Love your Body…Love the Planet…
Hey my name is Theresa Marie, and I do love dancing, lifting weights, and making choices that give me good health & energy, while doing what I can to help the planet too.
That’s why I think getting all Eco with your Fitness is very important…plus it feels GOOD, too.
I’m a dancer, a dance teacher, and a strength training coach. I’m also a certified sports nutritionist, and I have a passion for organic food, good fats, lots of veggies…I love natural makeup…and non-toxic home cleaning stuff.
I love dancing Samba, and spreading the beauty of the shaking booty…I think dancing is fabulous for your brain, your sensuality, and feeling happy and alive…moving with hips feels fabulous, plus adding music and community = amazing.
I love lifting weights and focusing on my glutes…I think this makes lifting super fun; it gets the largest muscle group in your body working for you, and it gives you relatively quick results which inspires you to keep going.
I love daily brisk walking…taking movement breaks…and eating yummy energizing FOOD! I’m all about adding in the Good Fats and eating Carbs strategically…and I’m excited to share my Eating for Energy recipes and research with you.
Ok…so I’m in the process of updating my blog, I’ve had this blog for 7 years, but I just got tired of a lot of my old posts, so I’m putting many of them back up and making new ones…so join my newsletter list to get inspiring updates (and get my free 7 Days of Booty Movement Breaks)…and here’s what fabulous here right now:
What’s good, from this Eco Fit Chick:
Firm the Booty…and the Rest will Follow…(Why booty-focused strength training rocks)
Love Your Body Get Ready Tip
Welcome! I hope you enjoy everything
More about Theresa
I created the Booty Fit Program 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 Days of Movement Breaks…and let’s werk it!
fitness, nutrition, dance, music and education background…for Theresa Marie
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)…Stepping Out Studios & The Ball in NYC (Samba Booty)…coming soon in Des Moines! 🙂
Online dance & fitness programs: Booty Fit Girl home & gym workout plans, Eat Fat to Burn Fat guide…and How to Shake Your Booty in 30 Days & Intro to Samba with Theresa dance videos…Past certified Zumba instructor…teaching for the past 7 years, performing for many more! I’ve been studying Brazilian dancing & drumming for almost 20 years with teachers in Brazil, New York, and California…and I’m excited to share the booty shaking beauty & joy of dancing Samba with you.
I also dance Samba on stilts! 🙂
Samba Dance Workshops: High Sierra Music Festival (Samba & folkloric styles), Holistic MBA at the Skirball Center (Samba Booty), Weightloss Pleasure Camp with Jena La Flamme in SF and NYC (Samba showgirl); Manifestation Mastermind with Nisha Moodley in SF (Samba & folkloric styles); Blow Your Mind conference with Michael Ellsberg (Samba booty) & Off The Charts with Natalie Loussier in NYC (Samba & folkloric styles)
My study of Brazilian dance: 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 from Sambada, Gordo from Cortejo Afro, Derek Smith, Mike Birmingham, Kevin Di Noto, Kevin Dorn, Dror Sinai, Michael Gruber, Dr. Eichorn, 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 (for several years each in California & NYC): Music festivals like High Sierra Music Festival; Sierra Nevada Music Festival…concerts & large event in San Francisco…Zingolati Cruise…Mazda Raceway & Laguna Seca Raceway starting lines…concerts & large events in NYC & the Bay Area, California…and with live bands, like Shpongle’s Halloween show at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA; March Forth Marching Band at the Brooklyn Bowl & the Bomba Party at BB Kings in NYC…
Dance Performer: most recently Samba New York, Samba Novo, Brasilerando Dance Company with Danielle Lima, and Esquenta NYC in New York City, NY…Samba Funk with King Theo in Oakland, Fusao & Dance of Brazil in Santa Cruz, CA…and with my own groups, see below!
Dance & Music Performance groups I co-created and/or co-directed: Sereias du Samba in NYC…Pankind, Hipnautica, Suco, Samba Stilt Circus, Santa Cruz Fire Conclave, Lovelight Samba in CA
Past Health & Education work: Former credentialed high school English teacher, middle school English, elementary school music and even a semester of Kindergarten (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. Re-wrote an expanded version of the national Uniquely Me program for the Girl Scouts of the USA (not currently published)
Strength Training education/teachers: American Fitness Institute (personal training certification), Dr. Bradley Kosbar (body balancing & PT), Renee Menard (Pilates & dance), Coach Ryan Faehnle (muscular strength & endurance, progression)
Nutrition education/teachers: The Health Sciences Academy advanced sport nutrition advisor certification, Craig Lane, and greatly inspired by the writing of Dr. Catherine Shanahan
Other certifications: 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 7 years…and I love it and I love helping people get results with movement!