Bringing Punta Cana Home!

We did our best to continue the tropical fun by re-creating our white night gala at the studio! Everyone had so much fun seeing the pictures and re-living our wonderful holiday! The travellers even performed the salsa formation and it looked great! Check out our Instagram for more pictures and the dance video (Artisticaballroomdance)

Here’s a pic of the whole group!

White night back at the studio!

Punta Cana Dance Vacation 2017

Ola! Our dance vacation to Punta Cana was a spectacular success! It was full of sunshine, beach chillin’ and swimming, dancing, delicious food, friendship and lots and lots of fun! And there might have been a mojito or two! Our daily dance classes were positively tropical and we topped the week with a cool salsa formation – yaaa baby! Check out our facebook page for pics https://www.facebook.com/ArtisticaBallroomDanceStudio/

Everyone ready for the white night gala!

Ahhh, it’s always nice to be home too and we’re all looking forward to the next Artistica event!

St. Patrick’s Day at Artistica!

Hope you all had a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!! It’s a special day at Artistica and someone in particular feels special 🙂 We had a great time at the party! Ok, so who can guess who is in the tutu?

La Classique du Quebec 2017

We are so proud of all of our students who danced beautifully at this special competition in Montreal in February. It’s such a unique event organized by the celebrated Meryem Pearson and Daniel Heroux – famed dancers, teachers and coaches who now run this world-class, elegant event. We were all thrilled to participate! We saw some amazing dancing including professional competitions and a professional show by the reigning latin world champions. WOW! And for our own results…..Patti and Lori both placed in the gold and silver level Scholarship events. AAAND, of the top 10 students at the whole competition (wait for it….) Artistica had 3 of the placements – congratulations Lori, Patti, and Carm for their amazing results! Our wonderful Patrick won 8th top teacher – which is no small feat as there were close to 100 teachers competing.

Here are some pictures of our dancers and you can link to our Facebook page for more pictures of La Classique!  

 

Warming up at the Coldest Night of the Year

On Saturday February 25th Anastasia, Kelly and Patrick led the warm up for the fundraising walk ‘The Coldest Night of the Year’.

The Coldest Night of the Year is a super fun, family-friendly walking fundraiser that raises money for the hungry, homeless and hurting in 100+ communities across Canada.

Click here for more info about this wonderful event.

We love yoga!

We are all SOOO enjoying getting strengthened and lengthened in the new Monday night yoga for ballroom dancing class! We decided to do this class to improve our students’ balance, flexibility, and mental focus, all of which build dancing skill and ability. It’s great for beginners and advanced students too! Here’s an interesting research article about the many benefits of yoga. We hope to see you all at Monday night yoga really soon!

New yoga stretch and strength class

The new addition to our class schedule was a big success! We’ve had our first couple of yoga stretch and strengthen classes and students are raving! We worked on balance, muscle tone and stretching in ways that will specifically support ballroom dancing. We finished up with a guided meditation to improve mental focus and clarity, which can always help with concentration and remembering those more advanced steps ORRRR… your Spotlight routine 🙂

One student said she had the best sleep ever and told us we are never allowed to cancel this class! This is open to all levels, no experience necessary!

Men’s, Ladies and Co-Ed groups have now been moved to Thursday’s at 7:30pm – 8:15pm (45 minutes). The three groups will alternate throughout the month, and they are also open to all levels, so if you’ve been meaning to find out what it’s all about, give them a try!

Dancing with the Easter Seals Stars 2016 -recap

The 2nd annual Aurora/Newmarket Dancing with Easter Seals Ontario Stars was a huge success! The event managed to break some North American records raising $90,000 dollars!That is going to help send a lot of kids to camp, and we are so thrilled to have been a part of this experience!

The evening began with a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres, an impeccable dinner, followed by the dance competition. The Easter Seals Stars were Brian North, Lindsay Strom, Andrea Peterson, Chris Emanuel, Rob Clark, Nikki Pett, Tony DiPede and Jennifer Buchannan who were paired with Artistica dancers Kelly Stacey, Patrick Derry and Anastaisa Trutneva. The MC for the evening was Dancing with the Stars alumni Steve Hinder along with celebrity judges Paul Dutton (alumni), Jackie Player (alumni),Tim Jones and Derek Murray. The Easter Seals Ontario 2016 Ambassador AJ Kleiman shared with those in attendance just how important events like this help kids like him. Proceeds from Dancing with Easter Seals Stars will help support children and youth with physical disabilities in our community.
Words cannot express how grateful we are to have been able to work with 8 of the most AMAZING men & women from Aurora / Newmarket and helped them bring the whole audience to a standing ovation! Andrea Peterson, Brian North, Chris Emanuel, Jennifer Buchanan, Nikki Pett, Rob Clark, Tony Di Pede & Lindsay Strom you are the absolute greatest, we are better people just for knowing you all. You made us smile every time you came into the studio and the amount of funds you helped raise for the Easter Seals Kids is nothing short of tremendous!

Special thank you to our MC :Steve Hinder, we adore you!

Thank you to our judges, Jackie Playter, Paul Dutton, Derek Murray & Tim Jones, all four of you were fantastic!

Thank you to Charlene from Easter Seals for meeting with us two years ago over coffee and allowing us to be such a big part of this community event!

Last but certainly not least, thank you to our students who joined us on the night and cheered everyone on! It was amazing to have our dance family there supporting us!

THANK YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

Sincerely,
Patrick, Anastasia & Kelly

HAPPY 1st YEAR ANNIVERSARY ARTISTICA!

Well, we did it!

We turned 1 year old!

It has truly been an amazing year. We saw our dreams come true with the build-out of our new studio, two dance competitions; one of which gave us a top studio award, community events including the first Aurora/Newmarket Dancing with the Easter Seals Stars, our Grand Opening of our new location on Industrial Parkway South, Open Houses, new friends, new students and endless of celebrations! We are so grateful for everyone who celebrated our anniversary with us! We were also able to award our students with giving away over 80 Bonus Lessons, AMAZING!

Our evening was a big celebration with toasts and dancing, and we can’t wait to celebrate year 2 and give away even MORE bonus lessons!

Thanks Artistica!

Sincerely,

Patrick, Anastasia & Kelly

 

We made the FRONT PAGE!

If you live in Aurora, then you couldn’t miss us on the cover of the latest issue of the Auroran Newspaper! On page 8 there is a great article about the Dancing with the Easter Seals Stars event, what it means to the Easter Seals kids and why the stars jumped at the opportunity to participate!

Have a read: