Tanya Berg, BFA, MA
Tanya is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School Teacher Training Program and her degrees include a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts from York University. Tanya is pleased to have returned to York in 2011 in order to pursue a PhD in Dance Studies. Tanya teaches dance, as well as lectures in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto. She enjoys teaching and inspiring Cecchetti ballet students in the Toronto area and is always excited to share her knowledge and love of dance.
Tara Butler, originally from Pickering Ontario, received her ballet training at the National Ballet School in Toronto. Upon graduation in 1992 she danced with the National Ballet of Canada for their 92-93 season. She moved to Alberta to dance with the Alberta Ballet for 2 years and also danced for the Banff festival ballet for 3 consecutive summers. In 1995 she joined Ballet Jorgen Canada as a principal dancer and has enjoyed many lead roles including Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, the title role in Cinderella and Anastasia, Clara in Coppelia and many more. Tara has also had the opportunity in the past few years to rehearse, coach and teach the company and the students at George Brown college. Tara has taught at ballet schools across the country and the United States. Tara is very excited to be teaching at Sean Boutilier Acadamy of Dance.
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.
Julia Cratchley is originally from Richmond Hill, Ont. where she danced with Vlad’s Dance Company, and graduated from Unionville High School’s Arts York Dance Program.
Julia continued her training as a contemporary and classical artist in Vancouver, B.C, with Arts Umbrella’s Graduate Program under the direction of Artemis Gordon and Lynn Sheppard. Here she had the opportunity to work with internationally known choreographers, including Roberto Campanella, Emily Molnar, Serge Bennethon, and Robert Glumbek to name a few. She also had the chance to workshop with companies and choreographers such as [Bjm_danse] and O’vertigo in montreal, Ballet B.C in Vancouver, ProArteDanza in Toronto, Jill Johnston and Sidra Bell in New York as well as companies in Europe.
Julia has been lucky enough to be a part of Toronto dance company Helix Dance Project for three seasons now, and has assisted Linda Garneau with the process of ‘Rain’ ‘Verb.atim’ and ‘UnEarth’. She is also a dancer and choreographer for new company Bridge to Artists which has now had two shows to date ‘Prima Volta’ and ‘Senses’. She is a freelance dancer/choreographer and adjudicator and participates in many shows throughout the year in Toronto and New York. Julia is always learning and wanting to expand her vocabulary and knowledge to share with her fellow artists.
Natalie started dancing when she was 6 years old and has been on stage ever since. Winning numerous overall and special awards throughout her 10 years of competing, Natalie decided to take her dancing career to the next level. Starting with the Jr. Raptors Dance Pak, dancing in front of 20,000 fans was such a rush that Natalie knew performing was where she was meant to be. Taking her journey to the triple threat aspect of the arts world, Natalie performed for 3 consecutive years with Kitchener Waterloo Musical Productions fall shows at the Centre in the Square as well as The Community Players spring shows at the New Hamburg Arena. Natalie then toured with Dance Canada in Malaga, Spain and became part of LMC Productions working and training with Lisa Collins to be the dancer she is today. After performing in many local gigs and LMC Production's Christmas Show "Holiday Sparkle", Natalie said farewell and bon voyage to land work. Travelling to 4 different continents and over 23 countries throughout her 4 contracts with Celebrity Cruises, Natalie is so grateful for what her dancing has helped her achieve. With feet firm on land, Natalie continues to perform and train as much as she can, and is now a successful teacher/choreographer in Kitchener, Paris and Mississauga.
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.
Dani Matte - Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, she received the bulk of her training from Shelley Shearer School of Dance. In 2002, she fled to the country’s capital city of entertainment to exercise her professional career after continuing to train with the Clark Academy of Performing Arts with renowned choreographer Matthew Clark, faculty from Broadway Dance Centre, LA’s the Edge, Metro Movement, OIP Dance Centre, and with numerous freelance individuals throughout the years. At the tender age of 15, Danielle began her professional career, working with Disney Canada in the Production of “Winnie the Pooh”. Since then, she went on to complete a contract on Celebrity Cruise lines as a featured dancer as well as numerous shows for Sears Canada, Bell Mobility Celebrity Gala, Rogers Galas, REMAX, Children’s Aid Foundation, Crystal Ball Charity, and the CIM Awards, to name a few. She has worked with various artists such as: Adam Lambert, Shawn Desman, Tyler Medeiros, Suzie McNeil, Shad, Keisha Chante, Shiloh, Carly Rae Jepsen, Shazelle and many more.
