Meet our staff!
Jessica goldman, founder
Jessica Goldman, FYD Fitness founder and co-director, has been rocking it out since the ripe old age of three. She grew up in Wisconsin where she danced competitively at Accent on Dance Studios until she moved to Minnesota to dance on the nationally acclaimed University of Minnesota Varsity Dance Team. After college she danced professionally for the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bulls. She opened All About Dance when she was 24 years old and has been infecting Chicago with her energetic dance classes ever since. She has been inducted into the hall of Fame as a LuLu Lemon Ambassador and has most recently been voted the Class Pass Most Motivating Instructor in Chicago. She will rock your world and you will love every second on the dance floor with her.
Lisa DeMaio, FYD Fitness co-director, received her BA in dance from Columbia College in 2001. She went on to dance professionally with Zephyr Dance Company touring nationally until 2006, when she moved to Los Angeles and began her teaching career. While in LA, Lisa continued dancing and touring with Kairos dance company, and taught at the Redondo Beach School of Dance and Music. In 2007, Lisa became a certified personal trainer and began focusing her career on fitness as well as dance. She moved back to Chicago in 2008 where she began her career with All About Dance. Her experience in the fitness industry has been a great compliment to her work in the FYD program, and she is sure to give you a killer workout in every class. She's so proud to be a part of the FYD tribe and definitely brings the party to the dance floor!
Rachael started dancing her pants off at the young age of 4 and hasn’t stopped since! She grew up in Buffalo, NY and graduated from Point Park University in 2011 with a BA in Dance (jazz concentration) Rachael has been dancing professionally with Giordano Dance Chicago for the past six years traveling nationally and internationally. Her passion for both dancing and teaching is what brought her to AAD in 2012. She is currently the AAD company modern teacher and a competition choreographer for all genres and ages. AAD is where she eats, sleeps, laughs, dances and she wouldn’t have it any other way! Her workout motto is “Dance is like eating; it should be enjoyed and it should be daily” Rachael couldn’t be more excited and grateful to take the dance floor at FYD Fitness. A place where her love for Cher, sweat, and neon colors are not only welcomed but EMBRACED!
Lola began her dance training at the age of four in Chicago, IL, training for many years in various styles including ballet, tap, and jazz. In 2002, she discovered her passion for hip hop, and soon found herself dancing, choreographing, and booking tours traveling throughout the U.S. and China. Since then, Lola has performed in hip hop and tap numbers at the semi-annual Choreographer’s Carnival, and also with Gifted Souls at the Chicago International Salsa Congress in Chicago, IL and the Puerto Rico Salsa Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her professional credits include the likes of Lupe Fiasco and R. Kelly, in addition to dance features on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Steve Harvey Show, and the 2013 Bollywood film Dhoom 3. Most recently, Lola has rocked the stage with hip hop companies CODA and three-time defending World of Dance Chicago champions, The Puzzle League. As the All About Dance Company hip hop instructor, Lola hopes to inspire others through sharing her energetic love of dance both on the stage and in the classroom.
Megan grew up in Pekin, Illinois and began dancing at the age of 3. She danced competitively throughout her childhood and continued on to dance in the theater program at Illinois State University (go Redbirds!) After graduating with her degree in dance performance she moved to Chicago where she continued to perform as well as teach dance, allowing her to share her passion for performing with others. She currently dances for the Chicago Bulls and is in her second season with the organization. In her opinion, there's nothing better than being able to turn on the music, forget about your troubles, and just leave it all on the dance floor!
Julia grew up in Belvidere, IL where she began her dance career at the young age of 3. She danced competitively all the way through high school with the one and only Ted Jackson at Midwest Movement! Julia took on an adventurous college experience starting at Illinois State, but finishing her degree in Dance Performance at Columbia College Chicago. Here she had the privilege of learning all different styles of dance from some of Chicago's BEST teachers and choreographers. Julia now continues to grow in her dance career as a performer but also loves to share her energy and love for dance with her peers in class! There is nothing better than turning on your favorite song, dimming those lights and letting it all out under the disco ball!
Krista began dancing at the age of 3 and has been trained in all major styles of dance including ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary and tap in her hometown of Schaumburg, IL. She continued to dance through college at the University of Illinois where she led a fierce group of ladies as president of the INM Dance Team. She's now making her mark in media on Chicago's morning television show, The Jam, by day and is bringing high energy to the dance floor by night! Krista lives for musicality and is ready to groove out at every class with you.
Regan Fairfield received her early training at the Peoria Ballet and Water Street Dance Company in central Illinois. She then attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts High School Program, under the direction of Ethan Stiefel and Brenda Daniels, graduating in 2011. While at UNCSA, Regan worked with choreographers Doug Elkins, and Mark Dendy, among others, and also with musical theater directors Elizabeth Parkinson and Terrance Mann. After resettling in Chicago, she was the winner of the Foundation of Artists Mentored in Entertainment scholarship in May of 2013. From 2014-2016 Regan danced with Giordano Dance Chicago as a member of Giordano II under the artistic direction of Nan Giordano. Regan can currently be seen performing in her second season with the Chicago Luvabulls at the United Center and in the surrounding Chicago area.