Ciao a tutti!

Hi everyone, and welcome to my blog! I would like to introduce myself as Isabella – an 18 year old aspiring performing artist from Belleville, Ontario. Graduating from Centennial Secondary School with honours, top marks in select courses, an Arts Plus certificate, and scholarships, I also graduated with countless hours of community service, performance training, awards, and instructing, retail and Miss Teenage South Central Ontario 2016 Being Crowned by Miss Teenage Toronto 2015restaurant experience. Last year, I was selectively chosen by Dance Ontario as the 2015 recipient of their Jacque Foesier Youth Dance Award. A week after my reign ended this past January, I earned a new honourable title. Being titled Miss Teenage South Central Ontario 2016 on January 24th, I will be proudly representing my hometown in the Miss Teenage Canada pageant this upcoming July.

Passions and Hobbies

Reaching For Dance DreamsWhen we are little, we are often asked “what do you want to be when you grow up?“. Some people say superman, some say pop star, and some say Prime Minister of Canada. My dream was always to become a professional dancer. I have had a passion for dance since I was introduced to it at four years old. Competing with the Ireland Academy of Dance, and then training in the Professional Training Program at Quinte Ballet School of Canada (QBSC), I graduated from QBSC with Distinction. I am currently enrolled in George Brown College’s Dance Performance Studies program particularly streaming in ballet. Following graduation next year, I aspire to join a contemporary ballet company.

"Music Box" Posing With Choreography AwardOn top of my training, I offer my knowledge to the next generation of dancers. This is my fifth year instructing at the Ireland Academy of Dance. Last year, I was invited to choreograph for their Performance Dancetroop and am honoured to have won two choreography awards within the season. I am happy to be choreographing for this talented team again this year. In fact, I just returned from their first competition of the season! I want to congratulate my students and all other team members for their successful performance this weekend!

Looking Out Into The Fossacesia MarinaI promise I’m not a one-way street; I have a passion for more than just dance! I love singing (especially in the shower where the acoustics are exceptional), drawing, choreographing, and acting. Non-arts related, I love to cook, bake, write, daydream, play sports, spend time with family and friends, travel, and learn new things! I also absolutely love volunteering – it makes me feel purposeful, joyous, and I get the opportunity to meet new people. I’m also always up for a good challenge. One new challenge that I’ve recently tackled is learning the Italian language. My opening statement translates to “hello to all”; I wanted to share with you a little bit of what I’ve learned recently. My family is Italian, and speak the language daily. It is such a beautiful language to listen to, and I think it’s about time that I learn to speak it as well. I have visited my family’s hometown of Lanciano, Italy, three times now. Each time I go, I learn a little more! I’m hoping that the next time I visit, I’ll surprise all of the friends and family that I have there with fluent vocabulary.

My Reign

I can’t believe it has almost been one month since my reign began… there is only 11 months left! I plan to attend events for purposes such as emceeing, public speaking, promoting my platform, etc. I would love to make appearances throughout the entire South Central Ontario area.

My preparations for the pageant itself have already started! Leading to regionals, I held many fundraisers for Cardiac Kids. Now as I prepare for nationals, I will be fundraising for Miss Teenage Canada’s official charity: Free The Children. Night and day my mom and I are scrolling through dress websites, bookmarking the evening gowns that best suit my personality. Plans for the talent competition of the pageant are underway! To be proactive, I have been working out a schedule for the final weeks leading to nationals, especially considerRock'n Bowl for Cardiac Kidsing I plan to attend a summer dance intensive during that time. This will definitely be a busy, but worthwhile and super exciting summer!

I am in the works of planning my fundraiser events, but am always open to suggestions! What sort of event would attract you to attend? Comment your fundraiser suggestion below!


The unwritten pressure of being slender as a dancer began developing in the mid-1920’s. Considering I was a vulnerable youth caught in this evolution with a dream to become a performing artist, I unfortunately found myself in a cycle of disordered eating habits. Now being recovered, I reflect and understand how insecurities interfere with performance. As a titleholder who is strongly tied to the arts, I want to raise awareness on the idea that your body does not define the artist in you! Through experience, I learned that a confident performance impacts an audience regardless of physique. By encouraging this to everyone, I believe the stress caused by insecurities will be eased and more artists would continue to follow their passion.

My Birthday Wish

Next Sunday, February 28th, is my birthday. I’m not asking for a new phone, a car, a shopping spree, or a vacation to a tropical place. Instead, I am asking for my community’s support with my journey towards Miss Teenage Canada!

Fans get the opportunity to vote for their favourite Miss Teenage Canada hopeful. The delegate with the most votes is awarded the People’s Choice Award and automatically advances into the top 20. My Facebook page is currently “liked” by just over 200 people. My wish is that before I head to sleep on my birthday, I read that my page is supported by at least 500 people. I invite you, your family, your friends, and even your pets if they have accounts, to support me by liking my Facebook page! The more followers I have, the more that I can explain the voting process to.

Considering there are many costs involved with participating in this pageant, I am seeking the support from the community and businesses I represent. On my birthday, and only for that day, I will create a fundraiser website providing people the opportunity to donate. Donations received that day will go towards covering my pageant expenses. The link to the site will be blogged closer to the date. All donations, regardless of amount, are greatly appreciated!


