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Derek Sangster

Associate Program Director

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Derek Sangster was appointed Associate Director of George Brown Dance September 2012. One of Canada’s most sought-after dance instructors, Derek holds a BA in English from York University and a Diploma in Dance from Ryerson University. In addition to his current position at George Brown College, he is also a faculty member of Sheridan College’s Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance. Derek was Director of Dance for Brant Lake Dance Camp in New York from 2000-2015 as well as a past faculty member of both Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts and Ryerson University. Derek Sangster has taught as a guest instructor at B.A.T.D, the University of Michigan, York University, Harbour Dance, various studios in Australia, and summer programs in Nice, France. Derek is the founder of Urban Studio Theatre, Toronto’s most progressive dance studio, and held the post of Director from 1997-2004 before residing as the principal jazz instructor for DanceTeq with Kevin Pugh at the National Ballet of Canada from 2004-2012. No stranger to film and television, Derek has created work for YTV, CBC, CMT, and MuchMusic. His film and television appearances include Superstar, Borderline High, Rita and Friends, and New Year’s Eve in Niagara Falls. Recently Derek portrayed Andy Warhol in Moze Mossanen’s docu-drama Nureyev. Combining his love for both music and dance, Derek has worked extensively with some of Canada’s leading musical artists as dancer and video choreographer. Derek also has an extensive theatre career which began at the Stratford and Charlottetown Festivals. His choreography credits for the Stratford Festival include bothNight For Life, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Derek was commissioned for a new work by Ballet Jörgen Canada for the company’s 2011 – 2012 Season. His contemporary ballet, Good Mourning, premiered to sold-out houses at Toronto’s Betty Oliphant Theatre in March 2012. No stranger to film and television, Derek has created work for YTV, CBC, CMT, and MuchMusic. His film and television appearances include Superstar, Borderline High, Rita and Friends, and New Year’s Eve in Niagara Falls. Recently Derek portrayed Andy Warhol in Moze Mossanen’s docu-drama Nureyev. Combining his love for both music and dance, Derek has worked extensively with some of Canada’s leading musical artists as dancer and video choreographer. Derek also has an extensive theatre career which began at the Stratford and Charlottetown Festivals. His choreography credits for the Stratford Festival include bothNight For Life, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Derek was commissioned for a new work by Ballet Jörgen Canada for the company’s 2011 – 2012 Season. His contemporary ballet, Good Mourning, premiered to sold-out houses at Toronto’s Betty Oliphant Theatre in March 2012.

Karen Andrew

Jazz

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Karen Andrew is a graduate of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts and has been extensively trained in New York and Los Angeles. Karen was an original cast member of the Tony Award-winning Broadway Musical Ragtime, and also worked with the late Gwen Verdon in the Tony Award-winning musical Fosse. While on Broadway, Ms. Andrew performed in concert with Chita Riviera, Julie Andrews, Liza Minnielli, Glenn Close, and Rosie O’Donnell. In Canada, Karen played Anita in the Stratford Festival of Canada’s production of West Side Story. Her television and film credits include the Academy Award-winning film Chicagowith Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Richard Gere. As owner and Studio Director of Aurora Live Inc. Studios and Artistic Director of ‘A’ LIVE Dance Movement, Karen continues to create and produce ground breaking, thought provoking work that is well-received throughout the arts community.

Heather Berry-MacPhail

Modern

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Heather Berry-MacPhail is an independent dance artist and teacher based in Toronto. Heather is a graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She has worked with numerous choreographers and dance companies, including blackandblue dance projects (Sasha Ivanochko), Zata Omm (William Yong), Forcier Stageworks (Marie France Forcier), Darryl Tracy, Allison Cummings, Peggy Baker, Michael Caldwell, Lynndsey Larre, and spent two seasons with Toronto Dance Theatre. Heather was a founding member of the Crazyfish Collective, who presented three full evening performances and has also performed in many festivals and events across the country. Heather is on faculty in the dance department at George Brown, as well as an instructor for The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and the George Brown Theatre School. She is also a STOTT pilates instructor and personal trainer.

Dana Bondy

Jazz

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Dana’s training began in Fort Erie ON, at Peacock School of Dance where she became a principal dancer and instructor. Her love of dance and passion to perform led her to Toronto where she attended George Brown College and graduated with a certificate from the Performing Arts Program.

