Miami fitness instructor Laura-Ann Roberts can be found leading energetic dance fitness classes all over town. Roberts used to perform dance professionally around the world before becoming an insturctor. We caught up with the New York transplant for a Quick 10 interview, but you can also follow her on Instagram – @ladancefitness.

Tell us about yourself – where are you from and how did you find your way to the 305?

I am from New York. I was born in Brooklyn and raised in Staten Island, New Jersey, and Manhattan. I came to Miami a little over two years ago.

How did you get your start in fitness and as an instructor?

I have always been a professional dancer performing around the world. During that time, I always had to complement my training with fitness. I became a certified trainer and once I moved back to NYC, I started working for Equinox. I starting getting into “Dance Fitness” by working for Chelsea Piers Barre Program and DanceBody.

What is your favorite part of being a fitness instructor?

I get to share my passion of moving with people who want to better their minds and bodies. Seeing how what I do can impact their everyday lives is truly a blessing.

How do you stay full of energy throughout the day?

People always ask me that. Teaching boosts my energy. Music blasting in my car between sessions. Coffee. Passion.

How would you describe your classes?

I like to keep my clients engaged by bringing them music so they don’t stop moving. There are little to no breaks. One thing flows into the next. I move in all ranges of motion and target the areas that clients want to. I like to put our bodies in “uncomfortable” positions in order to hit different muscles.

What is one fitness myth you would like to bust?

That you have to “get into shape” before you start – just start!

Other than where you teach, where is your favorite place in Miami to train?

Off the Beach/Boardwalk areas. I love the beauty of the ocean.

Besides fitness, what’s one thing you’re passionate about?

Family and building strong relationships with other people. That’s how I learn, grow, and connect to other things in this world.

What is a long-term goal you are working towards or would love to achieve?

I would love to officially brand my method and introduce it to other fitness facilities around the world and online.

How do you practice mental health in your everyday life?

I read poetry and inspiring thoughts. I listen to music that inspires me and makes me feel good, as well as release negative energy.