STUDIO PAVAS MUSIC THEATRE TEACHERS

TERESA MAYNE-DEVINE
Musical Theatre Teacher
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!
Simon D. Scott
Musical Theater Production Director
Simon D. Scott grew up on a stage. Starting to act at an early age, he also took classical piano at the internationally renowned private school of music Vincent D’Indy in Outremont, Quebec up to grade Superior 2. He then went to work as a radio personality and TV host in Montreal for 17 years. In 2002 he went back to his first love, Acting. This time adding his voice experience to the mix, working both as a bilingual on-camera actor and voice actor. In 2010, he took a 2 ½ years break with his spouse and daughter to travel across North America in an RV. During that period he studied with Ivanna Chubbuck in Los Angeles in 2011 to perfect his craft. He moved with his family in Oakville in 2012 where he continues to work, adding Set and Studio director, Writer and Producer to his list of professional activities. Simon can currently be heard as the French Canadian voice of Andrew Zimmern’s “Bizarre Foods”, a culinary/travel show for a 10 th season. He’s soon to appear on the CBBC series “Creeped Out”. He’s also producing a podcast with professional Actors called “Star Cast”, a sci-fi roleplaying podcast. A Great fan of Queen, he’s really looking forward to working with your children on the Musical “We will Rock You!”
JACLYN PATRAS
MUSICAL THEATRE TEACHER
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
MUSICAL THEATRE TEACHER
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
MUSICAL THEATRE 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.

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