Upon graduation from George Brown, Dana trained and performed with dance companies, “Thrive” and the “Honeykats”. She has also received international recognition performing in Europe, Japan and Dubai. Further Credits Include – Women of Tango (Stratford Summer Works), I’m A Soulman (Da Blooze Bros), The Spiegel Show (LuminaTO/Harbourfront), Hank and Mike (Darius Films), Stardust Follies Musical Review (Diamond Entertainment), Vegas Live, Fashion Cares, Moulin Rouge and West Side Story (PWA Foundation) as well as numerous Toronto industrials. Dana continues training and performing with ‘Creative Habitat’, (a contemporary dance company for social change) working closely with Toronto Sick Kids Hospital. She is also a featured performer and dance captain for the very successful Toronto Cabaret Troupe, ‘Les Coquettes’.

Dana has 10 years of experience instructing various styles for children and adults, from beginner to Advanced levels and is currently teaching hip hop and jazz for the Performing Arts Programs at George Brown College. Other Specialty Workshops and classes include the York University Dance Team, Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts and Seneca College as well as numerous competitive and recreational studios. Choreography credits include, The Weight of Tradition (Three Eagles Prod.) and Twilight Express (Bravofact).

Laetitia Clement

Ballet, Pointe, Pas de Deux

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Originally from France, Mrs Laetitia Clément graduated with Honors from l’Ecole Supérieur de Danse du Québec, where she studied under the guidance of Mr. Daniel Seillier from the Paris Opera.
At the age of 18, she joined Les Grands Ballets Canadians as an apprentice. She then worked as a guest with the National Ballet of Maryland and at the Banff Center for the Arts.
Soon thereafter, Mrs Clement was offered a company position with the Alberta Ballet in Calgary, first under the artistic direction of Mikko Nissinen and subsequently under the artistic direction of Jean Grand Maître.
After starting as a corps de ballet , Mrs Clement moved up to soloist to eventually become a principal dancer in 2001.
Her repertoire includes many works from Georges Balanchine such as Serenade, Allegro Brillante, Four Temperaments and Who Cares as well as classics such as the Nutcraker, A Midsummer Night’s dream and Sleeping Beauty.
Mrs Clement favorite roles include the title role in Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella, Emilia in Othello, The Snow Queen and the Sugar Plum in the Nutcraker, Michaela in Carmen and The Diamond Fairy in Sleeping Beauty.
She was part of the original cast of nationally acclaimed contemporary works such as The Fiddle and the Drum or Love Lives Bleeding from famous Canadian choreographer and artistic director Jean-Grand Maître.
Mrs Clement has performed and toured extensively in France, China, Japan, USA and Canada . Her final performance took place in Vancouver while dancing in the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Olympique Winter Games.
After 15 years as a professional ballerina, Mrs Clement retired from the stage to be more dedicated to her family. She also brings 16 years of teaching experience as she’s always kept teaching while performing.
Soon after leaving the stage, Mrs Clement was invited to teach in the Professional Division of the School of Alberta Ballet, under the artistic direction of Mr. and Mrs. Kilgour, senior pedagogues from the Royal Ballet and National Ballet of Canada.
Mrs Clement is an American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Certified Teacher (Levels 1 to 8) and holds her Intermediate and Advanced Cecchetti diplomas (with Honors) as well as a College Degree in Performing Art/Dance.
She owns the International Dance Teacher Associate Ballet qualifications (IDTA) and she is a Mutually Recognized Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance.
Mrs Clément is thrilled to be part of the Dance Faculty at Georges Brown College and a company teacher for the Ballet Jorgen of Canada.
Recently Mrs Laetitia opened her own school, L’arabesque Ballet, located in Thornhill where she teaches kids all ages and presents them to RAD exams.
Mrs Clement is known to bring the best out of her students in a joyful, inspiring and positive manner.

Svea Eklof-Grey

Ballet, Pointe

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Svea Eklof was born in Los Angeles, California. Her formative dance training was in the dance program of the North Carolina School of the Arts. Svea has been a member in a number of dance companies throughout Europe and North America including Ballet Classico de Mexico and Netherlands Dance Theatre. At 23, she was promoted to Principal Dancer with George Balanchine’s Ballet du Grande Theatre in Geneva, Switzerland. She later danced as Principal Ballerina with North Carolina Dance Theatre, the Alberta Ballet Company, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company. She has performed the principal roles in such ballets as Firebird, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Cinderella, and Pineapple Poll. In 1989, Svea retired as Principal Dancer ofthe Royal Winnipeg Ballet and has since established herself as a freelance coach. She has been a guest teacher at the National Ballet School, North Carolina School of the Arts, West Virginia Dance Festival, Furman University Summer Dance Program, and George Randolph School of Dance. She taught the Company ofthe Ontario Ballet Theatre for three years, was on the staff of the Professional Division of Dancespace in Toronto, and taught at the University of Waterloo. She was also Co-Director of her own school, the Professional School of Dance ofthe Toronto Ballet Ensemble, for five years. Svea presently teaches and coaches Ballet Jörgen Canada, George Brown Dance, and Swan Studio (London, Ontario).

