Everything's bigger in Texas, especially if it's our new bad-ass NYC instructor Destiny Hicks.
Originally from Dallas, TX, everything about her shines bright like a star and we know you're going to love the extra sass, motivation, and passion that she'll be bringing to each of her classes.
She's got a fierce drive to succeed and a bigger purpose to help others get achieve their goals. You gonna need that when she makes you squat into a twerk during the hip hop section!
Read more about our headliner below and book her class A$AP!
Tell us about yourself!
I'm a sexy, energetic, lovable 23 year old who moved to the Big 🍎 to follow my dreams as a dancer. I went to collage at AMDA, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and I attended the Joffrey Ballet School. My favorite color is turquoise, I love a good Drake song and I'm always in the mood to twerk. 💃
Dope! Tell us where your hometown roots are.
I was born and raised in Dallas, TX. Therefore, I tend to say the word "y'all" from time to time. I literally get so excited about my hometown. It reminds me of how much I miss my family (my #1 fans) and how blessed I am to be apart of a new family at 305. Also, the barbecue is lit in Texas ...seriously it really is 🐽
All about the new family vibes! How'd you hear about 305?
So here's the story, I was scrolling on Facebook and I saw a 305 ad that said there's a live DJ. I'm like hmm let me look into it. Once I found out that 305 fitness is literally what I do in my living room when I'm cleaning I knew that I really wanted to work there and it's a great way for me to inspire others.
So for your classes, what sort of teacher will you be?
As a teacher I tend to think about what goals I want to reach and how what can my clients gain from my class. I like to be tough when it comes to toning and sprint. I want to push and challenge my clients to reach their goals in fitness.
However, I am also fun, dirty, and ratchet when it comes to cardio/dancing. I want my clients to gain a little sass in that ass so they can either go home and show bae or drop it at the club. 🍑🎶
Where'd you get your groove?
I started dancing when I was 15 in ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop, and contemporary. I always knew that I wanted to be a dancer before I started training. I grew up watching my cousin dancing to Janet Jackson and I wanted to be as good as him. Later after that I fell in love with Misty Copland and at that moment I just had to be a bad bitch like her.
I originally started teaching at my mom's daycare in Texas. I loved how the children were so inspired by me and learned so much from what I was teaching them. I decided that I wanted to do the same thing in dance so I applied at a small studio to teach little ones ballet. Once I moved to NYC I knew that I wanted to continue teaching. Now not only am I at 305 inspiring adults but I'm also at a middle school in the Bronx teaching pre-teens. I love it. I think I really have found my purpose in life.
Whose your biggest inspo and why?
Oh hunny! Wow, there's so many people that I can say but I'm going to choose Donna Carter. My mother is very inspiring to me. She is one of the main reasons why I don't give up. I've seen my mom battle through so many medical problems like Crohn's disease, strokes, and heart problems. No matter what comes her way she stays positive and doesn't give up. While dealing with being in and out of the hospital, she continued to reach her dreams of opening her own daycare.
Werk! Love mama <3
I'm telling you my mom is a woman on 🔥 y'all.
If you're having a bad day, what can help turn that frown upside down?
There are quite a few things that can change my mood when I'm upset. First of, I love a good hug. Especially if it's a hug from a tall fine as wine man. Second, the cookie butter ice cream at Trader Joe's is everything and more. Lastly, of course dance. Dance is always my therapy.
If you were one part of ((305)) Cardio class, which part would you be?
The hip hop section is definitely my shit. I love the fact that I can get down, dirty, sexy, and gangsta with the moves.
Where can junkies find you on social media?
You guys can find me on Instagram @dchanelhicks!