About Us

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Jessica Gleason- SDF founder and Instructor

.Jessica’s love of dance began as a toddler and has only grown with time. She is known amongst her friends, students and community for all things DANCE! She holds a BA in dance from the University of Washington and enjoyed a professional contemporary modern dance career in Seattle throughout her 20’s. After becoming a mom Jessica was looking for a way to satisfy her dance cravings and discovered and fell in love with dance fitness classes! She decided to take her passion to the next level in 2014 and became an instructor. In 2017 Jessica founded Seattle Dance Fitness where in her “Cardio Dance Party” classes adult students not only follow along each week to original dance fitness choreography featuring pop, hip hop and Top 40 music but they also find a super fun and welcoming community of dancers in all ages and stages of life . 

Jessica's  "Hip Hop Kids Dance Fitness" program offers elementary aged kiddos the chance to find joy in just MOVING their bodies! No mirrors, no judgement, just a super fun hour of age appropriate follow along dance fitness songs, dance games and freestyle dancing too! 

Jessica's "Move and Grow" program offers the littlest of the SDF family members (babies, toddlers and preschoolers) an hour of creative movement and play with their parent/caregiver.  

Through her dance and dance fitness programs Jessica found her calling in helping to empower her students, both adults and kiddos. Her classes offer a truly FUN and satisfying option for creating a HEALTHY lifestyle that lasts for a lifetime!

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Elizabeth (Liz) Ang- Instructor

Elizabeth Ang, also known as Liz, is an outgoing and vibrant 28 year old. She was born and raised in our beautiful state of Washington with her large Filipino family. She is a new graduate with a degree in Elementary Education from Western Governors University. She has a strong passion for helping others and teaching has always been her lifelong dream career.   

Now that she is a teacher, Liz also wanted to share her love for dance and became a dance instructor. She currently holds a certification in Zumba but has been dancing since she was seven years old. She would choreograph dances with her cousins and perform for her family at holidays and parties. She enjoys dancing in the styles of hip hop, salsa, merengue, bachata, jazz, pop, and country line dance. Her dancing inspiration comes from the love of challenging her body and continuously learning new moves and dance styles. 

Not only does Liz dance and teach, but she also enjoys many hobbies such as snowboarding, skiing, wakeboarding, weightlifting, rock climbing, and hiking. Liz is also a snowboard/ski instructor in her spare time. Her reason for being different types of instructors is because she loves sharing her knowledge and seeing others succeed is her favorite thing about teaching. She is beyond ecstatic to be a Hip Hop Kids Dance Fitness instructor and can't wait to share this adventure with you and your child.

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Tamara Littlejohn- Instructor

 

Tamara's relationship with dance was born when she was a little girl with a big mirror and her mom's records. Many evenings were spent getting lost in her head, twirling and leaping around the living room while Neil, Dolly and Kenny crooned their important lessons. These days, Tamara is an elementary school teacher, mom and wife. She relies heavily on her dance life to sustain her personal health and this has extended into her professional life as well! As a teacher and advocate for children's health, wellness and happiness, it only makes sense that she has begun the journey as an instructor, as well. Tamara joined the SDF family as one of our Hip Hop Kids Dance Instructors and is on her way to adding additional credentials. Her lifelong love of dance, enthusiasm, her growth mindset, inclusiveness and positive outlook make Tamara and SDF and natural fit!


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Kim Oliver

 

Kim has always had a passion for dance and fitness, but just recently discovered the two together. She dabbled in ballet as a young girl then quickly turned to all things sports. After a major injury took her out of sports for good in her teens, she followed her passion back to dance. This time, however, her training was more “fieldwork” and she studied mostly in da clubs and at poppin’ house parties. ;) In all seriousness, Kim got to a point in her life recently where she was searching for something more, something life changing and that’s when a friend told her about Seattle Dance Fitness. Kim walked into her first SDF party in the fall of 2018 and she was HOOKED. When she got to know the supportive community and positive environment that Seattle Dance Fitness promotes, she became a LIFER. She finds it truly and oddly poetic that all roads seem to have prepared and led her here. Her past experiences like teaching preschool, many years of athletic training, extensive musical studies and getting her Bachelors of Arts at the University of Washington in Drama to being licensed in Zumba and mentored by Jessica, it all comes together in Seattle Dance Fitness. Kim is walking proof of the magic that happens in Seattle Dance Fitness. It is an honor for her to be a part of the SDF instructor crew and to teach toddlers through adults, because she agrees that ‘dancing is for everyBODY.’ Whether it be a Move and Grow, Hip Hop Kids, or Adult Dance Fitness, Kim looks forward to groovin’ with you soon. If you can feel the beat, move your feet! 

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Camille Neilsen- Honorary SDF instructor*

Camille has a deep love of dance. She began her life of dancing at a young age with her family when she would push back the couches change into her shiny pink unitard and rockout with her 5 sisters while her dad would play the drums. Her first dance class in a studio felt like coming home. She has studied ballet, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, tap and now Dance Fitness and Zumba! Camille studied ballet and all dance forms at Utah Valley University with Repertory Ballet Ensemble and Utah Regional Ballet. She teaches all ages from wee little babies to toddlers to teenagers to adults and even grandparents! After she had her first of three children in 2011 she tried a Zumba class for the first time and was hooked! In 2013 she began teaching Zumba in Seattle 5-10 times a week! Dance Fitness became her favorite form of teaching dance and sharing her love of dance with others. She loves the energy and enthusiasm that comes in a group fitness class as well as being able to teach all ages to move their bodies have fun and try something they may never have done! Dance Fitness is for everyone! 

*Camille relocated to Utah in Spring of 2019 but will be traveling to Seattle for workshops and more in the future!