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.
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 and Social Media
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.
Shauneese Morrison, BATD, RAD; Head of the Acro and Jazz Department
Shauneese Morrison has been in the dance industry for over 20 years. She trained at the renowned Joanne Chapman School of Dance where she received extensive training in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Acrobatics. As a teacher, she holds a teaching certificate in Stage and Acrobatics with The British Association Teachers of Dancing. She is a member of the Royal Academy of Dance, Dance Ontario, and the Professional Adjudicator’s Alliance. Shauneese has an Honours BA in Political Science from McMaster University.
Some of her appearances include music videos for Shawn Desman, Keisha Chanté, and the short film “Squeezebox.” She was recently sought out to create a dance troupe for the National Basketball League of Canada’s Raptor’s 905. Her work has been featured in the documentary “Passion Over Talent,” produced by Maktoob Films. In 2015 she choreographed the piece titled “For the Love of Dance,” which was presented at Atlanta’s National Black Arts Festival’s gala. There she worked alongside tap dance master, Savion Glover; a career highlight for her.
Shauneese is a successful director, teacher, and choreographer. Many of her students have been submitted into prestigious dance programs (Julliard, Joffrey Ballet School, The Ailey School, Miami City Ballet), and have gone on to pursue successful careers in dance. Her work continues to win the top scoring awards as well as choreographic recognition at many competitions both regionally and internationally.
Most importantly, Shauneese considers herself a “teacher’s teacher.” She understands the important and sometimes challenging task of teaching students of all levels the fundamentals of dance. She is an advocate of dance diversity, and encourages dancers to embrace and train in as many dance genres and styles as possible.
Jaclyn Tarnoweckyj, BFA (Theatre/Dance), IADA (Certified Adjudicator), PAEC (Performing Arts Educators of Canada), Full Membership, Ballet; Director of the Junior Comp Team
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.
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 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.
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.
Tanya Berg, PhD Dance Studies, NBS-TTP (Dip.), CSC-CICB
Tanya Berg holds a PhD in Dance Studies from York University in Toronto and is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School Teacher Training Program. In addition to teaching in private studios, Tanya has taught at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education since 2003. She has presented papers internationally on topics such as panopticism in dance education, innovation in ballet pedagogy, and conditioning for ballet dancers. Tanya’s publications can be found in journals including Research in Dance Education and Journal of Dance Education. Tanya is thrilled to have been invited to co-author two chapters with Dr. Douglas Risner, of Wayne State University, in the anthology, Case Studies in Dance Education: Ethical Dimension of Humanizing Dance Pedagogy (contracted by McFarland), forthcoming in 2018.
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.
Jade Douris is an instructor and choreographer who was born and raised in Toronto. Jade’s dance career began at age 4, taking her very first ballet class at Sean Boutilier’s Etobicoke location. Since then, her journey has taken her many other directions, including many years as a competitive figure skater at the Canadian Ice Academy, and later, a professional acting career, but she couldn’t be more thrilled to land back in the halls of SBAD. She has a decade of experience as a dance and musical theatre instructor, specializing in instruction of dancers under age 6. She has been the choreographer for many professional theatre companies, including Shakespeare BASH’d (Toronto), Shakespeare at Play (Toronto), and Shakespeare by the Sea (Halifax, NS). A classically trained actor and proud member of CAEA and ACTRA, Jade has worked extensively in the theatre industry, for many companies, including Shakespeare by the Sea, Shakespeare BASH’d, Dauntless City Theatre, Shakespeare at Play, the Upper Canada Repertory Company, and many more. Recently, she appeared on CBC Kids' According to Kids, skating alongside four-time World Champion Kurt Browning. She loves to share the joy of dance and performing with those at the very beginning of their journey as artists.