Marisa Falcone

Chorus Repertoire

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Marisa was born and raised in Mississauga, Ontario where she recognized her talents as a performer at a young age. She started training in various dance disciplines at just four years old, obtaining certifications from the Cecchetti Association, R.A.D., and C.D.T.A. Marisa also studied piano and vocal lessons shortly thereafter, knowing that these talents would advance her career someday. She furthered her dance training at Cawthra Park Secondary School in the Regional Arts Program for Dance, and also earned her Grade 8 RCM certifications in Voice and Piano. In 2008 she graduated from Ryerson University’s Theatre Dance Program under the direction of Nadia Potts, obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with Honours. Upon graduating, Marisa set off to sail the high seas with Disney Cruise Line as Dance Captain, making magic and sharing the stage with some of the most famous Disney characters! Back on land, Marisa has had the opportunity to perform for a number of professional theatre companies all across Canada, including: Ross Petty Productions (Elgin Theatre), Drayton Entertainment, Stage West (Mississauga and Calgary), Rose Theatre, and Theatre Aquarius. She has also taken on the role of Associate choreographer for Drayton Entertainment, and Assistant to the Director at Stage West.

Marisa has competed throughout Canada and the United States and won numerous scholarships and awards. She is a proud member of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association as well as the Professional Adjudicators ALliance. She is also a guest teacher for the Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association and has the privilege to guest choreograph for Cawthra Park and other dance studios throughout the GTA. Marisa is an active member of Mississauga’s Arts Scene as a dancer, musician, and singer, most recently being the recipient of the Theatre Dance Award from Ryerson University in 2006.

Patrizia Ferlisi

Intro to Dance Careers, Contemporary

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Patrizia is a Toronto based dance artist dedicated to advocating for dance education and exposure in her community. Taught by some of the top dance educators in Canada, Mrs. Ferlisi holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from York University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Ryerson University. As a dancer, Patrizia has worked for renowned companies & choreographers such as Cirque Du Soleil, Mia Michaels, Travis Wall, Cadence Contemporary Ballet, Roberto Campanella, Debra Brown, Conteur Dance Company, The Dance Migration, Larchaud Dance and Newton Moreas Dance Theatre. Throughout her career she has had the privilege of touring Brazil, U.S.A, Europe, & the United Kingdom, both as a performer and teacher. Currently, Patrizia is on faculty at George Brown College teaching: Intro to Dance Careers, Jazz, & Contemporary Repertoire. She also teaches Dance History, Intro to Movement Analysis, and Critical Issue’s in Dance at Conteur Dance Academy. As a co-founder and co-artistic director of Lady Luck Productions Arts and Entertainment Group ( founded in 2009), Patrizia has choreographed many original variety show productions presented all over Ontario. She is also a co-founder/co-director of Perspective Dance Youth Ensemble which launched August 2015. This past summer she had the honour of​ working with Debra Brown as a choreographer for the 2015 Panamania performances at Nathan Philips Square.​
Patrizia is always interested in collaborative projects and any experience that will allow her to hone her craft, as a teacher and performer.

Key Memberships: Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Education (Code), National Dance Organization (Ndeo), Dance Ontario, Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA)

Tina Fushell

Modern

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Tina Fushell is a graduate of the Quinte Ballet School and the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She is the Co-Artistic Director of Ambitious Enterprises (AE) with Kate Franklin together producing the “At the Wrecking Ball” series. Tina has danced for numerous choreographers including Susie Burpee, Valerie Calam, Jesse Dell, Kate Franklin, Brendan Jensen, Sebastian Mena, Steeve Paquet, Anisa Tejpar, Darryl Tracy and Matthew Waldie.

Most recently Tina played Anna II in the opera Seven Deadly Sins choreographed by Matjash Mrozewski, danced in Valarie Calam first full length Children of the Triangle and played “Women on the Edge” in Full Stop, which was presented at Hub14 last March. Tina also performs regularly with Operation Snatch and J.A.T, a performance art troupe that she co-founded with Andrya Duff and Jill Camarta. As a choreographer Tina has had her work presented in such venues as Hysteria: Festival of Women, The Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, Festival of New Dance and Nuit Blanche.

