Meet the uforia
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ALISSIA
ALISSIA
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Alissia’s uforia comes from her personal experience. You can expect to work hard in her classes but also leave a little lighter in your heart. Alissia has an ability to connect with clients both physically and emotionally.

Alissia was recruited to teach indoor cycling nearly a decade ago in Los Angeles, and then continued her career in New York and London. Having DJ’d for years, her classes often resemble an energetic dance party!

Alissia was also an actress and model; she has appeared on Strong Medicine, E! Television, Lucky Magazine, as well as in fitness videos, commercials and movies.

 

In her spare time, you can find her teaching yoga to children, personal training, or hanging out with her family.

Classes: Revolutions & GRIT

MATT
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Matt’s uforia comes from a place of passion, which is evident in every class he teaches. Find him both singing, dancing and adding flare to his Zumba and Revolutions classes. Matt has an amazing ability to bring a lighthearted spin to his classes, while giving a phenomenal class experience.

Born and raised in San Jose, CA, Matt received his BA in Dance before moving out to New York City to pursue his career.  He danced professionally with several modern and contemporary dance companies where he had the opportunity to tour and perform all over the world.  He also spent 11 years as a cheerleader and never misses an opportunity to pick someone up or throw them in the air.  Life is good!  He currently resides in San Jose with his husband Justin.

Classes: zumba & Revolutions

JESS
JESS Senior Program Manager
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Jess’ uforia comes from bringing people together to have a good time! Nothing starts the party like a good beat and Jess brings a high-energy, eclectic mix to each and every class.

A competitive figure skater until her teens, Jess struggled for years to find a form of exercise that didn’t feel like a chore. Then she stumbled upon uforia where she found the perfect combination of exercise and fun. Jess encourages you to sing and dance to the music – each class is an opportunity to let loose while making your body stronger!

Jess has a BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz. An accountant by day, she lives in San Francisco with her husband, Jeff, and her Frenchie, Posey, and her two cats.

Class: Revolutions

LISSY
LISSY Master Teacher
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Lissy New

Lissy brings her uforia from her athletic background. You will work hard and sweat in her class but you’ll also be challenged to go further and try something new.

Lissy draws experience from both the coldest and warmest parts of the US, born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska and university in Honolulu, Hawaii where she earned her B.S. in Kinesiology and Lifestyle Management! Lissy has an impressive athletic background playing Division II softball and most recently figure competitions which has given her a balanced approach to nutrition and exercise.

Classes: Revolutions & GRIT

SHANE
SHANE Master Teacher
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Shane shares his uforia through his love of music and a healthy lifestyle. During college Shane spent much of his time directing an a cappella group and singing to whomever would listen (willingly or not). If you come to Shane’s class, you can look forward to singing along with him to his favorite tunes!

Struggling with weight for most of his life, Shane made the choice after college to embrace a healthy lifestyle. He started eating healthy, running, cycling, and of course indoor spinning. He is now in the best shape of his life and can proudly say he has lost 100 lbs. Shane started with Revolutions as a student, and was excited to find a great community where he could have fun and maintain his weight, driving him to attend as many classes as he could. uforia has been a big part of Shane’s personal journey to good health and he hopes to inspire others with his love of music and an active lifestyle.

Shane got his BS from Stanford University and lives in Palo Alto with his wife Jenn. He can often be found at one of the many chocolate establishments in Palo Alto consuming dark chocolate “for his health.”

Class: Revolutions

LAUREN
LAUREN Master Teacher
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Lauren Shoe & Weight

Lauren’s uforia comes from an athletic background and general love of fitness and dance. Her choreography and musical sense whisks you away from the hard work at hand!

Lauren started teaching in 2008 with boot camps in Seattle, but found her true love with cardio kickboxing and hip hop dance.

Lauren’s intention as an instructor is to help her students achieve the healthiest and happiest fitness level for them by making workouts fun as well as challenging.  Expect high energy and dance outbursts even in her early morning classes!

Lauren moved to the Bay Area in 2012 for her job as a Software Product Manager at a startup in Palo Alto.  She lives in Redwood City with her equally high-energy dog Slater.

