Alexis Perkins - Producer

Alexis Perkins has always had a passion for television production, writing, 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.


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 2011 Alexis was given the opportunity to teach Zumba Master Classes internationally and has since instructed in France, Italy, Switzerland, Serbia, Sweden, Tokyo, Budapest, Romania, Belgium, and much much more. 


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 1300 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 also had her book “Kinks to Curls” published and distributed nationally in Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Kindle, and Nook.


Her high energy style is well known for not only being fun but generating fitness 


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Model, Sketch Artist/Painter, & Singer. ..


Master Educator for MixxedFit. Creator of X-otica Heels Class. Professional Dancer and choreographer. 


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. 


What's this item about? What maTyshawna, a native originally from Newark NJ,  found dance fitness attending Alexis Perkin's Zumba Part Night Class in May of 2012. She was inspired to become an instructor. Tyshawna wanted to use her previous dance background  in Ballet, Modern, Jazz and as a Hip Hop Dance Instructor.


Tyshawna was licensed in Zumba® In August 2012 and followed up with her Zumba Basic 2 License in August 2013. During her time teaching Zumba® she started to dance with Alexis Perkins on the Fuzion Fitness Team and has been in most episodes aired since. 


In February 2014 Tyshawna  acquired more dance fitness experienced and completed her certifications for Zumba® Gold, AFAA Primary Group Exercise, and MixxedFit®. Following that she also taught a class she developed from her dance fitness experience called Rhythm & Tone.  In April of 2015 Tyshaawn became a Master Educator & National Trainer for MixxedFit and continues to teach Zumba® Zumba Gold and still dances on the Fuzion Fitness Team. Tyshawna is not only talented in dance fitness but she is also the business owner of the Graphic Design Company TSpell Designs with Alexis being one of her consistent clients. She also has talent in the hair industry as a stylist and writer.kes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...

Anna Liza

Graduated at College of Southern Maryland with an associate degree in Physical Therapist Assistant in 2003. Loved helping people get strong through rehabilitation and wanted to continue but in a different way as a group exercise fitness instructor. Starting in 2014, I became a licensed MixxedFit® instructor and then a Les Mills Bodypump™️ instructor. In October 2016, became a MixxedFit® National Trainer to license more leaders in the fitness community. I hope to be able to continue my journey until I cannot any more

Marquita Ardrey

Marquita C. Ardrey is always representing North Carolina, where she is originally from. She graduated from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering in 2008 and a Master of Science in Information Technology in 2011. She is a member of the illustrious Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and was initiated in Spring 2010. She is currently employed by IBM as an Associate IT Consultant. She loves her family, music, dancing, teaching her fitness classes and having a great time with no worries. 

She started her fitness career in 2011 when she decided to take her first Zumba® class to shed a few pounds for her upcoming wedding. Her goal was to lose about 15 pounds and tone up. She hated working out and lifting weights, yet loved to dance, so she decided to try “dance fitness.” She immediately fell in love with the format and just a few months later became a licensed Zumba® Fitness Instructor on April 28, 2012 in Dallas, TX. From there, she continued with her fitness certifications and later became licensed to teach, Zumba Toning, Aqua Zumba, Zumba Gold and STRONG by Zumba. 


Upon moving to Virginia, she was introduced to MixxedFit® and became a licensed MixxedFit® Instructor on February 27, 2014 in Virginia Beach, VA, and currently holds the title of National Trainer & Master Educator. She also became an AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor on September 20, 2015.


Her philosophy is this…Dance Fitness (Zumba® or MixxedFit®) is an “Exercise in Disguise” and can be done by any and every one. Listen to your body, drink plenty of water, keep moving, but most importantly…HAVE FUN!!!

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Meranda Thaxton (StayTurnt) is a highly motivated licensed instructor, National Trainer, and Master Educator for MixxedFit®, and a licensed Zumba® instructor,currently residing in Hampton Roads Virginia. When asked where she is from, Meranda will most likely say everywhere or it’s complicated because she's a military brat.However, she credits New York the birthplace of her parents and most of her family, the one place she's always gone back to as home. She has lived in South Carolina,Florida, New Mexico, Arizona, Germany, and Las Vegas.


In 2010 Meranda started doing dance fitness in preparation for her wedding. Through Beach body’s Hip Hop Abs from home she lost 30 lbs in 3 months but eventually gained the weight back. She decided in 2011 to join a gym as a lifestyle change. While getting a tour of the gym she discovered Zumba®, immediately she started taking classes and in a year she lost 40lbs. In the spring of 2013 after being mentored by her instructor and pushed by fellow classmates, she became a Zumba® instructor. Within the following year after attending a MixxedFit®, Meranda completed the MixxedFit® licensing in February 2014, and in September 2014 she successfully started teaching MixxedFit®.


Since joining the MixxedFit® tribe in 2014 Meranda has successfully helped several students meet their weight loss goals, mentored and prepared many students to become instructors, licensed countless instructors, introduced MixxedFit® to the state of Maryland, and mentored active instructors( some who have now become Master Educators themselves). She has actively participated in the largest dance fitness event in Virginia" Love-fest" for four straight years. In addition she has traveled across the United States sharing her passion and dedication to MixxedFit® by doing countless events, demos, and workshops.


If you ask anyone who Meranda is people would say selfless,humble, and energetic. She truly embodies the MixxedFit® motto “People Inspired”. For her, it is about her students (the people) and how they accomplish their goals, how they enjoy their workout, how they are inspired to stay healthy and live a longer life. Meranda lives by the saying you only live once (YOLO). She truly love what she does.

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