Andrea Harper wears many hats, but they are all connected by a common thread—or pole, as the case may be. She is a certified personal trainer, nutrition and wellness specialist, and pole-fitness instructor, whose fascination with physical health centers around empowering spins. As the owner of Cherry Blossom Pole Dancing Studio, Andrea passes on the moves that made her one of Canada's top 16 pole dancers at Miss Pole Dance Canada 2010, leading women of all backgrounds through lessons designed to strengthen their bodies, self-esteem, and sense of rhythm. During pole-dancing classes, she and her team of instructors take pupils from the fundamentals to advanced techniques, such as convincing your brain that the floor is actually the ceiling. She limits class sizes to 10 students within the hot-pink-and-green studio, ensuring that everyone is able to pair up with a pole. The pole isn't the only gravity-flouting tool at Andrea's disposal, though; she also schedules courses that rely on aerial silks and hoops.
To put a personal touch on twirls, she offers parties replete with dance routines and fun props for all occasions. These soirees readily accommodate groups with 1,500 square feet of space and were suggested by the Ottawa Citizen as one of the top three creative bachelorette-party ideas.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Dance With Us Ottawa has the largest ballroom studio dance floor in Ottawa. Our professional team is the best in Ottawa. Our instructors are Canadian champions and certified teachers by the Canadian Dancesport Federation. We are known by offering the quality, professionalism and results.
What's one tip for first-time students that will make them feel like veterans?
Friendly enviroment and an individual approch to every person who steps in our studio. They will feel special and appreciated. Our studio will become a second home because of all great people that are already part of it.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
We want people to discover how really easy is to learn to dance. They will discover the wonderful world of Ballroom and Latin dancing. We want to bring people joy, better health, new friends through dancing!
What do you love most about your job?
Dancing world is an amazing social enviroment for all. Every day, we meet different amazing people and we inspire each other. It's so wonderful to see people to succeed in something they've never done before. We share our passion to our students everyday and people appreciate and loving it.
Break in your dancing shoes at Gloucester's Vanessa Plettell Dance Inc and get ready for a great time.
Overcome stage fright and put yourself out there with Vanessa Plettell Dance Inc's instructional dance classes.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Arthur Murray Dance Studio has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife Kathryn were hosting their own highly popular TV show, the The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years.
Today, Arthur Murray's instructors prepare students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts across the world. At the Ottawa studio, Vadim Safonov, Alina Safonova, and Marilisa Granzotto—all members of the World Professional Dance Teachers Association—team up to bring Arthur Murray's specialized dance programs to Ontario's budding toe-tappers. They teach pairs or single students to confidently twirl through Latin and ballroom dances.
Clients who arrive for lessons alone will be paired up with other classmates, and the instructors will assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles including the Viennese waltz, the Argentine tango, swing, and the bunny hop, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.