Katrina Dumo, NBS-TTP (Dip), R.A.D-R.T.S, A.I.S.T.D. (CSB)
Katrina is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program where she graduated with Distinction. While at the school, she received her Registered Teacher Status with the Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.-R.T.S.) and was also awarded with Distinction her Associate for Cecchetti as well as her Associate for National Dance, both from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (I.S.T.D.). She also taught for the Associate Program and the Adult Program and assisted in the Professional Ballet Program of the school. During all that time in the school, she has gained valuable experience and knowledge that equips her to competently teach and share her love for ballet. Throughout her years of teaching, Katrina has successfully entered numerous dancers for their ballet exams and has had students accepted into professional ballet schools. She has also received recognitions and awards for her choreographies at dance competitions. So as to provide the best ballet training that she could give to her students, Katrina is fully committed to constantly developing her profession and dance education through attending workshops and conventions. Recently, she has been certified to teach and has been teaching the Progressing Ballet Technique to complement her dancers’ technique training, strengthening and conditioning. She hopes to develop young aspiring dancers into passionate artists with strong technique, grace, power, eloquence, discipline and an undying commitment for their craft.
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!
Chelsea Gibbs, BA, MA, DMA, PAA
Chelsea Gibbs started her dance training at the young age of four in Toronto, Ontario. At the age of six she started competing and won numerous special and overall awards for her performances. At age eleven, she was the youngest to audition and become a member of the semi-professional tap company “iTap Youth Company,” based in Hamilton, Ontario, under the direction of, the late, Kimberley Timlock. She also successfully completed her B.A.T.D. Tap and Jazz Exams, R.A.D. Ballet Exams and her P.A.E.C. Tap Exam. She is a certified tap teacher with Dance Masters of America, Chapter #38. She obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto in 2013, and received her Master of Arts in Leadership degree from the University of Guelph in 2017.
Chelsea’s performing highlights include: the International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) in New York (own choreography), the Olympic Torch Relay Performance Team, the Canadian National Tap Team, Chicago Human Rhythms Project, Montreal Tap Fest and Corporate events. She also had the wonderful opportunity to perform with professional tap companies such as Bringing Tap Back under the direction of Everett Smith, and What’s On? Tap! under the direction of Kim Chalovich. Most recently, she was invited to perform with Andrew Prashad and Travis Knights at the Young People’s Theatre gala called, “Imaginarium: Jewel in the City.” She has also taken Master classes from tap enthusiasts such as Savion Glover, Jason Janas, Bril Barret, Starinah Dixon and Lisa La Touché. Chelsea’s mentors are Emmy award winner Ted Louis Levy, and sisters Chloe and Maud Arnold of the Syncopated Ladies. Over the years, Chelsea has appeared in numerous commercials and television shows such as “The Next Step”, “IIFA Awards”, “Breakfast Television”, “Motives and Murders” and “Voice of a Child” to name a few.
Chelsea is also passionate about adjudicating and is a proud member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance (P.A.A.). She views her adjudicating role as an empowerment platform and judges across Canada. Chelsea has and continues to receive the finest training and is privileged to teach and conduct intensive workshops that allow her to impart her knowledge and creativity to students. With her knowledge, expertise and passion for dance, Chelsea’s goal is to continue to inspire and ignite the passion of dance within her students, as well as living her dream as a performer.
Kristopher Grzella currently resides in Toronto, Ontario. Kristopher has extensive training in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary and hip-hop. Kristopher has been fortunate to train with noted choreographers throughout Canada and the United States via stage, television, and film. Kristopher has worked with Cora Kozaris, Tatiana Parker, Addy Chan, Jeff Dimitriou, Luther Brown, Desmond Richardson, Tessandra Chavez, Gil Duldulao, Cris Judd, Brian Friedman, Will Lofits, Mia Michaels, Paul Becker and Christopher Scott.
Stage credits include Canada's National Ballet Nutcracker, Aznavour for the Stratford Festival, Family Channels Big Ticket summer concert, MasterCard International Fashion Week Toronto, Fashion Art Toronto (F.A.T.), YTV Summer Beach Bash with OMI - Cheerleader, Underneath 7Sould Toronto Beaches Jazz Festival and Canada's PamAm Games closing ceremony B5C company. Film and television credits include A Night Like This (Shawn Desmond, music video), My Spicy Icy Girl (JusReign X Sprite, music video), Dynamite (Mckenzie Small, music video), Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards and The Next Step TV series. Recently Kris completed filming Seasons 1, 2 and 3 of Nickelodeon's musical TV series Make It Pop (Nick Cannon) which is airing globally in New Zealand, Australia, Georgia, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Latin America, Ireland, England, France, Russia, USA and Canada. Kristopher has also just finished working on a Disney Channel Original Movie entitled “Disney’s Zombies”.
