Instructor Spotlight: Liza Levy

List five words that best describe you?
 Quirky, Energetic, Spontaneous, Hangry, Tan

What inspired you to teach dance and fitness?
My Mom is a fitness instructor. Growing up, her studio was in our basement. Starting at around age 10 she’d let me “warm up” her clients with some original choreography. It was the best part of my day! I loved digging through mixed tapes to pick the tunes, developing new movement, the sense of community that was built around having a shared goal, and mostly the smiles it brought all of us (it didn’t hurt that I was a ham and a half).

What would you like your students to know about you?
I love questions! Give feedback! Request small groups/placement changes/counts/whatever you need to be able to do the choreography to the fullest and get the best possible workout. I take classes as a student ALL the time. I’m a spaz – if I can’t see myself in the mirror, or if the AC is blowing on my neck at a weird angle, or if there isn’t enough space to extend I can get completely thrown off. The struggle is REAL! So please, help me make this the best possible experience for you. The time you devote to fitness (and yourself in general) is invaluable and often-times all-too-limited. Please help me to help you make every second worthy of the effort it took you to get there.

What are your favorite hobbies and interests
Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lactose-free donuts, playing “the audition game” with my nephews (you technically can’t be a ‘Stage Mother’ if you’re not their mother), writing song parodies for friend’s birthdays, music, Broadway, amateur talent shows, Orphan Black, Parenthood, 24, Friends, So You Think You Can Dance, Law & Order SVU, Long Beach days, basketball, tennis, peanut butter, massages, scavenger hunts, and wine.

At what age did you begin dancing? 
I started taking dance classes at age 2. The summer I turned 3 I decided I was ready for the big time. I’d make my Mom drive into the beach parking lot, pull down the back of the Jeep (my stage) and I’d sing & dance “The Good Ship Lollipop” on repeat (for likely much longer than the lifeguards would have preferred). By the age of 6, I matriculated into the “Underpantser Dancers” who made their debut performance on home video amidst Hurricane Bob. I choreographed all the moves and taught them to my little sis. That’s when I knew I loved teaching. I requested she call me “Miss Liza” (although she defaulted to “Miss Bossy”).