Since Dec 2012

About Me

Hi, I'm Maria and I love teaching Zumba classes. The reason is simple: The classes are really fun! Come join me and you'll see what I mean. You don't even have to know how to dance. Just move your body and follow my lead. It's easy & the music is hot! hot! hot! Come try it, I guarantee you will have a blast! I look forward to meeting you!

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When I was probably 7 years old an old woman said she could read my palm.  Her prediction was that I'd be a teacher.  I thought, "She doesn't know how to predict the future because I know I'm gonna be a dancer!"  Well little did I know that I'd be both!  I started teaching dance when I was 16.  At that time I taught ballet to 5 & 6 year olds.  During college I began teaching traditional West African dance.  I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree with the majority of my credits in Cultural Studies, Ethnochoreography & Ethnomusicology (World Music & Dance).  I currently teach West African dance & Zumba classes on the Mendocino coast.  Click on the "Classes" tab above to find a Zumba class that works for you.  This is one hour that you're sure to feel good about afterwards!  Let's dance!


Licensed To Teach

  • Zumba Basic 2Zumba Basic 2
    License to teach regular Zumba® classes.
  • Zumba GoldZumba Gold
    License to teach specially designed Zumba classes for the active older adult or deconditioned participant.