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Meet Maryjo Mattea

Today we’d like to introduce you to Maryjo Mattea. She shares her story with us below:

Maryjo Mattea is a busy lady who wears a lot of hats.

She is a pop-rock songwriter, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist based in Washington, DC. She is the creative force behind such catchy, pop-sensible earworms as “Delaware,” “A New Normal” and “Wind Me Up.” Her sound has garnered numerous comparisons to rock icons like Alanis Morisette, Liz Phair, and Rilo Kiley. From busking to bar gigs to big club shows, she’s graced many stages and continues to enthrall audiences with her melodic songwriting and captivating voice as a solo artist, and in the bands Dear Daria and Color Palette.

She is also a licensed Zumba instructor and teaches both in-person and virtual classes. From warmup to cooldown, her classes are 55 minutes of pure joy. In these classes, you can expect to break a sweat, tone your muscles, and have a smile on your face the entire time–it’s a physical and mental health boost in one! Her Zumba philosophy is that it doesn’t matter if your moves don’t match the instructor’s because if you’re moving and you’re having fun, you’re doing it correctly.

In addition, Maryjo Mattea is also a social scientist who earned a Ph.D. in Educational Theory and Policy from the Pennsylvania State University and presently works with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Her hobbies include travel, cooking, and crocheting. She is a self-described Beatlemaniac, child-free by choice, and a human mom to a rescue pitbull named Stella. By way of Florida and Pennsylvania, Mattea has made Washington, DC her home since 2011.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
My biggest obstacle/challenge is balance and time management.

I wear a lot of hats and have a lot of pursuits and it is an intensive endeavor to keep it all straight. Having worked as a project manager really helps me keep everything straight and my Google calendar is my best friend.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
My “work” falls into three categories: (1) my day job as a social scientist at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; (2) musician, and (3) Zumba instructor.

I have a lot of interests and I don’t feel like I should have to choose one or the other. I am of the belief that people find time for the things they want to find time for, and so I make time for all three pursuits.

We’d love to hear what you think about risk-taking.
When the pandemic hit in early 2020, I took a risk in moving my Zumba classes online.

It was new territory for all instructors. Prior to that point, Livestream classes weren’t permitted, but it has been successful beyond my wildest dreams.

I’m teaching people of all ages and backgrounds from all over the world. I’ve built an international community out of a dance fitness class I teach out of my living room.

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Jonny Grave

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