In the early 2000's, I frequented Crossroads, a nightclub in Bladensburg, Maryland that catered primarily to members of the African Diaspora. On any given Friday night, you could find me on the dance floor dancing by myself or with Nigerians, Ghanaians, Jamaicans, or Dominicans, all dancing in one spot in the DMV. We would leave the dance club dripping with sweat oooo! Heh! Those were the days! However, as a single parent, I could only participate every once in a while. Furthermore, I didn't always have the energy, time, money, or babysitter help I needed to get the results I needed. I needed to find a dance fitness class to participate in during the day. I found Zumba! Shortly after taking a few classes, I flew down to Miami, Florida, where I was trained by the creator of Zumba, Beto Perez. I became the self-proclaimed African Zumba Queen! I passionately taught Zumba for six years, in various venues in the DC Metropolitan area. Celeste also became a Zumba instructor and began leading a class of adults at the young age of 15.
That’s how finally, In 2006, the Zukossa Fitness Team was born, with the strong desire to expose a larger number of people to Zukossa, focusing primarily on artists and dance traditions' interactions and intersections in the African diaspora to the fitness world.
But the truth is, I could never have done this by myself. I count on the help and companionship of my loving daughter, Celeste. We are a mother-daughter team, who relentlessly work together, practicing and creating choreography and dance steps and unifying diverse communities, so we can inspire individuals to achieve personal health and wellness through education, music, fitness, and travel. Our classes incorporate West African, Caribbean, and Latin rhythms and creative, originally choreographed routines to encourage participants to be the best versions of their authentic selves.
My daughter has always been supportive of me, and through Zumba and Zukossa, we have been on amazing adventures together! We are prepared to overcome any barriers and leave no stone unturned to ensure the success of our effort. With our enthusiasm, devotion, and persistent efforts, we hope to propel the Zukossa Fitness team and our community of Warriors to new heights and contribute to making the world a better place to live. Working closely with my daughter is an incredible experience for which I am grateful every day, and we aim to spread this great energy to others!