Instructors

Alyssa Carter

Alyssa began dancing in her hometown of Winona, Minnesota, at the age of four. She later trained under Marilyn Wood in Lacrosse, Wisconsin for six years, then Andrea Larson for seven. Specializing in tap and jazz, Alyssa began teaching at the age of 17 at the Minnesota Conservator for the Arts, where she worked for famed ballerina, Stephanie Valencia Kierlin. Alyssa started the dance program at the Arcadia Recreation Center in Arcadia, Wisconsin, where she taught tap, clogging, jazz and ballet. Alyssa also choreographed the talent routine for Miss Pre-Teen Minnesota 1996.

Always ready to dance, Alyssa is excited to teach Motown and Funk classes at MetroBeat Fitness and Dance. Alyssa loves connecting with people through dance and firmly believes in its power to relieve stress and make people smile. She is also a licensed Zumba instructor and looks forward to introducing people to this high energy workout.

Alyssa lives in Minneapolis with her husband, three children and beloved dog.

 

 

Belinda Clary

Belinda LeClair BodyBlast InstructorBelinda started out loving fitness and exercise at a young age. She grew up in a very active family and was always involved in a variety of sports and activities including competitive swimming.  After having children and always looking to try new things and stay fit and healthy, Belinda and her family joined their local YMCA.  It was there that she discovered her love for Group Fitness classes!

Belinda says “With the encouragement of my family and a couple close friends, in 2008, I went through my first Instructor training and loved it so much that I had to learn more”.  She continued her education by becoming certified in Drums Alive®, Turbokick®, Latin Hip Hop, PiYo®, BOSU® Balance Trainer, and Zumba®.

She has been privileged enough to teach children and adults of all ages for both the Andover and Coon Rapids YMCA, Gold’s Gym, Anne’s Dance Studio/ It Figures for Women, and Jam Hops Gymnastics, Dance, and Cheer.

In addition to her passion for Group Fitness she also helped the found the Totino-Grace High School Girls Swim & Dive team and is still their Head Coach.  When she is not at MetroBeat, she also assists at Spring Lake Park High School Boys Swim & Dive Team.

“I am passionate about helping people learn new things and journey with them as they meet their goals and am so excited to have joined forces with Alyssa [Carter] and be the proud Co-Owner of MetroBeat Fitness and Dance!”

Belinda is very excited to be personal training and teaching a variety of fitness classes and can’t wait to meet you!

 

 

Anne Hedlund
Anne’s first dance days at the age of four were at MickRay Studio in Minneapolis, continuing through other local dance studios. She studied Cecchetti ballet at MacPhail Center for the Arts and Russian classical ballet at The American School of Russian Classical Ballet and St. Anthony Park School of Dance. She considers her most valuable learning experience the 24 years spent studying ballet, tap and jazz under the late Dorothy Lundstrum.

Anne’s passion for teaching children is evident in her accomplishments. She has choreographed five 8th grade musicals for St. Anne’s School, a Christmas play, 50’s Revue and twelve spring concerts for Sacred Heart School in Robbinsdale, as well as 28 dance recitals.

Anne has been happily married to her husband since 1974. They have three daughters and two sons, all fo whom have taken dance from their mother.

The goal of Anne’s Dance Studio is to provide good solid dance instruction in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere. Anne also teaches Flexibility, Strength and Toning classes at MetroBeat Fitness and Dance. She is in her 30th year of teaching.

For more information on Anne’s Dance Studio , use her website, call MetroBeat or call her at 612-522-3984.

 

Jimi

Jimi was introduced to the world of Zumba while spending the winter of 2006/07 in Florida. He came back to Minnesota and began working with several of the amazing instructors at the YMCA.

After completing the group exercise training at the Y, he took the Zumba training in the fall of 2008. Over the past 3 years, he has taught at several branches of the YMCA as well as locations such as the Social Dance Studio in Minneapolis, several corporate events throughout the Twin Cities and most recently at the Jewish Community Center in St Paul. In the summer of 2010, he taught Zumba to over 3000 elementary school students through the summer school program in Anoka County. Always ready to share, he has taught Zumba in Mexico several times, and this past fall in Havana, Cuba!

In addition to Zumba, Jimi is certified to teach Turbo Kick, Drums Alive, Hip Hop Hustle and Latin Hip Hop. He is looking forward to working with Seniors through the Active Older Adults program offered at the YMCA.

Jimi also teaches several styles of dance at the Social Dance Studio, including salsa, cumbia and polka. In fact, he is pretty well known around town as the Polka Dancing Pirate of NE Minneapolis.

“I am very happy to be able to share my energy to so many people through dance and fitness. I am proud to be a part of MetroBeat Fitness and Dance”

Come to the studio on Fridays @ noon for a dose of Zumba, Jimi style!

 

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