Heart N Sole Fitness

About Melissa

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 Flurette 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 a 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.

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:


Current     CPR and First Aid 
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 Cerification
2014          Burn with Kerns MMA Conditioning Certification Levels 1 and 2
2014          Water Art - Aqua Certifcaiton
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 Lating 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


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

             August  2008 Zumba Level One

            March 2009 Zumba Basice Level Two
            March 2010 Zumba Gold and Zumbatomic now Zumba Kids
             August 2009 Zumba Toning
             August 2011 Zumab 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