Derek SangsterAssociate Program Director
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 ClementBallet, Pointe, Pas de Deux
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-GreyBallet, Pointe
Marisa FalconeChorus Repertoire
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 FerlisiIntro to Dance Careers, Contemporary
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)
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 GrahamChorus Repertoire
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 GrainerChorus Repertoire
Heidi LangeVocal, Music Theory
Cynthia MacedoBallet, Pointe
Nicola PantinJazz, Contemporary
Ofilio PortilloHip Hop
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 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
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
Apolonia VelasquezHip Hop
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 WoodingBallet, Pointe