AFAA Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor
Graduate of Dance Masters of America Teachers’ Training School
Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) Certified
PiYo LIVE! Certified Instructor
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (716) 712-4NCD
Owner & Director
I started Nickel City Dance & Fitness Center because I knew there were many former and aspiring adult dancers in WNY searching for a studio that catered to their needs. I danced throughout my childhood and teen years (Michelle Merwin Dance Arts, Tonwanda Dance Arts, and Darlene Ceglia’s Dance Project) and found it incredibly hard to commit to a typical dance school while dealing with the many demands of adulthood. Though COVID-19 has forced me to close my physical studio space that was located in Kenmore, NY, I am excited to offer classes virtually so dancers and fitness enthusiasts from all over can get active together from the comfort and safety of home!
I am a proud Graduate of the Dance Master’s of America Teachers’ Training program. DMA is an international organization which offers a multi-grade, multi-year program that provides both basic and advanced teaching techniques for current and would-be dance instructors. Completion of the four-year program and examinations result in DMA certification in the dance education profession, where teachers are certified by test to teach. It was an amazing experience and I had the opportunity to take class and learn from some of the best teachers in the country.
Along with a passion for dance, I’ve always been interested in health and fitness. I received my Personal Training and Group Fitness certifications from the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) in 2008. This passion for the fitness side of things led me to compete in Figure Competitions in the Spring and Fall of 2011. Always thirsty for more knowledge, I continue my fitness education by participating in local workshops and classes. In November 2015 I became a licensed PiYo LIVE! instructor and have enjoyed teaching this amazing format live and virtually.
My most recent certification is in Progressing Ballet Technique (July 2019). Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) is an innovative body-conditioning and strengthening program developed by Marie Walton-Mahon for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best. One of the important elements used in the PBT method is muscle memory which helps to improve students’ understanding of core stability, weight placement and alignment. Each exercise in the PBT program has been developed with care and guidance by Marie Walton-Mahon along with a team of physiotherapists.
***UPDATE *** I’m back in school! This past January (2021) I started the Nutrition Consultant program at Bauman College. In the future I will be offering holistic nutrition and wellness consulting services and classes to help WNY optimize their health and wellness!
I hope to see you in on screen soon!