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 Joffery 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.
Sara Allen, Head of the Lyrical Department and Scheduling Co-ordinator
Sara began her training 26 years ago in Mississauga and competed for 14 years throughout Canada and the United States. A graduate from the University of Toronto in 2005, Sara continued her dance career through teaching. She completed her teacher training examinations in 2002 through Dance Masters of America. Sara’s students have been recognized and have won numerous awards as well as choreography awards. Sara’s goal is to bring the best of dance to her students through inspiration and dedication.
Sarra Al-Nowaiser, BFA (Theatre/Dance), Head of the Tap Department, Etobicoke/Mississauga
Sarra Al-Nowaiser began her years at the Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance at the age of nine, as a student. After progressing through, and eventually graduating from the competition program, she continued her training in the Dance program at Ryerson University. Apart from working toward her BFA at school, Sarra also stage manages at the Upper Canada Repertory Company, as well as teaching and choreographing for their musicals. Though new to the staff, Sarra thoroughly enjoys her time at SBAD and looks forward to many more years with the staff and students.
Stephanie Rutherford, Head of the Contemporary Department, Etobicoke
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) Head of the Jazz & Contemporary Department, Mississauga
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."
Performing on-stage starting at age 10, Susan has performed in plays and musicals in the Toronto area for over 25 years, including professional children’s musical theatre. She studied acting, voice and set design at the University of Guelph, receiving a B.Sc. and BA Minor in Theatrical Arts. She has also studied teaching techniques at Seneca College. Susan has trained in gymnastics, tap and ballet disciplines. She is a sought after Scenic Artist and has designed and painted numerous theatrical backdrops for professional and community-based theatre, including dance companies. Her artistry can be seen in many of the SBAD year-end performances. She has had the privilege to dance and sing through numerous musicals, but her first love is character acting. Some memorable roles include; Rachel Lynde (ANNE OF GREEN GABLES), The Widow Corney (OLIVER), Domina (A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM), Dorothy (STEPPING OUT) and Grandma Tzeital (FIDDLER ON THE ROOF). Susan is looking forward to this opportunity to pass on her passion for theatre to a new generation.
Ted started performing at a young age in operettas in elementary school and has never looked back. He studied Theatre Arts at Seneca College in Toronto, where he currently teaches Television Production. His position at the college also involves coaching the Television and Journalism students in performance and voice. Ted has been performing in professional and community-based musical productions in the greater Toronto area for over 25 years, including stints at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Performing Arts and Stage West. He has had the privilege to appear in shows ranging from the “old chestnuts” to the modern musicals. Some memorable roles include; Curly (OKLAHOMA!), Sky Masterson (GUYS AND DOLLS), Pharaoh (JOSEPH), Cinderella’s Prince (INTO THE WOODS), Stone (CITY OF ANGELS), Roger DeBris (THE PRODUCERS) and Gaston (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – a role he reprised in SBAD’s “Celebration of Dance” in 2008) to name a few. Ted is very excited about taking on this fun, educational and entertaining position with the SBAD family.
Stacey Aquila began her dance training over 30 years ago. She competed all over Canada and the United States and studied extensively in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, modern, hip hop, acro, voice and acting. Stacey is a graduate of Randolph Academy for the performing Arts where she studied and received classes from numerous professionals such as George Randolph, Gregory Hines, Karen Andrew and many others. She was Toronto's Chum Fm Idol winner and was in the top 100 on Canadian Idol Season 2. She performed as "Cha Cha" in the Toronto production of Grease and has choreographed and performed for such groups as the Backstreet Boys Tribute. Her Theatre credits include Hansel and Gretel (Herendez Opera) Job and the snake (Cube City) A Midsummer nights dream (Randolph Academy) and Nine (Toronto Cent. for the performing arts). Some of her T.V credits include Class Act, Walt Disney Press Release and numerous National Anthem performances. Stacey is a member of PAEC (Performing Arts Educators of Canada) where she completed her full membership in the jazz division.
