Pat de Vries spent most of her life in Toronto where she obtained an MBA from York University and worked in marketing management for twenty years. She became involved in dance-based fitness over 15 years ago while living in New York. She has been an ACE certified Group Fitness Instructor since 2001. She moved to Burlington in 2002 and began the Dance Workout at the BFR Club where she taught for 8 years.
In 2007, Pat was introduced to Zumba (and Beto!) at the Toronto Canfitpro conference and became hooked! Pat was one of the first in Canada to become a licensed Zumba instructor and in 2008 she created ZumbaBurlington.com to promote Zumba in the club and the community. Soon her Zumba and Zumba Toning classes became the most popular at the club! Over the years she has also taught at schools, corporate classes, and many Zumbathons and local events. Pat is licensed in almost every Zumba specialty (Zumba Gold, Toning, Sentao, Aqua, Kids, Zumbini) and has attended every Zumba convention since 2008! She also completed her 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher Training through YogaFit in 2013 and in 2014, added barre training to her credentials.
After 3 successful years running ZumbaBurlington.com inside Stars Academy as an independent studio specializing in Zumba classes, and winning first place in the Burlington Post Readers Choice awards in 2013 & 2014, Pat and Zumba Burlington.com have returned to her former home at the BFR Club. The BFR Club continues to win awards for the “Best Zumba” classes in Burlington!
Pat has been married for over 30 years and has three grown children – her daughter Catherine was also a licensed Zumba and Zumba Kids instructor! She welcomes both long-standing Zumba friends as well as new clients to join her at the BFR Club and have fun while getting fit!