Zumba® Fitness Classes ....Just SMILE and MOVE!TM

Instructor Background


About Katie


My name is Katie Hughes, and I am from Charlotte, NC.

I've been teaching group fitness classes since I was a sophomore at NC State University in 2001. I became interested in teaching the classes that I was attending regularly to keep myself fit. It was so much easier to stay motivated when exercising with other people.

When I began graduate school at Princeton University, I knew that my schedule was going to have to accommodate teaching group fitness classes. After teaching regular group fitness classes for years there, someone suggested I try a Zumba class. After my first Zumba class in New York City, I knew that Zumba was going to be my passion. Zumba was the perfect way to combine my group exercise passion with new moves and positive energy from dancing. While I have always loved to dance, I only had a few years of ballet and gymnastics training up to the age of 12. The Zumba training introduced me to great international rhythms like cumbia, salsa, merengue, samba and reggaeton.

In 2007, I proposed bringing Zumba to Princeton. In 6 months, the classes were regularly 50 people strong! After graduation, I reluctantly left the Princeton community and moved further north to East Brunswick, NJ.

I have started successful Zumba programs in New Jersey at Bally Total Fitness in East Brunswick, Highland Park Recreation, Studio 808 and in North Carolina at Bally Total Fitness and A Mighty Fortress Lutheran Church.

I am currently looking to expand my class schedule. If you have a space that you think would be good for a Zumba class, let me know about it. All I need is a smooth floor and an outlet.

Email me at Katie (at) DanceYourSelf (dot) NET