Who is MaZi?
Marisol & Ziba (MaZi) are two sisters who trained and danced professionally. When they retired & entered the corporate world, they felt a void in their lives. They seeked a workout that gave them the physical and emotional benefits they knew in the ballet world. They missed the feeling of home that they found in dance studios. A place where strong female friendships form and the community seeking the same goal bonds. They pictured a place where that could happen, so in 2009 they took a leap and opened MaZi Dance Fitness. Since then, thousands of women have returned to dance, discovered dance fitness, or returned to performing.
MaZi invites 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 the MaZi Instructors know what we’re looking for from a form perspective and how to get it from you.
Mallory is MaZi Dance Chicago's (MDC) Rehearsal Master. She is also dances and choreographs for the group.She has over 25 years of dance training and technique including; modern, hip hop, ballet, tap, and jazz. Mallory attended The Ohio State University where she took classes in the dance department in pursuit of a dance minor. She went on to complete her MA in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling at Columbia College Chicago. As a dance/movement therapist, Mallory strives to bring the psycho-therapeutic use of dance and movement to the children, adolescents, and families she serves within the community. Mallory teaches Ballerina Bum Bootcamp, Ballerina FightClub, and Bgirl Hip Hip at MaZi Dance Fitness.
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. She was one of MaZi Dance Chicago's first performers! Sara found her true passion with teaching! She now teaches Zi-Cardio and B-girl Hip Hop! She also choreographs and is MaZi Dance Fitness' Master Trainer for both. Outside of Mazi, Sara is a licensed clinical social worker and works in the child welfare system.
Nadia was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She has a B.A in Dance from San Francisco State University and studied Nutrition & Wellness. While there, Nadia has trained in The Fletcher Pilates method. Nadia has been dancing since she was 12 years-old with styles ranging from Hip-Hop, tap, ballet & Modern Jazz. Nadia has performed in numerous shows in High School and college including the New Moves Student Dance Showcase at SFSU in 2010 & 2011. She loves sharing her passion for dance and educating others about living a healthy lifestyle especially with healthy cooking and baking recipes. Outside the fitness world, Nadia has worked with charity organizations in San Francisco & Chicago. She is currently a member of a running group in Chicago. Nadia loves sharing her joy of dance & teaching Zi-Cardio and Ballerina Bum Bootcamp at MaZi Dance Fitness!