Paula Taylor graduated with bachelor of science from University of Rhode Island with degree in Physical Education, Health and Recreation.

Paula worked at the Cranston YMCA as the Director of Health and Fitness for 13 years, where she shared her enthusiasm for fitness with thousands of Cranston Y members ... and maybe even you! As the Y's Fitness Director, Paula was committed to creating the best fitness environment possible while developing new programs based on trends in fitness. Her successes in both teaching and motivation at the YMCA have prepared her for opening Dragonfly Studio, where she continues to share her lifelong passion for health and fitness.

Paula's Certifications
Advanced Exercise Instructor & Trainer for the YMCA
AFAA Primary Group Certification
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Kerri Baker has been a fitness instructor since 2009. She teaches zumba, pilates and cardio/aerobics. Kerri has 10 years experience as a dancer, and has a BS in Human Development along with an MS in Child Life.

Kerri has always been dedicated to fitness and believes it is a vital part of life.

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Jean Colaneri is a Level 2 Yoga Fit Instructor. She is certified in CPR and First Aid. Her passion is to help others reach their health and fitness goals and to help them feel confident through yoga.

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Hi, I'm Michelle Calise and I love teaching Zumba classes! The reason is simple: Every class feels like a party! Come join me and you'll see what I mean. You don't even have to know how to dance. Just move your body and follow my lead. It's easy! Come try it, I guarantee you will have a blast! I look forward to meeting you!

I am licensed to teach Basic Zumba 1, 2, and Senatao-Chair Zumba. I attended the 2013 Zumba convention in FLorida, and hosted a Zumbathon in October 2013 for American Cancer Society. We raised $2000 for Making Strides Event -TEAM BECKY. I am CPR certified, and also a registered Nurse, BSN from Rhode Island College.

I truly love Zumba because everyone can do it. I have had the privilege of meeting people who teach Zumba in wheelchairs, truly amazing. Nothing stops or limits them. With Zumba, where there is a will there is a way! Zumba has changed my life in many ways. I get to encourage others to feel the music like I do, move their bodies, and have a great time getting in shape. Zumba truly changes lives.

Photo: Michelle with Corina, her inspiration:
"Here I am with the lady who inspired me to get my ass in gear to teach. Her name is Corina! Corina is the best teacher; I love her!
She gave me the courage to teach!

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Linda Cornell has been a fitness instructor for over 30 years! In addition to a full time job as an elementray school physical education teacher, she teaches multiple classes EVERY night in Zumba, Pilates, Kickboxing, Step, Conditioning, Cardio & Strength Training. She has a BS in Physical Education and Health.

Linda believes that having fun during your workout is the key to getting people up, moving and feeling better about themselves.

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Deb has worked in the fitness industry for over 30 years. Deb's resume includes 17 years at the YMCA and previously was the owner of a fitness studio. Deb is a sought after Personal Trainer, and is currently training Mrs. Rhode Island and Mrs. Massachusetts contestants. She is AFAA certified and CPR certified.

In addition to all of this, Deb has 2 grown daughters and is a grandmother of 2 grandchildren!

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Meaghan is AFAA Group Exercise and CPR certified. Her dynamic attitude and enthusiasm gets the students in her classes pumped up. Watch out, her cardio-kickboxing classes are killer!

Meaghan received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Rhode Island and works full time as a speech therapist.

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Susan has been a fitness instructor for 20+ years. Susan is certified with NAFC.
She specializes in Group Fitness, interval training combining cardio, resistant training and core. She is also a certified Spin Instructor. She has always loved exercising for the health benefits. However, after being involved in a life threatening accident in 2007 it became more important to educate as many people as she can on the importance of exercise for your health. She was told first hand if it were not for her physical condition she may not have recovered as quickly, if at all. She could not imagine a day without exercise or moving her body and she wants everyone to have that same passion. “When you feel good physically you feel great mentally and it’s a different world”.

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Donna Wheaton is well known in the local fitness scene. She has been teaching all of her life and loves to share her passion with others. In addition to the many classes she teaches at Dragonfly Studio, Donna runs her own business "Fitness for Life".

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Sandy Sullivan is AFAA Group Excercise and Personal Training Certified. She has been involved in the world of exercise since 1984 and believes in incorporating humor in her classes while ensuring a challenging workout with combinations!

Sandy is the proud mother of two children and has a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Urban Affairs from the University of Rhode Island and a post graduate Certification in Paralegal Studies from Roger Williams University. She is employeed as a Paralegal and Intake Specialist for a Providence law firm.

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Sarah has been a dancer her whole life, and began teaching dance classes over 10 years ago. She graduated from Salve Regina University with a degree in Elementary Education. After beginning classes at the Dragonfly, she decided to get her AFAA certification to continue what she loves – teaching and being active!

Sarah believes fitness should be fun, and strives to make each class exciting for all!

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Lauren McGinn is a Certified Personal Trainer through Athletic & Fitness Association of America and a certified group fitness instructor through National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association. In addition, she is certified as a spin instructor by Mad Dogg. Lauren is also CPR and AED certified.

Lauren is passionate about fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. She teaches classes ranging from spin to weight and cardio training. Her desire and determination in this field motivates members of all ages to meet their individual goals.

If you are ready to tone/sculpt and improve your cardio vascular needs, then join Lauren in one of her classes.

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Linda Alves is married, has two grown children and two grandchildren. She was a supervisor at the corporate office of a bank. She started practicing yoga in 2010 which she found relieved the stress of her job. Linda retired in 2013 due to illness. Since her retirement, Linda has obtained her URI Master Gardener qualification, is a two-time past president of the Western Cranston Garden Club and served on the board of the Rhode Island Federation Garden Club. Linda obtained her certification of Hatha; a Vinyasa style yoga from YogaFit in 2017 at the YMCA in Manchester, NH. The essence of YogaFit is breathing, feeling and listening to your body. There is no competition, judgments or competition. Linda often includes her garden understanding and nature to her yoga classes. She believes yoga offers a way to enhance your mind, body and spirit through fitness. All are welcome to join her classes at any age to strengthen your inner core, improve your balance and become healthier, Namaste!

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