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Melissa Curtin covers charity and style related events and loves to cover LA's best in beauty, fashion, and culture. She is an educator who recently returned to the classroom to motivate and inspire third graders at a private school in Pacific Palisades. In 2012, she launched an educational T-shirt line called Wear2learn. When she is not working out, hiking a canyon, or at the beach, she is writing. Her latest dream come true has been travel writing for Johnny Jet.

After teaching in the Maryland public school system for almost a decade, she left the conservative East Coast environment in Washington, DC for West Coast living. Eager for adventure, inner growth, and a new environment, she packed her car and took to the open road on her own landing in her new home - Hollywood, California. As a Connecticut Yankee at heart, she has now lived in Los Angeles for six years surrounded by the stars.

Melissa graduated from Gettysburg College with a double major in psychology and art history. Soon after, she earned a Master's Degree in education. Melissa traveled around the world on Semester at Sea, and earned a Fulbright Scholarship which enabled her to teach in England. A lust for travel and learning has fueled her globe trotting ever since. Some of her favorite destinations are Costa Rica, Thailand, Fiji, Morocco, Vietnam, Belgium, Italy, Sicily, Prague, Egypt, Australia, Greece, and Paris.

Los Angeles has won over her heart. She is constantly taking advantage of what LA LA Land has to offer - new boutiques and restaurants, finding great deals, discovering new hikes and beaches, music, and West Coast fashion.

Dancing With The Stars Louis Van Amstel’s Celebrates Voli Light Vodka’s Partnership With Fitness Magazine And Crunch Gym


DWTS star Louis Van Amstel teaching his “LaBlast” class at Crunch Fitness in Los Angeles sponsored by Voli Light Vodkas. (Photo credit: Voli Light Vodkas)

The floor was shaking at Crunch Gym in Hollywood Tuesday night, March 5th as about 50 or more people moved their bodies and kept up with the Dance Fitness class hosted by expert choreographer for Dancing With The Stars, Louis Van Amstel. The booty-shaking and calorie-burning fitness class was set to the sounds of Voli Brand Owners, Fergie and Pitbull. I tried desperately to keep up with the salza, tango, Jane Fonda moves, spins, and leg kicks. Some of the routine included mini weights. It was such a fun vibe I couldn’t help to smile almost the whole time as my nonstop moving body was sweating and getting lost in the moves. The healthy class was followed by some healthy drinking with Voli Light cocktails. The happier hour was in celebration of the This, Not That” Online Sweepstakes Launch and its partnership with Crunch gym and Fitness magazine.


DWTS star Louis Van Amstel prepping to teach his “LaBlast” class at Crunch Fitness in Los Angeles sponsored by Voli Light Vodkas. (Photo credit: Voli Light Vodkas)

Visit Voil Spirits to learn ways that one can have a fresh, healthier start to 2013. You can also answer a series of fitness and wellness trivia to win various prizes, including an annual gym membership to Crunch Fitness. The “This, Not That” nationwide contest is to help others recognize and stick to the most talked about New Year’s resolution: lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle. At the end of the sweepstakes, run on March 15, one grand prize winner will receive either a one-year membership to Crunch or a week-long series of private training sessions with Fergie’s personal fitness trainer, and an annual subscription to FITNESS magazine.


(Photo credit: Voli Light Vodkas)



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