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Welcome to Center Stage School of the Arts.

Center Stage is proud to have assembled some of the best and brightest faculty in the industry to guide students along their journey of dance. Each faculty member takes pride in their ability to instill in their students the passion, creativity and versatility that prepare them to step into in the spotlight with enthusiasm and confidence.  It is with pleasure that we introduce each member of our faculty to you.

  • Kelly Paddle
    Kelly PaddleArtistic Director
    • Claudia Caicedo
      Claudia CaicedoArtistic Director
      • Tess Carruthers
        Tess CarruthersTeacher
        • Yvonne Oldaker
          Yvonne OldakerTeacher
          • Jacques Monfiston
            Jacques MonfistonTeacher
            • Ashleigh Keenan
              Ashleigh KeenanTeacher
              • Adèle Campbell-Power
                Adèle Campbell-PowerTeacher
                • Alyssa Gibbons
                  Alyssa GibbonsTeacher
                  • Kimberly Vujacic
                    Kimberly VujacicTeacher
                    • Shauneese Morrison
                      Shauneese MorrisonTeacher
                      • Allison Toffan
                        Allison ToffanTeacher
                        • Erin
                          ErinTeacher
                          • Joanne Fabbri
                            Joanne FabbriTeacher
                            • Jessica Pasqua
                              Jessica PasquaTeacher
                              • Amaranth Lowrie
                                Amaranth Lowrie
                                • Samantha Dimou
                                  Samantha Dimou
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                                  Samantha Dimou

                                  Samantha has been dancing since the young age of three years old and has fallen in love with it since. She has extensive training in many styles including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Acrobatics, Hip-Hop, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary and Musical Theatre. Samantha successfully completed her Grade 8 and Advanced exams with the Royal Academy of Dancing (RAD) and is also a member of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing (BATD).

                                  Samantha’s talent coupled with unprecedented work ethic has provided her with several professional experiences. She has been acknowledged across the GTA at several dance competitions and conventions, and has represented her dancing through industry shows including The Bazaar. Her talents have taken her internationally where she performed at the Azul Fives Resort in Mexico with the prestigious Five Star Dance Company. Additionally, Samantha has taken the stage at Disney World in Florida.

                                  On top of Samantha’s professional experiences, she has been involved with numerous charitable organizations. She has taken the stage with Dancers for Cancer, Beyond the Stage, Dancing for Dogs, Sick Kids Hospital, and many more.

                                  Samantha has proven to excel onstage as well as on camera. Her film career began at the young age of 10 when she landed a lead role as a principle dancer and actress in the music video “Woman” by singer Negar. Since then, Samantha has further developed her acting experiences with a lead role in a Manchu Wok franchise commercial.

                                  Center Stage’s unmatched training and inviting atmosphere has made Samantha the passionate artist she is today. She is filled with gratitude and excitement to begin her teaching career at Center Stage and to instill the same work ethic, character, and passion for dance that she was brought up with.

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                                  Amaranth Lowrie

                                  Amaranth is a motivated, enthusiastic and patient teacher with a passion for providing guidance to young dancers and helping students build confidence in themselves.

                                  Amaranth graduated locally from Georgetown District High School, then went on to complete her Honours Bachelor of Arts at the University of Waterloo with a Major in Theatre and minors in English and Dance. While at Waterloo she was captain of the UW Dance Pak and a member of the Canadian Universities Dance Team, which allowed her to train with other talented dancers and Choreographers from across Canada.

                                  Amaranth has experience in various styles of dance and performing arts including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern and Musical Theatre. She completed her Certificate in Ballet teaching studies with the Royal Academy of Dance and continues to attend professional workshops and classes throughout the GTA.

                                  Amaranth is thrilled to be joining the exceptional faculty here at Center Stage, where she can use her background, knowledge and passion to help kids develop and experience the joy of dance.

