Be healthy, live in harmony.

Check Kiwa’s Facebook page for monthly schedules.
Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays in Studio A inside Innovate Dance Arts (Parksville, BC)

Did you know?

Muscle loss begins at 40.  Staying strong is the key to staying independent.  Dance fitness is a total body workout. 

Women over 45 are more likely to develop osteoporosis.  Dance fitness is not only something you can do with osteoporosis, it’s a weightbearing exercise that improves bone density, reducing your risk of osteoporosis.

Women face a 50% greater risk of falls and non-fatal fall-related injuries than men.  Dance fitness strengthens your core and improves your balance, reducing your risk of falls by almost 25%.

70% of new Alzheimer patients are women.  Dance fitness is not only good for your body but by stimulating your brain, it can help ward off Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. 

50% of women over 50 die from some form of heart disease.  Dance fitness reduces your risk of dying from heart disease by 46%.

Staying active and independent means you have more time to contribute to your community and influence a changing world.  It doesn’t matter if you are on beat, following the leader, or a little funky, dance fitness will keep you moving.

Women are twice as likely as men to age alone but less likely to feel lonely.  Social recreation options like dance fitness classes provide opportunities to be part of a community of likeminded women.

Island Life

Kiwa Dance Fitness acknowledges with gratitude that we have the opportunity to live, learn, work, and play on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Nations.

Kiwa Dance Fitness is island born and embodies island life – it’s about being active but at a slower pace with simpler moves.  Kiwa embodies the island state of mind as one of a welcoming community with a sense of togetherness. We are ohana, a chosen family finding unity and harmony together.

Island Style

At Kiwa we embrace your individuality and invite you to bring your own flavor to class. If wearing a coin/jingle hip scarf makes you put an extra “pop” in your hips, wear it. If you like to cover up a bit, throw a pareo over your leggings and set your inner wahine free. It’s about moving and having FUN.

What makes my classes unique?

Dance fitness is a passion project for me; it’s all about bringing fun, affordable fitness classes to active older women.

As we age, we lose more muscle mass in our legs than arms, so to compensate for this, my classes have slower lower body movements than upper and smooth transitions from left to right

I create classes that accommodate my total knee replacement, so my classes ensure your knee/hip replacement lasts as long as it should.

I am a fitness professional trained in dance fitness, group fitness, exercise for older adults, exercise for knee and hip replacements, and designing an effective stretch component.

I will always provide a safe workout environment for you with room to move, noncontact payment and registration options, and compliance with current public health orders.

Finally, the songs and dances reflect a happy island vibe, leaving you feeling more like you have been at a beach party than a workout.

Island Girl

At 59, my husband and I decided we weren’t living our best life and moved to Vancouver Island and we felt immediately at home living the island life. Now I am just a salty blonde living on tacos, tunes, and island time. As an older adult with a total knee replacement and a chronic inflammatory condition, I have to keep moving to preserve my mobility.  Moving and staying active are the keys to living independently as I grow older.  I understand the limitations aging and chronic illness can place on our bodies and ensure my classes give you a safe workout.

Accessible Fitness

After finding Zumba Gold®, I knew it was an “exercise” I could do for the rest of my life, It was adaptable to my abilities, it connected me with others who were interested in dancing and staying fit, and it was FUN.  To keep classes accessible, I have minimized my costs so classes can be affordable. $40 per month, punch cards, or $7 to drop in.*

*Only a monthly pass guarantees you a spot on the dance floor.

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Tacos, tunes, and island time

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Kiwa Dance Fitness

Sherri Fransila,

Licensed in Zumba Gold® (2013).

Certified fitness instructor specialist in group fitness, active aging fitness, and exercise for knee/hip replacements.

Licensed to play music by SOCAN and ReSound.

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For more information and to register for classes:


(778) 318-1751

Parksville, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Kiwa Dance Fitness is a sole proprietorship registered in the Province of British Columbia, Canada

Zumba®, Zumba Gold®, and the Zumba Fitness logos are trademarks of Zumba Fitness, LLC, used under license.

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Updated: August 2022