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Our Team

They say variety is the spice of life and that certainly describes our fabulous team of instructors. Believe it our not, each one was a Century Body student before becoming an instructor! They understand what it’s like to be a student so they work hard to keep things fun, lively and easy to follow. They infuse their unique personality and style into every class so no two classes are ever alike. Every instructor is trained in basic life support including Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and using an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). Each one currently holds or is working toward earning Group Fitness Instructor certification from the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) or the American Council on Exercise (ACE).

Read on to learn more about our team and what they love best about Century Body. We encourage you to try all of our instructors, classes and fitness formats — we promise you won’t be disappointed! 

 

  Jennifer Rubenkoenig   I’m the owner and lead Zumba® Fitness instructor at Century Body. I’ve been passionate about helping those interested in living a healthy lifestyle, spending — years as a health and wellness coach and 10 years as a Zumba® Fitness instructor. At Century Body, the goal is to live in our bodies until we are 100! Zumba® Fitness is my preferred form of cardio because it makes me feel free and happy — no matter how bad a day I might have. As soon as the music starts, I forget all my worries! As an instructor, I love seeing how students move differently to songs, how they make it their own, how they smile and laugh and sweat all at once. I can’t wait to meet you!

Jennifer Rubenkoenig

I’m the owner and lead Zumba® Fitness instructor at Century Body. I’ve been passionate about helping those interested in living a healthy lifestyle, spending — years as a health and wellness coach and 10 years as a Zumba® Fitness instructor. At Century Body, the goal is to live in our bodies until we are 100! Zumba® Fitness is my preferred form of cardio because it makes me feel free and happy — no matter how bad a day I might have. As soon as the music starts, I forget all my worries! As an instructor, I love seeing how students move differently to songs, how they make it their own, how they smile and laugh and sweat all at once. I can’t wait to meet you!

  Charlie Boss   You know when you’re in the club and your song comes on and all you want to do is dance? That’s what a Zumba® Fitness class feels like. I fell in love with Zumba® Fitness when I came to Century Body as a student in 2013. As an instructor, I love looking across the dance floor to see a community of people who lose themselves in the music, their moves and Let. It. Go. And you know the party is especially rocking when everyone is hooting, hollering and shaking their biscuits. It’s the workout you didn’t see coming. Who’s in?

Charlie Boss

You know when you’re in the club and your song comes on and all you want to do is dance? That’s what a Zumba® Fitness class feels like. I fell in love with Zumba® Fitness when I came to Century Body as a student in 2013. As an instructor, I love looking across the dance floor to see a community of people who lose themselves in the music, their moves and Let. It. Go. And you know the party is especially rocking when everyone is hooting, hollering and shaking their biscuits. It’s the workout you didn’t see coming. Who’s in?

  María López Schoenherr   I’d been part of the Century Body family for a year before becoming an instructor. I love, love, LOVE everything about Zumba® Fitness — the music, the language, the energy, the sweating! As an instructor, I love sharing the rhythms, movements, language and joy of my culture with the students. Zumba® Fitness is such a personal experience for me because I grew up listening and dancing to this music. It means so much to me to share my upbringing with others and doing it while staying fit is a bonus. Even though I was left out of the staff tidbits for the 2018 Fall Challenge, I look forward to continue spreading the joy of Zumba® Fitness and maybe even teaching you some Spanish! Come and dance with me!

María López Schoenherr

I’d been part of the Century Body family for a year before becoming an instructor. I love, love, LOVE everything about Zumba® Fitness — the music, the language, the energy, the sweating! As an instructor, I love sharing the rhythms, movements, language and joy of my culture with the students. Zumba® Fitness is such a personal experience for me because I grew up listening and dancing to this music. It means so much to me to share my upbringing with others and doing it while staying fit is a bonus. Even though I was left out of the staff tidbits for the 2018 Fall Challenge, I look forward to continue spreading the joy of Zumba® Fitness and maybe even teaching you some Spanish! Come and dance with me!

  Deb Taylor   My Zumba® Fitness love story started in 2013 when I took my first Zumba® Fitness class at the urging of fellow instructor Bill Newton. I. Was. Hooked. I love everything about Zumba® Fitness -- the music, the moves, how it makes me feel, the fun and the people! No matter what kind of day I'm having, Zumba® Fitness always makes it better. The same goes for Century Body, a place where you are accepted for who you are no matter where you are in your fitness journey. Now as an instructor, I LOVE dancing with students. We feed off of each other’s energy. I love seeing everyone smiling and doing something that brings them so much joy. Come join the fun with me!

