EZYMovez Dance Fitness Instructor Profiles
Moving to Cockle Bay in 2013, I tried a Dance Fitness Class at the local school, meeting Elaine Zafra Yu, little did I know this was about to change my life. Through these classes I gained confidence, lost weight, gained fitness, not to mention meeting some of the most amazing people. I wanted to be part of helping others to find themselves, friendship, fitness and the joy I had experienced. So in 2015 I decided to become a Dance Fitness Instructor and I haven’t looked back. To see the joy on students faces, to see the changes these classes make to peoples lives, and the friendships that have been built is just invaluable. In 2016 I embarked on taking my own Saturday Class, and in 2018 I will start a further class….. and so the journey continues. - Elaine
Hi my name is Heather and after attending Elaine’s classes since 2015, starting with Zumba and then U-jam, I finally took the plunge to becoming an EZYMovez instructor in 2017. Having a dance background, I was looking for something that was fun and energetic whilst still being a challenge and with Elaine I felt right at home. In fact, I couldn't stop smiling right through my first class! The philosophy of 'Make it yours' couldn't be truer as students are encouraged to add their own style - it's all about enjoying yourself whilst getting a great cardio workout. So, come and sweat it out with us and show us your smile!
After initially being reluctant to try dance fitness, I hesitantly attended my first class with Elaine Zafra Yu in 2015. 3 years on and there is no looking back! The classes have helped improve my physical health, but also given me the confidence to step outside my comfort zone. Becoming an instructor is something I never thought I could do, but seeing the smiles on students faces, the friendships created, and helping others to achieve their goals makes the journey worthwhile. - Hayley
Hi, my name is Staci. When I first attended dance fitness classes with Elaine Zafra Yu, I just wanted to have some fun and get a bit fitter. A few years later and now EZYMovez is a big part of my life. With EZYMovez not only did I get I fitter and healthier, but I gained confidence and made many new friends. In 2017 I trained as an EZYMovez instructor, an incredible opportunity and I have learnt so much. I love the wide range of the music and dance styles, lots of variety so you never get bored. EZYMovez is a great workout, you hardly notice you are exercising as it is so much fun. You may walk into a class tired or stressed but I guarantee you will walk out with a smile on your face, feeling amazing.
Hey hey hey, who would of thought that moving to Auckland, attending a dance fitness class could change my life. I began attending dance fitness classes way back in 2011, Wow what an impact that was, losing weight, gaining confedence, meeting new people and becoming an Instructor. Man you know being an Instructor is awesome, but being a good instructor is my gold, just to witness pure enjoy in your student and I believe Ezymovez is for you, so much fun, life, friendships and freedom, oh yeah and fitness, Hey don't take my word for it, come check it out yourself.... Nau Mai Haere Mai Whaanau, Kia ora, ko Michael toku ingoa. I am a EzymoveZ Instructor. - Michael
Kia ora whanau ko Richard Toku ingoa. Just a brief translation: Hi my name is Richard, I joined the EZYMovez whanau early this year as a student, going to my first EZYMovez class was something I never found in a gym or any type of Zumba, or a dance class in my life, and that was being inspired and motivated by the EZYMovez instructors. Which is hard to find around these parts to me personally, doesn't matter whether you can dance or not, or you have two left or two right feet, or that you have bad coordination. The most important thing is that your having fun and the fitness is a added bonus to it. Then when the opportunity to become an instructor came up, it was opportunity I couldn't resist taking because I wanted to become as a EZYMOvez instructor so that I can motivate students as well and meet new people along the way and connect to the community. My goal is to become a great instructor and a good role model for this generation and the next generation, as well as show that EZYMovez is not just for the wahine(woman) but for tane(men) as well of all ages. Tena koutou katoa.
