Calling all masqueraders and revellers!

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about getting in shape for beach excursions, boat rides, BBQs, pool parties and outdoor festivals and events.

No summer celebration is more eagerly anticipated than the Scotiabank Caribana Festival (

To help prepare attendees and participants alike, Socacize ( is presenting two special six-week boot camps – the official workout for Caribana 2009. This fitness program is designed for masqueraders and revellers and features a vigorous and exciting workout with rhythms to make you dance, exercises to build stamina, tone muscle, lose inches and boost confidence.

The boot camps are being offered at two locations: in Brampton at the Terry Miller Recreation Centre, 1295 Williams Parkway, Saturdays, June 20 – July 25 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and in Scarborough at the Carnival Nationz Mas Camp, 533 McNicoll Avenue, Thursdays, June 18 – July 23 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A series of 12 sessions will cost $120, 6 sessions will go for $60 and drop-in classes will be available at $15 per session.

The boot camps will also feature top DJs including: Dr. Jay, Kold Fusion and D.O.C., as well as instructors from Zumba Fitness and Ginga Fitness.

“I’m thrilled to be offering this one-of-a-kind boot camp for Caribana,” says Ayanna Lee-Rivears, the founder of Socacize. “It’s a great way to get in shape for the summer season while having fun and moving to the beat of the island music.”

Regular Socacize summer sessions are also offered at locations throughout the GTA (downtown Toronto, Scarborough, Brampton and Maple). For a package of nine sessions the cost is $14 pre-paid and drop-in classes are also available at $16 per session.

Socacize, an innovative and revolutionary fitness regimen incorporating authentic dance movements from the Caribbean, is the ideal way to burn calories (up to 1000 per one-hour session) and get results while moving to the infectious beats of the tropics. The program combines high and low impact aerobics with a variety of indigenous Caribbean and African dance movements performed to Soca, Calypso, Reggae, Zouk and drums. The high energy program consists of cardio, weight training and toning drills all geared towards tightening up those trouble spots: arms, abs, legs and buns.

Founded by Ayanna Lee-Rivears, Socacize is recognized by those in the fitness community as a program that achieves results, fast.

Lee-Rivears, a native of Trinidad and Tobago with more than 10 years of dance experience with critically acclaimed dance troupes such as the Caribbean Folk Performers, created Socacize as a way to combine her love of dance with an effective exercise regime. Having toured the world as a dancer and opening concerts for Destiny’s Child with the Boom Tang Boys, she now conducts Socacize classes throughout the GTA as a fitness instructor certified by the Canadian Fitness Profession.

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