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Amy is a former People Pleaser turned Healthy Lifestyle Entrepreneur
She specializes in ENERGY, mind-body wellness, physical and emotional fitness, natural health and beauty from the inside out. Amy is the Founder of Miami Fitness & Lifestyle® located in North Andover, Massachusetts which is a unique fusion of specialty fitness classes with community and fun for women.
Amy considers herself to be a student of life and a work in progress. She is also an artist, author, workshop presenter, International Fitness Cover Model, dance/fitness/yoga instructor, philanthropist, friend, daughter and lucky Mom to cute little fur-baby, Charlotte.:)
For more on Amy, please visit her website: http://amyfournier.com
Caryn is the Club Manager at Miami Fitness & Lifestyle and currently teaches Zumba, Barre, Booty Bootcamp and Pilates. She is a married mother of three. After finding camaraderie, encouragement and support in various group X classes and especially within the ZUMBA community, she decided to become a group X instructor to help inspire others to reach their fitness, wellness and health goals.
Caryn thinks people would be surprised to know that she’s actually an introvert and she loves being home and cuddling on the couch, sleeping in, staying in her PJ’s all day baking! She loves all pastels, (“probably because they remind me of spring which I LOVE!”) and if she had to pick one color it would be pink. Her favorite superhero is Wonder Woman which she has loved her since she was very young. Favorite kids’ book: Harry Potter! She has read the entire series at least 5 times, always looks forward to Harry Potter weekends and is still waiting for her letter of acceptance to Hogwarts!
Joy’s most proud moment was watching her daughter walk across the stage to accept her college diploma. Her favorite color is black, and her favorite children’s book is The Giving Tree.
Lynne Avallone is a native to the area, with an initial background in aesthetics. For over 25 years Lynne has been a makeup artist and skin care specialists and now with us as a yoga teacher! Lynne’s journey with yoga began about 18 years ago. Through the practice of yoga she was able to connect with her divine self, which made her want to teach. She desired to help others unlock their true nature and find fulfillment in daily life. This lead to Lynne getting certified at Sacred Movement Yoga in Ogunquit, Maine by Kristine Hupp. Her style is a yoga fusion, mixing Kundalini in with Vinyasa flow along with some core and strength poses. Lynne is also certified in Reiki. While visiting her daughter in New York City she enjoys free time by taking different yoga classes and is excited to share her experiences with all of you. She is ecstatic about being part of Miami Fitness & Lifestyle and says “Without yoga, I would never have learned how to breathe…”
Lynne’s most proud moment was when daughter came into her life the day she was born! Also, being with her four sisters as all five of them honored their parents at their wakes and funerals made her very proud, because it was sad, but proud of them for the amazing parents that they both were. (She cried when she wrote this)!! Something people would be surprised to know about her is that shewoke up one night as a child and was having an asthma attack! From that time on, she was a sickly, allergic-to-everything kid! She spent so much time sneezing wheezing and getting allergy shots! It all worked out, though, she is good now!
Lynne actually has a lot of nicknames according to who you ask. her man, Steve, calls her Ellie, Stella, Farrah, Delilah, Marietta, Ariel, and May..(“I think that’s it,” she says!) Some friends call her Lynnie. Amy calls her PIC, and her sisters call her Captain Wee or Lina. And her dad called her his puppy doll. 🙂
The superhero Lynne most identifies with is “..hmmm, maybe a famous witch… like as in a good one, like a green witch. Or Superwoman for obvious reasons!” Her favorite kids’ book, while she has “so many memories of reading wonderful stories,” is Stellaluna. Her dream magic power is “transportation for sure! I would go see my daughter in Austria every day!! And other cool places..”
Lynne’s advice to everyone is, “be happy, take care of yourself and the rest will follow.”
Diane’s proudest moment was giving birth to each of her three children. Her favorite color is green, and her favorite kids’ book is Goodnight Moon.
