Meet Work It! Instructors
Since 2012, Work It! Studio on U Street has worked to create an inviting space where
competent and enthusiastic instructors will inspire you to let loose while getting fit.
Tonya, passionate for music, dance, and fitness, has been dancing since she was five years old. It was only natural for her to fall in love with Zumba, “exercise in disguise.” She is very passionate about teaching others how to “feel the music” and get swept away to the pulsating, rhythmic sounds of Latin and international music and dance that includes Latin, Caribbean, African, belly dancing, hip hop, and kickboxing.
Tiacoh is a certified Tai Chi Instructor and trained in Qigong, a traditional Chinese healing art. Tiacoh is a gifted teacher, musician, and recording artist who was based in Paris, France for over twenty years. Through his travels to China, Nepal, Indonesia, and Thailand as a performing artist, he discovered his passion for T’ai Chi. Since he was 14 years old he also received martial arts training (Tae Kwon Do and other Chinese Martial Arts).
A native of the Washington Metropolitan area, Siobhan Kelly is a Certified Power Flow Vinyasa instructor (RTY 200 hour). A former champion Irish-step dancer, an avid runner, marathoner and can be frequently seen running on the National Mall. However, she knew she needed something to counter balance years of hard stress on her knees and joints. This is what led her to teach Mind-Body exercise classes. Siohban has also taught stretching, mat pilates and breathing techniques. She looks forward
Sherri is a avid biker, biking to and from work daily. As well as a dancer, choreographer and AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor. Her passion is dancing. As a result, she keeps fit and happy, and she encourages others to seek dance as a form of exercise for the body and spirit, and to stay healthy.
Andre is a certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor. He has been certified through the American Council on Exercise (A.C.E.) since 1997. Andre is trained in Crossfit, boxing, kickboxing, athletic conditioning and traditional strength and cardio regimens, as well as, running and swimming. His training motto is “Every individual is unique and has his/her own point of entry into the fitness spectrum”. He enjoys the authentic interpersonal connection of one- on- one Personal Training
Denise is Work It! Studio's Assistant Manager and available to answer any questions you may have! A native Washingtonian, Denise started dancing at the age of four years old at the Bernice Hammond's Northeast Academy of Dance where she studied ballet. She studied Theater Arts and Dance under LaVerne Reed at Howard University and served as President of Black Theater Guild and Inter-Club Council chairperson, numerous concerts for the Dance and Theater Department at Santa Monica College.
Sarah has danced from the time she was 3 years old, and has been a member of Work It! Studio since June 2013. Sarah first fell in love with Zumba as a way to stay fit during her college years, and is thrilled to now bring her love of Zumba to the DMV at Work It! Sarah is trained in ballet, hip hop, African dance, dancehall, and Latin rhythms. Expect to find a little taste of these many styles in her Saturday class, with an emphasis on today's popular Latin beats
Regan is a Designer/Lifestyle Specialist, dancer, mother and wife living in Washington, DC. She has been practicing and teaching various forms of exercise over the last 15 years. She found her calling and passion to share Belly Dance, an ancient and elegant art form. “I feel my most free and feminine when I dance, I think every woman should find something in their life that makes them feel that way."
Petra’s formal dance training started at the Bernice Johnson dance school and continued with the Repertory Dance Company of East Harlem in NYC. Life happened in a major way and she packed on an extra 60+ pounds. In 2011 Petra embarked on a journey to reclaim her health, fitness and revive her passion for dance. She committed to healthy living and completed her Zumba Fitness Instructor certification. Today she uses Zumba to encourage others on their health & wellness journey.
Margo is a certified Zumba instructor and has been teaching in the greater Washington DC area for many years. She follows a more traditional approach by incorporating a wide variety of international forms (bachata, belly dance, capoeira, cumbia, hip-hop, merengue, pop, reggaeton, salsa, samba, soca, etc). A favorite “Margoism” is “Zumba is like life. You get out of it what you put into it…so don’t cheat yourself.”
Kovia is a public health specialist with a background in exercise physiology and sports nutrition. A lover of being active any way she can, she incorporates biking, dancing, yoga, and urban hiking into her daily life.
Jennifer is a certified Piloxing® Instructor. She has been teaching in the DC Metropolitan area for over a year. Her background as an actress, dancer, and singer brings passion and energy into her classes.
Erica Rae, a Philadelphia native, received her B.F.A in Modern Dance and has had the opportunity to work with various noted dance companies. She is trained in many styles of dance ranging from Ballet, Modern, Jazz, African and Caribbean. Erica has also developed her own program, Raediant Movement; a traveling dance workshop, providing classes in various dance techniques and choreography alongside Connecting Vibes USA, she toured to Grenada. Erica’s goal is to bring the joy that dance gives her
Delvin is a Certified Personal Trainer that specializes in Ultimate Conditioning, Boot Camp and Small Group Training. Delvin's motto is "No Equipment Needed, Just Your Own Body Weight."
Aparna Kumar has been involved in Indian dance in one way or another her entire life. As a child, she was trained in the classical Indian style of Bharatanatyam and was part of several dance troupes in high school and college. Upon moving to DC in 2012, she discovered Doonya and fell in love with it because it combines her passion for Indian dancing with high-cardio fitness. Doonya, the Happy Workout, has brought a lot of happiness to Aparna’s life, and her classes are always energetic.
Wanda aka "WandaWoman” is a fitness expert, dancer, choreographer, and motivational speaker. She is nationally certified in Aerobic Fitness, Pilates, Personal Training, and Nutrition. For over 30 years, she has provided professional group fitness program management and personal training services for health clubs, corporations, government agencies, public and private schools, and churches in the Washington D.C. Wanda was voted DC‘s Best Aerobic Fitness Leader by Washington Post People’s Choice