Our Story


As told by Founder + Owner,

Saschie MacLean-Magbanua

Team, it’s been a journey. One that began in the depths of my grief. But also one that has brought so much light since those dark moments.

Chantal Yvonne, my beautiful and bright seventeen-year-old sister passed away on Thanksgiving of 2014 in a car accident that also took the life of her boyfriend Cody. This loss cracked the foundation that is the core of my life, my family. My heart was broken.

Understandably, I spent many evenings on the couch. Nursing myself with reruns of Grey's Anatomy to numb my mind and endless bags of BBQ potato chips. On one of these nights, a few weeks into my grieving, I saw an old friend was teaching a dance class to Beyonce song. Despite it having been a few years since my last drop in class, I thought it looked fun and knew I should do something good for myself and move my body. I went to the class.

The music started and it was a mixture of comfort and unfamiliarity. I loved the song but wondered what my body was doing. My limbs stumbled through the choreography but the whole time I had a smile on my face. I felt foolish but that didn’t matter. I spent a whole hour outside of my own head. Consumed by the movement, I was completely present. I had an hour break from my pain. I had found some joy.

My boyfriend (now husband and business partner) Roman, realized I had done something good for myself and wanting to encourage it, suggested that since I exclusively wanted to dance to Beyonce songs, I organize some classes for myself and some friends. Within a couple of weeks I put them together and I walked into a room of strangers who wanted to dance with me.

I worked on what was called RSVP 33 off of the side of my desk for four and a half years. And as my grief transformed, so did the business. In that time we expanded our program offerings to Toronto, Calgary, and Langley. We offered new classes. We grew our team. It’s lead us here, to a fresh brand, Formation, and our own set of studio doors.

I’ve always shared this story because, despite it being personal, I think it’s important to remind those who walk through our doors that this hour is for you. For me it was my time to escape my pain, to be present and to turn off. And for everyone who joins us, I want the time spent with us to serve you in whatever way you need.

Thank you for being a part of my journey. We are honoured to be a part of yours.