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Fitness Instructor Bios (Fall 2015)
Meet our instructors…
Jesse, Strength Instructor
Jesse is currently in his senior year at the University of Washington, majoring in psychology with an interest in entering the fields of health care and education. He is from Coulee Dam, Washington. His motivation to become join the Fitness Instructor Training (FIT) program stems from his desire to teach, his enjoyment of athletics, and his Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) “skills” he has developed over the years. Throughout middle and high school he competed in track and field, which introduced him to full-body, group-style exercise with his teammates. This experience led him to appreciate the fun and camaraderie that comes along with working out in groups with friends. Jesse completed the FIT program at the UW IMA in 2015 and currently teaches Ab Lab.
Eldridge, Cardio Instructor
Eldridge is a third year Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering (EE) at the University of Washington. He also works as an occasional instructor and teaching assistant for the EE Department. Originally from San Diego, CA, he started taking group fitness classes a few years ago at the local gym and has been an enthusiast ever since. A recent graduate of the FIT Progran at the UW IMA in 2015, he is now looking forward to combining his interests in both teaching and group fitness. Eldridge currently teaches Cardio Kickboxing.
Jaron, Strength Instructor
Jaron is a Sophomore at UW, and is currently studying Electrical Engineering. He spent a lot of time at the gym growing up, and was involved in Football, and Track and Field in high school. Jaron recently graduated from the F.I.T. program, and now teaches strength classes including Total Toning, and Absolute Conditioning. Outside of the IMA, he also works for Housing and Food Services in Residential Life as a Resident Adviser.
Alexa, Cardio Dance Instructor
Alexa is excited to be in her 4th year teaching cardio dance at the IMA. She spent 3 years dancing professionally for the Seattle Seahawks. As a Sea Gal, Alexa got to dance in the loud, fun atmosphere of the Seahawks stadium as well as participate in hundreds of community-wide events such as hospital visits, charity auctions, and military appreciation events. Before becoming a Sea Gal, Alexa competed nation-wide in gymnastics for over 10 years. She also studied Pointe at Pacific Northwest Ballet and other types of dance such as jazz and hip hop. Alexa is also a recent grad of the UW with a BA in accounting and a master’s in professional accounting & taxation. In her spare time, Alexa spends time with family and enjoys cooking and gardening. In her cardio dance class you’ll find a nice mix of Sea Gal-inspired dancing and aerobic exercises that will have you sweating and feeling great after a challenging but fun hour of cardio.
Katherine, Strength Instructor
Katherine started out teaching high/low aerobics in the 90’s. She has completed the F.I.T. program and now teaches Circuit Training. Her passion for fitness was fueled by the awareness of cardiovascular disease in her family. Her aim in class is a balanced and safe workout that progresses throughout the quarter. She asks you to come join the fun. When not teaching, Katherine maintains a busy schedule with three active dogs and a research career in pharmacology.
Ray, Pilates Instructor
As a dancer/choreographer/teacher, Ray discovered Pilates while dancing in NYC on Broadway. He was certified as a Pilates Instructor in 2003 and continues to work at the Pilates Seattle International, a training center, as well as other locations in the area. Along with Pilates, Ray has worked for the past 20 years as a research assistant at the UW for studies relating to exercise with a wide variety of populations. He was one of the founding members in 1996 of the production team that produced The Festival of Men in Dance, a non profit group. In 2013, Ray completed his studies and is now a Spiritual counselor. He likes to camp, eat good food, garden, hang with his friends, read, travel and see good theater.
Jacque, Cardio Instructor
Jacque is going to be a sophomore at the University of Washington this coming autumn, and she is hoping to major in Informatics. She has been taking cardio kickboxing classes for the past 2-3 years, and she really likes jumping around and dancing. Her hobbies include boxing with the Husky Boxing team, running on random trails with her friends, and eating ice cream. She likes to make really bad jokes during class, so don’t mind her. Jacque is extremely excited to teach classes in the future, and to meet other people as passionate about fitness as her!
Alicia, Cardio & Strength Instructor
Alicia is a sophomore at the University of Washington this year, majoring in biology. She is from Tacoma, Washington where she played soccer throughout middle school and high school and started doing workout videos as a New Years resolution in 2013. Interested in the FIT program at the IMA, she took classes at the beginning of her freshman year and then tried out for the program. She is now an instructor at the IMA, here to share her interest in fitness with others while having fun doing it!
Paige, Strength Instructor
Paige has been active with sports and fitness all of her life. She played volleyball, basketball, tennis, and golf in high school and went on to play volleyball in college. She coached volleyball as well. Since college, she has been an avid runner and participated in dozens of exercise classes, including boxing, interval training, circuit training, cardio kickboxing, capoeira, and yoga. She completed the UW FIT program in 2014 and is excited to share her passion for exercise and fitness with others.
Andrea, Cardio Dance Instructor
Andrea has been a Cardio Dance instructor at the IMA for over two years. She has six years professional dance experience with both the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks Sea Gals (five years) and the National Lacrosse League’s Washington Stealth Bombshells (one year). With 20+ years experience in various dance styles, Andrea enjoys combining jazz and hip hop styles with good old aerobics in her classes. Andrea received her BA in Psychology from the University of Washington, and in her spare time, enjoys cooking anything and everything under the sun, keeping up with social media, and watching all Seattle sports teams (especially Seahawks and Husky football!). When it comes to dance and teaching classes, she believes it’s all about giving it your 110%…go big or go home. Expect FUN, high-energy cardio routines to a variety of upbeat music styles in Andrea’s classes.