Marie-Victoria Antoinette de Vera BFA (Dance)
Marie-Victoria de Vera was born and raised in Toronto with a BFA in Dance from York University. 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-Victoria branched out into other genres, training at Deborah Thompson School of Dance and most recent, Canadian Dance Company. Marie-Victoria also specializes in styles such as tap, jazz, ballet (RAD), contemporary, salsa, musical theatre and more. She has toured and competed internationally in various competitions and folkloric festivalsin the United States, Italy, Spain and Portugal. She has studied alongside Susan Lee, Carol Anderson and completed an intensive with Julia Sasso at York University. Besides dance, Marie-Victoria has also trained with the Royal Conservatory of Music where she competed vocally in the Kiwanis Music Festival and Peel Music Festival for many years. Marie-Victoria has a well-rounded, unique and diverse artistic background and is excited to be part of the SBAD team as a dance professional.
Giuliana began her dance training at Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance at the early age of four. Her passion flourished when she joined the competitive team, further developing her skills in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical and contemporary. Giuliana has also completed the Advanced 1 Cecchetti examination. In her efforts to continue sharing her passion for dance, she was the captain of her University’s competitive dance team for four years, receiving awards for her choreography and performances. Giuliana is thrilled to be back with the SBAD team, teaching and inspiring the new generation of young dancers. She is a graduate of the York/Sheridan Bachelor of Design Program.
Aya started dancing at the age of 5 with the Alberta Ballet School in Edmonton where she also joined the professional programme. She moved to the Edmonton School of Ballet for her graduating year where she joined Ballet North and toured Alberta, B.C. and Russia. A year later, Aya found herself living in Jonquiere, Quebec, where she started teaching ballet, pointe, variation and modern. In 1995 she moved to Toronto and joined Ballet Jorgen Canada in 1996, where she stayed for the next twelve years. Aya has performed many roles in various classics such as Waltz of the Flowers, Russian and Spanish in The Nutcracker, the Nurse and Harlot in Romeo and Juliet, and various rolesin Coppelia, Petrushka and Cinderella. She was also very prominent in the contemporary works, featuring her signature role in Crystal Pite's Two Dances for Jane. Aya has worked with many teachers and choreographers such as Ruth Carse, Deborah Morgan, Lambros Lambrou, Brydon Paige, Ross Brierton, Glenn Gilmour, Paula Groulx, Tracey Flye, Danny Austin, Brian McDonald, Annette av Paul, Bengt Jorgen, Arnold Spohr, Crystal Pite, Gioconda Barbuto, Debbie Wilson, We Wei Wang, Roberto Campanella, Allen Kaeja, Benjamin Hatcher and Robert Desrosiers. Aya has also taught and rehearsed Ballet Jorgen Canada for many years. She is thrilled to be part of the SBAD family this year.
Ilya began his dance education at the age of 14 training in the styles of contemporary, ballet, jazz, latin and hip-hop. Most recently he has performed in Mamma Mia (Oshawa). He has had the pleasure of performing with top Toronto Choreographers including Chris Clarke’s show Beyonce, Good Job Sally with Dorian Grant and LA Artist R-Mean to name a few. Ilya has trained with many industry professionals such as Luther Brown, Leon Blackwood, Lineen Doung, Hollywood Jade, Shavar Blackwood, Kaze, and more. As an emerging artist Ilya’s credits include choreography for 10/02 Crew, Youth Day, International Youth Day Festival, BYOB High School Competition and most recently The Odd Okward Sirkus theater show for Dark Dance Company. Ilya is continuously striving to improve his technique and understanding of movement through guidance of inspiring mentors and self-discovery. Combining multi-faceted techniques of different styles to tell a detailed story, Ilya pushes to become educated and empowered with ballet and contemporary technique and combining that with his continually growing hip-hop training to share unique, enriched story through movement.
Ashley Burmaster was born in Prince George, BC where she began her dance training at the age of ten. While in BC, she was presented with the opportunity to perform in the Canada Winter Games Opening Ceremony choreographed by Jocelyn Peden. Two years prior, Ashley studied under Andrew Pronger and KerryLynn Turner at the Victoria Academy of Ballet. Ashley had the pleasure of attending ProArteDanza’s four-week Apprentice Program where she trained under: Roberto Campanella, Robert Glumbek, Anisa Tejpar and several others. In 2017, Ashley graduated from The Conteur Academy’s two-year post-secondary training program. During this time, she had the opportunity to work with: Eryn Waltman, Dani Matte, Sheona Bell, Ryan Lee and many more. The academy has provided Ashley with many performance opportunities including the Presentation of Choreographic Works, Fill In The Blanks and site-specific performances led by Colleen Snell. Recently, she had the pleasure of studying in New York at The Movement Invention Project for four weeks focusing on ballet, contemporary and improvisation. Ashley has completed her Advanced 2 RAD examination and will be working towards her Advanced 2 Cecchetti examination this coming year. Ashley is thrilled to be a part of the Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance and is excited to share her passion with the students.
