Meet Tanya

Welcome to Z Queen Bee – a life and style blog designed for Moms from all walks of life.

My name is Tanya and I was born in Durban, South Africa. Since a very young age, I enjoyed dressing up and posing in front of the camera while Mom snapped away capturing memories. I got involved in a modeling school in South Africa run by Bonita Boyle and this sparked my love, interest and passion for fashion.

I have a degree in fashion merchandising and graduated with honors. I also served for two years as President of the Fashion Club at the college I attended. I have over 20 years of experience in fashion show production, facility management, talent management, event coordination, and market research as well as teaching, modeling, and business administration. In addition, I have worked in international business consulting, exporting and importing, as well as fashion design and fashion merchandising to the boutique market.

I am the founder of the Runway to Health & Beauty Expo. An expo that incorporates everything from dance to fitness; fashion & beauty to health and wellness. I thoroughly enjoy event planning and am capable of producing events from start to finish successfully. I am the creator of a dance fitness program called “Rhythmic Rootz Extreme®”.

In October 2010, I was awarded the “OWL” (Outstanding Women in Leadership), “Woman On the Way” award. This award goes to a woman who has owned a business for less than 5 years and has shown herself as a leader in the Sacramento community.

I have been an AFAA Certified fitness professional for 20 years. My goal is to inspire people to be their best in all aspects of their life, and to lead a positive and healthy lifestyle.

International Master Trainer for Macumba Land of Dance in 2010/2011, Creator of a dance fitness workout program called RRX©, Choreographer, Flash Mob Creative Director, Event Coordinator & Creative Director for the “Runway to Health & Beauty Expo”. A group fitness instructor, presenter, mentor, and fitness coach, with 20 years experience teaching group fitness classes in studios, health clubs and community centers. Went on tour with the WNBA for a week and taught Zumba Fitness to children and adults. Sacramento’s first Zumba instructor. I keep up to date on the latest fitness trends and programs, and am currently studying nutrition and personal training with NASM.

My hubby and I met online on a Christian dating website and have been married for 11 years in February this year. My husband and children are Minecraft “junkies” and they spend hours playing together. I observe and am amazed at the things they create using blocks. I definitely do not have their ability to see things in 3D… They are pretty creative! I am a homeschool Mom and have been homeschooling for 4 years.  It’s not always easy but it’s so worth it! We are a family that enjoys adventure, exploring, and discovering new places – life is too short to sit still for too long after all. I look forward to sharing some of our travels with you!

Fitness and fashion are a huge part of my life, so I’ll buzz you in on the latest and greatest tips and tricks of the industry as I learn and discover new things. I’ll also be sharing healthy recipes, crafting ideas, tips regarding homeschooling, style, things to do, and so much more!