Nanci teaches a hybrid Vinyasa flow class where you will build strength, increase flexibility, and find focus. Classes are challenging and dynamic and end in a relaxing Shavasana leaving you refreshed.
All classes are suitable for beginners or experienced yogis. Nanci’s yoga mantra is: “Yoga is not about touching your toes. It is about what you learn on the way down.”
I think my most proud moment was seeing my daughter graduate from my alma mater. I know what it took to achieve what she did, because I did it too. It meant so much more to me to see my daughter do it.
Nanci’s favorite color is orange, but she also says, “I am very drawn to robin-egg blue.”
Her superhero would be Jean Grey from X-Men. “She has telepathic and telekinesis powers, and I admit I try be intuitive toward others needs and to use my mind to affect people’s moods—hopefully in a good way through yoga!” Her favorite kids’ book is Robert Munsch’s Love You Forever.
If Nanci could have a magical power, it would be to heal people. If that super power was already taken she would like to be able to talk to animals. She adds: “and if I was only allowed 2 animals, I choose my dog and cat of course!”
Something one might not know about Nanci is that “in a past life” she was the proud owner and rider of two Harleys!
Courtney is passionate about sharing her love of dance and music with others. In fact, she likes to say that one of the best days of her life was the day she was asked to teach a dance fitness class at Miami Fitness & Lifestyle. To her, the smile on a student’s face at the end of a class makes teaching the best experience each and every time. Courtney strives to make each person feel as confident and sexy inside as they look on the outside during class. She can’t wait for the opportunity to help guide YOU in exuding your inner pizzazz on the outside. So step out of your comfort zone and let Courtney help you live life like the party it is!
Something people would be surprised to know about Courtney is that she is an avid snowmobiler, ATVer, and boater. Her nickname is Court! The superhero she most identifies with is Marilyn Monroe. 🙂 Courtney has two pugs named Coconut and Moose. Her favorite thing to do is laugh!
Krista is a North Andover native. She has always had a love for dance and music starting from the young age of 5 where she went on to participate in tap, jazz, hip hop, ballet and toe. As she got older, her diverse interest in music grew and she became a huge fan of country music and the lifestyle. She started riding horses at the age of 7 and had her equestrian license to teach by 16. On the weekends she would attend country line dancing events and even toured with Teen Country as they toured and danced throughout New England. Her love for country and dancing stayed strong and Krista became a Beachbody instructor of Country Heat.
Krista’s nickname is “Special K.” Her favorite color is emerald green. Something people would be surprised to know about Krista is that she knows how to Cajun and zydeco dance!
Gina entered the dance fitness world in 2013 after several personal challenges resulted in depression and weight gain. Her passion is dance fitness and she is currently licensed in Zumba and Zumba Toning, as well as certified in MiXXedFit dance fitness formats. Additional experience and training with Hip Hop, Tap and other traditional dance formats make variety, energy, fun, and confidence the hallmark of her classes.
She always tends to say her favorite color is purple, but in truth, it’s blue. She loves any shade of blue… from cerulean to turquoise to Oxford! She’s had a few nicknames, but people usually just call her “G.” Before she was married, GMo was popular, but Jennifer Lopez stole Gina’s gig and now it’s hers. 😉 Gina’s favorite kids’ book is Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola. It was her favorite as a girl, she’s read it to her younger sister, and now her son. The entire series about the Grandma Witch and her ability to feed an entire village with an empty pasta pot are very familiar!
Micaela has always been someone devoted to working out and fitness. Having danced since the age of three and also playing volleyball at the collegiate level, physical health has always been a part of her life. After taking many fitness classes she decided the next step was to become the instructor and inspire others the way so many instructors and coaches inspired her!
People would be surprised to know that Micaela is a junkie of classic movies. She says, “Since I was little, we’ve always had family movie nights! I can easily recite Titanic (both Rose and Jack’s part) verbatim”. Micaela can also sing every song from The Sound of Music with ease and of course can act out the entire movie Dirty Dancing.
