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Big Band Bash 2024

Big Band Bash 2024

  The Big Band Bash that Les DesMerle and his full band held on February 10th had 17 of us from the Studio enjoying the music and dance floor — all for a good benefit. Thank you, Les, and thank you students and spouses for joining me.

Newcomers love Hustle & Cha Cha

Newcomers love Hustle & Cha Cha

Our Wednesday afternoon dance classes for the Amelia Island Newcomers’ Club is featuring Cha Cha (at 2PM) and Hustle (at 3).  These ladies are learning lots of fun steps — and making my job as teacher easy and enjoyable. Thank you, ladies! BTW — there’s always room for more dancers! We can catch you up […]

Gia becomes a U.S. Citizen!

Gia becomes a U.S. Citizen!

It’s official! I am now a citizen of the United States!  It’s been years in the making — and I owe a huge debt of gratitude to many friends and supporters. THANK YOU! Karen, Greg, Claudia and Earlene brought me to the courthouse in Jacksonville where the Ceremony took place. People from 23 different countries became […]

Thanksgiving Party 2023

Thanksgiving Party 2023

. Three little Indians??? . We celebrated Paul’s birthday where he showed off his Swing moves to each and every lady attending the party as one by one, they cut in and danced with him. I am so thankful to all my students who have helped me build the studio and who share my love […]

Write on, Julia!

Write on, Julia!

Thank you very much, Julia, for this article — I am so thankful for you and all the students who have graced my dance floor. Sharing the joy of dance is my honor and privilege. Through dance, may we all become stronger, healthier, happier people!  

Great Success at Competition

Great Success at Competition

Congratulations to my beautiful students Lisa Rosenblum and Claudia Doniat for their great achievements at 2023 Constitution State Dancesport Championships. Good job ladies! You both did a LOT of dances and were very successful. I am proud of you. RESULTS for Lisa Rosenblum: 1st place- 3 Dance Championship Closed Bronze Newcomer International Latin. (Cha Cha, […]

Birthday Bash with Personal Choreography

Birthday Bash with Personal Choreography

Thank you to this special student who asked for personalized choreagraphy at her birthday bash. She chose a dazzling Argentine Tango to entertain her guests.  It was a wonderful party, Claudia — thank you! . Sonny presents Claudia one of her many cakes. Several members of Claudia’s family came to the island from Germany to […]

A Spook-tacular Halloween Party!

A Spook-tacular Halloween Party!

.  Karen and Greg win the prize for best costume . Fangs a lot to you both! . And the costume prize winners get this T-shirt! .  .  Thank you to all my students for joining in the fun of this holiday — and for joining me on the dance floor. It was a scary-good […]

Students Throw Surprise Party

Students Throw Surprise Party

THANK YOU to all who surprised me with this early birthday party — It was very, very special. Can’t believe you made Georgian food and even a Happy Birthday sign in my native language (not an easy task, for sure!). Erma hand painted “Happy Birthday” in my native Georgian language onto this banner. Students say […]

Hot nights, hot dancing!

Hot nights, hot dancing!

These student friends opted to beat the heat with me Friday night. How?  We did some hot dance numbers in our cool, air-conditioned studio — with a Tropical Theme, of course. It was great fun — thank you for joining me!  

Celebrating the 4th of July at the Studio

Celebrating the 4th of July at the Studio

Gia proudly wearing the USA flag in front of the flag of his native country, Georgia.  Lessons are still available throughout the holiday. .THANK YOU to my students for joining me on the dance floor to kick off the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Sorry to miss some others who were traveling off the island […]

Int'l Dance Fest was Great!

Int’l Dance Fest was Great!

Special thanks to Ekaterine Archaia for organizing the International Dance Festival in my native country of Georgia. Everything was great — the panel of judges that I was honored to be part of, as well as the atmosphere of the event and all the participating dancers. What a wonderful event with these people organizing and […]

Cinco de Mayo Party Mucho Fun!

Cinco de Mayo Party Mucho Fun!

Muchas Gracias to all who made our Cinco de Mayo party soooooo much fun! . Paul and Rana enjoying the dance floor together .  .    Dance is truly an uplifting experience for some students!

Students Throw Anniversary Party for Studio

Students Throw Anniversary Party for Studio

. Celebrating the Studio’s #2 year here on Amelia Island I am so very grateful to all the wonderful people who joined me here on the dance floor over the past two years — and especially to those who surprised me with an incredible gift and party here on May 1st. Your generosity and support […]

Flowers-themed Dance Blossoms at Studio

Flowers-themed Dance Blossoms at Studio

.    . Waltz was just one of the many dances these students did as they took to the floor during our “Waltz of the Flowers – themed” party on Friday. Thank you all for coming out and sharing your love of dance with me!

