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 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!!!!
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 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.
Johanna Barbosa is a 25-year old Graduate from The University of the Arts 21′ (Philadelphia) Dance Major. Johanna has been studying different genres of dance for over ten years. Her primary focus includes Ballet, Modern (Graham), contemporary and Improvisational scores. She was granted a full scholarship to the Rioult Dance Company, NYC., where she learned and trained on the Martha Graham technique. In 2018, Johanna worked with Boris Charmatz on a collective dance project which showcased in the United States for the first time. In the past few years, she had the pleasure of working with different artists such as Douglas Becker, Curt Haworth, Tommie Waheed Evans, and Katie Swords Thurman. While attending school, she created different projects to showcase at Uarts. Since then, she has adopted her passion for teaching by working in charter public schools and local studios, by teaching recreational dance and concert dance/ traditional classes. Johanna aims to create a dance learning environment that is fun, exciting, and positive while improving each student’s talent. Johanna loves to share her passion for dance with her students and always creates a space to make her students feel secure, inspired, and motivated.
Picture Coming – Jailyn Montgomery is from Bryan’s road; a small Maryland town, and has felt her love for the art of dance since adolescence. She has been dancing since the age of 11 in contemporary, lyrical, jazz, hip-hop, ballet, and modern. Although she is studying Environmental Science at Georgia State University, she also has been teaching dance for 4 years and strives to be a back up dancer. After watching Dance Moms at the age of 11 and taking her first class, she knew dance would become her life. She has earned dozens of regional and national champion awards and has received countless choreography, artistic, and costume awards for solos and groups routines she has choreographed. If she’s not teaching or dancing herself, she’s studying environmental science to save the planet from climate change! The future is in our youth, from artists all the way to scientists!
Sasha is of Russian descent and has lived in Northern Virginia her whole life. She received her degree in Exercise Science at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. She has always loved movement. In high school, she was part of a competitive hip hop team, and her first job was being an after-school dance teacher! She has experience training in one on one and group settings, including athletics from youth to collegiate level. Her favorite training focus is mobility and functional movement. She now works as a group fitness instructor, and loves the community and impact she feels with her clients. Sasha loves to move, and help others to love doing the same!
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.
Jon grew up local in the Northern Virginia area. For a long time, his favorite class in school was P.E. After trying out a few sports in elementary school like baseball, basketball, and football, Jon ended up falling in love with the discipline and mindset he learned from Chinese martial arts, and dedicated hours and hours to his training every day after school, eventually competing at the national level. Later on in high school and college, he found a passion in learning to connect with and express himself through break dancing, which he continues to practice to this day. Jon graduated from the University of Virginia in 2019 with a double major in Kinesiology and Chinese, and is now attending the Virginia University of Integrative Medicine to become a licensed Acupuncturist. The pursuit of individual health and wellness has grown to become a large part of Jon’s life over the years. But for him, even larger, is his desire to share this same passion with others. His excitement in seeing others learn to explore, discover, and express themselves just like he did, pursue a healthy lifestyle, and have fun along the way is just infectious! He’s excited to bring some of that to Kids in Motion as a dance instructor, mentor, and friend to one precious child at a time.
Sandra is an outgoing person who enjoys being outdoors and dancing! She has traveled across the country for various reasons and in every new city loves to explore the local foods and coffee shops. She is currently a master’s in Public Health student at George Mason University. During her undergraduate career at the University of Arkansas, she taught group fitness. The different platforms she taught vary from cycle, body sculpt, and HIIT. She can’t wait to start teaching fun fitness based classes for Kids in Motion!
Edita Gajumova Dolunts
Edita was born in Armenia and moved to the US with her family in 2009. She speaks Armenian, Russian, and English. Music and Sports have been her focus all her life. She played field hockey for 16 years with the Soviet Armenian champion team. She also worked as the vice-principal of an art-youth center in Yerevan, Armenia, where she taught thousands of kids. She also has a Master’s Degree in classical vocal performance from the Komitas Conservatory. At her Church, she is a soloist and choir master for the choir. Zumba is her passion, and every class she teaches is a chance to spread joy and fun. She has certifications in Zumba, Zumba Kids + Kids Jrs, Aqua Zumba, Zumba Gold, Zumba Gold Chair, Zumba Step, Zumba Toning. She is a certified Group Fitness Instruction (AFAA) and teaches at Sports and Health and a number of private clubs. She lives in Vienna with her family (four strong sons).
My name is Jen, and I’ve been teaching children since I got my B.A. in Education, from the University of Northern Iowa (Go Panthers!). I grew up loving everything active and all sports, especially dancing and playing basketball and volleyball. So, after graduating, it was natural to meld the joy of being an educator, with my passion for health and fitness. I began by teaching teens the basics of health, math, and reading. Over time, I broadened my scope to include fitness classes for all ages of children and coaching school sports. Along the way, I’ve picked up a personal training certification through the US Military Academy at West Point, taught soldiers and their kids, and designed workout programs for everyone from elementary school students to US Army generals. I’m eager to bring my creative, compassionate approach to teaching your children self confidence through movement, self discovery, and an understanding of their own mind body connection. Be brave, be bold, be you!
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.
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.
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!