At Fitness in Transit, we find instructors that are passionate, inspirational, and professionals in their field. They create an atmosphere where children feel safe and inspired.
Heather Baer, Owner & Director
Heather Baer is the director of Fitness in Transit. Heather obtained her Bachelor of Arts in dance from Mills College in Oakland. She has danced with the Motivity Company, Dance Brigade, Zaruwcha & Company and Zaccho Dance Theatre. With her husband Steve Schneider, she has ascended El Capitan nine times, climbed the limestone of Germany, and Australia, granite towers in Chile, and most recently, they completed a first ascent in Pakistan.
TEAM OF INSTRUCTORS THAT WORK WITH FIT
Davina Williams has been working with children for over 15 years. She holds BA in Child Development from Whittier College, and has earned post graduate units in Counseling. Davina's background includes Musical Theater, Dance, Singing, and Martial Arts. She has been doing musical theater since she was in elementary school and earned her black belt in Kajukenbo. In addition to years of babysitting experience, she has worked as a preschool teacher and a camp counselor. She works as the Business Manager for Fitness in Transit and also loves teaching when possible! When she is not working, she is playing with her two young daughters, ages 6 & 1.
Danielle Vigil has been a dancer for 25 years and has 15 years experience teaching in the performing arts. She got her start as a performer competing with Sherrie’s Dance Studio at the age of 6. Since then, she has trained in tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, and tumbling at various Bay Area dance programs and beyond, including Shawl-Anderson, Berkeley Ballet Theater, and the prestigious Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater summer program. From 2008-2009 Danielle danced with Bay Area hip hop company, Mind Over Matter. She is very passionate about bringing the best out of her students and pushing them towards excellence, while still having a good time. Danielle is very excited for another year at FIT!
Dorian Maffei was a competitive gymnast for 15 years, and has taught gymnastics since she was 16. She began her time with FIT in 2016 where she uses her love of movement, strength, and flexibility to teach kids new skills both on and off the mat. She currently enjoys her time off training in aerial and circus arts.
Hannah Ayasse is dance artist and educator born and based in Oakland, CA. She has a BA in Dance and Psychology from The George Washington University and has been teaching hip-hop and creative movement to kids aged 2 through 14 since 2012. She received dance educator training from the Luna Dance Institute and specializes in early child development. She is a freelance dancer primarily making and presenting her own work and collaborating with other Bay Area performance artists. She is passionate about supporting the Bay Area performance community, co-produces a dance and performance series in Oakland called Performance Primers, and house manages at CounterPulse Theater in San Francisco.
Joyce Weaver has been a ballet dancer for 19 years and graduated from Notre Dame de Namur with a BA in Art and Interdisciplinary Dance/Theatre and a minor in Psychology. She started dancing at the age of 3 at San Francisco Youth Ballet Academy until age 12, then at Millbrae Dance Academy (now West Coast Dance Conservatory) all throughout high school. She took many ECE Infant/Toddler courses at Smart Horizons and learned how children develop and how to encourage positive behavior in them. On her off time, she enjoys volunteering in the NICU as a baby cuddler and creating artwork that she posts online.
Juliet Paramor is a freelance dance artist based out of Oakland. She has been exploring solo work, performing with objects, dance films, and enjoys collaborating with other artists in the Bay Area. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz studying Human Biology and Dance and is an intern at the ODC Healthy Dancers' Clinic. She dances with Kinetech Arts and alongside friends in trash/collect while being involved with other freelance projects. She is interested in the moving body and how it affects one's relationship to themselves, to others, the past and present environment in which it inhabits, and its ability to make change.
Since 1996, Karma Smart has followed her passion for dance, specifically dances of the African Diaspora. Soon after beginning the study of West African dance she began to perform at public events. While living in Hawai’i she studied and performed West African, Brazilian, Congolese, jazz, Haitian and hip-hop dance styles. In Hawai’I she helped form the dance company of Sankofa based on the Big Island with whom she performed at schools, museums, and events on Maui and Oahu and the Big Island while completing a degree in Cultural Anthropology in 2000. In 2002, in order to expand her learning opportunities as a dancer and to attend graduate school, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. A few months after arriving she was invited to join a Congolese dance company, Fua Dia Congo of which she was a member for three years. After graduating from the California Institute of Integral Studies she was presented with the opportunity to teach West African and Congolese dance while in an internship in Brazil. Currently, and for the last eight years she has consistently focused on studying Afro-Brazilian dance. In addition, in April of 2013 she was asked to collaborate in forming a new Congolese dance company by the young visionary choreographer, Vivien Bassoumina. It is Karma’s life passion to share her experience of personal healing and liberation through music and dance. Karma currently teaches adults, teens and children of all ages dance at various community organizations, dance studios, wellness centers, fitness centers and schools. More specifically she teaches at BrasArte, also known as the World Dance Center in Berkeley. And has recently performed as a company member with Omi Tutu Dance Collective as well as Damasceno Dance Collective and currently, as a guest artist with Maracatu Pacifico for the upcoming annual Cuba Caribe Festival of 2017.
