Name: Joella Saragnese
Title: ANBF Assistant/Kent’s Assistant
Location: New Jersey
Joella Saragnese started working for Kent and Michelle Bierly at Pure Focus Sports Club 4 years ago. She started as a substitute Zumba instructor, then Front Desk Associate, Supervisor, Assistant Manager, and then Manager. Joella graduated UNLV with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Studies and Choreography and has been dancing since she was 2 years old. From Ballet to Salsa to Zumba to African Jazz her love of dance and music is apparent. Joella not only teaches Zumba and works at the gym but also referees Soccer and has her own online business with It Works! Joella has working with Kent since he started the ANBF and wouldn’t have it any other way. Even though she does not compete herself she believes in the ANBF’s mission to have fair judging and to give the show back to the competitors. She is the head expeditor at most shows and is committed to competitors having a great time backstage and staying relaxed. She also does most of the paperwork for the shows as well as almost all of the show posters.
“I am inspired and admire each person who takes the stage. For when I’m backstage with them I find out their stories and their backgrounds and am blown away each time by the diversity among them. I am truly honored to be a part of each of their journeys and love every minute of it!” – Joella Saragnese