SIU Dance and Fitness Center

​  I have always been captivated by the movement, music, and passion that goes into dance. When it comes to dancing and fitness I am all ears and always eager to excel.  In 2007, after graduating from Arcadia University I joined a dance studio to learn the different Ballroom and Latin dances. While employed there I had the pleasure of instructing others the lovely art of dance.


​I was running on a treadmill when I heard music coming from the other room. I walked by to see an instructor smiling and dancing in front of her class. Members were behind her working their best to keep up and follow her instructions but I also saw something I never saw in a group class before. All SMILES! I took a schedule before leaving the gym that day, came back for the next class and I was hooked ever since. I met the instructor, Paula Flory, she was so positive and assured me that I would have fun. One hour later I left the room...yes my butt was kicked from a great workout but I was happy and felt accomplished! One hour of pure energy, dance, fun, and sweat! Who wouldn't want to workout like this! From that point on I wanted everyone to experience this feeling of accomplishment when finished a workout! 


In 2010 I decided to become a certified Zumba instructor. I became a ZIN member and started instructing Zumba® classes at local facilities.  After a couple years I decided to take the next step and start Shakin' It Up Dance and Fitness Center, LLC. I wanted a place where any fitness level could go and enjoy working out! I have met a lot of great professionals along my journey, some of which are very good friends of mine to this day. This is just the beginning. I love what I do every day and would not change any part of it! 


I invite every age and fitness level to come join my group!  You will not believe the workout you get and the friendships you make. Let's take the next step together. Remember I'm right along side of you!


-Laureen Nichole Culliton (Mikos)