Founder / B.Comm, B.A, Zumba, High Five, AFLCA
Passion and energy led Miss Cara to her success as a dancer, fitness instructor and yoga teacher. She is a member of the Alberta Fitness Leadership Association and Dance Studio Owners Association. While Miss Cara is mostly known for her Hip Hop and Latin choreography, she has trained in Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Lyrical, Latin and Ballet. She trained in NYC and LA for several seasons and her passionate pursuit led her to many opportunities; from dancing professionally in Mexico and Dominican and performing overseas, to television roles, commercials, movies, modelling opportunities and concerts. She was the head choreographer and dancer for the Bulleros with the running of the bulls and choregraphed and danced for Swollen Members in concert. She has danced in commercials for Vibe 98.5 radio and choreographed and danced in a Disney Movie for Snow Two. She danced in two Country music videos that played on CMT. She loves to perform and has a background in acting, dancing and modeling.
Miss Cara completed a combined degree from the University of Calgary in Business and Psychology, with a focus in health psychology. During her studies, she traveled with the U of C Dance department to Africa learning African Styles of dance. Miss Cara served as a master trainer to World Health clubs for several years – designing and teaching a signature series called Cardio Jam – and served as an ambassador for Lululemon. She also enjoys speaking at conferences and workshops with her Invest In Yourself series.
Recently in 2020 she received International recognition and was the recipient of the Innovator Award from the Dance Studio Owners Association, recognized for her creativity and talent. In 2009, soon after she opened Soul Connexion, Miss Cara received the Global Television’s Woman of Vision for Arts and Culture. Her entrepreneurial energy was recognized early on as she was titled CIBC western Canada’s Student Entrepreneur for 2005. She has been featured in U Campus, Calgary Inc., Calgary Sun, Global Television, Shaw Television and the Calgary Herald for her unique approach to fitness and dance.
She expands beyond the studio walls to offer dance, yoga and fitness programs to the public and catholic schools. She has been offering an onsite program for over 15 years and believes in giving back. She started Chance to Dance Scholarship program which sponsors deserving children each year with tuition. She was previously involved with the Student Entrepreneurship programs at the University of Calgary through SIFE for many years. She served on the business advisory board at the University of Calgary, has conducted workshops at the University of Calgary and various women’s retreats and she has spoken at several conferences with a message to inspire growth. Cara was previously a member of the Accelerator Business program through Entrepreneurs Organization as she believes in the importance of continual learning.
Aside from the studio, she has three amazing children and a wonderful husband, that teach her new things every day. She is honoured to connect with such an amazing community of people at Soul Connexion.
Q & A with Cara
What inspires you?
The continual joy of learning and teaching
What song moves you?
Beautiful by India Arie
What do you love about your job?
Connecting with people and encouraging them to be present in the moment
Describe Soul Connexion in one word