Laura graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in theatre and dance and performed for several years in the theatre world. Her dance credits include the movie “Saturday Night Fever" with John Travolta. She further studied dance and mime in Paris, France.
In 2007 she was the first to create a Zumba program in Mamaroneck, New York, which quickly expanded due to her popularity, and has recently been published as the “Best of Westchester” in the Westchester Magazine. Her classes have also been featured in The Journal News, and The Larchmont Loop.
Laura’s students range in ages from 7 to 93. She has held workshops for everyone from the NYPD kids to the seniors at the Osborn home in Rye, and her volunteer work includes Gilda’s Club in White Plains. She has taught Zumba at PepsiCo Corporation, Swiss Re Corporation, and is currently on staff in the dance department for the JCC in Scarsdale.
Laura says, “The main reason the classes are so successful is because Zumba is an incredibly fun way to knock off the pounds and stay in shape without feeling like you are exercising!” Although she very much acknowledges the creator of Zumba, Beto Perez, and expresses eternal gratitude to him and his talented staff, by observation part of her success is that she creates a friendly, non-competitive environment that makes newcomers and seasoned students feel comfortable and relaxed, as well as giving them a good workout.
Continually working to improve her classes and to offer something that is not “assembly line,” Laura has a live drummer for most of her classes.
Her intentions are to keep her prices affordable for everybody, and figuring that the price includes a live drummer, you can’t beat that!
After having two beautiful kids and enrolling them in school, Maria went back to work. “I am an elementary school teaching assistant in our dual language program” Maria says and loves every minute of it. “Kids keep you grounded, they are so honest”.
Tired of the gym routine, a good friend suggested Zumba in Laura’s class. She took the first class and was hooked! “What a fun workout, you don’t even realize how fast the time goes.” Thanks to Laura, Maria herself became a Zumba instructor. She in licensed for Zumbatomic, Zumba Toning, as well as basic Zumba. Maria says,.“Thanks Laura, for being such an inspiration”.
As exercise has always been an important part of her life, whether it was kick boxing, spinning, or weight lifting, she was in search of something that would provide an exciting, fun, and complete workout while also fitting into her hectic schedule.
In March 2009, she attended her first Zumba class. She was immediately hooked and found that Zumba was the solution to her exercise dilemma. In fact Lindsey was so hooked that in January of 2010 she became a licensed instructor. Lindsey says, “What’s great about Zumba is that you don’t need any sort of formal dance background”.
As Lindsey found, despite your level of dance experience, with a little focus and love of exercise and music, the classes are easy to follow. By the time the class is over, you will have gotten a fantastic all around work out and had fun at the same time.
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