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                                  Jessica Pasqua

                                  From a young age, Jessica knew that dance would be one of the most influential aspects of her life. She began dancing at the age of 3 and has trained extensively in ballet, tap, jazz, acrobatics, lyrical, contemporary, modern, musical theatre, and national dance. One of her proudest accomplishments as a dancer was achieving candidacy for the prestigious Solo Seal Award through the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) in 2014.

                                  Jessica’s love for dance has driven her to become a certified dance instructor. She is a Full Member of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing (BATD) in Acrobatics/Gymnastics & Stage (Jazz & Tap) and is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance. In addition, Jessica is an Acrobatic Arts Module Two certified teacher and is a Level 2 certified teacher in C-I Training™ (conditioning-with-imagery). She has also received training through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), through which she is a Level 2 trained coach in Trampoline and a Level 1 trained coach in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics.

                                  Jessica is a graduate of the Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) as part of a Joint Diploma/Degree Program with York University. This program has provided Jessica with the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Honours in Dance Education, as well as an NBS Teaching Diploma and Registered Teacher Status with the RAD.

                                  Jessica believes in fostering a safe learning environment where dancers can feel confident in expressing themselves through movement. Jessica is excited to be a part of the Center Stage team and share her passion for dancing with her students.

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                                  Erin

                                  Erin has always felt at home in a dance studio. She spent many years as a student and teacher of many forms of dance.

                                  Erin graduated from The University of Toronto with a degree in science, while her passion for dance continued. Erin also completed ballet exams and teacher certification with the British Association of Teachers of Dance.

                                  Erin is currently a fitness instructor and holds certifications including Canfitpro Fitness Instructor Specialist, Personal Trainer Specialist and Fitness Kickboxing Canada Specialist Level 1. Additionally, Erin is certified as a Heart Wise instructor through the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

                                  Erin is thrilled to be a part of the Center Stage family to share her love of dance and active living.

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                                  Dympna Dewar

                                  Dympna has practiced Hatha Yoga and has  taught hundreds of students how to practice yoga safely, and shared her expertise in how to integrate yoga into your  everyday life. She has studied the works of various teachers  specifically Donna Farhi, and the works of Vanda Scaravelli, and Iyengar.  Professionally qualified in adult education, with specific focus on learning and communication techniques, Dympna teaches methodically, and compassionately allowing her students to go further in their understanding of their bodies, and minds, and how to integrate both for a joyful yoga experience.

                                  Certified to practice in Ontario, Dympna has studied anatomy, physiology, as well as various philosophies on yoga and now has many years experience in teaching how we, in the western world, can embrace this tradition as practiced for over 5000 years.

                                  All classes taught in a methodical, compassionate way to ensure all students can learn and grow with yoga, at their own pace. We all have challenges with our mind and body health. This is taken into consideration for each student attending class.

                                  Dympna believes that all yoga teachers are students too -learning from her students and continuing to work and study the history and application of yoga.

                                  A very important component in a yoga teacher’s ability to teach, is the continuous personal yoga practiced regularly by the teacher. Dympna explores yoga in a personal practice, and regularly attends workshops and training held by acclaimed teachers.

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                                  Joanne Fabbri

                                  Joanne has taken on the roles of dancer, teacher, choreographer, and adjudicator.  She is a graduate of the University of Waterloo where she received an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance from the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences.  She has her Advanced Ballet Certification through The Royal Academy of Dance and obtained her Teacher Certificates in Ballet and Stage through The British Association Teachers of Dance.  Joanne continued her dance training at The Toronto Dance Theatre, Randolph Dance Canada, The Teacher’s Collective, and The Broadway Dance Centre and Alvin Ailey’s in New York City.  Joanne was also accepted into the Dance Intensive Professional Training Program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.  She performed several projects and films with Cash and Company Dance and choreographed and premiered her own solo performances for NUMUS concerts and Series 8:08.  Joanne later received her Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Toronto.  Presently, Joanne also enjoys teaching academics as an Occasional Teacher for the Halton District School Board.