When not creating and performing in dance works, Tina teaches at the Quinte Ballet School, where she’s been on faculty since 2005 and is on faculty at George Brown College teaching contemporary to the 2nd year class.

Stephanie Graham

Chorus Repertoire

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Stephanie Graham is an accomplished director, choreographer, performer, producer, and educator.

Stephanie directing credits include All Shook Up, Godspell, Johnny Belinda and assistant director on Man of La Mancha and Yorkville-The Musical. Her choreography credits include Mary Poppins, The Addams Family, The Wild Party, Godspell, Killer Business-The Musical, A Snow White Christmas, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Legend of Dan McGrew, Colours in the Storm, Pop Goes the Sixties, They’re Playing Our Song, Next to Normal, The Sound of Music, Back in ’59, Canada in Love, A Christmas Carol, Oberon, Scrooge: A Carol for Christmas, She Loves Me, Oklahoma!, A Sentimental Christmas, Pregnant Lady Dancing and Impulse-An Evening of Original Choreography. Stephanie was the Director/ Choreographer of the Young Company at the Charlottetown Festival for three seasons. Quebec a la Carte was featured in 2008 and Abegweit-The Soul of the Island in 2009 and 2010. Stephanie traveled to Vancouver in to remount Abegweit-The Soul of the Island at Atlantic Canada House and BC Place where the show was performed and televised internationally during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. She has also directed and choreographed for ActingUp Stage’s much in demand One Song Glory program for three years. She choreographed a foxtrot for the first annual Dancing with Canadian Celebs Fundraiser, a celebrity dance contest in support of Dancing with Parkinson’s where she was partnered with Graham Abbey (CBC’s The Border) as well as the closing number for Heart and Music, a benefit to raise money for Ovarian Cancer research. She has choreographed many other concert dance pieces for benefits to aid charities: AIDS Action Perth, Canadian Cancer Society, YMCA Kids to Camp and the Actors’ Fund of Canada. She served as the choreography consultant on Rick Miller’s show Hardsell for CanStage and Parade with ActingUp Stage. Stephanie was the Assistant Choreographer for pre-production on the new musical Ha’Penny Bridge under Director/Choreographer, Donna Feore.

She has also assisted on many theatre, film and television projects including Cadet Kelly with Hilary Duff. She was an Assistant Choreographer on the first two episodes of Season One of So You Think You Can Dance Canada and the Assistant to Donna Feore on Mulroney: The Opera and the independent feature The Boy Who Smelled Like Fish starring Zoe Kravitz.

Stephanie’s performance credits include Gertie Cummings in Oklahoma!, Snow White in Into the Woods, Liane D’Exelmans in Gigi, My One and Only, Hello, Dolly! and The Hunchback of Notre Dame at The Stratford Festival of Canada, two seasons at the Charlottetown Festival as Belinda in Johnny Belinda and as Josie Pye and Prissy Andrews in Anne of Green Gables-The Musical and many other shows at various theatres across Canada including: Cinderella, The Apple Tree, Not Now Darling, You Can’t Take it with You, The Crucible, West Side Story, Ragtime, A Chorus Line, Nunsense, Peter Pan, Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, and The Music Man. With the Smile Theatre Company, she has toured in three shows including Paddle Song, a one-woman show about poet E. Pauline Johnson. She has also performed in four operas including Siegfried (part of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ring Cycle).

Stephanie’s television and film credits include, Mulroney: The Opera, the Gemini nominated pilot of Getting Along Famously (with Colin Mochorie and Deb McGrath), Shania-A Life in Eight Albums, Fancy Dancing, Stormy Weather, Happy Christmas Miss King and Wind at My Back. She is the proud recipient of the Jean A. Chalmers Training Award (Stratford Festival), two Alan Lund Memorial Awards (Charlottetown Festival and Drayton Festival), the Lyn Bastyovanszky Memorial Scholarship and the Maureen Shone Award (Sheridan College).

