The CEO of Elevate Nation LLC, this uplifting and vibrant Zumba community, is Crystal Mitchell "aka" Coach Crys. She started her journey as a zumba instructor towards the beginning of THIS year. Yes! In the midst of everything going on right now, she has managed to start her own business. *signal well deserved applause* It was an absolute pleasure getting to know Crystal and gaining more insight to the birth of Elevate Nation.
"Elevate Nation motivates and empowers you to grow spiritually, mentally and physically."- Crystal
What Made You Start Elevate Nation, LLC?
God gave me the word “Elevate” on January 22, 2020. After receiving it, I prayed for a clear vision. I wanted to be the vessel that fulfilled what He was showing me, according to His will. One day while dancing in a Zumba class, I realized how much joy I had radiating from the depths of my soul to the smile on my face. It was then I realized I was doing something that could encourage others to rise up to their fullest potential, and it fueled my fire to become a certified Zumba Instructor and launch Elevate Nation, LLC. It is one of the best decisions I have ever made!
What Obstacles Have You Had To Overcome So Far?
Since the launch of Elevate Nation, LLC on 8/7/20, we have been super grateful for the love and support received thus far. For us, there is definitely a need to spread the word and get more people in class. That’s something that we are working on now, and hoping to see an increase over the next few months. Staying true to the process is what keeps us going each day - regardless of whether we have 1 or 20 students. Giving it 110% each time is our standard as we continue to trust that more people will join the Nation!
What Does Being "Fit" Mean To You?
Being fit is more than just shedding the pounds and inches. It’s a combination of getting your spirit, mind and body aligned so that you can be the best version of yourself. To me, this requires daily positive affirmations that are self-spoken (I am a Queen in my generation, I am beautifully and wonderfully made), sharing that positivity with others, loving who you are, and being the person you were created to be!
What Services Do Elevate Nation, LLC Provide?
45 Min Zumba Classes: Offered Virtually and In-Person
For beginners to advanced dancers and everyone in-between-- ALL are welcome! Come ready to have an exhilarating 45-minute Zumba experience as we dance to a variety of musical genres. From Salsa, Cumbia, Merengue and Reggae to Hip Hop, Soca and Rock; this is a place for you to let the rhythms move your soul!
Website: Elevate Nation, LLC
To view upcoming class schedules and SIGN UP: https://www.theelevatenation.com/classes
Any Future Plans For Elevate?
Our first merchandise launch on our site was on Friday 9/11. As we continue to grow, our prayer is for an opportunity to teach in a dance studio one day! Right now we’ve been doing well with virtual classes and in-person classes in the park.
When asked to describe Elevate using 3 adjectives, Crystal chose : Empowering, Relational, and Purposeful. Those words are very powerful and hold much weight. Just imagine going to just get a workout in, but leaving feeling EMPOWERED. Honestly from the moment Crystal and I began the interview I could feel the energy. I'll be more specific and say I felt the spirit. It was my first time seeing her in person and I didn't know what to expect. I was thoroughly impressed. I left in such a great mood and ready to take on the world! literally lol. Crystal was very sweet and radiated so much joy. Her enthusiasm was contagious. You can tell that she has a love for dance. During our interview she mentioned that her father is a musician (a saxophonist) so she has a musical background. She also has a dance background and enjoyed stepping while in school. It is safe to say that she is not shy when it comes to being in front of a crowd. She was able to teach in a way to make you feel comfortable. I can count on one hand how many times I have been to a zumba class, and that was years ago. I don't remember them being as satisfying and freeing as this one though. I really suggest trying out one of her classes. This is perfect for all ages and great for a low impact cardio workout. Just show up and prepare to dance like nobody's watching!
Always remember to smile, have fun and keep moving as we Elevate together!- Crystal
Check out some footage of our interview and one of her zumba classes in the park that I attended below