At Bastet Dance Fitness our instructors are just as unique as you are! If you are looking for a fun personalized workout or an engaging dance class to learn choreography or a new dance style you’ve come to the right place!
Dance: Our dance instructors strive to provide classes that are fun, educational, and designed to appeal to everyone from beginners to advanced dancers.
Fitness: Our certified fitness instructors offer a large variety of unique workouts that will not only get you the results you want but keep you coming back for more!
Stephanie is co-owner and CEO of Bastet Dance Fitness LLC. She is a NASM certified personal trainer, licensed Zumba and Strong by Zumba instructor and has been teaching numerous styles of dance and dance fitness classes professionally since 2013. In 2016 Stephanie founded the bellydance troupe Dancers of Bastet, and the chair troupe The Bastet Chair Teasers. Both dance troupes perform regularly at local events and shows under the direction of Stephanie.
“When I was little I wanted to grow up to be a ballerina. After over a decade of ballet classes, though, I realized that ballet wasn’t quite right for me. I encountered a number of physical limitations that left that dream just a dream. That reality, though, led me to exploring other forms of dance and very soon I discovered bellydance; I was in love! The movement, the music, and the community were all so inclusive and amazing I could not have dreamt of a better place to begin my adult growth in dance! After 10 years of dancing with a local troupe I started feeling like there was more out there to discover. It was then that I really began to get into the fitness aspect of dance. Over the next few years my passion for dance and fitness continued to grow and in 2013 I was offered a job as a dance instructor at the pole dance and fitness studio iCandy. I finally felt like I had found my home in the dance world! Being able to share my love for dance and help students progress and overcome challenges was the reward I had been missing all along. I grew as a dancer and an instructor turning my hobby into my career through additional certifications, fitness classes, and many performances. When iCandy announced they would be closing their doors in June of 2017 I was devastated; I had found what I wanted to do with my life and had become part of a dance family that I could not bear to lose. It was time to take the next big step and open my own studio! With the help and support of my business partner, friends, family and, of course, my dance family, we brought my vision to life! I am beyond excited to continue my dance and fitness journey as a studio owner inspiring and helping others on their own fitness journeys!”
Certifications: NASM CPT, AFAA Group Ex, Zumba, STRONG by Zumba, Elevated Flexibility, Liquid Motion
Tina is co-owner and CFO of Bastet Dance Fitness LLC. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Sonoma State University, and almost 20 years of bookkeeping experience. She has studied various forms of dance including hip hop, jazz, ballet, pole and chair. In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing with friends and family, performing with Bastet Chair Troupe and costuming.
Noella has always had a strong passion and calling for dance and creative arts. She started taking hip hop dance classes in her early teens and fell in love. In high school, she participated in both the Cheer and Hip Hop Dance Team. Following high school, she participated in a San Francisco based hip hop dance company, FBC, for one year. In 2011, Noella found a new dance and performance outlet as a Gogo Dancer. Since then she’s been performing regularly at Bay Area events and nightclubs, and at larger events and festivals like Insomniac’s EDC or Skills’ ETDPOP. She continues to train in various dance styles, and is now a licensed Zumba instructor. She loves to share the energy and joy of music and movement with others, and is excited to bring this passion to class. She looks forward to continue her dance journey into the dance fitness world, and to be involved at Bastet Dance Fitness!
“You might expect a dance/fitness instructor to have been doing this for their whole lives and for most that might be true but dance and fitness are relatively new to my life. I have always wanted to be fit but until I started dancing just two short years ago, nothing stuck. Since then, dance has helped me achieve so much more than i ever thought I was capable; I went from never dancing to now being a member of two dance troupes, a certified Zumba instructor, and NASM certified group/personal trainer. I am so excited to continue to learn and grow with the other instructors and students here at Bastet Dance Fitness and for the opportunity to help others find the community and strength that I’ve found through dance.”
Certifications: NASM CPT, AFAA Group Ex, Zumba, STRONG by Zumba,
I found Fitness during a difficult time in my life. My senior year of college, I looked in the mirror and thought how did I get here? I was about 20lbs overweight and incredibly insecure about the huge changes that were coming from leaving school and entering the “real” world. That’s when I decided to take the step and start working out. Weightlifting and the gym became my therapy. I started taking group classes such as Pilates, Piyo, and pole dance and fell in love. There is something about the environment and strength found in group classes that motivates me everyday. Since the discovery of this love, I have received my personal training certification through NASM and Piyo certification. My goals are to continue teaching and to receive more certifications in classes such as Insanity and P90X. Nothing in the world beats the feeling of helping and inspiring people to reach their goals, and I am so excited for the opportunity to continue to do so at Bastet Dance Fitness.
Certifications: Piyo, Buti Yoga
Lori Tawasha has been studying belly dance since 2001 and is a seasoned practitioner and instructor. Lori teaches weekly classes, short series, workshops and private lessons. She is passionate about teaching and is thrilled to be teaching in beautiful Sonoma County.
Experience: 20 years experience teaching and performing bellydance
I remember waking up one day, looking in the mirror and realizing a change needed to be made. I was 50 pounds overweight and didn’t understand how I got there. I made the decision to look for a work out I thought would be fun in order to try and stay motivated. I found Pole dancing, the strength I gained motivated me to try other classes and further my fitness journey. I started taking different group classes. I took a Turbo Kick Live class and knew from that moment that fitness would become a huge part of my life. I decided to become a certified Turbo Kick Live Instructor, but I couldn’t stop there. Within a year I got certified in Country Heat Live and PiYo Live. I even changed my major to Health, Fitness and nutrition. I want to be able to help others find a love for fitness, meet their fitness goals and inspire them to never give up. I’m excited to be able to continue my journey and help others with theirs, at Bastet Dance.
Certifications: Piyo, Turbo Kick, Country Heat, Buti Yoga
Honey Grace Lopez is a Transformation Coach, Holistic Chef and Yoga Teacher, specializing in practices that honor, nurture and support the whole being (mind, body and spirit). Her passion is guiding her clients to find the answers within through self-discovery and self-appreciation, so that they can make real change in their lives and walk their purpose-filled and heart-led paths.
Experience: Registered Yoga Instructor trained in Vinyasa, Shaktirize, Restorative
Carrie is a NASM Certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. She has her Master of Science in Nursing. Carrie is a taskmaster who thrives on empowering others to achieve their health and fitness goals. She has spent over a decade training in Mauy Thai Kickboxing and acrobatics, and is also a belly dancer and chair dance performer. She has a passion for workout classes where one can obtain useful skills that translate into real life. Carrie’s kickboxing experiences extend to competitions and Carrie can be seen performing all over Sonoma County in her various artistic endeavors. Carrie is a fun outgoing instructor that will make sure you feel welcome and have a good time.
Certifications: NASM CPT, AFAA Group Ex, Elevated Flexibility, Liquid Motion