Luv2Groove™

Dance Education

About Us

Based in our Nations Capital- Ottawa Ontario, Luv2Groove™ tours year round across Canada bringing the dance to you! Since 2009,  Luv2Groove™ has been empowering minds and bodies of  all ages through our school programs, summer camps,  birthday parties, day cares, professional development workshops,  teacher education programs, conferences and more. To date, Luv2Groove™ has taught in over 700 schools to thousands of youth each year.

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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”!

Services We Offer

You provide the space and we’ll provide the dance!

Our Mission

Our MISSION is to foster the growth and development of dance education through a blending of our passions in dance, health and education. Our goal is to enhance the arts  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. We believe Luv2Groove™ is a powerful educational program meeting the physical, intellectual and social needs of all our students. Luv2Groove™ strongly believes in unifying the physical and mental aspects of all our students by celebrating the fact that everyBODY can dance!

“I just wanted to follow up and say thank you for putting on such a great show! The energy and enthusiasm your team shared made our event pop! The effort you put into the thematic choreograph and outfits was greatly appreciated. Looking forward to the next time I can have you back!”

Katja Canini

Education Officer
National Art Gallery of Canada

2019-02-16T02:20:53+00:00

Katja Canini

Education Officer
National Art Gallery of Canada

“I just wanted to follow up and say thank you for putting on such a great show! The energy and enthusiasm your team shared made our event pop! The effort you put into the thematic choreograph and outfits was greatly appreciated. Looking forward to the next time I can have you back!”
“Thank you doing an amazing job interacting with the RBC Race for kids participants. You made the warm-up a really fun time for all! You are not only an amazing dancer but had a true gift in teaching kids and adults how to dance and have fun. Thank you for being a part of RBC Race for the kids. I hope to you with you again on other events in the future."

Andrina Rockwell

Corporate Development Officer
CHEO Foundation

2019-02-16T02:27:28+00:00

Andrina Rockwell

Corporate Development Officer
CHEO Foundation

“Thank you doing an amazing job interacting with the RBC Race for kids participants. You made the warm-up a really fun time for all! You are not only an amazing dancer but had a true gift in teaching kids and adults how to dance and have fun. Thank you for being a part of RBC Race for the kids. I hope to you with you again on other events in the future."
“I just wanted to let you know what an amazing time all the kids at my after school program had yesterday!! The instructor was great! Even the kids who never participate were participating in this! I was shocked!”

Sarah Young

After School Program Director
City of Ottawa, Parks & Recreation Branch

2019-02-16T02:30:15+00:00

Sarah Young

After School Program Director
City of Ottawa, Parks & Recreation Branch

“I just wanted to let you know what an amazing time all the kids at my after school program had yesterday!! The instructor was great! Even the kids who never participate were participating in this! I was shocked!”
“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!!!”

Joyce Contant
Grade 3-4 Teacher
Viscount Alexander School

2019-08-23T03:19:53+00:00

Joyce Contant
Grade 3-4 Teacher
Viscount Alexander School

“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!!!”
"The hip hop dance workshop was incredible! Every student was engaged and having fun! They are still talking about it!" 

Megan Clifford
Grade 2/3 Teacher
Nationview Public School

2019-08-23T03:22:29+00:00

Megan Clifford
Grade 2/3 Teacher
Nationview Public School

"The hip hop dance workshop was incredible! Every student was engaged and having fun! They are still talking about it!" 
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. 

Stephanie Maloney
Grade 6 Teacher
Addrienne Clarkson Es

2019-08-23T03:23:21+00:00

Stephanie Maloney
Grade 6 Teacher
Addrienne Clarkson Es

“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.” 
“You obviously love what you are doing and connect with the kids. You have the moves and make it look so easy. You inspired the students, kept a good pace and content for the age group, had a lot of variety, packed in a lot of moods and moves, appealed to the kids, and have a great sense of fun and humour. It was a very tightly executed session. Bravo!

Veralynn Munson
Uplands Schools Terrace
BC

2019-08-23T03:25:03+00:00

Veralynn Munson
Uplands Schools Terrace
BC

“You obviously love what you are doing and connect with the kids. You have the moves and make it look so easy. You inspired the students, kept a good pace and content for the age group, had a lot of variety, packed in a lot of moods and moves, appealed to the kids, and have a great sense of fun and humour. It was a very tightly executed session. Bravo!
“I did not expect the level of participation the instructor was able to draw out of my group of too-cool school agers! She had every single child laughing, dancing and letting loose. They all left feeling like they had learned some dance moves. The music and dance activities were on-point – appropriate but cool. From kindergarten to grade 6, our kids had a blast and we WILL be booking Luv2Groove again! 

Alex
Head Teacher Of Sap1
Children’s Village At Stoneway

2019-08-23T03:26:00+00:00

Alex
Head Teacher Of Sap1
Children’s Village At Stoneway

“I did not expect the level of participation the instructor was able to draw out of my group of too-cool school agers! She had every single child laughing, dancing and letting loose. They all left feeling like they had learned some dance moves. The music and dance activities were on-point – appropriate but cool. From kindergarten to grade 6, our kids had a blast and we WILL be booking Luv2Groove again! 
In our schools, dance is one of the least understood and delivered curriculum areas of the arts. Through LUV2GROOVE, students and teachers learn that dance is about more than sheer entertainment or staying fit.  They learn that it is an integral part of the whole being and that it includes thinking and learning with the body, mind and spirit.  LUV2GROOVE emphasize the creative process while being inclusive of all learners and celebrating differences.” 

Kristen Charles
Arts Consultant
Ottawa Catholic School Board

2019-08-23T03:26:52+00:00

Kristen Charles
Arts Consultant
Ottawa Catholic School Board

“In our schools, dance is one of the least understood and delivered curriculum areas of the arts. Through LUV2GROOVE, students and teachers learn that dance is about more than sheer entertainment or staying fit.  They learn that it is an integral part of the whole being and that it includes thinking and learning with the body, mind and spirit.  LUV2GROOVE emphasize the creative process while being inclusive of all learners and celebrating differences.” 

Meet Our Team!

Luv2Groove™ brings the dance to you, making dance accessible to any location. We provide professional dance instructors/educators, along with their own portable sound system and wireless microphone when delivering workshops.

Our B.C. Instructor

When in doubt,

dance it out!

Get in Touch!

For more information on rates / availabilities please contact us directly at:
info@luv2groove.com

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