Who’s MaZi

Marisol & Ziba are the founding sisters of MaZi Dance Fitness and invite you to: 

Experience the MaZi DIFFERENCE!   Our instructors are both fitness professionals AND professionally trained dancers, your body will EXPERIENCE what that means.   With years of experience making movement our own, all of us at Team MaZi know what we’re looking for from a form perspective and how to get it from you.  

                                                                    Meet the team …



Co-founded MaZi Dance Fitness in 2009 after years of continuing her own research and training in fitness following her performing career.
Marisol trained on full scholarships and performed in renowned ballet companies such as San Francisco Ballet, Ballet El Paso, Ballet Austin, and The First Vaganova Workshop in Ghent, Belguim.  She performed in productions such as The Nutrcracker, Cinderella, Romeo & Juliet, Vivaldi, Stars and Stripes, Don Quixote, and Swan Lake.
Marisol is pilates & NETA certified.  Her MaZi Intro to Ballet program has adults of all ages discovering ballet technique and it’s carryover to fitness!   She has designed Ballerina Bum (TM) strength conditioning exercises for lean, long & strong results.   She is eager to share the benefits of building a strong core and of keeping exercise an ongoing part of your life.
Marisol is also the founder of the Gift of Movement, a program in partnership with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago that specializes in dance fitness classes for people with physical limitations.  Email mazidancefitness@gmail.com for ways to get involved.



The Zi in MaZi, is the other co-founder of MaZi Dance Fitness.
Ziba has over 20 years of dancing, choreographing, and performing experience and 7 years of teaching dance and setting various productions. She has trained and performed with renowned companies including, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Ballet El Paso, San Francisco Ballet, and The First Vaganova Workshop in Ghent, Belgium.
After her professional career, Ziba’s passion for dance expanded into teaching ballet form conditioning, dance boxing, cardio dance and private lessons. Meanwhile, she completed a Master’s in Business Administration and enjoyed a business career at Wal-Mart, Target & Best Buy Corporate before deciding that her heart will always be in dance. She is Pilates and NETA certified and her classes are about driving results and maximizing each individual’s potential while celebrating the gift a movement and music.
Ziba is the founder of MaZi Dance Chicago, MaZi’s performing group. She also produces choreography for musical theater artists, independent projects and music videos.



Dorian trained at Mayfair Performing Arts Academy where he studied jazz, modern, ballet, and contemporary.  While he had no former training, his passion for combining his urban surroundings with his love of dance led him to the realm of hip-hop.

Dorion is an intern at Gallery 37′s Hip-Hop Culture/Dance Ensemble, and was the last choreographer to work with and establish a piece for Maggie Daley and her annual After School Matters Gala. An active performer, he’s danced/choreographed for shows at Lollapalooza (2011), the Taste of Chicago (West Side Story),  and the Museum of Contemporary art (Step Afrika!). He’s also performed with gospel singers Mary-Mary at the Magnificent Mile Festival of Lights, and choreographed the promotional Chicago tour of “Happy Feet Two”.   Dorion currently teaches Hip-hop Cardio at MaZi, where we mix fitness with our passion to dance.



Marissa brings over 15 years of gymnastics and figure skating training to MaZi, including several years of experience coaching group and private skating lessons. She has seen how the results of MaZi have greatly impacted her own life since she first started taking classes after the studio opened.  Marissa works full time at a Chicago non-profit where she manages an after-school program for an elementary school on the West side of the city. She is excited to combine her love of teaching with her love of movement.





Jess is an alumni ofElonUniversityinNorth Carolinawhere she was trained in jazz, modern, ballet, contemporary, and Pilate studies while receiving a degree in Dance Performance & Choreography during her time inNorth   Carolina.   Jess also had an active career with Terranova Dance Theatre, the Kearns Dance Project, and the GeffTour Company performing in and around North Carolina.

Jess has been working as a choreographer and teacher for the past four years.  Her works have been seen in festivals and concerts inNorth Carolinasuch as the American Dance Festival and Multiple Exposures.  Jess has also been an active ballet and jazz instructor at studios inNorth   Carolina.  Jess is very excited to be joining such a fun and innovative team as MaZi where she can combine her loves of instruction, dance, and fitness together to lead some calorie burning workouts!




