James L. Camp Jr. YMCA

Published 9:04 am Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Name: Tonya Skinner

Title: Zumba instructor, personal trainer

Name of business: James L. Camp Jr. YMCA

Location: 300 Crescent Drive, Franklin

Phone number: 562-3491

E-mail address: tonya.skinner@hotmail.com

Nature of business: Fitness

How’s business: We are a fitness industry, so we are always busy and always seeking fun and new ways to teach people how to live a healthy lifestyle. Zumba is the only Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that blends red hot international music and contagious steps.

One thing you wish everyone knew about your business: Since its inception in 2001, the Zumba program has grown to become the world’s largest and most successful dance-fitness program with more than 12 million taking weekly classes.

Something you offer that a customer won’t find elsewhere: I like to give everybody a chance to feel comfortable, loosen up and have fun.

Advice to new Zumba students: Don’t think just because you didn’t get it the first time, it’s not happening. You have to let the music move you to your own beat. Come back and try it a few times. It’s good for your body and soul.

The key to a successful business is: Smile and you will make someone else smile.

Personal: I am a happily married wife of 15 years to a wonderful, loving husband and a mother of three wonderful children. They are my number one.