Take the guess work out of the workout and make this dance class one big Jam Session. Influences of hip hop, old school R&B and pop are all combined for this fun, easy to follow dance class.
This event is part of Rush Hour Fitness, a series of free yoga and group fitness classes at Navy Pier. See a full schedule of free fitness classes at navypier.com/
Instructor: Dominick DeFranco
Dom is a fitness professional/Dancer/Choreographer who hails from NY. His choreography credits include everything from off-Broadway and corporate events to television and music videos. He also worked with Reebok as on air fitness talent leading workouts for the first all fitness network, FITtv.
Dom spent 9 seasons as Choreographer and Director of dance team for the NBA Nets Dancers. He relocated to Chicago in 2007 and joined Fitness Formula Clubs as Group Fitness Manager.
Zumba quickly become his favorite fitness workout, he has been a licensed instructor for Zumba, Zumba Sentao, and Zumba step since 2009.
Awaken your soul, free your mind, and surrender to sacred sound. Together, with his guitar as her muse, Cass and Johnny Pinto will intuitively guide the group to feel and flow. End class with a Sound Bath and balance your Chakras with the soothing vibrations of Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls and the soft sounds of acoustic guitar.
Instructor: Cassandra Justine (Choose Joy, Inner Sense Healing Arts Collective)
Yoga Teacher, Creator of Choose Joy & VIBE Flo™
Cassandra holds space for people to discover their purpose and tap into their power. She is the creator of Choose Joy, VIBE Flo™, and co-founder of Inner Sense Healing Arts Collective. With over 2,000 hours of teaching yoga under her belt and a decade of experience as a gymnastics coach and choreographer, she co-leads a 200hr. Teacher Training at Ahimsa Yoga Studio. Her message is simple; choose joy. Enjoy daily inspiration on her Instagram: @cassyoga.
Zumba fuses Latin/international rhythms and movements. Easy to follow moves feature interval training sessions with both fast and slow rhythms. In some classes, resistance training can be integrated to help tone and sculpt your body while burning fat.
This event is part of Rush Hour Fitness, a series of free yoga and group fitness classes at Navy Pier. See a full schedule of free fitness classes at navypier.com/fitness.
Instructor: Matt Vitato
Matt graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and from the American College of Education with a Masters in Curriculum & Instruction with Digital Learning. He currently teaches 5th grade in Glenview. Though he is an elementary teacher, he has always had a passion for fitness. He began teaching Zumba in 2012 at Illinois State Campus Recreation, and has taught a variety of Zumba formats such as Aqua Zumba and Zumba Toning. Additionally, he has presented Zumba and Aqua Zumba at Midwest Fit Fest.
Matt’s biggest passion has been promoting and bringing Zumba into kids’ lives. He has done this by teaching after school classes to students and even setting up a summer school course. He has taught at a variety of Northwest Suburban gyms and has been with FFC for about a year.
Enjoy a fun and joyful vinyasa flow infused with sweet, bhakti music. Come open your heart with bliss and a graceful and dynamic vinyasa progression.
Instructor: Amy Beth Treciokas (Yoga Now)
Amy started Yoga in high school with a Sivananda Yoga class at her suburban Boston high school where she also studied the Bhagavad Gita in English class. She ran Varsity track on the state championship team and was Bay State All Conference in cross-country, and figure skated. She was Salutorian of her high school class and studied music from an early age, starting with piano at age 6. She learned piano for 11 years, flute for 6 years, and cello for 3 years.
She studied molecular biology at Princeton University, earning a B.A., where she was a soprano soloist in the Glee Club and on the Varsity Sailing team. She toured Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Hawaii, and Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Austria and France with the Princeton University Glee Club. She won the Alvan T. and Viola D. Fuller – American Cancer Society Research Fellowship for Cancer Research in 1987. She was a Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Fellow at Cornell’s Medical campus in Manhattan as a Ph.D. candidate in Immunology. She has also done graduate work in Physiology.
After graduate school, Amy worked as an actuary at Towers Perrin, and at Shand, Morahan, and Company (now Markel Corp.), earning an Associateship in the Society of Actuaries, and becoming a Member of the Academy of Actuaries.
She resumed her yoga studies as an adult in 1993 at the Evanston Athletic Club with Kim Schwartz of the Temple of Kriya Yoga. Amy then studied with Suddha Weixler of Chicago Yoga Center who introduced Amy to Ashtanga Yoga, and told her about the founder of the Ashtanga Yoga system, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (Guruji). Amy went to Mysore, India for the first time in December 1996, for the first of 14 trips to study with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and his grandson, Sharath Rangaswamy at the yoga shala in Mysore. In 1999, she was granted authorization to teach Ashtanga Yoga. She was a direct student of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois from 1996 until 2009. Amy also studied with Manju Jois, Guruji’s son and with Dena Kingsberg in Bali, Tim Miller and Lino Miele, Graeme Northfield, David and Simi Roche, and Radha Warrell in Crete, Greece. She completed Teacher Trainings with Suddha Weixler and Tim Miller. While in India, Amy found kirtan, call-and-response chanting the names of the Divine in Sanskrit.
She received her RYT-500 from the Himalayan Institute and is certified at the highest level through Yoga Alliance (E-RYT500). She is also certified in Hormone Yoga Therapy for Menopause and Yoga for Diabetes by Dinah Rodrigues (IYTA). Amy has also studied Reiki, and is a Reiki Master. She has completed a vision quest with a Native American elder.
On July 8, 2003 Amy founded Yoga Now in Edgewater, then on March 25, 2006 moved Yoga Now downtown to 742 N. LaSalle, a new all eco-friendly studio. She teaches Ashtanga Yoga, Bhakti Vinyasa Flow and Yoga Teacher Trainings. She also leads her band, Amy and the Bliss Tribe in monthly kirtan. She teaches yoga and leads kirtan at Bhaktifest Midwest, Sukhava Bodhe and other festivals.
In 2012, Amy was selected to be part of the first cohort of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program in Chicago, where Warren Buffett was the graduation speaker. In 2013, Amy was selected to join the Inner City Capital Connections program (part of the Initiative for the Competitive Inner City). In 2014, Amy won an award at the Enterprising Women of the Year Conference in Sarasota, FL. Amy is on the Board of Directors of the Princeton Club of Chicago
Amy Beth Treciokas