Laurie, Pilates Instructor
Laurie’s bio is coming soon!
Jessica, Cardio Instructor
Jessica graduated from the F.I.T. program in Spring 2014 and is thrilled to be a part of the IMA team as a cardio kickboxing instructor! She loves leading fellow Huskies towards improved physical and mental health, as well as a lifetime of staying active. Jessica is majoring in cellular and molecular biology at the UW, minoring in dance, and studying to become a pediatrician. Her passion for fitness began with her journey as a competitive figure skater for 10+ years. She has also practiced ballet, pilates, yoga, and strength training. One of her favorite moments in teaching is when her kickboxing class gets into character and takes down their imaginary archenemies!
Melissa, Strength Instructor
Melissa received her BS in public health and her minor in nutritional sciences at UW and has always been very active and involved with fitness, exercise, and sports. As a competitive tennis player, running enthusiast, middle school fitness coach, and recent FIT 2015 graduate, she is excited to share her passions about exercise and health with her participants! Melissa aims to someday use exercise and movement to heal others as a physical therapist. She also loves to bake chocolate zucchini bread, play Call of Duty, and watch Hell’s Kitchen.
Talia, Cardio Instructor
Talia’s bio is coming soon!
Sarah, Cardio Instructor
Sarah is currently a sophomore at UW, studying Linguistics and Public Health. She recently graduated from the Fitness Instructor Training program, and is excited to be teaching Cardio Kickboxing. When not at the IMA, Sarah enjoys performing as a member of the Husky Marching Band, participating in Kappa Kappa Psi (a national honorary co-ed band fraternity), and practicing various Polynesian dance styles.
Mike, Hip Hop Instructor
Michael started off as self-taught Hip-Hop influenced dancer from Tacoma, WA. Now a UW graduate, he has also trained in ballet and modern techniques. He believes that to be the best dancer he can be, he should be versatile and push his own comfort zone. Michael is also an instructor at Velocity Dance Center and is a member of Chapter1NE and The
Beat Hippies dance crews, as well as Seattle’s Au Collective. You can look Michael up under the moniker Choreomike on Youtube where he posts class footage, class choreography and freestyles.
Kristina, Strength Instructor
Kristina is a multi-tasking machine and is excited to add IMA Fitness Instructor to the various roles she plays at UW. She began working in the Psychology Department in 2009 and graduated with her Master of Public Administration degree in 2014. Her interest in health and wellness began in high school when she joined the school dance team during her Sophomore year. Since then, Kristina has dabbled in all sorts of fitness activities like running, rock climbing, yoga, and hiking (not to mention the occasional home workout DVD). She loves anything that keeps her moving and enjoys new challenges, so her classes will get your blood pumping and keep you on your toes!
Kristana, Cardio & Strength Instructor
Kristana graduated from the Fitness Instructor Training program in Spring 2013. Prior, she was an All-American Cheerleader and a regular in group fitness classes. She teaches cardio and cycling classes at the IMA. She is a Public Health major and is also active in Greek Life on the UW campus. Kristana is from the Greater Seattle area.
Jamie, Cardio Dance Instructor
Jamie teaches Cardio Latin Dance at the IMA. Growing up in Provo, Utah, Jamie began dancing at a very young age and is experienced in various forms of dance including Ballet, Jazz, Hip-hop, Tap, and Contemporary. In high school, Jamie was a part of the Center Stage Performing Arts Studio: Senior Dance Company, which competes in conventions nationally. She is a senior at UW in the Foster School of Business and is pursuing a career in public accounting. In her spare time she enjoys curating the TEDxUofW Conference, and working with the Alpha Kappa Psi Rho Chapter business fraternity. She also loves green tea ice cream, the composer Chopin, and enjoying time with friends and family.
Phi, Hip Hop Instructor
Phi is super excited to be one of the newest members of the IMA team as a hip hop instructor. Starting his second year at the UW, any time he has outside of school he spends dancing. He’s danced and taught with many studios and groups in the greater Seattle area including Breed Seattle, PG Boyz, and UW’s own HHSA. He hopes to share his experience and love for dance with any and all who are willing to learn!
Stephanie, Cardio Instructor
Stephanie graduated from the UW in Spring 2015 with a major in psychology and a nutritional sciences minor. Participating in group exercises classes was a highlight of her experience at UW and ultimately lead to her participation in the FIT program. She began instructing fitness classes Fall 2015, and is thrilled to get the chance to help others reach their fitness goals, relieve stress, and have fun! Aside from group exercise, she also loves cooking (and eating), and photography.
Rina, Hip Hop Instructor
Rina is a Hip Hop Instructor at the IMA and a full-time student at the University of Washington as an intended business major and dance minor. She has danced for 15 years in all styles of dance. Her main focus was ballet, but for the past five years, she has dedicated most of her time with Hip Hop. Rina has danced through studios, movements, dance teams/competitive teams. She has been choreographing since she was 15 years old, and recently choreographed for competitive teams in Bellingham in Hip Hop and Pom. Rina’s goal for her students is to understand the movements and musicality of each dance piece while creating their own style. Ultimately, Rina wants each student to have fun and still gain a workout all at once.