At SHINE STUDIO, we want you to #LOVEYOURWORKOUT! We believe that workouts should be FUN (right?!)
and that you can meet your exercise goals while really enjoying the process.
We also believe that positivity goes a long way. As a body positive studio, we will support you and encourage you throughout your fitness journey. Anyone and everyone should feel comfortable walking in our doors and joining our #SHINESOCIETY! At Shine, we will build each other up and offer a place for a no judgments, carefree workout. We hope that you’ll leave feeling amazing from the inside out!
Look out for fun events, special classes, and opportunities to connect with your #SHINESOCIETY!
Yaya and Hillary both grew up with a love of dance and have trained in many different styles starting at a young age. Dance and movement has always been a huge part of their lives, but when it came to exercise, they both struggled to find a workout that was as exciting and engaging as dance! After years of less than exciting gym sessions, both Yaya and Hillary started finding workouts that they loved and were inspired to bring these ideas to their community. They realized that fitness didn’t have to be a chore, but something you really looked forward to! It was the way they made friends, the way they tried new things, and eventually, the way they met each other!
Hillary fell in love with dance at a very early age and her passion has continued to grow and develop throughout her life. After dedicating herself to dance throughout her youth and high school years, Hillary decided that her life would not be complete if she was not dancing every day. She attended Loyola Marymount University where she got her B.A. in Dance with an emphasis in Teaching and Choreography. Hillary danced professionally for many years after college and worked for companies like Disney and Holland America Cruise Lines. She also lived and performed in New York, where she trained with some of the best dancers and dance instructors in the world (she even danced with the Muppets!). She is extensively trained in Jazz, Musical Theatre, Hip-hop, Ballet, Tap and also has a background in Cheerleading.
Hillary's dance training has taught her the importance of a strong and healthy body, inspiring her to get certified in Pilates and POUND, become a true lover of Yoga, and study nutrition and health in her free time. She also choreographs musical theatre shows for Family Theatre, INC in Hermosa Beach and founded Spotlight Dance Parties (who has found a home with Shine Studio!), a dance party company that does kids parties, wedding dances, flash mobs, and more!
Yaya has always been involved in dance and the arts. At a young age she started with Hula and Tahitian, dancing in festivals around Southern California. In high school she started training in Jazz, Ballet, Modern dance and Hip-hop. She went on to join her college dance team, then to a professional dance company, and has had the opportunity to dance at various shows, conventions and theme parks.
Yaya is now a certified Yoga teacher, POUND Pro and has taught in numerous studios around the South Bay. She also loves taking and teaching Barre classes, working on her skills in aerial silks, and mastering her crow pose in Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga. Because of her involvement with POUND, Yaya has been on E! News, PopSugar TV, GoodDay LA and had the opportunity to teach POUND at the NIKE Training Club event in front of 2,000 people! Yaya is proud to be a Master Trainer for Kate Hudson’s clothing line, Fabletics, and an Ambassador for MindBody Online.