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STUDIO PAVAS DANCE TEACHERS

CAROLINE BAUER
JUNIOR PAVAS PROGRAM COORDINATOR AND DANCE INSTRUCTOR
ECE Since 2010, Caroline has been the Junior PAVAS program coordinator at Studio PAVAS. Caroline is a graduate of Early Childhood Education at Sheridan College which enriches her education and guidance of all her students. She brings years of dance training and experience in the arts to the program. Caroline was formally trained in competitive rhythmic gymnastics for 9 years. As the Western Ontario's Overall champion, Caroline competed at the world championships in Europe. Caroline has completed her PAEC exams in Ballet, Tap and Jazz, and was a Studio PAVAS competitor in Acro and has won numerous awards as the highest overall soloist, in duets, and as part of a group. Caroline is a graduate of Early Childhood Education at Sheridan College which enriches her education and guidance of all her students. Since 2005, Caroline has been teaching Acro and Dance to students of all ages and has been the Junior PAVAS coordinator since 2008.
CHANELLE CLARKE
DANCE TEACHER
BATD Chanelle started her dance training at a young age and was a successful competitive dancer for 12 years. Her training culminated with a certificate from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and an Associate Membership with the BATD. Since 2010, Chanelle has brought to the dance students of Studio PAVAS 10 years of teaching experience in many styles of dance, such as; ballet, tap, jazz, acro and musical theatre. Chanelle's teaching style is calm and confident, she always has an easy smile and encouraging comments for her aspiring students.
JULIE GOCE
DANCE TEACHER
RECE Julie is a French Canadian from Nigadoo, New-Brunswick who has always had love for kids and a passion for dance. She started to teach Jazz as a teenager to younger kids. She pursued dance at the Marly-le-Roi University in France. She continued to dance in Ontario and attended a few competitions with the Theatre of Dance Arts. She graduated as an Early Childhood Educator from Mothercraft College in 2012, where she was awarded the Wendy Weidman outstanding achievement award. She is registered with the College of Early Childhood Educators. She previously worked as an educator RECE at L'Ecole Ange Gabriel and as a Child Care supervisor at Preschool Petit Bateau. Presently, she is a Child Care supervisor RECE at TFS Canada's International School. She is also an official Zumba Instructor since June 2016, as well as a Zumba Kids junior instructor.
SARAH HAMMOND
DANCE AND MUSICAL THEATRE TEACHER (*on leave)
BA, OTA, PTA Sarah has been with Studio PAVAS since it opened, first as a dancer and eventually a teacher. She has been a competitive dancer since the age of 6 and has studied in a variety of dance forms including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre and Lyrical. Sarah has been involved with the studio musicals for the last 10 years and Directed and choreographed 'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown', 'High School Musical', and 'Seussical the Musical'. She received her BA in child psychology and philosophy from the University of Waterloo and continued on to study at Humber College to become a Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Assistant. Sarah worked as an OTA/PTA at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital located in Toronto, Ontario as well as Toronto East General Hospital and Sunnybrook Research Institute.
CARINA HOLLAND
DANCE TEACHER
BFA NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS, MIAMI, MA UNIVERSITY OF KENT, LONDON, ENGLAND Carina has been an award winning Studio PAVAS competitive dancer for nine years, attending over 27 competitions. Besides training at Studio PAVAS, Carina also attended the Quinte Ballet School and is a dance graduate from Cawthra Park Secondary School. While at Studio PAVAS, she completed with honours, Advanced Tap, Jazz and Ballet exams. Carina has competed and been awarded numerous highest overall awards in Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, and Musical Theatre for her solos, duets, trios and group performances. Carina trained in New York in 2007 and has been with Studio PAVAS for over 12 years as a student and now as a teacher. Carina is a graduate of New World School of the Arts, University of Florida and will be attending the Master's degree program at London England's Contemporary Dance, University of Kent. Carina has incredible talent and work ethic.
KERRI MEZZOMO
DANCE PROGRAM COORDINATOR AND DANCE TEACHER
BSC, PAEC, CDMA Kerri is a dancer, teacher, choreographer, adjudicator, and examiner. She is a member and examiner for Dance Masters of America, Canadian Chapter # 38, Vice-President of the Performing Arts Educators of Canada (P.A.E.C.), and is presently training as a jazz and tap examiner for P.A.E.C. Kerri resides in Oakville and enjoys regional and national judging opportunities throughout Canada and the United States, and she is a teacher, choreographer, and the Dance Coordinator for Studio PAVAS in Mississauga, Ontario, since 1999. Kerri has trained extensively in ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, hip hop, and musical theatre, including Edge Performing Arts Center (Los Angeles), Broadway Dance Center (New York), Quinte Ballet School, and the National Ballet School of Canada. As a dancer, Kerri was honored to perform as a guest soloist throughout the former Soviet Union, at the World's Fair in Spain, throughout North America as a National Title winning competitive dancer, and on television for Bravo!. Her work has earned her numerous choreography awards and distinctions and she continues to share her love of dance with her students who have won numerous scholarships, awards, and titles throughout Regional and National Competitions. Many of Kerri's students have gone on to professional careers in theatre, on cruise ships, and with professional dance companies in North America and Europe.
SAMANTHA PILEGGI
DANCE TEACHER
BA, ADAPT, RAD Samantha started dancing at the age of 3, training at the prestigious dance academy Durham Dance Centre. She is a versatile dancer trained in tap, jazz, ballet, acrobatics, contemporary, musical theatre and hip hop. She also trained at the Cardinal Carter Academy of the arts and has been in school musicals such as Seussical, Little Shop of Horrors and the Lion King. As a competitive student, Samantha competed across North America, captured many awards and titles such as Regional Dancer Of The Year for American Dance Awards and Junior Miss CanDance and also took classes from Travis Wall, Mia Michaels, Brian Friedman and Wade Robson, to name a few. Samantha has received her advanced credits in the A.D.A.P.T and R.A.D syllabus. Samantha is also a trained vocalist, singing in the Bock Children's Choir as well as receiving individualized singing lessons and has competed in singing festivals throughout Toronto. Samantha has appeared on the TV hit show Degrassi High as a dancer/cheerleader and has choreographed and taught for various studios in Toronto, Oakville and the Durham Region. She had the opportunity of adjudicating Provincials at the Performing Arts BC dance festival in Chilliwack, BC. She also teaches for the Public and Catholic district school board teaching hip hop and other genres of dance to young children and bringing dance into the school system. Samantha is currently teaching at various studios as well as having obtained her BA in psychology at Ryerson University in Toronto. Samantha believes that strong technique, individualized style and a charismatic performer makes a complete dancer.
Teresa Mayne-Devine
Dance Teacher
Level 8 AAB
Acrobatic Arts Module One
Alixa Flexibility Module One
Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Acro, Stretch and Strength


