Learn Soca and Dancehall at our Dance Workshop in Toronto

We are excited for the first time ever to bring to you the Caribbean Rhythms dance workshop by the stunning and talented Tereza Parachivescu, all the way from Vancouver, BC. The 2-hour dance workshop in Toronto will cover Dancehall and Soca! It’s going to get hot!

Check out Tereza’s dance video below to get some inspiration!

Intro to Caribbean Rhythms Dance Workshop with Tereza

Description

Culture. History. Spirituality. Tradition. The Caribbean diaspora is incredibly rich in all four pillars, expressed through songs and dances deeply rooted in Mother Africa. 
Taught as a fusion class, this creative choreography-based 2-hour dance workshop will explore 4 of the many dance styles that have historically shaped the emancipation of the Caribbean people, with a focus on Soca and Calypso in Trinidad & Tobago, as well as Reggae and Dancehall in Jamaica.
Tereza says, “It is important to note that, as a guest to these cultures, my aim is to share my own experience and relationship with Caribbean dance as not only an instructor but as a student and a performer, giving credit where credit is due and demystifying the fine line between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation.”

Attire and what to bring

Wear comfortable non-marking sneakers (or dance sneakers), and comfortable loose clothing (leggings, sweatpants, sweatshirts, t-shirts, tanks, etc.). Moreover, make sure to bring a reusable water bottle, and maybe a small hand towel (we will sweat!)

Admission

Admission to the 2-hour dance workshop is $30 in advance or $40 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online just Click Here or in-person at Access Ballroom Dance Studio at 1463 Gerrard St E (2nd floor), Toronto.
Dance Workshop in Toronto (Intro to Caribbean Rhythms)

About Tereza

Born in Bucharest, and raised in Freising, Germany, then in Montreal, QC, Tereza has now made Vancouver her official home. Dancing since the age of 5, she used her cultural exposure to diversify her dance background. Starting off in Hip-Hop and Jazz in the heart of Montreal, Tereza was later introduced to the Latin and Caribbean flavours, which remain her all-time favourites. Over the last 15 years, she has taught for various companies such as Little Aces, Du Haut Productions, Danse 1…2…3…, Access Ballroom Studio and Les productions Mélanie Martin (now Quividanse).

Upon her arrival in Vancouver, she has danced professionally for Gustavo Ferman as a member of the Corazon Dancers, worked with Louis Van Amstel of Dancing with the Stars on the release of his LaBlast promo video, taught Hip-Hop for UBC Rec and Zumba® for Steve Nash Fitness World & Sports Clubs and Latin Fitness Ztudio, as well as performed at numerous dance and cultural festivals including Carnaval del Sol, the Seattle Salsa Congress, the Victoria Kizomba Festival, African Descent Festival and Caribbean Days Festival.

Upon opening the DanZa Productions studio with co-owner Jamie Hartwell, Tereza has been focusing on expanding the brand, which now includes a variety of specialty dance classes, performance teams for special events, workshops, as well as private lessons, such as personalized wedding choreography.

Tereza is also a trained vocalist and has performed with multiple bands both in Vancouver and her hometown of Montreal. She has also appeared in a handful of musicals and independent film projects, which further helped shape her versatility as an artist.

Furthermore, Tereza’s passion for dance and fitness is evident in her smile and insatiable energy. Constantly striving to design classes that incorporate a balanced mix of technique and fitness, she remains accessible to experts and beginners alike.

Tereza’s Certifications

Tereza is a Certified CANFITPRO Fitness Instructor Specialist and a licensed Zumba®, Zumba® Step and Zumba® Kids and Kids Jr. Instructor. She also trains regularly with KETCH DI VYBZ’s and AfroBeat Vancouver to perfect her skills as an artist and a teacher. Tereza is a strong advocate and promoter of the Afro-Caribbean and Latin cultures in Vancouver. So she often attends various events, fundraisers and community gatherings aimed at increasing their visibility in the city.