Boss Chick of the Month: Véronique Daphnis
I am back at you with the final Boss Chick of the Month for 2017! I cannot believe the year is almost over! Ahhhhh! It has been one for the record books both for me and my new Miss December, Véronique Daphnis. Miss V has been a student of mine of a year now and is a Fellow Boss Chick Dance Workout Instructor. The transformation she has shown this year has been amazing to watch.
I met Véronique in August 2016 when a friend invited her over to a session where I was practicing for my very first Boss Chick event. Véronique and two other lades (who are, believe it or not, now Boston-based BCDW Instructors -- Geaux Boston!) gave me feedback on my teaching, playlist and overall “stage” presence. All three ladies including Miss V were veteran Zumba Instructors and I had NO IDEA what I was doing (full disclosure 😂). I immediately noticed Véronique’s dance abilities and fun-loving, kind attitude. I mean she volunteered to help a stranger prepare for a class she had little experience with. That’s pretty kind! Fast forward to 2017 when Simone, the creator of the BCDW, announced Boston as her first tour stop and new instructor certifications. I made it my mission to try to convince Véronique to become a Boss Chick Head Instructor and to my excitement, she did! After becoming a certified Head Boss Chick, Miss V began attending my classes regularly and by late Spring, began subbing for me. Though quiet at first in class, you could always tell V would lose herself in the music. Boss Chick was definitely the format for her!
Back in July 2017, I had the pleasure attending the 1st ever BCDW Instructor Summit in Miami, FL and was able to share that experience with Véronique. It was in Miami that I really learned how much V wanted her own class. Prior to the Summit, we would speak about her teaching; however, the urgency of branching out to do her own class wasn’t there. We returned to Boston from Miami both totally in love with Boss Chick but with a mission to push V where she belong - leading a class.
To say Véronique fought for her own class is an understatement. After weeks of speaking with studios and considering different offers, she was finally able to succeed in getting a class slot at the place she really wanted to start - her long-time Zumba studio, Studio 92 in Quincy. I felt so proud the day I was able to surprise Véronique by taking her class. The somewhat reserved, less vocal woman that takes my class as a student was nothing shy of a freakin ROCK STAR leading her own class. Such a proud moment!