Yes, that’s me! Recently hitched to my favorite dance partner, Tommy Wu…
And I love strength training & dancing! 🙂
I’m excited to share my booty movin’ secrets to get a sexy, fit body that you love…and feelin’ like a sassy showgirl while you do it! 🙂
I’m currently living in Des Moines, getting a Samba dance scene going here :)…recently moved from New York City, and I dance Samba semi-professionally (you know with feathers, glittering bikinis and high heels)…
And I love spreading the good word about the power of combing booty-focused strength training with Dancing ..through my onlineHome & Gym Booty Pump Workout Plans and my blog here.
I’m looking forward to moving with you! Welcome and enjoy!
Samba Dancer & Booty Bumpin’ Fitness Coach
(Certified personal trainer, Certified Advanced sports nutrition advisor…and 15 years of dance study/teaching/performance experience. More info here.)
P.S. And, yes that’s me, backstage, waiting to dance in NYC…I love dancing Samba! And I love being a Booty-focused Strength Training Coach too!
Getting your Joyful Movement ON!
And I’m totally into the idea of “Pleasurable Fitness”…
You know, kind of like all of those happy people you see jogging around the park…but even cooler (and more effective)….
‘Cause Booty-focused strength training…where you’re squeezing & releasing what I like to call the “Pleasure Center” of your body…aka your booty muscles…actually feels amazing! It’s fun to do…it gets your mojo flowing…and the movements feel really GOOD on your body…
And I’ve seen that bootylicious strength training…not only goes great with Dancing (or your busy life)…helping you burn more fat…and giving you smokin’ hot curves….
It’s also a really *convenient* way to get and stay fit…because the movements feel really good to do…and when you gently & consistently werk your posterior chain…you can actually get great results from short “minimum effective dose” workouts…
And the movements feel really good on your body…they’re fun to do…and you can get pretty *inspired* about doing them!
And booty-focused strength training is also accessible to different fitness levels…it builds strong bones, improves your cognition, tightens and firms your skin… it gives you smokin’ hot posture, too…
It can be an incredible form of “movement meditation”…reducing stress and helping you feel focused & strong.
Plus you’ll get the maximum sexy movement in your Hips when you dance…and generate what can feel like “boundless” energy…
And skip the whole outdated/dangerous “no pain, no gain” thing…
Plus, the relatively fast RESULTS you can get from gently & consistently working your posterior chain…are VERY inspiring! And when you reach around and squeeze your own booty…and feel the new muscle & perky, lifted shape…well those RESULTS…and the process of actually ENJOYING the movements…
Keeps you inspired to keep werkin’ it & coming back for more!
If you were thinking, well that sounds really GOOD…
Then I think you’ll be excited about the bootylicious strength training & dance tips I have to share with you here on this site…
Be sure to check out:
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Learn more about my Home & Gym Booty Pump Fitness Programs
Activate your glutes with my Free 7 Day Booty Lift Challenge
Welcome! I hope you enjoy everything here!
More about Theresa
I created the Home & Gym Booty Pump Fitness Programs to help movement lovers around the world enjoy getting strong, dancing with ease and pleasure…and getting perky, round RESULTS…with simple & sexy booty-focused strength training…and having fun shaking your hips & booty.
I’m a certified personal trainer, a long-time dance teacher, and an international health & education program creator. After my brief stint as a high school English teacher, I founded a non-profit organization called Mariposa’s Art.
During my eleven years as Executive Director, the organization served over 14,600 youth, providing high school students with paid career internships teaching art and music to thousands of elementary school children. And Mariposa’s Art is still going strong in Santa Cruz, CA…
I then went on to re-design a national health and beauty curriculum for the Girl Scouts of the USA (not currently published), called Uniquely Me!, to provide girls and women the opportunity to develop media awareness skills, a deeper sense of self-love, artistic self-expression, and the opportunity to be leaders in their local and global communities.
Samba dance has transformed my relationship with my body and my entire life. I fell in love with Samba, and I have studied, performed, and taught it as an “evening career” the past fifteen years.
My “evening career” of Dancing has taken me to perform and compete at famous arenas and events (Fox Theater – Oakland, Carnival – San Francisco, Copacabana–NYC), and teach both at a community and a corporate level (Booty Dance Camp – Santa Cruz, Google – Mountain View and New York City).
It’s also taken me around the world studying and dancing at some amazing places, including Brazil, California, New York, Paris, and London.
I’ve danced at music festivals, MAZDA Raceway starting lines, cruise ships, and grand-scale electronic music parties…and I love to dance Samba with fire and on stilts!
