Quincey Williams fondly remembers the first time he was introduced to the fitness world.
He was 13 and taking a Zumba class with his mother. At 16, he was teaching alone.
“It’s the endorphin rush. You feel really good afterwards – especially when you’re dancing because it heightens the feeling even more,” he said.
Williams, 27, has dedicated her life to fitness. In addition to working as a microbiologist for a pharmaceutical company in Baltimore, the Abingdon resident teaches fitness classes at Deanna’s Workout World in Abingdon and Beyond Dance and Fitness Studio in Aberdeen. He’s also offering free weekly fitness sessions on the tennis courts at Edgewood High School, which he’s been doing throughout the pandemic. Williams is Maryland’s first instructor for GROOV3, a lively, choreographed dance class taught nationwide.
“It’s quiet,” he said of his life in County Harford. “It’s a very tight-knit community. Everyone knows each other and everyone rallies around the community.
Williams is inspired to see her clients achieve their fitness goals.
“It’s cool to see people doing choreographed dances,” he said. “It’s a dance teacher’s proudest moment – watching them live their best life and kill a dance routine. Also having the support of those in the class cheering them on and making them feel like they’re the star of the show.
Ultimately, Williams says he wants to open his own dance studio. “There are not many dance studios [in Harford County]. It will be an open and welcoming environment for everyone,” he said, adding, “It’s important to have people from all walks of life in this community.”
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Various instructors also bring different approaches to classes and clients, Williams said.
“Some are really good at engaging the crowd. Some are good with movement [instruction]. Some do everything,” he said. “I can do everything.”
Over the years, Williams can point to the growth of her teaching style.
“When I was teaching in high school, I was dancing more on stage than I was teaching people. After college, I started teaching frequently and on a more regular basis. I developed these skills to connect with people and dancing as well,” said Williams, who taught Zumba classes while attending Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology.
His advice for those working to improve their fitness? Don’t compare yourself to others.
“Fitness isn’t a one-size-fits-all thing,” he said. “Everyone’s journey is different. You cannot compare yourself to the next person. You have to look internally when it comes to fitness and wellness.
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