My World Dance and Fitness
Our Instructors
photo Suzanne Simmons

Founder & Director; Funk Aerobics, Tap and Thriller Instructor

Suzanne loves to dance, teach, choreograph and perform. Her desire to share her love of dance was her inspiration to open My World Dance and Fitness. She currently teaches funk aerobics at the studio. She is a certified group fitness instructor at the YMCA™, where she teaches aerobic dance. Dancing is a life-long passion of hers.

She studied modern and jazz dance at the University of Washington. She's performed in musicals with My World (belly dance, liturgical, and funk demos); Makeda (African); Ewajo dance (Afro-Caribbean); and Judy Montgomery's Stars of Tomorrow (tap, jazz, ballet, and choreography). She's dabbled in other dance styles that include flamenco, swing, salsa, line dancing, and belly dance.

She loves to boogie! Suzanne enjoys the challenge of helping people feel comfortable with movement. She believes that everyone has rhythm, even if it's to the beat of their own drummer!

     
photo Tricia McKay

Yoga Instructor

Tricia is intrigued by the rich inter-connection between the mind and body. This passion blossomed within the context of her early career as a ballet dancer and more recently as an avid yoga practitioner. Amidst the hectic pace of modern urban life, Tricia seeks to reclaim a sense of spaciousness and breath, entreating the active mind to yield in the presence of the moment and to listen to those often obscured, yet integral messages that the body seeks to communicate. Tricia is a registered yoga teacher (RYT) and maintains a private practice as a psychotherapist.

     
photo Pamela Johnson

Salsa Instructor

Pam began partner dancing more than 10 years ago and dance has become sustenance for her mind, body, and spirit. Pam strives to keep her dance class fun and loves helping students discover that they can dance. The Thursday salsa class is a lively class for beginners as well as intermediate students. The third Friday salsa dance party is a fun way to wind down a work week! Pam co-teaches with her longtime dance partner, Peter Blaustein.

     
photo Peter Blaustein

Salsa Instructor

Born in New York City, Peter was stung by the dance bug at a music festival in the Dominican Republic. Since that time, he has been enthusiastically engaged with Latin dance and music. Peter enjoys working with the students at My World Dance and Fitness, helping them learn at their own pace. He also loves exploring the possibilities partner dance offers for personal connection, play, expression, and the overall enjoyment of music.

     
photo Miss Crown

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Acro, Tots Instructor
Lead Instructor for Children's Dance Program

Miss Michaela Crown grew up in Gig Harbor, Washington where she trained in tap, jazz, acrobatics, ballet, contemporary, and lyrical since the age of four. She is a certified ballet student instructor through Cecchetti USA. She has trained under ballet masters from Richmond Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, as well as many Cecchetti Fellowship instructors. Additionally, she has been certified under the Al Gilbert tap method. In addition to her years of training, Miss Crown has choreographed for various local theater and studio productions and for the dancers at Seattle Pacific University.

Miss Crown's passion for movement led her to earn a bachelor of science from Seattle Pacific University in Applied Human Biology and Exercise Science. She currently works with physical therapists as a rehab technician to help patients learn how to properly move their body and prevent injury. Most importantly, Michaela loves to work with young dancers and watch them grow in both technique and confidence. 

     
photo Hanna Nguyen

Ballet Instructor for Children and Adults

Mrs. Nguyen is a classically trained ballet dancer who had trained with a local non-profit ballet company, Ballet Northwest, in Olympia, until she got married. There she had been taught by ABT certified instructors, former PNB, and Oregon Ballet Theatre faculty and dancers. She has carried her passion for dance through college while obtaining her Bachelors degree in Health Science from The Evergreen State College, focusing on athletics and injury prevention. Her passion for teaching has been with her since dancing in high school and grew as she attended the Cornish College of the Arts;Teaching the Technical Dancer workshop in Seattle. She believes if you can move, you can dance.

     
photo Jacob T Rodvelt-Gamlieli
     
photo Nailah Harris

African Dance Instructor

Nailah “Oni” Harris was born into a creative family, growing up with drumming and dance all around her. After many years of performing African dance, by age six, Nailah branched into jazz, tap and hip hop. She now focuses on West African and hip hop styles.  She has been a part of ADEFUA, Kutt ‘N’ Up, Nu Black Arts West, Broadway Bound, Kode Red Dance Team and Laddii Entouraj. She runs her own company called Mynd Kuntrol.  A graduate of Eastern Washington University, Nailah has created a non-profit called Gloria’s Heart, devoted to youth programming and development through art.

     
photo Katrina Ji

Bollywood Instructor

Katrina Ji is an international performing artist, choreographer and tour leader specializing in Rajasthani Caravan Folk Dance, Bollywood, Regional Folk Dances of India (Garba, Bhangra, Lavani), some Kuchipudi & ATS Bellydance (FCBD Sister Studio since 2007).

     
photo Ben Chi / Heartbreaker

Waacking Instructor, Social Media and Website Manager

Ben ‘Heartbreaker’ Chi began dancing in 2007. He took his first Hip Hop class shortly after discovering breakdancing videos on Youtube. After a year of choreography based studio dances, he focused on Popping and Breaking for the next 8 years. In 2015 he moved to Seattle from Hawaii. A year later he was inspired and taught by Rina Pellerin and Tracey Wong in their dance style, Waacking. Since then he has been an active member of the Waacking community and competes in battles across the North West. He continues to waack, break, and pop with his crew Just Us, combining them into original styles.

     
photo Robert Park

House and Hip Hop Instructor

Robert Park has been dancing for 11 years focusing on breaking, house, and hip hop street style. Robert is also a member of the Chinatown After Hours crew competing in dance battles and performing in multiple shows. Notable competitions and performances include IRL, Sweet 16, and Vancouver Street Dance Festival. He looks to travel, enter more international competitions, and work on his craft. He is currently focusing on developing his own unique style of house dancing.

     
photo Blue

Locking Instructor

Blue is a dancer from Taiwan. He has been dancing for 3 years. After one year of grooves training, he started to learn locking from IP Lockers in Taiwan. He continued to dance in his high school dance club. In 2017 he came to the US and started battling. His styles include locking, soul step, and hip hop.His goal is introducing locking to more dancers in Seattle. He wants to eventually create a locking crew to train, have fun, and battle with.

     
photo Gi Villanueva

Popping Instructor

Gi represents Seattle's only popping collective Groove Clan from Seattle, Washington. Gi started popping at the age of 14. Learning from both of the Kaku Brothers, Sam Ramos, Icon, as well as other local Seattle poppers in the community. Witnessing his first battle 7 years ago (Mighty 4 Zulu battle) he saw the likes of PopnTod, Devious, Boogaloo shrimp, and others. From there he was so inspired and enticed by the culture he has been popping ever since. From doing tutting, to Boogaloo, Gi is a lover of movement and all styles of popping. He hopes to grow, learn and vibe from everyone he encounters.



My World Dance and Fitness Studio
849 Hiawatha Place South
Seattle, WA  98144
(206) 861-2500 ~ suzanne@myworld-df.com