TEACHERS AT STUDIO PAVAS

ART, MUSIC, DRAMA, DANCE

Studio PAVAS has top quality teachers with experence from all over the world. Our talented teachers take their students and encourage them to explore, experiment and grow their creativity.

ART TEACHERS

CAROLINE BAUER
ECE - JUNIOR PAVAS PROGRAM COORDINATOR
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.
Janet Parsons
VISUAL ARTIST
A graduate of the BAA Illustration program at Sheridan College, Janet Parsons currently resides in Oakville, Ontario. In addition to being an illustrator, she teaches children's art classes. Surreal, romantic and allegorical, Janet's work features bold colour palettes, graphic shapes and organic elements to create unique images. Janet takes inspiration from nature's enchanting beauty and the raw emotional states of living things. Janet has been teaching at Studio PAVAS since 2016.
Link to Janet Parsons Website
JOE SAMPSON
Visual Artist
Joseph Sampson graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1995. After OCA, he began freelancing as an illustrator while continuing to paint. Painting quickly became his sole occupation. Joe's portfolio is comprised of a variety of scenic imagery, and is currently focused on waterscapes. Drawn to shorelines, beaches, lakes, oceans and streams, Joe uses water imagery to depict the dichotomy between movement and immobility. A detailed understanding of light's ability to create color, shadow and tone is utilized to set mood in each painting. Whether the focus is cold, warm, tranquil or angry, waters' magnificence strikes the viewer and an emotional response is evoked. This is due, in part, to the large scale of the work. From a distance, the viewer is drawn towards what appears to be a photograph. Upon closer inspection, brushstrokes are revealed and the observer is made aware of the meticulous layers of brushwork, resulting in the illusion that the viewer is still for an instant, at the waters' edge. Studio PAVAS is thrilled to have Joe return and be a part of the faculty.
Visit Joe's website
FANZIA MURPHY
ART INSTRUCTOR
Fanzia is an experienced instructor and professional artist. Her work had been exhibited locally and internationally, an forms part of many corporate and private collections. Fanzia has taught thousands of students over the years helping them to explore art in many mediums From teaching foreign students art, to helping students build their portfolios and simply discovering their passion for art, Fanzia is a passionate teacher who loves to paint. Her work is comprised of breathtaking landscapes, realistic portraits, celebrities, and ballerinas.

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.

DRAMA TEACHERS

SIMON D. SCOTT
Drama Teacher
SAG-AFTRA/ACTRA/UDA

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!”

FITNESS TEACHERS

VAL MCLEOD
PERSONAL TRAINER
STOTT PILATES CERTIFIED, CERTIFIED FITNESS CONSULTANT, ZUMBA CERTIFIED Val is a fitness specialist with progressive training and experience working as a fitness instructor, running coach and personal trainer. She is highly passionate about people, fitness and health. Val has an excellent track record for training and motivating individuals to achieve peak performance or attainment of personal goals. Val is an advanced running coach and has successfully completed 17 full marathons. She is certified in AFAA New Hampshire, in Group Power and Group Step - Body Training System, in Can-Fit Pro as a Personal Trainer Specialist and Fitness Instructor Specialist, and has her Stott Matt Pilates Certification.
Teresa MAYNE-DEVINE
Fitness Instructor
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!

JUNIOR PAVAS TEACHERS

CAROLINE BAUER
JUNIOR PAVAS PROGRAM COORDINATOR
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. 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.
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.

MUSIC TEACHERS

ELIZABETH GROSKORTH
MUSIC INSTRUCTOR
RCM Elizabeth's formal training in music has been in piano, flute, voice, and music theory, and she plays anything else she can get her hands on, particularly guitar, ukulele, tin whistle, and even bagpipe chanter. Since leaving high school in Georgetown, she has almost always been a member of an ensemble, band, orchestra, or choir. She thrives on small ensemble performing in classical, jazz, and rock styles. This is her second year at Studio PAVAS and she's thrilled to be joining the dynamic team of music educators and looking forward to being surrounded by different studios and so many more instruments! In addition to teaching at PAVAS, Elizabeth is a teacher with Ukulele Kids, and the General Manager and volunteer with the Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects. Elizabeth is particularly interested in the ways in which sports psychology can be applied to successful music practice and performance.
JAMES KNOWLER
MUSIC PROGRAM COORDINATOR AND INSTRUCTOR
BFA, B.ED., M.ED. James has received his BFA from York University, his B.Ed from The University of British Columbia, and his Master's Degree in Music Education from Simon Fraser University. He taught in the BC public school system for 14 years and had many nationally recognized bands and choirs. He has performed with Grammy Nominee Campbell Ryga, Juno Nominee Carol Welsman, Micheal Burgess, and numerous small and large ensembles throughout BC. He is also active as a composer and arranger and continues with these projects. James has been teaching at Studio PAVAS since 2007 and he is the studio's professional music producer of the recording studio.
DAVE MARTIN
MUSIC INSTRUCTOR
After graduating from the applied music program at Mohawk college, which focused on Jazz composition and improvisation, Dave worked as a guitarist in a wide variety of settings and has become well versed in many styles of music. Some of these experiences include recording a rock/pop EP and touring, working as a show band musician on cruise ships, pit bands for musicals, a tribute band, Jazz at restaurants, and wedding ceremonies. He has also enjoyed teaching students of all ages and interests since 2005. Recently, Dave has been focused on freelancing as a musician in Toronto, composing, and developing teaching strategies and materials.
ART TARUMIAN
MUSIC INSTRUCTOR
JAZZ DIPLOMA AND ADVANCED TRAINING AT HUMBER COLLEGE Art attended Humber College's Music Program with a Guitar Performance Major. He teaches acoustic and electric guitar, bass, drums and theory to students of all ages, covering a wide range of musical styles. Art has varied professional experiences as a working guitarist / musician since 1994. He has been teaching at Studio PAVAS since 2001.
LAURA TARUMIAN
MUSIC INSTRUCTOR
Laura's formal music education includes a 3 year Humber College Jazz Piano Program and 1 year Vocal Program. She also studied piano at the American School of Modern Music in France. Born into a family of professional musicians, Laura has broad onstage experience, performing jazz, pop, fusion, R&B and world music. At 17, she performed at the Jazz Yatra International Festival. She worked extensively in the advertising & film industry in India and recorded on many private albums there and in Toronto. In Ontario, Laura led her own ensemble at the Collingwood Jazz Festival, besides being hired as a professional musician at many GTA entertainment venues. In 1997, she was among the top 30 semi-finalists in the Thelonius Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition held in the US. In 2003, she was keyboardist and singer for Juno nominee Johannes Linstead, performing at venues such as the Oakville Performing Arts Center and the Grand Theatre, Kingston Ontario. She has worked with well known Canadian musicians: Ernie Tollar and George Koller. Laura has 19 years of experience teaching music during which she found great pleasure in sharing her musical knowledge with others. She is dedicated to encouraging and inspiring young ones to love music. She is flexible with musical styles but makes sure to develop technical skills. Some of her students have been inspired to choose music as a career, performing successfully at high profile events such as The Next Star on YTV and the Beaches Jazz Festival in Toronto. Laura has been with Studio PAVAS since 2002.
ERIC THORFINNSON
MUSIC INSTRUCTOR
B.MUSIC Born in Oakville, Ontario, Eric has been playing music since age 5 and has been teaching for over 8 years. After receiving his B. Music from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, Eric moved to Brooklyn, NY, to continue working in recording studios, live venues, and having the opportunity to tour across the USA with his band and others. As an aficionado of both composition and recording technology, Eric has composed, recorded, and released 4 full length LP's of original material. As a teacher, Eric has had the opportunity to teach students in Oakville, Brampton, and Mississauga from the ages of 5 to 55, and has a deep passion for sharing his love of music with others.

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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