The best way Angela Williams can tell her life story is through dance. In her 20 years of experience, she has practiced disciplines such as jazz, tap, and ballet, placed in several gymnastics competitions, and performed in musical theatre. She earned a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies, holds an Ontario Gymnastics Coaching certification, and has spent her summer months overseeing Zodiac Camp’s dance and performing arts programs for kids.
Bringing all of those experiences together, Angela formed Groove School of Dance, where she and her team of teachers demystify the art of bodily expression. The school’s uncompetitive environment creates a familial atmosphere where kids and adults alike can try their feet at ballet, hip-hop, tap, and Zumba. Groove School’s lessons also cater to students with special needs, such as autism, downs syndrome, and visual and hearing impairments. Their dance-themed birthday parties excite youngsters with performers dressed as princesses, clowns, or superheroes, and can include snacks and a cake with Baryshnikov hiding in the center.
It would take a pretty special celebrity to render choreographer Luther Brown starstruck, since he’s worked with so many of them before. Diddy, Brandy, and Skye Sweetnam are among his previous clientele, not to mention Nike and McDonald's, who enlisted Brown’s choreography for their commercials. He brings the same sought-after style to OIP Dance Centre, a studio that helps students aged 9 or older hone their crafts. Along with his team of equally talented and experienced teachers, Luther captains hip-hop, jazz, and contemporary-dance classes, preparing students for future careers on the stage or the critical moment when they must gracefully leap out of the way of oncoming traffic.
Danceology owner and instructor Marla Silva has spent her life working to master the art of dance, whether she was studying it, competing in it, or teaching it. Marla, who is also certified in Sivananda yoga and Pilates, teaches a range of dance and fitness classes alongside her team of experienced instructors. The studio’s specialty is social and ballroom dances, such as the foxtrot, salsa, and samba. In the spacious and bright ballroom, partners and solo dancers learn to mambo, tango, and step gracefully around a long series of puddles. Danceology also offers fitness classes including Pilates, yoga, and Zumba.
Dance District straightens out pairs of left feet with instruction in a variety of dance styles, including ballroom, salsa, disco, tango, and swing. With this deal, clients will get a one-hour private dance lesson from one of Dance District's dexterous instructors. Hit the private lesson solo to hone your skills with one-on-one attention or bring along a sweetie for no additional cost. Having spent 60 minutes conquering the two-headed beast of rhythm and coordination, guests will be eligible for two supervised practice dance sessions, held on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Each two-hour practice session is overseen by a Dance District instructor, ensuring that pitfalls and bad habits are both side- and box-stepped. This Groupon also grants clients access to a Dance District dance party, held on the last Friday of each month. The 2.5-hour dance party brings together an armada of earnest movers and shakers, expanding guests' social circles through the unbridled power of dance and mutual interest in raspberry jam.