Everything and anything to do with my reign as Miss Teenage South Central Ontario 2016 will be published on this blog. I will be publishing a new post at least once a week, so visit regularly to keep in the loop! I invite you to also follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Don’t be shy to leave a comment below – whether it’s a fundraiser suggestion or a friendly hello (I’m a poet and didn’t know it)! I would love to hear from you!

Buona giornata (Good day)



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47 Responses to Hello From Isabella, Miss Teenage South Central Ontario 2016

  1. Sarah says:

    Hi Bella,
    Sending positive vibes your way. I know you’ll do great. Enjoy every part of the experience & everything it will teach you along the way. xo

    • Isabella says:

      Hi Sarah! Thank you for the kind message! I will definitely enjoy every opportunity and learning experience being a titleholder has! I hope to see you and the rest of the family soon xo

  2. Emma says:

    So awesome bella

  3. Stacey kechichian says:

    Congratulations Isabella!!!! So proud to say we know you:)
    Mia and Ranyah can’t wait to watch you win:)

    • Isabella says:

      Thank you Stacey for the kind words! I am super excited for the Miss Teenage Canada pageant, and very much hope to bring home the title! I will keep everyone updated 🙂

  4. Tess Bennett says:

    Bella!! I wish you all the best in your competition you will do amazing as you always do! I miss you so much!

  5. Ambareen-Rose Velji says:

    In the short time that I’ve gotten to know you, I’ve learnt that you are sucha kindhearted person, pretty, smart, and are always willing to help others.
    I wish you all the best, and know that you are no doubt a fantastic Miss Teenage South Central Ontario and will be an AMAZING Miss Teenage Canada
    Lots of Love& Support

    • Isabella says:

      I loved getting to know you during the weekend of the Miss Teenage Ontario pageant Ambareen-Rose! You are a lovely person yourself. Thank you for the best wishes and support – I wish you the brightest future. xo

  6. lara paraschiv says:

    Isabella is an amazing friend of mine whom has the biggest heart and most loving personality. There is no one better to represent the teenagers of Ontario and hopefully be able to represent the teenagers of Canada! I fully encourage anyone dropping by this blog to read and listen to what she has to say because I truly believe that Isabella can make a change in this world by giving teenagers all over Canada inspiration and hope. Please support Isabella however you can because you won’t regret it!

    • Isabella says:

      Lara, this made me smile so much; thank you for the kind words, encouragement, support! I am so grateful to have you as a friend. YOU are an inspiration! <3

  7. Kimberly says:

    Love the blog, Bella!

  8. Bayley Smith says:

    So proud of you Bella!! Good luck!

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  10. Andrea says:

    Best of luck to you Isabella!

  11. Tatyana says:

    Hi Bella, I have so much faith and confidence in what you are doing! I know you’ll go far with whatever you choose to do whether it be a pageant, dance, or wherever your passions take you! Congratulations on your title and I hope you enjoy these coming months leading up to the pageant!
    Good luck xoxo

    • Isabella says:

      Thank you so much Tat for always supporting me! You are more than I could ever ask for in a best friend. I wish you the best with your life journey, and cannot wait to meet up again (hopefully soon)! xo, much love

  12. Jason says:

    I couldn’t be any prouder to have my daughter have such a passionate young women to teach/choreograph & mentor her in her disciplines of dance. Your maturity and grace far exceeds your actual age, which in today’s society is always a breath of fresh air. Having an opportunity to meet your family a few times it’s so clear that the term “raise them right” couldn’t be any truer. My family wishes you all the success in the world in all you do. Not sure if I can say I know of any 18 yr old who would make the journey to Ottawa from Toronto to see her student perform a 3+ minute solo?? Your a gem in our eyes young lady !!! So no matter what you choose to represent in the future, it will be well represented!

    • Isabella says:

      Jaydyn is an exceptional student and I will support her in any way that I can! She was absolutely wonderful this past weekend; I’m so glad I was there to see her perform. I must say, I owe a lot of who I am today to my parents, so thank for the compliment. And thank you for the kind wishes and ongoing support! It is more than appreciated!!:)

  13. Taylor says:

    Best wishes and good luck! You will do great xo

  14. Lyndsey says:

    Absolutely amazing!!

  15. Drew says:

    Amazing Isabella! Keep it up 🙂

    Lots of love,
    Drew xox

  16. Allana Coakley says:

    Great work Isabella

  17. Claire Campbell says:

    Wonderful blog, I love the messages your passing along! Best of luck 🙂

  18. Tara says:

    Congratulations on your success Bella! I know there is more coming your way! 🙂

  19. Dom says:

    Being genuine, caring and strong is a great quality you portray.. We know you work hard and determined to whatever challenges lies ahead.. We’re all so very proud what you’ve become and wish you the very best and continued support.

  20. Sam Franks says:

    Congrats Bella!!! I’m so proud to say I know you you’re accomplishing so much keep it up the hard work is worth it!! Love you<3

  21. Mackenzie says:

    Great Blog Bella! You should be very proud of all your hard work and accomplishments! I wish you the best of luck! 🙂

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