WHO AND WHAT IS DCAC? Twenty years ago, the Washington DC Aerobics Convention was born to help people advance their careers in fitness education and to develop a community of like-minded fitness professionals. The original founders of the DCAC Fitness Conferences were Charles Little, Suzanne Olson and Mary Lee Herman. Currently, it is owned and produced by Shannon Elkins and Jamie Nicholls. Our goal has always been to facilitate the launch of new fitness careers, then educate and empower these individuals into successful fitness professionals. When we started in 1991, “Aerobics” was a big industry buzz word. It is now called “Group Exercise”. Each year the event has expanded to include more than Group Exercise. We have added Personal Training, Fitness Business Management, Yoga, Pilates, Sports Training, Aquatics and so much more, including offering certifications to legitimize and qualify individuals choosing fitness as a career. With these changes, we have simply referred to ourselves as DCAC Fitness Education Conferences. Our events are recognized by all the major fitness certification companies and we offer continuing education credits through all of the following agencies: AAAI, ACE, AFAA, NASM, NETA, NSCA, and WITS.