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.
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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.
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. She continued training in ballet, teaching dance classes, & performing as a guest artist during and after pursing a civil engineering degree. After four years of moonlighting as a ballerina, Marisol came to the conclusion that a place where one could stay fit via ballet technique needed to exist. With this idea, MaZi Dance Fitness was born. An embracing community where one comes to work hard, feel the music, and get stronger with every class.
One of Marisol's goals was to design classes for any level of dance ability. With this in mind, she took it a step further and is founder of the Gift of Movement Program at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). This program provides MaZi Dance Fitness classes free of charge for out patients of RIC. If you would like to more information on this program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Zi in MaZi, is the other co-founder of MaZi Dance Fitness. Ziba has over 25 years of dancing, choreographing, and performing experience and 10 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. Ziba has an MBA in Finance from the University of Rochester and worked for Target & Best Buy Corporations in finance & marketing roles before combining her passions of dance fitness & business at MaZi!
One of Ziba's passions is choreography and content creation for both MaZi Dance Fitness's workouts as well as MaZi's performing group, MaZi Dance Chicago. She has choreographed for music videos with AyOH, Fresh Giants and appeared in reality show Pretty Strong teaching ballet for the female football players. The thing she loves the most about MaZi is helping women find a workout that they love and that helps them reconnect or discover the joy of dance!
DorianMDC Rehearsal MasterDorian trained at Mayfair Performing Arts Academy where he studied jazz, modern, ballet, and contemporary. His passion for combining his urban surroundings with his love of dance led him to the realm of hip-hop. Dorion was the last choreographer to work with and establish a piece for Maggie Daley and her annual After School Matters Gala. At MaZi Dance Chicago (MDC) he merges South Loop and Wicker Park performing groups in choreography, sets, and runs rehearsals in preparation for MDC events.
Liz is MaZi Dance Fitness' studio administrator. She 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 performed with the Jerusalem Academy Dance Ensemble in Israel. Liz has danced professionally with Chicago Repertory Ballet, the Civic Ballet of Chicago, and is currently a company member with Elements Contemporary Ballet.
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.