News 12's Lenneia Batiste jumps into Jose Ozuna's DanzaTone, a workout class offered at the Ailey Extension that combines fun dance moves with toning your body.
Jose Manuel Ozuna was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and began his dancing career at the age of 16. Upon relocating to the USA, Jose received his certification as a Medical Assistant while continuing to dance. Member of the Contemporary internship program at the National Bellas Artes institution, he had the opportunity to work with Marianela Boan recognized as one of the most important artists of the contemporary cuban dance. He's also had the opportunity to work with Awilda Polanco winner of the Bienal of Cuba in 2005. His first big break came when hired to perform in the musical West Side Story, held in Santo Domingo by Carlos Veitia. Over the last years, Ozuna has participated in several productions such as Talentos y uncion, The Casandra, Amoi de bohio, Cosechando Ilusiones, MGR Fashion, Latin Fashion Week, musical Chicago by Jhon Kander in the Dominican Republic, Canto al Peru Negro and Puerto Rico Fua of Carlos Ferrari. He has been trained in Jazz, Modern Dance, Contemporary, Pilates, Afro Jazz and ballet.
Aside from his performance background, Ozuna has been working as a certified Fitness instructor for the past three years. It seemed like a natural progression and was right in line with his current artistic endeavors. With his medical background, artistic skills and now as a group fitness certified, Jose has found the perfect way to combine all these tools to offer his students a great environment to learn and enjoy his classes. Teach, train and transform lives is one of his main purpose.