The BOD Story
I’ve always been active and have danced competitively for as long as I can remember.
When I took a break from competing on Dancing with the Stars, it was the first time in forever that I had to focus on my nutrition and fitness. I was used to dancing 6-8 hours a day and burning so many calories! I noticed my body changing…so I went back to my roots, and created my own fitness routine that I knew I could stick to – and 5678 Fitness was born! 5678 Fitness is a cardio dance based program that I’ve developed into a diet book and DVD system. It’s been amazing to see the platform take shape (and literally help others love their shape!). But I knew it was time to take the next step… I wanted to open my very own dance fitness studio.
I’d been searching for the perfect space and finally came across a location too good to pass up. The legendary Richard Simmons’ Slimmons Studio in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.
The Slimmons Studio opened in 1974 and it has been an iconic dance studio in Beverly Hills – filled with unconditional love, laughter and happiness ever since. When the Slimmons Studio closed, I literally jumped at the chance to re-open it. Like Richard, I wanted to create a space where people can come be themselves, dance & enjoy the perks of a workout – all while having fun!
I am so excited to introduce the world to The BOD by Kym Herjavec!
At The BOD, you can take dance & fitness classes and consult with our nutrition experts. We’re also launching an online subscription series so even if you’re not in the Beverly Hills area you can be part of The BOD Community and take classes with The BOD by Kym Online!
My goal is to help you dance, tone and sculpt your best BOD. So, come visit us – take a BOD class – and become a The BOD by Kym Online member!
Remember – Every BOD is Beautiful.
Meet Your Instructors
Aussie native Kym Herjavec started learning the art of dance at the age of three. She trained in all aspects of the performing arts including singing, ballet, tap, jazz, and acrobatics before concentrating her talents in competitive ballroom dance at the age of 13. She went on to become the Australian Ballroom Champion and twice represented Australia in the ‘World 10’ dance championships. Kym has also travelled the world with ballroom dance show “Burn the Floor” and headlined the show on Broadway! Kym appeared on the hit Australian TV show Dancing with the Stars, taking home the mirror ball trophy when she won Season 2. She is the only professional dancer in the world to hold mirror ball trophies from two different countries. In 2006, Kym moved to the United States and began competing on Dancing with the Stars USA. She has won the mirror ball trophy twice on the USA format, once with Donny Osmond (2009) and again with Hines Ward (2011). As a dancer and certified fitness professional, Kym maintains a strict health and fitness regimen. In January 2016,Kym launched her 5678 Fitness platform -a Cardio-Latin Dance Series and Nutritional Guide. Kym’s first book, The 5678 Diet, features personal anecdotes from her career and provides insight into the fitness and nutrition regimen that helps keep her toned and sculpted. Kym loves to spend her downtime with husband, Robert Herjavec, as well as friends and family. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California and is mom to her adorable puppy Lola. Join Kym for a Latin BOD or 80’s BOD class.
Joseph is a choreographer, dancer, group fitness instructor, and personal trainer, but at his core, Joseph is a teacher. Using his dance, theater and fitness background, Joseph teaches dancers and non-dancers alike to move, exercise, explore their bodies, and express themselves through movement. He has travelled the globe, spreading this love and understanding of the importance of movement to such places as Japan, France, England, and Canada, as well as dozens of cities across the United States. As a performer some of Joseph’s credits include All Shook Up! on Broadway, the Grease Broadway National Tour, West Side Story and Disney’s hit TV show “Wizard of Waverly Place.”
Join Joseph for a 567-Broadway @ BOD class!
Originally from Northern California, Dana’s interest in dance started at a very young age. Focusing mainly on ballet for many years, Dana spent time at the San Francisco Ballet School and the Los Angeles Ballet School. Shortly after receiving a scholarship to the Rockette Summer Intensive, Dana went on to tour in Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular show as a Rockette. Dana then went on to complete Second City’s two year Improv and Sketch Writing program in Hollywood, CA. She teaches pilates, classical ballet and barre classes. Join Dana for a Beautiful BOD class!
