Our instructors are experts in their fields and bring to each class a unique flavor, fun, excitement and an amazing workout. You won't be bored taking classes with these great people.
Rania is the Founder and Director of Jordin's Paradise, LLC.
Rania has worked in international fitness for over 7 years. She started dancing and ballet at age 6 and has a passion for performing arts, acting and dancing that she wishes to share with everyone. Dance-exercising has helped maintain her health and fitness, which has ultimately contributed to her overall happiness, positive attitude and outlook on life.
Rania is a certified aerobics instructor and personal trainer with an emphasis in step-kickboxing and group exercises.
Ashtar grew up in Massachusetts where, among other activities, she took dance and music lessons throughout her youth. She began studying the Spanish language in middle school, the love of which led her eventually to study in Costa Rica for a semester in college where she began learning about Latin dancing.After stress eating her way through college, her mother and sister encouraged her to attend Zumba classes with them in Western MA once she graduated in 2009 in efforts to lead a healthier lifestyle. The combination of catchy beats and funky, familiar steps and lyrics led to her Zumba addiction, so much so that she decided to get certified to continue spreading the Zumba fever! She loves that Zumba feels like a party, not a workout. That's what keeps her coming back for more!
Originally from the "Dirty South," Carmen brings ATL pole culture to DC. With a background in competitive dance and a love for performance, Carmen strongly appreciates the showmanship, expression, movement, and flow of pole dancing. Committed to "The Pole Life," Carmen loves the feeling of freedom that only happens when you turn up the music, spin around the pole, and get lost in the moment. This is the type of liberating experience Carmen wants to create for her fellow pole dancers. As an instructor, Carmen gravitates towards the more sultry side of pole dancing. She utilizes both fast and slow choreography to help others explore their sexy.
Ghita von Bonsdorff moved to the DC area in 2008 from Finland. She has a background in salsa dancing and has performed with salsa and reggaeton groups in Finland. In DC, she got hooked on Zumba and became an instructor in 2012. She is also a certified Zoca instructor who has totally fallen in love with the African-Caribbean dance fever! Ghita’s classes are fun and energetic with a lot of Latin influences but also high impact shaking! Besides dancing, she practices Reiki and creates jewelry while studying to become a Mental Health Counselor.
Dubbed "The Queen of Cardio" by one of our regular students, Jeannie is a certified group exercise instructor through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and has played an integral role in developing our signature Doonya fitness program. She is now one of our most enthusiastic and energetic instructors. (Read a review of Jeannie's class by popular blogger DC Fit Crasher). As regional manager for the Washington, D.C. area, Jeannie oversees the day-to-day operations in the nation's capital and specializes in training new instructors....and unofficially she is our in-house Bollywood Guru. As part of the Doonya team, Jeannie can be seen on The Today Show, Dr. Oz, WUSA9, The Washington Post. She also has performed at the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Fiesta Asia, Arts on Foot, at the Indian Embassy as part of Passport DC, and the Global India Fund gala honoring actress & activist Ashley Judd.
'Katya' is a dancer of many transitions from ballroom, to the show dance, to folk dance genres such as Middle Eastern, Cuban and Argentine Tango. Being trained in music, dance and fine art she integrates her body awareness knowledge as well as principles of a visual composition into her dance expression. Her instruction emphasizes frame, quality of the step, leading and following principles, body awareness, musicality and improvisation.
Kelsey has been dancing since she was a kid focusing on the Hip Hop, Jazz and Modern dance forms. She minored in dance while studying in Oregon, and has choreographed, and competed extensively since the age of 16. Her passion is Hip Hop - both performance and street styles. She has more recently developed an interest in the Afro-cuban, Dancehall, and Raggajam forms and has taught at various studios in Salt Lake City, Portland, and now D.C. She likes to incorporate cardio fitness into her dances, so that attendees feel like they are getting a good workout and that is how she found Jordin’s!
Marcelle is a pole dance aerobics instructor who studies and teaches many other dances including Salsa, Casino, Swing, and Tango and is a dancer in a local Cuban dance company. Trained in dance, gymnastics, and music, Marcelle integrates many different forms of body movement and expression into her classes. Her classes emphasize training and conditioning in flexibility, strengthening, body isolation, musicality, and personal style. Marcelle stresses meeting students’ individual goals and teaching students to feel comfortable and confident when dancing. Marcelle is always looking for new, fun ways to work out and is very excited to be teaching pole dance aerobics classes.
Originally from Miami, FL., where health and fitness are the norm, Michele is currently a Health & Wellness Coach in the DC area and is also a former collegiate athlete, competing and placing on both the Cross-Country and Track & Field Teams at Howard University. She has personal training experience as well as conducts Fit Camps in the area throughout the week. Michele LOVES to cook and is starting a Healthy Cooking Class at the end of this month. When she is not training or assisting her clients, she enjoys running with her two Pitbulls and enlightening others on the benefit of personal development.
Olamide has been teaching dance and fitness classes for over 10 years. From a young age she discovered that dance was not only an amazing outlet, but also a great way to stay active and in-shape. Olamide carried her love of performing arts into her legal career and became an entertainment and intellectual property attorney in 2014. Olamide has choreographed several company pieces, provides private dance lessons in hip-hop, host private parties: birthdays and bachelorette, and provides various workshops both in dance and fitness. Olamide styles include: hip-hop, belly dance, kick-boxing, cardio-fitness, bootcamps, and more!
Sophie grew up in 10 countries, discovering dance and music from around the world, and practicing gymnastics, yoga, aerobics, karate and tae-kwon-do. She started out as a receptionist with Jordin's Paradise almost 2 years ago. She was soon taking every type of class, and fell in love with pole dancing. Her passion took her to new levels of fitness and she became certified. In her free time, Sophie loves to enjoy the outdoors, cook and study nutrition, and spend time with friends at Jordin's Paradise.
Tanya Nuchols delivers a very Latin dance-based, high-energy but easy-to-follow Zumba class and has been inspiring Washington D.C. to move to new and traditional sounds of salsa, merengue, samba, cumbia, belly, flamenco as well as reggaeton, axe, hip hop and other contemporary styles. Formally trained in classical and Filipino folk styles since a very young age, Tanya brings her lifelong passion for dance and six years teaching experience at prominent dance studios and fitness facilities to help hundreds of people dance their way into fitness. She's lost 65 pounds on the Zumba program, and is now certified in Zumba's latest specialty workouts: Toning, Sentao and Gold. In a Tanya Zumba class, you can expect to learn basic Latin steps that you can use on the dance floor and get a great full body workout to spicy, uplifting Latin music.
Originally from Arizona, Val studied dance and international studies at the University of Arizona, including a study abroad dance program in Ghana, where she focused on learning traditional African dances. Her dance training is primarily in ballet and musical theater, and now pole! Teaching at JP is the highlight of her day- she loves sharing her passion with JP members and is grateful to have found such a supportive studio and community here in DC. Follow her on instagram.