Deb Taylor

My Zumba® Fitness love story started in 2013 when I took my first Zumba® Fitness class at the urging of fellow instructor Bill Newton. I. Was. Hooked. I love everything about Zumba® Fitness -- the music, the moves, how it makes me feel, the fun and the people! No matter what kind of day I'm having, Zumba® Fitness always makes it better. The same goes for Century Body, a place where you are accepted for who you are no matter where you are in your fitness journey. Now as an instructor, I LOVE dancing with students. We feed off of each other’s energy. I love seeing everyone smiling and doing something that brings them so much joy. Come join the fun with me!

  Katie Hughes   Hello! I’ve been dancing practically all my life! After hanging my professional ballet shoes, I discovered Zumba® Fitness in 2006. The dancing, the music, the fitness – I was hooked after my first class! I wanted to share my passion with others so I became an instructor shortly afterwards. I joined Century Body in 2014 where we don’t just sweat together – we are family. I want to make sure each and every student feels loved, supported and motivated to be the best version of themselves. As a dancer, I understand that core strength and stretching is important, so I’m also a Pilates instructor. I’m also part of the Strong by Zumba squad where I love watching students transform and grow. It’s an amazing thing to behold, students who start from “I don’t think so” to “Yes, yes I can.”! I hope to see you soon in the dance floor!

Katie Hughes

Hello! I’ve been dancing practically all my life! After hanging my professional ballet shoes, I discovered Zumba® Fitness in 2006. The dancing, the music, the fitness – I was hooked after my first class! I wanted to share my passion with others so I became an instructor shortly afterwards. I joined Century Body in 2014 where we don’t just sweat together – we are family. I want to make sure each and every student feels loved, supported and motivated to be the best version of themselves. As a dancer, I understand that core strength and stretching is important, so I’m also a Pilates instructor. I’m also part of the Strong by Zumba squad where I love watching students transform and grow. It’s an amazing thing to behold, students who start from “I don’t think so” to “Yes, yes I can.”! I hope to see you soon in the dance floor!

  Tomoka Ichikawa   I’ve been part of the Century Body crew for 5 years. Zumba® Fitness captures everything I love — dance, music and passion. There’s something unifying about having fun on the dance floor and getting sweaty together. My main goals as an instructor is to see you happy. If that means putting together a high energy playlist that gets you jumping all across the dance floor, then so be it. Come and join the fun!

Tomoka Ichikawa

I’ve been part of the Century Body crew for 5 years. Zumba® Fitness captures everything I love — dance, music and passion. There’s something unifying about having fun on the dance floor and getting sweaty together. My main goals as an instructor is to see you happy. If that means putting together a high energy playlist that gets you jumping all across the dance floor, then so be it. Come and join the fun!

  Michelle Castrogiovanni   Hi! I started at Century Body in 2010 and have been rocking it with the CB crew ever since. While I was once ZIN™ ( I taught the children moons ago) I am now one happily of the staff who will sign you in, make sure you are hydrated and cheer you on as you learn to love Zumba® Fitness too. Welcome to Century Body. Enjoy!

Michelle Castrogiovanni

Hi! I started at Century Body in 2010 and have been rocking it with the CB crew ever since. While I was once ZIN™ ( I taught the children moons ago) I am now one happily of the staff who will sign you in, make sure you are hydrated and cheer you on as you learn to love Zumba® Fitness too. Welcome to Century Body. Enjoy!

 
  Bill Newton   I’m one of the first instructors at Century Body. I love how Zumba® Fitness combines fun and fitness all in one. That means we laugh, we sing, we make silly faces — all the hallmarks of an epic one-hour dance party. More importantly, it gives us all a chance to lose ourselves on the dance floor and temporarily forgo the stressors of our daily life. So what are you waiting for?

Bill Newton

I’m one of the first instructors at Century Body. I love how Zumba® Fitness combines fun and fitness all in one. That means we laugh, we sing, we make silly faces — all the hallmarks of an epic one-hour dance party. More importantly, it gives us all a chance to lose ourselves on the dance floor and temporarily forgo the stressors of our daily life. So what are you waiting for?

