Cherelle "Socafit" George
Continued...I was very fortunate to have a Father that is a pannist and mother who loves her Calypso. My upbringing was never short of not knowing my heritage. I started playing Pan at the age of 9 with my father's steel drum band, "Trincan Steel Orchestra." I continued playing up until the age of 20. During my pan days, I was also heavily involved in Dance, specifically Hip Hop. As the years progressed, I began to take dance more seriously. In 2006, I joined an all-female Hip Hop dance crew called The Fly Girlz, which I am still apart of today...14 years and counting *insert shocked face.*
“It is the roots which give a tree strength, not its branches.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo
SOCA - There was a point in my career as a dancer when I felt like I was "lost". I was no longer playing pan and I just felt like something was missing. I felt like I was putting so much energy into learning about Hip Hop culture and not enough about my own Caribbean heritage. My love for Soca, Calypso, and Dancehall was always in me, but I felt like it was time to dig deeper. I made it a priority to really understand the who, what, when, and why of some of these genres that my soul naturally gravitated to. What reignited my fire was making the effort to travel and connect to different Caribbean islands and not only learn but understand the history.
FIT - I will keep this part short! I have always been an active person, I played soccer for a solid 10 years and the gym has always been a constant in my life. Some people listen to audiobooks and some (mad) people can workout in silence. Well, I am ALWAYS powered by Soca.
The relationship that I have with Soca is undeniable, it has the power to lift spirits and push you through your toughest days and workouts. When Soca was created in the 70s it was said that the purpose was to bring people together and to lift spirits. SocaFit stands by those words - we are here to bring people of different backgrounds together, to lift spirits, and to empower people through movement. We don't want you to think of it as just a dance class or just a workout class ...think of it as a form of therapy...Soca Therapy.
“Just wanted to say thank you for putting on these classes Cherelle! It was so nice and so much fun to have these to look forward to each week during such a weird and dark time. Your passion and energy for dance is so infectious and really made me love Soca dance! Would 100% sign up again if you do another run! ”