Ashlee Cramer (Mommy & Me/Zumbini) -- has been working with children and their caregivers in the field of early childhood education for over ten years. She began as a dancer, performing on stages from New York City to Paris to Hong Kong, but in 2003 moved to Miami where she decided to pass on her love of music and dance through teaching.  

Ashlee began working in early childhood music and movement education in various Mommy & Me settings, and eventually took over Miami Children’s Music in 2004.  She has since been encouraging babies, toddlers, and caregivers to sing, dance, and groove to the music!   She is so thrilled to be working with Zumba Fitness as the Creative Director of Zumbini, and passionate about early childhood education and the need to combine joy, music, movement and education into one big party!


Kris Kramer (Ballet) - was born in upstate New York, where she began her training at the Saugerties Ballet Center and later attended the Albany Dance Institute, under the direction of former New York City Ballet dancer, David Otto.  During the summers, she studied at the School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Chatauqua Dance Institute.  Kris joined Miami City Ballet in 2001, after being a scholarship student at Miami City Ballet School and apprenticing for the Company for a year.  During her six years with MCB, she was featured in ballets such as Giselle, Edward Villella's "THE QUICK-STEP: Unspeakable Jazz Must Go!", George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™, among others. 


Jessica Matlin (Yoga) - was born and raised in London, England. Following a successful career as a ballet dancer at the Royal Opera House, she first discovered yoga when she moved to Miami. She quickly fell in love with the physical power it gave her, coupled with the calming effect on the mind and senses. After noticing how her whole life had been touched by yoga, she wanted to share this with others by becoming a yoga teacher.


Julie Pappas Smith (Broadway Jazz and Zena Rommett Floor-Barre®) - received her BFA from the Boston Conservatory of Music majoring in Musical Theatre. Julie’s professional career spans the globe, touring with Broadway Equity Tours: A Chorus Line, Beauty and the Beast, Showboat, under the direction and choreographed by the incredible talents: Harold Prince, Susan Stroman, Baayork Lee, Robert Roth. Off-Broadway and regional roles included: Cats, Kiss of the Spider Woman, South Pacific, Westside Story, My Fair Lady, and 42nd Street. As a vocalist, Julie was featured at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Tokyo Disneyland, Walt Disney World and has worked for Carnival and Norwegian Cruise lines. She studied with the Marblehead School of Ballet, Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway.

Ms. Smith studied Zena Rommett Floor-Barre® under the careful eyes of the world-renowned Zena Rommett. She was guided and taught by Zena for over 18 years and has been a mentor and master Zena Rommett Floor-Barre® instructor teaching the technique for over 10 years. Julie is honored to be a part of Miami City Ballet School and wishes to bring longevity, strength and good health to every dancer.


Miami City Ballet School students. Photo © Bruce Hibbs.