Amy Blake Hoffman, Fellow & Examiner CSC-CICB, Enrico Cecchetti Final Diploma, B.Sc (UofT)
Amy’s ballet training began with the accomplished ballet teacher Nancy Campbell in Hamilton, Ontario. Further training included the Burlington Dance Academy, the Quinte Ballet School in Belleville, The School of Dance in Ottawa, and the George Brown College School of Dance in Toronto.
After graduating from the National Ballet School's Teacher Training Program, Amy has spent the last 25 years teaching ballet, from beginner to advanced, for numerous dance schools in and around Toronto, as well as secondary school, and post-secondary school dance courses.
Dedicated to continued professional development, Amy has studied with many renowned teachers including Glenn Gilmour, Nancy and Murray Kilgour, and Diane van Schoor. A devoted teacher and examiner of the Cecchetti Method, Amy holds the Enrico Cecchetti Final Diploma.
In addition to her teaching and choreography, Amy has held a variety of management roles for dance programs across the Greater Toronto Area. Specific managerial roles include: Principal of Interplay School of Dance, Principal of the Post-Secondary Program at George Brown College School of Dance, and also Co-developer of the Bishop Strachan School Summer Arts Workshop in Dance & Art.
Amy’s affiliation with Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance began in 1992 and she is thrilled to continue to be part of the SBAD team.
Since the age of five Shanna’s feet have been moving leading her into all aspects of dance.
For the past 20 years hip hop has been the main focus of Shanna’s dream. The dream to dance professionally has brought Shanna into contact with some of the industries finest. She has had the pleasure of working alongside Luther Brown, Fatima Robinson, Marty Kudelka, Nick Bass, Misha Gabriel, Laurie-Anne Gibson and Marguerite Derricks, just to name a few. So far Shanna’s experiences as a dancer have introduced her to the movie industry; dancing in such movies as ‘Shall We Dance ‘, ‘ Confessions Of A Teenage Drama Queen ‘, ‘ My Big Fat Greek Wedding ‘, and as a principle dancer in ‘ Honey ‘. She has danced in a number of music videos, award shows, industrial shows and commercials. As a choreographer her work can be seen everywhere from studio dance groups to live shows and commercials. She has taught numerous classes and workshops throughout North America and has had the honour of teaching on Jump dance convention. Shanna has had the pleasure to choreograph on The Family Channels hit television show ‘ The Next Step ‘. Innovation and creativity are amongst Shanna’s strengths as a choreographer.
Dana Chapman-Carroll's love for dance blossomed at the tender age of two. Her talents were honed at Joanne Chapman School of Dance located in the Toronto area. Winning numerous regional and national awards in competitive dance throughout Canada and the United States, she also held the prestigious title of Miss Dance of Canada. Some of her notable credits include performing at the Opening Ceremonies for the Jazz World Championships, the Canadian Miss Universe Pageant and a performance with Martha Washington in Las Vegas. Having been accepted into Cirque du Soleil's Training School in Montreal, one of Dana's passions are power tumbling and the circus arts. As a choreographer/teacher, Dana and her students have been presented with countless National Titles, Overall Awards, Choreography Awards and Critical Claim for her eclectic work. She is also a finalist for the 2011 Capezio (A.C.E) Award for Choreographic Excellence.
Jessica Earley, BEd Kin, MA
Born in Montreal, Jessica Earley is a graduate of the professional training program at l'École Supérieure de Danse du Québec (now École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec). Upon graduation, Jessica went on to dance professionally with Ballet Ouest de Montréal, Ballet métropolitain de Montréal, and the Banff Festival Ballet. Jessica holds both a Bachelor of Education and of Kinesiology, as well as a Master of Arts, specializing in Sport and Performance Psychology. Before moving to Ontario in 2011, Jessica taught ballet for over 10 years at various dance studios and ballet companies in the Montreal area, including Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, where she worked for 5 years as a ballet teacher for all students in the company’s production of the Nutcracker. Jessica's combination of dance training and education in the area of Human Kinetics, has led her to work as a flexibility and conditioning expert with both dancers and athletes across the Montreal, Ottawa and GTA areas. Jessica is delighted to share her knowledge and passion for dance, stretching, and conditioning with the students at the Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance's Etobicoke and Mississauga locations.
