Active Arts opened their studio in June 2017 in Wasaga Beach, conveniently located upstairs in the Real Canadian Superstore. It is an optimal location as parents can drop children off and shop for groceries. It is a fantastic space boasting two separate dance floors, a large waiting room area, change rooms, and ample storage space. This location is also central as they provide classes for students from all over the area. They strive to make sure their programming is accessible, affordable, and approachable for all.
The sister duo, Alyssa and Deanne (Dee), were born and raised in the Georgian Bay area. Both began training in multiple dance styles and fell in love with the art at a young age. They have both channeled their love of the art form and passion for teaching into creating the Active Arts studio, continually striving to bring their love of dance, movement, and creativity to the community. Active Arts studio is a safe and accepting space; come as you are to dance, move, and create together.
We both believe that participating in the arts, specifically dance creates wellness for your mind, body, and soul, and we want to be part of fostering that in our community. There is no right or wrong way to express yourself through dance, and we want to provide a safe community space for people to do so.
Dee fell in love with the stage and performing at a young age. She was never one to shy away from the opportunity to take on and become a different character. She always loved working with and teaching kids, so when the opportunity to dance, create, and teach simultaneously arose, she knew she found her calling. Dee truly believes whether you are 2, 20, or 92, dance is for everyone and has many benefits. She hopes that by teaching with love, compassion, and encouragement she will help others find their passion and love for movement and the art of dance. Dance has brought her so many opportunities, partnerships, and friendships and she is grateful for all of the adventures dance will continue to bring her. Alyssa enjoyed an active and full childhood. While in university,
she had a rewarding experience volunteering with a peer counselling group. This, combined with her love of the arts, propelled her into a new direction. Alyssa is now completing the final stages of her education at the CREATE Institute for Expressive Arts Therapy. Through her own personal experience and being a witness to others’ healing and transformation, she has seen how engagement with the arts, and thus our own creativity, can heal and strengthen us. The arts enable us to speak when it seems that words fail us; they empower us as we find our own resourcefulness and surprise us with the joy that is the heart and soul of what makes our lives meaningful.
Alyssa and Dee attribute their success to their relationship with the dancers and their families, taking pride and care in working with every person. At Active Arts, they know their students and their families by name, everyone is treated with equality and respect, regardless of whether they see them once a year or once every other day. “It sounds cheesy, and don’t tell her we said this, but our greatest mentor is our mom; because of her, we have always known the definition of a strong independent woman. We have always felt the support, love, and encouragement to be ourselves and conduct our business as a reflection of ourselves. We will forever be in her debt for all of her extensive business knowledge and mom wisdom,” says Dee.
Active Arts offers recreational and competitive dance classes for all ages in a variety of skill levels and styles, day camps (summer, March Break, PA Days), birthday parties, wedding choreography, as well as youth and adult events/dance parties. New this year is a pilot program for Expressive Arts Therapy (no, you do not need to be an artist to try this program). It is a process that is open and created for all despite skill level, working with all different art forms including visual, dance, music, drama, and poetry to help people through life changes, mental health challenges, and overall well-being.
Please refer to their website for information and registration for any of the programs Active Arts offers. All safety and health precautions are in place for classes and during lockdown, they offer classes virtually.