Ioana, wife, and mother of three girls who are her inspiration, is the owner of Kelani® International Inc. and Creator of Kelani® Dance: “a Polynesian Dance inspired, hip shakin’, body lovin’, chakra rockin’, embrace your sexy kinda class with an island twist. No previous dance experience required!”
Having herself suffered most of her life from eating disorders and body image issues, as well as fitness anxiety and lack of coordination, Ioana wanted to create a safe, uncomplicated, fun, uplifting, therapeutic and inspiring space for people of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, ages, fitness and dance abilities.
Being a Pilates instructor, and given formal dance instruction by three original Polynesian members of a well reputed Polynesian dance troupe called The Royal Polynesian Revue (ie. her mother and two aunts), the creation of Kelani Dance evolved organically. It has since blossomed over the years into what it is today, which to Ioana is more than just a class – it is a way of life.
With growing popularity and demand, in 2012 Ioana released her first Kelani DVD named ‘Minoi’ (meaning move in Samoan) and in 2013 she launched her Kelani Dance Instructor Certification program accredited by Can Fit Pro. To date she has certified numerous Kelani Dance Instructors across Canada.
Ioana has been featured on several media outlets including CTV news, CBC news and TV Cogeco, and has been a contributing writer and blogger of several well established sites.
In addition, Ioana released her first book – The Bliss Buzz , in the summer of 2015.