Kerstin Low: A life long learner, adventurer and teacher who seeks to bring out the positive and best in my students while having fun. I have taught yoga to children at after school programs, as well as to adults in community centers and privately. I thoroughly enjoy learning and immersing myself in other cultures and languages. Some of my biggest passions are travel, dance, yoga, music, pilates, children and education. I have been a mover and a shaker of my body since I was a young child. Later in life, I found yoga which I fell in love with and enjoy every moment I can to share this practice with the world!
Liz Shakti Hudson, RCYT, E-RYT500 is a yogini and meditator, world traveler, teacher, writer, jeweler, artist, entrepreneur and most of all a lover of life and all people big or little! When she found yoga almost 20 years ago, it was the home within that she had always been seeking. She began teaching children yoga in her Montessori classroom and instantly fell in love with helping people find connection to their breath, body, peaceful mind and spirit.
Liz has a Primary Montessori Certification from NAMC, a BS in Early Childhood Education from Texas State University, and 200 hour Hatha and 500 hour Kundalini Yoga certifications from Yoga Yoga. She also went through the Radiant Child Yoga Certifications 1-3 with Shakta Kaur Khalsa, Vinyasa certification with Seane Corn and with Sadie Nardini, as well as Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Certifications with Leslie Lytle. She is grateful for these teachers and more who have helped enlighten her yogic path.
Currently Liz teaches Pre & Postnatal, Toddlers, Kids & Teens, Family, Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative & Kundalini Yoga in schools and studios in San Francisco and the East Bay area. She loves to help people, big and small, learn various techniques to de-stress, relax and release outside thoughts, worries and tensions. She strives to empower her students to create their own practice and take away tools to use in everyday life as well as encourages them to intuitively flow into a meditative practice by connecting their movements with breath. Her goals are to have fun, to help people to bring awareness to their bodies and their life, both on and off the mat and to help spread conscious tools to children.
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Natalie Potter: As a young child I practiced Jazz and Tap dance at The Ballet School in Walnut Creek, CA. I then started Gymnastics at Encore Gymnastics in Concord, CA. I did Gymnastics there for 3 years before starting my 7 year commitment swimming with the Walnut Creek Aquanuts Synchronized Swim Team in Walnut Creek, CA. I grew up competing across the country. During this time we started practicing dance with various professional choreographers that would come to teach and enhance our skills performing in and out of the water. At 15 I retired from Synchro and started taking Jazz Dance. I danced for 3 years at Monte Vista High School in Danville, CA. I then studied Dance at Diablo Valley College in Concord, CA. and also at Santa Barbara City College in Santa Barbara, CA. I continued to study dance for another 10 years on and off at Diablo Valley College. I continued Dance at the Rock Center For Dance in Las Vegas, NV. Currently I dance 3-4 times a week at various studios in the Bay Area. I take Lyrical Jazz, Street Jazz, Contemporary Jazz and Hip Hop. I have taken various workshops with some of the Industry's greatest Hip Hop and Jazz Professionals, Aisha Francis, Yanis Marshall, James Alsop, Leeco, Max Francisco and more! I am passionate about the creative, physical and inspiring outlet dance and movement provide the mind and body! I can't wait to meet you! See you on the dance floor!
Rosy Uzal is a modern dancer, contortionist, acrobat, and aerialist. She is trained in a multitude of apparatuses and styles, and is currently studying Mongolian Contortion, Chinese Acrobatics, Flying Trapeze and Static Trapeze and working on an Associate's degree in dance in San Francisco. She first began teaching at the Great All American Youth Circus in Redlands California and has taught dance and circus to all ages for several years.
Sophia Rumasuglia is a Bay Area native who has been teaching and dancing professionally for the past seven years. She received her dance training through Los Gatos Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and Ballet Austin. She is currently a company dancer with Bay Pointe Ballet and a movement teacher throughout the Bay Area. Sophia has been working with children for her entire professional career and considers it a privilege to be able to share the art of movement with her students. She has her 200hr Yoga Alliance Certification and is presently working on a Bachelors in Performing Arts from St. Mary's College. This is her fourth year teaching with Fitness in Transit.
Tiffany Burris has always had a passion and love for dance and gymnastics. She studied dance at the School of the Arts in San Francisco for high school and went on to UCLA where she majored in dance and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in World Arts & Cultures. Since graduating from UCLA, Tiffany has been teaching gymnastics and dance to children with an emphasis on musical theater, while incorporating several styles of movement including Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Modern, Afro-Haitian and Hip-Hop. Tiffany is a true believer in the arts and loves choreographing for children.