Ann Bettonvil – Artistic Director/Co-Owner Tap, Jazz, Song and Dance, Ballet, Acro
What is considered to be a “late bloomer”, Ann did not start her dancing career until she was 10 years old. The passion for dance was instant and soon what was a once a week jazz class quickly became ballet, jazz, tap, acro and pointe. She began assisting her instructor (Nancie McAuley) at the age of 12 and began teaching her own classes at 16. Over the years she gained a deeper knowledge with various instructors in Canada and the US and also achieved her certification as a dance instructor. After high school Ann went on to the Music Theatre Program at Sheridan College where she graduated at the top of her class and won the Jo Haviland award for excellence in acting. It was at Sheridan when Ann fell in love with being on stage singing, acting and dancing. It was a natural extension to pursue a career as a performer which took her to stages in Toronto and across Ontario. Shortly after college the opportunity arose to become a co-owner in Nancie’s dance school. She jumped at the chance and with her partners changed the name to what we all know as The Studio. As if running a dance school wasn’t enough, she partnered with a few friends shortly after college and co-founded a successful theatre company that ran for 10 years doing summer stock, dinner theatre and children’s theatre. Ann is also one of the founding members of the Brampton Theatre School. It was finally time to slow down a bit and stay closer to home. Now her children and her husband are her first love and wouldn’t have it any other way. Ann recently received her certification in Alixa Flexibility Training module 1.
Kristi Breen – Artistic Director/Co-Owner – Acro, Jazz, Ballet, Tap
Kristi is a longtime teacher, choreographer, performer and co-owner of The Studio. Her dance career began at Nancie’s School of Dance (now The Studio) at the age of 6. Training in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical and Acro allows Kristi to teach a variety of styles. She has had the opportunity to learn from some of the best teachers’ throughout Canada and the United States. Always growing as a teacher allows her to educate her students further in the world of dance. Kristi loves to share her technique and the love of dance with all her students. A graduate of the Sheridan College Performing Arts program gave Kristi the challenge as a performer to act and sing in various productions. She is also the recipient of the “Maureen Shone” award for Dance Excellence. Kristi’s performing credits include working with Liza Minnelli on the movie “Steppin’ out”, performing for over 12 years throughout Canada and the US with the Viva Las Vegas show. She was in the stage production of “Sing” at Deerhurst resort in Huntsville and various summer stock productions with Kawartha Lakes.
She loves to inspire, create and have fun. Kristi recently received her certification in Acrobatic Arts level 1.
Susie McColl – Artistic Director/Co-Owner – Ballet, Acro, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical
Susie’s passion for dance began at the age of 3 when she started taking classes at Nancie’s School of Dance. At 15 she was diagnosed with scoliosis and underwent major surgery. This possible obstacle to her dream of pursuing a career in dance only solidified her dedication to the art form. By 16 Susie was teaching classes on her own.
Susie obtained her Hon. BFA from York University specialized in dance. Upon graduation she became a partner in the studio along with former students of Nancie’s. This afforded Susie the opportunity to pursue performing contracts in addition to her teaching responsibilities. Over the years Susie has travelled throughout Canada and the United States taking numerous classes and courses.
Now, Susie’s passion for dance exhibits itself through her teaching and choreography. She enjoys seeing her former students go on to pursue dance careers of their own. Susie is especially proud of her recent role as a wife and mother of two children (the whole family is involved in dance at The Studio). Susie is also certified in level 1 of Acrobatic Arts and module 1 level in Alixa Flexibility Training.