Cindy Allen – Parent/Tot Class & Event Coordinator
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 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’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 – Guest Choreographer
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.
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.
Zoey feels as though every student that walks into her class should feel welcome and appreciated. Zoey was able to find her voice and confidence through dance and hopes to help others do the same. Zoey started dancing at The Studio around the age of two. She trained in ballet, jazz, tap, acro, contemporary and hip-hop both recreationally and competitively. Zoey graduated from the Mayfield Secondary School dance department and is currently in her fourth year at Toronto Metropolitan University to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance Dance. Through her post-secondary studies, she is training in ballet, modern, jazz, African, Cuban modern and street styles. Zoey has recently performed in live shows and dance films based in Toronto. She has also had performance opportunities such as dancing in Disney at Dance the Magic and competing for team Canada at the Dance World Cup bringing home a Gold medal. Zoey continues to grow her knowledge for teaching through certifications such as her Acrobatic Arts certifications, Alixa Flexibility module one, Progressive Ballet Training, High Five Training and is CPR and First Aid certified. 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.
Mackenzie Medeiros – Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary
Caroline Millard – Summer Camps
Caroline began dancing when she was four years old with the styles tap and ballet. At nine years old, she joined the part-time competitive team, and at ten she joined the studio intensive team training in ballet, jazz, acro, tap, and contemporary. For the last 3 years, she has been a teaching assistant in the styles jazz, acro, ballet and musical theatre. Caroline has been attending the studio summer camps since she was six years old, and has been a helper since she was 13. Caroline will graduate from St. Roch Catholic Secondary School’s dance program in 2023. Her favourite part of teaching is watching everyone improve and grow into their own. She loves getting to know each dancer and camper individually, and how each student is different in their strengths. Caroline‘s main goal in class is to ensure everyone walks away feeling as though they have done the best they can, and that they can say that they had fun.
Patricia Paskins – Piano
I first started piano at around age 6 at The Studio. All of my piano teachers were amazing and I loved every single one of them. I probably wasn’t one of the best students because I never practiced, but I never quit because of my love for music. The Studio’s classes allowed me to progress at my own speed. I didn’t feel pressured to be the best, I could just play for the joy of it. This is what I want to teach young kids, the joy and beauty of music.
Allie began dancing at the age of 2 with ballet class. At age 4, she had joined a competitive team and extended her training to include jazz, acro, lyrical/contemporary, tap, pointe, hip hop, and musical theatre. Allie has had the opportunity to attend many competitions throughout North America. She is an award-winning dancer receiving numerous overalls, dance scholarships and special awards. Allie continues her ballet training with certified professionals. Allie has been an assistant instructor in both competitive & recreational classes since 2011 and in September 2014 she became a certified instructor. She is an Associate Member of the BATD in Stage (Jazz & Tap) and Acrobatics/Gymnastics. She is certified in Dance Mechanics for Injury Prevention, Progressing Ballet Technique, and she is a Certified Barre Instructor with the International Ballet Barre Fitness Association. Allie dances with two companies in Toronto and is always looking to learn new techniques to share with her students. She is excited to share her passion for dance with students at The Studio!
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.
Jon Suncuaco is a Toronto-based pianist, composer and educator. With over fifteen years of teaching experience, he has extensive knowledge of working with students to develop their musical skills to performance level. A graduate from York University’s Faculty of Music, and Western University’s Faculty of Education, his passion for music stems from listening to recordings of classical composers such as Liszt, Beethoven, Schubert and Mozart. He specializes in several genres such as R&B, Gospel, Classical, and Jazz. Currently, he is working on several musical arrangements of Broadway musicals, film music, and video game music. Jon is an active performer and has performed in weddings and festivals. He is currently the musical director of Bramalea Baptist Church, and is also an elementary music teacher in the Peel District School Board.
“I believe music is a powerful tool for the good of humanity and fostering musical ability in future generations is one of my greatest passions.”
Amanda Thompson – Tap, Jazz, Ballet
Zoya Webster – Acro, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Tap, Jazz, Ballet
Zoya started dancing at the studio when she was 3 years old, joined the competitive team when she was 9 and has been a teaching assistant for the last 3 years in the styles Hip hop, Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Acro. Trained in Jazz, Contemporary, Hip hop, Ballet, Lyrical, Acro and Tap, Zoya has a wealth of knowledge to share. She graduated from the Mayfield Secondary School dance program in 2022 and will be attending the University of Toronto in the fall to study criminology and social sciences. Her favourite part of teaching is watching students improve and gain confidence in their dancing. Enjoying conversations with the students and learning about their individual personalties is how she connects with her students. The main goal in Zoya’s classes is to ensure that every student has a positive experience in dance class.
Zina Wykowski – Voice & Piano
Zina comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience. She attained her ARCT teachers diploma in piano in 1981 and her grade 10 vocal from the RCM in 1983. She has taught students in piano and voice for many years and has entered students in music exams and festivals. A number of her former students are now successful teachers. Zina is also the piano accompanist for ballet classes at Mayfield S.S.
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.
Josie Medeiros – Admin
Josie has been a part of The Studio for over 12 years. Starting as a dance mom who brought both of her daughters to take part in the art of dance. Her oldest daughter started at 3 years old and is now on faculty and her youngest daughter continues to train with The Studio. Little did she know her journey would lead her to volunteer work within the studio to being a part of the administrative team. Josie has always enjoyed helping others and The Studio allows her to do that every day. Josie graduated from Humber College with a Marketing Diploma and she has an extensive background in administration. Her daughters are her greatest accomplishment and blessing. Aside from being a mom, her passion project is her craft business, Take it Personally. The business started 3 years ago and is growing day by day.