Carrie Ekins is Chief Executive Officer, Education Coordinator and owner of Drums Alive Inc. and UG. She also is the founder and creator of Drums Alive ® and co-founder of Academic Beats®. Carrie has a master’s degree in Physical Education, Dance with emphasis in Sports Medicine from Brigham Young University and is a doctorate candidate at the University of Chemnitz, Germany. Carrie is an international presenter, trainer and educator in the fitness and wellness field and has been awarded 2012 Programm Director of the Year from the IDEA (International Dance Exercise Association) and Best International Presenter 2010 and Most Innovative and Creative Programming for Drums Alive ® 2010 from the ECA (East Coast Alliance). She is known for her creative and unique approach to total fitness through incorporating the mind, body, and spirit into an integrated educational, fitness/wellness, and therapeutic program.