Dance & Fitness

Dance, be healthy , Be Fit, feel the passion
Instructors

DEAUNTE WHITE (DEEMANI)

“He was born from a boom box”, influenced him to introduce himself to the artistic world as DeAunTé Emani! DeAunTé Emani’s choreography style is fun, energetic and complex His ear for the sounds people want to dance off of incorporates all previous mentioned styles as well as Mime , Praise, His-Hop, popping, quick locking (strutting) , foot work and isolations, West African, Afro Haitian, Afro Cuban, modern, jazz, swing, Lindy-Hop, and freestyle. His style would best be said as "Smooth Jamming’". His greatest inspiration in life would be LOVE, which he says drives everything. White believes we have to know who love is...God (1John 4:8) leads his ministry and spiritual passion. Love for music, dance and artistry drives his creativity. He has a deep Love for leaving uplifting memories on people’s minds, bodies, souls and spirit in every performances, worship movements and piece of choreography. He believes his Love for the art of dance and artistic life style is what leads to his happiness.

KIRSTIN SNYDER

Dancing and music are what moves me. As a young child I was classically trained in all forms of dance. As a young adult I discovered different types of dance and began studying Hip Hop, Funk, and Salsa. For many years I danced with a Cardio Funk group and I think I'm on some European fitness video as a back up dancer...The things you do when you are young. After giving birth to my second child, I was looking to loose weight and get back into shape. I heard about Zumba and gave it a try. The rest they say is history. I've been a student for four years and now I'm going on my second year as an instructor. I love Zumba because it is my release, my passion, and it has truly changed my life! Come dance with me so I can share my passion with you!

DALILA SOLIS

Dalila was born in Mexico, raised in Texas, and moved to California to study Anthropology. She fell head over heels in love with yoga in 2003 and has been practicing ever since. Dalila is trained as a yoga instructor and continues to study and explore many different styles of yoga--Hatha, Vinyasa, Bhakti, Kundalini, Yin and Restorative--weaving elements and synthesizing new teachings into her classes.
She also studies Thai massage as well as Ayurveda--living in tune with the seasons and elements and using food as medicine to heal and nourish.
Her studies in Ayurveda and the healing arts also inform her yoga classes. Dalila lives in Oakland with her boyfriend, two dogs and a cat. When Dalila is not on the mat, you can find her enjoying the outdoors, traveling, cooking, gardening, making art and loving life.

DAWN WILLIAMS

If you ask her mother she will say that Dawn has been dancing since the womb. In high school, she started a hip hop dance team. Dawn has studied Afro-Cuban dance in Cuba. She learned to dance salsa in Puerto Rico. She has taught hip hop to youth in the U.S., Argentina and in Guinea, West Africa. Dawn taught English, Spanish, and French at the high school level for twelve years. She is also a co-founder of the Williams-Bah museum in Dalaba, Guinea. She recently finished her doctorate program at U.C. Berkeley in Education looking at trauma in schools.
The music in her classes are a reflection of her travels and her Black and Filipina roots.
Dawn is a mother of three beautiful children and the wife of Piper of the band Flipsyde. She is the business manager for their entertainment company Pipe Dreamz Entertainment and the director of Oakland Science & Math Outreach.

DENMIS BIAN SAVIGNE

Denmis Bain was born August 9th in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. He grew up always surrounded by love which helped to stimulate his passion for the arts. Denmis was taught at a young age that happiness comes from within and the importance to live life to the fullest. He has embraced this concept and strived to pass on his love for life and express his happiness through dance. Denmis received the majority of his formal training in Cuba. He attended Regino Eladio Voti en Guantanamo, Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana and was a part of Conjuncto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba. He has expertise in afro Cuban dance, folklore, ballet, jazz, modern dance, contemporary ballet, tap dance, hip hop, choreography and singing. Denmis is probably most known for his work with the Havana Nights Dance Company. He toured and performed in more than 16 different countries and was a lead dancer in about 450 performances of "Havana Nightclub - The Show".
The performances received standing ovations and outstanding reviews from critics and audiences all around. The tour ended in Las Vegas, Nevada with the intentions of returning back to Cuba afterwards. Political hostilities between the U.S. and Cuba landed all 53 performers in the middle of a dispute that forced them into making life changing decisions. In 2004 Denmis Bain was a part of the largest mass defection in the United States and the entire cast requested and were granted political asylum. Denmis has remained in the U.S. ever since, fulfilling his original goal of performing and touching the hearts of anyone he could.

