I was born on the beautiful island of New Providence in the Bahamas, and lived there until I was 21 years old. Dance has always been an important part of my life; however, I did not begin formal training until the age of sixteen. I was trained in ballet and jazz, and took workshops in West African dance at the Bahamas National Dance School. As a student at the National Dance School I acquired the technique and discipline need to become a professional dancer. One year after enrolling at the NDS, I was accepted as a member of the National Dance Company. A few years later I got my first job as a performer at Super Clubs Breezes Resort on Nassau. This was also the start of circus career. Breezes Resort has a flying trapeze, and I was one of the original Circus Team members, I danced in the nightly variety shows and taught juggling, trampoline, and trapeze lessons to our resort guests for three years. With the hope of becoming a featured dancer in one of the shows on New York's infamous Broadway, I resigned my position at Breezes Resort and moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to fulfill my dream. Summer of 1997, I auditioned and was accepted as a member of Philadanco's apprenticeship company (Philadelphia Dance Company). Unfortunately this would be the end of my dance career.
Philadanco's apprenticeship company members were not paid and the class schedule was very strict and time consuming, so I was left with the choice of following my dance dream, or finding employment to support myself. I chose to find a job and enrolled at Montgomery County Community College, spring 1998. After earning an Associates Degree at MCCC, I transferred to Temple University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in January, 2003. My degree made me very employable, but each job I took did not fill an emptiness I felt on the inside.
January of 2010, I decided to pursue a vision I had some years earlier. That vision was to create my own dance fitness workout. Acting upon the advice of a sister in-law I registered for Can-Fit Pro's Fitness Instructor Certification course, and was certified as a Fitness Instructor Specialist May 18, 2010. In the months leading up to my fitness instructor course I took some Zumba classes for inspiration, because it was also dance inspired. Shortly after I took those Zumba classes I was informed of a Zumba Certification coming to Edmonton, so I registered, but by this time was very skeptical.
On May 1, 2010, my skepticism was transformed into fulfillment, passion, and love during my Zumba Basic course with Robyn Holm. Robyn's passion, professionalism and skills brought me to tears a few times during the course, and filled an emptiness I was carrying for 13 years. After my Zumba course on May 1, I not only received the inspiration to fulfill my vision, but I left as a Certified Zumba Instructor and a new man.