In early April we asked our SOUL community to nominate an LGBTQ instructor who embodies the spirit of Pride month. Six amazing instructors were then chosen to define their souls in a single word. These are their stories.
@naturallyvali / Dallas
If there were ever a soul worth celebrating its Valentina Paolillo, a woman who finds strength in the things that make her different. Originally from Venezuela, she immigrated to the states at a very young age where she found her voice. In college, she began to speak openly about her sexuality, and recently gained the confidence to come out to her mother. You can find her leading classes in Dallas, exuding gratitude, and generally being awesome. She would describe her soul affectionately, as “Misfit”.
@lm_cascino / New York & Connecticut
Call her “L”. Written like the letter, sounds like “elle”. She’s the New England-based instructor whose smile is sweet, whose soul is devoted, and whose six pack is straight up inspiring. She’s an “all-in” kind of woman, devoted to the people in her classes, and fiercely confident in her identity, and her sexuality. You can find her showing up every day for her riders, singing, being silly, and living every day as nothing less than her authentic self.
@spinpimp / New York City
She’s Janet Fitzgerald, senior master instructor in NYC. A legend beyond labels, whose soul is instantly felt, and infectiously free. First and foremost, she falls in love with the essence of a person, rather than a specific gender. You can find her breaking barriers and leading throngs of devoted riders to rocker-chic soundtracks all over the city. A soul so expansive, it’s hard to describe her in a single label, but if she had to pick one, it would be “Fluid”.