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 and 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 need for dance programming in schools where she could blend both her passions for dance and education.
As a result, Julia decided to design and develop a dance program that aligned directly with the arts curriculum. Creating a program that made dance accessible for everyBODY, ability, age level and exceptionality.
“Our goal is making making sure every child feels successful in our program. My team and I can honestly say we love our job. It’s so amazing to watch students get so into it! The smiles on their faces when they’re moving and just having fun. Or when a teacher comes up to us and tells us that they saw a different side in their students they never saw before. Overall, it’s an opportunity for students to express themselves in their own way while being themselves”!