Teresa began her career as a dancer at Studio PAVAS (Mississauga) when she was 4 years old. She remembers as a small child watching Riverdance on Television and saying, “I want to learn how to do that” and quickly enrolled in Irish dance lessons.  Two years later she started tap lessons to prepare her for Irish Hard Shoe. Her passion for tap lead her to studying all forms of dance: ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, modern, musical theatre, and hip hop. Over the years she has attended workshops and conventions with some well known choreographers such as Stacey Tookey, Lil “C”, Lisa La Touche, Jason Janas, and Jason Samuels Smith. Most recently she attended the first ever Toronto International Tap Festival and attended master classes with Ted Louis Levy, Travis Knights, and Antonio Vilchez. She has also taken many classes with local professionals such as Juliana Kelly and Everett Smith. For twelve years Teresa competed in all styles of dance. Teresa has won many awards as well as special commendations for her tap solos. She has performed in several musicals as well as had the privilege of performing in Ballet Jorgen’s The Nutcracker.  Her ballet studies include Cecchetti, R.A.D (Royal Academy of Dance), and Russian (Vaganova) where she passed her Level Seven and most recently her Level Eight American Academy of Ballet Examination. In the past few years Teresa has found another passion closely related to dance: physical fitness. She has studied at the GoodLife Personal Training Institute's and competed in her first Fitness Competition April of 2016 placing 3 rd . Teresa has dedicated herself to better understanding the mechanics of proper training habits, and the benefits of healthy eating. She is absolutely thrilled to be able to pass on this knowledge to her students. Teresa has eight years of teaching experience and has choreographed routines in many styles for all ages. She is very excited to begin her first year teaching at Studio PAVAS!
KATE TERRIO
ACRO & DANCE TEACHER
BA Honours Communications, Acrobatic Arts M1, Acrobatic Arts M2

