October Member of the Month - Ashley Forbes!
Updated: Nov 4, 2019
A special feature by Katie Davis
Each and every day, our members help make Studio K the choice dance/fitness studio in Central Florida, as well as a community of loving and helpful people. They embody the spirit of Studio K and make up our wonderful family. We are so excited to welcome new members of the family every week and cherish those that have been with us from the very beginning. Ashley is a perfect example of the spirit of Studio K. She shares our values and a love of dance, fitness and fun! We thank Ashley for choosing us way back when as an original Studio K member, and thank her for continuing to choose us as each year passes. Members like her truly are the heart and soul of this studio. Learn more about Ashley below!
KD: Why did you choose Studio K as your choice dance/fitness studio?
AF: Studio K has always been super welcoming. I love dancing more than anything and this studio helps me to get some movement in without feeling like I don’t belong. I love the variety of classes that can fit any mood and always fun to try something new.
KD: When did you join Studio K as a member?
AF: Back in 2010 when it was in the original location which feels like FOREVER ago!
KD: Can you describe your first experience attending a class at Studio K?
AF: I remember having a blast, especially in some of the original classes. It’s fun seeing how the studio has evolved and the variety of teachers and classes that have changed. I remember it always being super fun and something I wanted to come back for right away!
KD: What do you do for work during the day?
AF: I work for Disney Sports in a management role that combines sales and services for Sports Groups participating at ESPN Wide World of Sports.
KD: In your opinion, what makes Studio K different from other dance/fitness options?
AF: The variety of classes for sure! There is something for everyone whether you are a beginner or professional dancer and totally different styles, just pick a date and time!
KD: What was the first class you ever took at Studio K?
AF: I think it was a Dance Fitness Class led by Manny… Manny Monday’s were a thing back then!
KD: What is your favorite class to take at Studio K and why?
AF: Now it would be Mixxed Fit… I love the fact that it has a hip-hop vibe but it’s also a killer workout. I also love Ballet Pop & Tap to bring me back to my roots, even though they make me realize how old I’ve become… Also Kim’s Yoga Fusion class is a classic - the BEST playlists I’ve ever heard - she is a music magician.
KD: Did you have a dance/fitness background before coming to Studio K?
AF: Yes, I danced from the time I walked through College. It’s my happy place.
KD: Which class have you not tried yet, but are looking forward to trying in the future?
AF: None really, I try to test out all classes at least once, unless they are advanced since my body doesn’t move like I’m 20 anymore.
KD: What advice do you have for people who want to try dance/fitness classes, but are hesitant/nervous?
AF: Just jump in and try it, you might actually like it… that is how I fell in love with Salsa back in the day.
KD: In a few words, what does Studio K mean to you?
AF: The WORLD!
KD: Is there anything else you would like to add about yourself/your time with Studio K?
AF: I love this studio and feel so blessed to have it in my life. It has changed my Florida life for the better over the past few years.
KD: If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
AF: Cheese - I love all varieties in all forms!
KD: Would you rather be stuck in a snowstorm without heat or stuck in a heatwave without air conditioning?
AF: Snowstorm since you can layer up - I’ve also never been in a real snowstorm but have been in a heatwave and know I don’t want to be thru that again...
Thank you again so much to Ashley and you can meet her on the dance floor! :-)