“My name is Nick. I’ve lived in Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and now the Alberta District in the glorious city of PDX! I danced competitively among hip hop crews in college, which left a huge void in my life after graduation. I battled with my weight for several years and tried everything to keep it at bay, which is when I found Zumba. I was incredibly excited to find a format that appeased my goals through the movement of dance.
After moving to the Bay Area, however, I noticed a number of unfamiliar dance fitness formats, one of which was U-Jam Fitness. It lured me in with a promise of urban funk and world beatz that resonated more strongly with my hip hop background; and I was hooked, line and sinker. No looking back. I’ve been an instructor for 3 years now, and have had the absolute privilege of learning from some of the best OG instructors in each of the last 3 cities I’ve been to.
My class tends to be the one that requires you to bring the coconut water and orange slices, because I like to go HARD. Movement sets keep students grounded in posture, light on their feet, and intensely focused on the core. The music selection has variety (focusing on hip hop, Bollywood, K-pop, and dancehall), but the common theme of intensity and SWAG always holds. In my class, we keep it 100, give our all, and uphold my #1 rule: Just have fun!”