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DANCE FITNESS, Health & Wellness
















Tina Thompson-Pope

Ms. Fitness Competition Contest History:

2002 Ms. Fitness legacy, 1st runner-up
2003 Ms. Fitness USA, 11th Place
2004 Ms. Fitness USA, 8th Place
2004 Ms. Fitness New Jersey, 3rd Place
2004 OCB Ms. Fitness Iron City, 3rd place
2004 OCB Iron City- women's figure classic, 4th Place
2004 Fitness America NY Regional, 4th place

2004 Ms. Fitness North Eastern Regional, 3rd place
2005 Ms. Fitness USA, 6th Place
2005 Ms. Fitness Virginia- Fitness Champion

2005 Ms. Fitness Legacy, 2nd place

2006 Ms. Fitness USA, 1st runner-up

2006 Ms. Fitness World, 3rd place

2006 IFF Fitness Woman World, Romania  

2007 Ms. Fitness USA, 4th place

2008 Ms. Fitness Legacy, 4th place

2008 NPC Brooklyn Grand Prix, Fitness Champion

2008 NPC Eastern Fitness, 4th place

2009 Ms. Fitness USA, 9th place

2009 Ms. Fitness World Competitor

2010- MS. FITNESS WORLD COACH- Ms. Malaysia

Future Goals: To continue to have a healthy life and put God first!

To become one of the leading Dance Fitness role models in the industry.

Tina's Tips:

Fitness is life! So when you do your best; you breathe, you achieve, and you grow more passionate in this crazy energy we call LIFE! Never leave YOU at home! Compete with yourself.


Tina Thompson began her intensive training in dance, voice and drama at the Central Brooklyn Talent Search Theatre for the Arts. Alumni of the ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /-->?xml:namespace prefix = "st1" /-->Erasmus Performing Arts High School and Academy of the ARTS (from where she graduated early with honors), she went on to the world prestigious and infamous Juilliard School of dance. She was accepted there on a full Irving Ruckens Scholarship at age 17.  She was a lead dancer in the Juilliard Cross Cultural tour.  She has studied at the Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham and Dance Theatre of Harlem Professional Schools of Dance.  She was accepted as a full scholarship student at all three institutions. While attending the Juilliard School she was given a distinguished training scholarship at the Dance Theatre of Harlem where she received her training from Bessie Elmer, Walter Raines and Loel Smith.  She has worked with many Modern dance pioneers such as Anna Sokolow and Ethel Winters.  Her extensive background in Contemporary dance gives her the edge that is needed in today’s ever growing world of dance fitness. Tina has performed at City Center, Metropolitan Opera House and Alice Tully Hall.  Tina was the first choreographic award recipient for the Welcome back to Brooklyn festival at 17 years of age.  As well as being one first of the youngest choreographers to ever receive this award.


Tina has taught dance for the Brooklyn Arts council, A.S.P.I.R.A, BACA and Act-SO.  She has been an award recipient for the National Endowment of the Arts in Dance.  Tina has served as a dance captain for Long Island University Cheerleading and Pep-Squad’s and is a former Professional AFL and NBA cheerleader herself.   Tina has competed on a national fitness Professional for the past 7 years. 


Today, Tina is a master trainer at CRUNCH, a certified group fitness professional, personal trainer and exercise movement Therapist in New York City.  She helps spread her knowledge by teaching workshops and directing her dance company SKIN and fitness events throughout the city.  Tina has been the director of SKIN- The Tina Thompson Dance Theatre for the past 8 years. She has contributed to many charities and organizations with great causes for children and adults. She is the Ballet teacher for Ailey Camp Staten Island  Tina loves sharing her knowledge and skills with the dance and fitness communities. She is presently working on her two video release's- PILABALLET & SPIRIT FITNESS 101


 Currently she maintains her own fitness level by staying active and teaching her fitness classes. Tina is Thankful for her many great passages and life learned lessons.  Her focus for the year ahead is to challenge herself choreographically, breaking the boundaries of movement and fusing both worlds of Dance and Fitness.



MS Fitness USA 2007
By: Lorenzo Gaspar

Athletes from across the country gathered in Las Vegas, Nevada to participate in the 2007 2007 Ms. Fitness USA to vie for over $21,000.00 in prizes! Each of these competitors, who qualified throughout the year in different local and regional contests, placed their fate in the hands of IFSB head judge, Lorenzo Gaspar and his highly qualified panel of judges.

After a grueling week of rehearsals, photo shoots, interviews and pre-judging, the finals on Friday night arrived at the RIO All Suite Hotel & Casino. Ms Fitness Magazine Editor Greta Blackburn, acting as mistress of the Ceremonies, was on hand to guide the competitors and audience through the competition.

In the first round each competitor displayed their elegant evening gown and shared with the audience and judges a little about themselves and how fitness has personally affected their lives. The judges were looking for beauty , poise and public address skills, because, as we all know, Ms Fitness must be capable of being a spokesperson and role model as well as a motivator for women of all ages.


Next came the physique round and the judges has a tough task as the competitors appeared on stage in their swimwear and footwear from EllieShoes. Having all competitors in identical swimsuits helps the judges to concentrate on each athlete’s physical beauty, muscle tone, and overall balance without being distracted by an array of colors and styles.

The third and final round was the most physically challenging as each competitor was required to perform a 90 second fitness routine demonstrating strength, flexibility and endurance. The judges also looked for a high level of execution of movements, including full extensions, balance, power energy, difficulty of moves, and fluid transitions. And, as it should appear effortless! To make it as safe as possible, Centaur Floor Systems installed a resilient aerobic flooring on the performance stage.

When all the scores were tallied,’s owner, Fred Auzenne, was on hand to personally present trophies to the top five finishers. They are Cara Kokenes (219.6); Heidi Malano (212.8); Nikki Crawford (212.2); Karen Elliot-Sandri (211.2); and Tina Thompson-Pope (211.2).


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