About the Business
If you love to dance, you should dance! That’s what Saskatoon Salsa believes, and with classes tailored to every age and experience level, it’s a philosophy that has made them Saskatoon’s premiere Salsa dance school for ten years running. Led by Kimberly Parent and her team of experienced and personable instructors, every class at Saskatoon Salsa features both instruction and actual dancing to music so you learn in the most hands-on (and most fun) way. No matter if you’re six or seventy, if you want to get up on stage or just get a little exercise with a smile on your face, Saskatoon Salsa is excited to be your destination for dance.
True to her Métis roots, 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 in 2003 and 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. Her life’s purpose is to enhance the community in Saskatoon using salsa dance as a medium for social connection and personal growth. Hoping to inspire others into either dancing or business, Kimberly has been a guest speaker at several events in Saskatoon including the Saskatchewan Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneur Gathering, Women Entrepreneurs Sweet Success, Ideas on Tap, and Shaken with a Twist to name a few. She recently partnered up with fellow Métis entrepreneur Christine Marie to create Ayishiinoo – inspirational speaking and workshop events with a strong focus on Indigenous women and youth. In addition to heading up Saskatoon Salsa and Ayishiinoo, Kimberly founded the Holy Guacamole International Dance Festival, an annual 3-day event that promotes dance, community, and multiculturalism. While her professional development and instruction has taken her to New York, Taiwan, Australia, and much of Central and South America, it is Kimberly’s family, community, and Métis heritage that continually guides her back home to Saskatoon.