                                  For over twenty years, Joanne has shared her love of dance through teaching and adjudicating children of all ages.  She taught for several years with the Carousel Dance Centre at the University of Waterloo and has served as a guest artist and choreographer for numerous schools, skating clubs, and private studios in Canada and the U.S.  Joanne has produced many regional, national, and international champions and has been the recipient of numerous choreography awards and scholarships.  Her students have gone on to receive University dance degrees and perform professionally in theatre and dance.

                                  Joanne’s humour, energy, and commitment to continuing education make her popular with her students as they strive for success.  She remembers her own first dance steps and is thrilled to share her passion for music and dance.  Joanne is excited for the upcoming season at Center Stage School of the Arts!

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                                  Christine MacMillan

                                  Christine received her dance training at the Halton Hills School of Dance, where she discovered a lifelong passion for the art of movement. She trained extensively in ballet, jazz, lyrical, and modern, and successfully completed her examinations with the Royal Academy of Dance. She received additional professional training at the Quinte Ballet School’s summer intensive program, and is a graduate of Mayfield Secondary School’s Regional Arts Dance Program.

                                  Over the past 10 years, Christine has taught at studios across Orangeville, Halton and London, inspiring creativity and enthusiasm in her students. Christine’s gifts lie in her natural musicality and musical interpretation, which are integral to who she is as both a teacher and choreographer. She enjoys involving herself and her students in the local community, and recently choreographed and produced a contemporary Remembrance Day tribute, which was performed for the war veterans at Parkwood Hospital in London.

                                  Outside of dance, Christine is a licensed Physiotherapist with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, and her specialized knowledge of the human body is integral to her teaching. She helps her students develop an understanding of the mechanics of movement from an early age, so that they can explore the art of movement on a more profound level. Christine believes that above all else, dance is about artistry and self-expression, and she strives to help her students find their own voices through the art of dance.  Christine is thrilled to bring her knowledge and enthusiasm to the Center Stage family!

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                                  Allison Toffan

                                  Proudly based in Toronto for over a decade, Allison Toffan has been busy stirring up momentum in the Canadian tap dance community. Recognized by the Canada Council for the Arts, FACTOR, and the Toronto Arts Council, she has been awarded grants as an emerging dance artist, developing musician, and choreographer. She’s studied privately with world-renowned tap dance artists Heather Cornell, Brenda Bufalino, and Max Pollak.

                                  Career highlights include 8 years as a principle dancer with Turn On The Tap under the direction of Paula Skimin, 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremonies, Warehouse 13 Series Finale, Festival Dance Encore with Tri-tone/Tasha Lawson, 2013 TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival, TapCity’s Tap Internationals with Lisa La Touche (NYC), Montreal Tap Festival’s Rhythm Lives! – with living legend Arthur Duncan, and successfully producing three full seasons of work by establishing the Toronto Rhythm Initiative –  a platform she created to consistently voice the artistry of Toronto’s tap dancers in collaboration with live music.

                                  Teaching credits include Artist in Residence – Ottawa Rhythm Initiative 2012/13, Dance Faculty at Sheridan College, Randolph Academy, Montreal Tap Festival, Vancouver International Tap Festival, BC Performing Arts Festival, Manitoba Dance Festival, as well as multiple workshops across Canada and the US.

                                  In 2014, Allison’s first commissioned work was presented at the Inaugural Toronto Body Percussion Festival for NextSteps Dance Series, performed in Lisa’s La Touche’s world premiere of Hold On at the Vancouver International Tap Festival, and closed up the year by joining forces with co-producers Soraya Peerbaye and Josh Grossman and to present a full-length concert of tap dance with his 18-piece big band, the Toronto Jazz Orchestra.  She kicked off 2015 with her second mulit-city US tour with The StepCrew, a Celtic live music and percussive dance show that meshes Irish, Ottawa Valley step dance, and tap.  Allison continues to produce work and educational opportunities with Toronto Rhythm Initiative, and is currently working on the next stage of development of the Big Band Tap Revue, funded in part by the Toronto Arts Council.

