Kimberly Parent has always loved to dance, but when she discovered Cuban music and dance, there was an instant connection—something inside her changed. After spending a year overseas learning and teaching, she returned to Saskatoon only to find a deficit in the genre with which she’d fallen in love. In fact, there were no Salsa lessons being offered in her hometown beyond ballroom style. And so it was that in 2003 Kimberly Parent began teaching Salsa simply to have others to dance with. In no time, her company, Saskatoon Salsa Dance Co., was born.
Kimberly’s passion for dancing has led her to many places, and in many creative directions. One of her life’s purposes is to help women feel comfortable, confident, and sensual in their own bodies, using salsa dance as the medium.
Hoping to inspire others into either dancing or business, Kimberly has been as guest speaker at many events in Saskatoon including the Saskatchewan Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneur Gathering, Women Entrepreneurs Sweet Success event, and Ideas on Tap to name a few.
In addition to heading up Saskatoon Salsa, Kimberly continues to perform and in January 2014, she and her partner Troy Davies won Audience Favourite at the GMG Jewelers Swinging with the Stars charity competition. In 2016 she and her partner Slade Desrochers won Judges Favourite in the same competition. Kimberly also furthers her dance education on a regular basis, training with professionals all over the world including Cuba, New York, Puerto Rico, Las Vegas, and Canada, always bringing her enhanced expertise and rejuvenated drive back to Saskatoon.