We're excited to be growing our Dancers Shape Family with new instructors as we get ready to open our 2nd location inside Hill Country Indoor! Today we're happy to welcome Angela Sparks. Read more about her:
DS: Where are you from?
AS: My family is from the midwest, but relocated to San Antonio when I was three. So, I am really a Texas girl. It always amused my grandparents, aunts, and uncles when little Angela busted out the 'ya'll' expression on visits home. After attending Texas State University in San Marcos, I finally migrated to the Austin area in 2004, having had my sites on this wonderful city with it's endless social and outdoor outlets ... and awesome people!
DS: What do you like to do for fun?
AS: Well, dance is one of my greatest loves, as well as spending time with family and friends. I have a new little nephew who I absolutely adore and my husband and I enjoy traveling the world together and exploring the hill country on his Harley.
I also make many of my own belly dance costumes and enjoy baking and cooking when I can fit them into my schedule. Discovering delicious healthy, gluten-free, low sugar desserts (especially if they recall dark chocolate) are my favorites. If you know of any, send them my way!
DS: What is your fitness background?
AS: I have been dancing since my mother introduced me to dance classes as a little girl. I minored in dance at Texas State University, studying the Erick Hawkins style of modern dance. My mother also danced in her college days, so I guess you could say it runs in the family! I discovered belly dancing in 1996 and have been teaching and performing since 1998.
Yoga also sparked my interest, at first as a new work out to try. After seeing not only the physical benefits, but experiencing the mental, emotional, and spiritual rewards as well, I decided to deepen my studies and acquire a yoga teaching certification. I have been teaching yoga since 2012.
Additionally, I am ACE Group Fitness Certified and now happily an official Barre Instructor here at Dancers Shape!
DS: What drew you to Dancers Shape?
AS: Yoga, barre, and dance (in my humble opinion) make a beautiful and well-rounded work out regimen, and Dancers Shape has a fantastic offering of classes in a unique style. I was drawn to the skilled instruction, wonderful energy of the studio and staff, and the sense of community. With my dance and fitness background, it felt like a perfect fit!