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About Melissa
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At the age of 3 my mother enrolled me in a ballet class for socialization and grace.  My mom could not understand how it was easy to dance but a challenge to walk.  This was the beginning of my dance career. By the age of 6 years, I added Jazz and Tap to my repertoire with the late and great Fleurette Kramer.  I studied with her till I was 18 years of age perfecting my art of dance and along the way acquiring certifications to teach Ballet, Jazz and Tap.  Mrs. Kramer also taught me the art of Hawaiian Dance and Pointe. During my teens I wanted to extend my dance repertoire and dance experience.  I went to open classes in downtown Toronto at various studios. I attended Randolph, Metro Movements, City Dance Corps to name a few.  At 17 I was introduced to the Latin and American world of dance.  I fell in love with this new music and new rhythms. After a couple of years I decided to compete and teach in both styles of dance.  I attended Star light Challenge, placing 1st in my division with dances of Hustle, Salsa, Cha-cha and Fox trot.

During my ascent through the dance world my parents tried to dissuade from this career path. I decided to apply to George Brown College and attained my Early Childhood Education Diploma.  When I graduated my father presented me with the newspaper circled for an Early Childhood Education job. It was really a blessing in disguise.  Two months after graduation I was the Assistant Supervisor at St. Georges School Age Childcare program.  After one year in the field, I decided to attend George Brown College to attain another Diploma as Supervisor of Early Childhood Education.

The School did not stop there… I was hungry for more education, so  I enrolled in the Fitness and Lifestyle Management Course at Humber College.  This course required affiliation with CEPT and Canfitpro. I also attain my Personal Training, Fitness Instructor Specialist and Nutrition and Wellness Certifications.

Below are all the Certifications and Licences I have acquired over the past 17 years being in the field of Fitness, Dance and Early Childhood Education:

Education

Current           CPR and First Aid

2018

ATS – Advanced Training Systems- Joe Arko and Kennedy Lodadto
2018

Sports Conditioning Aqua Certification – Water Art
2017

Pound – The Rock Out Work Out
2016

Sargent Ken START program – Level One and Two
2016

Strong by Zumba
2016

Water Art Senior Instruction
2015

Piloxing Barre
2015

Surge Dynamic Fluid Resistance Certification
2015

Twist Methods Functional Training 101
2015

Core FX Conditioning Specialist Certification Level One
2014

Total Barre Instructors Foundation Course Level One
2014

Barre Life Certification – Barre Works Certification
2014

Burn with kerns MMA conditioning certification level 1 and 2
2014

Water Art – Aqua Certification
2013

MMA Conditioning Certification from Kickboxing Canada
2013

Bokwa Certification
2012

Fitness Kickboxing Canada
2012

Viper
2012

SMRT Certified – On the Grid
2012

Pilates Certified with Body Harmonics
2007

Gravity Machines – Both Personal Training and Group Fitness
2006

Event Management Certification from Humber College
2003

– 08 CSEP Certified
2003

Baby and Me – Pre – and Post- Natal Certification
2002

Resist – a – Ball Certified for stability ball training – attained Basic and Advanced attained
2001

Rita Ridaz School of Dance – attained advance level for Latin and Standard Ballroom
2000

CanFitpro – Nutrition and Wellness Specialist, Personal Training and Fitness Instruction Specialist
2002

Daycare Management Certification
2000

Fitness Management – Humber College
1999

Obtained Early Childhood Education Diploma
1997

Fluerette School Of Dance – Certified dance instructor Ballet, Tap, and Jazz

Licenses:

2013           Socasize
2012           Plioxing
2012           Tabata Boot Camp – Licenced by Mindy Milray

Zumba:

August
2008
Zumba Level One
March
2009
Zumba Basic Level Two
March
2010
Zumba Gold and Zumbatomic now Zumba Kids
August
2009
Zumba Toning
August
2011
Zumba Gold Toning
October
2011
Aqua Zumba
August
2012
Zumba Sentau
March
2013
Zumba Core and Gluteus
April
2013
Zumba Pro Skills.
February
2014
Zumba Step
September
2016
Strong by Zumba