I’m also a musician and artist. I’ve studied & performed classical music, all the way through college…and currently love playing the Brazilian bass drum called the surdo and designing electrifying dance costumes. I enjoy incorporating my talents with musical performance, costume design, and art into everything I do.
And although I miss teaching high school & middle school students…I LOVE teaching fitness, dance & health internationally…and celebrating the power & pleasure of moving your booty!
My mission is to invite people to step into “BodyJoy”–a special term I created to sum up the amazing feeling of connecting your mind, body, and spirit.
I love encouraging people all over the world to get their “movement meditation” on, with simple & sexy booty-focused strength training…and feel sexy & beautiful by moving with Brazilian flair…
Come check out my free 7 Day Booty Lift Challenge…and let’s werk it!
fitness, nutrition, dance, music and education background…for Theresa Marie
My lineage of Brazilian dance teachers: J’ann Rains and Marsea Marquis, in Santa Cruz, CA (who are both students of Consesao from Salvador, Brazil currently in San Francisco, CA); Dandha Da Hora of IleYeYe in Santa Cruz, CA; Rosangela Silvestre with her Silvestre Technique in Salvadore, Brazil; and Danielle Lima with Rio Samba in New York City, NY
Music & Drum teachers: Papiba Gondiho, Derek Smith, Mike Birmingham, Kevin Di Noto, Kevin Dorn, Dror Sinai, Michael Gruber, Dr. Eichorn, “Gordo” from Cortejo Afro, all my childhood and college music teachers, and of course, my amazing mother, Judy Lewis
Dance Performance groups I co-created and/or co-directed: Hipnautica, Suco, Pankind, Samba Stilt Circus, Santa Cruz Fire Conclave, Lovelight Samba
Performed (often many, many years at): High Sierra Music Festival; Sierra Nevada Music Festival; Burningman; Raindance Presents’ Freaker’s Ball, Campout and Chinese New Year; Anon Salon’s Sea of Dreams New Year’s Eve; Zingolati Cruise; Mazda Raceway; Copacabana Club in NYC
Guest Performer: Sambada Brazilian band in Santa Cruz, CA, Fusoa directed by J’ann Rains in Santa Cruz, CA; Dance of Brazil directed by Marsea Marquis in Santa Cruz, CA; Samba Funk with King Theo in Oakland, CA; Shpongle’s Halloween show in Oakland, CA; and Brasilerando Dance Company and Samba Novo in New York City, NY
Teaching Spots: Google in Mountain View, CA & New York City, NY (Samba)…Motion Pacific Dance Company (Samba Booty Dance Class)…Los Gatos Yoga Studio (Samba)…Samba Mundial, Mountain View, CA (guest Samba teacher)
Samba Dance Workshops: Weightloss Pleasure Camp with Jena La Flamme in SF and NYC, Manifestation Mastermind with Nisha Moodley, Blow Your Mind conference with Michael Ellsberg, Off The Charts with Natalie Loussier, High Sierra Music Festival
Past Health & Education work: past credentialed teacher, taught middle & high school English, elementary school music and even a semester of Kindergarden (so fun!) Founded and directed a nonprofit called Mariposa’s Art for 11 years…the non profit is still going strong! Wrote a districtwide curriculum for Pajaro Valley Unified School District, to train adult enrichment teachers…and created an after-school program called “Teach” where we train high school students to be teachers, pay them & then they teach elementary & middle school classes art/music/science/fitness classes after-school.Created and developed self-esteem, art, dance & mural painting workshop programs for the Girl Scouts of Santa Clara County,…painted 18 murals in partnership with them!…and re-wrote an expanded version of the national Uniquely Me program for the Girl Scouts of the USA (unpublished).
Strength Training education/teachers: American Fitness Institute (personal training), Dr. Bradley Kosbar (body balancing & PT), Renee Menard (Pilates & dance), Ryan Faehnle (muscular strength & endurance)
Nutrition education/teachers: The Health Sciences Academy, Craig Lane, and greatly inspired by the writing of Dr. Catherine Shanahan
Certifications: current Certified Personal Trainer, current Certified Advanced Sport Nutrition Advisor, past Zumba Certification (with Gina Grant, she’s amazing!), certified self-awareness & self-defense facilitator, Kidpower organization with Irene van der Zande.
I created this online dance, fitness &weightloss program in 2010 and I’ve been helping people all over the world feel inspired to move & play in their bodies, lose weight & get joyfully fit…the past 6 years…and I love it!