Our Instructors
photo Suzanne Simmons

Founder & Director; Funk Aerobics, Tap and Thriller Instructor

Suzanne loves to dance, teach, choreograph and perform. Her desire to share her love of dance was her inspiration to open My World Dance and Fitness. She currently teaches funk aerobics at the studio. She is a certified group fitness instructor at the YMCA™, where she teaches aerobic dance. Dancing is a life-long passion of hers.

She studied modern and jazz dance at the University of Washington. She's performed in musicals with My World (belly dance, liturgical, and funk demos); Makeda (African); Ewajo dance (Afro-Caribbean); and Judy Montgomery's Stars of Tomorrow (tap, jazz, ballet, and choreography). She's dabbled in other dance styles that include flamenco, swing, salsa, line dancing, and belly dance.

She loves to boogie! Suzanne enjoys the challenge of helping people feel comfortable with movement. She believes that everyone has rhythm, even if it's to the beat of their own drummer!

photo Tricia McKay

Tricia McKay, Yoga Instructor

Tricia is intrigued by the rich inter-connection between the mind and body. This passion blossomed within the context of her early career as a ballet dancer and more recently as an avid yoga practitioner. Amidst the hectic pace of modern urban life, Tricia seeks to reclaim a sense of spaciousness and breath, entreating the active mind to yield in the presence of the moment and to listen to those often obscured, yet integral messages that the body seeks to communicate. Tricia is a registered yoga teacher (RYT) and maintains a private practice as a psychotherapist.

photo Pamela Johnson

Pamela Johnson, Salsa Instructor

Pam began partner dancing more than 10 years ago and dance has become sustenance for her mind, body, and spirit. Pam strives to keep her dance class fun and loves helping students discover that they can dance. The Thursday salsa class is a lively class for beginners as well as intermediate students. The third Friday salsa dance party is a fun way to wind down a work week! Pam co-teaches with her longtime dance partner, Peter Blaustein.

photo Peter Blaustein

Peter Blaustein, Salsa Instructor

Born in New York City, Peter was stung by the dance bug at a music festival in the Dominican Republic. Since that time, he has been enthusiastically engaged with Latin dance and music. Peter enjoys working with the students at My World Dance and Fitness, helping them learn at their own pace. He also loves exploring the possibilities partner dance offers for personal connection, play, expression, and the overall enjoyment of music.

photo Miss Crown

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Acro, Tots Instructor
Lead Instructor for Children's Dance Program

Miss Michaela Crown grew up in Gig Harbor, Washington where she trained in tap, jazz, acrobatics, ballet, contemporary, and lyrical since the age of four. She is a certified ballet student instructor through Cecchetti USA. She has trained under ballet masters from Richmond Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, as well as many Cecchetti Fellowship instructors. Additionally, she has been certified under the Al Gilbert tap method. In addition to her years of training, Miss Crown has choreographed for various local theater and studio productions and for the dancers at Seattle Pacific University.

Miss Crown's passion for movement led her to earn a bachelor of science from Seattle Pacific University in Applied Human Biology and Exercise Science. She currently works with physical therapists as a rehab technician to help patients learn how to properly move their body and prevent injury. Most importantly, Michaela loves to work with young dancers and watch them grow in both technique and confidence. 

photo Hanna Ramirez

Hanna Ramirez, Ballet for Children and Adults

Mrs. Ramirez is a classically trained ballet dancer who had trained with a local non-profit ballet company, Ballet Northwest, in Olympia, until she got married. There she had been taught by ABT certified instructors, former PNB, and Oregon Ballet Theatre faculty and dancers. She has carried her passion for dance through college while obtaining her Bachelors degree in Health Science from The Evergreen State College, focusing on athletics and injury prevention. Her passion for teaching has been with her since dancing in high school and grew as she attended the Cornish College of the Arts;Teaching the Technical Dancer workshop in Seattle. She believes if you can move, you can dance.

photo Geeta

Geeta, Bollywood Dance for Children

Geeta, the Founder and Artistic Director of Afsaana Dance, has been trained in both South Indian (Bharatnatyam) and North Indian (Kathak) classical dance styles, but her first love is Bollywood!; She traveled to India on numerous occasions to study Kathak and Manipuri, perform classical, folk and Bollywood dances, as well as teach Bollywood to children of the holy city of Varanasi. To Geeta, Bollywood is not a style, but a culture. It's a combination of the classical, folk and tribal dance styles of India and the Western styles of jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and modern. Bollywood is about understanding the spirit and emotions of the culture.

photo Zombilina (Suzanne)

Zombilina, Thriller Dance Instructor

The funk of forty thousand years hasn't stopped this zombie from dancing! Zombilina teaches the Thrill the World version of the dance and joins all the other zombies at the annual performance on the Saturday before Halloween in Occidental Park. She makes learning Thriller easy and fun...and she gives great zombie "beauty" tips.

photo Jacob T Rodvelt-Gamlieli
photo Maxie Jamal

Hip Hop Instructor