Terry Pena Gasperino is a lifelong dancer, AFAA certiﬁed Group ﬁtness instructor. For the past 11 years, she has been a wildly devoted Zumba® Instructor in Mebane, NC. Licensed to teach-Zumba® Zumba®Gold, Gold-Toning, Toning, Sentao, Kids and Aqua, the Gold program is her favorite and she is passionate about bringing the joy of music and dance to populations under-served by the community.
Born in the Bronx, NY to a multi-ethnic family, Terry learned to cha-cha before she learned to walk as the Latin side of the family gathered weekly with instruments and a stereo and a dance ﬂoor! By the age of 4, Terry was enrolled in classical dance lessons. Never ﬁnding much acceptance in ballet and pointe classes, she became a jazz enthusiast- think “Shaft” by Issac Hayes (her ﬁrst solo)!!!!
In 2001, Terry underwent major back surgery to repair a crack and deformity in her lower spine and now has multiple steel bolts and rods in her lower back. Years of physical therapy later, she walked into an aerobics class at a gym and was soon vetted to teach a dance aerobics class. It was there that she heard about Zumba® and after a 30-minute demo, Terry signed up for the training. She felt the Latin music and moves were like dancing in her Bronx living room!
For the past 11 years, she has taught Zumba® classes to all ages and all ﬁtness levels. She presently teaches both Zumba® and Zumba® Gold- standing and seated. She teaches at 6 diﬀerent elder facilities, one gym and a dance studio… Her passion…the joy of movement that she allows her students to experience…the ﬁtness part…that’s a bonus!!!!