Line Dancing at the Magna Hoedown. YEHAWW!

Dust off your cowboy boots, and put on the plaid! Artistica was in their element line dancing at the annual Magna Hoedown in Aurora!

Beginning in 1987,  Magna has hosted an amazing local event in Aurora drawing thousands of country music fans. Four years ago Artistica was asked to participate in leading the line dance portion of the evening. This year we had the BIGGEST participation in the line dance so far! It seems like the word is out on how much fun line dancing can be! Artistica students were in the mix to help out the crowd follow the on-stage instruction. Imagine a sea of people moving and grooving, it really was such a cool thing to see, check out the video below!

The Student Hoedown…

Friday morning is the Student Hoedown. The team of organizers and volunteers work in partnership with the York Catholic and York Region District School Boards. They coordinate this invite-only event for students with disabilities along with their friends from the Best Buddies program. A complimentary lunch is provided, and the students are treated to entertainment from the Hoedown Showdown Finalists and line dancing. Patrick, Anastasia & Kelly were thrilled to attend for the fourth year in a row. We had a blast teaching all the kids a super fun line dance to the music from the entertaining concert put on just for them. It’s always a heartwarming experience and makes us very proud to be a part of such an amazing community that goes the extra mile for the younger generations!

A line-dance for the record books…

Artistica students were super excited to return on Saturday to the sold-out show at the Magna Hoedown. The popular Canadian band Blue Rodeo performed after Artistica lead the biggest line dance Aurora has ever seen! The participation from the crowd was absolutely amazing. Attendees are encouraged to make a voluntary donation to support the 20 Hoedown recipient charities, non-profits, & community groups!

Save the date…

We love how through these years there always seem to be more and more people who are interested in stepping on to the dance floor and joining us for such a memorable experience.  We can’t wait to come back again next year! Save the date for 2019 Hoedown, September 13th & 14th.

Stay tuned for more details on how to get tickets for next year!

 

Giddy up!!

Let’s celebrate Artistica’s Birthday! The Big 3!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ARTISTICA, You’re 3!

Hey everyone, it’s Artistica’s Birthday!

It’s hard to believe that it has been 3 years since we launched our precious Artistica Ballroom Dance Studio to the world. We still remember renting out space at a local children’s competitive dance studio. As fate has it, the rented space was only a block away from our future home. Funny, Right? In three years we have learned so much! Every challenge on our path to creating this vibrant studio has been overcome with teamwork. When we stop to look back on all that we’ve accomplished we can’t help but smile in gratitude. We are so grateful for all the amazing people who have become a part of our Artistica Family.

On Artistica’s birthday, we are eternally thankful for the opportunities we’ve been presented with. Thank you to all the organizations and charities we’ve had the pleasure of working with, and most of all …. the amazing relationships we’ve fostered with our students. Our studio would not be the same if it weren’t for all the incredible individuals that have come through our doors and graced our dance floor. We are very proud of what Artistica has become to us and our students and we all look forward to the future ahead and what it has in store for us!

To be opened in 2021…

In honor of our birthday, we created a time capsule filled with 3-year goals from students, messages from Patrick, Anastasia & Kelly,  memorabilia and other fun little things from 2018. We can’t wait to open it up 2021 for our 6 year anniversary! We are so excited to see where you all will be and all the milestones you will be able to achieve. Thank you for a great Birthday. Cheers to many more to come.

 

Fall Spotlight

At Artistica Ballroom Dance Studio, we host a special event in-house. These events are affectionately known as “SPOTLIGHTS”. A Spotlight happens almost 4 times a year, usually on a Friday night.  The studio gets packed with Artisitca family and friends, all gathered to bear witness to poetry in motion. During a “Spotlight” students are given the opportunity to have the dance floor to themselves and perform a dance they prepared with their partners or teachers. Everyone dances at different levels and a variety of styles.

We LOVE our spotlight events, and moving forward we are going to have them more frequently and with special themes! More about that in below……

Something New for Future spotlights

This particular Fall Spotlight was a very special one. There were 33 performances that evening, the most we’ve ever had! The reason for the big night was because it was the last Spotlight of it’s kind. With the growing numbers of student participation we wanted to make these Spotlights more readily available, so we’ve decided to implement a new system of smaller but way more frequent performances. In addition, there will also be themes! Themes such as Fringe Night, Jack n’ Jill, Ballroom Blitz and our first ever showcase! Sign up to reserve your spot for the year ahead. Start the conversation with your partner or instructor about what your next spotlight should be, and what dance you’d like to showcase next.

Thank you…..

We were so proud of how well everyone danced but also how supportive and encouraging everyone was to their fellow dancers. This spirit is what makes Artistica truly a special place to be a part of. A very special thank-you to everyone who has ever danced a spotlight at our studio, we are so proud of your willingness to share your art with our world. Every spotlight that happens, we begin to see our dance family grow.

Keep on dancing!

#Artisticafamily

Fall Spotlight 2018

Dreams to Reality Bridal Show – FIRST DANCE LESSONS

Congratulations to all the newly engaged couples of York Region! We are here to help you learn to dance for the most important day of your life.