Erin Ellis, BFA (Theatre/Dance), BEd
Erin is a performance dance graduate from Ryerson University. Graduating with honours, Erin continued to pursue a degree in teaching from the University of Toronto. Erin has performed in modern, contemporary and ballet across the Ontario and in the United States, including dancing for Montreals Le Grande Ballet De Canadianes and as a semi-finalist at the Genee International Ballet Competition. Erin's commercial credits include lead dancer in a commercial for Chapman’s Ice Cream, dancer in a Virgin Wireless commercial, dancer for The Toronto Blue Jays and as a dancer for poster and video advertisements at VIEW Dance Challenge. Erin has choreographed for professional performances at Dance Ontario and Ryerson’s ‘Choreographic Works’ show and is an award winning competitive dance choreographer. Erin trained in Ottawa, obtaining the prestigious Solo Seal award in RAD ballet, and advanced levels in ADAPT tap and jazz. Erin earned numerous dance titles, including seven regional ‘Dancer of the Year’ titles and ‘National Teen Dancer of the Year’ from American Dance Awards, as well as Junior and Senior titles of Dancer of the Year from CanDance Dance Competition. Erin is happy to be working with such a fabulous faculty at Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance.
Kim is an accomplished, award winning teacher and choreographer. She has shared her love and knowledge of dance with students across North America, through workshops and adjudicating. She has passed on her knowledge of acrobatics by giving input to various acrobatic workshops and master syllabuses.
Kim is proud to be a former Miss Dance of Canada as well as a member of the singing, dancing group “She Said” based in Cleveland. Her choreography has won many awards and has been recognized nationally.
She has been given the opportunity to adjudicate for many well-known organizations across Canada and the United States. Kim’s love of teaching has allowed many of her students to go onto professional careers across the world. She has students performing now on Broadway and television as well as in some world wide Ballet Companies.
It is with great pleasure that Kim is taking part in the outstanding competition. She is thrilled to be sharing her knowledge with the young dancers this weekend.
Patrizia Ferlisi is a Toronto-based dance artist committed to advocating for dance education and exposure in her community. Mrs. Ferlisi holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from York University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Ryerson University, and was taught by many of the leading dance educators in Canada. As a dancer, Patrizia has worked with renowned companies & choreographers including: Cirque Du Soleil's 'Delirium' tour, Mia Michaels, Travis Wall, Cadence Contemporary Ballet, Roberto Campanella, Debra Brown, Annie Wood, Conteur Dance Company, & Larchaud Dance Projects. Throughout her career she has had the privilege of touring Brazil, U.S.A, Europe, United Kingdom & the Caribbean, both as a performer and teacher. Currently, Patrizia is on faculty at George Brown College, Centennial College & Conteur Dance Academy teaching a variety of course including: Dance History, Intro to Movement Analysis, Critical Issues in Dance, Jazz & Modern/Contemporary Repertoire. Her choreography has been featured at Panamania (2015), Toronto Jazz Festival (2016), and at countless special events in Toronto. Her work has been labeled as dynamic, bold and distinct.
Tiffany McLean is the former owner and director of a very successful and innovative studio called Tiffany’s Dance Elite in Hamilton, Ontario. She trained extensively in all areas of dance across the U.S and Canada. She resided in Los Angeles while on a one year dance scholarship at Tremaine Dance Centre.
Many of Tiffany’s students have exploded onto the dance scene. These trained professionals have been fortunate to work with some of the hottest artists in the industry including Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake and Brittany Spears. The list continues with Jennifer Lopez, Aaron Carter, Kevin Federline and most recently, Celine Dion, Lady Gaga and Cirque de Soleil. Her students can be recognized on hit television shows and feature films, such as So You Think You Can Dance, Star Search, Life with Derek, Dance Life, Chicago, Rent and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen.
Tiffany is in demand in the television and industrial world as well. She has choreographed shows for the Gemini Awards, Fashion Cares (Aids Benefit) featuring Lionel Ritchie and Geri Halliwell, Wella Hair Show, Mac Cosmetics, the Royal Bank of Canada and Bloch Dancewear. Most recently Tiffany was honored to choreograph on the show ‘Verb.atim’ for Helix Dance Project.