                                  Allison is thrilled to join the faculty at Center Stage, and honoured to move forward with the existing tap foundation!

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                                  Kelly Paddle

                                  Kelly is Center Stage’s co-founder and co-artistic director, and has many accolades to her credit. She holds memberships with the British Association of Teachers of Dance (Stage and Acrobatics), Dance Masters of America and The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), not to mention a Level 1 coaching certificate in gymnastics. In 2008, Kelly was thrilled to serve as a choreographer for the YTV movie King of the Camp, featuring many Center Stage dancers.

                                  Her talent and reputation for excellence earned Kelly spots as co-choreographer for the Terpsichore national finals “Super Solo” opening number, and the honour of acting as an adjudicator for several dance competitions. Over the years, Kelly is proud to have seen her students go on to professional dance careers with companies such as Carnival Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Lines, Walt Disney World, the Toronto Raptors, Toronto Marlies, Toronto Rock, and Toronto Argos, and the movies The Music Man and Honey just to name a few.

                                  For Kelly, there is no greater joy than passing on the passion for dance to each one of her students, and no greater reward than seeing the next generation of dance educators thrive under her guidance.

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                                  Claudia Caicedo

                                  Exceptionally gifted in her work with children, Claudia is a mentor who nurtures and develops dancers to their fullest potential. Her passion for dance and talent for instruction has provided her students with the tools to become professional dancers, ballet teachers, and healthy human beings who just love ballet.

                                  Claudia holds a teaching Diploma with the Royal Academy of Dance, British Association of Teachers of Dance, and has received training at the world-renowned National Ballet School of Canada, along with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Ryerson University.

                                  As a mother of two, she understands the importance of safety, good health, and the development of life skills. Claudia constantly strives to inspire and motivate her dancers to ensure they have positive, lasting memories from their dance experience; she understands the importance of her role in the young lives she touches each and every day.

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                                  Tess Carruthers

                                  Tess is a graduate of the dance program at York University where she studied Ballet,  Modern,  Dance History,  Music,  Dance Kinesiology and Injury Prevention.  She then enrolled in a joint dance program at York University and the National Ballet School of Canada. Tess graduated from the National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program in 2006. While there, she obtained her Royal Academy of Dance Registered Teacher status as well as her Cecchetti Intermediate and Advanced One exams and National Intermediate and Advanced One exams.

                                  Upon completion of her NBS studies, Tess returned to York, graduating in 2008 with an Honours BFA in Dance. Tess looks forward to helping further our commitment to fostering joy, enthusiasm and professionalism in every student!

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                                  Mariano Abarca

                                  Mariano Abarca is an enthralling performer, accomplished choreographer and an extraordinary instructor.  He has over ten years of experience working as a choreographer and instructor in Toronto’s growing dance scene. Mariano has a diverse skill base and performing experience in Hip-hop, B-boying, popping and locking.

                                  His knowledge of the history of Hip-hop culture in Canada and his willingness to share his knowledge and skill with his students make him a true rarity in the world of Hip-hop and render him one of the best instructors in North America. Mariano is a role model and innovator who brings a hip, modern flair to his classes.  He is thrilled to be working with the students of Center Stage.

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                                  Yvonne Oldaker

                                  Yvonne Oldaker received her dance education at the Hammond School of Dancing in England under the direction of the late Betty Hassall. There she studied ballet, character, ballroom, tap and musical comedy, earning her ARAD (Advanced Teacher Certificate). She choreographed and taught in Southport and Chester in England and came to Canada in 1959 to teach in Montreal and later in Winnipeg for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. In Manitoba Mrs Oldaker ran her own school for 15 years. In 1981 she founded the Halton Hills School of Dance in Georgetown. She has choreographed and directed ballets and musicals, and has adjudicated festivals in England, Canada, the USA, and Mexico.