Additionally, Dani has worked in the Toronto Dance Company entitled Je Danse, directed and choreographed by the internationally recognized Siona Jackson, and more recently, Helix Dance Project, in a production entitled “Every Now and Then”, artistically directed by Linda Garneau. Filming commercials and promos for various corporate companies including So You Think You Can Dance Canada, Dani’s image branding has also allowed her to dabble into the fashion world with Companies such as Redken and Toronto’s Fashion Week.
Dani continues to teach and train on a regular basis in order to continue honing her craft. Her choreography has won numerous awards both regionally and nationally, and past students have been honoured with overall awards in addition to achieving successful professional careers in dance. She is thrilled to be on board at Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance and looks forward to sharing her craft with the students.
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.
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!
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.
Madeline Wright gained a solid technical foundation in multiple styles from her dance education at Joanne Chapman's along with attaining her teaching certificate in Stage with B.A.T.D. and has also completed advanced 2 in R.A.D. ballet. Madeline graduated from an arts secondary school as a dance major. Upon graduation she was recognized with awards of excellence in leadership, dance performance and choreographic achievement. Madeline is currently pursuing a communications degree at university.
Now as an emerging professional artist herself, Madeline's work ethic and love of the dance art form has earned her other successes. She was selected by Linda Garneau for the Helix Dance Project and performed in "unEarth". A successful audition landed her a spot in Springboard Danse Montreal, a unique project for advanced and professional dancers. Madeline also was accepted into Stephanie Rutherford's company, Rutherford Movement Exchange, for the performance of "Ascension".
As a dance teacher, Madeline loves to see students put forth their best effort. She is thankful for all opportunities where she can share her passion for dance and strives to have her students feel that they are taking away something new.
Rebecca Zizek, BHSc, DMA, PAA
Rebecca has over 20 years experience as an accomplished dancer, teacher, choreographer and adjudicator from Mississauga, Ontario. Growing up in the dance world, she trained extensively in all dance styles with some of the industry’s top teachers and choreographers. In addition, she also holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree from Western University. Most recently, Rebecca has presented work in New York as a featured choreographer at the APAP Showcases presented by Peridance Capezio Center 2017, as well as the Young Choreographer’s Festival in 2015. She has choreographed and performed for many other professional and commercial shows throughout North America including; Fever After Dark, Raise the Rhythm, Fresh Blood - The Chimera Project, New Blue Festival for Emerging Artists, Toronto Raptors Junior Dance Pak, Block Party featuring Calvin Harris, Ray- Dance Gala, Sketch (the Canadian National Exhibition), Toronto Dance Teacher Expo Showcase, Breaking Formality (Echo Dance Company/York University). Rebecca also spent two years dancing as a company member with contemporary dance company POV Dance Project. In addition to her professional work, Rebecca has extensive teaching and choreographic experience with students of all ages. She loves working as a guest teacher and choreographer and is constantly working at studios, intensives and workshops across Canada, with her work receiving much acclaim. You can find her on faculty with Dance Attack Workshop and Convention and the Audience Dance Rivalry. She was a five-time recipient of the Award for Young Choreography and was the recipient of the 2015 George Lon Choreography Award (DMA), in addition to many other accolades that her artistic and innovative work has received. Many of her students have gone on to pursue professional dance careers and she has students training at Joffrey Ballet School (New York City), Toronto Dance Theatre and performance dance programs at Ryerson University, York University and George Brown College. Rebecca loves to share her versatile knowledge and experience with the next generation of dancers as an adjudicator at various competitions across Canada. Rebecca’s enthusiasm and passion as an artist is undeniable and it is her honour to be able to sha6re this with the dance community.