From dance studios to family home videos, Jessie Diaz-Herrera has been in the dance world since the age of 5. At the age of 12, her mom pulled her out of dance after the teacher told her she had to lose weight in order to continue with the studio.
That didn’t deter her from rediscovering her passion for dance years later in college, where Diaz-Herrera’s love for hip hop came alive. She soon began choreographing college shows, events for local artists and social dance companies and in turn, fell in love with the way her curvy body moved.
Diaz-Herrera now teaches in NYC and structures her classes to suit all body types and dance levels. Not your typical dance class, she ensures that the environment is judgement free, incorporating body positive talk and affirmations during the sessions to make her students feel comfortable at any dance level. Her mission is not to just teach dance but to empower her students to learn how to love their bodies through dance.
She’s also become a leader in the body positive movement, encouraging men and women to dance and move regardless of body type and size. She recently took it a step further, candidly sharing her CrossFit journey with her followers on social media via the hashtag #GorditawithGains.
She has since worked with many major brands, having been featured in campaigns by Lane Bryant, Reebok, Target and Dia&Co. She has also been seen in InStyle Magazine and Health Magazine, as well as on TV segments for Good Morning America, WWE and Bronx1.
Named one of the 7 Plus Size Trailblazers to Watch in 2018 by PLUS Model Magazine and Yahoo!, Diaz-Herrera resides with her husband and young daughter in New York City, where she plans to continue teaching more classes and host events to celebrate fitness and wellness in all bodies and sizes. You can follow her on social media under the handle @curveswithmoves.