Full Name Gina Acosta

Nickname GinaA (pronouced GinAY)

Question Where were you born?

Question How old were you when you started dancing?

Question Do you have any formal training?
Yes, I studied with DancePlace, the official school of North Carolina Dance Theater in Charlotte in middle school and high school. I also took various ballet, ballroom and jazz classes at UNC Charlotte during college.

Question Who is someone that inspires you?
My mom

Question What has been your most memorable QCDO experience?
I’ll always remember the first official QCDO event I went to: DanceOut at the River. It was at that point that I remembered how much I missed dancing and had to make a change in my life to put dance back into my life. Prior to the event I had taken a break from dancing and had tried other types of exercise. The week after the event I started going to QCDO classes and within just a few months I became a QCDO instructor and I will never again forget how important dance is in my life.

Question What style of dance do you love the most?

Question Where did you go to school?
I graduated from UNC- Charlotte

Question What is your “real job”?
I work in the plumbing industry for a manufacturers representative agency, RepSouth, in Charlotte. I am the inside sales account manager for American Standard Brands in North and South Carolina.

QuestionWhat other talents/hobbies do you have?
I love going camping, doing yardwork and just enjoying the outdoors in general.

Question What other types of exercise & activities do you enjoy besides dance-fitness?
I love walking, running and hiking with my husband, friends, family and my 2 wonderful boxer dogs, Lucy and Ricky. I also love kayaking and have recently started doing weight training and am loving it!

Question What or who inspired you to become an instructor?
My mom. While I was in college I began attending Zumba classes at a local gym. After just a few months of taking class my mom heard about a Zumba Instructor Training Workshop coming to Charlotte. She gave me the courage to attend the workshop and to start teaching Zumba. I didn’t think I was ready but my mom refused to let me pass up the opportunity of the workshop. I am forever thankful for that extra push my mom gave me to become a Zumba instructor.  It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and I love every minute of instructing others and giving them that extra push to make themselves better.

Question What have you learned by being on the QCDO team?
I have learned how important a great support system is. The support system that QCDO offers is like no other. Participants and instructors form relationships with one another and become each others support system. Everyone encourages each other and supports each other to come to class, get fit, get healthy and to surpass our own personal fitness goals, all while making relationships with people who have the same goals and interests as you. It’s a great team to be a part of.

Question What would you like the QCDO family to know about you?
Answer My husband was the one who actually taught me the latin dances. I have to give him credit for being the one that taught me the salsa, merengue and bachata dances. He just never imagined that one day I would take latin dance to the extreme and be better than him and be teaching his parents how to dance.

Question What does being an instructor mean to you?
Being an instructor to me means being a positive influence on all people that are in my life and not just the ones that come to class. It means setting an example for others to make them want to become a better person mentally and physically. It means showing others how important physical fitness is in one’s life and that we should never take our bodies for granted.  Being an instructor means showing everyone that they CAN dance. Dance is a universal language shared all over the world in many cultures. We can all dance. No one said that we all have to be perfect dancers, we just have to let loose, have fun and dance like no one’s watching.