Class: GRIT & bliss

LEE
LEE Master Teacher
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Lee brings us uforia through his passion for all things dance — performance, choreography and teaching.  Lee trained extensively in ballet, jazz, modern and contemporary dance styles.  He has a background in personal training/fitness as well as martial arts.  Lee loves teaching jazz and hip hop to students of all ages and when he does not have his teaching hat on Lee puts on his choreographer hat creating amazing works for dance performances and recording artists.
Born in San Francisco, CA, Lee made his professional debut at the age of 9 and at the age of 17, he moved to Los Angeles to study Hip Hop at the Millennium Dance Complex. While studying dance, Lee caught the eye of top choreographers, which landed him opportunities to perform with various artists such as Justin Timberlake on MTV’s 2002 award show, and tour on Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera’s Justified/Stripped tour.  Lee has also performed in New York with Janet Jackson.
Lee’s passion for dance is contagious and we guarantee you will be smiling and sweating by the end of class!!
Classes: Hip Hop
BRUCE
BRUCE
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Bruce brings us uforia through his stories and experience as an accomplished road and mountain bike rider.  Bruce doesn’t ask for much in his class except other than to have fun and “get to work”!

Bruce was a finisher at the 2000 Death Ride and 2001 Ironman Canada.  He also won a national championship in the 4-man open division, 24 hours of Adrenalin. He holds certifications in Spinning and Heart Zones Training.

Bruce’s teaching philosophy incorporates elements of the outdoors while getting a great indoor ride.

Class: uCycle

CHRISSY
CHRISSY
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Chrissy’s uforia comes from beautiful Colorado where she gained her experience as a fitness professional.
Chrissy has been an active team sport enthusiast for years and played lacrosse for Colorado State University. Her GRIT class is entertaining and challenging because she draws on her experience from teaching Barre, Pilates, Bodypump, and TurboKick. Chrissy loves to see clients change their lives through fitness.

Class: GRIT

JAZON
JAZON
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Jazon bring us his uforia from his extensive Hip-Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Modern and Zumba dance experience.
He holds a B.A. in Dance from San Jose State University. Jazon started his athletic career as a runner in high school and was the team captain for track & field. Jazon later found his true calling in college. He loved how Zumba fused his passion for dance with the cardio he craved from running.
Now all he asks is…”Are you ready to go from zero to Zumba?”
Class: Zumba
HEATHER
HEATHER
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Heather brings her uforia through her impressive dance and fitness background. Her parents joke that she started dancing before she could walk!  She has studied ballet, rhythmic gymnastics, jazz, aikido, middle eastern and african-latin dance styles.

While studying dance and fashion in San Francisco she got hooked on afro-brazilian dance and fell in love with brazilian culture and has traveled back and forth to Brazil for Carnivals and dance workshops ever since.

In addition to dance, Heather is a personal trainer and specializes in Russian Kettlebells.

When not at the studio, you can find her working as a freelance and graphic fashion designer and a jewelry maker. Heather’s philosophy is that a workout should give you more than it takes out of you.

Class: GRIT & zumba

DAVID
DAVID
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David’s uforia comes from his days in his college a capella group!

David is a programmer by day at SurveyMonkey and of course, a Revolutions instructor by night. We are proud to have David and his talents as part of the uforia team.

Did we mention that he loves the blueberries at uforia?!

Class: Revolutions

ERIN
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Erin shares her uforia through her athletic background. As a four year member of the Stanford Women’s Volleyball team, she loves being challenged physically in a team environment.  You’ll be sure to get an endorphin high on the bike in her class!  As a Missouri native, Erin’s Midwestern roots mixed with a bit of California flare create an approachable yet fun and challenging work-out experience.

Erin’s dedication to health and wellness manifests itself in her pursuit of a career as a physician.  She is currently part of a clinical oncology research team at Stanford’s School of Medicine and will be applying to medical school in the near future.

When she’s not on the bike or in the lab, Erin loves traveling and spending time with her golden retriever pup, Zoli.

COREY
COREY
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Corey uses uforia to combat his high stress life! He relied upon cycling and the intense aerobic exercise to help him keep his sanity in his careers as a corporate executive and high-tech entrepreneur. You can expect an awesome workout, great music and personal attention from Corey’s classes.

Corey has been indoor cycling since 2003 and teaching since 2009 and holds a Spinning certification. He is a regular century rider, has finished the 2010 and 2011 Death Rides and has earned several podium places as a competitive mountain biker.

