ClassPass Instructor Awards 2018: Austin Winners

Living in and around Austin has many perks, but one of the best is the top-notch instructors who call this city home. From spirited spinners to uplifting yogis and beyond, ClassPassers in Austin have access to amazing workouts taught by knowledgeable and inspiring instructors — but which deserve the title of best in the city? We asked and you answered — these are Austin’s top instructors of 2018!

JJ Pepper, Black Swan Yoga – Downtown at Orchard

“His classes are always so fun and engaging and are the best workouts I’ll ever have. JJ is hilarious and so skilled and motivated, I try to go to every one of his classes I can!” -Isabella

“There is no instructor like JJ! His positive attitude, vivacious energy and humor make his class unlike any other. I look forward to seeing him every week. His classes are always as fun as they are challenging and I leave feeling refreshed and confident every week.” –Morgan

“He literally made me fall in love with yoga. I went from hating it to craving it. You won’t find a more motivating instructor in Austin.” –Callie

“JJ is simply the BEST!” –Anonymous

Melody Afkami, Melody DanceFit

Winner for the third year in a row.

“Melody is therapy for my soul and my body. She’s uplifting and caring. On top of all of that, a part of your money is donated to Dress For Sucess!!! Melody is a boss babe. MDF rocks!” –Sabrina

“Melody is one of the purest, most kind, liberating people I’ve ever met. She makes everyone feel unique and valued. Who she is keeps me going to DanceFit but from a workout perspective, it is such a good cardio work out and sooo much fun. You never feel like you’re working out. I’d encourage anyone and everyone to try this class and keep coming back because the more comfortable you are with the dances, the more fun you have!” –Shaeda

“There’s no other way I want to spend my time than shaking off the manic Monday’s at Move It Monday with Melody and the community she has grown. She creates space where you can dance, sing and be the REAL flippin you. No judgement. Just dancing with rad people. I leave feeling strong and with a skip in my step. Every. Time.” –Em

“Melody Afkami, a.k.a. Melody DanceFit, is honest, positive and inspirational every time I’ve heard her speak and in the messages that she has sent, she leads by being REAL. Even more, her choreography is fun, invigorating and motivational which brings out the young in the old! I nominate her because she starts from the inside-out; helping others heal and/or just feel good about themselves while getting in shape.” –Michelle


Prizing for our 2018 Instructor Awards is generously provided by Dagne Dover & LANE EIGHT.

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