Kate graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University, with a BA Hon. Degree in Communication Studies. While at Laurier, she was a valued, senior member of the WLU Competitive Dance Team. Kate has over 14 years of award-winning, competitive dance training in jazz, lyrical, contemporary and acro, and has been with Studio PAVAS since 2003. Kate has completed advanced certifications in ballet, jazz and acro through P.A.E.C. She is a certified Acrobatic Arts instructor in both Module 1 and Module 2. Kate is thrilled to bring her advanced knowledge and training to all of the dancers at Studio PAVAS. Kate has been recognized with multiple awards for her unique, stylish choreography and costume design within Canada. Kate's passion for both acrobatics and dance find her actively attending workshops across North America to continuously grow as an artist and to bring fresh, new ideas and energy to her classroom.
JACLYN PATRAS
DANCE INTRUCTOR
Jaclyn grew up in Oakville, and trained at a Studio PAVAS where she was an award winning dancer for 13 years. She studied Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, and Irish dancing. She has assisted and taught numerous dance classes and has choreographed many dance routines for the past 8 years. Alongside training at Studio PAVAS, she also went to Etobicoke School of the Arts, majoring in dance. She completed her pre-professional PAEC exams with honours in the disciplines of Ballet, Jazz and Tap. Jaclyn is a 2017 Graduate of the Performance: Dance Program at Ryerson University. She was also a member of the Ryerson University Dance team and helped lead the team to win the 2014 University Championships. Jaclyn is currently a dancer with the Toronto Argonauts Cheerleading team, and performs at all home games, and promotional events. In addition to this, Jaclyn continues to perform, take classes and attend dance intensives with respected choreographers in Los Angeles, New York and Toronto to help her grow as a dancer and learn about the industry. Jaclyn enjoys sharing her passion for dance with students of any age, and is excited to continue teaching at Studio PAVAS!
MATTHEW MONTGOMERY
DANCE INTRUCTOR
Matthew Montgomery has been training in all area's of dance for over 20 years of his life. He graduated Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Dance Performance. Matthew has had the privilege of working with esteemed choreographers such as D.A. Hoskins, Viki St. Denys, Kenny Pearl, Niki Wozniak, Julia Aplin, David Earle, Hari Krishnan of INdance, and Nick Tull. He has been fortunate enough to have toured throughout Canada and the United States with Being Human Dance Theatre, INdance, and Dancetheatre David Earle. He has been the head of both the contemporary and hip hop departments at Studio P.A.V.A.S. for eight years, with students moving on to professional careers in dance and training programs throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. Matthew was also very proud to be a featured dancer in the Dora Award winning opera 'Iphigenie En Tauride'. He is also a featured soloist in Delerium's 'Days Turn Into Nights' music video, as well as Serena Ryder's 'Slow' music video. In 2015, Matthew proudly took the stage at the MMVA's with recording artists Nick Jonas, and Jason Derulo.
JAYNA MCMILLAN
DANCE TEACHER
B.Com, Professional Dancer, Acrobatique Junior Instructor-in-Training, Al Gilbert

Jayna continued the 15 years of dance education she received in Alberta and Saskatchewan briefly at Simon Fraser University. After a year, she left to pursue professional and artistic endeavors in Vancouver while continuing her education through Athabasca University. She has studied under numerous reputable names in the west, as well as two prominent companies; Lux. Dance Company, and TwoFourSeven Co. Jayna studied with Brian Foley and Al Gilbert Tap Syllabus', and the Cecchetti method in Ballet, while also studying Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary. She has traveled studying dance all over Canada and the United States. Besides teaching, studying, and dancing professionally she works as a judge for dance competitions and as a curator for New Blue Emerging Arts Festival and Wood Buffalo Dance Project. She couldn't be more excited for the next chapter of teaching what she loves most,to the emerging artists in Ontario. She will be teaching Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, and Musical Theatre.
ALEXANDRA GOLDEN
DANCE TEACHER - BALLET
A native of Burlington, Ontario, Alexandra Golden began her training in Classical Ballet at the age of three years old. She joined Canada's National Ballet School in 1986 and graduated from their full time program in 1996. Upon her graduation, Alexandra immediately joined The national Ballet of Canada as a Corps de Ballet member and was later promoted to Soloist. Alexandra's repertoire with The National Ballet of Canada ranged from Corps do Ballet to Principle roles in such ballets as Swan Lake, Giselle, The Taming of the Shrew, The Sleeping Beauty and many more. Alexandra has toured all of North America and shared the stage with many world renowned Classical Ballet Dancers such as Karen Kain, Rex Harrington and Evelyn Hart. Alexandra retired from the company in 2010 where she transitioned to teaching, sharing her love and expertise for Classical Ballet.
SHANNON DALES
DANCE TEACHER
Shannon is a PAVAS alumni and has been with the studio since 2007, and has been teaching since 2013. Shannon has over 9 years of dance training in a range of styles including Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Musical Theatre. With the studio, Shannon has competed as a soloist and as part of a group at competitions across Ontario and multiple cities in the US. Shannon has also completed all of her PAEC Jazz exams to the pre-professional level, earning the highest achievement of honours. Shannon has also attended many classes and workshops in Toronto and Los Angeles, to further her skills as a dancer and as a choreographer. Outside of the studio, Shannon is currently studying at McMaster University, completing a double major in Communication Studies and English Literature.

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