Sean Boutilier, LCSC - CIBC, MCDTA
Artistic Director / Founder
Sean began dancing at age 4, he started by taking tap and then later added jazz, acro, Ballroom and folk dancing. At age 10, Sean entered the National Ballet School, where he was one of the first recipients of the Peter Dwyer scholarship for outstanding achievement. At the National Ballet School he was trained by such world renowned teachers as Betty Oliphant, Glenn Gilmour, Daniel Sellier, Eric Bruhn, Hector Zaraspe, and Eugene Valukin to mention just a few. During his development years as a dancer he was trained in the Cecchetti, the Royal Academy, and the Vaganova methods of training which helps him bring a wide range of dance knowledge into the dance studio.
Upon graduation, he joined The National Ballet of Canada, where he became a soloist within three years. During his eight years with the National Ballet of Canada, he danced many solo and principal roles and worked with and partnered such world renowned artists as, Karen Kain, Rudolph Nureyev, Veronica Tennant, Natalia Makariva, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Anna Botafogo, Elisabeth Terabust, Eva Evdokimova and Evelyn Hart. Sean has also worked with such Choreographic legends in the dance world such as Sir Frederick Ashton, Celia Franca, George Balanchine, Maurice Bejart, James Kudelka, Brian Macdonald, John Neumeier, Roland Petite, and Glen Tetley.
Mr. Boutilier was a former Principal Dancer and Resident Guest Artist with Ballet Florida and during his dance career has made guest appearances with several major American ballet companies, as well as being a guest soloist with the Canadian Opera Company, performing with Joan Sutherland under the direction of Richard Bonning. He also appeared in many dance related films and shows including the “Karen Kain Special”. He has served on various Advisory Boards, including the Mississauga Arts Council and Ryerson Polytechnic University.
Mr. Boutilier holds his Advanced Cecchetti Diploma where he was awarded the level of distinction and is a Licentiate Diploma Member of the Cecchetti Society. He is also a graduate of the National Ballet of Canada's teachers training program. All of these achievements make him a highly respected coach, teacher and adjudicator, bringing a wealth of experience from the world of dance into the studio.
Michelle Tarnoweckyj, BFA (Theatre/Dance)
Director of Operations
Michelle began her training at the Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance at the age of three, leading her successfully into over 20 years of experience in dance. Her dance repertoire consists of jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, hip hop, acro and modern dance. Not only does she enjoy teaching at S.B.A.D, Michelle is also delighted to be the administrative director for the S.B.A.D team.
Upon graduating S.B.A.D. Michelle continued her dance training at Ryerson University earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance. While attending the dance program at Ryerson, she had the opportunity to train and perform with many renowned choreographers across Canada and the United States. Michelle is very pleased to share her passion and knowledge to all her students at Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance.
Alexa has been dancing since the age of 3, and has been a competitive student at Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance since the age of 8. She has competed in jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, hip hop, contemporary, and lyrical in solos, duets, and groups. She has also worked through all of her Cecchetti syllabus exams, up to and including advanced 1. She has worked as an administrative assistant at SBAD since the age of 15 and thoroughly enjoys being able to connect with customers through her passion for dance. Alexa graduated from Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance in 2016/2017 and is currently attending the University of Rochester for a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience, but is still an active Administrative Staff Member. She is a member of the University of Rochester's Dance Team in order to further her passion for dance. Alexa is incredibly grateful to have worked and danced at SBAD, and to have made so many amazing connections and friendships through the years.
Tiffany Dzugan, Honours B.Sc., CSEP CPT, R. Kin. (inactive)
Tiffany Dzugan is a former student of the Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance. Her past dance experience includes performing in several shows in Disney World Florida, at the Miss Canada Pageant in Toronto and in various cities throughout Canada and the United states as a member of the Cawthra Park Dance Repertoire. Tiffany has attended intensive programs at both the National Ballet of Canada and the Quinte School of Ballet and has completed her Cecchetti Advanced II ballet exam. While studying at McMaster University, Tiffany successfully founded and managed “Mac Dance”, McMaster’s premier competitive dance team and largest athletics and recreation club. She is excited to see the club’s success grow in upcoming years. Tiffany is currently pursuing a career in medicine.
Leda Grovestine is the owner and head trainer at Power to Move Fitness. She has been teaching fitness for over 15 years, earning a multitude of certifications, and is a national level figure competitor. After completing her university degree in psychology and sociology, Leda worked for 15 years in management of health policy and government relations and at the Senate of Canada. At present, Leda is focusing on motivating and inspiring young children to become active and achieve a lifelong love of fitness and health. Leda is excited to have joined the SBAD team.