Bridal shows are a great way to find out what services are available in your area. We recommend going local! For example, The “Dreams to Reality Fall Wedding Show” offers a plethora of unique Bridal services in York Region. Hosted by Anita’s Events, this unique wedding show includes a cocktail reception, live entertainment, contests and a bridal Fashion Show By Gown Go Round through Sharon Temple’s timeless hallways! Artistica instructors were there to demonstrate what an impressive first dance can look like. In addition, our wedding dance students, Tamas & Philippa demonstrated their first dance they have been practicing for their wedding.

There is no doubt how much thought and effort goes into planning your wedding. So much planning that sometimes we skip over an essential part of the day – THE FIRST DANCE! That is where we come in. Artistica has helped countless couples with two left feet achieve a stunning dance with simple steps, turns and even a stress free dip to tie it all together. Reading this, we bet you’re thinking this all sounds great… in theory. How do I convince my partner to take dance lessons? Easy.

Follow these simple steps to get started on your First Dance:

  1. Remind them what a “slow dance” looked like from grade 8. Chances are it had you swaying from side to side, one step at a time. Hands on shoulders, arms extended, about 2 feet from each other. If that sounds familiar keep reading.
  2. Tell your partner you want to “make a memory”. Aside from the actual dancing part, the time spent learning together is filled with fun and laughter at our studio.
  3. Let’s pick a song! There is always that special song that the two of you agree should be your “first dance song”. This song can be anything! Fast, slow, funny, instrumental, polka… anything as long as it resonates with both of you.
  4. CALL ARTISTICA! We offer a FREE consultation meeting with us to chat about your wishes for your wedding dance. We offer our expertise and come up with a plan to get you there.

It’s that easy!

MOST IMPORTANT PART, leave yourself enough time to learn and practice. We suggest to start as early as possible, the more time the better. As a guideline, try to get started 1 month (minimum) before your wedding day. Because everyone learns at their own pace, therefore we want you to feel great! Our repertoire is vast, and we can teach ANYONE, so please don’t be shy. We are here to help you look and feel great on the dance floor!

First Dance Lessons

Around the World at Canada Superstars Showcase

The theme was “Around the World”. The social dancing was spectacular. Canada Superstars Showcase is an annual event featuring top competitive couples performing in the evening to a packed house. It was a wonderful outing with 15 of our students in attendance. Such a memorable evening of social dancing and spectating a wonderful professional show. Two of our gentleman students; Sudhir and Carmen competed earlier in the day in the ProAm divison. Both men danced very well and received wonderful personalized commentaries from the judges.  Over all, a wonderful event!

One of the many perks of becoming an Artistica student, is being invited to join us on studio outings for social dancing. Finding events nearby that have live music and room dance are few and far between. One of our duties is to keep our ear to the ground to find these events. We often travel outside of our studio walls to venues within York Region that offer a dinner and dance evening. This is a great way to take what you’ve been doing on your private lessons out into the “real world”. Artistica instructors are always in attendance to help our students have a great time our on the floor.

For upcoming events, head over to our schedule to find out where we will be next!

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Super Sale at Natural Spin

Attention all students – see this great opportunity coming up this weekend!

 

Georgina Life Roger’s TV host learns to Ballroom Dance

There is a new trend in weddings, and it’s called “Ballroom Wedding Dance Lessons”!

Did you know more brides & grooms are taking it to the dance floor in preparation for their first dance? Our studio specializes in making your wedding dance dreams come to life. Artistica  instructors went on LIVE Rogers television “Georgina Life TV” to promote the “Dreams To Reality” wedding show held at the Sharon Temple. Artistica has a booth at the bridal show and will be offering demonstrations. Our instructors had tons of fun talking about what they encounter when teaching people how to Ballroom Dance. More importantly how to create a special memory with dance lessons and how easy learning can be for the newlyweds. Patrick and Kelly gave a wonderful demonstration on TV. Anastasia attempted to instruct and dance with the host!

P.S: for anyone getting married, we offer two package options. An introductory package OR our wedding package to fit your perfect first dance needs. We will help with everything from minimal easy steps for folks with two left feet, or dive into choreography for those who want to WOW family & friends.

Call today to schedule your free consultation to discuss your first dance! We will create a personalized dance program to make your wedding day and first dance even more special.

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Karissa & Luc / Artistica Wedding Dance Students

 

Can-Am Dancesport Welcomes Artistica!

Artistica made a big splash at Can-Am Dancesport this year! It was our third year attending and the largest team of competitors yet! We are so proud to say our students had many 1st placings, and several scholarship placements as well! Thanks to all the dancers and spectators for a wonderful experience…..till next year!

Check out more photos here!

Dancing to the Borealis Big Band!

We’re SOOO excited!!! To top off our student appreciation week, we have a special studio outing! We will be dancing on Friday, June 22nd to Aurora’s Borealis Big Band!

As you can see below, Carm and Karen plan to join us and we hope you do too! Join us at the Newmarket Town Hall at 8:00pm on Friday. Tickets are available at the studio and from your teachers. But they’re going fast so don’t delay 🙂

Join us at the studio from 6:45 to 7:30pm on Friday for refreshments and our student appreciation awards. Visit our group class schedule here to see what’s coming up for next week.

 

Party Party Party!

JUST SO MUCH FUN! We love our Friday night parties!