Sarita Smith Childs Connelly

Balance is her life! A classically trained dancer & choreographer, educator, fitness instructor, personal trainer, and entrepreneur, she merges fitness with the creative and analytic in all her endeavors.

Her fitness teaching expertise and experience has been in multiple formats of group fitness, personal training, pilates and yoga at exclusive clubs in Chicago, IL, Virginia Beach & Norfolk, VA, (including the East Bank Club of Chicago, Norfolk Yacht & Country Club, and Inlet Fitness South). She has also led group fitness, pilates and special program classes in the health facilities setting at Loyola University Hospital Center for Fitness.

A dance and fitness educator with twenty five years of teaching experience, she has also taught company classes for Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Thodos Dance Chicago, Joel Hall Dancers, and the Momenta Performing Arts Company. She was on the faculty of the Dance Conservatory of Barat College of DePaul University, the Lou Conte Dance Studio (home of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago), Gus Giordano Dance Center, the Academy of Movement and Music, and directed the dance department of Whitney Young Magnet High School in Chicago.

Sarita's professional performance experiences span the genres of modern, jazz , ballet & contemporary dance and she is a Ruth Page Award Winner for Dance Achievement (Chicago's highest dance honor). As a choreographer, master class instructor and choreographic assistant for international choreographer Randy Duncan (, she conducts guest residencies at the high school and university levels, for professional companies, and private studios.

Sarita's choreography can be seen on the fashion, commercial and concert dance stages. TV, theater and film credits include being a featured choreographer and performer in the 2006 Emmy Award Winning PBS Special "The Chicago Dance Project"; choreography for The Congo Square Theater Company's, "King of Coons" directed by Harry Lennix (Matrix Reloaded, Matrix Revolution, Barber Shop 2); and as a Principal Ballet Dancer for Paramount Pictures, Save the Last Dance , in which she was cast as one the six principal ballet dancers / stunt artists alongside Joffrey Ballet principal dancers.

She is currently on Faculty of Loyola University Chicago teaching Ballet and Pointe to BFA Dance Majors.

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About Me


  • BA, Liberal Arts, Sarah Lawrence College

Certifications / Trainings

TRX - TRX® Group Suspension Training® Course
TRX - TRX Group Suspension Training Course
YogaFit Training Systems Worldwide, Inc. - Level One: Foundations
RAB - Resist-A-Ball Instructor
Pending Verification
FIT4MOM® - Format Certification FIT4BABY®
Expires: Jul 27, 2013
FIT4MOM® - Format Certification Body Back®
Expires: Jul 30, 2014
FIT4MOM® - Format Certification Stroller Strides®
Expires: Apr 01, 2013
AFAA - Primary Group Exercise Certification
Not Verified
Expires: Jan 24, 2018
AFAA - Personal Fitness Trainer Certification
Not Verified
Expires: Jan 24, 2018
Zumba® - Zumba® Basic 1
Not Verified
Zumba® - Zumba® Toning
Agency Unavailable

CPR Certified

AED Certified

Additional Information


$75.00 / hr, For Privates; $15 per person for single group class - 5person min; $100 10 class card

Payment Methods

Cash , Cashier's Check , Personal Checks

Years Experience


Awards & Accomplishments

  • Chicago Dance & Music Coalition - Ruth Page Award - Dance Performance
  • Black Theatre Alliance - Ira Aldrige Award - Best Performance in Music or Dance Program

Languages Spoken




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