February "Red" Party a Blast!

February “Red” Party a Blast!

Thank you to all my students to attended our February Dance Party — you all did great!   Beverly, Lisa, Claudia, Erma, Claudia (the second!) with Gia   Erma and Gia enjoy a Swing dance Couples coming for lessons now enjoy dancing at our parties.

Big Band Bash with Les DeMerle & Orchestra

Big Band Bash with Les DeMerle & Orchestra

. .  Thank you to my students who joined me at the Big Band Valentine Bash — a charity event organized by and featuring the Les DeMerle Orchestra. The music was wonderful! We also really enjoyed the silent auction and art auction. Hope the proceeds can help more budding young musicians on their path to […]

Valentine's Special! Treat Someone Special This Month!

Valentine’s Special! Treat Someone Special This Month!

The month of February celebrates Valentine’s Day — and all this month, you can treat YOUR special someone to this Valentine’s offer:  5 dance lessons for the price of 3.  For $345, you and your Valentine will receive customized, private lessons in any of the many dance styles we teach. Come treat yourselves to a […]

Chamber of Commerce Gala at the Ritz

Chamber of Commerce Gala at the Ritz

Some of my students joined me at the Ritz Carlton with past week to participate in the Chamber of Commerce’s 2023 Gala. We were one of the many other businesses, large and small, that call Amelia Island home — and applauded those special few who were singled out to be recognized. Congrats to all!   […]

B&W Winter Party Jan 20

B&W Winter Party Jan 20

Join us from 6 to 8 PM on January 20th for our HAPPY WINTER BLACK & WHITE PARTY. We are kicking off 2023 with this social event full of great music, fun dancing and friends new & old. Just $10 per person.

Claudia & Lisa win at Competition

Claudia & Lisa win at Competition

.               I am so proud of these two students who competed in the North Florida Dance Challenge held here on the island at the Ritz Carlton this December. .  .  . Claudia Doniat —  a newcomer to ballroom dance, made a strong debut — looking & performing like a […]

New Class for Couples!

New Class for Couples!

For those couples currently taking private lessons at the Studio, we are now offering a group practice class on Tuesday nights from 7 to 8 PM. Come practice your new moves and meet some new friends on the dance floor. This is a free opportunity to those couples taking lessons to get in some  great […]

Studio Holiday Party on December 23!

Studio Holiday Party on December 23!

Come kick up your heels and have some fun on Friday, December 23 from 6 to 8 PM as we celebrate the season in style. Bring a beverage of your choice and an appetizer to share, your dancing shoes, and some holiday spirit as we dance to some great music and party together. May the […]

Save $180 when you buy Holiday Gift Certificates now!!!

Save $180 when you buy Holiday Gift Certificates now!!!

Give the gift that keeps them smiling from their nose to their toes — a gift certificate from Gia Viseli Dance Studio in Fernandina Beach. This special holiday offer gives you 6 private lessons and 6 group lessons for $450 — regularly $630.  Don’t wait — limited supply. Order yours today at 302-252-8525.

And the dance philosophy says...

And the dance philosophy says…

If you think you’d like to learn to dance, meet new people, exercise to terrific music, and enjoy the many health benefits of dance — why wait?  Give us a call and you can begin learning immediately. Give us a call to find out more!

Thought for the day...

Thought for the day…

…we can START in the studio, of course!  Come learn a new dance and experience the joy of movement, the many health benefits of dance, and the fun of meeting kindred spirits.

Would your club or group like private dance training?

Would your club or group like private dance training?

The ladies from the Newcomers Club of Amelia Island enjoy learning some fun new dance moves. This club reserves time on Wednesday afternoons to have various members drop by the studio to dance. Instruction begins with everyone learning at once, together, and then Gia shows them how to apply the moves to dancing as a […]

Jazz Fest 2022 Swing Party

Jazz Fest 2022 Swing Party

Students and friends danced up a storm at this year’s Amelia Island Jazz Festival’s Swing Party. Thanks to Les DeMerle and his band for helping us keep our feet in motion — and our hearts happy! .    .    0D65F2DE-EF69-4F45-94EF-A88A9188258A IMG_7145 2

Ballroom & Latin Dance Classes Resume

Ballroom & Latin Dance Classes Resume

Hello Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach!  I hope everyone had a great summer! Ballroom & Latin Dance classes at GiaViseliDanceSport on 8th Street start back today, September 12.. I invite you all back to the dance floor to enjoy music and movement with me. Monday and Thursday are Latin Dance Days — from 6 to […]

Classes & Lessons Start Back Sept. 12

Classes & Lessons Start Back Sept. 12

Hope you all had a great summer!  We are delighted to say our student, Lisa Rosenblum, represented us well at the Florida State DanceSport Competition in Sarasota (see earlier blog for details). Also, I traveled back to my home country of Georgia to visit friends and relatives there. I am happy to be back in […]

We can teach almost ANYONE to dance!

