From a Virtual Zumba Class to an International Family
In March 2020, I taught my first virtual Zumba class using Dacast streaming platform. Let me tell you, it was weird not seeing anyone in person, not even through webcams. I wasn’t even sure if anyone would show up. Eventually, I switched to Zoom so I could see my students, and that made all the difference.
Teaching to my regulars every week felt AMAZING, and it reminded me, after many years of teaching only education trainings and presenting in events, of how fulfilling it is to have a weekly class. But I didn’t want to stop at just providing a fun hour of Zumba. I wanted to give my students the best of myself to help them achieve their goals, both as instructors and in life.
So I created a community called the Inner Circle – an online membership platform where I mentor fitness instructors in a fun and supportive way. We dance together every week, have one-on-one coaching sessions and life-coaching webinars. We even hang out together for a full weekend in my hometown, Bruges!
Yes, you read it right! In 2022, I invited my students to spend a whole weekend together in Bruges, and people came from all over the world, as far as Canada and the USA! The connections we made were incredible, and it’s now an event that happens twice a year, called the Inner Circle Weekend.
Today the Inner Circle has grown into a team, and I’m super grateful to work with fantastic colleagues.
But you know what I think it’s the best thing about the Inner Circle? It’s how it has become a community of friends who support each other. This is what makes our community truly special – the perfect environment for anyone looking to grow!