Allyson Schmidt's Life Passion is Her Work -- Literally -- at Wind Crest

HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO (August 6, 2013) -- Confucius said, "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."  Perhaps no one better lives this philosophy than Allyson Schmidt, the Rehabilitation and Wellness Technician at Wind Crest Schmidt is former professional dancer who studied dance and musical theatre in San Francisco and who toured California, Nevada and Japan. She has successfully applied her love of dance to her daily job at the Highlands Ranch, CO, retirement community. She teaches dance and fitness to scores of Wind Crest residents. Her current classes are: A-Z (Aqua to Zumba) Simply Motion Aqua, Aerobic Circuit, Simply Motion Land, Quick Core (abs class), Mat Pilates and Zumba Gold (currently Zumba) and Cycle at 24 Fitness.  She is a certified fitness and dance instructor/personal trainer (nationwide) and is Zumba and Zumba Gold Certified. Schmidt has been teaching Wind Crest residents for the past two years. "The residents inspire me more than I do them," she said.  "I continue to be in awe of their commitment and consistency to their fitness programs, as well as their passion for dance." Schmidt is a competitive runner/cyclist. She will marry Christian Holgard, who is a partner with Thrivent Financial in the Rocky Mountain Region, next week, but even in doing so she is attentive to her dance protocol. "I got the approval of my Wind Crest Zumba Gold dancers to get married," she said, smiling.