Keishia founded Riddim Fitness Inc in April 2014, bringing with her an extensive background in Afro-Caribbean Dance, Fitness Instruction and best practices in Mental Health & Wellness. She holds a Certification in Group Fitness Instruction and Children's Fitness. In addition she holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology with a focus on race and racism and a Master's Degree in Public, Policy, Administration and Law from York University.
Keishia created Riddim Fitness Inc. with the hopes of bridging her love for the arts and history of the Afro-Caribbean Diaspora with her love for dance, community building and best practices for achieving a balance of physical and mental wellness.
In her role as the founder and creative director of the Riddim Fitness Wellness Centre & Fitness Studio, Keishia ensures that participants and members are provided with professional fitness instruction, knowledgeable staff, accessible spaces for community events and programs, children's dance and education programming and a positive environment for personal growth and development.
Located in Ajax, Ontario the Riddim Fitness Wellness Centre & Fitness Studio is the home of the Riddim Fit Dance Fitness Program, the Riddim Fit Kids Afro-Caribbean Dance & Education Program and the location of numerous community based fitness and wellness programs.
The Centre aims to create a social atmosphere that encourages body positivity, a welcome environment and a space to create collaborations with community members.
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Nadelle, office manager at Riddim Fit Wellness Centre, has over 15 years experience in business administration. Nadelle provides Administrative Consulting to entrepreneurs and start-up businesses. Nadelle is also the founder of #everyBODYplayahmas, a body positivity movement. Trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Afro-Caribbean, Nadelle works with the Riddimfit program as an assistant instructor. Nadelle graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management.
Jackie has been with Riddim Fitness since its inception in 2014. A certified fitness instructor, Jackie has created her own signature style of dance fitness that is inspired by Reggae and Dancehall. Jackie brings an amazing amount of energy with every workout. Participants of Jackie’s classes comment on her ability to make a challenging workout fun. Jackie specializes in dancehall movement, and is known for her ability to wine her waist and make it look easy. Jackie is self-motivated, and her positive energy is transferred to each participant throughout her classes. Her love of the Riddim is contagious.
Therecia also known as 'Tea' has been an instructor with Riddim Fit since 2014. I have been slender all my life and always been very active, as I age and juggle the challenges of motherhood and career I am finding how important maintaining a healthy balance of diet and exercise is. Since a young age I have been involved in Gymnastics, Ballet, Track and Field, and Cheer Leading at a competitive level. I take elements and experience from each sport and blend them into my teaching. Recently Therecia launched a Mommy and Me fitness class at Riddim Fit and will soon be launching an Abs and Glutes class! Therecia has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
Janai has been apart of the Riddim Fit family as both a student and an instructor. Dance has always been a passion of Janai’s and over time she has learned that it can be a backbone to many forms of activity. She started off dancing at a recreational level to then competing for about 5 years at a couple of prestigious dance studios. Her love for dance has allowed her to not only be exposed to studio life, but also to life as an all star cheerleader. Within the 5 years of cheerleading she had the opportunity to compete at the All Star Cheerleading Worlds in Florida, which is an experience that she will never forget. Among all that excitement Janai has familiarized herself with the dance fitness world and takes a high interest in sharing her love for it by to instructing classes. Always intrigued by others that excel in dance fitness she continues to embrace other styles to keep herself up to date and share her new found knowledge with others.
Tamara is a certified Can-Fit Pro fitness instructor specialist and Afro-Caribbean Dance Instructor, working with both Riddim Fit and Riddim Fit Kids. A Toronto Caribbean Carnival (Caribana) Queen from 2006-2007. She has choreographed and coordinated countless dance performances and events; including the Toronto Police Caribana float. She has competed in the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Queen competition from 2007-2012. Tamara was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec and was a member of the Westcan Folk Performing Company from 1990 - 1995. She was also a varsity basketball player throughout University while she was pursuing a BComm in Enterprise Development. A mother of two, Tamara continues to perform and teach dance fitness classes throughout the GTA.