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Congratulations on the 20th studio Anniversary! You and Ted have provided such a beautiful home for individuals to come and share their passion for dance! The work you do is truly admirable and the manner in which you do it is a true testament to the love you have for your art form. Thank-you for the most wonderful working relationship but more importantly for the most blessed friendship we have nurtured and celebrated over the years. The Ted Motyka Dance Studio has created a legacy that will continue to dance on in the hearts of all who have had the privilege to experience the magic that exists within the 4 walls on McDermot! May God continue to Bless you both!!! Mnoyaha Lita!!

- Larysa Semchyshyn

Dancing is a way of life for me at Ted Motyka Dance Studio. I dance several times a week in a warm and pleasant atmosphere. The dance studio is very spacious and elegant as you would imagine dancing in a beautiful ballroom. Quite often I attend without a partner to dance with but very rarely do I dance alone. The instructors are accommodating and will challenge your creativity and offer you encouragement to achieve your goals. The Friday night practices and gala dances throughout the year are an added plus which I always look forward to. Thank You Ted and Margaret for sharing your tremendous knowledge and love of dance.

- Linda Niewczas

While I was learning Latin and ballroom dancing, I found it interesting how the man communicates his intentions, so to speak, by touch and nudges, and how the woman reads the communication and knows what to do, and how important it is for the man to learn how to lead properly. With this in mind, I was inspired to write the following...

One touch brings you near, one touch sends you away,
You know where to go, I dont even say.
One touch for the New Yorker, arms open wide,
One touch for the Promenade, then back at my side.
One touch and you turn, one touch and you sway,
You're warm to the touch, no worries today.
Quick quick then slow, 'this magic, I think,
Savour the moment, silent in sync.

Thanks to Ted and Margaret Motyka and my dancing friend Isabel.
Spring 2013

"Silent in Sync" inspiration penned by Bruce, suave, debonaire, dancer extraordinaire in training.

While deciding one day to take a chance and actually learn how to dance, I walked into Ted and Margaret's Dance Studio on Main. Where can you find athletic fitness, (gentle moving for some), a challenge, fun and the connection with others while enjoying great music for the soul? For an hour I left the issues, stresses, and personal challenges of life behind and began to fall into this intriguing world of dance (plus time if you stay for the fun party time). The lessons are so adaptable and you able to learn quickly (or slowly) as the staff patiently guide you through the steps while offering gentle corrections. They help you to feel so comfortable. I now feel like I've been given an amazing gift and have become a part of a fun and warm community. Thank you to Margaret and her team of dancers who have created a lovely environment while offering professionalism and fun. I encourage all to try it. You'll like it.

- Georgia J. Inglis

 ************************   Ted & Margaret **************************

....There's a little purple door close to Bannatyne.....
....Step inside and see what you will find......
....Ted is teachin'......He's a gentleman refined.....
...Movin' across the floor so bright  with shine.....
...Lovely Margarite has passion and desire......
..Her style is smooth with her heart on fire.....
...The music moves us both to and fro......
...We take our partner and here we go.....
...They share with us,  the gift they already know.....
...For as we dance,  so shall we grow......

Poem by K.J.


Ted Motyka's Dance Studio is somewhat of a hidden gem. Go around the front of the building, through the parking lot and almost into an alleyway, and you'll find yourself in front of a bright pink door. Stepping inside brings you into a world that is decidely more glamourous. Wood panelled flooring, vaulted ceilings, marble walls. You can easily imagine the place coming to life during evening balls with fancily dressed guests whirling around the dance floor or shining under the spotlight of stars (as it did when Richard Gere came into town). However, the real gems to uncover are the instructors. Ted and Margaret are friendly, funny and engaging. It won't take long until you become hooked and you find that it's you spinning under the dimmed lights, as you dance across the ballroom floor at one of the studio's regular dance parties.

- Jonathan Epp

Ted Motyka's Dance Studio is great for beginners. The drop-in format means you can start whenever you want. When you go, you won't feel alone, because enough new comers drop in on a regular basis that you can always feel comfortably hidden in a group of people at the same level as you. As you realize how fun it is and keep coming back, the feeling of anonymity won't last long. The Dance Studio provides a great atmosphere, from the helpful and approachable instructors to the friendly (and forgiving when acting as your dance partner) people who attend.

- John

My husband and I were finally able to visit your dance studio on Friday after receiving your newsletters for almost a year now. We LOVED it!!! AND we will be back EVERY Friday from now on. Although we were a little shy as we are not very well versed in ANY dances, you made us feel very comfortable and we stayed as long as we could after, practicing and watching. Thank you for the great communication, thank you for the great studio, and thank you for making us feel so welcome and comfortable.

- Sharon and Art

Taking up ballroom dancing is like planting a tree...
You think you should have started twenty years ago, so that you could have enjoyed it all this time.
Actually, the next best time to start is NOW. Twenty years from today we will look back and say it is the best thing we ever did. We love it and find it is the highlight of our week.

- Kathy and Bob Gillis

I am taking dancing lessons for a special reason. This past summer I spent in Germany going to school. Here I met a guy named Uli, who ballroom dances. We have made a promise to each other that the next time we meet, we will dance. This is why I am currently attending classes and thankful we have wonderful teachers!

- Many Thanks,
Student in progress
Karla Rolland

The Japanese movie Shall We Dance has a beautiful line: "Dancing makes my heart sing." We began dancing in 1978. As we celebrate our silver anniversary of the joy of dance, we can honestly state that this wonderful union of music and movement has brought us much happiness, satisfaction and pleasure -- like a marriage!

- Peter and Jo-Anne (Bostock)

To me; the Tango Dance is an all-consuming passion. I love this dance heart and soul. This came about as a result of watching the movie "The Tango Lesson" with Sally Potter & Pablo Veron one night back about 3 years ago. From the very moment the movie came on - I became glued to the presentation and fell mad over heels in love with the movie and the dance itself. Two people dancing the tango is the ultimate of beauty in motion. As a result of this; I went to Buenos Aires last November and enjoy it even more so - to the point of having decided that I will more than likely seriously consider moving to Buenos Aires when I reach retirement. The thought of being able to go for a walk in the evenings to some Milonga - do some dancing or just plain watch others in motion - and to see some of the professionals dance the tango is enough to make a grown man cry. Does this sound like I am just a bit fond of the Tango? I cannot help but feel; when two people who are passionately in love with the tango - are dancing the tango - nothing else matters.

- George J. Pronteau

Dancing has become a lifestyle for me. While some people choose sedentary activities such as watching television, I would rather be dancing!!! Personally, dancing is a meaningful use of time and is an expression of my self-identity. I feel like I’m soaring whether I am practicing dance steps at home daily, or whether I am enjoying a private weekly dance lesson at Ted Motyka’s Dance Studio. Plus every Friday evening I join new friends with a one-hour dance lesson followed by a dance party until midnight.

The owners and instructors make me feel at home, encourage creativity in a positive atmosphere, and give me the opportunity to achieve new experiences. Dancing has given me greater flexibility, balance, strength, and endurance and more energy. As a recent widow, dancing has increased my level of happiness, joy, and hope. Most important of all, I dance just for the pleasure of it. Dancing is like engaging in life in the fullest – it is socially, physically, intellectually, and emotionally satisfying!!!

- Evelyn McManaman


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