Nothing Stops us Dancing

Well, our Spring Spotlight was interrupted by a power outage BUT the power of dancing was ON at Artistica! A few of the diehards danced by candlelight and made it a special night in spite of the weather!

Aaaaand then it was the power of the fourth! You should’ve been there 🙂

Why dance is just as important as math in schools

“…a deeper understanding of dance challenges standard conceptions of intelligence and achievement and show the transformative power of movement for people of all ages and backgrounds. Dance can help restore joy and stability in troubled lives and ease the tensions in schools disrupted by violence and bullying”

Thanks to our wonderful student Joan for this article that reminds us of how important dance is for so many reasons!

Read the article at TedEd Blog and please comment here!

World of Dance Showcase

Not even the ice storm of the year could keep us off the dance floor!!!

The Artistica Team made a splash at the beautiful Showcase hosted by the wonderful Kateryna Stytsenko and Dimitry Ilyushenov on April 14th. There were 11 dancers (a record!) as well as our three teachers so we were one of the largest studios at the event! YAAAA Artistica!!! And a special thank you to all of our wonderful students who came out to support and cheer on the dancers!!!

We all especially liked that all the students received personal feedback from the judges for each of our dances – SOOO helpful! The wonderful Wendy Johnson came in from New York to judge the event and provide comments for students.

The evening show was especially beautiful and included our own Anastasia and Patrick who danced two very special dances along with other professional couples. And it was so much fun to have lots of general dancing during the evening!

All in all it was a terrific experience – we are all looking forward to more events in future with this amazing group of people.

Toronto Winter Ball A Big Success!

We were thrilled to compete with nine of our students at this lovely event on December 16th. Everyone danced their hearts out and we all had a great time watching the Pro-Am and Professional events.

We were all excited to watch Karina Smirnoff and Justinas Duknauskas perform a fabulous show dance!

AND…. Artistica came out on top winning the TOP STUDIO AWARD! We are so proud and thrilled to be recognized with this award.

It was a thrill to see Anastasia and Patrick compete in the Professional event at the Gala on Saturday evening – and so excited that they took 3rd place – BIG Congrats to you both for such beautiful dancing!!! Thanks to all the Artistica students who came out to watch both during the day and for the gala evening events.

Artistica wins Top Studio at Toronto Winter Ball 2017

Dancing Into Christmas…

We celebrated the Christmas season with a very special studio party this year! Ready for it?….our group class for the evening was taught by none other than  Karina Smirnoff and Justinas Duknauskas – they were so much fun and what a treat to have world champions at our own studio!

We were warmed up for dancing to the LIVE After Hours Band! What a great time and what a great turnout! Here’s wishing everyone a happy and safe holiday season and new year!

We’ll see you on the dance floor in 2018!

Artistica Holiday Party 2017

Artistica to Compete at the Toronto Winter Ball – December 16th

Here’s wishing all of our competing students good luck at the Toronto Winter Ball! This competition takes place in Markham and is a one-day Pro-Am event on Saturday December 16th. The event will feature a performance by Dancing with the Stars Karina Smirnoff.

Here’s the link for more information.

The competition starts at 10am. Daytime tickets are $20 and evening tickets are $60 (7pm-11pm).

Come and cheer us on!

Artistica Performs at Big Brothers Big Sisters Disco Ball

Here’s a photo of Anastasia and Patrick when they attended and performed at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of York Region (BBBSY) Bi-Annual Gala. This year’s theme was “DISCO BALL”

The November, 2017 Disco Ball Gala highlights and celebrates all of the BIGS & LITTLES and their success stories. It is a true celebration of the positive difference BBBSY mentoring programs have made in hundreds of lives.

Best New Business Venture WINNERS!!!

On Thursday, November 16th Patrick, Anastasia & Kelly attended the Aurora Business Excellence Awards (BEA) presented by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce at King’s Riding Golf Club. It was a huge honour to even be nominated! But we are thrilled to say we won the award for Best New Business Venture! Thank you to the Aurora Chamber of Commerce and the BEA committee for hosting such an amazing gala evening with great support from the town and business community. We even got treated to some magic tricks while we were there. 

Here’s a link to the Auroran newspaper article.

Most of all we want to thank our ARTISTICA FAMILY for always supporting us and cheering us on. All of you are such awesome people and we are grateful for everyday that we get to dance and be in your company!

Happy Halloooweeen!

Our Hallooooweeeen Spooktacular was great fun! As always, students went all out to be funny, spooky, scary or SOOOO cute! Joan was positively ‘leading’ edge and won funniest costume! Rob, well, ahhh, ummm, you left us breathless! Ed and Lori, you rocked Jimi and Janice! And John, we all want to be on your dance card 🙂

Well done Batgirl, Winnie-the-poo, Piglet, our flappers, our monk, our cats, clowns and all! SOO creative everyone!

Check out our Facebook page for our spooky monster mash group dance!

Watch this TED Talk

We saw a really great TED Talk that we want to share with you… Ballroom dance legend Pierre Dulaine talks about how dancing connects us as humans plus much more about the benefits of ballroom dancing. And you’ll be inspired by his work with children around the world and how he’s used dancing to overcome hatred and prejudice.

We hope you enjoy this 🙂 Find it here TEDx Pierre Dulaine