Stephanie was the Assistant Producer on the Canadian Premiere of David Hare’s Stuff Happens with Studio 180. She led the production team for Impulse-An Evening of Original Choreography at the Stratford Festival, which raised almost $20,000 for Aids Action Perth and Equity Fights Aids (The Actors’ Fund of Canada). She has also produced two benefits for the YMCA of Greater Toronto, two Dance Cabarets at the Stratford Festival, Mamm-o-rama for The Womens’ Committee of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association, a workshop reading of a new musical, Noah and acted as Producer Liaison for the reading of Turvey during the Canadian Musical Theatre Week. She was also a production assistant on a workshop of Dancer, a new musical featuring the work of Emmy nominated choreographer, Stacey Tookey. She produced the 2009 Toronto Fringe hit Hipcheck-The Musical that was chosen as Patron’s Pick and Best of the Fringe as well as co-producing Killer Business-The Musical at the Next Stage Festival in 2014. Stephanie worked as an intern in the Creative Affairs Department under New York Producer, Marty Bell (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, LoveMusik, The Last 5 Years) at Livent Inc. Torrent Productions, a company she was asked to co-found has various projects in development including several musicals and The Shakespeare Dances, a collective dance piece that uses the themes in William Shakespeare’s plays and features the choreography of several up and coming Canadian choreographers. Stephanie is the proud recipient of two Tyrone Guthrie Awards from the Stratford Festival. The first scholarship was designated to assist in her internship with independent Toronto producer, Derrick Chua and the second was the prestigious Richard March Award. This award is given to someone who produces a workshop or a cabaret that strengthens the ties between the Festival and the community.

Stephanie is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Music Theatre Performance Program and has trained at the National Ballet School, Carousel Dance Centre, Banff School of Fine Arts, Broadway Dance Centre (New York City), in London, England and Sydney, Australia. She has completed both her Advanced RAD Ballet and Advanced ISTD Modern Syllabus. She has been on the faculty at Sheridan College, George Brown College, Randolph Academy of Performing Arts and has guest-taught and adjudicated extensively across Canada. She has taught every age level and style from pre-ballet to adult musical theatre. She currently teaches and coordinates a theatre jazz at Metro Movement in Toronto.

She is a member of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association, ACTRA and the Professional Adjudicators Alliance (PAA).

Kelly Grainer

Chorus Repertoire

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Kelly Grainger has been teaching dance for over 20 years and is excited to be joining the faculty at George Brown Dance. In addition to teaching and choreographing, Kelly is a sought after performer. Favourite professional theatre credits include Moby Dick and The Music Man at the Stratford Festival, Sweet Charity and Pygmalion at the Shaw Festival, The Wizard of Oz at Mirvish and in the US National Tour, CATS, Seussical, Hairspray, Aladdin, Mary Poppins and Oliver at Regional Theatres. Her training culminated at CCPA (Canadian College of Performing Arts) in Victoria, BC, where she completed a choreographic mentorship under Artistic Director Jacques Lemay. After graduating with honours, Kelly joined the faculty and became CCPA’s Jazz and Musical Theatre Styles teacher. Whether on stage or in the classroom, Kelly’s passion for the performing arts is clear and her enthusiasm is contagious!

Ryan Kelly

Acting

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Ryan has been a Toronto based actor, singer and dancer for over 15 years. After graduating with honours from the Musical Theatre program at Sheridan College, Ryan worked on cruise ships, sang and danced in musicals, acted in plays, short films, on tv and in lots of commercials! Some of Ryan’s favourite professional theatre credits include: The Toronto production of Mamma Mia (Mirvish); The House of Martin Guerre (CanStage); You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (DaCapo); and Will The Real JT LeRoy Please Stand Up? (Buddies in Bad Times) for which he was awarded a Dora Award for Outstanding Male Performance. Favourite Film and TV credits include: How to be Indie (YTV); Almost Audrey (Comedy Network); The Big One (CTV); Queer As Folk (Showcase); Dan For Mayor (CTV); the David Cronenberg movie Cosmopolis; and The Dog Walker for which he received a Genie Nomination. Most recently Ryan reprised his role (for which he received rave reviews and a Dora Award nomination) in The Normal Heart produced by Studio 180 in Toronto. He also appeared in the New York Music Theatre Festival where he performed in the fringe hit Living With Henry and was honored with an award for Best Performance. Alongside performing, Ryan enjoys teaching in schools, both in classes and through shows. He is very passionate about sharing his knowledge with children and young people, and most recently he opened an arts and wellness studio with his sister where they work to cultivate creativity in children. www.centreforartandsoul.com

