I never considered myself an athlete growing up but an artist. I was a dancer for almost twenty years focusing on studio dance classes and competitions through junior and senior high school. Learning multiple dance styles of Ballet, Jazz, Hip-hop, Tap, Contemporary, and Modern. During my freshman year in college, I was on the Varsity Dance Team at Grand View University. I had a scholarship opportunity allowing me to perform in Dance the Magic Parades and stage in Disneyland with Be Discovered Inc. In 2012, I was diagnosed with relapsing polychondritis and it cut my dance career short. I could go full circle and finish my dance journey as a teacher at the National Dance Academy where my journey started.
As Impact started to grow, we added Aerial Yoga to continue adding a way to help our athletes grow and benefit from proper body mechanics, increased flexibility, and mobility. It was a way for me to rekindle my appreciation for dance and to be able to improve myself physically and mentally. As I continued my journey at Impact, I knew that more than just fitness needed to be inside Impact, and we partnered with Healthy Steps Nutrition to focus on a holistic approach to bring to our athletes. We have been able to grow into the community with Empowered Employee Wellness working with businesses such as Ruhl & Ruhl, Geneva Country Club, and Muscatine Power and Water.