Ilaria Zuzak started Dance Rootz in 2017 when a good friend of hers mentioned the need for dance classes outside of Saskatoon near Clavet/ Dundurn. In that area, there is a beautiful Dance Studio called Studio Sage, but at that time it was not being used for any regular classes. In October, 2017 Ilaria began running Hip Hop classes out of Studio Sage, and the interest grew quickly. Ilaria has taught over 50 different students out at Studio Sage, and through connections made there, it let to the creation of her class "Soul Stir". Ilaria has also recently completed her Undergraduate degree and obtains a Bachelor of Education. To read more about the classes Ilaria has to offer, visit the Classes page below.
The meaning behind the name "Dance Rootz" for Ilaria, begins with the fact that she started this business specifically to teach dance out in the prairies. No matter where she ends up, she always wants to acknowledge and remember that her dance career has roots on the prairies. Of course, with a last name that includes two "z's", she wanted to make the name original by changing the spelling of the word "roots" to "rootz". Along with this, Ilaria also believes it is important to learn and understand the roots of the styles of dance that she teaches and practices. As much as possible, Ilaria explains the history behind each style/move that she teaches so that her students will have a better understanding and appreciation for what they are learning.
Although going under the name Dance Rootz is fairly new for Ilaria, she has been a part of the dance scene in and around Saskatoon for many years. Ilaria has also travelled to places such as New York , LA, Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Edmonton to further her education in dance. Ilaria has worked with and trained under many dancers, and has brought in other instructors to teach at Studio Sage as well, including Christine Harder, Natalie Clarke, BJ Trinidad, and Michele Duong.
At the end of the day, Ilaria is most passionate about performing, and sharing her knowledge and love for dance with others. She enjoys getting talented dancers together to do performances when opportunities come up, and this includes her student groups as well.
To learn more about Ilaria Zuzak and her performance/teaching experience, you can open the document below!
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