Denise, born in the Philippines and raised in South Florida, fell in love with the art of performance at the age of 10. At that time, she started studying numerous styles of dance including classical ballet, jazz, tap, modern, contemporary, lyrical and hip-hop.
After almost 10 years on national-competing dance teams and extensive dance training, Denise thought it was time to hang up her pointe shoes and make dance a mere hobby, only taking a few classes on occasion.
While looking for new ways to stay fit, she found Zumba® and her dance bug quickly came back
After her very first Zumba® class with Vanessa Valentin at RhythmX, Vanessa planted a seed in Denise’s head about becoming a dance fitness instructor. One year later, Denise finally became a Certified Zumba® Fitness Instructor and started training with Vanessa and her RhythmX team.
Since then, Denise has gained an increased passion for dance performance and a new love for fitness.