DANCE INSTRUCTORS

Chanelle Clarke

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

RECE SHERIDAN COLLEGE

BATD, RAD

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

JUNIOR PAVAS INSTRUCTOR

RECE MOTHERCRAFT COLLEGE

ZUMBA CERTIFIED

 

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. Julie has been with Studio PAVAS since 2000.

Kaileigh-Anne Grnak

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

ADVANCED COMPETITIVE DANCER

Kaileigh-Anne, also known as KK, is a smiling face around the studio! She began her dance training in 2005 at studio PAVAS and has been dancing competitively since 2010. Training in many disciplines including jazz, acro, tap, lyrical, contemporary, ballet, pointe and musical theatre, Kaileigh-Anne has won awards and scholarships around Ontario and the US, in cities such as Las Vegas and Orlando. Kaileigh-Anne is currently completing her PAEC jazz and tap exams at the pre-professional level. Outside of the studio, Kaileigh-Anne is completing her third year of the Cawthra Park dance program where she studies modern, ballet, dance history and kinesiology. She has also completed the Certificate Acting Program under the instruction of Michael Caruana. Kaileigh-Anne’s passion for drama and dance has her constantly participating in workshops lead by experienced coaches and choreographers in the GTA. She is very excited to share her knowledge and passion with all her students!

Erica Herridge

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

PAEC PRE-PROFESSIONAL GRADUATE

JAZZ, BALLET, ACRO

AAC1

Erica has been an award winning competitive dancer at Studio PAVAS from
the young age of 6 with training in many areas of dance. Erica competed and excelled in acro, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary, dancing as a soloist as well as with a partner and in groups. She has trained technique in other areas of dance such as ballet, musical theatre, hip hop, and tap. She has completed her PAEC dance exams in ballet, acro, and jazz receiving exceptionally high marks from primary to the pre-professional level. Erica has been assisting and teaching her own technique classes at Studio PAVAS for the past 5 years. She is a certified Acrobatic Arts Module 1 (AAC1) instructor. Erica is now moving forward in her dance teaching career and is excited to continue to take workshops and certification courses to learn even more about dance and acrobatics. Erica enjoys sharing her passion, knowledge, and love for dance with her students and is excited to continue teaching at Studio PAVAS. Erica is currently studying business at the University of Guelph where she continues to pursue her dance career on Guelph's Genesis Dance Team.

Jayna McMillan

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

MUSICAL THEATRE INSTRUCTOR

B.COM ATHABASCA UNIVERSITY

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 endeavours 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. Jayna has been with Studio PAVAS since 2017.

Jaclyn Patras

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

MUSICAL THEATRE INSTRUCTOR

BFA RYERSON UNIVERSITY

Jaclyn grew up in Oakville, and trained at 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. 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 more about the industry. Jaclyn enjoys sharing her passion for dance with students of any age, and is excited to continue teaching at Studio PAVAS!

Kate Terrio

ACRO & TUMBLING COORDINATOR

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

BA HON. COM. WILFRID LAURIER UNIVERSITY

AAC1, AAC2

Kate graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University, with a BA Hon. Degree in Communication Studies. While at Laurier, she was a core, senior member of the WLU Competitive Dance Team earning the Most Valuable Dancer title in 2015.
Kate has over 16 years of award-winning, competitive dance training in jazz, lyrical, contemporary and acro, and has been with Studio PAVAS since 2003. Kate has completed pre-professional certifications in ballet, jazz and acro through P.A.E.C. She is a certified Acrobatic Arts instructor in both Module 1 (AAC1) and Module 2 (AAC2). 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.

Julia Turliuk

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

ADVANCED COMPETITIVE DANCER

Julia has been dancing with Studio PAVAS since 2010, and joined the competitive team in 2012. PAVAS has provided Julia with great experience working with students of all ages as an assistant and teacher since 2016. Julia’s dedication to training has earned her many highest scoring overalls and scholarships. Julia is currently working towards completing her PAEC jazz exams at the pre-professional level. She has attended many workshops in Toronto and the USA, learning from recognized companies such as Acrobatic Arts and Acro Alliance. Outside of the studio, Julia is beginning her third year of high school as an honours student at Cawthra Park Secondary School in the Dance program. With many opportunities to explore performance, technique and choreography, Julia has thrived through her studies of Modern dance, Ballet, Kinesiology and the history of dance. Her hard work in school has helped Julia achieve the Junior Dance Merit award as well as the Highest Proficiency of her grade. Julia is excited to continue teaching the very talented, young dancers at Studio PAVAS. 

Shannon Dales

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

PAEC PRE-PROFESSIONAL GRADUATE

JAZZ, TAP, BALLET

 

Shannon is a PAVAS alumna 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.

Alexandra Golden

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

GRADUATE OF CANADA'S NATIONAL BALLET SCHOOL

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 du 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. Alexandra has been with Studio PAVAS since 2017.

Sarah Hammond

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

MUSICAL THEATRE INSTRUCTOR

BA UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO

OTA, PTA HUMBER COLLEGE

 

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 INSTRUCTOR

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 9 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.

Matthew Montgomery

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

MUSICAL THEATRE INSTRUCTOR

BFA RYERSON UNIVERSITY

Matthew Montgomery has been training in all areas of dance for over 20 years. 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 PAVAS since 2010, 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.

Kerri Mezzomo

DANCE PROGRAM COORDINATOR

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

BSC LAKE STATE UNIVERSITY

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. She is an instructor, 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.

Jessica Tourgis

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

ADVANCED COMPETITIVE DANCER

Jessica has been dancing for over 10 years, training in Jazz, Acro, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Tap, Modern, Ballet and Pointe. Jessica has competed for the past 7 years with Studio PAVAS,  winning many overall score awards and scholarships across Ontario.  Throughout her years at the studio, Jessica has been completing the PAEC exam syllabus, receiving the highest achievement of honours on all completed exams. Jessica is now completing her pre-professional PAEC Jazz exam. Outside of the studio, Jessica is attending her third year at Cawthra Park Secondary School as a dance major, where she trains in ballet, modern dance, kinesiology, and dance history. Jessica has had many chances, through Studio PAVAS and school, to take workshops with many well known dance professionals. Jessica is very excited to pass on all she has learned in dance, as well as her love for the activity, to others.

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