Monika Sch­narre gets her Bieber on as she learns the sig­na­ture moves from the Cana­dian star’s hit sin­gle “Sorry”

T.O. dancer is hold­ing classes to teach the chore­og­ra­phy to Justin Bieber’s lat­est dance track

Midtown Post - - Table of Contents - MONIKA SCH­NARRE Monika Sch­narre is a model, ac­tress, en­tre­pre­neur and tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity. She has ap­peared in over 50 tele­vi­sion shows and films and on over 100 mag­a­zine cov­ers.

If you re­mem­ber my Beyo­g­ra­phy col­umn from a few months ago, you al­ready know that dance is not my forte. This Justin Bieber–in­spired class is no ex­cep­tion — once again ex­em­pli­fy­ing the fact that I can’t dance, but it sure was fun try­ing!

Diana Reyes, or Fly Lady Di, meets me at Habeeba’s Dance Stu­dio ( Jarvis and Dun­das). She is young and dressed the part. At 45, I look like a sad Bieber wannabe. Don’t tell my hus­band this, but I’m a huge Justin Bieber fan. As a side note, I think we’re a lit­tle tough on the Biebs — one of our most cel­e­brated young Cana­dian mu­si­cians. I mean who hasn’t peed in pub­lic or thrown an egg in their youth? But I di­gress.

The ac­tual video that in­spired this dance class launched last year and quickly racked up over 30 mil­lion views in the first month. Par­ris Goebel is the 23-year-old New Zealand chore­og­ra­pher and mas­ter­mind be­hind it. Goebel has cre­ated rou­tines for mas­sive sum­mer tours like Nicki Mi­naj’s Pinkprint run and Janet Jack­son’s Un­break­able World Tour.

The story goes that Bieber’s team con­tacted Goebel, and she pulled the video to­gether in just two days. If you’re look­ing to see Bieber’s toned abs, you will be dis­ap­pointed. Goebel and her crew of dancers, Re­Quest, are the only ones fea­tured in the colour­ful, ’90s-at­tired video for the hit song “Sorry.”

Reyes started teach­ing the classes last Novem­ber for small groups af­ter a friend sug­gested the idea to her. Once the classes was fea­tured in a blog, they got a huge re­sponse and reg­u­larly sell out in two days or less.

First, we work on the moves in sec­tions, count­ing out loud, then in our heads, and slowly it’s all pieced to­gether with the mu­sic. Reyes is very pa­tient and sweet with me. There is a lot of booty “pump­ing” and “self-lov­ing” (freestyle hand move­ments) that make me feel a lit­tle shy and thank­ful it’s a pri­vate class. We also in­cor­po­rate some of her own moves into the rou­tine.

Reyes was born in North York and grew up in Markham, and her par­ents im­mi­grated from the Philip­pines. I try to im­press her with my lim­ited Ta­ga­log (my first boyfriend was Filipino). She was al­ways called Lady Di (hav­ing been named af­ter the late princess) and the “Fly” was added when, as a kid, she ob­sessed over the Fly Girls from In Liv­ing Color.

Fol­low­ing in Fly Girl J. Lo’s foot­steps, Reyes grew into a tal­ented dancer who now spends her days chore­ograph­ing, per­form­ing and even dee­jay­ing.

Af­ter this class, I will never watch a mu­sic video or go to a con­cert with­out ap­pre­ci­at­ing the skill of the dancers. It can’t be stressed enough how hard th­ese rou­tines are to mem­o­rize and ex­e­cute, but like I said, it was fun.

Monika gets Biebered up and gets her groove on

STU­DIO: Habeeba’s Dance Stu­dio

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179 Dun­das St. E.

PRICE: $35

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