Makayla is a Vancouver, BC and NYC-based personal trainer and performer that was born and raised in a small town, Newton Falls, Ohio. Her love of the movie Anastasia and musicals blossomed into a passion for musical theater and dance. She trained and competed in dance in Ohio, received a BFA in Musical Theater from Belmont University, and moved to NYC post-graduation to pursue training and a professional career in dance. She first encountered ballroom dance as a dancer for Disney Cruise Lines, which sparked a passion to dedicate herself to ballroom dance.
Since graduating, she has enjoyed performing in the premiere Grand Ole Opry cast of How the Grinch Stole Christmas the Musical as Punky/Reno, regional equity houses around the country, and performing on Disney Cruise lines as the female swing! also Makayla toured with the National Tour of A Chorus Line, working with Baayork Lee, performing the roles of Vicki, Cassie, and Val.
In August of 2016, she was told that she would never dance again from a life changing accident and injuries. She was determined to dance again, and bodyART and pilates made that possible. At the end of 2017, she completed her 600-hour comprehensive pilates certification and level 1 bodyART certification in New York City. As an instructor, she takes an injury-prevention first approach, and encourages students to listen to their bodies and take the necessary steps to take care of their instrument.
Since the accident, Makayla has made a full recovery and currently teaches and competes in ballroom dance, and has choreographed Chicago for the Millennial Theater Company, and was a performer, associate choreographer, and dance captain for Shrek the Musical at the Beck Center for the Arts. She currently resides in Vancouver with her partner, Tyler, and they personal train couples with Mai-TY Fitness inc. She also teaches dance and fitness classes online. She is here to help you find joy and reach your dancing goals!