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.
Sheona Bell, FCSC-CICB,
Artistic Director / Mississauga, Principle of Ballet
Sheona Bell, named in 1992 to the position of Co-Artistic Director of the Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance in Mississauga, is a graduate of the Dance Program at the University of Waterloo and the National Ballet School of Canada where she was awarded her Teacher Training Certificate. Ms Bell also has her Advanced Cecchetti Diploma and is a Fellowship Member of the Cecchetti Society. She finds great rewards in sharing her knowledge of dance with children and has worked hard to develop a high standard of technique in the studio. Several of her students have advanced to Juilliard and Jeoffrey School of the Arts in New York City, The National Ballet School of Canada and Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. Ms Bell is always proud to see the students grow with confidence, grace and strength.
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.
Tina danced for a few years at Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance while in elementary school, taking Hip Hop and Jazz classes. She left the world of dance and became a full time athlete. Tina competed on her schools basketball, volleyball, soccer, cross country, shot put, long jump, track and field, and high jump teams. During high school, she became passionate about the dramatic arts program. At the end of her graduating year, she wrote, directed and starred in her own play. She then attended Humber College, where she graduated with honors from the Police Foundations program. Tina is now excited to be a part of the SBAD team.
Marie-Victoria Antoinette de Vera BFA (Dance)
Marie-Victoria de Vera was born and raised in Toronto with a Bachelor of Fine Arts specializing in Dance from York University, and a Certificate from Sheridan College in the Performing Arts Preparation Program. She first started training with the Hawaiian Pacific Magic in Hula and Tahitian dance at the age of 4, later joining Halau Hula O’Walea in their Advanced and Competitive teams. At the age of 9, Marie-Victoriabranched out into other genres, training at Deborah Thompson School of Dance and most recent, Canadian Dance Company. Marie-Victoria also trainedin styles such as tap, jazz, ballet (RAD),contemporary, hip hop, salsa, musical theatre and more. She has toured and competed internationally in the United States, Italy, Spain and Portugal. She has studied alongside Megan Andrews, Susan Lee, Carol Anderson and completed an intensive with Julia Sasso at York University. Besides dance, de Vera also trained with Mr. Ian Garrett and the Royal Conservatory of Music where she competed vocally in the Kiwanis Music Festival and Peel Music Festival. In 2016, she performed at Dancemakers in Toronto in a professional production entitled Bloom, created by the Dance Students Association, featuring emerging choreographers and performers from York University’s Dance Program. Marie-Victoria has a diverse artistic background that includes drama, music, visual arts and poetry.
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.
Anna Fyshe, BFA, CNP
Anna began her dance training at Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance at the age of 7 years old. During her time at the school she studied and competed in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, contemporary and lyrical. She completed her Advanced I Cecchetti exam and did additional summer training in ballet at the Canadian School of Dance in Ottawa. She furthered her dance training in jazz, contemporary and hip hop in Los Angeles on several occasions at the EDGE Performing Arts Centre. Anna went on to study dance at Ryerson University, working with many well-known choreographers from across Canada including Robert Glumbek, Valerie Calam and David Earle and was awarded an achievement in dance award. Anna was accepted into the Emerging Artists Intensive directed by Kenny Pearl (previous dancer with the Alvin Ailey Company) for three consecutive years. Upon graduating Anna danced with Cadence Progressive Contemporary Ballet in Toronto. Anna’s strong interest in health and nutrition for dancers motivated her to recently complete a two year certification in nutrition from The Institute of Holistic Nutrition. She is thrilled to be part of the teaching staff at Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance.
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 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 now predominately manages, hosts, builds, and designs websites as well as promotes businesses through marketing strategies for both digital and printed material. Studio photography services are also provided for promotional advertising, headshots, product marketing and 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
Social Media & Marketing, Director/Resident IT support
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.
Dana Sauvé, BFA (Dance), BEd.
Dana received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours Degree in Dance and Bachelor of Education from York University in Toronto. Dance has been a keystone in Dana’s life for many years and she first began dancing at the ripe age of three. Dana has trained at institutes such as Cristina Pora Balaceanu Classical Dance Academy, Streetsville School of Dance, The National Ballet of Canada, Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance, Cawthra Park Secondary School’s Regional Arts Program and lastly York University. Dana’s dance training background includes Voganova and Cecchetti Ballet syllabi, Contemporary Ballet, Jazz, Limon and Graham Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Indonesian, Flying Low and Counter Technique. Dana has recently danced internationally, studying Flying Low and Passing Through with Tess Letham in Glasgow, Scotland, and Cristina Planas Leitão in Florence, Italy. She has studied with Robert Poole in Beniarde, Spain, Thome Araequ in Malaga, Spain as well as creating and performing Fernando Troya’s “Gardening Birds” in Florence, Italy as part of the OpenFLR dance intensive. Dana is very excited to be part of the teaching and administrative team here at Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance, and hopes to learn from and inspire her students.
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.