June’s Instructor Spotlight – Melissa Zugell

List five words that best describe you?
Energetic, Fun-loving, Tenacious, Loyal, Enthusiastic

What inspired you to teach dance and fitness?
Since I can remember, I’ve always loved to dance.  Watching Richard Simmons and Denise Austin with my mom when I was little first inspired me into the fitness world. What really hooked me to start teaching Group Fitness was after I attended my very first Zumba Instructor Master Class training in South Carolina in 2005.  I had never felt so electrified and brought to life.  I was forever changed. Needless to say, I was hooked after that! 

What would you like your students to know about you?
I want all my student’s to know that I adore and appreciate every single one of them – especially when they give me a “WOO HOO!!!”  HOLLA!!!

What are your favorite hobbies and interests?
Some of my favorite hobbies include: going to concerts, salsa dancing, the moon and stars – astrology, crystals and gemstones, music, wine and beer festivals, art, decorating!

At what age did you begin dancing? And when did you know you wanted to teach others?
I began dancing when I was still in the womb! LOL! I started out dancing Slovenian folk dance (my heritage) when I was about 5 years old, then moved into traditional forms, such as jazz and ballet.  I later learned ballroom which my mom teaches too!