                                  Mrs. Oldaker became a children’s examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance in 1965 and has examined continuously in Canada since 1971. She has been fortunate to examine in most provinces and many countries around the world. Over the years she has had many hobbies including gliding, gardening, volunteering in places such as the Food Bank and recently cooking gourmet dinners for fundraising groups. For many years she has been involved in training teachers and has been tutoring and teaching in the Royal Academy of Dance teacher training programme since their inception. Her continuing passion and her ambition is to bring the joy of dance to students and teachers alike.

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                                  Jacques Monfiston

                                  After attending Ottawa University and taking a long break from dance of over 10 years, Jacques decided to train again at the age of 25 at Greta Leeming Studio of Dance. One of his many highlights has been to represent Canada at the World Dance Championships. As a member of the Canadian National Tap Team, he had the honor of being awarded the gold medal for Canada.

                                  Jacques’ professional work includes traveling the world as an entertainer, choreographer and adjudicator. He was the 1st Canadian Judge at the 2001 World Jazz Dance Competition and also adjudicated the 2002 World Tap Dance and Show Dance Championships in Germany. Jacques was also the tap adjudicator at the Manitoba Dance Festival in 2008. Jacques continues to improve his talent by being on scholarship to two leading Performing Arts Training Centers and also has worked with some of L.A. and New York City’s top choreographers.

                                  Jacques was also part of the inaugural dance company Helix Dance Project in Toronto under the direction of Linda Garneau. He was also in numerous commercials and industrials such as Bell Mobility, Coca Cola and Radio Shack to name a few. Jacques also teaches, conducts workshops and does competitive choreography for various studios worldwide. Jacques made Tokyo, Japan his home for over 2 years working for Walt Disney at the Broadway Music Theatre.

                                  He was also in musicals/plays such as My Fair Lady, Cats, Cyrano De Bergerac, Guys and Dolls, Nixon in China and most recently the smash hit West Side Story at the Stratford Festival Theatre. Jacques was also a featured dancer in the smash hit show Dance Legends. He is the national choreographer for the Canadian National Jazz/Modern Team. Jacques also co-directed A Chorus Line with Faye Rauw for the Toronto Theatre Company and was selected by the Toronto District School Board to be a Dance Mentor for a project called Dare To Dance. On top of his busy schedule, he continues to teach at numerous dance studios, schools and conventions across the world. Live, Love, Share!

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                                  Ashleigh Keenan

                                  Ashleigh is an accomplished dancer, teacher and choreographer with a thirst for knowledge and a passion for sharing it with her students. She is dedicated to her art form and continually attends workshops and classes to keep abreast of the pulse of the industry and to learn from masters in her field.

                                  Ashleigh holds memberships with the Royal Academy of Dancing, Dance Masters of America and the International Academy of Dance Adjudicators.  She specializes in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap and Acrobatics and enjoys working with dancers of all ages and skill level.

                                  Ashleigh’s choreography has been recognized through numerous awards and she was proud to be featured as the choreographer for the Miss Dancefest pageant and Dance Masters of America opening number at their respective events. Ashleigh is thrilled to be a part of the Center Stage family and share her passion with the community of Halton Hills.

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                                  Allisson Pasma

                                  For Allisson teaching dance is much more than a job, it is a passion.  She is a registered teacher for the Royal Academy of Dance and has her teacher’s certificate with the Imperial Society of Teacher’s of Dance.  Allisson has over 15 years of teaching experience both in the studio and in the classroom.  Allisson was blessed with the opportunity to be the director and principal of the Halton Hills School of Dance for 5 years.  There, she coached and entered numerous examination candidates and choreographed and directed several ballets.

                                  Allisson’s competitive program won several awards and scholarships for choreography and style and also travelled to Spain to perform.  As a dedicated member of the community, her dancers performed for several non-profit organizations and schools around the Halton region.  Allisson also taught and mentored several students who now dance for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada.  Allisson is a teacher with the Peel Board of Education where she teaches dance, drama, music and physical education at the primary level.

