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Alyssa Alvarez

Alyssa Alvarez, 38, works at Armed Services YMCA in Harker Heights, A and K Dance and Acro; lives in Killeen.

What is your job title?

I am a Zumba instructor and a dance instructor.

Tell me about your family.

I have a wonderful husband of nine glorious years and a beautiful 8-year-old daughter who is my life.

Where are you originally from?

I am originally from Kansas and came here due to the military.

Where is the rest of your family located?

My family is split. Most of us live here in Texas; however, some live in Iowa and Kansas.

What community work do you do?

I volunteer at my daughter’s school and I help out with school dance teams when they need me. I also have participated in raising money for a variety of causes by instructing through zumbathons. We also sponsor a child each year who may not otherwise be able to afford dance lessons.

What do you like about Harker Heights?

I like the size of Harker Heights. It is a small town, which I like. Big-city traffic gives me anxiety, and small towns are great because you have a more personal relationship with a variety of the new residents.

What do you dislike about Harker Heights?

I dislike the food here. I wish there were more restaurants that had adventurous food. We love trying new things on date nights but don’t always want to drive too far.

What is your favorite restaurant in Harker Heights?

My favorite restaurant in Harker Heights is Acropolis.

Where is your favorite place to shop at in Harker Heights?

My favorite place to shop at in Harker Heights is Target (I can not live without Target).

What do you think that Harker Heights is missing?

I believe that Harker Heights is missing family activities. They need more family-friendly activities like bowling, indoor golf, etc.

What was the last movie that you saw?

The last movie that I saw was “The Greatest Snowman.”

What was the last book that you read?

The last book that I read was “The City of Mirrors” by Justin Cronin.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years I see myself still teaching dance. I don’t consider it a job because I love it.

If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be and why?

I would change the fact that I am a procrastinator. I would change this because it causes me to stress however I work best under pressure.

What advice would you give your younger self?

I would tell myself to let things go and don’t take it personally. I would tell myself to be who you were made to be and fall alongside those who value the great qualities you have been given.

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