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Shantel R


How I became a Group Fitness Instructor:

Ever since I could remember, dance has been more than just a skill; it's been the rhythm of my life. Competitive dancing was my playground since the tender age of 4, immersing me in the world of movement and self-expression. Growing up in a vibrant Spanish household, the roots of Latin flavors became second nature to me, laying the foundation for what would later become my fitness journey. At 17, my world expanded when my best friend (a.k.a my mom) introduced me to Zumba. The fusion of dance, fitness, and infectious energy struck a chord, and I knew I had found my calling. Opting to convert passion into purpose, I made the life-altering decision to become a certified Zumba instructor in April 2019. In August 2019, just four months after receiving my Zumba certification, I jumped headfirst into teaching my first official class. Fun fact: The day after becoming certified, I faced an audience of over 100 people at a Zumba Masterclass, a jumpstart that ignited the fire of my decision to become an instructor.

Why do I teach Zumba?

For me, teaching isn't just about dance; it's about creating a safe and vibrant space. My classes are not mine; they belong to the participants. With a mantra that emphasizes making each class memorable, I strive to be more than an instructor. I aim to be a source of joy, release, and support for those who join, understanding that they may come seeking solace, stress relief, or fitness goals. In my journey, I've also mentored three individuals in the Zumba community, guiding them through their mentorship programs. Post-graduation, they secured positions at their local gyms, and our friendships have continued to flourish.


Since certification, my Zumba journey has been nothing short of exhilarating. Sharing the stage with renowned instructors absorbing and blending diverse dance influences into my teaching style. In just two years of being an official Zumba instructor, my dedication and passion were recognized with the Gold Reader's Choice Award in Ajax/Pickering for Best Zumba Instructor in 2021. Stepping up my game in 2022, I not only retained the Platinum Readers Choice Award for Best Zumba Instructor but also secured the Platinum Readers Choice Award for Best Zumba. The following year, in 2023, I proudly held my spot, once again receiving the Platinum Reader's Choice Award in Ajax/Pickering. In 2022, with just three years of experience, I was blessed with the opportunity to teach on a cruise alongside over 15 international Zumba presenters, touring Greece and Turkey. This life-changing experience broadened my perspective and fueled my commitment to spreading the joy of Zumba worldwide. In the same year, I was invited to be an official representative for the Zumba head office in Miami, proudly representing Toronto. I've been serving in this capacity since then, adding an extra layer of commitment to the global Zumba community.


  • Principles of Healthy Child Development (PHCD) - HIGHFIVE®
  • Emergency First Aid & CPR/AED Level C
  • Fitness Instructor Specialist (FIS) - CanFitPro
  • Basic Steps Level 1
  • Cue Like a Pro - Virtual Pro
  • Rhythm 2
  • Pro Skills
  • Rhythm 3
  • Take the Lead - Plate by Zumba® Nutrition
  • Social Media Foundations: Marketing on Facebook and Instagram
  • Strong Nation
  • STRONG by Zumba® | Fighting Elements
  • Zumba® Step
  • Zumba® Gold
  • Zumba® Toning
  • Zumbini®
  • Zumba Sentao

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Upcoming: 12:10 pm on Wednesday, July 24th, 2024