Win some holiday zen!

Contest continues until Dec 27th! Like & Share to win!


Like & share or Favourite & retweet and I’ll put your name in a draw to win a free lesson at my home studio. The winner gets to choose the style (yoga, pilates, dance, fusion) and bring up to four friends to share in the fun! Look for the contest image on Twitter @bizzvarty and Facebook/yogabizz

You can enter once a day on as many days as you like. Contest ends at midnight December 27, 2015.

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DIY Dance: Dance Blender

Inspire some creative dance fusion moves in this mini dance-off.
• Students will form groups of three. In each group, students will determine who will play the roles of Muse 1, Muse 2 and The Blender (the roles may rotate if desired)
• Muse 1 will begin by demonstrating a simple dance move
• Muse 2 will then demonstrate a second simple move
• The Blender’s job is to quickly find a way to fuse both moves into one new dance step (use a timer if necessary)
• The Muses will then join in, copying the Blender’s new step
• You can use the deck of dance cards created in Name-A-Dance to inspire the Muses

Elements of Dance

Here is my personal “cheat sheet” for the Elements of Dance. Click here for a PDF version.


Body awareness (body position, where one is in relation to people and objects)

Body parts (muscles, bones, joints, organs, breath, head, shoulders, arms, hands,

back, ribs, hips, legs, feet, fingers, toes, face, elbows, knees)

Shapes (big, small, angular, stretched, twisted, curved, open, closed)

Non-locomotor mvmts (plie, rise, stretch, grow, spin, fold, bow, hop, jump, turn,

lift, pull, march, wave arms, twist, rock, shake, sway, collapse, stretch)

Locomotor mvmts (run, gallop, skip, roll, crawl, creep, leap, dart, walk, slide)

Body bases (seat, back, side, knee)

Body zones (upper, lower, right, left, front, back, lateral, cross-lateral)

Symmetry vs Asymmetry

Geometric vs organic shape

Curved vs angular shape

Isolation of body parts

Weight transfer (lunge, leap, roll)



Levels (low, middle, high, expanding, contracting)

Size of movement

Pathways (straight, curvy, zig zag, in air, on floor, circular)

General vs personal space

Directions (forwards, backwards, sideways, turning, diagonal)

Focus (direction of gaze)

Positive vs negative space

Proximity of dancer to one another

Various group formations (circle, square, tiangle, semi-circle, pairs, trios, clumps)

Use of performance space (large, confined)



Tempo (slow, sustained, fast, stop/start, sudden, quick)

Rhythm (even, uneven, steady, regular, irregular, erratic)



With vs without music

Duration (short/long)


Pattern (combinations of time)



Effort (pressing, gliding, attack, heavy, light)

Force (lightness, strength, tight, loose)

Quality (melt, twitch, slump, explode, bounce, shake, smooth, delicate,

cautiously, erratically, percussively, sustained, punch, thrust, float, collapse, wiggle, explode, vibrate, slash, press, shrink, open)

Inaction vs action


Fluidity (glide, slink, fall, shiver, wring, dab, mould, flow, bind, balanced)



Dancers to props/objects (in, on, around, etc)



Follow/lead (partners, groups)

Emotional connections between dancers

Groupings (large & small groups)

Group conventions (unison, cannon, levels, facings, call & response, variations)


The Family Business 2 Concert

Fam-Bus-2-FB-image-NEW-PHOTO-3The Varty Party returns!

Sat. January 10th at 7:30pm
at the London Music Club
470 Colborne Street
$10 before or $12 at the door.

Dance the night away to rockin’ blues and funk music that’ll cure your winter blahs in no time. See me (or my Dad) for advance tickets!
More info on the Facebook event page.

Featuring Doug Varty, Bizz Varty, Ryan Spong, Ted Peacock and Ted Leonard, with special guest Deborah Zuskan. The LMC serves dinner and drinks all night.

Check out these videos from the first Family Business concert in April 2013:

Girl, You Have No Faith in Medicine

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

Tell Mama