While growing up in their hometown of Ottawa, Michael Falucci and Gabriel Wolinsky always dreamed of becoming professional dancers. For years, they trained in dance studios throughout North America before moving Toronto to pursue performance careers. Their hard work and determination paid off, landing them roles in professional theatre productions such as Guys and Dolls and South Pacific along with film and television parts in Disney's Eloise and Degrassi Goes Hollywood. After their Dirty Rotten Scoundrels tour, where they racked up frequent flyer miles by leaping across stages in 60 North American cities, Michael and Gabe returned to Ottawa to open their own dance studio—Capital City Dance.
At the studio, the duo draws from their years of experience in dancing and coaching, captaining a crew of fellow professional dancers as they lead classes in a range of styles. Throughout the week, Capital City Dance resounds with the sounds of ballet music, tap shoes, and disconcertingly loud jazz hands as the staff leads classes and workshops for young and old. The studio hosts recreational classes as well as a competitive program, where students are regularly entered in regional and national dance competitions.
When they aren’t waltzing circles around the competition on dance floors across Canada and the United States, Oksana Ivanova-Shelkovyy, Yuriy Shelkovyy, and Ilya Maletin are running Dance With Us Ottawa, a school for ballroom and latin dance. During private, semiprivate, or group lessons, the dancers teach techniques with an individualized approach to each student regardless of a person’s age, experience, and number of left feet. Newlyweds-to-be can wow onlookers during their first dances with moves learned in wedding dance classes, and students looking for a fun way to get fit can find it in Zumba classes that provide cardio workouts while targeting glutes, arms, and cores with easy-to-follow Latin-inspired dance moves.
The experienced instructors at Studio de Danse Danielle keep their training accessible for all students, offering a fully accredited dance program in both English and French. They also back up their seasoned years with professional standings: the team is fully comprised of accredited and certified instructors. In a variety of dance classes, they teach students of all ages how to perfect the steps to ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, Bollywood dance, and Acro—a blend of dance and acrobatics. Adult students can also take advantage of cardio fitness classes such as Zumba. Above all, student safety remains a top priority at the centre, where obstacle-free studios feature floors covered with a springy surface to reduce the risk of injury.
The shear-wielding team at Studio 7 trades in bedraggled 'dos for chic, stylish manes tailored to their clients' faces and lifestyles. Their portfolio speaks to their love of shaping on-trend cuts and staying abreast of modern fashions, including the same feather extensions that spies use to infiltrate pigeons' nests. The professionals happily tackle the tangled tresses of men and children, covering grey with colour rinses or adding a little grey to help kindergartners look a little more distinguished.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
Ottawa Dance Sport Studio is an international ballroom and latin dance studio for all ages in Ottawa. The studio offers private and group dance instruction in ballroom and latin dancing as well as instruction in wedding dance choreography.