Since 2009, L2G has been educating thousands of students and teachers across Canada traveling from school to school, community centre’s, fundraising events, childcare programs, after school programs, summer camps, university programs, professional development conferences and more.
L2G has taught in over 400 schools across Ontario and Quebec including the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, Ottawa Catholic School Board, Upper Canada District School Board, Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec School Board, Canadian Accredited Independent Schools, University of Ottawa Education Program, Step into motion, Toronto District School board, Dufferin-Peel Catholic and District School Board. Also, L2G has presented workshops for the Ottawa-Carleton Elementary Teacher's Federation, Peak Academy, Ottawa Inuit Children’s Center, Girl Guides Canada, City of Ottawa, Children's Village of Ottawa-Carleton, and PULSE Youth Dance Conference.
Our MISSION is to foster the growth and development of dance education through a blending of our passions in dance and health. Our programs enhance the arts, health and physical education curriculum in schools by encouraging students to move, groove and to have fun. Throughout all our workshops and dance units, students will gain self- confidence, develop discipline, increase their physical capabilities and gain a deeper appreciation for the arts. All L2G workshops include a physical/fun warm-up including several stretching and strength building exercises, movement based activities, dance routines and the opportunity for students to be active, creative and interactive with each other.
L2G is a powerful educational program meeting the physical, intellectual, and social needs of all our students. We strongly believe in unifying the body and mind of all our students by celebrating the fact that everyBODY can dance! We encourage individuality, self-expression, inclusivity, empowerment and a positive attitude!
Our program has inspired other schools to create dance clubs, flashmobs, winter dance walks, lunch hour dance parties and more.
Weekly dance classes, Birthday Parties, Performances, Professional Development Workshops, Interactive DJ Services and more… Learn more Here!
“Wow Julia, RAVE reviews! Once again you have dazzled the students and teachers with your dynamic workshop! I do thank you very much for coming and working with the students. I’ve seen kids dancing in the school yard at recess and showing me their new moves! I look forward to having you in again!”
“My two boys go to Heritage PS in JK and grade 2. I just wanted to let you know how much my boys TOTALLY LOVED your dance unit last week. They danced all weekend. I already knew you were awesome, but I just wanted to let you know that you made a big impact on my boys and THANK YOU!!!”
“WOW! Your dance workshop was awesome! You have so much energy, and obviously it is contagious! My students had the best time, and you made them feel like super stars! We definitely want to have you back next year!!!”
“Thanks so much for your visit this past Tuesday. The students thoroughly enjoyed themselves! They left the Gym sweaty and thirsty, singing the songs and wanting to go back to dance even more. I know that we already have other teachers, here at the school, that are going to ask you back in the coming months”.
"Julia's Hip Hop Dance Workshop was excellent. The students were all attentive, active,and having fun the whole time. Julia's enthusiasm for Hip Hop is now shared by the students in my class! Hope to see you here at Nationview again soon."
“Les élèves ont adoré le programme et ont appris plein de nouveaux mouvements et de techniques. Julia est une enseignante naturelle qui démontre une excellente gestion de groupe et qui maitrise sa danse et ses choreographies. Elle est douce avec les enfants, tout en étant "cool" et admirée par les jeunes. Elle les a encouragés à apprendre tout en s'amusant et en explorant de nouvelles idées. Merci”.
"The kids loved it! It was especially good for some of the boys who do not like dance and who groan when they hear that we're going to the gym to dance. The instructor was great with the kids and she had them doing some fabulous moves to the music (hey - isn't that dance?!) Hope we do it again next year."
"On April 23rd, 2010, Julia Gutsik came to Osgoode P.S. to teach our grade 5 and 6 students dance. Julia's enthusiasm and professional dance background was clearly demonstrated as she engaged all of my students in an interactive hiphop routine. It was easy enough for even those not so inclined to learn a simple routine and build self confidence. All students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and I would highly recommend Ms. Gutsik to any educator who wants a upbeat, dynamic dance workshop for their students."
"Julia has the students warming up with fun dance moves within minutes. I don't think the students even realized stretching, moving, and warming up to music all at the same time. Julia introduced the workshop with a clear and concise summary of what hip-hop is and the various forms and elements within the dance genre. It is evident that Julia has a degree in dance and teaching. This skill set allows her to provide a fabulous workshop. Students feel at ease in her workshop. All boys and girls were on their feet participating the entire time. The feeling of semiconsciousness and nervousness was gone within minutes of the workshop starting. Students were sweating and having fun."
"Julia volunteered to share her expertise in the area of dance with the class during PED2141. She did an excellent job of choosing material to present to her colleagues which could easily be used at the Junior or Intermediate levels. Her enthusiasm and positive approach to her teaching quickly drew in even the most reluctant dancers in the class. She quickly created a positive learning environment in which the students were willing to try their best at both country line dancing and hip hop dancing. In addition to providing instruction during class, Julia also provided her classmates with a teaching resource, which she created so that all her colleagues could feel comfortable presenting the lesson that she taught the class. Awesome!!!"
"The hip hop workshop for my Grade 6's was outstanding! Julia hooked the students in the first few minutes and engaged them throughout the session. The kids entirely bought in, even those who claim to hate dance or who usually feel inhibited! I was impressed by their final performances at the end of a single 40-minute session! Loved it!"
"I just wanted to let you know that the Groove Groove workshops at Adrienne Clarkson ES. were amazing! The kids learned so much from Ms. Natalie, who was an amazingly enthusiastic and engaging teacher. Teaching dance is a challenge for many of us teachers, and to have someone give them a love of dance while increasing their knowledge of world dances was such a great experience for all of us. Thank you to Natalie who lit up our school for the past 5 days!"
"Our students thoroughly enjoyed participating in Julia's dance workshop. Julia was able to adapt her lessons to meet the needs of various age groups and provided a dynamic atmosphere that immediately grabbed the students' attention. This workshop is a great introduction to hip hop and lends itself well to both beginner and more experienced dancers. As a teacher I benefited from this experience by learning different approaches to teaching dance to my own students. Julia is a natural at relating to children and easily managed the various personalities and behaviors in the room. We would very much like to have her back in our school!"
"The hip hop dance workshop was incredible! Every student was engaged and having fun! They are still talking about it!"