Karen Gilstrap, Zumba Instructor

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About Karen

Zumba® combines my passion for healthy living with exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise! My goal is to help students experience the exhilaration of movement that incorporates the body, mind and heart while exploring international dance rhythms and music. I earned my B.A. from Whitworth College and am a certified Zumba® and Zumba® Gold Instructor, homemaker, mother of three, active church member, and a foster parent.  I enjoy family time , travel, reading, quilting, singing and community involvement.



  • Bachelor of  Arts - Whitworth College


Certifications and Skills:

  • Certified Zumba® Instructor
  • Certified Zumba® Gold Instructor


Staying Active:

  • Zumba®
  • Walking/bike rides with my family
  • Adjunct fitness instructor for CCS IEL
  • Gardening