DANCE at Aspire Dance Center in Oxford, Ma

Hello Blog fans!

Diaz Digital Discoveries would like to welcome a new Dance and Fitness Center to our lovely little town of Oxford, Ma.

Congratulations and a big welcome go out to ASPIRE DANCE CENTER 250 Main St. in Oxford.
Aspire Dance Center is having a Grand Opening celebration on July 31st and would like you (yes you) to attend!  Hours are 10:30AM – 3:00PM

Classes begin in the Fall for the following types of dance:

  • Tap
  • Jazz
  • Ballet
  • Pointe
  • Modern
  • Lyrical
  • Hip Hop
  • Boys Hip Hop
  • Acro
  • Combo Ballet & Tap
  • Combo Ballet & Jazz
  • Competition Dancer
  • Tiny Tots Ballet & Tap (ages 3 & 4)
  • Mommy & Me (ages 18-36 months)
  • Zumba Fitness (ages 16 & older)
  • Stretch & Tone (ages 16 & older)
  • Production Number
  • Private Solo
  • Private Duo or Trio

Are You Shedding For Your Wedding?!  Aspire Dance Center is also offering fitness classes for those of you who are On A Mission to reshape your bodies or to ensure that you can get into that favorite dress on your wedding day (brides).

Take a fun and exhilarating ZUMBA class and you may find your new favorite thing to do on Monday & Wednesday nights!

Below is a sample of the various classes Aspire Dance Center offers: (schedules subject to change – call for latest updates)

Zumba® Fitness (Instructor: Melissa) … Mon. & Wed. 6:45 pm -7:45 pm

The Zumba® program fuses hypnotic Latin rhymes and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away.  Our goal is simple:  We want you to want to work out, to love working out, and to leave your worries at the door.  Zumba® fanatics achieve long-term benefits while experiencing an absolute blast in one exciting hour of calorie-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate for life! 

Stretch & Tone (Instructor: Melissa)…… Wednesdays 8:00 pm – 8:45 pm and Saturdays 9:15 am 

Gentle stretching and toning of all muscle groups in this relaxed and focused 45-minute class.  Be amazed as your flexibility and strength increases over time.  Appropriate for ages 16 to 116 J  We will be doing some floor work so please bring an exercise mat (or towel) so you will be comfortable.   Shoes are optional.

Cardio Endurance (Instructor: Nichole)….. Class cancelled until further notice

These specialized, high intensity workouts will have you increase strength, speed, and endurance- physically and mentally designed to push you to your max! Come get your blood pumping and sweat dripping in this crazy cardio class today!

Full Body Fitness (Instructor: Nichole) ….. Class cancelled until further notice

If you’re looking to get in the best shape of your life while completely changing the way you look, it’s time to start doing these intense full body sessions! The boot camp style drills will get you the visible results you want in less time than you think!

Contact them today to enroll or just to find out more information: 508-987-6200 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            508-987-6200      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

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Beauty Discovered!


Here are some images of Teresa Comtois, 2nd place winner in our recent Belly Dance-Off contest.
Teresa won a professional portfolio photo shoot and she did an excellent job during the shoot.

We had lots of fun creating many images that she will be able to use to showcase all the styles of dance that she does.

Teresa is also a Middle Eastern Dance instructor for anyone interested in learning Middle Eastern dance.

Classes are held at Mary Ann’s Studio of Dance, 1168 Boston Rd. Springfield, MA

For more information, you may contact the studio at: 413-782-4600 or contact Teresa at 413-575-9327

Thanks to Teresa for making this event fun!

Stay tuned…as we are already planning another belly dance off in the future months.


Today is the final day to register for our Belly Dance Off!  The belly dance competition is tomorrow from 12 noon until 3pm at our photography studio in Oxford, MA.
The final registration will be accepted at 7pm tonight.
Call us to register for this competition.

It is sure to be a fun event with music, belly dance trivia, prizes and of course music.

Grand prize winner will star in an upcoming professional video production.
Other winners will win a Free Photo shoot and other great prizes.

Spread the word and contact us today before registration closes at 7pm.

The contest begins promptly at Noon tomorrow.

For more information on the contest, visit our Facebook Event Page here:

Don’t miss this fun event!
Register today!
Call 508-216-5898


Get ready for FUN, music and a great prize to the winner of our upcoming contest! Do you have what it takes?

We are looking for the 10 best Belly-dancers in New England to come show off your moves, win prizes and appear in a PROMO VIDEO.

On Saturday, January 29th beginning at ‘high noon’ we want you to enter our belly-dance-off.

Contestants will be competing for the grand prize, which will be YOUR winning belly-dance filmed in a professional short video production on your choice of DVD or Blu-ray disc.

If you have always said…”Yeah, I can do that” when you see a belly-dancer, then this is your chance to prove it!