                                  As a mother of two children Allisson brings knowledge, compassion, and understanding to her teaching.  She is thrilled to be a part of Center Stage’s family.

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                                  Adèle Campbell-Power

                                  Adèle  is a captivating performer, passionate teacher and her creativity abounds as a choreographer.  With an extensive performance background, Adèle brings to her students a wealth of knowledge and experience to help guide them on their dance journey.

                                  Adèle is graduated of Mayfield Secondary School of the Arts, University of Toronto (English / History B.A Hons.) and has attained her Sheridan College Musical Theatre Performance diploma where she was the recipient of the George V. Young Acting Award.   She has extensive training in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop and holds teaching certification with the R.A.D., I.S.T.D. and C.D.T.A.

                                  Adèle is in demand as an adjudicator and guest choreographer across the G.T.A.  She is thrilled to be a part of the Center Stage family and return to her roots in Georgetown.

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                                  Jenny Bowser

                                  Jenny is a University of Guelph Graduate and a Center Stage Alumni competitive dancer & teacher. Jenny is BATD certified under Miss Kelly’s instruction and has partaken in many professional dance roles. Jenny has been dancing since the age of 5 and has extensive training in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Acro and Lyrical. Her professional dance roles include: dancing in YTV’s movie King of the Camp, professional Toronto Argonauts cheerleader, professional Toronto Marlies cheerleader & Toronto Rock Cheerleader for the 2012-2013 season.

                                  Jenny is also known for co-founding Dancers for Cancer, an organization which to date has raised over $100,000.00 for Cancer patients, and research.

                                  Jenny is thrilled to be back as a full time faculty member with Center Stage, and cannot wait to share her passion for dance with her students.

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                                  Tara Schell

                                  Tara has been dancing since the age of 3. She competed successfully in all disciplines of dance throughout Europe and North America winning numerous group awards and solo titles. She completed her Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology at McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario where she was the administrative assistant and featured dancer for the Urban Dance Company (a division of the McMaster Dance Company). As a member of UDC she took home the title of Ontario University Competition for Hip Hop (O.U.C.H.) in the 2003 and was awarded the most prestigious honour at the American College Dance Festival when UDC was chosen to perform the finale piece at the Gala in 2004.

                                  Tara completed her Doctor of Chiropractic Degree at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2010 and currently practices in South Brampton. She structures her classes around her extensive knowledge of human biomechanics and dance specific training programs to educate her students on how to safely improve both their technique and their artistry.

                                  Tara has been teaching both recreational and competitive programs for over 10 years with her students and choreography winning numerous overall high scores and scholarship awards. Tara is excited to be joining the Center Stage team and looks forward to a great year!

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                                  Alyssa Gibbons

                                  Alyssa Gibbons has extensive training in a variety of genres, including Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Acrobatics, Contemporary, Tap, Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre, and Gymnastics. Alyssa completed her Grade 8 and Intermediate exams with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). She is a member of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing (BATD) and graduated from the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Program in the Arts.

                                  Alyssa is an award winning choreographer and dancer and has taught at many schools and studios. Alyssa represented Canada on the National dance team at the IDO World Show Dance Championships in Riesa, Germany. Alyssa is constantly updating her skills and training, attending open classes and workshops.

                                  Alyssa’s professional experience includes dancing on the red carpet at the MMVAs with Omi, as well as performances with Karl Wolf, Fito Blanko, Brett Kissel and Dallas Smith. Alyssa was also a member of the Toronto Argonauts cheerleading team, and can be seen performing with various dance companies and in film work. Alyssa has also danced for many charitable organizations such as Sick Kids Hospital, and Dancers for Cancer.

                                  Alyssa is always interested in new dance experiences, and expanding her knowledge of the art form, as well as new opportunities for creative expression.

