choreographer for her travelling show choir and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Human Development. After becoming a mother to three children she stumbled into a Zumba class and was hooked. She is a certified Zumba and Zumba Kids Instructor. She has taught over 200 Zumba Kids classes and hopes to stay dancing for life! When she’s not dancing Jen does a lot of administrative work for NOVA Kids in Motion. So chances are, if you email us, she might be the one replying!
Kayla is a passionate person who has been practicing yoga for the past 4 years and enjoys sharing her love of yoga with kids. She has her bachelors and masters degrees from West Virginia University in the college of Media. This university is where she actually developed her love for Yoga. She started taking dance lessons when she was 10 years old, and she went on to pursue her love for dance by receiving a minor in dance. With being naturally flexible, she decided to not give up on her talents. She received her 200 hour RYT training in Vinyasa yoga at Thrive Yoga in Rockville, MD, and has high hopes to strengthen her Yoga practice by someday teaching at a resort overseas. She currently works full-time as a Communications Officer for the government. When she’s not doing yoga she dedicates her spare time to increasing her flexibility, reading love novels, binge watching a great TV series, spending time with her Golden Retriever, taking videos/photos, traveling/hiking, and hanging out with her friends and family. Kayla teaches kids yoga and dance fitness with a dynamic, energetic, compassionate, humorous, and fun approach.
Kyle is a high school Health and P.E teacher working with the Arlington County Public School System. She has been teaching for 11 years and also enjoys coaching and playing volleyball. Kyle is also a ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor and has been teaching aerobics classes since 2008. Her favorite style of class is Latin Hip Hop. When Kyle is not teaching, you can usually find her playing beach volleyball with her friends and family.
Laura started teaching Zumba in college, developing original choreography across many genres – from Latin to Hip-Hop and K-Pop. After a few years, she expanded to teaching weekly Zumba classes to children ages 3-13 through childhood obesity clinic community outreach program. Her three years of work experience as a summer camp counselor have also given her an extensive repertoire of group games to play with kids. She is excited to continue to teach here in the DC area with NOVA Kids in Motion.
Originally from Norway, Line Corvari has lived in the US since age 5. She has lived in McLean, VA for 20 years and is married with three children, whom she has coached in multiple sports over the years. Although Line started her career in advertising and has a BA from James Madison University, she is now in her 5th year of teaching preschool. Since her favorite part of the preschool day is when she does music & movement with her students, Line decided to combine her love of Zumba and teaching children by becoming certified in Zumba Kids. Staying active is a priority for Line and her family and she tries to share that spirit and enthusiasm with her Zumba kids.
Lynda Truong is from Centreville, Virginia and started dancing at a young age of 5. After attending a dance workshop, she fell in love with hip-hop and developed a passion for dance. Throughout middle school and high school, she participated in a dance group that performed at several social events and held dance workshops for their community. She is currently attending George Mason University to major in Business with a minor in Dance. Lynda likes to volunteer her time to teach dance to different organizations on her campus and is a Dance Director for VSA, Vietnamese Student Association. She has choreographed several pieces and has experience in teaching a wide age range of students. She enjoys teaching kids and helping them learn basic dance foundations while also motivating them to have fun and exercise.
Monica Johnson is originally from Cali, Colombia where you learn to dance before you learn to walk. She has lived all over the United States and in several countries thanks to her husbands job as a Navy Pilot. She has been able to experience the ability of Zumba to cross fitness boundaries and the joy it can bring to any area of the world because of her travels. She has been a follower of Zumba since it was introduced and has certifications in Zumba Toning, Zumba Gold and Zumba Kids. She is active in the community and enjoys teaching kids, adults, and the elderly in the ways of enhancing their fitness and changing their lifestyle with the fun positive energy from Zumba. Come and join the party, Zumba for life!
Nastasha Cartledge has been dancing since the age of 4. She is trained in many genres including hip hop, ballet, modern, jazz, and lyrical. She fell in love with Zumba Fitness in early 2011 when she attended a class at Joe’s Movement in the DMV area. After several months of being a Zumba student she obtained her Zumba certification in October of 2011. Since then, Nastasha has lead over 30 sessions and hosted 2 Zumbathons to raise money for Cancer research, and Alzheimer’s research. Her students range in ages between 5 – 80. Nastasha is also an AEA certified Aqua Aerobics Instructor specializing in both shallow and deep water. Nastasha promises that you will leave her classes with a smile on your face and over 500 calories burned. Her warm and inviting attitude is infectious and she is excited to workout with you.