Class: uCycle

RAQUEL
RAQUEL
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uforia Raquel

Raquel brings her uforia through her warm spirit and positive energy. As a former dance team coach and children’s fitness instructor, Raquel searched for her own challenging, stress-releasing workout routine as a Stanford student.

After years of indoor cycling, she was introduced to uforia, where she immediately found the Revolutions dance party vibe irresistible. A kindergarten teacher at a local elementary school by day, Raquel enjoys bringing a fierce and invigorating workout to a more mature audience before work at uforia!

Class: Revolutions

ALISHA
ALISHA
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uforia Alisha

Alisha’s uforia comes from an enthusiasm for life. Whether in the studio or not, she’s all about feeling the freedom to shake it! She has a unique passion for people and loves seeing everyone become who they are made to be. Her classes are full of smiles, silliness and spirit. For her, dance is all about celebration and having fun.

Growing up in a family of artists, Alisha has danced ever since she can remember. At seventeen, she moved to New York to study at the Joffrey Ballet School and danced professionally in New York City, San Francisco and throughout Asia. From ballet, to modern, to musicals, she never missed a chance to get her groove on! Alisha received her B.A. from Stanford University. She discovered Zumba at Uforia and considers it a gift to be teaching. Alisha currently lives in Palo Alto with her amazing husband, Sterling.
TESSA
TESSA
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uforia Tessa
Hailing from southern California, Tessa has called the Bay Area home for the past 6 years. She sang her way through Stanford in Everyday People (also Shane’s former a cappella group!), and fell in love with cycling her senior year of college. After losing 40 pounds and embracing a new healthy lifestyle, Tessa found uforia and was immediately drawn to the vibrant and supportive community, killer workouts, and awesome teachers.
When you ride in the Underground with Tessa, expect to bring out your inner athlete, sing along to your favorite divas, march on some heavy bass lines, and reach new heights as a pack of relentless revolutionaries.
JEN
JEN
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uforia Jen

Born and raised in Cincinnati, OH, Jen lived in Peru and Austin, TX before making her way to the Bay Area. She is a life-long athlete and has always used exercise as her time to take a break and center her body and mind. When a long commute from Oakland to Palo Alto left her feeling exhausted, unhealthy and strapped for time to fit in the sweat sessions that she has always loved, she knew it was time to make a change. Soon after moving to Palo Alto to find better balance and to be closer to her boyfriend and job, Jen discovered uforia during one of our Open Houses. She loved the fun, invigorating classes and the friendly, supportive atmosphere – she was immediately hooked!

When you ride with Jen in the Underground, look forward to music that makes you want to wiggle! Featuring old school club jams like “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” smooth beats from JT, MJ, and Maroon Five, and a healthy dose of Latin influence, Jen’s dynamic playlists and her infectious energy are sure to wake you up.

When she’s not at uforia, you can find Jen helping to save the world through her amazing work at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health.

AMY
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Amy brings her uforia through her cheerful and magnetic personality. Amy is a Palo Alto native and grew up running competitive Cross Country and Track, playing the violin, singing in choir, anchoring the school news, and performing in school musicals.

After she received her B.A. in television production, she worked in Los Angeles as a producer and actress. Quickly tiring of the Hollywood life, she decided to embark on a new path towards deeper self discovery. During this transformative time she received her 200-RYT from the Yoga Alliance, moved back to the Bay Area, and started studying holistic nutrition, meditation, and spiritual awareness.

Amy created the Defy Yoga class based on her experiences from yoga, personal training, dance, and years of being an athlete. She teaches with inspiration, encouragement, and joy with the goal of helping people embrace themselves as they are.  And last but not least, Amy is a total goofball….so ask her to do some funny voices for you ;) Amy is extremely delighted and grateful to be a uforian!

ARIELLE
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Arielle’s uforia comes from inspiring full self-expression in others, inviting students to be in wonder about their body and explore beyond perceived limitations.

Arielle is a yogi, dancer, aerialist, hula-hoop dancer and performer! Her classes promote flexibility, strength and FUN with creative sequences, a focus on alignment and continuous mindfulness. Arielle began her yoga journey in 2008 and received her Blissology Yoga RYT 200 hour certification with Eoin Finn in 2013.

