Carmen has been teaching Group Exercise and Dance Classes for over 10 years. After receiving her B.S. Degree in Kinesiology, she advanced her career in Personal Training. It's the perfect career path for someone who LOVES body movement.
Her love for movement has led her to study different dance disciplines such as: Tahitian, Hula, Afro- Brazilian, Afro-Haitian, Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, and her current love, SAMBA! With Samba, she has competed and won the title as "Queen of Carnaval" for San Francisco in 2010 and for Santa Barbara in 2013.
Since then, she has created her own dance class called “Hips and Hair Flips” at DanceVibes, which blends her love for Afro-beats, Brazilian, and Caribbean songs and dances.
Now, she is teaming up with Stephanie who shares her love for dance and cultural fusion. She wants to share her passion for dance with those who desire to build a NEW CARNAVALESCOS COMMUNITY!
Stephanie is born and raised in San Francisco and has been teaching dance for over 15 years in the Bay Area. Her love for dance began since childhood. She started creating Hip Hop dance routines in school while growing up in a musically diverse household. In high school she started taking studio dance classes; her first being in Afro-Brazilian Samba dance, followed by classes in Contemporary, Ballet, Afro-Cuban Folkloric, and Afro-Haitian. She continued her studies by completing her B.A. in Dance, then began working as an Independent Dance Instructor for various art education programs, community organizations, and dance schools.
Stephanie also has a love for fitness and is a Certified Personal Trainer. She has incorporated her love for dance by becoming a Certified Zumba and U Jam instructor. She finds that merging the two worlds of dance and fitness not only makes us healthy, but it makes us happy! Having met Carmen in the fitness field, it was destined to start the CARNAVALESCOS journey! Stephanie inspires to pass down all she’s learned from her teachers, fellow artists, and communities to help sustain Carnaval culture.