Our Team


Christine Gallagher DeFilippis, Creator & President

Christine Gallagher DeFilippis is a fitness and dance expert, choreographer, writer, presenter and the creator of award winning fitness programs Red Hot Dance Fitness™ and Red Hot Barre™. Formally trained in NYC and Philadelphia, she danced competitively with the nationally ranked NCAA Temple University Diamond Gems while an undergrad pursuing a Journalism degree. She holds over 20 specialized certifications in a variety of formats including Body Pump, Spinning , Mat Pilates and Barre workouts. Studying dance in Philadelphia and New York City, she competed on the national level with StarPower Talent, Showstoppers, Dance Educators of America and Dance Masters of America. With over 20 years of teaching experience, she combined her passion and expertise in the fields of dance and fitness to create the Red Hot Dance Fitness program. Her programs have won numerous awards including: Best of Philly 2014, 2013 (Philadelphia Magazine), Best New Fitness Trend of 2012 (Main Line Today Mag), 5 celebrity judge awards from PhillyFIT Magazine including judges Top Pick, Best Instructor and Sexiest Workout.

She has been featured on 6ABC with and CBS.com, Moxie Magazine, IDEA Fitness Journal, Philadelphia Magazine and more. In January 2013 she was featured on News Talk 1180 on their series “Women to Watch”.

Christine is the Head Coach for the La Salle University Dance team, a Master Trainer for BOSU® and a continuing education provider for ACE and AFAA. She is a certified Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and is the founder of Red Hot Nutrition. She recently competed in a local version of Dancing with the Stars: Dancing for our Future Stars. With celebrity boxer Joey “Joltin Jabs” DeMalavez.

To learn more read – A Conversation with Christine



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Tara Marie Newman, Director of Operations

Tara has been an administrative professional in the Philadelphia area in both the corporate world and academia for over 20 years in a wide variety of capacities.  She built the infrastructure of a multi-million dollar investment company before moving on to the University of Pennsylvania overseeing the management of conferences and office management. The knowledge Tara has gained over the years, along with her customer service related experience, is what will enable her to ensure Red Hot Dance Fitness™ operational success.  Tara too has an extensive dance background and a passion for the fitness field.  She is delighted to be with the RHDF team since she studied tap, jazz and ballet for over 15 years and continues to enjoy dancing today.

Tara will be responsible for the building of the organizational infrastructure and maintaining overall operational efficiency.  Her wealth of skills and passion will ultimately translate into successful outcomes for the company.

Ann Marie Urban, Director of Events

Ann Marie has been a meeting and event planner professional in the Philadelphia area for over 20 years. Her upbeat attitude, attention to detail and ability to organize all aspects of a function has resulted in hundreds of successful events over the years.  Everything from small corporate meetings to citywide events and everything in between.  Her philosophy of keeping the client relationship paramount has helped her success.  Her depth of knowledge will be invaluable in planning Red Hot Dance Fitness™ related conferences and events.

A Wharton graduate and currently a member of PAMPI (Philadelphia Chapter of Meeting Professionals International) co-chair of Backpacks to Briefcases, a mentoring program that develops learning programs for student members

Kerri Konik, Brandscape Atelier – Brand Marketing Partner

As a design leader, Kerri built and ran 3 design firms. She cut her teeth in NYC, was trained by the best, and in turn, taught at Parsons for over ten years. She has held top leadership roles in large-scale firms such as digital agencies, design consultancies, built boutique design shops, and acted as a design process consultant.  She brings that experience to serve her client base of entrepreneurs, non-profits and small business.

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