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. 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, I have never looked back."

EDUCATION

  • 2014-16: Certificate, Fundraising |George Brown College, Toronto, ON
  • 2016: Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy Program | Association of Fundraising Professionals, Toronto, ON 
  • 2006-10: B.A. Hons in Law and Society and Cultural Anthropology, | York University, Toronto, ON                                           

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Current Standard First Aid with AED & CPR Training (level C)| Toronto CPR 
  • 2017-18 Fitness Instructor Specialist  (Exam to Complete)| Canadian Fitness Professionals (CanFitPro)
  • 2018 Children's Fitness Coach Certification (Ages 7 to 12 Yrs) (To Complete) | Canadian Fitness Professionals 
  • 2018  Fundamental Movement Skills  (FMS) | National Coaches Certification Program (NCCP)
  • 2018 Fundamental Movement Skills For Older Women  55 yrs to 70+| CAAWS and NCCP
  • 2016 Pound Pro Instructor License| Pound(R)Fit       
  • 2013 Zumba(R) Fitness Instructor License| Zumba(R) Fitness

PERSONAL DANCE AND FITNESS TRAINING (CURRENT)

  • Reggaeton Dance (Afro Latino Dance Company)
  • Brazilian Samba Dance  (taught by Emily Justino, Axe Martial Arts and Fitness)
  • Bhangra Dance 
  • Belly Dance (Under Souhar Zarik of HipKik)
  • Boxing Fit Classes (EnergyFit Box)
  • Mindful meditation                                            

FITNESS EXPERIENCE

  • More than 4 years in teaching women's group dance and fitness classes across Toronto
  • More than 2 years in working in community, health and school settings
  • Over 1 year in working with special populations including youth ( 9 to 17) and moms and babies (5 months+)
  • Experience in instructing classes of up to 100 participants or more

DANCE EXPERIENCE

  • More than 8 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

INSTRUCTION EXPERIENCE

  •  More than 4 years in teaching women's group dance and fitness classes across Toronto
  • More than 2 years in working in community, health and school settings
  • Over 1 year in working with special populations including newcomers, youth, and moms and babies
  • Experience in instructing classes of up to 100 participants or more

PUBLIC DANCE/FITNESS DEMONSTRATIONS

  • 2018: 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

RECENT PUBLIC DANCE PERFORMANCES

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)

PILOT PROJECTS

  • The Spot - Jane and Finch Community and Family Center – Toronto, ON                                                                                         2016: Creator and Instructor, Girls Summer HipHop/Latin Dance Project    
  • The Afghan Women’s Organization – Toronto Canada                                                                                                                            2016-17:  Creator and Instructor, Newcomer Women's Bollywood Dance Project     

COLLABORATIVE COMMUNITY CLASSES

  • L’Amoreaux Community Center – Toronto, ON                                                                                                                              2018: Instructor, Newcomer Girls Bollywood Dance Class
  • Arab Community Center of Toronto– Toronto, ON
  • 2018: Newcomer Girls Zumba® Class
  • Success Beyond Limits, Westview High School– Toronto, ON                                                                                                             2017: Instructor, Girl's Latin Dance         
  • Flemingdon Health Center – Toronto, ON                                                                                                                                                   2017: Creator and Instructor, Mom and Baby Latin Dance Fitness 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                                                                                                                            2017:  Newcomer Women Zumba Fitness   

    RELEVANT VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

  • 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

LANGUAGES

  • English (native language, proficient), Urdu and Punjabi (native language, intermediate), Spanish (intermediate),