Ambrose Respicio III, originally from Guam, is a choreographer, dancer, stylist and mentor. As a performer, Ambrose has graced the stage alongside many greats such as Betty White, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Florence Henderson and Tom Hanks. Most Recently, Ambrose danced alongside Lady Gaga in her Tribute to David Bowie at the 58th Grammy Awards and the Pepsi Superbowl LI Halftime Show. Ambrose was a 10-year member of Unity Dance Ensemble. Starting as a dancer, Ambrose started contributing choreography to the company and eventually began assisting on numerous projects. Ambrose has taught at many first-class studios such as EDGE Performing Arts Center, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Academy of Performing Arts San Diego, and Millennium Dance Complex. Join Ambrose for a Diva BOD class!
Originally from Canada, Christina graduated from the Juilliard School in New York City with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2005. She went on to dance professionally with Koresh Dance Company in Philadelphia, BJM Danse in Montreal and BODYTRAFFIC in Los Angeles. Christina has also performed in special events for Cirque du Soleil, L’Oreal, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Black Fawn Films and Radio Canada. In addition to performing, Christina is passionate about teaching. She teaches a wide variety of disciplines including dance, fitness and yoga. She is certified through YogaWorks. Join Christina for a Yoga BOD or R&R BOD class!
Brooke began dancing at age 3 in her hometown of Sydney, Australia and turned professional at 17. After working as a commercial dancer and model, she was selected to perform in Paris at the world-famous Moulin Rouge and was lucky enough to perform the Soloist and Principal roles. After 5 years in Paris, Brooke came to the States, first living in New York studying acting and then to LA where she scored several roles in TV and film. As a dancer, it was a natural progression for Brooke to work in fitness, and has been in the industry teaching for 4 years now. She is also a NASM certified personal trainer. Please join Brooke for a Beautiful BOD or R&R BOD class!
Ericka Taylor, the founder of Barre Hop, was born and raised on the east coast where she studied and graduated from the University of the Arts with a BFA in Jazz Dance Performance. After graduation she worked professionally as a dancer that included; Professional NBA dancer for the Brooklyn Nets, Disney World Character performer, back-up dancer for artists such as Rascal Flatts, Mike Will, Chris Brown, and Earth Wind and Fire. To further her professional career, Ericka moved out to Los Angeles where her passion for fitness grew as a barre instructor. These passions and skills led her to be casted on the series, The 20s, the search for the next BeachBody super trainer. Her ability to motivate and inspire led her to finish in the top 3 where her two 20 minute work out videos reside on BeachBody on Demand. Since the show, Ericka has continued her passion for fitness and dance as a leading barre instructor, motivating thousands of individuals to reach their health and fitness goals.
Camilla Sacre-Dallerup is an Author, Life Coach and Mindful living expert. Camilla founded the coaching business Zenme which is based in Los Angeles where she runs her practice and has helped many clients and celebrities to deal with stress, addictions and trauma. Camilla is also a motivational speaker and holds various workshops around the USA. Her first self-help/autobiography book was published in January 2015 called Strictly Inspirational, it’s based on the premise ‘how I learnt to dream, act, believe to succeed.’ Before she started her life coaching and motivational speaking business, she spent over 25 years as a successful competitive athlete in the world of Ballroom dancing. Camilla was part of the original cast of Strictly Come Dancing (UK’s equivalent to Dancing with the Stars) and won the trophy in 2008. Join Camilla for a Mindful BOD class @ The BOD!
Kiara Kinghorn has been a dancer since the age of five, and passionately teaching, performing, and choreographing dance throughout Southern California and nationally for the past ten years. Kiara began studying ballet as a child and attended the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC at the age of sixteen. She holds a BFA in Dance from UC Santa Barbara. After graduation, Kiara performed professionally with American Dance and Music, Santa Barbara Festival Ballet, and toured with Mayer Hawthorne as a backup dancer. Kiara became 200-hour yoga certified in 2013 and is a writer and editor for LA Yoga Magazine. Kiara is very excited to manage The BOD which combines her passion for fitness, dance, and wellness.