Kristopher is an artist at heart whose passion for movement cycles him back to his roots. Kristopher can be seen both taking dance class and teaching class to fulfill his hunger to learn and share. Kristopher creates choreography and shares his movement style through his involvement with various dance studios and dance conventions as a faculty member. Kris is excited to share his multi faceted knowledge and his special brand of enthusiasm with all of you.
Candice Helm, FCC-CICB, AISTD, TTP Dip. (NBS)
Candice received her professional training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School - Professional Division – and the National Ballet School - TTP. In addition to Randolph College for the Performing Arts since 2002, other teaching credits include York University, Ryerson University, University of Toronto/Hart House, Canada’s National Ballet School, George Brown Dance/Ballet Jörgen Canada, and the Quinte Ballet School of Canada. Candice regularly teaches open class at Metro Movement Dance Studio and In Studio/National Ballet of Canada.
She has been invited to teach both students and teachers through various Roman Catholic Separate School Boards and Public School Boards including the Quinte-Prince Edward and Kawartha Pine Ridge Districts Boards of Education- Quinte/ Peterborough, and the Near North District School Board- North Bay. Guest teaching includes the Cecchetti Canada- Ontario Branch, Ross Creek Centre for the Performing Arts- Canning, NS, CDTA DANCEJAM- Regina, SK, Pure Class Dance Arts Association- Edmonton, AB, and Experience Dance- Thunder Bay, ON.
Classically trained in piano, Candice has also worked as a ballet accompanist for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, George Brown College (Lois Smith), Trent University, and Peterborough New Dance, as well as teaching music for dancers and teachers, and training ballet accompanists. A Fellow member of Cecchetti Canada, her classes are considered to be technique-based and fast-paced, with a strong musical and rhythmical focus.
Tracy Dawn Pinch Lacroix NBS-TTP (Dip.), LCC-CICB, P.A.E.C. - Full Member Ballet
Tracy has been teaching for the past 27 years. She began her dance training at the age of three in Toronto, Ontario. First with the Royal Academy of Dance method (R.A.D) where she completed exams up to the Pre-Elementary level. Later she took classes in the Cecchetti method with Patricia Bradshaw and Paula Ramsay and obtained her Elementary level certificate while continuing her studies with Intermediate work. In 1991, Tracy graduated from the National Ballet’s teacher training program with distinction obtaining her Intermediate Cecchetti certificate with honours and her Associate Membership with the Cecchetti Society. Tracy also has University of Waterloo credits in child psychology and anatomy. Throughout all of Tracy's training, she actively assisted classes at the NBS and taught part time in local ballet schools.
Under the guidance of Jean Geddis and Rosalie Deligioridis, Tracy completed her Advanced 2 Cecchetti examination in 1996 and again with Jean’s guidance, became a Licentiate Member of the Cecchetti Society in 1998. Along with her R.A.D. and Cecchetti training Tracy also teaches the Performing Arts Educators of Canada syllabus (PAEC), of which she is a Full Member of their Ballet Division, and helped to write the ballet syllabus in 2000 as one of PAEC’s original members.
Tracy has prepared countless students for ballet examinations, auditions, yearly recitals and competitions, with many of her pieces winning awards for choreography, costumes and concepts. In 2013 Tracy was the recipient of the BeDance Teacher of the year award. Many of her students have gone on to study at professional ballet schools, have successful careers in dance/dance related fields or operate their own successful dance studios and related businesses. Whether young or old, challenged or gifted, recreational or competitive, Tracy loves to see and be part of the students learning progress, sharing the world of dance with them.
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 Cecchetti 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.
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.
Rebecca began her dance journey at the early age of 3 and her love for it has only continued to grow ever since. She has extensive training in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Lyrical at O’Neill Academy Of Dance in London, Ontario. Throughout her competitive career she has been recognized numerous times and has received multiple opportunities over the years. Rebecca has had the privilege of working with exceptional choreographers such as Kim O’Neill, Nick Tull, Jacques Monfiston, Jesse Weafer, Brooke Gilmour and Kris Grzella to name a few. Rebecca has been a part of Five Star Dance Company with Jacques Monfiston and Kim O’Neill, as well as being Face Of Fever 2017 under the direction of Jerome Bobb. Rebeccas’ most recent performances include full length shows, Escapade under the direction of Nick Tull, as well as “I Never Promised You A Rose Garden” by Brooke Gilmour. She continue’s to keep up with training and performance opportunities to enhance her knowledge and love for this art form. Rebecca is thrilled to be a part of the teaching staff at Sean Boutilier Academy Of Dance and can’t wait to share her passion with young dancers.