Hannah Kiel

Composition/Repertoire

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HANNA KIEL is from Seoul, South Korea and moved to Vancouver in 1996. Since then, she has been pursuing her goal as a choreographer. Hanna’s work has been presented at 12 Minutes Max, PlanB Singles and solos Festival, Dancing on the Edge Festival, Asian Heritage Month Festival, Pulse at the Scotiabank Dance Centre, Roundhouse Centre, Surrey Arts Centre in Vancouver, Lynda Raino Dance in Victoria and New Face Dance Festival in Seoul, Korea. In 2007, she choreographed and danced at the Centre A, collaborating with Yoko Ono. Hanna moved to Toronto in 2008 where she continues her career as an independent dance artist. She has choreographed for Cadence Contemporary Ballet Company, Canada’s Ballet Jörgen, George Brown Dance, Ryerson Dances, ProArteDanza, and Kenny Pearl’s Emerging Artist Intensive in Toronto, and Garion Contemporary Dance Company and Soong Hee Woman’s College in South Korea. Hanna is the 2012 winner of Northwest Dance Project’s ‘Pretty Creatives’ international choreographic competition in Portland, Oregon. Hanna is also artistic director of Human Body Expression. She presented her full evening work in December 2013, Project L – The world that you created, for which she was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award in the Best Choreography category.

Heidi Lange

Vocal, Music Theory

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A native of Burlington, Heidi is returning for her fifth season at The Oakville Academy for the Arts. Exposed to a wide variety of music, she has studied violin, piano, voice and music theatre. Heidi studied music theatre at the University of Windsor and Applied Jazz (Voice) at Mohawk College. She continues private voice studies in Toronto and the U.S. with Alan Reid and Dorothy Stone. Heidi has performed onstage in everything from English-style music hall productions to classic shows such as “Hair” and “Godspell”, to critically acclaimed musicals, including “Rent”, “Avenue Q” and “The Last Five Years”. She also performs as a soloist and band leader in clubs and private functions, recorded and released a CD in 2008, and is working on a follow-up. In her time at OAA, she has had the pleasure and honour of leading student singers at the Oakville Santa Claus Parade and Kerr Street Ministries. Performing with her colleagues at the year-end dance recitals is another highlight. Having performed in almost all genres of music, Heidi brings a wealth of musical and cultural knowledge to her students, as well a genuine excitement about introducing new songs to them. Heidi looks forward to the coming year at OAA and discovering and developing the gifts and talents of her students.

Ryan Lee

Contemporary

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Independent Dance Artist Ryan Lee graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He has been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with renowned choreographers: Roberto Campanella, Robert Glumbek, Christopher House, Emily Molnar, Stephen Pier, Tino Segal, Menaka Thakkam Darryl Tracey, D.A. Hoskins, and Guillaume Côté. Ryan has also been able to work with such companies as ProArteDanza, Toronto Dance Theatre, Keaja d’Dance, Anandam Dancetheatre, Larchaud Dance Projects, inDANCE, The Little Pear Conservatory, The Chimera Project, AKA Dance and The Scandelles. In 2011 Ryan was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance in an Ensemble for In between by ProArteDanza. In 2014 Ryan was honoured with the Jack McAllister Award from Ryerson University. Ryan is also very involved in dance education, working with young dancers across Canada. He has taught at the Conteur Academy, Ryerson University, CCDT, Metro Movement, City Dance Corps and the National Ballet‘s In Studio Series. Ryan has made works for ProArteDanza, ProArteDanza SIP, Anandam Dancetheatre, The Emerging Artist Intensive and George Brown College.

Cynthia Macedo

Ballet, Pointe

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Cynthia Macedo was born in Carmel, California and entered the National Ballet School at the age of 10 under the directorship of Betty Oliphant. While training, she received a Peter Dwyer Scholarship and the Firemen’s Fund Scholarship. She joined The National Ballet of Canada as a corps de ballet member upon graduating from grade 12, eventually being promoted to soloist. Cynthia danced many roles from the classics to the contemporary that ranged from corps de ballet to principle. As a soloist with the National Ballet, she worked with many directors and choreographers such as Erik Bruhn, Rudolph Nureyev, Natalia Makarova, Alexander Grant, Glen Tetley, David Earl, Robert Desrossiers, Danny Grossman, Bengt Jorgen, John Alleyne and David Parsons. She also performed in the inaugural days of Ballet Jorgen Canada. Upon retiring from dancing professionally, Cynthia pursued a teaching career. She is currently a company teacher and rehearsal coach with Ballet Jorgen Canada, a full time ballet instructor George Brown College and an open class teacher at Dance-teq in Toronto directed by Kevin Pugh. Her teaching credits include the National Ballet of Canada, Ryerson University, Royal Academy of Dance Canada, Creative Dance Workshop and the senior girls program at Dance Trax in Chicago Illinois. She has coached Junior and Senior World ranked figure skaters in artistry on the ice to develop performance enhancement.