Anson is a graduate student at Columbia College Chicago where she is working towards a Master of Arts in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling.  She is also working towards a graduate level Certificate in Movement Analysis.  Anson completed her undergraduate work at The Ohio State University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in dance and a minor in psychology. Before transferring to the Ohio State University she spent three years of undergraduate work at The Boston Conservatory working on her Bachelors of Fine Arts in dance performance.  Anson’s previous dance training includes summer intensives with Joffrey Midwest, American Ballet Theater, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and Pennsylvania Regional Ballet.
Anson trained at South Dayton School of Dance, where she was a member of a pre-professional company where she had the opportunity to attend Regional Dance America annually.  Anson has experience teaching ballet, modern, tap, and jazz to all skill levels and ages.   She began taking classes at MaZi Dance Fitness Center in May of 2012 and has been hooked ever since. .. now teaches at MaZi and has been chosen as Team Lead for MaZi’s Gift of Movement with RIC!




Molly is a certified Ballerina Bum trainer, is NETA certified, a professional dancer with 10+ years of dance training, performing, and teaching experience.  She has choreographed for Illinois State Championships, for Concert Dance Company, University of Kansas, Kansas City, and now for MaZi Dance Chicago!









Kiley has 10 years of studio training in tap, jazz, ballet and point. She continued dancing with her high school pom team and then as a member of the University of Notre Dame Pom Squad. Originally a native of suburban Detroit, Kiley moved to Chicago in 2008 after graduating as an architect from The University of Notre Dame.

She was among the first group of certified WERQ instructors and is an active contributor to official WERQ choreography.  Kiley is excited to share her love of WERQ at MaZi Dance Fitness!





Shelley started dancing when she was four years old and she hasn’t stopped moving since.  Over the years, she has trained in a variety of styles including: ballet, pointe, jazz, and tap.  She also studied Tae Kwon Do and Muay Thai kickboxing and brings both dance experience as well as a martial arts background to the Ballerina Fight Club program.    

Shelley holds a BA from the University of Illinois, manages the central North American territory for a global technology company, and is focused on working, living and achieving success through creative thinking and positive interaction.   Her classes are fast-paced and high-energy.





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Liz graduated from Elon University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography. While there, she trained in ballet, somatic theories, modern, and jazz. In North Carolina, Liz performed professionally with Terranova Dance Theatre. In 2012, Liz had the opportunity to travel to Jerusalem, Israel where she studied gaga dance and performed throughout the country with the Jerusalem Academy Dance Ensemble. Currently, she is an apprentice with Elements Contemporary Ballet here in Chicago.

Liz is thrilled to be joining Mazi’s team where she will be teaching Ballerina Bum Bootcamp and Ballerina Bum Fight Club.






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Sara grew up dancing in the suburbs of Chicago.  She has trained in modern, hip hop, and ballet and was a member of her high school pom squad.  While getting her Bachelor’s Degree at Indiana University Sara minored in contemporary dance and taught hip hop fitness classes.

Sara began taking classes at Mazi in 2011 and was instantly hooked.  A year later Sara received her group fitness instructor certification through NETA and joined the Mazi team.  Sara teaches Zi-Cardio and B-girl Hip Hop and choreographs for both.  Sara is also a certified WERQ instructor.  Outside of Mazi, Sara is a licensed clinical social worker and works in the child welfare system.






Stacy received studio training in various styles of dance in Enterprise, AL since the age of 3.  Once in high school, she performed with the Enterprise High School Danceline, which featured jazz, lyrical, kickline technique and skills.  Additionally, she received the honor of Dancer All-Star among the team.  Stacy also featured these dance skills by performing with the Enterprise High School Winterguard, to which they took first place in their division and were among the top groups in the world.  Stacy performed with the Auburn University Marching Band Danceline.

Shortly after moving to Chicago, Stacy discovered MaZi on the opening night of their first studio and has been a part of the studio since 2009.  She can be seen in promotional pictures and videos for MaZi and has been both a choreographer and performer in their various performances with Mazi Dance Chicago (MDC).  Additionally, she has performed with Through the Body Company and at the 2014 Carnival Choreographer’s Ball with Paulette Azizian and Dana Rosenthal.  Stacy has also been active in coordinating The Art in Motion Gala with MaZi’s The Gift of Movement program.  She is excited to join the instructor team and looks forward to sharing her love of music and dance with others.