Zumba Instructors

Jennifer Wallace

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!

Temilda Gaffney

Originally from Panama, Temilda has come to love the dance culture she has found here. She has a degree in Physical Education and loves bringing fitness, health, and wellness to the community around her. She regularly teaches Zumba and Water Aerobics. On the side, she also is a swim instructor for children. Temilda continues her passion for dance as a professional Folclore Group dancer. She can’t wait to bring her passion for teaching, music, and dance to the kids in this community!

Richelle Dickerson

Richelle graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and a minor Dance. She also attended high school at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C.’ s Georgetown, as a dance major. While in school, Richelle ran track, participated in pom pom, cheerleading as well as various other dance and drama companies. Richelle is certified with the National Academy of Sports Medicine in Personal Training and she has specialty certifications in Yoga, Aqua Yoga, Senior’s Strength, Conditioning and Balance, Pilates and Zumba. She has been Personal Training since 2003 and has been teaching dance and fitness classes for more than 20 years. Richelle is passionate about fitness and loves to see people’s lives  improve through consistency in good eating habits and exercise.

Toneshia Proctor

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!!!!

Kayla Kesselman

Kayla is an athlete who has been practicing yoga for the past five 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 ten 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 also was a sprinter and hurdler on her middle and high school track and field team, where she won multiple awards and medals for her fast running ability. 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, dance, and run club with a dynamic, energetic, compassionate, humorous, and fun approach.

Erica Simuel

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.

Gilana Pearce

I am Gilana Pearce, mother of two and I love people and helping people get healthy.  I have been an instructor since 2011 and I teach Zumba, Zumba Kids and Zumba Toning!!! I am also an AFAA Certified Group Exercise Instructor. I have a passion to educate kids on being healthy early and maintaining it through life. I look forward to seeing and teaching your children and making this experience as positive as ever!!!! Can’t wait to meet you and your kids.

Farrell Tapscott

Farrell grew up in dance studios around Reston, VA. With a background in classical ballet, eventually young Farrell had to venture out into more genres of movement. She is trained in ballet, lyrical, jazz, hip hop, tap, and west African dance and finds that all dance forms can be utilized when making choreography. She has spent time teaching dance, yoga, and art at Camp Tall Timbers, a sleep away camp where she had experience with kids ages 6-16. She’s also taught choir and dance to children in Arusha, Tanzania. Anytime Farrell is working with kids, she realizes the importance of getting them moving and having fun!

Hong-An Huynh

Hong-An was born and raised in Arlington, VA. Growing up, art and music has always been an all-time favorite hobby! Whether to dance it out with family and friends, learning instruments throughout middle and high school (piano and violin), music has surrounded her life. She started her studies as an Undergraduate of Information Technology but found passion for caring for animals and co-founded Pet Sitting 4 Comfort (PS4C!), a small, family operated business that provides professional pet care for Northern Virginia. She is currently completing Veterinary Assistant certification through Fairfax Adult & Community Education (ACE) and plans to go back to school in the future to earn her B.S. in Biology with concentration on teaching high schoolers. Hong-An  enjoys sharing her hobbies with her husband and two children and is a licensed to teach Zumba, Zumba Kids + Kids Jr, Zumba Toning, Zumba Gold & Strong by Zumba. Hong-An is looking forward to jamming it out with everyone!

TK Loung

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.

Nicole Moore

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.

Dawn Campbell

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!

Theresa Molina Slaiman

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.

Gabriella Rojtman

Gabby has been dancing since she was 3 years old and loving every second of it. Her passion is ballet but she also is experienced in tap, lyrical, jazz and musical theatre! She is a recent graduate of VCU (2018) where she holds her BA in Theatre Performance. Gabby just got back from an 10 month artistic internship with Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska where she got to assistant direct, act and serve as  spacing director on professional productions. She is happy to get the chance to continue exploring her creativity and joy for the performing arts back home in Fairfax with Kids in Motion! Let’s Dance!!!

Angelica Manley

Angelica has dancing since the age of three. She has always had a passion for dance. Now, at the age of 22, she is still dancing and teaching contemporary dance at other dance schools. Angelica majored in Dance and graduated from Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C. While at Duke, Angelica received a full scholarship to Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York City. She has gone on to dance at the Lincoln Center for Rita Morena, who was in West Side story. She also performed with Singer Ledisi at the Kennedy Center. Through all of these great experiences, Angelica has kept her drive to keep dance a part of her life, even while being a mother to her two year old son, Jeremiah, and while being married. Currently, Angelica is a senior at George Mason University receiving a BA in Integrative Studies with a Concentration in Arts and Enterprise and a minor in childhood studies. Angelica hopes to open a dance school in the future.

Line Corvari

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.

Elizabeth Scarcella

Elizabeth was born and raised in Fairfax, VA. She started attending dance class at the age of 5, but by the time she was 7 she was bitten by the musical theatre bug! Now She works behind the scenes for multiple different children’s theater companies as stage manager, assistant director and choreographer! Elizabeth has been working with children in different capacities for the past 7 years and is excited to bring her passion and energy to our Kids in Motion class with your child!

Anya Avilov

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!

Lady Nwadike

Lady received her Master’s in Biophysics and Physiology with a concentration in Complementary and Integrative Medicine from Georgetown University. Using her background in science, she enjoys constructing exciting and fun classes that help to enhance participant’s health through mind and body practices and healing dance. When she is not teaching aerial art, or senior and kids classes, she enjoys writing evidenced based articles in health, research, science and advocacy, with minority issues and interests always at the forefront.

Nastasha Cartledge

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.