Marina Di Pelino BFA (Theatre/Dance)
Marina Di Pelino is a recent graduate of the Ryerson Performance Dance BFA Program. Currently, a member of the Toronto Argonauts Cheerleaders. She grew up in the Ottawa area starting at the age of 4 and graduated from Canadian School of Dance. Marina has attained her advanced level in the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus for Ballet, and also has her advanced levels in Jazz and Tap from the A.D.A.P.T. syllabus. Over those years she had the opportunity to train at the National Ballet School of Canada’s summer school program and took part in several dance intensives such as Coastal Dance Rage, Jump, GenerationIV and ADA In Class studying with Mia Michaels, Travis Wall, Teddy Forance, Scott Fowler, Hani Abaza, Chaz Buzan, Channing Cooke, Mandy Moore and Nick Lazzarni. Marina has performed with Les Grands Ballet Canadiens in “The Nutcracker” and Ballet Jorgen’s production of “Anatasia”. She also was a part of the Canadian School of Dance ensemble and the Ryerson University Dance Pak. Marina has choreographed for Canadian School of Dance Competitive Team 2015 and 2016.
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.
Andrea found her love for dance at the young age of three. She spent most of her youth training at the Jo Read School of Dance in London, Ontario where she trained extensively in the areas of Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern, Acro, Lyrical and Contemporary. She competed from the age of seven in competitions all over Canada and the United States, where she received many honourable mentions and awards. Andrea has had the privilege of working closely with a variety of talented choreographers such as Tiffany McLachlan, David Norsworthy, and Kristen Carcone to name a few. Andrea was an assistant for FRESH dance intensive during its 2013 tour, and has had the honour of training under Kelly Shaw. Most recently, Andrea had the opportunity to train with MadBoots Dance during her week at IGNITE. Some of Andrea’s performances include Alvin Collantes and Hayley Paone’s Project DABDA, On The Floor Sick Kids Gala, and the 2012 World of Dance tour. Andrea was recently featured in a music video titled “Brush Your Shoulders,” by NDMA. In efforts to share her passion for self-expression, Andrea has helped create dance curriculum with mindyourmind, an internationally recognized youth mental health organization. Andrea is currently an undergraduate Political Science Major at the University of Toronto.
Corey Gayadeen began training at the age of 5 and his passion for dance has continued ever since! He trained in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Acrobatics at The Canadian Dance Company in Oakville, Ontario. He also attended Cawthra Park Secondary School’s Regional Arts Program as a Dance Major, with heavy focus on Ballet and Modern technique. Throughout his training he has had the opportunity to work extensively with choreographers such as Alain Lupien, Linda Garneau, Mikeal Knight, Christie McKay, Gino Berti, Fanny Ghorayeb, Nicholas Villeneuve and Darryl Tracy.
Corey has had the opportunity to perform and compete throughout Canada, the United States and even in Europe. In 2005 he represented Canada at the I.D.O. World Dance Championships in Germany, where he received a Gold Medal in both the Tap and Jazz group competitions and the Silver Medal in the male tap solo competition. Corey has been teaching and choreographing for 6 years now. His students and choreography have received a number of high score awards at competitions throughout North America.
In addition to his dance education, Corey recently graduated with an Honors BA in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario. While teaching dance, he challenges himself to use his Kinesiology background as much as possible in order to educate dancers on ways to manipulate their bodies in ways that are both efficient and injury preventing! Corey is so excited to have the opportunity to share his knowledge and love for dance with the SBAD family!
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.
