Fitness for Food

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Yoga / Nia / Zumba® / Socacize®


Details: Stretch, dance and shake your way to health while supporting the UTSU Food & Clothing Bank! There’s Yoga to wake you up, Nia for whole body conditioning plus Zumba and Socacise to get your blood flowing and your hips moving. Win prizes and refuel with light snacks and refreshments. Tell your friends and bring a non-perishable food item to donate.


Presented by Hart House, University of Toronto Students Union (UTSU) and the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE).  For more ways to stay fit and healthy, visit




When: Sun, Nov. 11 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: Great Hall, Hart House
Cost: $15 students / $25 non-students
Tickets: Available in advance through UofTtix.
Tickets are also available at the door ($20 students, $30 non-students) but they sell out quickly so book ahead if you can!
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Schedule of Events
9:15 am – Registration begins
10:00 – 10:10 am – Welcome
10:10 – 11:00 am – Socacize®
11:00 – 11:02 am – Moment of silence in observance of Remembrance Day
11:03 – Noon – Zumba®
Noon – 1:00 pm – Snacks and door prizes
1:00 – 2:00 pm – Nia
2:00 – 3:00 pm – Yoga


*Note: Please bring a non-perishable food item, yoga mat, running shoes and comfortable clothes. Mats will also be available for rent.


UTSU Food & Clothing Bank: The UTSU Food & Clothing Bank is a service available to all students attending U of T (undergraduate, graduate, doctorate, full-time or part-time), and is located at the U of T Multi-Faith Centre. For more information, please visit the UTSU web site.



Lisa Kitteringham

Lisa first discovered yoga in 2000 and loved how it complemented and grounded her dance practice. She completed her first teacher training course at Tula Yoga in Toronto in 2009 and her second in India in 2010. She is constantly expanding her knowledge and her own practice to bring more variation and awareness to every class. Focusing in on the breath and combining it with movement to create a moving meditation is the focus in her classes. She teaches a variety of styles from gentle Hatha to Power Flow, as well as dance conditioning and yoga bootcamp-style classes.


Dione Mason / Fitness and Lifestyle Coach

Dione is dedicated to motivating and inspiring others to optimal health. With over 10 years experience in fitness, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. Dione teaches Boot camp, Cardio Kickboxing, Zumba® and more. She has worked with some of the best training facilities in Toronto to International Resorts in the Caribbean. In addition to teaching fitness, she lives the fitness philosophy by her support and participation in community events as the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon, Sporting Life 10K, Harry’s Spring Run Off, United Way CN Tower climb, to name a few. Info at:

Jennifer Hicks

I found my body’s naturally joy and exhilarating rhythm through Nia; a blend of dance, martial arts and healing arts. A Brown Belt Nia Instructor, I have been teaching and practicing Nia for 15 years. I gracefully deliver friendly Nia classes that are innovative, fun, and sweaty! My students describe me as a passionate and enthusiastic mover whose contagious energy encourages them to reach their own personal movement potential. I also share Nia as an Artist Educator with the Royal Conservatory’s “Living through the Arts” Program and maintain a private Speech-Language Pathology practice working with adults recovering from brain injury and stroke. Info at:


Ayanna Lee-Rivears / Dancer, Socacize™, aerobics instructor, teacher and choreographer

Ayanna started dancing at the age of 12 with Ballet Jordan in Toronto, where she was trained in ballet, modern, and jazz. As a native of Trinidad and Tobago, Ayanna was interested in learning the dance styles practiced in that particular country. With a threshold of confidence, Ayanna ventured to Caribbean Folk Performers where she was exposed to indigenous Caribbean, African and Modern Contemporary dance styles. During this time she established a reputation as “Limbo Dancer Extraordinaire” which has in turn, led her to tour extensively in the USA, Virgin Islands, Asia, Canada and the Caribbean. She has also opened for Destiney’s Child with the Boom Tang Boys at the Roy Thompson Hall.


After completing the Fitness Instructor Certified Program at Canadian Fitness Profession (Can-Fit-Pro) Ayanna started “Socacize™ to promote a fun way to exercise with a combination of dance moves, weight and strength training. She works closely with various fitness centres (Premier Fitness, Flirty Girls, etc.), corporate companies, recreation centres, schools, and dance companies. Ayanna currently conducts these spirited and energetic classes throughout the GTA. Info at:

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