Previous training & experience includes: 7 years of jazz & competitive acrobatics under the direction of Mark Simpson/ DAC, four years with & two-time captain for the UConn Huskies co-ed cheerleading squad, chosen as staff member for the prestigious Universal Cheerleaders Association, Eastern Connecticut State University head cheerleading coach, professional NBA dancer & professional actress represented by CESD Talent Agency. Some acting roles include, “One Life to Live” & “Law and Order: SVU” as well as national tv ads for products such as Toyota, Tide, Olive Garden, Glad, and Foxwoods Casino. After 11 years in NYC, she moved to CT. She now lives in Guilford with her husband Joseph and daughters Mea, 13 and Julia, 11 and son Luca, 9. She also has a 23 year old stepson, Joey, who is a very successful actor in Canada.
Brooke Melillo (Instagram @brooke.melillo) has been dancing for 12 years. She has trained under some of LA’s most sought-after choreographers such as Kathryn McCormick from “So You Think You Can Dance”, Brian Friedman and Twitch. Brooke travels the country all year long, taking classes from the most high-demand
choreographers. She assists classes and auditions for scholarships every weekend during the biggest and most popular dance conventions in North America. She has been chosen by Revel Dance Convention to assist for the past two years.
Brooke is trained in all styles of dance from tap, jazz, and ballet to hip hop and even ballroom. She continues to grow and learn all while choreographing her award winng solos.
Hello! My name is Sara Prior, and I became a licensed Zumba instructor in August 2019. A desire for more Zumba, and to spread the positivity of Zumba is what motivated me to become an instructor. My first experience with Zumba came about a year after the birth of my second daughter when I was looking to take time for myself, and one class and I was hooked. While I said I initially did this for myself, I believe when we commit to do something to better “ourselves”, in the end, it is not just for us. For me, the mind and body benefits of Zumba allow me to function as my best self, and positively impacts all aspects and relationships in my life. There is always time for Zumba in my schedule as I balance a busy life here in Guilford where I was born, raised and currently live with my husband and two daughters, and as a Special Education teacher in Westport. Throughout my life, I played many sports, engaged in many extracurricular activities, and tried a variety of fitness programs. While I enjoyed some of these, nothing has channeled my energy and made me want to wake up early, go back out after a long day of work, and go out during the coldest, nastiest of New England weather, like Zumba! Maybe it was the formality and structure of these activities that did not appeal to young energetic me; I have always wanted to move, let go and have fun! I have found that in Zumba. In Zumba, the music excites, the positivity envelops, and the spirit of the class moves! Often I hear people say I have no dance background, to which I say “me too”, or you say “but I can’t dance” this is not the case in a Zumba class, because in Zumba you ARE A DANCER. I look forward to dancing with you to the Zumba latin rhythms, as well as hip hop songs, songs you know, and maybe an 80’s throw back!
Hi! My name is Kendall and I am a licensed STRONG by Zumba instructor, as well as a Zumba Fitness Instructor. I was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Madison, CT. I grew up dancing and doing competitive gymnastics, in which I fell in love with team motivation and connection. I thrive off of positive relationships, and I truly believe that you are who you surround yourself with.
I found that dance, gymnastics and fintess were some of my favorite outlets to overcome lifes obstacles. Through fitness, I have found joy in making connections, as well as improving my mental and physical health; overall discovering a better version of myself.
I have a very energetic personality that I release through dance and personality that I release through dance and fitness. Being a mother of two, I have a hard time allowing time for myself. With Zumba, I am able to take the time for myself guilt free for exercise and social life! Zumba fitness boosts my mood, encourages positivity, and brings me a confidence that I have never found before. I believe that you can get through absolutely everything life throws your way with the support from like minded people!
I am beyond excited to share the positivity, confidence and sense of community that I have received through STRONG by Zumbe and Zumba fitness with other!