Renee Menard :

Renée is a life long mover, dancer and performer. Her love of dance and performing was started at an early age through children’s theatre. Her passion for dance and fitness continued to flourish in college at both Cabrillo College and UCSC in Santa Cruz where she studied Modern dance, Ballet and Jazz.

In 1997 Renée discovered Samba as well as many cultural dance styles of the African Diaspora such as; Afro Brazilian, Latin Salsa, Afro Cuban, Dancehall, Soca and more. For nearly a decade Renée had the pleasure of dancing and performing in several dance companies as well as performing on stages across the country with the Brazilian band SambaDa. She has been teaching fitness and dance classes in Santa Cruz to both adults and children for over 20 years.

Renée has been a certified Zumba instructor since 2007. Her love and passion for dance shines through each class with her dynamic, high energy, original choreography. Renee is also a Certified Pilates instructor as well as a Certified Xtend Barre instructor. She loves to use these principals in all of her classes and believes that core strength is the foundation that allows us to move freely and joyfully in our bodies. Renée is a forever student of dance and can be found dancing in classes all over town!