Rosy Collins and Kristin Fleis are good friends who share the love of exercise through Zumba Dancing. They met 2 years ago at Fitness on Fifth and through the years, have shared a lot of fun times, and grown together as friends, confidants, and supporters of each other as well as a larger group of women, each of whom inspire each other to be better people. They were asked recently to dance with Dancing with the Space Coast 2019, and whole hearted committed to dancing to be a part of this amazing community. Here is a little about each of them.
Rosy has lived in many places and 7 years ago decided with her family to move to Brevard County for her husband’s work. Having grown up on the Island of Guam, she is no stranger to international living, culture, global citizenship and of course dancing. Since having left Guam, she has lived in California, Oregon, Washington DC, New York, Colorado, Hungary and now calls Brevard Country Home. Every place she has lived has given her a chance to learn something new about herself and the world around her.
Rosy has a PhD in Educational Child Psychology and is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Florida Institute of Technology, School of Psychology. She has been in academia for the last 20 years as a professor and has worked as a psychologist with children and families in her work and research. As much as possible and as time permits, Rosy has volunteered her time and energy to also working in the community and sharing her strengths in psychology and therapeutic intervention.
Rosy’s pride and joy are her family, and the reason why everything else comes second. Married for 20 years to Chris Collins, executive at Thales, he is her rock. She also has 2 amazing children, son Dylan (age 15 ) and daughter Maya (age 13), who both inspire her everyday to be a better person and to leave the world a better place. Everything she does centers first around her family. Rosy’s mom who lives in Guam still and her brother, George are also her loves and without whom she could not be the person she is.
Kristin is a native Floridian, raised in the Winter Park area of Central Florida and Graduating from UCF with degrees in Psychology and Elementary Education. Kristin taught elementary school in Maitland and Orlando. Kristin and her family moved to Indialantic in 2006 and she feels so lucky to live in such a wonderful town.
Kristin started her professional photography business in 2007 and is honored to have been able to capture precious moments of love and happiness forever for many families in Brevard County. Kristin, with her husband head up a marriage enrichment program at their church and she volunteers and donates countless hours to her children’s school using her photography talents.
Kristin’s main focus and source of delight is her family. Kristin has been married to her best friend, Brian for 21 years. Brian and his father own a custom home building company, Monarch Homes of Brevard, for 10 years. Kristin and her husband have 3 children. Alex (age 18), Gabriel (age 15), and Beau ( age 12). They are each uniquely amazing and have grow up to be wonderful people. Kristin’s mom also lives in Indialantic, being nearby she is able to be very involved. Kristin feels so blessed by her family and friends who cheer her on always and make everyday brighter and more beautiful.
Rosy and Kristin are very honored to a part of Dancing with the Space Coast this year and hope to inspire others to be a part of our amazing community through working together to make change.
Instructor – Barry Johnson
Barry is originally from Long Island, New York. He started dancing at 7 years of age after watching the Fred Astaire movie “Top Hat”. He danced tap, jazz, and ballet for the next 11 years. During that time, he and his family moved to the Kansas City area. Barry began ballroom in June of 1992 at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Lenexa, Kansas. With them he completed training through his Silver level. He moved to TC Dance Studio in 1998 where he completed his Gold level dancing. He also became the studio’s Dance Director and Assistant Supervisor.
Barry came to Melbourne to get away from the cold and icy winters of the Midwest in February of 2006. He then began his Pro-Am competing career. His students have earned Championships in American Smooth, and American Rhythm styles of dance, as well as a multitude of top solo awards ranging from the Bronze to Gold levels.
He is living his dream by teaching, dancing, competing, and being part owner of the ever-growing Melbourne Ballroom. In all, Barry has been dancing in one form or another for 40 years and has no intention of slowing down anytime soon.