Kiwa History

Helping active older adults stay active and independent.

When I first moved to the Island, my plan was to work with the “local” recreation department.  Then I found out that even though their own surveys showed that locals won’t travel for fitness activities, the recreation department is effectively “regional,” not local, and won’t offer activities locally that are available in either Nanaimo or Qualicum Beach.  So, my only option was to become an independent provider of fitness classes. I wanted to offer classes open to the public and keep my class options open, so I “opened my doors” as LocoMotion Fitness.  The name was a reflection of how a middle-aged woman with a total knee replacement looked when she danced, a little loco. 

During my 2nd year of business – the COVID one, with no classes – I did some soul searching and acknowledged that I was only ever going to teach dance fitness classes because that’s where my passion lay and it was the only option accessible to all fitness/mobility levels.  So, it was time for a name change.  I also felt the name should reflect where the company had its roots.  All the obvious choices – Pacific, Island, Rain – were rejected as being potentially confused with other businesses.  What to do?  I was studying a new dance fitness format at the time which led me to the same names but in a different language.  “Kiwa” is derived from the Te Reo (Maori) for Pacific. 

In December 2020, LocoMotion Fitness formally became known as Kiwa Dance Fitness (a registered service business in the Province of British Columbia), reflecting home as an island in the Pacific with the sole focus of providing dance fitness classes.


Certified: Fitness Instructor Specialist (group fitness), Canfitpro, 2018; Active Aging Fitness, Canfitpro, 2017.

Supplementary certifications: Exercise for Knee & Hip Replacements, 2020; Stretching Anatomy, 2018; Nutritionist in Weight Management, FTC(UK), 2016.

Licensed instructor of Zumba Gold® and Zumba®, 2013; Strong Nation™, 2016-2021.

Supplementary training: Zumba® Core, 2017; Zumba® Pro Skills, 2014.

Notes: (1) Certification requires studying online course material and/or classroom attendance, and passing theory and/or practical exams.  Maintenance of certification is governed by an independent body such as Canfitpro or provincial association and requires ongoing education and CPR certification as well as payment of an annual fee.  (2) Licensing requires attendance and participation in a 1-day or 2-day training session offered by a sponsoring company.  Maintenance of license is governed by sponsoring company and requires payment of a membership fee.

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Updated: May 2022

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