By Christina Botticchio, Emily Silva, Natalia Balcerzak
Amateur and professional dancers alike can get ‘bodied’ to Beyoncé songs just steps from Ryerson campus. Nicky Nasrallah and Katherine Wilson are the brains behind “Beyography” the popular two-hour Beyoncé inspired dance classes held in Toronto.
Nasrallah started the classes in February 2013 when Wilson, his assistant dance instructor, asked him to teach her Beyoncé dance moves. In his spare time, Nasrallah watched Beyoncé’s music videos and performances to teach himself the choreography in his living room.
Eventually, he decided to rent a dance studio and hold invite-only classes.
“For a good while, it was just for my friends… They would come learn what I wanted to teach them,” he said.
Now, classes are held three times a week at both Elevation Dancentre on Bloor Street West and Steps Dance Studio on Yonge and Gloucester streets. Nasrallah also offers one-on-one lessons and group lessons for birthday parties, family functions and bachelorette parties.
“I’m just trying to spread the love to people who normally wouldn’t be able to dance like Beyoncé,” he said.