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September 2015

  • September 17, 2015

    Business Spotlight: The Muze

    DANCING ON DUNDAS!

    Discover The Muze downtown!

    BY LOUISE PYNE

     

    The Muze in downtown London has synergy. It comes from the eclectic mix of talent, education and professional experience that co-owners Leah Gretchell and Dorit Osher bring to their new dance and living arts hub at 242 Dundas Street. Both instructors lived and danced abroad before crossing paths in London’s dance community to share their stories of diverse cultural experiences.

     

    “Before language, we had dance to transcend borders and bring cultures together,” says Getchell, an anthropologist and classically trained ballet dancer, before switching gears to train in ballroom, belly and salsa. Thanks to Getchell’s warm approach, the atmosphere at The Muze is welcoming. “Anyone can dance regardless of their age, size or ability.” New comers are encouraged to sign up for The Muze’s Beginner Boogie sessions to let loose, have fun and pick up new moves. The multi-talented Getchell, furthered her career to become a certified Strengths Quest educator and welcomes opportunities to consult with local business.

     

    Co-owner, Dorit Osher, is not only a professional dancer herself, having worked with some of the most world reknown choreographers, she is psychotherapist. With Osher’s expertise, The Muze offers far more than the typical dance studio as they aim to improve the well-being of their patrons. Besides the standard classes of Ballet Basics, Baby Bop and Burlesque offered, Osher facilitates workshops on topics such as Narrating the Self for adults and body image and self-esteem for girls with a Stand Tall Girls Circle.

     

    Osher envisions The Muze growing into a welcoming artist’s salon for Londoners to share their creative visions in many art forms such as poetry and theatrical performances. In this way, The Muze is a perfect fit for Dundas Street and the launch of “My Dundas”. At The Muze, patrons can come right in off the street and start dancing as the space occupies the main floor, a rarity for most dance studios. The mirrored walls, colourful curtains and punchy orange accents make a vibrant, inspiring room. There is freedom to move your body on the sprung floor that is designed to be safe and low impacts on the joints. Wear comfortable breathable clothes. Check the instructor about appropriate footwear, as classes may require, flat shoes, bare of sock feet.

     

    The Muze also rents their space to parties, art and theatre events or business meetings. On any given day, The Muze is alive with vibrancy and movement. The benefits of dancing are endless, whether you possess natural rhythm or have two left feet. While enjoying movement to music, it is creative, social, promotes body confidence, improves posture and cognition, to list a few. Come into The Muze, shake it and boogie down to a new beat.

    Join The Muze on September 26th for their Gatsby inspired opening Gala evening. Check out their website at www.themuze.ca/events for further details.

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