Kwame ‘Kwality’ Mensah
The Ghanaian culture is nothing short of a rhythmic culture. The beat of the drum and movement of the body go hand and hand. From a young age, Kwame’s father introduces him to the beat of the African drum and the overwhelming feeling to move his body to the flow of the beat came forth. From that point the flame was lit. Learning the rhythmic body movements of African dancing Kwame, also felt the calling of the street dancing. Music videos and films from Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson to Boogaloo Shrimp and Shabadoo all the way to the Nicholas Brothers, gave way for Kwame to learn more.
The friendship and respect for choreographer and CEO of DoDat Entertainment Luther Brown would take his love for dance to a whole different level, turning a passion into a recognizable career which has broken down many barriers for future Canadian dancers to come. Kwame: Original member of Toronto’s #1 professional dance family Dodat Entertainment. Through his love for music and dance, he has taken his skills to the next level. Not just by doing the moves but through expressing the feeling behind the moves. His cool, cocky, sexy dance style separates him from the rest as he displays intense body movements that are eye catching.
Kwame has been seen in the videos of some of Canada’s premiere artists such as Shawn Desman, Jully Black, Glenn Lewis, and Sean Paul, just to list a few. Not only has he done videos and tours, he’s been featured in movies such as Blues Brother 2000, Shall We Dance and Honey starring Jessica Alba and Lil’ Romeo. He has danced in award shows such as the UMAC Awards, Canadian Idol Show, the Juno Awards and the Canadian Urban Music Awards.
Jessica Mogentale BFA (Theatre/Dance)
Jessica Mogentale is a dancer, teacher and choreographer. Jessica began her dancing at the eager age of 3 with the Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance. There she began her training in ballet and subsequently expanded into other methods of dance such as jazz, lyrical, modern and acrobatics. Jessica has studied and completed many ballet exams with the Cecchetti Society of Canada and has successfully attained her Checchetti Advanced 2 diploma. Among numerous awards and achievements, Jessica earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ryerson University in theatre dance and performing arts. Jessica has been able to experience new types of dance, perform in many amazing shows, and work with excellent choreographers, some of which include Vicki Adams Willis, Linda Garneau, Matjash Mrozewski, Nadia Potts, Faye Rauw and Vicki St. Denys. Jessica also studied in Calgary, where she trained with the renowned jazz company Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, in their professional training program. Jessica is very excited to be teaching at the Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance and hopes to share her love of dance with each student.
Shauneese Morrison, BATD, RAD
Shauneese studied dance at Joanne Chapman’s School of Dance, a well known studio in the dance community. She has extensive training in Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Ballet, and Acro. Shauneese has her teaching certificate in Stage and Acro with B.A.T.D. and is a member of R.A.D. As a former competitive dancer, she obtained numerous overall standings and scholarships in both national and international competitions. One of her most memorable was being chosen to represent North America in Italy for the Prix de Italia 2006. Shauneese has choreographed numerous award winning routines; most recently the first place routines at O.U.C.H (Ontario University Competition for Hip Hop) 3 years running.
Shauneese makes sure her choreography and knowledge of dance is always at the forefront, as she both teaches and attends various workshops throughout North America. With her various roles in film and music videos, Shauneese is able to provide her students with valuable knowledge for those who have a passion to pursue the arts both recreationally and professionally. Her goal as teacher and choreographer is to bring her students talents and abilities to new heights. She is excited to bring her energetic and dynamic personality to Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance and looks forward to creating enjoyable and entertaining classes for her students.
Malika Mowinski has been dancing since the age of 3. She studied tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary and ballroom in her hometown of Windsor, Ontario. A competitive dancer since the age of 10, she was a proud member of Dance Barre’s elite company, and most recently York University’s Dance Energy team. Malika has been honing her craft for many years - taking every opportunity to learn from new choreographers and grow in technique and choreographic skills. For 8 years she has been competing and taking classes in and around the United States of America. Working closely with teachers such as Brooke Pierotti, Chris Jacobsen, Justin Giles, Sonya Tayeh, Liz Schmidt, and more. She attended Interlochen summer program, BalletMet Columbus, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Rockettes Summer Intensive, Motor City Tap Festival and The Dance Sessions.
Now living in Toronto, Malika studied at York University’s dance program and most recently spent a year studying at the National Ballet of Canada's Teacher Training program. She was a member of Echo Dance Company in Toronto, worked at the Toronto Dance Theatre, and teaches at The Underground Dance Centre.
