Bennie received her Zumba certification in 2014 & is working to receive her personal training certification in the Fall of 2016. Bennie teaches ZUMBA® on Mondays @ 9:00 am. She decided to become a ZUMBA instructor because she wanted to get in shape and teach others how fitness can be fun and inspiring.
“Growing up as a competitive dancer, I fell in love with ZUMBA right away when a friend invited me to a class in 2013. I was energized by the rhythms and easy to learn steps. I wanted to share this experience with some of my friends who had showed interest in getting in shape without the hustle of gym membership. There’s a dancer in each one of us… it doesn’t matter your level or skill as long as you have fun and are open to be part of our big ZUMBA family”
Bennie Conyers was born in West Africa Ghana, and lived in Italy for 15 years. Bennie’s favorite hobbies are dancing, working out, reading and snowboarding.
“What inspired me to teach was a passion for activity/athletics & being able to stay home with my kids. ZUMBA Fitness came out of nowhere as I was taking a master class – just for fun -at a convention. However, after my first ZUMBA class, I was hooked for a lifetime! A lot of people feel self-conscious because they feel like they look silly when dancing in a ZUMBA class. However, the misconception is that others are looking at you – really, the only place most people are looking is at the instructor. So just let go and have fun!”
Sharon was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Her favorite hobbies are playing with her family, reading & learning about healthy nutrition with Shaklee.
Certified by the American Fitness & Aerobics Association (AFAA), Gina is qualified to teach ZUMBA®, ZUMBA® Gold, Step, Kickboxing, Total Body Strength, Body Pump, and R.I.P.P.E.D. At Orinoco Fitness, Gina teaches ZUMBA® Fitness on Fridays at 9 am and Strength on Tuesdays at 10:15 am (alternating with Ana or Michelle)
“For ZUMBA, no coordination is needed, just a positive attitude. If you aren’t having fun while you are exercising, come try a class with me. There is no reason burning calories, sweating and having fun can’t go together!”
Gina enjoys helping people reach and maintain their fitness goals while having a great time. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Gina and her family live in Antioch. Her favorite hobbies include spending time with her family, being active outdoors and teaching exercise.
Nadia (lovely lady on the right of picture) became a certified ZUMBA instructor in 2013. She teaches ZUMBA® Fitness at Orinoco on Tuesdays @ 7:15 pm & Saturdays @ 9 am. Nadia decided to become a ZUMBA instructor because she loves motivating people and making them feel good about themselves.
“Teaching ZUMBA allows me to interact with people and push them towards getting more physically fit. If you are new to ZUMBA, don’t be afraid. You do not have to do the movements exactly how the instructor does them, you just have to move and have fun. Our bodies are all different, so just go with what feels right, don’t worry about what others are doing, just focus on having a good time!”
Nadia was born in San Diego, California. Her favorite hobbies include swimming, attending ZUMBA parties all over Lake County, listening to music and doing mud runs (April to September)
Ana Santos Gitzinger
Ana grew up in Venezuela and has always loved dancing. She received her ZUMBA Certification in 2012 and attended various ZUMBA Jams and Master classes. She currently subs ZUMBA from time to time and teaches STRENGTH & FLEXIBILITY on Tuesdays @ 10:15 am (alternating with Gina) Ana completed her AFAA group exercise certification in November 2014 and BARRE certification in March 2015.
“I love ZUMBA because it brings me back to my Latin roots. I grew up in Venezuela dancing merengue, salsa, techno and cumbia and absolutely love dancing! I always feel better after taking or teaching a ZUMBA class, even if if I’ve had a tough day. It helps me release stress and be the fun, dynamic person that I love to be!. You don’t need to be intimidated by ZUMBA. Just feel the music, dance and have fun!”
Originally from Venezuela, Ana’s hobbies include dancing, practicing yoga, playing with her 2 young boys and enjoying the outdoors with her husband Tom.