Tiffany travels across North America teaching master classes. Recognized for her originality and outstanding technical abilities, she is very passionate about the art and expression of dance.
Valerie’s training followed the requirements of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association and Chicago National Association of Dance Masters. She is proud to have mentored under Fleurette Kramer, Fleurette School of Dance director and former childhood vaudeville performer. Valerie also trained with William Orlowski, co-founder and artistic director of the National Tap Dance Company, Heather Cornell, Savion Glover and many, many, more. A Tap specialist, Valerie is known for her concise teaching method that creates Tappers with a strong foundation in technique and clean clear sounding feet.
Valerie trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Irish dance. A popular teacher to ages 3 to adult, Valerie has been teaching recreational and competitive students for almost 25 years. She ran Dance E.T.C. School of Dance from 1991 till 2009.
Valerie is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Sheridan College’s co-op degree program with a four year honours degree as an Art and Art History Specialist, English major. When not dancing, Valerie divides her time between working as a freelance photographer, playing trumpet and spending time with her high school sweetheart husband and their three beautiful boys.
Valerie looks forward to sharing her passion for Tap with the students of SBAD.
Rachel began her dance training at Dancers Burlington Inc, under the direction of Alana Turner and Tatiana Stepanova. With extensive training in many disciplines, Rachel furthered her studies by attending, with scholarship, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York City and the Bayview School of Ballet. Rachel is humbled to be a founding company member of Toronto's professional jazz and contemporary company, Helix Dance Project, under the direction of Linda Garneau. Recent performances include, five full length productions with the Helix Dance Project (Linda Garneau), appearances in Milk and Honey, Bazaar, and the Toronto 1 Show as well as a guest performance with Je Danse (Siona Jackson.) Rachel has balanced her dance training, teaching and performing with her academic studies and in 2006 graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in European History from the University of Toronto. Rachel is thrilled to be a part of the SBAD team.
Devon is from Toronto and has been since a young age. He has had the opportunity in choreographing for such projects as The Toronto Film Festival as well the tap scenes in the movies; Honey, Universal Pictures and Save The Last Dance 2 MTV. He’s appeared in music videos for such artists as; Chris Brown-New Flame, Chris Brown-Loyal, Chris Brown-Turn Up The Music, NeYo-Beautiful Monster, David Guetta+Chris Brown-I Can Only Imagine, Timbaland-Cop That Disc, Snoop+Wiz-Young,Wild n’ Free, BoA-Energetic, K-OS-Superstar + Crab Bucket, Mark Ballas-Get My Name, Yasmeen-Blue Jeans and many more. Devon has also performed on TV and stage with artists such as; the Billboard Awards w/ Michael Jackson hologram, the VMA’s w/ Justin Timberlake, the V.M.A.’s, Billboard Awards, BET Awards, DWTS and Carpe Diem Tour w/ Chris Brown, So You Think You Can Dance w/ Ne-Yo, American Idol w/ Travis Garland and Stefano Langone, DWTS w/ Mark Ballas, DWTS w/ Macy’s All-Stars, DWTS w/ Jason Derulo, Korean Pop Star BoA and many more. He has also appeared in commercials for Marshall’s, Cali-Max, and Milk-Canada. He now resides in Toronto and is still teaching at studios and workshops across Canada, the U.S. and Europe.
Sabrina Porco is an award-winning renowned choreographer, teacher, and dancer from Woodbridge, Ontario. Her passion for dance began when she was only three: you could say she learned to dance before she learned to walk! For over a decade, Sabrina has taught dance across Canada and the United States, sharing her love of dance with others. Likewise, her choreographed numbers- especially in Lyrical and Hip Hop- have continually delighted audiences. She lived and studied with top industry choreographers in Los Angeles, California, for 3 years, refining her skills as a dancer, teacher and choreographer. Her professional experience extends across film, music videos, and concert performance formats: for example, she was a dancer in the feature film Honey, dancer alongside Katy Perry at the Much Music Video Awards and background dancer in music videos for artists such as Naughty by Nature, Trish and Blake McGrath to name a few. Currently, Sabrina runs a company, The Knockout Dance Challenge, bringing new life to dance competitions. Lastly, She is an accredited member of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing and Royal Academy of Ballet. This accreditation allows Sabrina to share her knowledge of dance and choreography with students all over Canada and the United States.
