FOUNDER QCDO '07
Full Name: Angela Acosta
Nicknames Angie, Ang, The Queen
Question Where were you born?
Answer New Brunswick, NJ
Question Where did you go to school?
Answer I graduated from NC State in 2000 with a B.A. in Communication Disorders and from the University of Iowa in 2005 with a M.A. in Speech Language Pathology
Question Are there any other cities you have strong ties to?
Answer Was raised in Gastonia, NC; Lived in Raleigh, NC during 4 years of college at NCSU; Lived in Murcia, Spain for a year of study abroad; Lived in Iowa City, IA during 2 years of grad school at the University of Iowa; Lived in Brooklyn, NY for 3 months during an internship; Lived in Charlotte, NC for 3 years after I was first married. Now I'm back to G-town!
Question What is your “real job”?
Answer Before making the move to working full-time for QCDO, I was a speech-language pathologist.
Question Do you have any formal training?
Answer Not really. I cheered in middle school and high school. I’ve taken lessons here and there in different styles of dance including Latin dance, but mainly I am very observant and I have the ability to watch the way someone else moves and imitate it, and that is how I have learned so many different styles of dance. I think I know just enough to be dangerous, but I am always seeking to learn more and become a better dancer.
Question What style of dance do you love the most?
Answer Whenever I hear Reggaeton, I get completely lost in the music and just want to dance. So, I would say that Reggaeton is my favorite style to dance.
Question How long have you been teaching?
Answer I have been teaching group exercise since 1997. My first class was a step aerobics class at NCSU and I taught many forms of traditional "aerobics" until 2006 when I fell in love with Zumba. I never went back to traditional group exercise.
Question Why did you choose dance fitness over other forms?
Answer I love dancing and I love group exercise. Putting the two of them together for me brings together the best of both worlds.
Question Why do you teach for QCDO as opposed to a gym?
Answer I started QCDO because I wanted a way for my faithful participants to be able to come to class with me wherever I was teaching and not have to join multiple gyms. Our expanded model of multiple locations with multiple instructors that all provide the same awesome class experience is exactly what I always wanted for my participants.
Question What classes do you teach?
Answer I currently teach Zumba, but I can teach just about any class format. I love the Latin flavor of Zumba!
Question What has been your most memorable QCDO experience?
Answer There are so many! I am constantly reminded that what we do is a labor of love and when someone tells me that QCDO makes them a happier, healthier person that always sticks with me and keeps me motivated and happy.
Question Do you have any other jobs for QCDO?
Answer We are a relatively small company, so as the owner I am involved in everything! Human resources, accounting, sales & marketing, communication, team management, choreography, training, music editing, video editing and more! Luckily, I have supportive family and an awesome team of instructors, staff & volunteers that help me with the workload and help me stay grounded!
Question What are your favorite dance moments from movies, TV, and/or stage?
Answer “The “Cry to Me” scene in Dirty Dancing, the Alex & Twitch Hip Hop routine from Season 7 of SYTYCD, the Addiction routine from Season 5 of SYTYCD
Question What would you like the QCDO family to know about you?
Answer Family is very important to me and I am fortunate to have my family close by. My parents, sisters, husband, in-laws and children are always there for me and I want to always be there for them.
Question What does being an instructor mean to you?
Answer It means that I have the ability to bring a smile to your face and make you forget about all your cares even if just for an hour.