Interfusion Fitness is a 4100 sq ft facility that includes a large dance fitness/barre studio, an intimate yoga studio, and a well-equipped training room.
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The IF team is dedicated to creating a supportive environment while promoting optimal health and wellness of mind, body, and spirit.
Meet the Owners
Athlete, model, dancer, fitness consultant, dance instructor, dietetic technician, nutrition coach and Fitness Universe competitor. Desirée began her formal dance training at the age of four at Florida Ballet Arts in Sarasota and continued through her discovery of dance teams in high school. From there, she became a Dazzler and went on to dance for the University of Florida Gators dance team where she performed all over the country, including the 2000 Men's Basketball Final Four. Following her four years at UF, Desirée broke into the professional world of dance as an 'A-Town' dancer for the NBA's Atlanta Hawks. Desirée currently serves as an official trainer for the Atlanta Hawks Cheerleaders.
Desirée was privileged enough to perform at both the 2002 NBA All Star game and Celebrity All Star game. She traveled internationally to represent the NBA in China, performing in the Guangzhou and Chengdu provinces, and has performed at games for the Reynosa Correcaminos, the Hawks' sister team in Reynosa, Mexico. Desirée has worked with several music artists including The Sugarhill Gang, MC Hammer, Kool and the Gang, "American Idol" finalist Ejay Day, Dryce, Cat Chang and Pilar Montenegro.
Desirée earned her Master of Science (M.S.) in Health Sciences with a specialization in Nutrition from Georgia State University and has since earned the title dietetic technician, registered (DTR). She is a certified personal trainer, group exercise instructor, registered yoga teacher and certified posture specialist.
Through her nutrition education and dance/fitness background, Desirée hopes to educate people on the positive effects of a healthy and active lifestyle.
Meet the Instructors
Marci Lefkoff is a native of Atlanta and began her dance training with Ruth Mitchell, Patrica Bromley and Gary Harrison. She has had extensive training in ballet, jazz, Latin jazz, modern (Graham Technique) and lyrical/contemporary. Marci received full summer scholarship to attend the Alvin Ailey American Dance intensive at the age of 16 and later went on to become the Assistant Choreographer/dancer for the Atlanta Hawks Dance Team. Marci’s unique, energetic style of jazz, Latin Infusion Jazz and her emotional passionate style of contemporary have been taught around the Metro Atlanta Area in numerous studios to people of all ages and all levels. She is a resident choreographer and dance teacher at the DeKalb School of Performing Arts as well as numerous metro high schools. Marci has choreographed “Footloose” and “Hairspray” the musicals for Suwanee Performing Arts and was a selected choreographer for Dance Canvas’ 2010 Fall Performance Series as well as a faculty member for Dance Canvas’ DC Next Summer Intensive program. In 2005 became a certified Personal Trainer through National Personal Training Institute (NPTI) a 6 month 500 hour course focusing Anatomy & Physiology, flexibility and stretch, strength training and more! Marci enjoys sharing her knowledge of dance and fitness to the people whose paths cross hers and hopes to continue to grow and learn herself!
Yoga Pilates Fusion Instructor
Helen Noviello's loving spirit and eclectic teaching style make her classes flow magically as she encourages her students to go inside and listen to their own expression of yoga. She beautifully integrates all yoga levels into the practice making everyone feel comfortable and welcome. Her approach to yoga is non-competitive, spiritual and nurturing leaving her students rejuvenated on a very deep level. Helen’s life changing guided meditations calm and heal the body, mind and spirit on a very deep level.
Helen has had the pleasure of sharing her love of exercise and movement for the past 38 years always coming from a place that the fitness part of our lives should be one we look forward to and enjoy! Helen graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science.
After working on cruise ships as a fitness and social director for a few years, she returned to Atlanta. During this ten year period, she started Shape,bringing exercise and wellness programs to corporations, churches and residential complexes, and was a Body Elite Representative for NIKE. Helen then became the fitness director of a popular Atlanta gym for eight years. Because of her passion for yoga and its healing benefits, she convinced the gym’s owner to offer yoga on the class schedule making it the first gym to offer yoga in the Atlanta area!
Because Helen has always had a more holistic and nurturing approach to exercise, she naturally evolved into teaching yoga and Pilate’s. As the yoga director at an Atlanta yoga studio, she started leading yoga retreats.
Helen was voted one of Atlanta’s top yoga instructors in the 2012 Yoga Edition of Atlanta’s Best Self Magazine. Yoga by Helen was also selected for the 2012 and 2013 Best of Atlanta Award in the Yoga category by the Atlanta Award Program. Atlanta Magazine featured Helen and her retreats in the Oct 2016 issue.
Cardio Fitness Instructor
Katy has been teaching fitness classes for almost two years. She currently teaches at the Cowart Family/ Ashford Dunwoody YMCA and The Fitness Center at Dunwoody Baptist Church and is excited to add Interfusion Fitness to the list! Prior to teaching fitness, Katy was a member of the Atlanta dance community for many years mostly as a performer, but also as a teacher. She has been a guest teacher and choreographer for Decatur City Dance. She was a member of About Face Contemporary Dance Company from 2010 - 2014. She has been a member of the faculty of Gotta Dance Atlanta and has performed in shows for them as well as Dance 101, working under choreographers Tim Meyers, Chuck Maldonado, David Norwood, and Bubba Carr. She was a member of the 2002 - 2003 Atlanta Hawks Dance Team and was named Rookie of the Year for 2002 - 2003. As a member of the Atlanta Hawks Dance Team, she performed at the 2003 NBA All-Star Game in Atlanta. She currently lives in Dunwoody and is the mother of twin girls and her awesome dog Finnegan!
Barre Fusion Instructor
“If you can walk across the parking lot, you can make it through my class.”
Boxing Fitness Instructor
Taversha comes to us with over 15 years of personal training experience and over 20 as an athlete. Taversha has trained all over the country in varying formats such as bootcamps, strength training, boxing fitness, self-defense, gymnastics, and cheerleading. As an athlete Taversha was an accomplished competitive gymnast, All-American Collegiate Cheerleader, and an Olympic level boxer. With Taversha’s experience and high energy, you won’t even realize that you've worked out because you’ve had so much fun learning in class!
Kelsey is an Atlanta based yoga teacher and Georgia Tech graduate (B.S. Psychology). For nearly twenty years, Kelsey was a classically trained ballet dancer until an injury ended her professional dance career. Having begun dance at the age of three, Kelsey’s relationship with movement has always been an integral part of her life and it is what ultimately led her to explore yoga. When Kelsey first began her practice, she was immediately drawn to the transformative powers of yoga. After a significant personal trauma, Kelsey was able to find stillness and acceptance through her personal practice. She began living with less resistance and learned how to appreciate the present moment. Kelsey enjoys sharing her love of yoga with others and holds a 200 hour level Yoga Alliance Certification (RYT-200) through Decatur Yoga and Pilates under the instruction of Joe Palese.
Kelsey’s classes focus on alignment, introspection, and healing. Kelsey creates a comforting and playful environment in each of her classes, where every student is free from both judgment and expectation. Every body is a yoga body and Kelsey aims to create fully accessible, all-inclusive yoga classes. From beginners to experienced yoga practitioners, Kelsey meets students where they are and helps them safely discover their body’s unique potential. She encourages her students to listen to their body’s emotional, physical, and spiritual needs as they explore and learn their edges. Kelsey loves to make people laugh and draws on this ability to create a lighthearted and supportive space for every student. Kelsey empowers every student to take their yoga practice deeper into their lives both on and off the mat. Her classes will leave you with an enormous smile and a greater sense of love and compassion for yourself and others.