Stephanie Rutherford is an award winning choreographer and teacher based out of Canada. Having a theatre major from the University of Winnipeg and extensive training in all forms of dance, Stephanie has managed to create an established career in the industry primarily focused in directing and choreographing commercial and contemporary dance. Stephanie is known to create an environment for dancers that demands them to be expressively open and artistically pushed. In turn, she has received much recognition in both professional, convention and competitive environments for her thought provoking work. She is the artistic director and founder of the professional dance company "Rutherford Movement Exchange" as well, the host of the annual elite dance workshop entitled "The Dance Intensive". Stephanie most recently traveled to Vietnam as a selected international guest choreographer for HTV's So You Think You Can Dance Vietnam - Season 3, where she choreographed during top 10 and 8 week. On the show, she also presented an original RME choreographic work that was performed by "All Stars" from season 1 and 2 as a guest performance in the results show. Stephanie directed and choreographed the show "Ascension- The act of rising to a higher level " (Rutherford Movement Exchange's company show 2013) as well as her company show "UNREFINED" in 2009. She was the choreographer of national General Motors 2013 Car Show where she presented work behind Canadian Idol winner Melissa Oneil, Elana Juatco and comedian Paul McQuilliam, to name a few. Stephanie recently immersed herself into the musical theater world by guest choreographing Diversified Productions latest hit musical "Puss and Boots" alongside director Trudy Moffatt. She's choreographed such music videos as, artist Andrew Austin's "Disappear" with Director Gary Samson (#1 music video on AUX tv) and you tube sensation Lynzie Kent's video "Whoop De Doo" (Bull Dog Productions). She's worked with networks such as MTV Canada, Much Music and Slice TV. You can check out features on Stephanie's career on danceplug.com (Los Angeles), Sandbox Magazine (Spring 2012 Issue) , bringtheBoss.com (a wizard week feature) and The Dish Segment (Los Angeles). She's been a selected choreographer in Toronto Choreographer's Ball (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), Toronto Pride Main Stage and Women In Dance (2010, 2011). She is currently on faculty at Metro Movement and teaches for various dance conventions across Canada. She continues to share and explore her passion with dancers of all ages and is always looking for inspirational ways to evolve her craft.
Kelly Shaw BFA (Theatre/Dance)
Dancing from the age of 7, Kelly found her passion for dance with the help of the staff at Premiere Dance inc. in Oakville. She is a 2010 honours graduate from Ryerson Univerity, where she majored in the Performance Dance program and acquired her BFA. While studying at Ryerson she had the opportunity to work with esteemed choreographers such as Robert Glumbek, Julia Aplin, Matjash Mrozewski, and Vicki St. Denis. She has trained with the Quinte Ballet School, Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary School and Springboard Dance Montreal. Kelly has completed up to Advanced 1 Checchetti ballet exam and most recently studied in Barcelona, Spain training in Ohad Naharin’s Gaga technique, which originated in Israel.
Since graduation Kelly has performed as an apprentice and company member with Toronto’s ProArte Danza in their 2009, 2010 and 2012 seasons. She is a company member with Eryn Waltman’s Conteur dance company and has been a judge throughout Canada for competitions such as Candance and Rhythm Dance and On the Floor.
Kelly is also a permanent touring faculty member and event co-ordinater with Fresh Dance Intensive and as of October of 2012 became a modern faculty member for the newly opened Conteur Academy in Toronto."
