What do you do?
Where do you work and what is your title?
I am a franchised Jazzercise instructor and personal trainer.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
I teach group dance/aerobics classes and personal training sessions eight times per week, with help... of course.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
I started Jazzercise in 1994 as a student, taking classes from my mentor/instructor in the Southgate area. In 2000, I became an instructor, so I’ve been jazzin’ for 11 years and teaching for 5 years. I opened classes here on the Westside three years ago in October!
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
The motivation and encouragement I can provide to any given student. This work is very fulfilling for me since my background is in health care. I like this side of it better, the preventative health care.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
That I could find an affordable building in this area to expand my classes and offer my students more.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
The hard days when no one came to class. It made me sad. But I’m sensitive and I may have taken it personally when I shouldn’t have.
What makes working on the Westside special?
The diversity of the people. I had no idea what was going on over here before I became a resident of the Westside myself. I love it. It’s colorful and filled with beautiful people.
“What do you do?” is a regular feature in the Westside Pioneer. If you know someone who has an interesting job on the Westside (but doesn’t live here), he/she might be a candidate for this column! If you know someone who might qualify, give us a call at 471-6776.