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!
Sasha has been dancing since she was a toddler, with her sister first teaching her to dance to Debbie Gibson in her bedroom. She was co-captain of her high school dance team, which won four state championships while she was there. Later, as a member of the Dazzlers at University of Florida, she danced in front of thousands of fans at Gator basketball and football games during their rise to become national champions two times over. After graduation, Sasha moved to NYC to pursue a career in finance. It was there she discovered her obsession with dance fitness as an outlet from the corporate world, allowing her tap into her passion while staying fit. After recently relocating to Chicago, Sasha took AAD's cardio dance class and was immediately smitten…so much so that she became an instructor herself! Sasha loves sharing that same passion she feels on the dance floor with each and every student in class.
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!
Kristin's love for dancing started at a young age. She was captain of her high school dance team and on the University of Central Florida dance team that ranked 5th nationally both in 2002 and 2003. Kristin was a Universal Dance Association (UDA) head instructor 2001-2003, and managed dance camps nationwide and educated youth campers through seminars on team building, fundraising, nutrition and technical dance skills. She also choreographed competition routines for several Florida-based schools and judged UDA dance competitions.
Kristin holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Advertising from the University of Central Florida and a master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism. In her spare time, she dances in the All About Dance Adult Company and is on the board of the Lynn Sage Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to breast cancer research and education.
Kristin has been a student at All About Dance for 6 years, and is so excited to take her passion for the FYD Cardio Dance program to the next level as an instructor. She treats every class as an opportunity to pretend she is in a music video (a nice break from her day job in healthcare marketing research), and loves how strong and confident dancing makes her feel. You can expect high energy and killer jams that will make afternoons in the studio feel like nights in the club!
Amelia is a professional dancer and fitness professional living in Chicago. She trained extensively in jazz, kick, pom, hip-hop, musical theater and cheer. Amelia grew up in the competitive dance team world where she won numerous individual and team awards for superior leadership and performances. She is currently a four-year veteran member of the Chicago Luvabulls and has previously danced for various semi-professional dance teams in the Chicagoland area.
Emily has been throwing parties and dancing for anyone who would watch since she can remember. She grew up in the southwest suburbs of Chicago where she studied dance before competing with her high school dance team for 4 years and serving as captain her senior year. She went on to the University of Illinois where she studied Communication, danced with the INM dance team, and taught dance fitness classes at the Champaign County YMCA.
By day you can find her planning events around Chicago and blasting Justin Timberlake in her car before hitting that disco ball dance floor. This girl FIRMLY believes that there are few things in life that a 30 second dance party can't fix. Her classes will leave you feeling empowered and energized, because there ain’t no party like a FYD dance party!
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.
Emily was bunhead growing up, classically trained in ballet, pointe, tap and jazz. She competed in groups and as a soloist at a national level with The Dance Shoppe in Michigan and expanded her repertoire to pom in high school. She joined the nationally-ranked Michigan State University Dance Team and performed in all Universal Dance Association Collegiate Nationals routines while on the team. Post-college, she trained in NFL dance team style with the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders Training Program and most recently was a NBA Dancer with the Chicago Luvabulls. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Packaging and German and is known for spending too much of her paycheck on concert tickets – she aspires to bring this love for music and dance together under the disco ball with the FYD tribe!
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.