Nao Nishihara a.k.a. TokyoCubanita is a Cuban Salsa performer, certified Canfitpro and Zumba Fitness instructor. She has been passionate about Cuban dance for more than a decade and invites you to experience the world of Afro-Latin-Caribbean rhythms. Nao is also a travel consultant with 20 years of travel industry experience. Be ready to move your body to her energetic and inspiring class!
Nao was born in Tokyo, Japan, and has always sought out inspiring places, culture and music. She has been a competitive junior swimmer, a tennis club captain, a marathon runner, and a finalist in numerous triathlon races including the Hawaii Ironman.
Nao began her dance training in 2003, in Vancouver, and was soon a performing member in a belly dancing group. As her interest shifted to Afro-Caribbean culture, she trained extensively in the rich world of Afro-Latin-Caribbean dance, learning from talented local instructors in Salsa, Son, Merengue, Bachata, Reggaeton, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Cotemporary, Hip-hop, Dancehall and Soca.
Currently, Nao has an active performance schedule as a lead dancer with Salsabrosa, Vancouver’s all-female Cuban rueda team. She would like to thank Arassay Reyes and Julio Montero for being a constant source of inspiration and her partner for his love and support over the years.
Nao passed the Canfitpro Fitness Instructor exam in early 2014 and continues ongoing training in group fitness programs such as Boot camp, Zumba, Pole Dance and TRX in order to fulfill her dream of providing an effective programme combining the best fitness practices with the special flavour of Afro-Latin culture.
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