“There will always be people that don’t like your style… You just have to find your own tribe."

Growing up in Greece, a culture strongly influenced by music and dance. Katerina later moved to the UK, where looking for a dance class she stumbled across a Zumba® fitness class in her local gym. Katerina admits although she loves all international rhythms, her favourite is Belly Dance. “Every time I dance to it or listen to it feels like home."

“The first time I joined a Zumba® class I fell completely in love with it. The music was amazing, the feeling, and the atmosphere”

Following this new found passion for the programme, Katerina booked on to her Zumba® Basic steps training, only to find herself covering a class the very next day.

“I remember I was so happy. I thought I was going to be scared to death but I felt so comfortable from the very first moment. It was like it was meant to be. For the first time in my life I felt like I could do a job where I can be completely myself. Since that day I knew that this was the perfect job for me.”

This contentment however, was one Katerina found not through performing, but teaching, and  those influenced by her classes.

“I will never forget a lady who came after one of my classes and talked to me. She was attending my classes for over a year and she was there every single time. I never could imagine that this lady, where we were laughing and having fun together… I was helping her getting over the death of her only child... She came to thank me telling me that I saved her life”

Katerina had never even attended a Zumba® Jam session before she applied to be a Zumba® Jammer, knowing she wanted to go further, she decided to apply despite this and though she was aware she did not meet all of the requirements.

“When I got the message that I was accepted to go for the training I was the happiest person on earth… I am really happy to be part of such a wonderful ZJ™ team. Everyone is truly amazing in what they do and really supportive with each other and that’s really special.” 

Becoming a ZJ™, Katerina spends her time travelling the world to meet other ZIN™ members, becoming an inspiration to them and watching as they grow as instructors. 

“I know it sounds a cliché but I wouldn’t change one single thing from my Zumba® experience. I would do it all over again and again and again...Zumba® is a really inspiring company that makes you feel that everything is possible."

Katerina Vlataki. Zumba® Jammer. UK

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