As Founder of Inspiration 4 Life, it is my Honor to Serve the Communities
of San Antonio as a Voice through our Radio, TV, Web Network and with
hands on action by Giving Back with our free Health, Fitness,
Wellness Programs since 2009. It is also a greater Honor to be working with Health Collaborative since 2010 and working together as a
Community Partner. Knowing that I can help contribute in anyway possible,
to better serve our City in getting healthier, makes my life complete. Inspiration 4 Life is here to Impact, Save and Change Lives. Get Inspired! Be Inspired! Stay Inspired!
I love to dance, live life to the fullest, and smile because it keeps
me young! I always remember to carry peace in my heart.
I am Ken Neissen I have been a Zumba instructor for a year and half. Almost three years ago, I walked into a gym and fell in love with Zumba. I am dedicated to providing you with a high-energy experience that is full of fun. Hope to see you attending one of my classes soon!
Hi my name is Lori! I have been taking various styles of dance since I was 3 and teaching for about 10 years now. I've been Zumba certified since August 2012, and have taught various classes around San Antonio. I am currently the owner of MooreDance, which is a mobile dance company. I'm looking forward to spending this summer working with Fit Family Challenge, teaching Kid Fit!
I am a Spanish Interpreter by profession who loves to stay active. I have studies in the areas of Social Work, Financial Administration, and Interior Design. I have been in a journey of health and fitness since I was a young girl. I am passionate about life and nature, and I believe that to be productive in life we need to be at our best, that we deserve a lot more than we think, and fitness is a great way to love and reward ourselves. Fitness can be fun, which makes a great way to share quality time with family. I love dancing, working out, listening to music, and reading, in both English and Spanish. I enjoy learning new things and love being a handy person. I love helping people, which is why I do what I do. I believe the great things we are gifted with should be shared to be a true blessing to others and to ourselves…plus it’s pretty rewarding.
I was never willing to run endlessly on treadmills or do boring floor crunches, but I love dancing. That is why I'm so happy to have found Zumba fitness. Teaching people to have fun while exercising is my goal! You don’t have to be a size 2 to participate nor do you have to be a dancer. Just follow my lead and move! You’ll have a blast. You’ll see that Zumba fitness is the most fun you can have while getting fit and staying healthy. What more can you ask for in a workout?
My name is Paulo and I was born and raised in Mexico City. My parents were born in San Antonio, but their parents were born in the northern area of Mexico and came to the U.S. to find a better life. I am a Graphic Design graduate from a university in Mexico but nowadays almost everybody can design with the help of the technology, so my degree hasn’t been that profitable. I’ve worked at UTSA as an admin for almost 15 years and, while it may not be the most fun job in the world, I have job stability and very good medical benefits. I also do English-Spanish translations as a free-lance.
Around January 2012, doing cardio became a very tedious routine and I was dragging to do it, so I started to skip it or to do like 5 minutes prior to weight lifting. Then I heard about this thing called “Zumba” that was offered at the Wellness Program at work and to be honest, I didn’t run and try it. It took me probably 2 months to finally say, “Ok, let’s try this Zumba thing,” and I did. Oh boy, I felt like an elephant trying to dance!! I didn’t give up and took classes for 6 months before I got certified on September 29, 2012, and that class/certification was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had!!
I want you to know that I am so happy teaching Zumba classes, helping you achieve your healthy goals, helping you make a difference in your lives, seeing your happy “sparkly” faces dancing my moves, telling me you have lost weight, or your arms/legs are tighter, or when you tell me you heard a song I have in my class on the radio and immediately thought about me and started to do the routine, it is priceless!
I am happy I am part of your life, because believe me, you all are a big part of my life too!
I have years of experience with teaching and leading international folk dance as well as calling contra dances. I have significant experience with what I like to call “one-night stands” (i.e. weddings, conventions, birthday parties) and have called contras at nine National Square Dance Conventions. My focus is on all-inclusive dancing; getting everyone out on the floor.
I recently expanded into teaching U.S. line dance and Zumba® (“regular” Zumba®, Zumba Toning®, Aqua Zumba®, Zumba Sentao® and Zumba Gold®). I am an active member of the Bluebonnet Scottish Country Dancers and the South Texas Polish and Romanian Dancers. I organize the San Antonio Contra Dancers, which has performed at the State Fair of Texas for many years, and holds dances almost every 2nd and 4th Saturday night with live music.
Currently I am Director of the International Folk Culture Center at Our Lady of the Lake University. I am also President of the Board of Texas International Folk Dancers and on the steering committee of the San Antonio Folk Dance Festival.
I dance often with Hermann Sons Square Dance Club in San Antonio and was the Finance Chairman for the Texas Line Dance Jamboree 2010. I teach line dancing, folk dancing and Zumba® at Elvira Cisneros Community Center and chair exercise at Air Force Village Retirement Centers. In my spare time, I do freelance bookkeeping for ContractTech Staffing, Inc. and train my agility dog, Ellie.
Hi, my name is Diamond Pardo. I am a PFTA Certified Personal Trainer, P90X® Certified Instructor, Independent Team Beachbody Coach, and a Sports Nutritionist. I started my personal fitness journey three years ago to better my health for my son and myself. I loved fitness so much I decided to spread the love of health and fitness to other people. I hope to keep inspiring others to better their health and fitness. Happy Fitness everyone!!
I am certified in Basic 1 and Basic 2 Zumba and just recently began teaching classes in January. The fun and camaraderie that accompanies the fitness in a Zumba class is what excites me the most about this endeavor. Working in a health background, I really enjoy seeing the results in myself and others as we strive to burn excess calories and learn of healthy ways to eat. The Health Collaborative and Fit Family Challenge have given me an opportunity to help myself and others on their journey to becoming more physically fit all while "feeling the music"!
I was born and raised right here in San Antonio, Texas. I come from a family of 4 BOYS and loved every minute of it. I have always had a passion to participate in sports and live a healthy lifestyle. Being an educator runs in my family my mother, my twin brother, and my wife are all in the education field. I love to spend my spare time with my wife and family.
Latangela (Tangie) James
Hello my name is Latangela James and I have been an instructor for almost two years.