Dancing for Confidance
By Zahra Jamal/The Other Press
November 6, 2002
“She’s back to dancing with a vengeance, and now
she’s teaching others how to do it as well. Like many of us, Francesca Anastasi
missed out on some of the things she wanted to do as a kid.
Although dancing was her passion from the day she
took her first baby steps, times were tough and her parents could not afford to
send her for lessons.
Her passion for dancing never died, and when she
turned eighteen years old she decided to take ballroom dancing lessons. Although
she had no prior experience, she was so good that she was asked to instruct the
class after just a few months.
Anastasi has a natural gift, but she claims it was
her love for dancing that honed those stepping skills. “I worked really hard to
be where I am at,” says Anastasi, and now she wants to help others reach their
performance goals at her dance school Confidance.
Like others who love to dance but can’t always
manifest their passion into perfectly coordinated steps, Anastasi also had her
share of bad leg-days. She abandoned dancing and then did not start up again
until reaching her thirty’s.
“I had to work ten times
harder as the others,” said Anastasi. It must have been worth it; her resume’
includes gigs for Much Music, The Titanic, the 2002 International Dance
Festival, and much more.
Her most recent achievement is her dance school
Confidance, for all ages and levels, where she teaches everything from Freestyle
to Argentine Tango.
Teaching Wallflowers to Boogie
By Diane Strandberg/Tri-City News
June 26, 2002
“Everybody dance now!” could also be Francesca
Anastasi’s mission statement. The Coquitlam dance instructor wants to get
bystanders to shake their booty and she’s going to show them how.
Anastasi teaches monthly Freestyle Dance courses to
people who want more confidence when the DJ plays their favourite tune. She
simplifies the movements into three basic steps.
No more embarrassing moments, no more drinking the
courage to dance — the program will teach the basics to musically-challenged
dancers with two left feet.
Anastasi came up with the idea after watching people
stand around an empty dance floor. She became known as the “water drinker” who
wouldn’t wait for a crowd to materialize before she boogied.
“I’ve always loved dancing,” she said.
She wants to debunk the myth that it’s only for
young, flexible, thin people.
Her dream to dance professionally came true and she
brings a “can-do” attitude to her new business, CONFIDANCE.
Starting this fall, she will teach a new program
that combines dance and fitness, a way of building physical fitness without the
Her courses are geared to adults who want to dance
but don’t have the physical strength, dexterity or background for regular dance
Since moving to the Tri-Cities 10 years ago,
Anastasi has been pursuing her dream of becoming a dancer.
Her résumé includes various acting and dancing roles
in films and TV series such as Titanic, Police Academy and The Lone Gunmen.
She has also acted locally with Studio 43 and
coached, choreographed and taught at the Pinetree community centre.