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!


Patrick, Anastasia & Kelly


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!


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:

Meet the STARS of this year’s “Dancing with the Easter Seals Stars”!

“Choreography, rehearsal, twirl, kick-ball-change, rock step, tap”….. those are all new words this fabulous group of 7 have adopted into their vocabulary over the last few weeks as they gear up to wow the masses at this year’s Dancing with the Easter Seals Stars!

Let’s meet them, shall we? Click on the names below to learn more:

Andrea Peterson

Brian North

Chris Emanuel

Jennifer Buchanan

Nikki Pett

Rob Clark

Tony Di Pede

We are so honoured to be working with another group of amazing people this year, and so far they are doing REALLY, REALLY well with all of their routines! Everyone who comes to this year’s show is going to be severely entertained with this year’s STARS!

Easter Seals Ontario provides programs and services to children and youth with physical disabilities across Ontario to help them achieve greater independence, accessibility and integration. Easter Seals provide financial assistance of up to $3 000 per year, per child to help purchase essential mobility equipment such as wheelchair, walkers, ramps or lifts. In addition to that, they own and operate two fully accessible summer camps and offer children and youth 10-day summer camp experiences. Their camping programs give kids the opportunity to stay away from home and experience a wide range of fully accessible activities, such as a high ropes course, indoor climbing wall, sailing, kayaking, white-water rafting and so much more!

If you’d like to make a donation to help support your favourite star, click here!

Artistica making waves at CanAm Dancesport Gala

We had an awesome weekend at CanAm Dancesport Gala competition in Toronto! We couldn’t have been happier with the way our students danced and represented the studio with pride! We competed all day Thursday and all day Friday, leaving us cool, calm and collected to enjoy the events on Saturday that included an exciting pro-show. The weekend event closed out with a funny bit of entertainment from all of the judges. Speaking of judges, it was a big highlight for our studio to meet Karina Smirnoff & Louis Van Amstel of DWTS!

Artistica had amazing results with students placing in almost all of their heats, and podium finishes for a few scholarship events! Lori Greco won Top Student overall in her division, and Carmen Cornacchia also won his division! double boom! Patti, Lori & Carm were acknowledged for their cumulative placements in the Dancesport Scholarship series, and to top it all off… Patrick won 6th place in the Top Teacher Category! We are going to need to build a trophy case soon….just a humble brag folks.

Thanks to all of our students who competed! We hope you know how much we enjoyed the weekend with you, and how proud we are to have shared the dance floor with each of you. Congrats on a job very well done 🙂 And thank you to everyone who joined us on Saturday night for champagne & dinner!


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Results from our OPEN HOUSE prize Draw!

We made a bunch of new friends at our Open House events, and together we danced, laughed, found the right foot, found the left one, and of course had a great time at our new studio. We would like to say an extra big thank you to the guests who donated to our Food Drive for the Aurora Food Pantry.

Now ….drum roll please……… (make the drum roll sound here)…………………………………….

A BIG congratulations to our Grand Prize Draw WINNERS : Paul & Mary Rea! You will most definitely enjoy a dinner for two at Aw Shucks in Aurora and a private dance lesson from us – Date Night just got WAYYY better 😉 Thank you to everyone who entered our draw and filled out our survey!

Lastly, if you missed our Open Houses, do not get sad, we will have more coming up in the future! Can’t wait until the next one? Then try our introductory offer of 3 Lessons for $99 +hst! A great value and a great way to try us out – what a combo!

See you soon!

-The Artisitica Team


Our BRAND NEW Studio is OPEN!!

We finally did it! We cut the big red ribbon, with the help of our deputy Mayor , John Abel, and our dance family! It was such a fun night and we had a fantastic time opening our doors and sharing our brand new studio with all of our students.

We loved how everyone was still looking around even when they were trying to dance, and all the compliments were music to our ears!

There are many people to thank of course, and we really can’t say it enough…

A big Thank you to all of our amazing students who followed us through humble beginnings to our own space today. We would also like to thank our partners, the G6, your continued support and friendship will never be forgotten! Thank you to all the trades & designers we partnered with to make this space as lovely as it is. A big thank you to our friends at the Town of Aurora & the Aurora Chamber of Commerce. Thank you to Chrsitine Hewitt and Sarah Tacoma for their endless talents behind the camera capturing everything “Artistica”. Thank you to Nancy Dinner from Jaymor for letting us grow with the help of her space! Thank you to our friends and family for encouraging us to follow our dreams and supporting our goals every step of the way. Thank you to Snap’d for so much help promoting our new business! And last but certainly NOT least….thank you to Simply Yummy Bakery for supplying us with coffee, tea & cookies over the last 6 months…. you kept us fueled!

We will keep on saying thank you as much as we can!


Patrick, Anastasia & Kelly

Welcome to Our NEW Online Edition

So…. we bet you are looking around and see some new and exciting changes
here at artisticaballroomdance.com! It’s ok, we see it too, and WE
LOVE IT! We are very excited for you to take a tour of our new website and
all of it’s new features & info. We know you’ll love it and we hope it
makes it’s way into your “Favourites” in your bookmark bar!  And that’s
not all… we are literally counting the days now until we shift into our
new Studio space at #305 Industrial Pkwy. South, Unit 17. We are very
excited to share the GORGEOUS new space with all of you at our Grand

Please note that for anyone who will be attending (both competing &
spectating) the Toronto CANAM dance competition at the end of July in
beautiful downtown Toronto. Please be sure to finalize your entries with
your instructor before the earlybird deadline June 3rd.

Now, Here’s a look at next week’s schedule:

SILVER 3 GROUP / Wednesday May 25th @ 2:15-3pm / SWING

BRONZE GROUP / Wednesday May 25th @ 7:30-8:15pm / TANGO

Rhythm & Moves Party @ 8:15-10pm

Wishing everyone a pleasant weekend, and thanks for checking in,


Patrick, Anastasia & Kelly

Bonjour MONTREAL! A recap of our trip to La Classique Du Montreal * 40th Anniversary *

The lights were bright and the dance floor was sparkling, much like our amazing students who competed in the first ProAm event of 2016 in Montreal at “La Classique Du Quebec”. This year marked the competition’s 40th Anniversary and we were beyond thrilled to be in attendance! Overall our students took home 60 3rd Places, 108 2nd places & 168 1st Places. Congratulations to Patti, Lori & Jessica who placed in their scholarship dances!! We are so proud!

A Massive congratulations to our own Patrick who received 8th in Top Teacher Award! Artistica as a studio brought in 3rd Place in Top Studio Award! We are honored and grateful! We had an amazing weekend in Montreal with everyone, the dancing was wonderful and we are already getting excited for next year!

Head over to our gallery to check out more photos from the event

Happy New Year 2016 from ARTISTICA!

We had a milestone year in 2015!

2015 brought many changes for us, new faces and exciting opportunities! We birthed a brilliant new company, yours truly, Artistica Ballroom Dance Studio Inc., we were a part of an amazing experience with the charity event “Dancing With The Easter Seals Stars” which was a HUGE success! Our trophy case also had a new edition this year when we won 2nd place in the York Region Victim Services Lip Sync competition, a fun filled evening for a worthy cause. We can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for the studio!

From all of us here we wish you a happy New Year for 2016, may it bring you endless happiness and memorable moments filled with love, laughter and plenty of dancing!