Born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, Kaitlyn has lived in the Metro Detroit area for most of her life. In June 2017, she decided it was time for a change of scenery and fulfilled a lifelong dream of moving to Florida, where she now resides in Orlando. She has approximately 16 years of dance experience & spent all four years of high school on the Varsity Dance Team, placing 7th in the Nation at UDA Nationals her senior year. Having no formal training, she found it hard to continue her love for dance & choreographing -- most studio dance classes were aimed at extreme beginners or highly advanced, skilled & trained dancers and she was neither of those. In January 2011, she took her first Zumba® class and quickly fell in love, obtaining her Zumba® Instructor License & joining the Zumba® Instructor Network (ZIN™) in November 2012.
Once licensed, it was Kaitlyn's dream to become a Zumba® Jammer (ZJ™). A Zumba® Jammer is a choreographer for Zumba®, someone who is highly skilled in creating choreography, cueing, and progressions. After a few years of teaching classes (and some persuasion from a few of her mentors), she auditioned to be a ZJ™ and obtained the title in December 2014. Kaitlyn now has been able to travel the country, leading 3 hour ZIN Jam™ Sessions (choreography workshops for ZIN™ Members) and teaching Master Classes.
In 2015, Kaitlyn was chosen for one of the very first Zumba® Turn Up videos, which featured original choregraphy and was released on the Zumba® YouTube Channel & social media channels in April 2016. Since then, her Turn Up video has received over 1.5 million views!
Kaitlyn can be seen dancing in the crowd on ZIN 58, during the Live Class. She also has had her photo featured on the homepage of Zumba.com multiple times, in ZLife Digital Magazine, on the Zumba® Facebook page, & on the official Zumba® & Zumba®wear Instagram pages.
In 2015, Kaitlyn held the very first Keepin' It Teal Zumbathon® for Ovarian Cancer Awareness - in honor of her mother who passed away in April 2014 from the disease. ZES™ & Celebrity Zumba® Instructor Gina Grant helped kick off the now annual event! She has been fortunate enough to be able to hold the event every year since then and has raised over $6000 for research!
At the 2016 Zumba® Instructor Convention, she presented a ZIN Jam™ Micro Session on the We Move The World Stage. Her image was also used for a banner with K&K Insurance Company at the 2017 Zumba® Instructor Convention.
In 2017, Kaitlyn was chosen as one of 5 Zumba® Jammers to be featured in Zumab® Stories - each of them telling a little bit about themselves and how & why they got to where they are. Stay tuned for her individual story!
Since becoming a licensed instructor, Kaitlyn has had the priviledge to work with many amazing individuals within the Zumba® company, including: Gina Grant, Dahrio Wonder, Nathalia Ferreira, Marcie Benavides, Loretta Bates, Kass Martin, Steve Boedt & more!
Kaitlyn is a Certified Group Fitness Instructor with the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) & is CPR/AED Certified. When she is not holding a ZIN Jam™ Session, she teaches weekly classes in and around Orlando, FL. She is currently licensed in Zumba®, Zumba® Toning, Zumba® Step + Strong by Zumba.
If you are interested in booking Kaitlyn for a Zumba® Master Class or a ZIN Jam™ Session, please e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org