  Jen Gonzalez   My start with Zumba® Fitness was forced back in 2009. Jennifer Rubenkoenig dragged me to her class when she first started teaching. I assumed, like most, I would be a mess. I was so right. But… I never had so much fun working out. So, I decided to give it another shot. Learning the routines became easier and soon after, I got licensed to teach Zumba® Fitness classes in 2010. What I was not prepared for, was the camaraderie and friendships I would gain. The connections I have been so lucky to gain have been irreplaceable. Come try us for the incredible workout you will receive and leave with an extended family.

Jen Gonzalez

My start with Zumba® Fitness was forced back in 2009. Jennifer Rubenkoenig dragged me to her class when she first started teaching. I assumed, like most, I would be a mess. I was so right. But… I never had so much fun working out. So, I decided to give it another shot. Learning the routines became easier and soon after, I got licensed to teach Zumba® Fitness classes in 2010. What I was not prepared for, was the camaraderie and friendships I would gain. The connections I have been so lucky to gain have been irreplaceable. Come try us for the incredible workout you will receive and leave with an extended family.

  Pamela Lombardo   I first came to Century Body as a student in 2012, then joined the crew as an instructor two years later. I love that Zumba® Fitness doesn’t feel like a workout. For one hour, we forget about the stress in our daily lives and lose ourselves in the class. I know I’ve done my job as an instructor when I see students’ joy for Zumba® Fitness and they leave class with a great caloric burn and smiles on their faces. Ultimately, it’s all about being happy together, amirite? I typically sub for other instructors or pop in their classes during the week. Hope to see you soon!

Pamela Lombardo

I first came to Century Body as a student in 2012, then joined the crew as an instructor two years later. I love that Zumba® Fitness doesn’t feel like a workout. For one hour, we forget about the stress in our daily lives and lose ourselves in the class. I know I’ve done my job as an instructor when I see students’ joy for Zumba® Fitness and they leave class with a great caloric burn and smiles on their faces. Ultimately, it’s all about being happy together, amirite? I typically sub for other instructors or pop in their classes during the week. Hope to see you soon!

  Mark Harrington   I have been a Zumba® Fitness Student for over five years now, and an Instructor for nearly three. I have enjoyed Zumba® Fitness as a cardio workout for some time now, and enjoy the social aspect of making new friends within the Zumba® Fitness world. Sharing the highs and lows of life with these friends as we progress to a better lifestyle has also strengthened my desire to keep up with Zumba® Fitness and a Healthier lifestyle. I hope to continue as long as I can, for the betterment of myself and the love and support of my family. Meet me on the dance floor!

Mark Harrington

I have been a Zumba® Fitness Student for over five years now, and an Instructor for nearly three. I have enjoyed Zumba® Fitness as a cardio workout for some time now, and enjoy the social aspect of making new friends within the Zumba® Fitness world. Sharing the highs and lows of life with these friends as we progress to a better lifestyle has also strengthened my desire to keep up with Zumba® Fitness and a Healthier lifestyle. I hope to continue as long as I can, for the betterment of myself and the love and support of my family. Meet me on the dance floor!

  Sandra Palmer   I’ve had an amazing time at Century Body since I joined in 2015. I remember falling in love with Zumba® Fitness in my first class when I fully forgot I was working out as I was swept away in the music, dancing, and fun. I quickly learned that Zumba® Fitness at Century Body was more than an exciting workout — it’s a community of people who care about each other and share their lives while pursuing health and wellness. In fall of 2017, I took the next step by becoming a licensed Zumba® Fitness instructor and was delighted to join the Century Body crew in the summer of 2018. I couldn’t be more grateful to have found this fantastic fitness community. Hope to see you at Century Body soon!

Sandra Palmer

I’ve had an amazing time at Century Body since I joined in 2015. I remember falling in love with Zumba® Fitness in my first class when I fully forgot I was working out as I was swept away in the music, dancing, and fun. I quickly learned that Zumba® Fitness at Century Body was more than an exciting workout — it’s a community of people who care about each other and share their lives while pursuing health and wellness. In fall of 2017, I took the next step by becoming a licensed Zumba® Fitness instructor and was delighted to join the Century Body crew in the summer of 2018. I couldn’t be more grateful to have found this fantastic fitness community. Hope to see you at Century Body soon!

  Kelly Hoey   I’ve been part of the Century Body family for five years, first as a student then as a staffer at the front desk. I first came to the studio because I wanted to start working out and I was looking for alternatives to a gym. Here’s what I discovered after my first class: No rhythm like me? No prob. Zumba® Fitness is a fun workout that ANYONE can do, and it has helped me achieve my goals of feeling healthier, happier and stronger than the day before. It also brings people from all different backgrounds together. We become family. Look for me at the front desk so I can say hello!