Fakaalofa lahi atu! My name is Lagatoa (Laga for short) and I was introduced to EZYMovez through my good friend Api who knew Jenny. Since starting with Elaine and EZYMovez it's been nothing but fun and laughter. If it were not for this awesome class I would be stuck at the gym (Boo!) lol. Since being with this crowd of awesome people I have been able to become more confident and have slowly made my way from the back of the class right up to the stage #CashMeAtEzymovez #HowBoutDat.
Tena koutou! Ko Naysh Hetaraka-Shelford ahau. There are two things in life I hold close to my heart ‘my culture’ and ‘dance’. Truly, there is no place I’d rather be than on the dance floor and having the time of my life with friends and whanau. I believe everything in life attaches to our soul, heart and minds and for me this sums up what EZYMovez provides for me and others I’m sure. It was a few years ago when I first saw EZYMovez emerging but it was Elaine’s passion that struck me. Since then I knew I wanted to be a part of this dance programme. I respect Elaine’s leadership her passion, values, purpose and determination to develop a programme with integrity and humility. I love and appreciate how EZYMovez has this endearing quality which truly, truly brings people together. My testimony that I love to share about EZYMovez is every interaction with the team leaves you feeling equal and included. There’s no bells or whistles just pure dancing with some cool as peeps! I am grateful to be a part of this dance programme and can’t wait to see its evolution grow and grow. I have no doubts at all that EZYMovez will shine bright to every corner of nga hau e wha o Aotearoa and beyond for many, many years. Nga mihi nui, tena koutou, tena koutou tena koutou katoa.
‘Ki a mau tatou ki nga akoranga hei oranga mo tatou katoa’
(May we continue to learn and grow together)
My name is Summer-Love Erykah Bervang. What I love about being an EZYMovez instructor is I feel like I’m part of a big family who make me feel welcome every time. I am very blessed and grateful to have the opportunity to be an EZYMovez instructor not only in dance but also socially. I get to enjoy it with everyone even those close to my age. Dancing for me started around age 5 when I attended classes in Ballet, jazz and modern dance with Anjanettes School of dance academy. My favourite memory from that time was performing Aladdin with my dance group. In college I progressed into African dance and Hip hop whom I presented at my senior school show with 20 friends, which was totally mind blowing and awesome by the way. Since then I’ve followed my passion for dance and am now teaching dance with children in primary schools which is challenging and loud, but still loads of fun! I am learning from everyone around me all the time and am excited to be part of the EZYMovez dance movement. Elaine inspires me! I love her encouragement and her motto ‘make it yours’.
Whats up people!! I’ve finally came out of my shell or coconut hehe!! I’ve known Elaine for quite a while and she has taught me things that I didn’t know I will be able to do!! EZYMovez has shown me different genres of music and dance, and everytime I go to class I can’t wait to get up there and do what I like!! So don’t be afraid if you see me, say hi! I’ll see you at any of the EZYMovez classes!! - Jenny
Hi my name is Anne. I have been attending Elaine’s Dance Fitness classes since 2011. While I was initially hanging out at the back of the class where nobody could see me, with encouragement from Elaine I found myself working my way towards the front of the class. Then, when the opportunity arose in 2017 to become an EZYMovez Dance Fitness Instructor, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and take the Instructor Training. I have gained so many physical and mental health benefits over the years from attending classes, and I have met the most amazing people, resulting in an incredible social life filled with heaps of fun, laughter and dancing. No matter your age it’s never too late to get started!
Hi my name is Marlina, I have been a part of EZYMovez since mid 2017. I had a couple of months off due to knee surgery in late July but was back to class asap and then took the leap to become an EZYMovez Instructor. EZYMovez has rekindled my passion for dance and I hope to be able to share that with others. ‘Make it Yours’!
My name is Kazuko. I grew up in Japan, but I am currently living in Auckland and have been attending Elaine’s classes for 5 years. I always have so much fun and burn heaps of calories! I was looking for support to improve my technique and I found this with EZYMovez. You will learn a lot, so I highly recommend that you come and check out the classes and sign up for upcoming workshops!