Julia Gutsik, Founder/Artistic Director of Luv2Groove™ started dancing at a very young age, and quickly became familiar with a variety of dance styles, including hip hop/breakdancing. After earning a bachelor’s degree in dance at the University of Calgary in 2003, she began dancing professionally in Montreal, touring Canada, the U.S. and Europe for five years with a number of dance companies. In addition, from 2007-2011 she traveled across the Arctic including Nunavut and Nunavik facilitating social work through hip hop programs with Blueprintforlife. Equipped and inspired with new ideas, Julia returned to Ottawa in 2009 to complete first a bachelor’s degree and then a master’s degree in education at the University of Ottawa, graduating in 2012. Throughout this time she realized a lack of dance programming available to youth in Ontario, especially in schools.
As a result, Julia decided to design and develop workshops that aligned directly with the arts and health curriculum in schools. “Based on my extensive background in dance and education, I developed a teaching method that all our instructors are trained in before they go out into the schools.
It’s important that our team delivers professional, educational and fun workshops!” Luv2Groove™ incorporates all dance styles because Julia feels that it is vital that children be exposed to all forms of movement, and that they explore dance in a variety of ways. This makes teaching even more stimulating and the children learn while having fun!