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 Zombilina (Suzanne)

Zombilina, Thriller Dance Instructor

The funk of forty thousand years hasn't stopped this zombie from dancing! Zombilina teaches the Thrill the World version of the dance and joins all the other zombies at the annual performance on the Saturday before Halloween in Occidental Park. She makes learning Thriller easy and fun...and she gives great zombie "beauty" tips.

     
photo Jacob T Rodvelt-Gamlieli

Jacob is a third generation dance instructor in a family of great dancers. Jacob's training began with tap, ballet, jazz and later grew to include include lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, acrobatics, step dancing and aerial hoop & silks. Jacob has many performing acclamations to his name including World Championship awards. As an instructor and choreographer Jacob has coached many groups to High Score Awards and his choreography is often recognized for its entertainment value. Jacob attended PLU and opened and sold two successful dance studios. Now he entertains thru comedy, event coordination, performing on stage as well as teaching all around the PNW. Jacob teaches a fun class that is mentally and physically challenging all while infusing it with humor.

     
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.

     
photo Suzanna
     
photo Nazaneen

Nazaneen is an award winning and seasoned dancer widely sought out not only for her skill, but also for her patience and ability to translate the complex movements of Middle Eastern dance in a way that is tailored to the student.  She strongly believes that dance is meant to be enjoyed by all and that with the right training anyone can reap the physical and mental health benefits of dance. Nazaneen has extensive expertise in various middle eastern dance forms, including modern and classical Egyptian Raqs Sharqi (belly dance), various Arabic folk dances as well as Persian classical and folk dance.



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