TOKYO has a very unique induction into dance as he was not introduced to dance till he was a Senior in high school. Tokyo grew up in the martial arts and began training at age 5. By the age of 15 he attained several black belts in various arts in addition to training in Wrestling, Muay Thai, Boxing and MMA (Cage Fighting). At age 17, after a promising undefeated amateur record, just a few months shy of making a professional career out of MMA (mixed martial arts/cage fighting), TOKYO discovered dance and his life changed drastically. Since leaving the fighting world and entering the dance world, TOKYO has been fortunate enough to have done master classes and choreography in the US, Canada, Australia, Central America and UK for many studios, companies, colleges, casinos and Cirque Du Soleil. Due to TOKYO's background in martial arts his approach to dance movement, philosophy and teaching is very unique and has been received and loved by many. Other than teaching/choreographing, Tokyo spent four years directing one of the largest dance competitions in the US. Since concluding his positions as a competition director, TOKYO is currently on faculty at the world renowned professional dance studio Millennium Dance Complex as well as guest faculty with EDGE and Broadway Dance Center. He is extremely excited to give back to those that have given so much to him, through the art of dance!
Alejandra Valiente Sánchez, ISTD, CSC
With over 30 years of extensive experience in performing and teaching, Alejandra started her career at the National Ballet School in Mexico in1985. She obtained her ISTD Associated in 1990 and was certified as a Ballet instructor by the Cecchetti Society of Canada in 2017.
Alejandra has been professionally teaching and choreographing in Mexico and Canada, working for Ballet Creole Company, Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance, Burlington Dance Company and Metro Movement. From 2008-2009 she was the Head of the Dance Department at St Lawrence College.
Alejandra has collaborated with Santee Smith, Alejandro Ronceria, Milton Meyerles, Gaby Camino, Debbie Willson, Patrick Parson amongst other Canadian choreographers. She has performed in Classical and Neo-Classical Ballets, European Folklore and Musical theatre (Cats, Diluvio que Viene, Saturday Night Fever among others). Alejandra has choreographed for television shows such as Sesame Street, CATS, Cabaret and Joseph and the amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as well as other musicals and TV Commercials. Since 2000 she has been the Creative Director of Conexion en Movimiento, a Mexican company with extensive experience in managing massive events and shows like soccer games, carnivals, and parades, for Companies such as Reebok, Toyota, Bimbo, LG, Umbro and Sol. In July 2010 Alejandra was the Choreographic Director of the Opening Ceremonies for Omnilife Stadium in Guadalajara Mexico; Choreographic Director of Para Pan 2011 opening and closing Ceremonies (Guadalajara) and in 2013, the CBC event, Presentation of “Pachi” the mascot for the Panam Games Toronto 2015.
Jade Whitney, Toronto-born artist, has been dancing both professionally and competitively from a young age. She has received extensive training at Vlad’s Dance Company in a variety of styles including contemporary, hip-hop, ballet, acro, tap, and more. She has worked with choreographers such as Luther Brown, The Squared Division, Bobby Newberry, Teddy Forance, Peter Chu, Emma Portner, Hani Abaza, Caroline Torti, Addy Chan, Roberto Campanella and more. Jade is a graduate of Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts, where she majored in dance and vocal music. Jade has attended various summer training programs at institutions such as the Quinte Ballet School of Canada and the Ailey School Summer Intensive in NYC.
Jade’s film/television credits include Suicide Squad (David Ayer), The Strain (Guillermo del Toro, Carlton Cuse) choreographed by Roberto Campanella, Make It Pop (Nick Cannon, Tommy Lynch) choreographed by Addy Chan, Aaliyah: Princess of R&B (Bradley Walsh) choreographed by Luther Brown, YTV’s The Next Star (Tricon Films) choreographed by Michael Riccio, Warrior (Phillip Noyce) and the BravoFact film Song For Torah. Jade has danced for artists such as Nick Jonas, FKA twigs, Deborah Cox, Blake McGrath, Lights, Aleesia, Shad, Bobby Bazini, the Smashing Satellites, and Rich Kidd. Jade has danced for corporations such as MAC Cosmetics, General Motors, TD Bank, Staples Telus, the Lion’s Club International, Sony, and Lia Sophia. She has performed live at the World Pride 2014 Closing Ceremony, the One Year Launch of the 2015 Pan-Am Games, the Canadian National Exhibition and more. She has also danced in Toronto-based companies such as Transcendance, Bridge To Artists, and The Girls Club. In 2013, Jade co-directed and choreographed a contemporary dance show entitled Fill Up & Get Out with Emma Portner.