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.


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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.


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.




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.




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!



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.



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.



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.




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.




Lauren Kormanik

Allentown, Pennsylvannia
Lauren grew up dancing and has always found it to bring joy and happiness to her life.  As a new mom, Lauren discovered dance to be such a natural way to connect with her daughter. GroovaRoo provides a perfect, unique opportunity for new and expectant parents and their little ones to bond.  Lauren is excited to bring GroovaRoo to PA and build a supportive community of families that groove together!



Anna Signore

Montclair, California
Anna is thrilled to be combining her two passions, dance and children, into one with GroovaRoo!  Dance has always been a huge part of Anna’s life, and now she and her son, Danny, enjoy dancing together every day.  They can’t wait to share with you the joy, peace, and love that come from dancing with your family!



Marni Robson

Vancouver, British Columbia

Marni is Artistic Director of ICanDance! Having raised her own family in a whirl of babywearing and dance, she was inspired to bring Meeshi’s and Amber’s GroovaRoo to her community in Canada. She now loves helping new parents discover the depths of joyful attachment attainable through family dance.


Kadina Maličbegović

Burlington, Vermont

Kadina Malicbegovic is a Burlington Vermont based artist. As a new mom she is absolutely fascinated with GroovaRoo dancing. “The joy of movement with soulful music, reconnecting with my inner self  and continuous bonding with my baby on a daily basis is jubilant.”

Kadina is also known as the owner and professional painter of the premier canvas, face, body and prenatal belly painting business called Little Artsy Faces. She continues to bringing love, color and smile to her community and is thrilled to add GroovaRoo to her artsy world.


Jessica Epting

New York City, New York
Jessica is a grateful wife to her high school crush, and a home school mother of 4 –  living in New York City. As a ballet instructor for over 20 years, her passion is to create and inspire a love for dancing in her students! She is thrilled to combine her favorite things – dancing, music, family, and community with GroovaRoo!


Sheila Pomroy

New York City, New York

Sheila grew up dancing with her family in Newfoundland, Canada.
After years of formal dance training, she moved to New York City and studied Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Irish And ANY style she could get her hands (and feet) on!  Ultimately, she discovered that her true passion lay in teaching young children and the love and sense of community that is shared while dancing.  She has been teaching children and adults in New York City for over and ten years and is excited to be a part of the GroovaRoo family.


Ashley Mazzanti

San Antonio, Texas

Ashley has been dancing for 27 years, mainly in competitive jazz and contemporary dance. She co-founded and continues to dance with her contemporary dance troupe San Antonio Dance Fringe. Ashley danced throughout her 3 pregnancies and often found herself dancing with her babies while she was Babywearing. In April 2017, Ashley co-founded Babywearing Dancers of San Antonio, TX which started just as a group of fellow babywearers wanting to do a flash mob! The flash mob received so much excitement the group was formed so they could continue to offer Babywearing Dance opportunities in San Antonio. Ashley completed her GroovaRoo Teacher Training Certification to help her group thrive by guiding them in the best techniques for Babywearing dance. Ashley is excited to bring GroovaRoo to her local San Antonio community and help grow and normalize Babywearing (and family) dancing!


Cari Shoemaker

San Antonio, Texas

Cari was born in Alaska and raised in Idaho. As a military spouse she has lived in many states to include Mississippi, Alabama, and Texas. Cari has a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a Master’s of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Cari loves dancing with her baby and uses Groovaroo as her preferred method of self care. She loves the way it makes her feel and the special bond it creates with her baby and family.

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Claudia Simonis

San Antonio, Texas

Claudia Simonis is originally from Torreon, Mexico but now living in San Antonio, TX. She is married with two boys (5 and 1).  Heart to heart, connecting with her kids, connecting with her family, friends and the earth, she enjoys dancing, having fun, feels free, happy, and loved.She has always enjoy dancing and is a professional dancer by heart because she does it with passion and love.

Claudia has been inspired since 2015 when she traveled to her hometown in Mexico.  She saw this wonderful women dancing with their babies for a contest. This is when she decided one day that she would be doing that as well. It wasn’t until 2017 when she had her second son that started a group to dance with babies to participate in that same contest she saw two years ago.

She co-founded Babywearing Dancers of San Antonio, TX.  She successfully finished her GroovaRoo training for her group to benefit from it.  She did it to feel more confident to teach a class, learn about babywearing safety and teach all those fun GroovaRoo choreographies we learn. Dancing with her baby is the most wonderful way that she has connected with her son. She would love to teach this practice to every single mom, dad or any caregiver out there.

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Jessica Holm

Battle Creek, Michigan
Jessica is 25 years old and a Lead Dance instructor at Center Stage Dance Studio in Battle Creek Michigan, where she grew up dancing as a member of the competitive team
Married to her high school sweetheart, Jessica became a first time mom in 2016. With an extensive background in dance, Jessica wanted to merge motherhood with her love for dance, she was thrilled when she came across Groovaroo’s Facebook video.
Jessica loves the feel good, happy moments in life, like catching fireflies, playing in the rain and dancing with your baby. She is beyond excitied to bring this amazing bonding experience to Battle Creek Michigan, through Groovaroo Dance.


Nicola Jane Wilson

Edinburgh, Scotland

Nicola runs a variety of birth and baby classes from her home studio in Kirkliston near Edinburgh. She is a Mum of three and has a special interest in early intervention for the emotional wellbeing of babies and their caregivers. GroovaRoo for Nicola is all about love and connection and being uplifted by music and dance. It is about giving babies comfort and security and creating an experience that will transform the days where things feel less than perfect. A warm welcome awaits you.

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Sylvie Lu

San Diego, California
Dance has always been part of Sylvie’s life from ballet, to jazz to latin. She’s never committed long enough to be good but would always have her feet moving everywhere she goes. When she had Chloë, she quickly felt isolated from my other non-moms friends. When she came across a video of early groovaroo classes, she knew she had to try it. Her first class was a family class (Chloë was 12 weeks) and she immediately felt in love with the idea. No need to be a great dancer. All you need is love, soulful and funky music and you get to spend time moving with your family. She took few more classes and felt so much joy and love dancing together with other moms and babies. One thing she noticed, very few babies were crying during the classes. Most of the babes were sleeping or shaking their heads or hands to the beat.
She hopes she can spread the love and build a safe and caring community for all the moms in her area.


April Hiatt Ahlers

Prospect Heights, Illinois
April started dancing at age three, and hasn’t stopped. She loves dancing and knows how healing it can be. She has two wonderful children whom she has been wearing since birth, and still wears daily. She volunteers with her local babywearing group, and is excited to bring GroovaRoo to the Chicagoland area!


Stephanie Hopkins

Bartlett, Illinois

Mama to two young children, wife, and special education teacher, Stephanie runs her business as a Parent Resource Consultant in her free time. At Red Barn Basics she supports caregivers with car seats, babywearing, and CPR. She is passionate about empowering caregivers and especially new parents on this journey of parenthood. She is excited to bring GroovaRoo to her area and to foster connections among caregivers, babies, and the community.

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