Her family and friends have always called her Mickey D. Her favorite color is blue (“to match my eyes of course!”).
Raised primarily in Florida, Elyse has had a love of sports and fitness since she was a child. While in school she participated in swim team, dance club, cheerleading and track. At 12, Elyse took her first aerobics class and discovered her true calling. When she was 16, she started teaching aerobics classes on a part time basis and has been going strong for over 25 years. During her fitness career, she has come to specialize in Pilates, Yoga, Core Training and Spinning. Some of Elyse’s certifications include, AFAA, ACE, Piyo, Stott Pilates, Kripalu yoga and more. Always striving to inspire, Elyse strives to make every class a complete one that combines the fusion of exercises with motivating music, spirit and energy. Elyse lives in North Andover with her husband and two children.
Her favorite color is purple! The TV character she most identifies with is Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) on Scandal because “Olivia is known as the fixer. She fixes problems, people, and the biggest scandals. Yet she does it all very invisibly so that nobody realizes she is behind it all. “I see myself as the fixer in many aspects of my life-my family, my household and my PR work. The best result is when everything around me is fixed and the happy parties think it was all them. I just smile in the background.”
The magic power she wishes she had would be the power to heal. She would love to be able to heal her kids’ injuries like broken bones and torn ACLs, and to ease the pain of loved ones like her mother who is suffering in chronic pain.
Emilia’s proudest moment was getting her college acceptance letter and finding out she would be graduating high school a year early. Something people would be surprised to know about her is that she is a classical pianist and loves classical music! Her favorite color is mint green. Emilia thinks that princesses are superheroes, too; the “superhero” she most identifies with is Mulan! Her favorite kids’ book is The Rainbow Fish.
As a married mother of 3 boys and a schoolteacher in North Andover, MA, Tracey first discovered Zumba in 2010 and found it to be the most fun way to work out! IN 2012, she decided to receive her own license to teach, so she could share her love of dance, music AND people with others. For Tracey, helping others who enjoy moving to music to feel more fit, free and fabulous is a dream come true!
It may surprise people to know that Tracey has social anxiety! Her favorite color is either red or pink. Tracey’s favorite kids’ book is the Harry Potter Series – she says she’s a HUGE fan! Her dream magic power would be the power to heal physical, mental and emotional illnesses.
Something people would be surprised about Joanne is that she went to college for the first time at age 35 and graduated the same year her daughter graduated high school. Her favorite color is RED, which she says is because it represents “fire and passion!”
Her nickname is Joey, but she will also answer to “Sparkle.” The superhero she most identifies with is Cat Woman because she is “beguiling, sly and sexy. She is all that, but don’t mess with the cat!!!” Joanne’s favorite kids’ book is Grimm’s Fairy Tales. If she could have one superpower, she would like to fly! “Supreme freedom,” she says. Her most proud moment was when one day, she looked at both of her children together at a holiday party and thought to herself, “l am so fortunate… good job mom, good job!!!”
Beth works with clients offering Integrative Health/Lifestyle counseling, Massage/Bodywork and Ayurvedic/Yoga Education. She truely enjoys connecting and educating with the community around the North/Northwest Metro New England area. Beth has been a wellness professional with over 15 years experience in the field of holistic health education.
Beth’s proudest moment is finishing up her Ayurvedic course work and is proud to say she can pitch a camping tent in less than 10 minutes in the dark! Her favorite color is pink. Her nickname is Bethyboo. Wonder woman is her Superhero. Her favorite kids’ book is Where the Wild Things Are and her ideal magic power would be psychic powers!
Jana began practicing yoga in 2004 with the hope to reduce stress and anxiety. She began teaching in 2009 after yoga positively transformed and healed her life far beyond her expectations.
In March 2012, Jana took her yoga practice to the water and became a certified Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga Teacher. The combination of yoga in nature along with the added fitness challenge makes the paddleboard the perfect place to practice!
Her goal is to help others heal themselves by bringing the gift of yoga into the lives of each student.
