Happy Saturday! Today I have a different sort of post, especially for a Saturday but I will be back to the regular schedule next week!
If you are a regular reader, you will know that I am extremely passionate about my city and I always love to support fellow artists and entrepreneurs in any way I can. So when the beautiful Erika from the new Academy Of All Things Awesome approached me to collaborate on her inaugural event, I jumped at the chance. It was just a bonus that it was all about the queen of all girl bosses – Beyonce.
The Academy Of All Things Awesome is a genius new business that aims to host events around Hamilton where people can socialize, have fun and explore new hobbies. From thrifting at flea markets or learning how to collage to getting your dance on in a Beyonce themed dance class. The events are affordable and open to all ages and skill levels, it’s all about living in the moment and enjoying our city and the people who live in it.
For it’s first order of business, The AATA teamed up with the seriously talented Nicky Nasrallah of the much hyped Beyography. Beyography is Nicky’s brainchild that was fuelled by an immense appreciation for Queen B’s artistic videos and musicality.
“When her I Am… Sasha Fierce album came out, I quickly took notice of her specificity and versatility in dance styles and image from song to song. I became obsessed with how she took on and entirely new persona for every release. That’s when I took note of her artistry and realized that she’s truly on another level”
After attending 4 of the Mrs. Carter Tour shows, some practice in his living room and a little help from a friend, Beyography was born. Nicky now teaches multiple classes a week in Toronto and Ottawa and has been featured in Flare Magazine, Novella Mag and Style Democracy as well as on multiple news networks.
The AATA has brought Nicky and his 2 hour classes to Hamilton for the month of August, every Wednesday Nicky will be teaching a different Beyonce hit and I was lucky enough to attend the very first session.
As someone who loves to bust out dancing in her kitchen but hasn’t taken a dance class since elementary school, I was more than a little bit nervous. However, the second I stepped foot into the room, I knew I had no reason to be nervous. Beyography is unlike any other dance class because there is absolutely no pressure or expectations. Nicky’s energy is so vibrant and the atmosphere screams that this is all about having fun and letting loose. It doesn’t matter if you are a seasoned dancer or like me, have no experience whatsoever, and no matter your age, gender, size or ability you will be welcomed with open arms.
“My only formal training in dance comes from two years of musical theatre, which is why this class is so accessible to non-dancers. I approach the class as teaching students the choreography so they can have fun with it, as opposed to teaching them how to be perfect dancers.
The class is a confidence builder. Her songs are very empowering. Whether it’s the feminist anthem Run The World proclaiming that women can do anything, or Blow, the song about owning our sexuality, there is always an opportunity to tap into a new side of yourself that you haven’t yet discovered. And it’s not just a class for women. Men love learning the steps as well.
I started the class to just have good time with my friends and it’s turned into something much bigger. I keep hearing stories of how Beyography has changed people’s lives by pulling them out of a dark place. It was pretty humbling and incredible to learn that we have that effect. I’ve seen so many different types of people in the studio, from 11 year old girls, to women over 50, to men rocking the highest pairs of stilettos I’ve ever seen. It’s really a class for everyone.”
Over the course of 2 hours – which flies by – Nicky will get you up off your feet and out of your shell. You might even find that you’re a better dancer than you first thought.
Apart from attending the first session with The AATA, we thought it might be fun to do a Beyonce inspired makeup tutorial. So I created a vampy classic Beyonce look and put it together with a vlog to show you a bit of my experience at Beyography. Check out the video and let me know if you would ever take a chance and learn how to dance to one of Queen B’s songs.