Nicola Pantin

Jazz, Contemporary

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Ofilio Portillo

Hip Hop

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Notorious for his versatility, Ofilio “Sinbadinho” Portillo has acquired a considerable amount of experience in the Television, Entertainment and Theatre industries. He Has worked for artists such as: Cascada, Kreesha Turner, Feist, Thunderheist, Danny Fernandes, Jully Black, Cory Lee, Shawn Desman, and Dr Draw among others. Movie credits include Turn The Beat Around, Camp Rock II featuring The Jonas Brothers, Cobu 3D and as actor on You Got Served/Beat The World and the upcoming blockbuster Resident Evil Retribution He can be seen in commercials for WarChild & Virgin Mobile and has performed live for: Canada’s Got Talent, Bench clothing and GM Canada. As founder of Gadfly, he produced and directed 2 Contemporary Urban Dance full evening production: Unbearable Prospect (2008) and Dora Award Winning Klorofyl (2011). His work has been commissioned for Dance Weekend 2011 and presented at Ted Talks Toronto, Luminato, Nuit Blanche, Toronto and Montreal Fringe, Break Beats & Culture, and International Dance Day. Also, he has contributed to organizations such as Keep-A-Breast, Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists, Sick Kids and Rethink Breast Cancer. Ofilio is the founder of yearly events the Toronto Urban Dance Symposium, Gadfly Anniversary and the street dance training program: ProFRESHional. This experienced individual has showcased his craft in major cities worldwide. Now, he has set for hobby to establish Street Dance as a legitimate art form and promote its cross-cultural movement.

Stephanie Ramphos

Jazzz

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Stephanie works as a performer, teacher, and choreographer, and is a graduate of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. For the last several years, she has worked as dance captain and as choreographer on various North American touring productions.

She has extensive experience working with youth and adults as a dance, a musical theatre teacher, and as a choreographer. She is also on the faculty of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, teaching in both the College and Kids programs.

Recent choreography credits include “Naked Boys Singing” (Starvox ent.), “Arthur Live” and “Clifford the Big Red Dog Live,” (Turnstile Ent., New York); “Rent”, “Cabaret” and “Fairy Tale Ending” (Toronto Youth Theatre); ”Twelfth Night,” “Macbeth,” and “Romeo & Juliet” (Classical Theatre Project); “F.E.A.R.L.E.S.S.” (Stagekids Productions); Glendale Arena Mega Concert (Tanglewood Ent, Arizona); “The Doodleboops” (rehearsal director, Feld Entertainment, Orlando).

Kathleen Rea

Modern

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Kathleen Rea is a graduate of the National Ballet School and has danced with Ballet Jörgen Canada, the National Ballet of Canada and Tiroler Landestheater. In 2000, Kathleen formed REAson d’être dance productions, an organization that produces dance/theatre classes, workshops and performances.
Kathleen Rea has emerged as a choreographic presence. Her work is “fabulously original” [Sheena Wilson, www.danceinsider.com] . Kathleen’s individuality of expression stems from her varied background, which includes ballet, modern, contact improvisation, and dance-theatre and is influenced by the multi-disciplinary art techniques involved inExpressive Arts. These elements combine to create a unique artistic voice that is focused, spontaneous and expressive.

Kathleen has choreographed over 30 original works for various organizations including the Before During After Festival of Duets, Bravo Television Network, Ballet Jörgen Canada, Canadian Olympic Association, Decadence Films, Dusk Dances, the fringe Festival of Independent Dance Artists , Gender Play, George Brown Dance , Good Hair Day Productions, princess productions, Prologue for the Performing Arts, Ryerson University Dance Program, Studio 303 and Toronto Dance Theatre.
Her work Frames and Flux were mentioned in the Now Magazine Top Ten Dance Shows of 2002 as being “Imaginative, richly theatrical…with a clown inspired whimsy…a delight” (Glenn Sumi).

Kathleen’s full-length ballet, the Velveteen Rabbit, has been performed by Ballet Jorgen Canada on tour across North America
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Her award winning film Lapinthrope directed and produced by Alec Kinnear premiered at international festivals world wide and aired on Bravo!Canada television network.

Kathleen’s Long Live (2008) was nominated for three Dora Mavor Moore Awards including outstanding choreography.

In spring 2010 Kathleen received the K.M Hunter award for her achievements in dance.