ROYLAND LOBATO

Royland is originally from Guantanamo, Cuba, Royland is a founding member of the Havana-based dance company, 7 Potencias, an Afro-Cuban Folkloric dance and music ensemble. A graduate of the Escuela de Instructors de Arte de la Ciudad de La Habana, (School of Arts Instructors in Havana) with a degree in Education, specializing in dance. 7 Potencias, one of the most creative and acclaimed Cuban folkloric ensembles, both in Cuba and internationally. A professional dancer with an expertise in Afro-Cuban folkloric and Cuban popular dance, Royland has also participated as a principal dancer as well as instructor, and invited guest in performances, workshops and classes throughout the greater Bay Area, Hawaii, New York, Cuba, and Mexico. Royland has been teaching throughout the Bay Area since 2005.

WILLA JACOBS

Willa Willis-Jacobs aka Bontle is honored to be a part of the Con Sabor Cubano Dance & Fitness team! She is a dancer and Licensed Zumba Instructor. She has a B.A. in Physical Education/ Dane and has been teaching throughtout the world for many years. Sha has been a member of dance companies including Ballet Lisanga, Ceedo Senegalese dance Co. and New Style Motherlode, just to name a few. her passion for dance and movememnt is undeniable. She brings creativity, uniqueness, high energy, positivity, great moves and love to all her classes. If you want to sweat, have fun, burn calories, get "yo" groove on, this class is a must!

HEIDI JANEIRO

Heidi was born in Santiago, Chile and grew up in Mendoza/ Buenos Aires/ Argentina. She lived in Manhattan, NYC for seven years and then came to the Bay Area, California. She has been here ever since. As a child, her family tradition, included dancing, and listening to music. It has always been part of her life, since she was brought up in a large family. At parties her family enjoyed dancing the night away. In school, she was an athlete, a leader in the dance community and a team player. She enjoyed basketball, softball and tennis. In the last 18 years. She earned a recognition in the fitness field as a Certified Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer, teaching several fitness class formats. She's a committed fitness leader, who has a passion to teach people how to stay fit and live a healthy lifestyle. Graduated college with a physical education degree. She continues to stay educated by participating in many seminars and workshops about medical terminology and fitness. She worked in the medical field as CMA and Part-time she enjoys teaching Zumba Fitness, BOOT CAMP, INSANITY, P90X, PIYO and other fitness formats .
In addition, she's a proud mother of two beautiful smart kids, who are now in college. She's currently teaches several classes a week, with personal training. She loves to dance salsa . Both Michel and Heidi have been dancing together, since they met. They both enjoyed dancing and teaching salsa/fitness classes together.

UMA MAHARJAN

I am Uma Maharjan from Nepal and I have been doing Zumba for nearly 4 years when I was 200 pounds and after falling in love with it, I become license Zumba fitness instructor (Zin). I have passion for helping people of all sizes and backgrounds to feel good about themselves. As a managing director of moonlight pharmacy, Zumba seemed to fit right into my vision for helping people discover their worth from inside and out.

I am blessed to have the opportunity to share the joy of dance through Latin and Bollywood music. I am not a dancer and you don’t have to be either. You just have to come ready to sweat and have a great time and consider yourself coordinated in order to enjoy the class and get an amazing workout. For me “dance is the medium through which my body communicates with my soul”. I look forward to dance, sweat and most of all having fun with all of you.

LEYDER CHAPMAN

Leyder Chapman has been working in the fitness industry for twenty years! He graduated from college in Havana, Cuba with a BA in physical education. At the age of 19 Leyder joined the Cuban National Basketball Team. He played for his country for four years before he defected to the United States in 2001. Since 2001 Leyder has used his physical fitness knowledge and degree in all sorts of ways and at various gyms in the Bay Area. Leyder currently works at Active Sport in Oakland, The Bay Club in SF, and Oakwood in Lafayette teaching salsa cardio classes, body conditioning classes, kickboxing classes, zuba classes, and boot camps. He is also a basketball coach/trainer for kids ages 4-18. Not only is Leyder Chapman very active in the field of fitness but he is also a singer. His stage name is Dos Four and his music is a combination of Cuban rhythms such as timba, reggaeton, merengue, and latin hip hop. Dos Four has performed all over the Bay Area as well as in Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Tampa, Orlando, and has had two tours across Europe. He is a talented athlete, trainer, and musician and is excited to bring his energy and talents to new gyms in the area!

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