Tonya served in the US Air Force for 22 years where she performed aircraft maintenance on Avionics systems. She was also an Avionics Field Training Detachment Instructor, a Unit Training Manager, a Physical Training Leader and a Unit Fitness Program Manager.
She was personally trained and certified to the rank of Red Belt in the Black Belt Salsa® dance system by the creator of BBS, Edie the Salsa Freak. Just prior to retiring from the Air Force, Tonya opened Love 2 Dance Fitness Studio and Baile con Sazon Dance Studio in Fayetteville, NC. She is also a licensed Zumba®, Zumba Kids®, and Zumba® Sentao instructor as well as certified to teach Bokwa®, Devoted Fitness® and PiYo® Live.
Tonya is also a Soldiers Who Salsa instructor which is a fun and unique recreational therapy experience that transforms the lives of wounded, ill and injured military vets through partner dance.
Tonya has danced Salsa, Bachata and Cha Cha Cha for over 18 years and has trained and performed with some of the world’s greatest Salsa dancers like Edie the Salsa Freak, Griselle Ponce, Nery Garcia and Giana Montoya, and Ana and Joel Masacote. She is now the World Team Project Fayetteville Director representing Adolfo Indacochea and Tania Cannarsa.
Tonya loves to dance, exercise, move, have fun and think of new, exciting ways to inspire people to be active regardless of whatever challenges they may face. Her style is high energy, light-hearted and fun and one of her main goals in life is to not let her battle with Fibromyalgia stop her from doing the things she loves most.
This blog is my place to share everything that I love, everything that I am passionate about. That includes kicking fibromyalgia's butt every day, fitness, natural cures, dancing (especially Salsa), Girl Scouts (yeah, I said it!), hiking, biking, moving, healing, health, special events, inspiration, dance, fun topics, serious topics, requested topics, wellness, Zumba, and the list goes on. And I share all this with Love.
Take Care and God Bless.