Charissa Prince-Ferdinand

Beverly, NJ 8010-3566

Charissa was born in the West Indies on the beautiful island of Trinidad. Like most other children in the Caribbean she was first exposed to the arts during primary school. Naturally creative, Charissa longed to express herself through writing and dance professionally but her parents felt a career in the arts was unsteady and encouraged her to pursue academia. Even though Charissa put away her dreams of performing she never truly decided on an alternate career path. Charissa moved to the United States in 1999 and during college she worked in several different sectors of the real estate industry. She adapted fairly well to the fast paced New York lifestyle but also developed a lot of bad habits. She worked long hours, ate poorly and didn't get enough sleep. Her self confidence waned but she ignored her thickening waistline and focused on her studies. Charissa graduated from Baruch College in 2005 with a B.A. in English Literature and an Education minor. Finding more free time in her schedule, Charissa started taking Argentine Tango classes as a hobby. She strived to perfect this difficult improvisational dance and started volunteering at a dance school in exchange for classes. Frustrated by the pace of her studies and seeking a more physical dance form, Charissa joined the gym. Immediately after a session with a personal trainer, she knew she had made the right choice. She gravitated to dance fitness classes and soon stumbled on SharQui ™ – The Bellydance Workout. She was thrilled by the body loving, confidence pumping creative workout and became a regular at every class. It was not long before Oreet, the creator of SharQui ™ approached Charissa about becoming certified to teach the technique. Currently, Charissa is an ACE and CPR certified fitness instructor and is happily teaching at Society Hill Dance Academy in Philadelphia. She is extremely grateful to have the opportunity to utilize not only her energy and creative passion but also her love for dance and helping others

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About Me


  • BA, English & Education, Baruch College
  • Master's Degree, Organizational Management, Ashford University
  • Minor, Human Resources, Ashford University

Certifications / Trainings

ACE - Certified Group Fitness Instructor
Expires: Mar 31, 2014

CPR Certified

American Red Cross
Expires: Nov 11, 2013

AED Certified

American Red Cross
Expires: Nov 11, 2013

Liability Insurance

  • Provided through my club/employer

Charissa's Locations

Society Hill Dance Acadamy

4401 Cresson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19127

Additional Information


$0.00 / hr, Negotiable

Payment Methods

Cash, Cashier's Check, Credit Cards

Years Experience


Awards & Accomplishments

  • Summa Cum Laude
  • Golden Key Member

Languages Spoken




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