Instructor of the month: Melinda

Words byHayley Hayley

Tell us about yourself.
I’m Melinda,  I’m 30 years old and I live in the best city in the world – Amsterdam! My creativity in all forms led me to the theatre at a very young age. My love for dance and singing started in primary school and never left my system. I grew up in Dronten but moved to Tilburg to study at the dance academy, with a focus on musical theatre. I have worked in the theatre for 11 years now, and I’m not done yet! In Amsterdam, I surround myself with friends all the time, as they make my life colorful and bright. I wouldn’t trade them for the world.

5 facts people might not know about you

  1. I LOVE wakeboarding, especially with my sister.
  2. I have a little nephew, who is wild as an animal and always calls me ‘Tante Melinda.’
  3. At appointments I’m always too early; it’s part of my DNA!
  4. I’m a social freak. There is not one day in the week where I don’t meet up with friends or family.
  5. I’m a Crazy Hip Hop Lover.

What profession, other than Rocycle instructor, would you like to attempt?
In ‘normal’ life, I’m a musical artist. I work in the theatre as an actor, dancer and singer. If I had to choose something else for the future, I would love to be a casting director one day. But let’s keep that for ‘far far away’ in the future.

Why should people join your classes?
People should join my classes if they love to groove, dance a little bit, work hard, sweat like crazy, feel on fire and burn the roof off!

Which song is your guilty pleasure?
Ghetto Superstar – Pras, Ol’Dirty Bastard, Mya

What is the best Rocycle advice you have been given?
Let’s feel the fire from inside, grab it and smash it on the studio floor!

Who was your childhood hero?
Michael Jackson

Which 3 words best describe your post-Ro’Ride feeling?
Pumped up. Strong. Happy.

Words to live by…
Be social, surround yourself with friends and family, never forget where you came from and don’t forget to smile everyday!

All-time favorite Rocycle song?
Stanga – Sagi Abtibul, Guy Haliva

What is your favorite ride of the week?
ROYAL on Saturday. It always has great energy, and there are always ‘diehards’ in the house!

What is happiness to you?
Feeling fulfilled, having one big smile on your face and passing it on everyday in life.