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Danielle Pierce has a B.A. in English from Fordham University and an M.A. in Dance Education from New York University. She is a licensed Zumba Fitness ® Instructor, qualified to teach both Zumba ® and Zumba Kids ®. She is also certified in Pilates Mat and Apparatus through the Pilates Academy International. She has taught Zumba ® and Pilates at gyms and dance studios around New York City.
Dance Training: Danielle's professional training comes primarily from Lonne Moretton, Patti Wilcox, Karen Gayle, Jay T, Germaine Salsberg, and Phoebe Kelly at Steps on Broadway. She will always credit her teaching skills to the ladies at Maywood Dance Center, who exposed her to the joy of teaching dance to young children. In 2013, Danielle visited Uganda through an NYU program, which allowed her to learn traditional Ugandan Dances and share western dance practices with children.
Performance/Company Affiliations: Danielle danced for Fountain Street Creative in works choreographed by Debra Jo Hughes and has performed in the New York Area with the Tap Ole' Dance Company, Thomas/Byrne Entertainment, and Beth Juchovy's Dance Visions. Danielle has also performed the choreographic works of Belinda Saenz and Alfdaniels Mabingo.
Teaching Experience: In addition to The School at Steps, Danielle has taught for the Summer Arts program for Hackensack Public Schools, The Dance Center of Maywood, and Jump for Joy, Danielle has also taught Peace Games at P.S. 191/ Hudson Honors Middle School on the Upper West Side. Danielle is also currently the Lower School dance teacher at New York's Spence School.
Class Description ZUMBA®: The Zumba® program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. Our goal is simple: We want you to want to work out, to love working out, to get hooked. Zumba® Fanatics achieve long-term benefits while experiencing an absolute blast in one exciting hour of calorie-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate for life!
Class Description School at Steps: Danielle's children's classes are designed for young dancers to develop healthy habits in a fun and encouraging environment. Her classes begin with the BrainDance, a sequence developed by Anne Green Gilbert, designed to connect the mind and body. The classes continue to balance movement exploration and the development of technical skills.