Zumba Instructors

Cornelius Jackson

Cornelius is a proud father of five children, two sons and three daughters. He has been teaching dance since 2011. Upon graduating from Silky Smooth Dance Studio, he found dancing to be beneficial to him physically, mentally and emotionally. As his passion for dance grew, his wish was that he had started dancing as a child. Now, Cornelius tries to teach any and everyone to dance regardless of age. He looks forward to inspiring your kids to be the best dancer they can be, all while having fun.

Omega Onwudiwe

Omega is originally from Alabama and has lived in the DMV area for five years. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Auburn University Montgomery in 2010 and works as a Proposal Manager for a government consulting firm. In her spare time, she enjoys creating digital art, reading, editing, spending time with family, and participating in dance fitness classes.

At age 11, Omega developed an obsession with dance fitness videos that paired high-energy workout moves with fun, upbeat music. She would often teach pieces of the dance workout routines to her brothers and cousins to show them how much fun it was and encourage them to be more active. In high school, Omega joined the cheerleading squad where she was able to combine her love of dance fitness with her passion for motivating others. Every step, jump, flip, and skip was filled with genuine excitement and the joy of moving. Throughout many changes in life, one thing remained the same – her love for making fitness fun for everyone. As often as possible, Omega challenges her nieces, nephews, and kids of all ages to step away from their electronic devices, and step up for a fun, heart-pumping dance workout.

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.

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!

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!!!!

Susan Haldeman

My name is Susan Haldeman, I am a mother of 4. I love music and I have been dancing since preschool. I received a Bachelors Degree in Psychology in South America, Lima, Peru, where I was born and raised until I was 21. In order to pay my college, I was a background stage dancer on a Peruvian TV channel. I moved to America after college, about 20 years ago. I currently work independently as a personal trainer and dance fitness instructor. I came to Kids in Motion in 2017 and I instantly loved it!! I want to thank all of you parents for allowing me to incorporate my music, my dance moves, and myself to your beautiful treasure!! I can’t wait to get to meet you all. (Ms.Susy)

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!

Shirin Shahi

Shirin is originally from Persia but now lives in McLean. She has a BA in public communication as well as becoming a certified pharmacy tech from Virginia State. Shirin knows 3 differnt languages, as English is her third language. She also knows Farsi and Turkish. Shirin has always had a passion for art, music, and photography. She wants to share those passions with children as she teaches them dance. She has worked with kids since 2003, giving private music lessons. Shirin is so excited to dance with your children!

Monica Carpio

Monica graduated from Stanford University in sunny California, and is a former U.S. government employee in DC. She has two elementary school-age daughters: Sophie, a fourth grader, and Ella, a first grader. Both girls take Ballet & Tap, as well as Hip Hop. Monica has taught Pop Dance at the Northern Virginia Creative Children’s Center (NVCCC) in McLean, and Ballet & Tap at the Audrey Moore Rec Center in Annandale. She has Dance and Theatrical experience and spent a year and a half in Los Angeles working as an extra in music videos, Hollywood movies, and TV shows. Her favorite project was the JLo “Get Right” music video in 2005. Monica loves dance and believes that physical exercise as well as musical creative expression are essential for children’s healthy and happy development.

Katalin Szokol

Katalin is originally from Budapest, Hungary, where she completed her BA in contemporary dance in 2018. She taught technical dance classes and original choreography for a contemporary dance ensemble. Teaching dance is her biggest passion, and she loves working with children as much as she loves to dance. When she is not teaching she is volunteering with a Hungarian musical theater group, choreographing dance pieces, partially directing and assisting the productions. She also loves taking Hungarian folk and modern dance classes. Besides dance, Katalin is interested in artwork, loves being crafty, and reading. She also works part time as a barista in a charming cafe. Her favorite part of teaching at Kids In Motion is that she has the freedom to use her original choreography, which helps her to use her creativity to connect with the kids on her own way. She is so excited to go to every class and be part of the Kids in Motion team!

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!

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!

Deonna Ball

Deonna Ball is an instructor, choreographer, videographer, cinematographer and competitor. She teaches DC Urban Swing and Hip Hop to both youth and adults. She creates routines for performances, competitions, graduations, demonstrations and formal affairs which always bring a standing ovation and encourage others to learn hand dancing/west coast swing. Not only does she like partnering but also hip hop. She has placed top five in her divisions. Her dance accomplishments include being featured on “So You Think You Can Dance”, appearing in the movie “Love ‘n Dancing” and the TV show  “BET 106” and “Park.” Deonna is a youtube sensation. Most of her work can be seen on youtube.com (Deonna Ball). Her dance style is very unique. Dancing is her passion. She loves dance so much that she just wants to share it with the world.

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.

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.

Najmeh Asadi

Born in Persia, Najmeh has moved to the USA, married, and has lived here for 6 years. She has been practicing Professional Persian Dance since she was 15. She is currently a dental assistant, property insurance agent, and of course, a certified Zumba instructor. Her fitness career began with Zumba and wants to share her passions with others. To sum up Zumba in a few words, she would say: Music, Dancing, Fun, Joy, Hope, Motivation.

For every class, Najmeh has a few rules you must follow: 1. Have Fun 2. Sing Silly 3. Dance Crazy 4. Don’t Know a Move? Just Shake It Till You Make It.

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!

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.