Carol Ortiz Carol was born and raised in Colombia (South America) from which she discovered her passion for dancing, and her interest in diversity and music around the world. She has a bachelor’s degree in Global Business and Public Policy and she loves culture and traditions, her journey in dancing reflects that interest. Music and dance are for her “the universal language”. She will give you a taste of Latin dances, and vibrant rhythms around the world, both modern and traditional. She has been Zumba Certified since 2006, and since then, she has been teaching many classes around the DMV area. Her motto is dance and smile “Team Dance for Life”. She also has been trained by NAFTA in group exercising, and is CPR certified. She creates a fitness experience, but without losing the dancing value. She believes in balance between body and mind. Therefore, dancing represents the perfect activity to bring out the best in one’s self, elements of joy, and passion will inspire the individual to SMILE and carry all that positivism in other aspects of life.You want to SMILE and Dance for Life!!! Join her journey and Zumba family!!!
Katelyn Bryant-Comstock grew up dancing and has continually incorporated dance into her life. Trained in modern and hip hop, Katelyn has always used her dance skills to merge arts and academics. She has performed interpretations of The Iliad, cell biology, and presented her masters thesis in dance form. She believes dance brings people together and has a place in every meeting, home, and community! Since 2010 she has been a motivational dancer for bar/bat mitzvahs serving the greater DMV. Katelyn enjoys having fun through dance and not taking anything in life too seriously. Her class will make you sweat, shake, and smile nonstop.
Shawna Malachi, Also known as “Malachi”, has been a certified Zumba Instructor and teacher since February 2013. Her passion originates from the impact Zumba had on her life and from watching her students take part in the healthiest, most gratifying, fitness party around. Zumba Fitness!Raised with a multitude of rhythms in her household (calypso, reggae, hip hop, r&b, soul), Malachi has always loved music and strongly believes there is a healing element in the integration of music and dance.Every class feels like a party! You don’t need to know how to dance. Just move your body, feel the music, and follow Malachi. You are guaranteed to have a good time!
Ghita von Bonsdorff was born in Finland, and moved to the U.S. in 2008. Through a small Cuban community in Helsinki, Ghita found her passion for Latin dances, salsa, merengue, bachata, and reggaeton. She was performing with different dance group, and music and dance was for her the way to find harmony and energy in the stressful everyday life. Zumba came into Ghita’s life in 2008, when she took classes from different inspiring instructors in DC. In 2012 she did her own certification, and she has been teaching in different dance schools, gyms, studios, and recreation centers in the DMV area. She is also a certified Zoca instructor since 2014. Zoca is an African/Caribbean dance fitness style which, with its’ happy rhythms, makes the dancer shake and whine like never before! Ghita mixes different rhythms in each class; everything from smooth salsa, sensual bachata, African pop, to today’s hits and yesterday’s evergreens. But regardless of dance style, dancing is what makes the world go around, the smiles grow bigger, and there is not one day that can’t get better with some happy dance! And remember, Zumba is not about finding the “right” steps, it is about having fun, burning calories, and feeling energized after a class! Freestyling is always welcome ☺