Kelly Hoey

I’ve been part of the Century Body family for five years, first as a student then as a staffer at the front desk. I first came to the studio because I wanted to start working out and I was looking for alternatives to a gym. Here’s what I discovered after my first class: No rhythm like me? No prob. Zumba® Fitness is a fun workout that ANYONE can do, and it has helped me achieve my goals of feeling healthier, happier and stronger than the day before. It also brings people from all different backgrounds together. We become family. Look for me at the front desk so I can say hello!

  Eugenia Romero   I’ve been a staff member of Century Body for over 7 years. Like most at CB, I was a student first in a continuous journey to better health and Zumba® Fitness is the best way to work out without noticing. I love to dance and I love to sing to many of the songs. As a staff member, I love to welcome new folks into the studio and I always make sure to learn their names as I want them to know we are happy they’ve come to dance with us. My husband loves STRONG by Zumba®, and sometimes he would even come to a Zumba® Fitness class with me. A family that works out together lives happily. I’m working on learning to lead some songs as I also have my Zumba® license, so, hopefully in the near future, you’d see me leading a new song.

Eugenia Romero

I’ve been a staff member of Century Body for over 7 years. Like most at CB, I was a student first in a continuous journey to better health and Zumba® Fitness is the best way to work out without noticing. I love to dance and I love to sing to many of the songs. As a staff member, I love to welcome new folks into the studio and I always make sure to learn their names as I want them to know we are happy they’ve come to dance with us. My husband loves STRONG by Zumba®, and sometimes he would even come to a Zumba® Fitness class with me. A family that works out together lives happily. I’m working on learning to lead some songs as I also have my Zumba® license, so, hopefully in the near future, you’d see me leading a new song.

  Heather Middlebrook   I began Zumba® Fitness classes with ZJ at Century Body back in 2010. At that point in my life, I needed to find joy and get back to regular physical activity. I was a student for about 6 months before I decided to get my Zumba Instructor (ZIN™) license and brush off my aerobics teaching skills from back in the 80’s. I found that I lost myself in the music and had such a great time while sweating, before I realized, I had danced off some extra pounds! Now, after many years of teaching classes, I have had the good fortune to meet so many lovely people and hopefully I’ve inspired them to have some fun, reduce stress in their lives. So come and join me for a class soon and let’s dance together!

Heather Middlebrook

I began Zumba® Fitness classes with ZJ at Century Body back in 2010. At that point in my life, I needed to find joy and get back to regular physical activity. I was a student for about 6 months before I decided to get my Zumba Instructor (ZIN™) license and brush off my aerobics teaching skills from back in the 80’s. I found that I lost myself in the music and had such a great time while sweating, before I realized, I had danced off some extra pounds! Now, after many years of teaching classes, I have had the good fortune to meet so many lovely people and hopefully I’ve inspired them to have some fun, reduce stress in their lives. So come and join me for a class soon and let’s dance together!

  Julie Krizay   I tried a lot of sports as a kid but was basically a non-exercising adult before I tried my first Zumba® Fitness class with a coworker in April 2011. Immediately I loved the music, the community, and had so much fun that I kept coming back as a student on a regular basis. In July 2013, I became a Zumba® Fitness instructor and started teaching at Century Body in October of that year. I currently teach a class that is a mix of Zumba® and Zumba® Toning, and am also licensed for Zumba® Gold and STRONG by Zumba®. Seeing my students smile, have fun, and work towards their fitness goals is inspiring to me! I also want to be #fitat100 as we do at Century Body, and I have lost about 80 pounds since I first started in my Zumba® Fitness journey.

Julie Krizay

I tried a lot of sports as a kid but was basically a non-exercising adult before I tried my first Zumba® Fitness class with a coworker in April 2011. Immediately I loved the music, the community, and had so much fun that I kept coming back as a student on a regular basis. In July 2013, I became a Zumba® Fitness instructor and started teaching at Century Body in October of that year. I currently teach a class that is a mix of Zumba® and Zumba® Toning, and am also licensed for Zumba® Gold and STRONG by Zumba®. Seeing my students smile, have fun, and work towards their fitness goals is inspiring to me! I also want to be #fitat100 as we do at Century Body, and I have lost about 80 pounds since I first started in my Zumba® Fitness journey.