We can teach almost ANYONE to dance!

Would you like to learn to dance? No need to worry — we can teach you!  Come see how enjoyable it can be! Among the many dances we teach at the studio are:  Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, QuickStep, Viennese Waltz, Salsa, Bolero, Bachata, Mambo, Cha Cha, Argentine Tango, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, and MORE!  […]

Congrats to Lisa Rosenblum on her 1st Competition!

Congrats to Lisa Rosenblum on her 1st Competition!

    Congratulations to my student, Lisa Rosenblum, who attended this year’s Florida State Dancesport Championships in Sarasota, Florida. This prestigious event challenges professional dancers, amateur dancers and the combination of each called “Pro/Ams”– which describes how we competed. Some dancers compete after years of study — Lisa set her sights on competing just a […]

You're Never Too Old -- or Young -- to Learn to Dance!

You’re Never Too Old — or Young — to Learn to Dance!

  From couples who have been together for years and years and want to prepare for a special occasion — or youngsters interested in learning some cool new moves on the dance floor — we can coach you to dance better than you ever thought possible. The benefits of dance are many:  better balance, stronger […]

Moser family dances Salsa!

Moser family dances Salsa!

Congratulations to the delightful family of Ann Witham Moser who came to my studio as a private group to learn Salsa. What a privilege it was to teach you all!  Thank you! I would love to see more PRIVATE GROUPS coming to the studio — so if you would like to pull together some friends, […]

Beach Party!

Beach Party!

Lots of fun on the beach with some students as we listened to Salsa music in the sizzling sun at Peters Point. Hanging out with such nice people was a great way to spend a hot afternoon. Thanks, all!

Special thanks to Abby & Nicholas

Special thanks to Abby & Nicholas

.  It’s such a privilege to choreograph and teach the wedding dance — and this couple did a great job. You both were fast learners and put a lot of work — and heart — into it.  The enthusiasm you brought to the dance floor was terrific! Thank you for sharing photos of the special […]

Swing Classes Thru June for Newcomers' Club

Swing Classes Thru June for Newcomers’ Club

Our East Coast Swing and West Coast Swing classes — by popular demand — will continue through the end of June. Wednesday afternoon from 2 to 3 pm, we get into West Coast Swing. From 3 to 4, we dance East Coast Swing. It’s never too late to join in as we review material each […]

Beginners Wanted for June Classes

Beginners Wanted for June Classes

Our Beginner-level Ladies’ Latin Dance classes (Mondays and Thursdays 6-7pm) will start fresh in June, and we’re looking for new adult beginners as our April and May Beginners will move to our Advanced classes (Mondays and Thursdays 7-8pm). If you’re looking for a fun way to stay cool this summer (we have a spacious, air-conditioned […]

Student Throws Great Derby Party

Student Throws Great Derby Party

Our wonderful hostess Thank you, Erma Brutscher, for inviting studio dancers to you Kentucky Derby party. We donned our hats and cheered for our favorites only to be surprised by the winner, Rich Strike. It’s so great to enjoy my wonderful students outside the studio as much as in. Cheers to more fun times ahead! […]

Celebrating 1-Year Anniversary - Wahoo!

Celebrating 1-Year Anniversary – Wahoo!

  . So thankful for all the great students I’ve met throughout my first year on Amelia Island.  Cheers to the successful year and to the years ahead, meeting more wonderful student dancers and continuing to share my love of dance with all who wish to learn.    Get a leg up on your next […]

Students perform well at Jazz Fest Dance Party

Students perform well at Jazz Fest Dance Party

It was so great to see my students on the dance floor of the Swingin’ Jazz Wine & Dance Party this past Saturday. Thanks to the dynamic Les DeMerle band, we enjoyed such dances as Waltz, Foxtrot, Swing, Rumba, Cha Cha and more. I’m proud of the students for seeing this event as a great […]

Fun Group at Ladies' Latin Class This Week

Fun Group at Ladies’ Latin Class This Week

Lots of fun new faces joining us this past week for our Ladies’ Latin Class. Beginners:  We have Monday and Thursday night group class from 6-7pm. We go over basic steps to upbeat music — no experience necessary. More advanced dancers:  Check us out Monday and Thursday night from 7-8pm. We dance to lively Latin […]