Meet the Team
Jason, Creator and Co-Founder
Celebrity dance fitness trainer Jason Layden was born with a natural talent for dance and he fostered his passion for the art when he studied it at Penn State. In 2012 he decided to blend his love for dance with his interest in fitness and began teaching cardio dance classes.
Stacey Beaman – COO and Co-Founder
Always having a passion for dancing and music, Stacey Beaman first joined PlyoJam on the dance floor as a student. She was looking for a form of exercise that wasn’t torturous, but still delivered results. PlyoJam was just that. PlyoJam became an integral part of her fitness journey and sparked a passion in her.
Neha Patel – Master Choreographer
Neha fell in love with dance fitness classes many years ago when working out became a FUN PARTY. What was once a hobby turned into a true passion when she discovered the “PlyoJam” format. Since being one of the very first certified PlyoJam instructors, she’s been hooked. Watch out, she’s been told her classes feel like you’re at a CLUB! She believes dancing is for all ages, genders, and sizes and strives to bring people together in unity through dance.
Christine Hernandez – Master Choreographer
Christine Hernandez is a classically trained tap, jazz, and ballet dancer with experience ranging from studio work to theatre. She was an American Dance Idol Finalist, a dancer in the film American Son starring Nick Cannon, and a Bakersfield JAM Dance Team Member for the NBA Development League.
Matthew Mannix – Community Event Coordinator
Matthew started his formal dance training at Long Island High School for the Arts. He continued his dance education in the Professional Division Certificate Program at The Ailey School, the official school of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He also received an AAS in Fashion Merchandising from FIT. In 2014 he moved to Los Angeles, and was lucky enough to discover PlyoJam. He was certified in PlyoJam in 2015, and has been eagerly sharing his passion for dance, wellness, and fitness ever since. In 2017 Matthew became the Community Event Coordinator, and in addition to burning up the dance floor, helps instructors set up community classes across the United States!
Gerrard Panahon – CFO
Gerrard Panahon is the Chief Financial Officer at PlyoJam, LLC. He manages all the company’s finances and ensures that the PlyoJam dream ship keeps sailing ahead. Gerrard also serves as a Financial Analyst for a nonprofit. Outside of work, Gerrard stays busy cooking up delicious dishes in the kitchen and volunteering for various organizations in the greater Los Angeles area. He holds an MBA from Loyola Marymount University.
Heidi Llovet – Nutritionist, Personal Trainer
Heidi’s background is in dance, fitness and personal training. She is a graduate of UCLA and the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in NY. As a professional dancer for 12 years Heidi was very active, but developed some poor eating habits. Skipping meals, eating too much sugar and not balancing her diet were daily issues for her. A few years after Heidi transitioned from dance to fitness, she added personal training to her repertoire and began to learn more about healthy eating and nutrition.