About Our Team

Tina Pagliusi


Tina is licensed to teach Zumba and Zumba Toning and has been instructing Zumba for more than 11 years. She also has Certifications in Barre Above, Balletone, Silver Sneakers, and a Primary Group Exercise Certification from the Athletics & Fitness Association of America (AFAA).  Following her lifelong passion and training in dance, she discovered Dance Fitness was the perfect addition to her daily exercise routine and she was bitten by the instructor bug!  Choreographing her own classes is where her creativity shines and she loves helping people achieve success in dance and fitness. 

Yvonne Thomas


Yvonne is licensed to teach. Zumba, Zumba Gold, Aqua Zumba, Zumba Toning and Zumba Gold Toning. She also has Certifications in TRX, Silver Sneakers, Silver Yoga, Silver Sneakers Splash and Nutrition for Seniors. After 30 years in the Hospitality industry, Yvonne switched gears and began a career in fitness. This career path was a perfect fit because she has the natural ability to coach and motivate people. Music gives her life! She dances to her own beat, which makes her passion for Zumba even greater. 

Jackie Desmond


Jackie is licensed to teach Zumba and Zumba Gold. She became an official Zumba Instructor after completing Basic Steps Level 1 on 9/25/2016, then completed Zumba Basic Steps Level 2 on 4/22/2018. Jackie then went on to obtain her Zumba Gold Instructor License on 8/5/2017. She is also certified in Primary Group Exercise by the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) since 10/8/2019. Jackie is a recently retired Registered Nurse, employed by the Westerly Hospital for 42 years, caring for many local families. She lives in Pawcatuck, CT and spends her free time visiting with her 2 grown children and her 6 grandchildren.