Cindy Allen – Parent/Tot Class

Cindy is always seen at the Studio in and out of the Classes.  She loves seeing the kids grow up at the Studio including her own two daughters.  She creates a wonderful parent & tot program for all to enjoy.  Cindy has a wealth of knowledge and experience working with this special age group. She is also a part of our Studio Summer Camp Program and all the Events hosted by the Studio.  Cindy is ECE trained and has over 30 plus years working with children. Owning her own daycare for 6 years, gave her the freedom to create dances, sing songs, and teach the little things.  She has traveled to Australia and New Zealand to work with children as well as Cape Cod, Florida, Las Vegas and different places around Ontario. She brings her love of children to every class.  Her creativity and positive energy is boundless.


 Aaron Aquino-Annobil – Hip Hop

Aaron Aquino-Annobil is one of the founders of a still existing dance crew called “J La Soul” (alongside Hernani Sagra and Brandon “Bizzy” Owusu) which started in 2008, The Krump Movement called “Soul Society” and a member of Durham Underground Buckness The Krump Movement. His performance credits include: Toronto’s Elite Choreographer’s Ball, Montreal’s top Choreographers showcase “Articien”, Fever After Dark, The Beatdown Hip Hop Dance competition , The Bazaar choreographer’ showcase, World of Dance Toronto,  “What Makes a Man” with Terry Crews and Toronto native R&B singer Jully Black. Aaron has worked and choreographed for dance crews in the GTA including, the Urban Hip Hop Union, C2 Genesys, Foreal and YYZ Dance Company where they came in First Place for Upper Division at World of Dance Toronto in 2014. He has had the opportunity to work with choreographers including  So you think You Can Dance Top 20 Shavar Blackwood, Esie Mensah, Hollywood Jade, Leon Blackwood, Gadfly Founder Ofilio Sinbadinho and Apolonia Vasquez, Veteran street-style dancers and choreographers; Mariano Abarca and Pyro Chung as well as dancehall sensations Tabby Rockstar and Brandon “Bizzy” Owusu. Aaron is also an assistant choreographer for the Male Initiative directed by Shavar Blackwood and is a faculty member at the Underground Dance Centre in downtown Toronto, where he teaches all levels of hip hop. Most recently, his choreography has been showcased at The Bazaar, Fever After Dark and has helped choreographed on a full-length dance and theatre production in east coast Nova Scotia called “Chiaroscuro”.


Avery Bettonvil – Tap, Jazz, Contemporary & Ballet

Avery’s classes are always upbeat and fun.  She loves watching the students continue to learn and grow through dance.  Her biggest joy is watching them achieve something they have worked so hard to accomplish.   Avery started her dance career at 2 and has not stopped. Growing up at The Studio she has proven herself to be a role model and positive influence to the many younger students that she encounters either through teaching, assisting or just passing in the halls. Dance has given Avery the opportunity to travel to Germany with the Canadian National Tap Team in 2012. She was awarded a convention scholarship in New York City, and has danced down Main Street USA as part of Disney’s Dance the World!  Avery is a  graduate from Wilfred Laurier University and works full time as an Instructional Therapist for children with Autism.   She is trained in Non-violent crisis prevention intervention and has her First Aid Certification. 


Jessica Breen-McArthur – Acro, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary

Jessica brings a great energy to each of her classes.  She enjoys creating a fun and challenging environment for her students.  Creating a bond with her students allows her to work with all their individual goals and help them reach their potential.   Jessica has been involved with The Studio from a very young age and has been able to experience all aspects of dance. She began dancing at age 2 and joined the studio competitive team at the age of ten.  Trained in all styles of dance Contemporary, Acrobatics, Jazz, Ballet and Tap makes Jessica a well rounded teacher.  She has travelled to dance in New York, Chicago and even down Main Street USA in Disneyworld Florida. Upon graduating Mayfield SS in the dance department, she went on to Carlton University achieving her degree in Psychology. It was during that time she realized how much dance impacted her. She is thrilled to be returning to The Studio and sharing her love for dance with her students.  Jessica continues to educate herself in teaching and has also completed her Acrobatic Arts level 1 certification course.


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Katie Bromley – Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Ballet, Music Theatre

Katie brings a never-ending enthusiasm to all her classes.  Being a master at teaching our tiny dancers at any time you may see her flying like a butterfly, acting like a bear, or shaking her sillies out.  With her older students she brings out their confidence and something special in each one of them.  Katie Bromley began dancing at The Studio when she was just two years old, training in all disciplines possible. She attended Mayfield Secondary School’s drama program while professionally performing as a Jr. Blue Jay dancer. After high school, she graduated from Sheridan College’s Musical Theatre Program where she was given the opportunity to choreograph and perform in many shows.  Katie was awarded the “Yellow Rose Scholarship” for her passion in assisting and training her fellow peers in the art of dance. For 10 years Katie has used her training to teach children and adults alike in the disciplines of tap, jazz, musical theatre, lyrical, ballet, hip hop and acro.  Katie realised that working with children and teaching was a greater passion than performing ever was.  Katie went back to school to become a Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE) at George Brown College.  She is thrilled to be able to combine her passion for dancing, singing, acting and performing with her knowledge of child development at her favourite place in the world, The Studio.


