Danielle Dolson, 32, of Charlotte, is a mom and group fitness instructor at AL!VE. AL!VE is a creative well-being place centered on ensuring community vitality, located in Charlotte. Dolson said she’s been teaching fitness classes for five years, but her true passion is dancing.
“As a child, I studied ballet, lyrical, Jazz, gymnastics and Hip Hop,” she said. “Once a dancer, always a dancer.”
Her love of dance has led her to her latest fitness class, Zumba. Zumba is an aerobic fitness program featuring movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance.
“I truly believe dance is medicine for the soul,” she said. “Not only is it a great cardio workout, it’s a feel-good workout. If you’re looking to improve your self-confidence or relieve stress, dance fitness will work.”
She said she eats healthy foods, making sure to eat plenty of protein, fruits, vegetables and healthy carbs with an occasional chocolate bar. She encourages her clients to do the same.
“We all have the urge to treat ourselves,” she said. “I say go for it. But don’t allow a cheat meal to turn into a cheat day, that turns into a cheat week. The next thing you know you’ve given up and it’s become a New Year’s resolution again.”
Her fitness advice is to quit looking in the mirror and seeing only your flaws.
“Focus on how much stronger you’re becoming, and your endurance,” she said. “Keep pushing forward and the results will come, I promise. Celebrate your accomplishment big or small. You never know who you might inspire.”