Studio Director

Growing up in New Zealand I had my heart set on performing and have enjoyed every minute of my career. I started as a dancer, performing on television and stage and by the age of 28, I had travelled to 63 countries. For 10 years I worked professionally in and out of America, Canada, Italy, Singapore and Japan to name a few and was addicted to traveling… and I still am!

One of my greatest achievements to date is running my own business ‘Studio Charli’ which has been very successful helping people achieve fitness goals for the past 7 years.  We have created such a great community and environment and overall a FUN place for people to work out. I find it very enjoyable to go to work everyday as I am so passionate about what I do. It is a great feeling when you hear you have changed someones life for the better and also very humbling to know you have made a difference.

I have just released our first of many workout DVD’s, so if you don’t have a chance to get to a live class, this is one option for you!

I am currently putting together some different class formats and ideas so be sure to join us to see what all the hype is about!

I also launched a Dance School in 2016 which I’m super proud of as it has already grown so much and I love seeing what the kids achieve week after week.

Expertise/Training: Personal Coaching/Motivation, Group Coaching, Plate by Zumba Coach, Motivational Speaking, Entrepreneur, Mentor, Group Exercise Instructor, Dancer, Illusionist, Zumba Step, Toning, Sentao, Gold Instructor, Punchfit Boxing Instructor, Brent Street Performing Arts Certificate.

Professional Memberships: Westpac Ruby Connection (Women in Business), Advanced Life Coaching Institute by Bradley Thompson, BEC Business Enterprise Centre, Adelaide, ZIN Network Member, USA.

Charity donations and fundraisers to multiple causes including:

  • Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Maranatha Health
  • Adelaide Zoo
  • Cancer Society
  • Westpac Bank
  • Make a Wish Foundation
  • Colour Run
  • Guide Dogs SA


Zumba Instructor

At school I was never a sporty child and in fact I hated PE classes. In 2011, my friend told me about a Zumba class that she had attended. I liked dancing and music and it sounded interesting. A few weeks later after some research, I ended up at one of Charli’s classes. From that moment I was hooked on not only Zumba, but Zumba with Charli.

I had finally found a form of exercise that I actually enjoyed and wanted to do everyday. However, it was not all about Zumba. Charli had a big role to play too. The energy and passion she brings to all of her classes is what makes her classes the best. Through Charli’s classes I started to become more confident and comfortable in my own skin.

It had started with one class a week, which grew to become two, then three, until I was attending at least one class everyday. At that point I did not know what I wanted to do after I had finished school, but thought that teaching Zumba would be fun. With that idea in mind, in February 2014 I attended the Zumba Instructor training and became a licenced Zumba instructor. I have been doing Zumba for five years now and still love every minute of it. Under the guidance of Charli I have learnt so much and become much more confident in instructing. I love that I get to be a part of this great community that Charli has created and am grateful for all the people I have met along the way and who I will meet in the future.

I am currently in my final year at university, studying Health Science and majoring in Nutrition. Outside of my studies, in addition to Zumba and fitness, I love to bake cakes, create desserts and experiment in the kitchen.

Kelly O'Brien

Kelly O'Brien

Zumba Instructor/Musical Theatre Teacher

I started as someone who just loved music and wanted to increase my fitness. I heard how fun Zumba was and thought I would give it a go.

After my first class with Charli, I was hooked. The energy, fun and fitness that she brought to the class was infectious and I couldn’t wait for my next class. Thanks to her encouragement  I am now an instructor and can’t wait to bring that energy to you.

Based around structured routines set to high-energy music, Zumba is not only fun but it stimulates the brain through repetitive, cognitive patterns. Students gain fitness, confidence and coordination through dance and movement all in a safe and encouraging party atmosphere.

I have been passionate about fitness all my life starting softball at age 6 and eventually playing at state level. 36 years later I coach and still play at an A grade level.  I also tour Australia in theatre which can be physically demanding so fitness is something my body needs. I am also the Musical Theatre teacher at Studio Charli’s Dance Factory!

I believe I bring my years working professionally on stage to my classes making them fun, energetic, cheeky and a little bit sexy.

  • You don’t need to have dance experience
  • You don’t need to have fitness experience
  • You just need to come with your smile




Zumba Instructor

Lose weight and have fun at the same time. I have lost over 10 kilos through Zumba Fitness and have loved every minute of it, I am living proof that it does work!

I have been involved with Zumba fitness for the past 4 years. I started by taking my first Zumba class back in 2010. Within the first 10 minutes of the class I knew I was going to be hooked!

I love the music, the moves and the friendships you make along the way. I became an instructor in 2012 and have never looked back. I love sharing my passion for Zumba with my students.


Studio Charli | Fitness Club

Studio Charli offers superb Zumba and other dance fitness classes that will rock your world. Typical aerobics classes are old news – Zumba is changing the lives of millions of people all over the world. Join Zumba with Charli and see what the hype is all about.

Zumba is so much more than just a workout. It combines hypnotic rhythms and easy-to-follow sexy moves that create a one-of-a-kind fitness program. Add some Latin flavour and a little bit of Charli’s spice into the mix – the result is an intense and incredibly fun Zumba class that will blow you away! Enjoy your workout in a friendly environment; people don’t come here to watch and be seen, but to get a great workout and have a great time.

Why Choose Us?

We take you to the best party around.

Zumba makes working out fun – and the party starts with us. Let us show you how to shake it; you’ll never want to stop.

Our amazing value classes are among the BEST VALUE in Adelaide.

Forget about the expensive fitness studios and try out our great value classes. It’s fun, it’s cheap and it will make you feel great.

Our classes are rated as one of the best in Adelaide.

Quality and great price hand in hand – this is our philosophy. We work very hard to provide superb quality classes and we never settle for anything less.

Zumba with Charli is great for the body, mind and soul.

Tight buttocks, a big smile on your face and enough energy to change the world – that’s the effect of our Zumba classes. You’ll get a great workout, you’ll have lots of fun and you’ll go back home feeling amazing. Nothing beats that.


Our Approach

Our approach is simple and easy to understand: We want you to want to work out, to love working out, to get hooked and become addicted to Zumba. And anybody can join the party.

Become a part of the Zumba crowd here in Adelaide! Once you discover how great it feels to achieve amazing results while experiencing an absolute blast in one exciting hour of calorie-burning, body-energizing class, it will captivate you!

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