In Novmeber 2012 her book The Healing Dance was published by Charles C Thomas Publishers.The Healing Dance was named by the editor of Canadian Living magazine, Susan Antonacci, as one of her Favorite Things in their March 2013 issue. www.the-healing-dance.com

Devon Tullock

Jazz

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Devon Tullock has been a professional actor and dancer for the last 20 years. As a former competitive dancer he held the title DMA (Dance Masters America) Mr. Dance of Canada, and runner up DMA Mr. Dance of America. As the winner of such titles, he is continually invited to judge dance competitions throughout North America. As a teenager Devon was a principle dancer with a Ballet company in Berlin, Germany. His other international theatre credits include Mr. Mistoffelees in the German Production of Cats; the National Tour of the Broadway hit Mamma Mia!; the U.S. National Tour of Fame: The Musical; and Nights on Broadway 3 (choreographed by AC Ciulla) at Caesars Palace in Atlantic City. In Canada he has performed at The Stratford Shakespeare Festival and The Shaw Festival, where credits include: Lope de Vega’s classic Fuente Ovejuna; West Side Story (Snowboy, Arab, and Riff); Susan H. Schulman’s critically acclaimed The Music Man; J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan (Michael Darling); Mack and Mabel (Buster Keaton); Hotel Peccadillo (Ernest); Gypsy (Angie); Six Characters in Search of an Author (The Boy); Overlaid (Jimmy); Happy End; and the North American premiere of Lord of the Flies (Perceval). He originated the role of Thaddeus Maillet in the musical Pelagie for The Canadian Stage Company and The National Arts Centre. Television and Film credits include: Road to Avonlea (CBC); Rec Room (YTV); and JFK: Reckless Youth (ABC mini-series). Devon compleated a successful run as Mr. Mistofolees in the Toronto production of CATS. Currently He is performing in the US National Tour of The Wizard of Oz.

Apolonia Velasquez

Hip Hop

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Apolonia Velasquez is a passionate dancer, choreographer, and educator whose drive has brought her to major cities worldwide. Originally from Montreal, now residing in Toronto, her fulfilling dance journey began at an early age. Renowned for her performance, freestyle and choreography skills, she stands out by her distinctive energy and her refined professional work ethic.

Making her an established versatile dancer, her dance repertoire has evolved and grown immensely through the years. Her expertise on emerging street dances such as House and Waacking, along with her extensive training in Hip Hop, Ballet, Contemporary, Afro Brazilian and Folkloric dancing make her an exceptional sought after artist.

Apolonia can be seen as Principal Dancer in the tv show Scare Tactics and in commercials for So You Think You Can Dance Canada, Staples and Dove and featured Actor for Wal Mart, Virgin Mobile, Nike, and Bell. She has performed at the Much Music Video Awards and worked for artists such as Katy Perry, Massari, Eva Avila, Rochester, Jully Black, Shawn Desman, Cory Lee and Thunderheist. As the co-artistic director of Gadfly, her work has been commissioned for Dance Weekend and presented at Ted Talks Toronto, Luminato, Toronto and Montreal Fringe and Nuit Blanche. The company’s repertoire includes the Dora Award Winning Klorofyl. Also, she has contributed to organizations such as “Keep-A-Breast”, “The Speech and Stuttering Institute”, and “Rethink Breast Cancer”. She is the co-founder of the Toronto Urban Dance Symposium, Skills & Soul Series and the Gadfly Anniversary.

She is thankful to have learned and exchanged with some of the most trust worthy dancers and choreographers out there, and is eager to share her knowledge and savoir-faire with others.

Jane Wooding

Ballet, Pointe

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Jane Wooding started her ballet training in Ottawa with Jacqueta Northcote. Entering Canada’s National Ballet School, she studied with Betty Oliphant, Nancy Kilgour, Daniel Seillier, and Grant Strate. After graduation, Jane continued her training in England, Holland and Germany. Ms. Wooding danced with the National Ballet of Canada, performing Romantic, Classical and Contemporary repertoire from 1972 – 78. This allowed her to work with exceptional mentors including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Erik Bruhn, Celia Franca, Karen Kain, Rudolf Nureyev, and Veronica Tennant. Jane then joined Canada’s National Ballet School staff teaching ballet, repertoire, pointework and pedagogy for 8 years. Presently teaching for Canada’s National Ballet School in the Teacher Training Program, and for George Brown Dance/Ballet Jorgen Canada, Jane has also taught ballet on the faculties of York University and the Quinte Ballet School of Canada. She examines annually for the Cecchetti Society of Canada. Guest work includes summer courses, classes and workshops across Canada.