 

Katie Chartrand – Lyrical/Contemporary

Katie received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dance from Wayne State University where she became assistant director and choreographer to “CompanyOne”. She is certified in Module 1 and 2 of Alixa Flexibility and has been a guest choreographer and educator for intensives such as Team Canada, Sarah-Brewer Clowes’, ACT student intensive, Wayne State University, BCDEA Dance Educators Conference and most recently the BATD Toronto Region. Katie has choreographed for music artists Marianas Trench, Kadooh, and Marlae as well as a commercial for Hootsuite. She is a 7 year returning faculty member of Brighton Dance Festival, 6 season choreographer for The Source Dance Company, and has adjudicated for Shine Dance Festival, Aberdeen Dance Festival and Phoenix Dance Competition. Katie’s choreography continues to find a voice in the industry.


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Rob Costigan – Guitar, Ukulele & Beginner Piano

Rob Costigan has a degree in music from John Abbott College in Montreal and a BA in Theatre from the University of Toronto. Rob worked in film in Toronto while playing in rock and jazz bands and giving private music lessons. Most recently, Rob worked in Vancouver as a videographer and dance school administrator, while giving private lessons and playing in bands. Currently Rob lives in Brampton and plays in the Swing Guitar duo “Rent Party”.   Rob’s attention to detail and patience make him a great teacher of adults and children. he has a unique ability to break down obstacles into component parts that his students can understand. Rob teaches acoustic and electric guitar, ukulele and beginner piano as well as music theory, sight reading and rhythm studies. Rob is excited to meet and play with his new musical friends at The Studio.


Shawna Halikas – Guest Choreographer

Shawna began dancing at the age of 3 in Ottawa, Ontario. Her repertoire includes tap, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, ballet & modern and has been teaching students of all ages for over 10 years. Dancing competitively she was awarded scholarships and titles throughout Canada and the U.S. and trained with Canada’s National Ballet School. She attended a top high school for the arts, studying modern & ballet curriculums. Shawna went on to attend Ryerson University where she held a leadership role on the school’s dance team and coached the team post-graduation. She joined The Studio faculty in 2014 and quickly found it to be her second home. Shawna loves creating for her students, and has received several awards for her choreography at competitions. In 2017, she joined the all female professional tap company “What’s On? Tap!” under the artistic direction of Kim Chalovich. Recent credits as a performer include “Tap!” in the Eastern Canadian Tap Conference, “Tap’s In the Port” of Tapperfest, and the opportunity to be cast by Dianne Montgomery as a guest artist for Toronto Rhythm Initiative and featured in Fall for Dance North’s segment entitled “Night Shift”.
Shawna loves to explore and share her passion with dancers of all ages, and hopes to inspire her students to reach their ultimate potential.


ZoeyZoey McColl – Hip Hop, Acro, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary

Zoey feels as though every student that walks into her class should feel welcome and appreciated. Zoey being a shy kid when she was younger learned to find her voice and confidence through dance and hopes to help others do the same. Zoey wants every person that takes her class to feel proud of themselves and enjoy what they are doing for any length of time they continue in dance. Zoey started dancing at The Studio at the age of two. She graduated from Mayfield Secondary School from the dance department in 2019 and is now currently attending Ryerson University to earn her BFA in performance dance. Zoey has had many performance opportunities such as dancing in Disney at Dance The Magic and competing for team Canada at the Dance World Cup.  Zoey also continues to grow her knowledge for teaching through certifications and workshops. Zoey has recently done her Acrobatic Arts certification, Alixa Flexibility module one, Progressive Ballet Training as well as being CPR and First Aid certified.


Victoria Speirs – Ballet

Victoria was four when she was instantly captivated by the art of Ballet. She trained for eleven years
in the B.A.T.D method at Lynn Morrison’s School of Ballet. Victoria competed for several years throughout Canada and the United States in various competitions. She also had the opportunity to dance in Scotland under fabulous teachers and choreographers like Ken Burke and Julian Moss. Victoria then trained at Sean Boutilier Academy before moving and completing her professional ballet training at The Quinte Ballet School of Canada. Victoria studied several styles of dance including Ballet (Cecchetti method), modern, contemporary, jazz and flamenco. After completing The Quinte Ballet School Program Victoria then entered the teachers training program mentored by Brian Scott. Victoria has enjoyed teaching ballet and choreographing ever since and is always excited to share her love of ballet with every student.


Amanda Thompson – Tap, Jazz, Ballet

Amanda brings a very positive and caring quality to her teaching.  She listens to her students and helps them reach their goals.  Amanda started dancing at the age of two and has never stopped. She started competing at age five. Amanda is a graduate student of Mayfield High School dance program and has been a part of The Studio for ten years. She has a passion for teaching as this is the career she wants to pursue. Amanda wants to give back all the knowledge and creativity dance has given to her throughout the years.  Amanda is entering her 4th year at Brock University studying Concurrent Education.

 


Zina Wykowski – Voice & Piano

Zina comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience. She has instructed students of all ages and abilities. Zina also prepares interested students for RCM exams in voice and piano.


Maddie Champ – Admin

Maddie started dancing 3 years ago at The Studio after many years of watching The Studio recitals. She began with Tap and quickly added Jazz and Ballet within a year. Maddie enjoys the challenging nature of dance as well as the social aspect. She graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure Studies where she had the opportunity to complete a placement with Big Brothers Big Sisters. During her placement, she assisted with in-school mentoring as well as facilitating youth programs relating to healthy bodies and healthy minds. Maddie is First Aid & CPR C certified. Maddie cheerfully accepts new experiences and enjoys working with and helping others.


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