|Davis and Greater Sacramento area|
|Hire: For performance, or for private or group dance, fitness or yoga instruction|
|Varies. Contact LaRani.|
|June 1, 2005|
LaRani is a dance teacher, performer, group exercise leader, yoga instructor, wellness and fitness coach, teacher of English/Spanish as a second language, and the Owner/Director of Fiesta DanceN' Fitness in downtown Davis.
LaRani has studied international dance for over 20 years and lived in Latin America for 21 years. In addition to growing up around Latin American music and dance, her international dance background includes Flamenco, Belly Dance, Bharatanatyam (classical South Indian), Bollywood, Polynesian, West African and various forms of Social Dance. LaRani toured with the professional modern Flamenco dance company, Estudio Gitano (Guatemala), and she currently performs with the Davis-based dance troupes Elegua (Salsa/Bachata), Kanz Al Sahara (Belly Dance), Davis Flamenco, Fenix Drum & Dance (West African & Brazilian Samba), Davis Capoeira (Brazilian martial art), and she created, directs, choreographs and dances with Fiesta Afrolatina (Afro-latin). Furthermore, LaRani has a background in martial arts, boxing, fencing, yoga, Pilates and group exercise. LaRani draws from her experience in 10 different martial arts, over 20 years of experience in fitness, her love of dance and her commitment to promoting health and fitness, to lead classes that are challenging, effective, fun and safe.
Zumba®, Zumbatomic®, Macumba™, QiDance™, Turbo Kick®, PiYo™, Foundational Yoga™ and Yoga-Alliance-approved 200-Hour and 500-Hour Vinyasa Yoga. Teaching dance and fitness gives her the opportunity to share her passions for dance, music, culture, fitness and spirituality.
LaRani’s guiding philosophy can be summed up in the Latin phrase Mens sana in corpore sano. LaRani believes that a healthy mind and a healthy body go hand in hand. She has a strong commitment to social change toward a healthier community. She has a B.S. in Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology from UCLA and a M.S. in Neuroscience from UC Davis. Denise uses her backgrounds in Physiology and Psychobiology to promote “overall well-being through fun exercise,” highlighting in her classes the benefits of exercise in the development of not just physical health, but mental and emotional balance as well.
SPANISH IMMERSION CLASSES FOR CHILDREN
Denise has been teaching children since 1996. She is trained as a teacher of English and Spanish as a second language, and worked for various years as an ESL teacher at elementary schools, high schools and language academies in Guatemala. Her background in Developmental Biology and her graduate work in “The Neurobiological Effects of Early Experiences on Social Behavior”, as well as her personal experience growing up bilingual and bi-cultural from the age 5, have influenced her unique and creative approach to teaching children in the context of a multicultural arts program. LaRani has designed a unique format that makes learning a second language FUN and effective!
(Email or call LaRani, or go to synrgdavis.com for class descriptions)
ADULT WORLD DANCE
FLAMENCO / Beginner Technique & Sevillanas
LATIN CLUB SOCIAL (Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cha-Cha, Cumbia, etc.)
HIPS 'ROUND THE WORLD
YOUTH ETHNIC DANCE
DISNEY WORLD DANCE
Pre-K FIESTA LATINA (Spanish Immersion)
FIESTA LATINA: (e.g., reggae dancehall, reguetón, salsa, bachata, merengue, punta, soca, Peruvian festejo, Colombian cumbias, Brazilian samba and axé)
GYPSY ROUTES (Flamenco, Belly Dance & Bollywood)
GLOBE TOUR 1: World Dance (e.g. Salsa, Samba; Bollywood; Belly Dance; Irish, Mexican folkloric, Flamenco from Spain, Hawaiian hula, and African)
AMERICAN DANCE ERAS
FITNESS, MIND AND BODY
ZUMBATOMIC® & YOGA PLAY for kids
PiYo™ (Pilates, Yoga strength training)
LaRani Bootcamp (Pilates, Yoga, Barre, dance conditioning, dynamic balance fusion, choreographed to music)
VINYASA YOGA POWER FLOW
VIN YIN YOGA Gentle Flow
PRACTICAL YOGA AND LIFE SKILLS
YOGA FOR RELAXATION AND RESTORATION
2014-09-24 22:22:25 Amazing instructor!! Highly recommended! —FelipeBecerra
2014-10-01 20:48:47 I thoroughly enjoy taking yoga from Denise at Davis Swim and Fitness every Friday morning at 9. I've had many different yoga teachers, and she is one of my favorites. Her routine includes Vinyasa and Yin Yoga and it is a perfect way to start a weekend. She has a gentle approach and the movements just flow and are easy to follow. I highly recommend her as a yoga teacher, and am amazed and impressed with the breadth of her other dance and fitness skills. —Lnel
2014-10-10 08:44:16 Denise has a very mindful, gentle yet powerful expression of vinyasa yoga that she shares with her students. I take her yoga class on Friday mornings at Davis Swim and Fitness, and highly recommend it. She also teaches a really great zumba class on Mondays there- very good workout, playful and fun. She is a talented dancer and very good instructor. —SachaLaurin
2014-10-10 10:18:47 I've been an occasional participant in Denise's 9AM Friday yoga class at Davis Swim and Fitness. I'm not very experienced at yoga, so I couldn't tell you exactly what variety is being presented. I'm not very flexible, and I'm not so young any more. I appreciate how Denise makes it easy for someone like me to participate, with a gentle approach and with options for those of us who can't come close to full expression of the poses. —Chachi639
2014-10-10 22:27:41 Denise is extremely capable to teach yoga. She is knowledgeable of all yoga poses and knows how to present them to the class with clarity and serenity. Her voice is soothing and encouraging. The hour of yoga seems to fly by, but at the end of class I feel relaxed and invigorated. I appreciate how she offers various levels of a pose to accommodate students of all levels of ability. She has a gracious and accepting manner. She's an awesome teacher! SusanDahl
2014-10-18 00:02:49 Denise's Zumba classes rock! With her tremendous dance background Denise choreographs a wide variety of routines. Her classes never get old. They're so fun I can't help but work my tail off and that's why I'm there. At her studio,Fiesta Dance N Fitness, the Zumba class has a dance party vibe with LED disco lights. Love it! I go to her classes at Get Fit Davis, too, they're always full. Have a blast, get a great work out, what else can you ask for? —LauraAverett
2014-10-19 15:55:04 Highly recommended! I am going to Denise' Zumba class every week and every time I fully enjoy it. She is an extraordinary instructor, since she can transfer her own passion to the class and thus you are not dancing alone but with the group. As with every Zumba teacher one will learn the steps after going to the class a few times. However, it is not at all difficult to learn. She has a very good mix of songs and so the workout does not become dull. If I have to evaluate her I would give her the highest number of points. —JoachimSchnier
2017-06-16 17:12:45 Denise has been substituting for three yoga teachers this month of June at Get Fit Davis. I am a regular and have enjoyed her classes. She seems very experienced in yoga, pleasant, and responsive to those in class. I give her an A+.Ann —annprivat