Alison Grebenc: B.A (Hon.); A.I.S.T.D.; R.A.D. R.T.S
Miss Alison has been dancing since age 4. As a student she has studied Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.) Ballet and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (I.S.T.D.) Modern Theatre, Tap & Jazz. She has also studied Lyrical and Musical Theatre.
In Secondary School she studied dance for 5 years as part of a performing Arts Program. She was an award winning original member of the internationally competitive In-Ta Kids dance troupe.
After Secondary School, Miss Alison studied Ballet under Nadia Potts at Ryerson University (Toronto). Following that, she earned an Honours Degree in Fine Arts as a Dance Major from York University (Toronto). She has also studied dance in England with the I.S.T.D.
Miss Alison earned Associate certification in Modern Theatre & Tap with the ISTD & also an Associate Diploma in Modern Theatre with the ISTD. She is also a Certified RAD Ballet teacher. She has entered students for exams for R.A.D. Ballet & I.S.T.D. Modern Theatre, Tap & Jazz for over 10 years.
Her experience includes more than 15 years of teaching for The Studio of Dance and Performing Arts (Whitby), Steps Ahead Dance Centre (Cobourg) and the Lindsay Dance Studio (Lindsay). She also taught in the Dance Program at Seneca College (Toronto) and at Paul Dwyer Secondary School (Oshawa) in their performing Arts Program.
She has taken Master classes with such notables as: Mia Michaels (Internationally recognized choreographer – So You Think You Can Dance); Janice Barringer (New York City Ballet Company); Gus Giordano (‘Grandfather’ of American Jazz – choreographer for the White House shows, the Academy Awards & founder of the Chicago Jazz Congress); Charles Kelly (well known NYC choreographer, author of The American Tap Dictionary & Principal of the D.E.A. Teacher Training Program); A.J. Rousseau (Tap Dogs).
As a performer she has had roles in the musicals Grease and The Boyfriend, as well as many industrial promotional shows and dance demonstrations.
As a Choreographer her work includes several community theatre musicals and has been twice nominated for T.H.E.A. awards for best choreography for a musical for Nunsense and Nunsense II. Miss Alison is a Platinum award winning choreographer.
Becky Regan A.I.S.T.D.
Miss Becky trained extensively in ballet, modern, lyrical, jazz, tap, and musical theatre. She started competing at the age of 10 with The Studio of Dance and Performing Arts. As a competitive student she went to national finals competitions in Florida and Las Vegas where she won both Gold and Platinum medals.
Miss Becky was offered a scholarship for an intensive week-long workshop in Las Vegas in 2000 with Dance Educators of America. She was invited to be a part of the “2003 extreme team” through the Footloose Dance Competition. She performed as the opening act for the Neutron Fitness competition in Ottawa, Ont. which was broadcast on TSN. She earned a Highly Commended status on her Royal Academy of Dance Intermediate Ballet exam in 2003.
Miss Becky is currently enrolled in the Certification in Ballet Teaching Studies with the Royal Academy of Dance. She recently earned her Associate Diploma with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.
Miss Becky is a platinum award winning choreographer.
Miss Kerry is currently a member of CDTA (Canadian Dance Teachers Association) & she is a graduate of the National Institute of Broadcasting. She is the head of the dance program at Monsignor Paul Dwyer Catholic High School in Oshawa & has also taught the dance program at Seneca College in the past.
She has also choreographed a stage production of James Bond for the CBC. She is known for her tapping ability & she has had her tap sounds recorded as an instrument for a Cinemaface CD. She has also recently had a tap duet represented at the World Tap Championships in Germany rank 11th in the world.
She is a Platinum award winning choreographer!
Miss Kerry has had dancers perform at the Neutron Fitness Championship & she has received recognition for her choreography for her stage production of South Pacific. She has even done a few voice-over commercials.
Miss Kerry is the co-founder of “Dance For It” a unique show that combines both professional & amateur dancers in a joint effort to raise awareness & funding for cancer research. Miss Kerry is also the co-creator of “Kidzforit…Live” a new television show to feature the many talents of younger performers.
Denise Simpson R.A.D.; B.A.T.D.
Mrs. Simpson is a Ballet Teacher, Choreographer and Adjudicator.
Mrs. Simpson credits her artistic background and love of the arts to her family coming from a line of artists, musicians, and dancers.
Mrs. Simpson’s dance career began at the age of three where she studied tap, ballet, jazz, acro, baton, and highland at the Dennis Moore Theatre School of Dance. At age eleven she entered and graduated from the National Ballet School of Canada’s full time professional program. She went on to attend Ryerson University, George Brown College and York University’s dance programs while training abroad in her summers at Pineapple Dance Studios in Covent Garden, England.
