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Sumera Garcia-Quadri

"My decision to enter the field of dance and wellness came out of my personal struggles with weight and body issues which can be traced back to my childhood. I was raised in a single-parent household by my late father who had Diabetes and a physical disability. Organized physical activities outside of the home weren’t always encouraged. Funds were also limited. In my teens, I decided to get serious about exercising but gyms and traditional exercise equipment worked for short periods of time and then I’d get bored and give up. I wasn’t sure how I was going to stay healthy if I could not find a long-term physical activity solution. I felt hopeless. I lacked the confidence to join and express myself physically in a group class. It wasn’t until working for health and sports-focused charities, however, that I realized the health benefits associated with regular weekly exercise. That’s when I decided to get serious and created a wellness plan that worked for me. Putting what I had learned into practice, I embarked on a journey through the one activity that I had loved since childhood and that came naturally to me, dance. Dancing to Bollywood, Hip Hop, and 80’s and 90’s pop is what kept me alive. Since this journey, my life has changed in ways that I could never have imagined."


  • 2016: Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy Program | Association of Fundraising Professionals, Toronto, ON

  • 2014: Certificate in progress, Fundraising |George Brown College, Toronto, ON

  • 2006-10: B.A. Hons in Law and Society and Cultural Anthropology, | York University, Toronto, ON

  • 2006: Social Sciences| University of Toronto, Toronto, ON


  • 2019:Leadership Workshop for Women in Coaching | Coaches Association of Ontario, Toronto, ON

  • 2018:Keeping Girls in Sport: Learning Through Action | CAAWS, Toronto, ON

  • 2018 Fundamental Movement Skills For Older Women 55 yrs to 70+| CAAWS & NCCP, Toronto, ON


  • Current Standard CPR & AED with First Aid Training (level C)| Toronto CPR

  • Current Fitness Instructor Specialist (FIS)| Canadian Fitness Professionals (CanFitPro)

  • Current Children's Fitness Coach (Ages 7 to 12 Yrs) | Canadian Fitness Professionals

  • Pre and Post Natal Fitness Certification Program | Human Kinetics | In Progress

  • 2018 Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) | National Coaches Certification Program (NCCP)

  • 2016 Pound Pro Instructor License| Pound(R)Fit

  • 2013 Zumba(R) Fitness Instructor License| Zumba(R) Fitness


  • More than 5 years in teaching women's group dance and fitness classes across Toronto

  • More than 3 years in working in community, health, and school settings

  • More than 2 year in organizing community dance projects for newcomer and refugee women and girls

  • Over 2 years in working with special populations including newcomers, youth, and moms and babies

  • Experience in instructing classes of 50 participants or more


  • More than 10 years of dance training in Afro-Latin, Latin, and International ballroom

  • Childhood dance training in: Hip Hop, Jazz, and Bollywood

  • International ballroom dance training include: Swing, Waltz, Rumba, and Cha Cha

  • Afro-Latin dance training includes: Salsa, Cuban Rumba, Bachata, Kizomba, Reggaeton, Brasilian Samba

  • Middle Eastern beginner dance training: Belly Dancing (under Souhaer Zarik of HipKik)

  • Specialty dance workshops include: Charleston and Lindy Hop

  • Participated in various Jack and Jill Salsa dance competitions across Toronto in 2012


  • 2019: TD Festival of South Asia - Gerrard-India Bazaar - Women’s Bollywood & Scarves Demonstration, Girls Bollywood-Barre (Ballet) and Kids Bollywood Fitness

  • 2019: Hijabi Ballers Sports Festival - Bollywood Dance and Self-Defense Workshops

  • 2018: Interactive Dance Demonstrations (Latin HipHop & Bollywood), Fall Festival Event

  • 2018: Halloween Girls Latin HipHop Dance Event, L’Amoreaux Community Center

  • 2018: Interactive Funk & HipHop Dance Demonstration, Fall Block Party

  • 2018: Interactive Dance Demonstrations (Funk/Jazz, HipHop/Bollywood), Healthy Kids Community Challenge

  • 2017: Interactive Kids Zumba® Demonstration, FHC Winter Festival

  • 2017: Interactive Latin Line Dance, Jane-Finch Annual General Meeting

  • 2017: Bollywood Dance Demo, March Break Women’s and Girls Wellness Conference

  • 2016: Kids Bollywood Dance Demo - Newcomer Syrian Conference

  • 2016: Interactive Zumba® Demonstration, Jane-Finch 40th Anniversary

  • 2016: Latin Dance Fit Demonstration, Diva Girl Fashion Show


Cuban Rumba and Salsa Team (Artistic Director and Instructor, Dailyn Martinez)

  • 2016: Spring Fest (March)

  • 2016: Noche Cubana (February)

  • 2015: Afro-Latino Dance Company, Klimax Event (December)

  • 2015: Lula Lounge (November)


  • 2018-19: Newcomers Dance Too! Project - Supported by the Toronto Arts Council

    • Organizer, Primary Artist and Applicant: Sumera

    • Supporting Artist: Zahira (Co-creater of Dragonfly Belly Dance)

    • External Artists: Dailyn Martinez (Shum De Salsa) and India

    • Hosts: The Afghan Women's Organization and Flemingdon Health Center


  • 2019 Youth Dance and Self-Defense Workshop Series - Toronto, ON

    • organizer and Latin Hip-Hop dance instructor/self-defense provided by Krav Maga Maleh

    • Workshops hosted by Success Beyond Limits (Jane-Finch), Frontlines TO (Weston-York) and L’Amoreaux Community Center (Scarborough) and YMCA Scarborough (Scarborough)

  • 2016 The Spot - Jane and Finch Community and Family Center – Toronto, ON

    • Creator and Instructor, Girls Summer HipHop/Latin Dance & Fitness Project

  • 2016-17 The Afghan Women’s Organization – Toronto Canada

    • Creator and Instructor, Newcomer Women's Bollywood Fitness Project


  • L’Amoreaux Community Center – Toronto, ON

    • 2018: Instructor, Newcomer Girls Bollywood Dance Class

  • Arab Community Center of Toronto– Toronto, ON

    • Newcomer Girls Zumba® Class

  • Success Beyond Limits, Westview High School– Toronto, ON

    • 2017: Instructor, Girl's Latin Dance

  • Flemingdon Health Center – Toronto, ON

    • 2017: Instructor, Mom and Baby Latin Dance Fitness Program and Pound Fit Program

  • The Spot - Jane and Finch Community and Family Center – Toronto, ON

    • 2016: Creator and Instructor, Girls Zumba Fitness

  • Youth Hub - Yorkwoods Toronto Public Library – Toronto, ON

    • 2016: Instructor, Hip Hop Dance Fusion and Pound Rockout Workout

  • The Afghan Women’s Organization – Toronto Canada

    • 2016-17: Newcomer Women Zumba Fitness


  • 2015-2017: Steering Committee Member, Make The First Move Program, Afghan Women’s Organization

  • 2012: Hockey for Heart Committee Member, Heart & Stroke Foundation

  • 2011: Run for the Cure Registration Coordinator, The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

  • 2011-current:  Events Team,  War Child Canada - Toronto, ON


  • Reggaeton (Afro Latino Dance Company)

  • Brazilian Samba (under Emily Justino, Axe Martial Arts and Afro Latino Dance)

  • Brazilian Samba De Gafiera (Under Baila Toronto)

  • Bhangra

  • Mindful meditation

  • Skating


English (native language, proficient), Urdu (intermediate), Punjabi (basic proficiency), Spanish (intermediate)