Maria started dancing at the age of four at Ballarte School of Ballet in Bogota, Colombia. She had classical Russian training until her family moved to Canada when she was 7 years old. Shortly after, she began dancing competitively at Sean Boutillier Academy of Dance and graduated from there. She received training in the special ballet program of Cecchetti Ballet finishing her intermediate exam and starting her advanced I. Asides from ballet she also trained in modern, contemporary, lyrical, jazz and Pointe. She is now at Ryerson University training in their Performance Dance program going into her second year. She is so happy to be back at her second home inspiring her students through dance.
Julie Anne Tamilia
Started at an early age of 3, Julie Anne trained first in ballet and jazz. Her love of dance incited her in taking other genres such as lyrical, contemporary, acro, jazz funk and hip-hop. With her incredible musicality and talent, Julie Anne received many titles such as Triple Threat 2011 in Vegas Nationals, Miss CanDance, Jump VIP, Nuvo Break Out Artist to name a few, plus she was awarded numerous top scholarship awards from various conventions in the US and in Canada.
Spent a year touring with the Pulse on Tour as a voted Advance Elite Protégé at a tender age of 14, she had the privilege to assist the most sought out choreographers in the industry, such as Brian Friedman, Cris Judd, Wade Robson, Dave Scott, Laurieann Gibson, Tessandra Chavez & Brooke Lipton.
Many other famous choreographers such as Bobby Newberry, Blake McGrath, etc. are in contact with her on a regular basis to have her assist their classes. Furthermore, she teaches her own choreography in different studios and choreographed 3 high school musical plays in which she also sang and danced.
She was casted out of thousands of dancers for the Monsters of Hip Hop Show “Madness & Mayhem” which occurred in the summer of 2014 in Downtown LA. Tamilia has been featured in music videos for artists such as Guinevere and Yukon Blonde. She performed in YTV’s The Next Star Super Group Finale and as a back up dancer for Avril Lavigne at the MMVA. She has recently worked in the 2016 Suicide Squad movie and the 2018 Disney Zombies movie as a lead dancer!
With 25 years experience, Laura has become an award winning teacher and choreographer. She teaches and enjoys all dance genres but her love of Jazz & Musical Theater has helped her students work on Broadway and in Toronto Theater on productions such as the Lion King, Crazy For You & Mamma Mia to name just a few. Many of her students have won Regional and National competitions across North America and are working dancers in the industry of theater, film and T.V.
Laura has had the opportunity to adjudicate for various competitions in Regional and National levels. She loves guiding dancers and passing on her love and passion for
Laura’s love of teaching allows her to pass her knowledge onto children of all ages in all dance forms and levels. She is very excited to be a part of the Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance team and is excited to share her teaching style that emphasizes technique, performance and fun.
Rebecca Wolfe is an Actor-Dancer-Teacher hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has been teaching for over 8 years now and is a certified teacher through the Society of Russian Ballet (SRB). She completed the Pre-Professional Program at the Leica Hardy School of Dance, where she obtained her Advanced Exam (SRB) and studied teaching methodology with SRB Examiner Leica Hardy. Rebecca’s training includes the Bates Dance Festival (Maine), the White Mountain Dance Festival (NY) and School of Toronto Dance Theatre Summer Intensive. She has appeared in Mocean Dance’s Gen-Y Project and Symphony Nova Scotia’s The Nutcracker for nine seasons, performing the lead role of the Mouse Queen. Her choreographic work can be seen in the upcoming KiDanco (Halifax) season, and perviously as solo works or in countless musicals for all ages. She is a current student at Humber College’s Theatre Performance Program, which has an emphasis on physical and devised theatre. A passionate performer and teacher, she can be seen on screen in CBC’s hit comedy Mr. D. Rebecca is delighting to be teaching at the Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance this season!
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.