OUR TEACHERS

Our dedicated GroovaRoo certified teachers are helping us spread the movement all around the world.

Alison grew up as a competitive dancer in Jazz, Ballet and Contemporary…

Alison Thomsen

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Alison grew up as a competitive dancer in Jazz, Ballet and Contemporary for 15 years. She left her passion of dance to pursue a career in the medical field as an EMT. After 5 years in the medical field and the birth of her son, she has rediscovered her passion for dance after attending her first GroovaRoo class in May 2016. GroovaRoo brought happiness and direction to Alison as she battled with Postpartum depression. Alison hopes to bring the same happiness to other moms and caregivers in her area.

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Ami Kay

Fairhope, Alabama

Ami is a new mom with a passion for helping mothers find joy through dance, as well as creating community and connection. Her 15 years of dance experience includes a variety of dance styles such as country line dancing and salsa. GroovaRoo was a perfect fit to merge her passions and she is excited to be a Groovaroo teacher.

 

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Anthea Yugawa

San Francisco, California

Anthea was inspired to become a Groovaroo teacher after taking a hip-hop jazz class in the Spring 2016 that re-sparked her LOVE for dance. She feels that babywearing dance class is the perfect way to blend her passion for dancing to soulful music while connecting with her daughter, Hana (19 months) and other parents and the babywearing community.

 

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Aurelia Yee

San Diego, CA

Aurelia has a background in latin dancing and West Coast Swing. A year of dancing with GroovaRoo, she decided to take the teacher training. Now, she is excited and happy to continue GroovaRoo classes in San Diego and help bring Amber and Meeshi’s vision to life.

 

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Denise Ziegler

Parker, Colorado

Denise is a mom to three grown children and a new Grandma. Her love of fitness and dancing drew her to GroovaRoo Dance. She feels it is a loving fun way to connect with her new grandson as well as share the love of exercise and dance with others. Her passion for encouraging and supporting others is evident in her classes.

 

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Elizabeth Wright

Jacksonville, Florida

Elizabeth believes that dance is a universal language that can bridge spiritual, emotional and cultural barriers while bringing freedom, joy and life. Elizabeth is excited to bring Groovaroo to Florida and looks forward to creating a safe, encouraging and welcoming environment where families can bond with their children by dancing together.

 

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Emily Braun

Austin, Texas

Grateful to now be strong enough to provide this service for other women, she combines her desire to uplift with years of dancing and performance art experience.  Whether it’s to build a network, dance through struggles, or to connect with your child, Emily invites you to experience the love of GroovaRoo in one of her Austin classes.

 

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Irene Rhodes

Temecula, California

Irene is a mother of 4 girls and a Certified Babywearing Consultant, Trained GroovaRoo Dance Instructor and currently pursuing her Lactation Educator Counselor certification. She aims to make your baby wearing, dance and lactation experience smooth and harmonized. Keeping you and baby heart to heart.

 

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Jamie Nangpi Harris

San Diego, Califorina

Jamie started dancing with Grovaroo before the birth of her daughter. At 37 weeks Jamie tried her first class and was hooked! Dancing with your baby creates a special bond between mother & child that will continue throughout your lives. She hopes to share her love of babywearing, dance, and community with you and your little one.

 

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Jillian Van Ness

Sacramento, California

Jillian became a GroovaRoo instructor to help people feel empowered, joyful, and at home in their bodies, families, and the world. With a background in music and the arts, she also runs her own Pediatric and Prenatal Aquatic Massage practice in Sacramento, CA. Teaching GroovaRoo classes provides yet another opportunity to support growing families, and is consistently a highlight of her week.

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Julia Greensmith

San Diego, California

Julia has danced for most of her life and has a background working with children and adults as an Occupational Therapist. When she became a mom, she enjoyed learning about the benefits of babywearing and loved wearing each of her babies. She feels that Groovaroo is such a wonderful combination of what she is passionate about in life.

 

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Kathy Low

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Kathy is thrilled to bring GroovaRoo dance to Grand Rapids. Through babywearing dance, Kathy is hoping to expand the community and fun atmosphere she believes all caregivers of young children should have. Kathy believes that babywearing has many benefits for both caregivers and children only enhanced by adding music and movement.

 

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Lily Gomez

San Diego, California

Lily began her dance training at the age of six when she was enrolled in tap and jazz classes through the San Diego Civic Dance Arts programs and performed in many recitals at the Casa del Prado theater in Balboa Park. Now, as a single mother of two girls, Lily feels GroovaRoo has wholeheartedly enriched her and her family’s lives.

 

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Louise Melekai

Oahu, Hawaii

Louise is the mother of two grown daughters and 4 grandchildren. She is also a Reiki practitioner and birth doula. She is blessed to be able to travel between Oahu and the Seattle area. Dancing is therapy for the soul!

 

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Mandy Weaver

Chesterton, Indiana

Mandy is a mom (to three boys), a Licensed Massage Therapist and a Certified Group Fitness Instructor. She has always found joy in dancing and is most passionate about encouraging and supporting other moms. That passion continues to grow by building stronger connections and community through GroovaRoo.

 

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Maria Chaves

Brisbane, Australia
Hello, I am Maria, a dancer mum who loves to share her passion.  Come to our party dance meetings. Together, we are going to create a fun experience and strengths your beautiful family connection in a safe environment.  No prior dance knowledge is needed. You are all welcome!

 

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Maria Harris

San Diego, California
Maria is a first time mom to a 17 month old. She started dancing with Groovaroo when baby was 3.5 months and now both Maria and her daughter (husband too)can’t get enough of it. She hopes to bring the same joy to other moms and caregivers in the community.

 

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Michelle Lloyd

Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Michelle is a postpartum doula and newborn care specialist.  She is also a certified teacher with Happiest Baby on the Block.  Michelle loves working with families with newborns, both singletons and multiples.  GroovaRoo is something she feels very passionate about.  The joy of dancing coupled with the community of new parents and parents to be, is something she is excited to bring to Tennessee.

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Shelby Magnuson

Olympia, Washington
 Shelby became a GroovaRoo instructor because she loves dancing with her family and with others, and she truly believes in the benefits of wearing your baby. Through her dance classes, Shelby desires to provide a community that allows an open space to bond with your baby, bond with other caregivers, and have tons of fun! She invites have moms, dads, grandparents, and any other caregivers come dance as a family.

 

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Charul Jain

Gurgaon, India

Charul Jain loves and appreciates the concept of babywearing soul line dance by GroovaRoo, to spread the joy, happiness, bonding and love all over the world while dancing together with family/community. She wants to spread and teach this kind of dance to the parents/caregivers. Groovaroo Dance is a hope and sunshine to all those dancing feet.

 

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Veronika Kanska

London, England

Vivacious and dynamic, Veronika combines her ardent passion for dancing and her love for children in GroovaRoo – the perfect place to introduce dancing to your child as well as bring the community of young families together. With GroovaRoo, Veronika hopes to help mums/dads bond with their little dance partners through the joy of movement and music.

 

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“Dancing with your family is your birthright. Let’s reclaim it for your family and for future generations to come!”

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