Kat Ben-Bateson 

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Since Feb 2008

A little more about me...

I was born in the Philippines and came to the U.S. when I was 14 years old. I’ve been a licensed Zumba instructor for 9 years. I've been teaching at DC Dance in San Leandro since 2009, at the Berkeley Adult School since 2013 and free outdoor Zumba in Berkeley every Summer since 2014.

My hubby, Phorest, is the one who inspired me to teach Zumba. Prior to becoming an instructor, I didn’t really exercise. Phorest is an avid biker and snowboarder. I needed something to keep up with him! This is us during our picnic wedding at Codornices Park (across from the Berkeley Rose Gardens) in May 2013. Zumba happened of course. Click the photo below to watch our wedding dance. 

We don’t have kids together just yet but we are grandparents to Amelia Rose. Below is Jessica, Chris (Phorest's son), Phorest, me, and the little cutie. Phorest and I are expecting. By September or October 2017, we'll have our own little cutie too. You'll see me teach with my baby bump till then :) 
I do have a day job. For 16 years, I’ve been the Admin Queen of an investment firm in San Francisco. I’m so grateful for our class. I can always count on ending my Monday on a high and for Wednesday (hump day) to get me through the week. Thank you for that.

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Licensed to teach

  • Zumba BasicZumba Basic
    License to teach regular Zumba® classes.
  • Zumba ToningZumba Toning
    License to teach body-sculpting techniques using Zumba Toning Sticks to enhance rhythm and build strength.
  • Zumba SentaoZumba Sentao
    Licensed to teach the party-like workout that incorporates chairs to improve strength, definition and endurance.
  • Zumba GoldZumba Gold
    License to teach specially designed Zumba classes for the active older adult or deconditioned participant.
  • Zumba in the CircuitZumba in the Circuit
    Has Zumba in the Circuit class(es)