Malika’s choreography has been selected three times to perform at “Fever After Dark”, and in 2016 at the "Toronto's Original Choreographer's Ball". She also had a piece performed by Dance Barre (Windsor) selected as a guest performance for a show at Wayne State University (Michigan). She has won multiple choreography awards and high scores for her work with different competitive studios, and the York University dance team. Malika thoroughly enjoys sharing her passion for dance through teaching and choreography, as this has been a very rewarding experience. She is inspired to continue to learn and grow with her students through movement.
Alex began her training at the age of three at Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance. While there, she trained in many styles including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, and Acro. As a member of the competitive team she had the opportunity to work with renowned teachers and choreographers such as Shannon and Megan McGrath, Michelle Freiburger, Glenn Gilmour, and of course Sean Boutilier. In 2013 Alex graduated from Dalhousie University with Bachelor of Arts in International Development and Political Science. While at Dalhousie, Alex continued to dance and was a teacher and choreographer for the Dalhousie Dance Team. For the past three years, Alex has taught and choreographed for several studios in the Halifax area, and received awards for her Acro choreography. Alex recently completed her second year of ADAPT (Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers), and has taken her junior and intermediate Acrobatique courses. She is thrilled to be back at Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance and to continue to share her passion for dance with her students.
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.
Jaclyn Tarnoweckyj, BFA (Theatre/Dance), IADA (Certified Adjudicator), PAEC (Performing Arts Educators of Canada), Full Membership, Ballet
Jaclyn is an enthusiastic performer, choreographer and dedicated teacher. Jaclyn began her career in Toronto, Ontario with Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance. Throughout her training at the Academy, she was able to study all genres of dance. Jaclyn has successfully attained her Cecchetti Advanced I Diploma, as well as her RAD Intermediate Certificate. Jaclyn recently attained her certificate (through International Academy of Dance Adjudicators) as a certified adjudicator and has achieved her P.A.E.C. teacher’s certificate. Jaclyn is currently working on receiving her Cecchetti Associate Diploma, as well as her Cecchetti Advanced II Diploma. Jaclyn is a graduate of Ryerson Polytechnic University, in Toronto Ontario. There, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance. While attending school she was fortunate to train and perform works by well-known choreographers and teachers such as, Carol Anderson, Vicky St. Denys, Robert Desrosier and Nadia Potts. Jaclyn also trains every summer at the EDGE Performing Arts Centre in Los Angeles, California. There she is able to take classes with the best teachers and choreographers of the commercial industry. Jaclyn has choreographed many award winning competitive pieces for many studios in Ontario. This past summer, she was able choreograph an award winning routine for Miss Teen Canada. There she was able to win her talent and title as Miss Teen Canada International 2008. Jaclyn is enjoys her teaching experience at Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance. Her passion for dance exceeds limits, and here at that Academy she is able to share her love of dance with others.
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.
Sarah Williamson, BFA (Theatre/Dance)
Originally from Sudbury Ontario, Ms. Williamson is an honours BFA graduate from Ryerson University’s Dance Program. She had the honour of working under the direction of Nadia Potts where she continued her training in ballet, modern and jazz. Prior to University, she received professional training from The National Ballet School and the Quintee Ballet School. Her dance performance credits include: Tino Seghal’s “Kiss” at the Art Gallery of Ontario “Death in Venice” and “Iphignie en Tauris” with the Canadian Opera Company, and “Angelina Ballerina -The Musical” with Vital Theatre Company. Theatre credits include Monterone’s Daughter in the COC’s production of “Rigoletto” and the Princess in Open Corps’ production of “The Soldier’s Tale”. She has also performed as a Principal Dancer for Cadence Progressive Contemporary Ballet Company as well as independently for many dance companies in Toronto. She has several years of dance teaching experience and is certified through the Society of Russian Ballet in Canada. She has choreographed for and co-directed several children’s theatre productions with Lock and Keynote Productions including “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”. She also has experience in the film industry as an actor and dancer in commercials and movies. Look for her in American Girl’s movie “Isabelle Dances Into the Spotlight” where she performed as member of the corps de ballet. Ms. Williamson, a skilled and passionate teacher, choreographer, adjudicator and actor, is constantly expanding her skills as a multi-faceted performer. She is so happy to working with staff and dancers at Sean Boutilier.