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ZIN
Academy New York

Saturday, March 24, 2018

PRESENTERS + New York ZES + ZJ Teams

Beto Perez

Beto Perez

Creator of Zumba® Fitness

Beto began as a fitness instructor in his home city of Cali, Colombia. One day he arrived at class and realized he had left his regular aerobics music at home. Beto looked in his bag, took out some salsa and merengue tapes, popped them into the sound system, and taught the first-ever Zumba® class. After a career as a trainer and choreographer in Colombia, Beto decided to make the big move to the United States. With only his moves and his passion, Beto sold all his belongings and moved to Miami in search of the American Dream.

Gina Grant

Gina Grant

Zumba® Education Specialist

Gina has over 15 years of dance and fitness experience and has mastered various genres, including tap, jazz, hip-hop, Hawaiian, Tahitian and musical theatre. She is a former Sacramento Kings dancer and a former choreographer for both the Portland Trail Blazers and the Sacramento Kings dancers. She has been featured on Today, Sábado Gigante and The Early Show and has performed alongside artists like Pitbull and Wyclef Jean. Gina travels the world as a Zumba® Education Specialist and was instrumental in developing the Zumba® Kids and Zumba® Kids Jr. programs. She was featured in the Exhilarate DVD collection, in numerous ZIN Volumes and in the Zumba® video games. She has performed at countless events and presented at conferences worldwide. She is AFAA and ACE certified.

Dahrio Wonder

Dahrio Wonder

ZIN Member

Dahrio Wonder is a San Francisco Bay Area native who has worked with some of the industry's top recording artists as a professional dancer and choreographer. As a dancer, choreographer and instructor he has performed and worked with Britney Spears, Madonna, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Hart, Melanie Fiona, Jonn Hart, An’gela Winbush, Zumba®, and the late salsa legend Celia Cruz. In 2007, he penned a music publishing deal with Foxx King/Bug Music (ASCAP), and was also an opening act on select dates for The Isley Brothers US tour. In 2012, Wonder joined the Gina & Tanya Zumba® tour as the featured music artist, entertaining crowds in cities throughout the US and Canada. Most recently, Wonder teamed up with Zumba® creator Beto Perez to write and perform, “Came Here To Party” for Zumba’s 2013 instructor conferences and convention.

Armando Salcedo

Armando Salcedo

Zumba® Education Specialist

Born in Cartagena, Colombia, Armando began his career in the fitness and entertainment industries in 1996. He worked in Bogotá, Colombia with Beto Perez, creator of the Zumba® program, and was an international presenter and dancer in Jakarta, Indonesia, Italy, Argentina, Cuba, Mexico, Panamá, Guatemala and in the United States since 2005. He performed globally and is now a Zumba® Education Specialist, International Presenter and model. He is featured in the original Zumba® music videos, “Caipirinha” and “Crazy Love” as well as in the Zumba® video games. He was recently featured in ZIN 42 “One on One” and ZIN 46 Live Miami.

Heidy Torres

Heidy Torres

Zumba® Education Specialist

Heidy is a professional dancer, model, singer and Zumba® Instructor. She has been featured in ZIN Volumes 30 and 33, in Fitness-Concert events and in Zumba’s "Caipirinha" music video. She presents at international tradeshows, conventions and master classes. Heidy is also the lead vocal talent in three original Zumba® songs.

Rony Gratereaut

Rony Gratereaut

Zumba® Jammer

Rony was born and raised in the Residencial Las Margaritas, Puerto Rico. While in school, he participated in talent shows. At the age of 14 he became part of the G.O.P., a dance company located in San Juan, P.R. His training in Jazz, Cultural Dance, Salsa, Funk, Hip Hop, and BreakDance took him to the decision of starting his own Dance company at the young age of 18. Since then Rony has had the opportunity to travel to different parts of the US and Europe representing his Island. Later on he decided to move to Orlando where he discovered the Zumba® program and fell in love with it instantly. RONY today teaches around 17 classes a week, and hosts Reggaeton and Choreo ZIN Jam Sessions as a licensed Zumba® Jammer in Florida. Rony’s goal has always been to present his own session at a Zumba® Convention and bring to the ZINMembers new and fresh tools that they can use in their classes!

Nick Logrea

Nick Logrea

Zumba® Education Specialist
Irena Meletiou

Irena Meletiou

Zumba® Education Specialist + Master Trainer
Marcie Benavides

Marcie Benavides

Zumba® Education Specialist
Helen Ansari

Helen Ansari

Zumba® Education Specialist
Coco Qing Xie

Coco Qing Xie

Zumba® Education Specialist
Richard Gormley

Richard Gormley

Zumba® Education Specialist
Ashley Stewart

Ashley Stewart

Zumba® Jammer
Brenda Buckley

Brenda Buckley

Zumba® Jammer
Diego Chauca

Diego Chauca

Zumba® Jammer
Holly Rose

Holly Rose

Zumba® Jammer
Kendra Dewinde

Kendra Dewinde

Zumba® Jammer
Kimberly Lazzara

Kimberly Lazzara

Zumba® Jammer
Marisa Stani

Marisa Stani

Zumba® Jammer
Michele Pome

Michele Pome

Zumba® Jammer
Shahidah Beltran-Prats

Shahidah Beltran-Prats

Zumba® Jammer
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