KATIE
KATIE
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Katie brings her uforia through her love of sports! Katie is a Bay Area native and played collegiate soccer. While trying to find balance and strength off the field, Katie discovered yoga in 2007 and was hooked! She was later certified in YogaSculpt at CorePower, Berkeley.

Most recently, Katie attended Yoga for the Special Child at the Integral Institute of Yoga in New York City. She carries her childlike love for movement and play into her classes which are sure to leave clients drenched in positivity and sweat!

KELLY
KELLY
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Kelly

Kelly’s path to uforia started when she was in 3rd grade while doing leg lifts to Pat Benatar in the basement, Jazzercise and Sweating to the Oldies in front of the living room TV. She has been teaching dance fitness since 1999, including jazz, modern, traditional hi/lo, and even Urban Striptease.

Kelly fell in love with Zumba at uforia and is thrilled to now be teaching in the program. Her Zumba motto is: “It doesn’t matter what your dancing looks like — it’s what it FEELS like.” Her high-energy classes focus on the joy of movement and music, and you may be asked to sing along!

While not shimmying in the studio, she is also a health psychologist at Stanford University, where she teaches for the school of medicine, the psychology department, and the continuing studies program. She is the author of The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More Of It (Penguin 2012) and Yoga for Pain Relief (New Harbinger 2009), and a regular contributor to IDEA Fitness Journal, Yoga Journal, and Psychology Today.

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Class: zumba

CIERA
CIERA Community Manager
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uforia Ciera

Our fabulous Community Manager, Ciera, is a Bay Area native who hails from San Jose. After working in salon management and as an executive assistant, Ciera was drawn to uforia for its strong community feel, positive energy, and amazing classes. When she’s not at uforia, Ciera loves hiking and exploring the local culinary scene with her boyfriend Val – NOLA is a neighborhood-favorite. She is expecting an adorable baby boy this September! 

FIONA
FIONA Communications Coordinator
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uforia Fiona

Born and raised in Palo Alto, Fiona spent 7 years in New Jersey for boarding school and college, followed by 18 months teaching at a high school in Singapore, before returning to her Bay Area roots. After discovering uforia during its first summer in 2011, Fiona was immediately hooked on the community spirit and electric energy of the classes.  She even found herself missing the studio from 9,000 miles away in Singapore. As soon as she moved back to the area, she joined the Concierge team. She now works to enhance the uforia community through social media and the blog. When she isn’t embracing the sweat at uforia, Fiona works in Marketing and Community Engagement at a local wearable tech startup. She also enjoys traveling with her fiancé, Aaron, and baking.

SABINE
SABINE Concierge
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uforia Sabine

Sabine is one of our longest members at the Concierge desk. The reason that she loves uforia is because she comes from a family of athletes and never really loved to work out. uforia completely changed her mind about exercise and she loves the amazing community.

MEG
MEG Concierge
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uforia Meg

Meg was born and raised right here! She grew up in Menlo Park and attended her 1st year at BYU.  Her favorite uforia class? She has major love for Revolutions! When she’s not embracing the sweat at uforia, she is training for a half marathon!

KATE
KATE Concierge
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uforia Kate

Kate is was born and raised right here! She’s senior at Menlo School and is headed to Duke University in the fall. Her favorite uforia class is Chrissy’s Sunday a.m. GRIT.  All the new music in Revolutions keeps her excited to go back over and over.

RAINA
RAINA Concierge
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uforia Raina

Raina is a local uforian! She is a senior at Menlo School. When we asked her what her favourite class was, she said that she couldn’t choose because she loves all of them! When she’s not embracing the sweat at uforia, she spends her time dancing, hiking and hanging at Philz.

AUDREY
AUDREY Concierge
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uforia Audrey

Audrey is born and raised in Idaho! She’s visiting for the summer after her first year at BYU-Idaho. Her favorite uforia class: Zumba, because it’s so much fun that you forget that it’s a workout. She loves swimming, baking, ice skating, and singing.

GRACE
GRACE Concierge
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uforia Grace

Grace’s day job is an Undergraduate Admissions Officer at Stanford, but when she’s not there, she’s a part of the uforia family. She loves GRIT!

LINDSAY
LINDSAY Concierge
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uforia Lindsay

Lindsay is born and raised in San Jose! She loves playing soccer and losing herself in a good book. Her favourite classes at uforia are Revolutions and GRIT; she loves the challenge and working all of her muscles.