Back in January, when I was still good about keeping this blog updated, I did a special on Danielle Pierce and her Zumba class – found HERE.
Next in our SPOTLIGHT series is the gorgeous, talented, and infinitely generous Danielle!
I first met Danielle in ballet class at STEPS where her long legs were the envy of everyone in the class and her cheery hard working personality inspired all! Though she hadn’t chosen teaching as her profession at the time, she was already working as a teacher at the “School at Steps.” She asked me to be her teaching assistant for a class of three year olds. This task seemed incredibly daunting to me, but I was soo gobsmacked by how Danielle made ballet fun and appropriately challenging each of her students, from the one who would rather be coloring outside to the one who would be future prima ballerina. They were truly lucky students. (Her students today continue to be lucky students!)
She also has a super power that I can only dream of – she is a FABULOUS TAPPER! (I am quite possibly the world’s most horrendous tapper. I have virtually zero sense of rhythm, I’m a ballerina so my feet always want to point and be above my head instead of relaxed and tapping near the ground, and to make matters worse, I’m actually allergic to the metal the taps are made out! Now if that isn’t a sign!) At any rate, Ms. Danielle generously offered to help me learn to tap, and I cannot even begin to express how grateful I am for the patience and humor she brought to each of our sessions. Knowing my unwavering love of THE LITTLE MERMAID, she would even bring in arrangements of UNDER THE SEA knowing that if any song was gonna get me tapping, that was it!
Here’s a description of her Zumba class:
The Zumba® program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. Our goal is simple: We want you to want to work out, to love working out, to get hooked. Zumba® Fanatics achieve long-term benefits while experiencing an absolute blast in one exciting hour of calorie-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate for life!
What is your pursued career? (Singer, dancer, actor, lawyer?)
What are favorite forms of exercise and why?
What are your favorite classes (in any form of fitness) in the city and what do you love about them?
Barre Sculpt and Cardiolates at Pilates on Fifth– These classes take pilates ideas and meld them with ballet barre work and weights and the rebounder, respectively, and they are fun ways to mix up your routine.
ZUMBA (is it too self serving if I say taught by ME) I teach at Steps on Broadway and Ballet Hispanico, but you can find amazing classes all over! http://38595.zumba.com/ It’s FUN and it is a non monotonous way of doing cardio!