Alyse: York Dance Academy
Hi my name is Alyse and I am 13 years old and going into grade 8. I dance at York Dance Academy at both the Aurora and Newmarket studios. I take part in many different types of dance and am part of the competitive team. I take jazz, lyrical, tap, acro, hiphop and ballet. My favourite dance discipline is jazz because it is fast and high energy. This year I am looking forward to doing pointe for the first time and hopefully doing my first competitive solo after doing so well in the novice category last year.  I also can’t wait to get back to dancing to see all my teachers and hang out with my dance friends.

Hello, my name is Claudia I am 15 years old and I love to dance! Dance makes me so happy and I enjoy every minute I'm on the dance floor. I dance at Moving Art Centre for the Performing Arts in Barrie.  Its a small but mighty studio and I been competing with this studio's competitive team since 2010. I do many different types of dance which include; jazz, ballet, pointe, acro, hip-hop, lyrical, contemporary, modern, musical theater, and song and dance. I was never a tapper although always thought it would be good and the competitve group tap numbers always are so great.  My dance teacher, the awesome Miss Carla told me I should give it a try last year and I really enjoed it.  Although I enjoy every type of dance, hip-hop would definitely have to be my favourite!  Although I will spend many hours a week training, I love it so much that I will make the time to balance the challenges of being a busy dancer and a highschool student!  I wish everyone out there an awesome gear up for the upcoming dance season.  Cheers everyone.

Dannica: Northern Lights Dance Studio
Hi! My name is Dannica, I'm 16 years old and I dance at Northern Lights Dance Studio. Currently, I take ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical and pointe. My favourite dance disciplines are ballet and lyrical. I'm so excited for this upcoming competition season and to be my Studio's Ambassador this year.

 

 

Emily: Imagine Arts
My name is Emily and I am going into grade 7. I currently dance at Imagine Arts Inc. which is on Main street in Newmarket above the Mexican restaurant. I have competed for 6 years in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop and musical theatre. This past year I competed in contemporary for the first time and next year I will be trying lyrical as well. I am always asked what my favourite dance discipline is and I cannot answer it since I love more than one. My top 3 favourite dance disciplines are: musical theatre, tap and ballet. This year I will have another new tap and hip hop teacher. His name is Vincent and he is awesome I cannot wait to dance with him. I love dancing at Imagine Arts because of Crystal and Anita. They are insane and create numbers that no one else would ever think of. Last season was Imagine Arts first season and Crystal gave us a sad contemporary number. Even though our group had never done contemporary before we won the overall for novice group at the first competition and this was the first overall for the new studio. I cannot wait to see what crazy numbers we get to do this coming season.

Emma: Extreme Dance Connection
My name is Emma Staley, I dance at Extreme Dance Connection in Barrie. I take competitive Jazz, Acro, Lyrical, Tap, Musical Theatre and Ballet and am trying Hip Hop for the first time. I'm looking forward to the challenge! I don't have one favourite type of dance but jazz is one of them. Last year my Jazz Dance was fast and funky. I am looking forward to my Acro class this year because I can't wait to see what tricks I get to learn. I'm also looking forward to Lyrical because I get to tell a story with my dancing. I have had a great summer so far. I travelled to Ohio and have been camping with my family. I have also participated in some open classes and in one of them I got my round-off-back handspring. In a few weeks, we will be starting our summer intensive. I hope all of you have had a great summer!

Emma: Performing Dance Arts
Hi everyone! My name is Emma, I am 12 years old and am a competitive dancer at Performing Dance Arts. I have been dancing since I was 2 1/2 and have been competiting since I was 7. I train in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Acro. If I had to pick my favourites would be Tap and Acro! I am a proud member of last years Canadian National Tap Team, having travelled to Germany to compete against other countries from around the world. I was also lucky enough to be choosen as one of the face for the launch of VIEW Dance Challenge. Both such amazing experiences! Since this is my first year dancing at PDA I am excited to get this dance season started. New teachers, new friends and many new experiences are awaiting me. I look forward to sharing this years new adventures with all of you! EAT, SLEEP, BREATHE... DANCE!

Gabby: Sandra Amodeo
Hi my name is Gabby and I am a competitive dancer at Sandra Amodeo Dance Studio. I take Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Acro, Lyrical, and Musical Theatre. If I had to pick a favourite it would be Lyrical. I am very excited for this season to start and to learn this years dances.

 

 

Hayley: Dance Express
Hello my name is Hayley.  I dance at Dance Express Art Academy.  I started out taking Hip Hop classes, because that is my favourite type of dance.  I also take many different type of dance which includes Ballet, Acro, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre and Contemporary.  With my studio I can also take Acting, Singing and Art classes.  Some of the things that I am looking forward to in this upcoming season of dance are to meet new people, and getting together with old friends.  Starting the new season will be a blast, learning new routines, training , and last but not least staring competitions.  There is also another opportunity I am getting and that is to attend Huron Heights for more dance training through Arts Huron.

Hunter: AM Dance Force
Hi my name is Hunter. I dance at A. M. Dance Force in Newmarket. I take and compete in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Tap, Pointe, and Contemporary. My favourite genre of dance is ballet. This upcoming dance season I am looking forward to be competing at the exciting competitions that my studio will be competing at this dance season.

 

 

Megan: Stars United Baton
Hello, fellow dancers! My name is Megan and I'm going to be one of your Gabie's Ambassadors! I'm so excited to start blogging about all the exciting things going on at my studio. Since I was two years old, I've been dancing and doing baton. Since then, I've traveled all around the world -- From Switzerland to France! I represented Canada at the 2012 World Championships a few years back. I'm currently the reigning Junior Miss Majorette of Ontario and a member of the 2015 World Team that will be competing at the World Championships in Italy next April. I twirl with the Stars United Baton Club, we're World and National champions. I've taken Ballet, Jazz, Acro, and other forms of dance, as well and am a student involved in the Huron Arts Program. My favourite style of dance will always be Muscial Theatre as I LOVE to perform. I'm looking forward to the World Championships in Italy, and getting to start fresh with new routines with all my "Star Sisters" after a fun and enjoyable summer vacation. Best of luck to all of you this upcoming season. Shine bright!