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                                  Laurie Westman

                                  Laurie is a graduate of the National Ballet School Teacher Training Program and is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance, holding the R.A.D. Teacher’s Diploma with Distinction.  For the past eleven seasons, Laurie was “Head of the RAD Graded Syllabus and Fitness Training Divisions” at the Oakville School of Dance.  She taught at Pegasus Studios in Toronto for nine seasons and was the “Head of the Vocational Graded Syllabus” for six seasons.

                                  She has an extensive background in ballet, theatre and modern dance. Laurie was awarded scholarships for study at Les Grands Ballet Canadiens, Les Ballet Jazz and the Banff School of Fine Arts.  After receiving a Diploma in Dance from George Brown College, she joined the Alberta Ballet School’s Professional Programme.  Laurie danced with Alberta Ballet.

                                  Her performance experience includes Alberta Ballet’s Firebird, Snow Maiden, Cinderella, Coppélia and the Nutcracker as well as numerous contemporary works.   Laurie is dedicated to art of teaching classical ballet and passionate about working with her students to find the learning style that is best suited to them.

                                  Within the process of sharing her knowledge and passion for performance and artistic excellence, Laurie enthusiastically anticipates learning from her students and watching them develop intellectually, physically and artistically.

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                                  Jessica Slessor

                                  Jessica has been dancing since the age of 2 and has extensive training in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical and Musical Theatre. She has been an assistant at Center Stage School of the Arts for 5 years and is now an associate member of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing. Jessica has completed all of her grade level exams in Ballet as well as her Advanced Foundation exam with the Royal Academy of Dance.

                                  Jessica had the pleasure of dancing in the Youth Company at the Tap Dance Center in 2010 and represented Canada on the  National Tap Team at the IDO World Dance Championships in Reisa, Germany 2011. She enjoys working with kids and passing her love and knowledge of dance onto others.  Jessica is super excited about another year at Center Stage.

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                                  Kimberly Vujacic

                                  Dance is truly a way of life for Kimberly as a professional dancer, instructor and choreographer. Mrs Vujacic began her training at the JoAnne Chapman School of Dance, attended Canada’s National Ballet School, majored in dance at Mayfield Secondary School for the Arts, and also studied with Roberto Campanella, one of Canada’s premier choreographers and artistic director of ProArte Danza.

                                  Kimberly has enjoyed dancing on the high seas with Carnival Cruise Lines for the past eleven years! During her professional career Kimberly has been a dance captain, a featured lead dancer, and adagio couple. She has performed in over fifty productions including magic and illusion shows. Mrs Vujacic has had the opportunity to teach locally and abroad, keeping her in demand as an experienced dance instructor with expertise in a wide variety of genres, not to mention her extensive performance background.

                                  Kimberly’s enthusiasm for the arts and her love of dance is a driving force in her life and she hopes to inspire young dancers to seek and realize their artistic vision. She is happy to be a part of the Center Stage family!

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                                  Shauneese Morrison

                                  Shauneese has over 20 years of extensive training in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Acrobatics. Shauneese graduated from McMaster University where she obtained an Honours BA in Political Science. As a teacher, she holds a teaching certificate in Stage and Acrobatics with The British Association of Teachers of Dancing and is a member of the Royal Academy of Dance.

                                  While Shauneese’s choreography continues to win numerous awards and overalls both regionally and nationally in a variety of dance genres, what brings her great joy is seeing the love of dance resonate within her students. Many of her students have been submitted into prestigious dance programs and have gone on to pursue successful careers in dance.

                                  Shauneese ensures her choreography and knowledge of dance is always at the forefront, as she teaches and attends various workshops throughout North America. Her goal as a teacher / choreographer is to create an environment that results in continuous growth, improvement, and brings her students’ talents and abilities to new heights. She is excited to bring her dynamic personality to Center Stage and looks forward to providing inspirational and exceptional training to her students.

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