Web Designer/Webmaster, Communications & Marketing
Helena is the owner of Inkwell Images and Design, providing finished digital and printed material from concept to completion. Inkwell created the SBAD website and provides the necessary updates, as well as the event, promotional and stage photography needed for both print and web for Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance. In addition, Inkwell also provides their printing services and artwork for the brochures and various other promotional material.
As a trained technical illustrator/photographer, Helena manages, hosts, builds, and designs websites, promoting businesses through marketing strategies for both digital and printed material. Her studio photography services are available for promotional advertising or personal keep sakes. From headshots to full body movement photos; product photography for marketing or fine art photos for interior design work.
“Over the past 13 years, It has been a great pleasure being able to support SBAD; a studio that takes pride in quality of education and team work."
Year-end Showcase Producer
Trudy is a Producer, Creative Director and Choreographer with over twenty–ﬁve years experience in the entertainment industry. At age seven her career began as a child actress and model. She has since never left the business, having performed in television series, specials, on radio and in theatre.For the last twenty years she has directed and choreographed productions all over the world. Selected theatre credits include: “Song & Dance”, which was nominated for 3 Dora awards,” Buddy, the Buddy Holly Story”, at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway, “Bits and Pieces” in London's West End, “The Hobbit”, “Watership Down”, and “Home and Away” all U.K. tours. She has directed and choreographed the Christmas Show at the St Jacob’s playhouse for the last three years.
Trudy has produced and directed fourteen Armed Forces Shows, touring from Israel to the North Pole. She has also been selected to produce many large-scale events including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for The New BMO stadium, Alberta’s 100th Anniversary Tattoo and the “Opening Ceremonies of the US Olympic Track and Field Trials” in New Orleans, which included 1700 performers.Trudy is the President of "diversified.tv", a twenty-year-old company designed to provide entertainment solutions for promotional business events. Selected credits include: General Motors, Royal Bank, Creative Memories, American Express, Sears, London Drugs and the Canadian National Exhibition to name a few.
Crystal Nicholls, B.A Fine Art, ITIL
Administrator / Social Media
Crystal has been actively dancing as an adult at SBAD for the past 11 years and her daughter Indio is currently in the competitive program. By day Crystal is an IT Service Manager and in her spare time has been an active volunteer at SBAD’s year end performances assisting back stage and more recently assisting in prop design for our competitive team. Crystal is excited to be joining the SBAD team as the Social Media/Marketing Director allowing her to get back to her creative background and share her passion for dance and all things SBAD.
Jackie Power was born in New York and moved to Montreal, Quebec at 11 years old. She started dancing at L’Academie des Grands Ballets Canadiens at the age of 12. At 15 she started the four-year teacher training program, and further pursued her passion of dance by completing her advanced levels in ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance) in National and Modern dance through Les Grandes Ballets Canadiens. She graduated from the teacher training program at the young age of 19 and started teaching in the Grand Ballets’ feeder schools in Sept Iles, QC and Cornwall, ON. After three years she started teaching at L’Ecole Superieur de Danse du Quebec until her husband was transferred to Peterborough where her two children were born. After moving to Mississauga, she began taking classes at the Etobicoke Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance campus. She was offered a teaching position shortly afterwards. She taught ballet for almost three decades at SBAD including choreographing; many award-winning competitive ballet groups, solos and duets. During that time, she became the assistant to the Director and staged the Junior Performance for many years. Although she retired from teaching in 2015, you can still find Jackie behind the desk doing administration for both SBAD locations. She still enjoys spending time with, and inspiring the dancers, as well as mentoring the younger teachers, many of whom she taught in the past!
Hope began her dance career with Sean Boutilier at the age of 5 where she competed in all disciplines for several years. Since then she has completed a degree in Sociology from the University of Guelph. During her time as a university student, Hope was an active leader and choreographer for the Dance Pak, loving every moment of her experience! From there, Hope taught acro and jazz at various studios in the GTA. Her path then took to gymnastics, where she spent five years coaching and managing programs. Hope comes from a background of leadership and management and is thrilled to be back in the dance community and part of the SBAD admin team!
Maria started dancing at the age of four at Ballarte School of Ballet in Bogota, Colombia. She had classical Russian training until her family moved to Canada when she was 7 years old. Shortly after, she began dancing competitively at Sean Boutillier Academy of Dance and graduated from there. She received training in the special ballet program of Cecchetti Ballet finishing her intermediate exam and starting her advanced I. Asides from ballet she also trained in modern, contemporary, lyrical, jazz and Pointe. She is now at Ryerson University training in their Performance Dance program going into her second year. She is so happy to be back at her second home inspiring her students through dance.
Tutu brings her own special love for dance (and the students) to the Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance. Her big eyes, cold nose and smiling face is always a welcoming sight to the SBAD students and parents. Whether wearing her SBAD competitive team jacket or not, she is always ready to encourage a positive atmosphere and team spirit with her playful personality.