10 Contestants will each dance to the same songs, chosen by us, just to make things equal and the winner will be chosen by our judges and a majority vote from the audience. There will be 2 rounds…each contestant will have 60 seconds to dance in each round. Then there will be eliminations a final song for the top 3 will be played and they must dance again for 60 seconds to determine the winner and runners up.

All contestants will be included in the final voting pool as well, so it’s okay to vote for yourself. 🙂 Better yet, bring a friend and have them vote for you too!

Break out your sexiest belly-dancer outfit (you know…that one from Halloween from years ago?)… or put together one of your own. Props are allowed (finger cymbals, hip belts, veils, wings, etc…) so you may bring accessories to help enhance your routine. ONLY SWORDS DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR DANCE will be allowed for the safety of all attending. If you do not have a specially designed sword, please do not bring it.

You don’t want to miss this event, which will surely bring lots of fun and LOL’s throughout the event.

To register for the Belly-Dance-Off Event, contact us and also RSVP to this event. Call 508-216-5898 to register.

Once all 10 registrations have been filled, the contest will be closed for entries. Only 10 contestants will be able to compete.

Official attire welcomed, but not required to compete.

Have FUN & Good luck to all the entrants!

Gina Mandella Dance Studio, Picture Day Photos 2010

We had the honor and pleasure to photograph the Gina Mandella Dance Studio Picture Day Event again this year.  We have enjoyed Picture Day for several years now and this year was no exception.

I must say, it’s wonderful to see all these kids growing up and developing their dance skills more and more each year.  I am also glad to be able to say that my own daughter is now a part of this wonderful dance studio.  I’m already looking forward to Picture Day 2012.

Below is the link to access the Picture Day image gallery.

If prompted, enter the Username:  GMDS 2010

The password is:  20405

Sign in with your e-mail address to view the images.


Gina Mandella Dance Studio – Picture Day 2009

I had a really great time photographing Picture Day for Gina Mandella Dance Studio.

There are lots of very talented dancers there and they have some of the best costumes I’ve seen.

Here are only some of my many favorite images from Picture Day.

I already can’t wait till next year. Each year the dancers attain greater skills and technique and continue to fill the front window of the dance studio with the many trophies they earn.

It is certainly a pleasure to watch all these dancers grow and increase their skill levels.
I can’t wait to enroll my daughter in Dance lessons and see her in these great costumes.

Until next time. Enjoy the images.

Okay…You Can Dance, But Can You Pose?

September 30, 2007:

I had the privilege of being able to help a new dance studio in my town that recently opened!

Gina Mandella Dance Studio in Oxford, MA has just about every type of dance instruction anyone could need or want! The list is so long that I can’t name them all. But if you go to: you will learn all about what they have to offer.

Gina is the owner/instructor and what a sweet, sweet person she is! She has a lot of experience having come from some of the best dance schools herself and she is GREAT with kids…I know for a fact, I have seen her in action. She’s fun, patient, understanding, she listens to input from her students and she’s open to try new things as well. Anyone interested in dance is welcome. She offers instruction to all ages.

Gina asked me to take photographs of her three 2007-2008 Scholarship recipients for a large wall hanging she wanted to put up in her school to honor them. I happily agreed and confessed that I had never photographed dancers before. She said not to worry cause she was going to come to my studio along with the three dancers and she would be able to tell them which poses to do for the portraits. No worries – right?

Well, guess what? The day before the portrait session she became very ill and could not make it to the session. Instead, she sent the three dancers (Jordan, Summer & Natalie) to my studio accompanied by their Mom’s. No problem. When they get here the Moms can just tell them what poses to get into and I’ll just snap away.


Yeah right!

When they all showed up none of the Moms nor the dancers knew what poses Gina wanted them to do for the portrait. Neither did I! (Now what?)

(“Hey Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!” – Bullwinkle)

After the three girls gave me a brief lesson on what the dance positions are, I proceeded to do a little “dance” of my own – if you know what I mean. Can you say – “Wing it”?

The girls were all very good sports & the Moms were too. We went through the series of poses that I had just learned and then I chose my favorites from them. After those shots I asked each dancer to choose her favorite dance position or favorite pose and I photographed those.

Then we all agreed on a pose for the wall portrait of the three dancers together.

It was a lot of fun and I’m glad to have been able to capture their portraits. I am also a little smarter now and I know: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th position. 🙂 I am ready for dance school now!

Gina was very pleased with the results of the session and in fact, so were the Moms!

(Of course I was also.)

The Moms even purchased prints from that session and because I had “winged it” I felt I should give them a discount on the prints.

It was a very fun session and I hope to be able to do it again someday soon.

Gina, I am happy to have met you and I look forward to a long relationship with your school and all of the families whose children attend there. I’m working on getting you pictures for your website! I’ll have them to you soon!

Thanks for this great opportunity and see you at the Festival (recital) if not sooner!

Thank you Jordan, Summer and Natalie! I’m going to go practice my moves now. 🙂
Beauty Discovered.