Annie Hawkins Kinney is the owner and operator of DanceFit Ballroom and Latin Dance. She began her love of dance at the age of 3. She studied Ballet throughout her childhood and joined the Florida Ballet at age 16, where she studied and performed Classical Ballet, Liturgical Dance, and Contemporary Ballet. Mrs. Kinney also attended Douglas Anderson School of the Arts where her focus was on Ballet, Modern, and many other styles including Tap and traditional African Dance. She then went on to Jacksonville University, where she majored in Dance and Choreography. She made the transition into Ballroom dancing at 21 years old, with the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Jacksonville, and went on to teach at and manage multiple locations Northeast Florida. During the eight years she was with Arthur Murray International, Annie had the pleasure of participating with her students in Dancesport events throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, while developing her love of dance as well as her teaching methods.
In 2012, Annie established DanceFit in Palm Coast Florida, and continued teaching and competing while performing with her then-partner at local and regional events. She also had the opportunity to help organize the Palm Coast Dance Classic event for 2 years, before relocating to Illinois. Since then, she has delved farther into her life-long passion for fitness, becoming certified in Group Fitness through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and teaching several group fitness classes a week at the Genoa Fitness Center in Genoa Illinois.
In addition to the fitness center, we are dancing in two other beautiful Ballrooms in the area: Dance Tonight, a conveniently-located bustling studio in Rockford Illinois, and Dimensions Dance Academy, a family dance school in DeKalb Illinois with a gorgeous open second-floor ballroom!
DanceFit offers affordable private lessons in a large variety of dance styles including Ballroom, Latin, Niteclub, Salsa, Country Western, and Wedding Dance. Classes are taught in a fun and easy way, so that ANYONE with the desire can learn to dance!