Alexis Perkins has always had a passion for television production, dance, and fitness. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Norfolk State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communication/Broadcast Journalism. Alexis then went on to work at WTKR News Channel 3 and BCF Advertising Agency.
In 2009 she became a licensed Zumba instructor. Since then she furthered her fitness education by obtaining her Group Exercise Certification and Personal Training Certification through the Aerobic and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). Alexis also continued her trainings with Zumba fitness and received her licenses to teach in Zumba B2, Zumba Gold, Zumba Kids, and one of her other passions Zumba Gold.
In 2011 Alexis was given the opportunity to teach Zumba Master Classes in Europe and has since instructed in France, Italy, Switzerland, Serbia, Sweden, and much much more. In April 2015 she embarked on another Master Class Euro tour and instructed in Budapest, Romania, and Belgium!
2010 was the year that Alexis was able to merge her love for communications and fitness by becoming the producer and lead instructor for the 30 minute workout television show Fuzion Fitness! It started off on the Public School Channel In Newport News and has since expanded to air in all cities in the Hampton Roads area and beyond. In Dec 2014 Fuzion Fitness launched on Cox Channel 11 and now airs daily.
Alexis is also the coordinator of the largest dance fitness event in the Hampton Roads area. The LOVE Fest brings over 100 local fitness instructors together and donates thousands of dollars to various charities. With over 1200 participants and more than 40 vendors it is considered the highlight of the year in the fitness community.
In 2016 Alexis also became a writing contributor for The Health Journals and other website blogs.
Her high energy style is well known for not only being fun but generating fitness
My name is Tonisha Barksdale and I have been in the fitness industry since early 2012. I found my fitness passion while attending Zumba classes, and decided to get my license and teach classes of my own. Within my first couple years of becoming an instructor, I became AFAA Certified and got additional licenses in Zumba Toning, Zumba Sentao, BARRE and R.I.P.P.E.D. I have been blessed to hold classes and events all over Hampton Roads for the past six years, creating so many new friendships that I truly appreciate. You may occasionally hear people call me “Sgt. Barksdale”, a name I’ve earned over the years from both class participants and instructors. I take great pride in the name because it means that people trust me to get the job done.
I joined the BBA family as Studio Manager in the Fall of 2017. I have so much respect for Alexis as she is one of the most driven people I have ever met. I love how she always focuses on growing and taking things to the next level. Because of her vision for herself and the studio I felt that I wanted to be a part of the journey.
In addition to my fitness life, I have a career in Healthcare Recruiting, I’m currently working on my Masters’ Degree, and have a family I absolutely adore. While dance fitness is a passion, my family is my true pride and joy.