Mrs. Simpson’s has danced roles such as leading Willie opposite Vanessa Harwood and Mazurka girl in Les Sylphides. Mrs. Simpson’s has performed in the Unwanted choreographed by Jean Louis Moran and has had roles created for her such as ‘White Girl’ by Angela Leigh.
Mrs. Simpson’s career has taken her to places such as Hong Kong as a guest teacher and to Cuba as part of a Canadian delegation of artists. Mrs. Simpson’s enjoyed the opportunity of being head of the dance program at O’Neill Collegiate’s performing arts program for many years.
Mrs. Simpson’s has worked for 17 years at Seneca College teaching the elite gymnasts and skaters as well as teaching recreational dance, working in administration and was director of their summer dance program. Mrs. Simpson ran and owned her own dance studio ‘The Dance Class’ for ten years in Richmond Hill.
Mrs. Simpson’s creativity has been sought out by dancers as well as national level gymnasts and skaters. Mrs. Simpson’s is artistic coordinator for the Danceforit benefit working with talents from So You Think You Can Dance, the National Ballet of Canada and Tap Dogs. Mrs. Simpson was head judge on the reality Kidzforit TV series.
Mrs. Simpson is a registered Royal Academy of Dance Teacher and is a Life Member with the British Association of Teachers of Dance. Mrs. Simpson hopes she can bring her expertise and passion for dance to the studio.
Miss Caitlin, our Acro Teacher, is a Level 2 Certified Gymnastics coach and a Level 2 Certified Trampoline coach. Starting at age 5 she took classes in Tap, Jazz, Ballet & Hip Hop and Gymnastics. She has been a competitive gymnast for 20 years. Miss Caitlin’s teaching experience includes Gymnastics, Cheerleading, Hip Hop & Street- Style Dance as well as Acro
Mr. ‘H.’ received his formal dance training through the I.S.T.D. (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing) Modern Theatre, Tap and Jazz syllabi. He has also taken Master classes with such notables as: Mia Michaels (Internationally recognized choreographer – So You Think You Can Dance); Gus Giordano (‘Grandfather’ of American Jazz – choreographer for the White House shows, the Academy Awards and founder of the Chicago Jazz Congress); Charles Kelly (well known NYC choreographer, author of The American Tap Dictionary & a founding staff member of Sheer Talent Dance Competition; A.J. Rousseau (Tap Dogs).
Mr. ‘H’ has been a dance instructor for over 20 years and during that time was the competition coach for The In-Ta Kids – an international dance competition troupe. As a Choreographer he has choreographed several community theatre musicals & along with his daughter has been twice nominated for T.H.E.A. awards for best choreography for a musical. His performing experience includes parts in the Musicals: “The Boy Friend” and “Chess”; and a small part in the movie “Hoover vs. The Kennedys”; He has performed in several trade and marketing shows. Currently, Mr. ‘H’ is a Lifetime Member of Dance Educators of America, the prestigious dance teacher organization.
Miss Veronica was born in Mexico City & started dancing at the age of 5 taking Ballet, Spanish and Folkloric dance at The “Academia de Danza Coppelia”. She also learned tap & jazz & became certified dance instructor in 1980. She continued dancing and teaching dance while attending University where she earned a degree in Industrial Engineering. In 2004, Miss Veronica moved to Canada. A year later she earned her Salsa Babies® Instructor Certification. In 2008 got certified as Zumba ® instructor. Other certifications as AquaZumba ® Zumba Gold ®, Zumbini ® SFIC and Salsa Tots ®
Her more recent experience teaching experience includes: Cardio Salsa, Tap, Salsa for couples, Zumba ®, Zumba Gold ® Aqua Zumba ® Kindernastics Salsa Babies and Salsa Tots, Latin Party Mix in Whitby, Oshawa, Courtice and Bowmanville
Miss Jaden, our Hip Hop teacher received her formal dance training in R.A.D. Ballet and I.S.T.D. Modern, Jazz & Tap. She has been a competitive student for several years. Miss Jaden was enrolled in the Dance program throughout Secondary school and is now studying dance at the college level.
Miss Michelle: B.A (Hon.); M.F.A; A.I.S.T.D.;
Miss Michelle is an RAD & ISTD trained in Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical & Musical Theatre. She has completed her A.I.S.T.D (ISTD Associate) and has graduated with B.A Honors from Queens University & M.F.A Choreography from York University; Miss Michelle is currently enrolled it the Certification in Teaching Ballet Studies Program with the R.A.D.