Friday, 6 June 2014

Back From Intermission

Wow, I haven’t written a post in almost THREE months! The last time I posted was after Trinidad carnival and that should say a lot.

“Carnival Tabanca”: The feeling of hurt and pain when a Caribbean carnival experience has ended often compared to the feeling of being lovesick… Sing away Bunji Garlin.

The weight of my “Carnival Tabanca” post Trinidad was equivalent to about fifty elephants, the weather in Toronto was horrible, I played catch up with a few of my projects, new projects were beginning blah blah blah. It was a rough time – Ha! However, on a lovely Saturday afternoon, friends of mine accompanied me for a pedicure and dinner at my favourite Greek restaurant. They then brought me to Skyzone (for my first time) where I literally jumped and jumped till I was happy again! Recovering from my tabanca experience exemplifies how life can change in a matter of minutes with great people around you.

Moving forward, you can expect biweekly posts on this blog from here on out! I have many exciting projects and initiatives coming up that I can’t wait to share. Wishing you all nothing but the best! Stay blessed!

Check out some of my most recent work that I would like highlight:


Toronto Carnival just completed their “band launch” season. Beautiful costumes from the city’s nine mas bands were released to world. For the first time in years, costumes have been selling out quickly! I was so happy to see models from  Carnival Spice And Everything Nice hit the runway with bands Saldenah Mas-K Club, Carnival Nationz, and Jamaal Magloire’s Toronto Revellers. The team DEFINITELY brought a different energy to each stage we touched. I even tried a “ting” too! Ha! Warning, the Saldenah footage has lots of bum! Yowza.


I and over 50 women brought the “Age of Electronica” to the Mod Club stage with the High Heels High Hopes Performance and Training Group. This company “enriches women's lives not only through confidence building, but in strength and skill training!”, and you KNOW I’m ALL about girl power. The show was filled lights, cameras, and a whole lot of action. The company will be hosting a summer dance intensive in support of Carolyn Van. A wonderful young woman and dancer who is battling cancer… actually, she’s kicking cancers ass!

Read more about the High Heels High Hopes summer intensive HERE

Read more about Carolyn via her website HERE - The site actually shares much of her current journey. This woman is an absolute fighter.


If you have not attended one of my dance fitness workshops, you are definitely missing out! I hosted a public workshop in February and will be hosting another one Sunday, June 22nd in Downtown Toronto. See details HERE. My workshops are open to all ages, ethnicities, and dance levels. One of my awesome class attendees shared this quote:  

“I love the workshops, and the energy/enthusiasm of instructor Shakera. Fun and exercise are all combined… it’s a win-win situation (or is that ‘whine whine’?)"

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