  Sigi Buckner   I’ve been part of the Century Body family since 2010, first as a student then as a Zumba® Kids instructor in 2012. I moved onto grown ups shortly afterwards. There’s so much to love about Zumba® Fitness — the music, the moves, the smiles, the sweat you don’t notice until after the workout is over. But as an instructor, I love watching students grow, especially when they started their first class in the back and then find themselves letting loose and joining me closer to the font. Won’t you come dance with me?

Sigi Buckner

I’ve been part of the Century Body family since 2010, first as a student then as a Zumba® Kids instructor in 2012. I moved onto grown ups shortly afterwards. There’s so much to love about Zumba® Fitness — the music, the moves, the smiles, the sweat you don’t notice until after the workout is over. But as an instructor, I love watching students grow, especially when they started their first class in the back and then find themselves letting loose and joining me closer to the font. Won’t you come dance with me?

  Mariel Alatalo   Hi everyone! I’ve always loved dancing – as a kid, as a high school cheerleader and as a member of the dance team/pompom squad in college. I took my first Zumba® Fitness class in 2008 and fell in love. You can get lost in the music and forget about all your worries and stress! I became an instructor in 2011 and joined Century Body three years later, where you’ll typically find me dancing with the 9:30 a.m. crew. I’m also part of the STRONG by Zumba® squad, where I promise you’ll finish your class with a great feeling of accomplishment. Since strength and endurance are great complements of a good workout, I love assisting Jenn by leading a couple small group-training sessions. Hope to see you soon!

Mariel Alatalo

Hi everyone! I’ve always loved dancing – as a kid, as a high school cheerleader and as a member of the dance team/pompom squad in college. I took my first Zumba® Fitness class in 2008 and fell in love. You can get lost in the music and forget about all your worries and stress! I became an instructor in 2011 and joined Century Body three years later, where you’ll typically find me dancing with the 9:30 a.m. crew. I’m also part of the STRONG by Zumba® squad, where I promise you’ll finish your class with a great feeling of accomplishment. Since strength and endurance are great complements of a good workout, I love assisting Jenn by leading a couple small group-training sessions. Hope to see you soon!

  Suzanne Mets   I’ve worked at Century Body since January 2013. Like most of our staff, I started as a student before becoming an employee, first as a receptionist and eventually as an instructor. Any time I’m at the studio, I'm doing what I love —meeting and spending time with our students. I want every one who comes to our classes to not only have a great workout, but to enjoy the entire experience. I am an AFAA-certified group exercise instructor and have a martial arts background. I currently teach Zumba® Fitness’ newest format, STRONG by Zumba®. Come and get stronger with me!

Suzanne Mets

I’ve worked at Century Body since January 2013. Like most of our staff, I started as a student before becoming an employee, first as a receptionist and eventually as an instructor. Any time I’m at the studio, I'm doing what I love —meeting and spending time with our students. I want every one who comes to our classes to not only have a great workout, but to enjoy the entire experience. I am an AFAA-certified group exercise instructor and have a martial arts background. I currently teach Zumba® Fitness’ newest format, STRONG by Zumba®. Come and get stronger with me!

  Melinda Moore   I love how we’re one big family at Century Body. And you know what they say, the family that does Strong by Zumba® together, stays together! I love STRONG by Zumba® because it’s challenging and there’s an incredible sense of accomplishment you feel after each class. Come join me and the STRONG crew to find out! We'll get your heart pumping!

Melinda Moore

I love how we’re one big family at Century Body. And you know what they say, the family that does Strong by Zumba® together, stays together! I love STRONG by Zumba® because it’s challenging and there’s an incredible sense of accomplishment you feel after each class. Come join me and the STRONG crew to find out! We'll get your heart pumping!

  Beth Potts   Hi everyone! I first came to Century Body as a student in 2012. I love the workout — and all the burned calories — I get from Zumba® Fitness classes. I also love the camaraderie in our Century Body community where everyone is so supportive of each other. You can find me behind the desk or in class (when my shoulder and knees are behaving themselves) or after class cleaning the studio.

Beth Potts

Hi everyone! I first came to Century Body as a student in 2012. I love the workout — and all the burned calories — I get from Zumba® Fitness classes. I also love the camaraderie in our Century Body community where everyone is so supportive of each other. You can find me behind the desk or in class (when my shoulder and knees are behaving themselves) or after class cleaning the studio.