ABOUT THE JAM: CLT
THE JAM: CLT is a dance inspired fitness company founded in 2016, born out of Queen City DanceOut, a local company with a ten-year history of providing fitness classes in the Greater Charlotte area. We're not your great-aunt's Zumba class.
Our mission is to promote confidence, health and a sense of community through our cutting-edge dance classes. Our participants represent a diverse community with a wide range of ages, races and fitness-levels.
Over the years, our participants have lost over 1,000 lbs. combined, and gained confidence and strength in a non-intimidating environment.
The "JAM" in THE JAM: CLT stands for "Just.Add.Music." because without music, how would we dance? We are pleased to donate a portion of the proceeds from every class to the Sedgefield Middle School band. The band program is dedicated to enriching the minds of students through musicianship, as well as fostering social and emotional growth. Funds from THE JAM: CLT will support the purchase of band instruments, repairs, musical supplies, music, field trips, concert attire and other needs to help the band and the students thrive. The goal of this partnership is to help students recognize and develop their interests and talents through music, building their confidence and providing vital skills for future success.
Meet the instructors of The Jam: CLT
Erica Butler has taught over 1,000 dance-fitness classes in the Greater Charlotte area. She discovered this means of exercise after gaining weight when she stopped sweating it out at the club every weekend! Erica hates the intimidation of a traditional gym environment so she creates a full-on dance party in every class. Erica separates herself from the industry with her cutting-edge dance styles and continuously updated playlists.
Gina Rhyne, aka Moody, can move. She’s danced since she was a child and discovered dance-inspired fitness in 2007. Moody started teaching The Jam five years ago and found an outlet for her love of hip-hop and soul. When asked why she teaches she says “I’ve truly found myself as an individual by being an instructor. It’s the part of me that gives me confidence, connects me to the community, and makes me completely happy.” Enough Said.
Alicia Williams worked her way up from the back row as a participant all the way to the stage. She might be the..."wisest" member of the instructor team, but don't let that fool you. She works out hard to hip-hop and drops it like she's still in her--shhh! Alicia is the first teacher trained by Erica Butler in 2010 and she's also her fave. Dance with Alicia and let her be one of your favorites, too.
Simone Lindsay is a Sophomore at Kent State University and teaches for The Jam: CLT when she's in town. She is younger than you and cooler than you. She dances better than you and that's why you'll love her. Simone's class feels like you're in a real-time music video and she can make literally anyone feel like Beyonce. Go with it.
Lizzy Mills is a middle school special education teacher with an (adorable) new baby, so stress relief is a must. She loves THE JAM: CLT because it's that and so much more. No matter what happens during the day, everything feels better after 60 minutes of booty shaking with her girls! She's so happy to be able to share that feeling with others. (And she also not-so-secretly loves being the center of attention.)