Monthly Archives: September 2009

Dancing in the Subways!

Have you been noticing that there are dancers performing in the TTC subway stations lately! Well that is all thanks to a new program called `City on the Move` A Festival of Young Artists in Transit.

Here is some more info on the program as can be found on`s website. Click on the City of Toronto`s website to get more info:

`The City of Toronto transfers and connects underground cultures with the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) by creating a new artistic and audience platform for urban dance and music, visual art and performance art.

From August 2009 through the summer of 2010, this new program aims to bring your transit experience to life by regularly featuring the artistic creativity and culture of emerging and more seasoned young artists performing in a fluid, public living environment – subway stations, on subway cars, buses and streetcars.
Part of Toronto’s 175th anniversary celebrations, this Toronto Cultural Services initiative offers artists aged 18 to 32 (PDF) an expanded public audience and the opportunity to make money through their art by providing an honorarium and the ability to receive donations from the public like regular TTC performers. This will also be the first time that dancers and visual artists will be regularly showcased on the TTC.`

SYTYCD Canada Top Ten

I am guilty this season of not watching all SYTYCD Canada episodes religiously. Even though I do prefer the US version by leaps and bounds I am still an avid fan of the Canadian version. So if you have missed some shows lately here is a recap of the top 10 dancers who were announced last night on CTV. This list with photos can be found on CTV`s website:

`Meet your Top 10!

The Top 10 have now made it through five gruelling rounds of elimination and have survived various dance styles from dancehall, house, hip-hop, quick step, salsa and mambo.

The dancers range in age from 19 to 28 and represent a variety of dance styles including contemporary, ballroom, tap, ballet and hip-hop, and are representing communities across the country;

They are ecstatic to have made it this far…

AMY Gardner, 21, a contemporary dancer from Calgary, Alta.
“It has been a bit of a rollercoaster so far, but the show has taught me to believe in myself and has helped me have more confidence. I’ve made some great friends and worked with some amazing choreographers and it’s been so much fun. I want to thank my fans and supporters, and no matter what happens, I want to show Canada what unique style and versatility I have as an artist.”

AUSTIN Di Iulio, 20, a contemporary dancer from Mississauga, Ont.
“It’s amazing to have all of my efforts over this past year finally pay off. The experience has been surreal so far and I can’t wait to se what is in store. Much love to all my supporters and fans.”

CODY Bonnell, 19, a hip-Hop dancer from Unionville, Ont.
“I’m very grateful for this opportunity and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead.”

EMANUEL Sandhu, 28, a contemporary/ballet dancer from Vancouver, B.C.
“This journey is sometimes scary but also exciting and I’m grateful that I haven’t had to do it alone. I’m the happiest boy in the world right now. Thank you Canada!”

EVERETT Smith, 25, a tap dancer from Glen Morris, Ont.
“Last year I really wanted to make Top 20 and be a part of the show in Season 1, but I feel I wasn’t ready to believe in myself. This year, I wanted to be real from the beginning and lead with my heart. I want to bring tap back and thank everyone who’s always believed in me. No matter how hard the journey may get, believe in yourself and you can overcome anything that gets in your way.”

JAYME RAE Dailey, 21, a contemporary dancer from Montreal, Que.
“Last season I was sitting at home watching the show and I can’t believe I’m part of it now. This has been a great learning experience and I feel it’s the beginning of something amazing in my life. Most importantly, I feel blessed by all the teachers I’ve had and support from my family. They have given me the tools to be able to make it this far and I hope the journey continues.”

KIM Gingras, 23, a hip-hop dancer from Montreal, Que.
“I’m touched by all of the support I’ve received and I wouldn’t be here without it. I am thankful and blessed to be part of this experience and to have worked with amazing choreographers. Over a few short weeks I’ve had the opportunity to grow and learn as a dancer in such a short amount of time and can’t wait for it to continue.”

MELANIE Mah, 19, a contemporary dancer from Richmond Hill, Ont.
“Wow! I can’t believe I made the Top 10! All I have to say is thanks to everyone who has supported me on my journey so far. This has absolutely been the best experience of my life and I can’t say thank you enough to everyone who has pushed me and believed in me as a dancer.”

TARA-JEAN Popowich, 20, a contemporary dancer from Lethbridge, Alta.
“The experience so far has made my life. I want to thank everyone for their support – especially my hometown. Thanks Lethbridge!”

VINCENT Desjardins, 20, a ballroom dancer from Trois-Rivières, Que.
“When I auditioned my goal was to make Top 20, but making Top 10 is more than I could have hoped for. Thanks to my hometown for all your support!.”

Upcoming Outings

Mark it in your calendars! Here are the upcoming TDS outings and socials for September and October. See you all there!

Friday, September 25th – OUTING TO PERIDOT LOUNGE – (81 Bloor Street East) – OPEN TO EVERYONE! Beginner and intermediate lesson available from 10:00 – 10:30pm. Cover is $10 and includes lessons. 250 people expected.

Saturday, October 17th – OUTING TO ACROBAT LOUNGE- (2464 Yonge St just North of Eglinton) – OPEN TO EVERYONE! Beginner and intermediate lesson available from 9:00 to 10:00pm. Cover is $10 and includes lessons. 250ppl expected.

Saturday, October 31st – SPECIAL HALLOWEEN DRESS UP PARTY AT ACROBAT LOUNGE- (2464 Yonge St just North of Eglinton) – OPEN TO EVERYONE! Beginner and intermediate lesson available from 9:00 to 10:00pm. Cover is $10 and includes lessons. 250ppl expected. Prizes for best costumes!!

Sunday, Sept 27th, Oct 4th, Oct 18th and Oct 25th anytime from 6:00 – 9:00pm SUNDAY SALSA SOCIAL AT EMPRESS WALK STUDIO! OPEN TO EVERYONE! These fun and comfortable practice sessions take place every Sunday. Come with or without a partner. Helpers around to dance with and answer questions. Cover is $7 with water. Over 100 people expected every week. NO SOCIAL Oct 11th!

Back in Action!

Well after 6 months of maternity hiatus this week I was back in action and loving it. Thank you to all my new and returning students for making my first week back at teaching so easy, smooth and fun.

For those students who were asking to see our new son, here is Hayden. He salsa danced for 9 months in my tummy before arriving June 24th. Now he is learning to kick and move his arms and soon he will be the short guy all the ladies will be dancing with at the socials :)

So I started teaching on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays at Empress. I am teaching every level we have to offer from level 1 all the way through to level 6 which doesn`t happen every semester so I am really luck this time to get to experience all the levels. My students and helpers rock and made me feel like I hadn`t been away for long.

So I can`t wait to get to know my students better. Hope to see everyone out at our outing tomorrow evening (Friday, Sept 25th) to Peridot Lounge or at our social on Sunday evening at Empress.

Happy dancing!