Jana’s favorite color is green and her nickname is Jana Banana! Her favorite kids’ book is The Giving Tree and if she could have a magic power, it would be “to fly, of course!”
As a schoolteacher and cross country coach, Julie was looking for a complement to her running routine and schedule. In 2010, she tagged along with a friend to try her first yoga class. She found that yoga improved her flexibility and life balance. Over the next few years, she decided to try more group X classes and fell in love with barre and strength classes. In 2015 she discovered PiYo– a FUN fusion of fluid movement, Pilates inspired toning, and yoga stretch. When the opportunity to instruct presented itself she took it! She is AFAA certified, trained in PiYo, and will be obtaining her barre certification in January 2017.
Something people would be surprised to know about Julie is that even though she HATES heights, she has been skydiving before (on Cape Cod)! Her favorite color is pink, or anything neon. Her nicknames are Jules and Jule. She loves to run, so much that she occasionally does road races! She is also a girls’ cross-country assistant coach.
Pam’s favorite color is blue. Her nickname is Pammy, and her favorite kids’ book is The Giving Tree!
Mercedes’ proudest moments were her children’s college graduations. A surprising fact about her is that she has run the Boston Marathon! Her favorite color is red, and her nickname is Quica. If Mercedes could have one magic power, it would be the ability to grant wishes.
Miki started street style dancing when she was 16. She trained in New York City and has choreographed and taught Hip-Hop to children and adults in Japan. Miki started teaching Hip-Hop Party Dance Fitness in 2012.
Miki’s most proud moment is when she sees her students dancing with big smiles and confidence. It makes her proud of herself AND her students! She also performed in “so many recitals” in her past, and each one has made her proud.
Miki’s favorite color is orange! The superhero she most identifies with is Spider Man. Her favorite kids’ book is the Harry Potter series. If Miki could have a magic power, it would be to fly so that she could fly to Japan to see her family anytime she wanted to!
Dawn is a Certified Personal Trainer & Group Fitness Instructor. She currently teaches Spin, POUND, PILOXING, Kickboxing and boot-camp-style Tabata classes. Dawn is an avid dancer, gymnast and runner, who has competed in numerous races, including half marathons that support Autism Awareness.
Dawn’s most proud moment—although she says “it is hard to pick just one!”—is becoming a wife and a mom to her three kids, which keeps her feeling proud each and every day! Something people would be surprised to know about Dawn is that she is actually her own worst critic. She is very hard on herself! Her favorite color is purple. If she could have a magic power, she would love the ability to be in more than one place at once!
Hanna Zalanskas , stage name IL’NARA, is Russian by nationality, was born in Belarus and moved to the USA in 2010. IL’NARA started belly dancing when she was 12. She constantly improves her skills through Master classes and specialized workshops in Belly dance, as well as learning new techniques from her colleagues. IL’NARA performs using exotic props such as Isis wings, sword, candle tray with fire, veil, fan veils & canes. IL’NARA has been teaching belly dancing for over 10 years in Europe and the USA . Besides her belly dancing career, Hanna, her husband and daughter have a YouTube channel called TOY DAYCARE, where they make fun videos for children daily.
Hanna’s favorite colors are red and blue and shares that EVERY SINGLE good friend that she has now, she has met in her belly dance classes! Hanna is so grateful for all of her girls and all the cheerful moments they share at her classes and when they get together. She and her family are YouTube Influencers—or you can call them “YouTubers!”—for their channel, TOY DAYCARE.
Hanna was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 27, which was a shock for everyone, even for her endocrinologist. She has about 10 names, and Hanna is not even her real name (in Hanna’s words, “Bam ;)”)!
She used to have a pet snake—a ball python. She currently has two dogs and three guinea pigs, but if she could she would love to have a zoo!
Hanna has been belly dancing for 16 years. She finished University and has a Bachelor’s degree as an English Russian interpreter. She uses YouTube and Belly Dancing for her career because that’s what makes her happy!
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