Natalie is thrilled to share her love of dance through Kids in Motion! She’s been acting, singing and dancing since she was a child growing up in Los Angeles, California. She moved to Virginia and was an FCPS student herself, so giving back to the community that shaped her is a delight. After graduating with a BFA in Theatre Performance and VCU, she is exploring how to connect her many passions. She is a yoga teacher, performer, and wellness promoter. She is dedicated to sharing the benefits of movement and play with people of all ages. Group exercise is her favorite way to sweat because we are motivated by our community and get to share in the joy of dance together!
Nicole Moore is originally from Richmond, VA and has studied ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance with the Richmond Ballet since she was a child. She has a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from George Mason University and has been teaching in several studios, schools and community organizations for over 10 years. She has instructed kids starting at age three all the way up to teenagers, and has even spent time teaching Adults. She also performed and choreographed several professional productions for Six Flags America, Washington Talent Agency, and a few hip-hop artists local to the DC area. Her goal is to encourage kids to develop an appreciation for exercise through dance, as well as improve upon their balance and coordination skills.
Shamesha has devoted her life to teaching and athletics. She attended the College of Elizabeth City State University, graduating with her Bachelor’s in Physical Education and Health with a concentration in sports management. She then attended Colorado Technical University where she graduated with her Master’s in Management and Business Administration. She started her career teaching P.E classes, then taught special education for four years. She currently works as a teacher in the ACPS school district. Regarding her involvement in sports and coaching, she coached for ten years, AU basketball and volleyball. She played women’s semi pro football in Raleigh, North Carolina. She has coached many groups of kids in multiple graders during her P.E classes. In addition, her love of dance guided her to be trained in our dance fitness classes for kids. She currently teaches after school programs with Kids in Motion, including dance, run clubs, and all sports!
Stephanie Guffey is a military kid (HOOAH!) who has enjoyed dancing, teaching, competing, and performing all over the U.S. and a bit in Germany. She recently retired from being a full-time medical massage therapist, but continues to utilize her bodywork, posture, and knowledge of the body to help people dance healthier and longer. She originated the CMDance Collegiate Program which brought leadership and culture dance workshops into colleges. She has performed and competed in partnered social dances (Lindy hop, blues, drag blues, balboa, shag, chorus girl categories, solo Charleston, and solo jazz) for over 7 years. Stephanie was an originating member of the Professional dance team “The Ladies & Gentlemen” of Swingin’ Denver, as well as continues to bring self care classes to dancers of all ages. She loves working with kids and hopes to eventually utilize her sociology degree and background to work in foster care. She is a firm believer that dance is the best thing you can do for your physical, mental, and social health, and hopes to engage youth to find their own passion in it.
Susan Haldeman is original from Lima, Peru. She was a professional and competitive Latin dancer and she was able use this work as an avenue to put herself through college, and earned her degree in Psychology. She moved to America and wanted to follow her fitness dreams. She went to Nasm for personal training to compete in bodybuilding. She has competed every year since 2015 for the NPC for women’s physique category. She is a certified Crossfit Elite instructor, certified Zumba instructor, and now is so excited to work with kids!
Theresa Molina Slaiman – Picture Coming
Theresa recently moved here from Arizona to Washington DC. She has been doing dance and theater all her life. She started working in 2000 at a rec center with children doing movement and theater, She also taught adults Latin dance, Zumba, and cardo fitness. She moved from Ohio to Arizona and started teaching kids dance classes for ten years. She really loves kids and dancing! She became assistant director for Art and Sole musical theater in Arizona where she helped choreograph and give kids the energy to shine on stage and her love has not stopped to this day for fitness and teaching kids.
TK Luong is a senior pursuing a B.S. in psychology with a concentration in clinical psychology at George Mason University. She has been a hip-hop dancer and modern dancer ever since high school. She was a Summer Camp Counselor for kids from ages 3-12 years old and has now joined Kids In Motion as a Hip-Hop/Zumba Instructor. Currently, TK is a research assistant at Dr. Todd Kashdan’s Well-Being Lab and Dr. Seth Kaplan’s Industrial/Organizational Psychology Lab at GMU. On the weekends, she works as an Activities Assistant at Powhatan Nursing Home and takes care of the elderly with dementia. During her spare time, TK likes to read, watch horror movies, write poetry, and play the piano. Her future passion is to focus on the relationship between dance therapy and psychological well-being.
Toneshia is a Native Washingtonian, but now residing in Manassas, Va. She grew up dancing since the age of 7. As a cheerleader in high school and college, Toneshia also assisted in teaching hip hop, jazz and cheer dance. She studied elementary education at Towson University and is a licensed Zumba Instructor as well as a certified AAFA group fitness Instructor. Toneshia has had a passion for dance since a young girl and also shares this passion with her own 2 young children. Toneshia also coaches and is the commissioner for the Fairfax county SYA basketball leagues. She enjoys teaching Zumba and loves all forms of dance. Toneshia believes everyone should Laugh, Love and DANCE!!!!