2017 ACRO FACULTY
LEXY COX –
DANCE ATTACK ACRO Coordinator
Lexy is a diverse performer, choreographer and instructor specializing in a variety of dance styles. She is a graduate of Ryerson University’s BFA program, majoring in Theatre Performance and Dance. Her additional dance certifications include, the Canadian Dance Teachers’ Association, the Performing Arts Educators of Canada, Alixa Flexibility, and Acrobatic Arts Canada. Lexy is also a qualified dance adjudicator with the Professional Adjudicators Alliance.
As a choreographer Lexy has worked across Canada and the US on projects such as Mini Pop Kids, Mirvish’s Matilda (Travelling Stage Artist Educator), Mirvish Musical Theatre Summer Intensive, Shrek The Musical (Rainbow Stage), Dance Attack, One Night Only Musical (Dora Award Winner- Now Audience Choice), Port Hope Capitol Theatre Company, New York City’s Theatre Arts Centre, City Dance Corps, CNE Rising Star Talent Competition, Illuminite Toronto, Bravo Academy, The Players Company, and Google Learning Mini Series.
Her performance credits include; Bound For Broadway (NYC Theatre Arts Center), A Chorus Line (Rose Theatre), Cory Lee’s Cruel Intentions Music Video, ET Canada, Much Music’s Best Dance Crew Commercial (New Music Live), Madonna Bazaar (Opera House), High School Musical 2 live on Stage (Jonathan Randall Productions), Peter Pan (Royal City Musical Theatre Vancouver), as Velma Kelly in Chicago (Treehouse Theatre), and as Bombalurina in Cats (Stanley Theatre Vancouver).
Currently Lexy is the Artistic Director of Full Out Dance, the Harmony Fitness Strength Program Director, the Acro Coordinator for Dance Attack Acro Workshops, working in association with World Performers Canada National Dance Team, and adjudicating competitions/ guest teaching for dance companies across Canada.
“Acrobatique Canada Examiner”
Cassiah is no stranger to the dance community. She has been a very successful performer/ dancer since the age of 2, where she quickly learned that she had a passion for the performing arts.
Cassiah has obtained her BA Honors in Drama & Communications, Media and Film, as well as her Bachelor of Education teaching diploma. Cassiah has graduated with a gold seal from the ADAPT syllabus teachers training program, where she completed an extensive 3 years of training, under the direction of Brian and Faye Foley in the styles of Tap and Jazz. She also has a very extensive Acro background and has been named a Master Instructor/ Examiner for the Acrobatique AcroDance Syllabus.
“Master of Arts – London England”
Rosemarie is a Toronto-based dance artist, teacher and award-winning Choreographer. Having been taught by leading industry educators and professionals across Canada, the United Kingdom and Europe, Rosemarie holds a Master of Arts Degree in Contemporary Dance and a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance with the Edge Company, both from the London Contemporary Dance School in London, England. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ryerson University in Theatre Performance: Dance.
As a dancer, Rosemarie has worked for local and international choreographers such as Debra Brown (Cirque Du Soleil), Patti Wilcox, David Earle, Alexander Whitley (GB), Allen Kaeja, Emmanuelle LePhan, Jorge Crecis (ES), William Yong, Valerie Calam, Philippe Blanchard (FR), Tom Roden (GB) and Joseph Toonga (GB). As a performer, she has worked for and alongside local companies such as: Alias Dance Project, Cadence Ballet, Lady Luck Productions, The Dance Migration, A2D2 – Aerial Dance Cirque Company and international companies: Scottish Dance Theatre (GB), SEAD – Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (AT), Le Marchepied (CH), Jasmin Vardimon 2nd Company (GB), Regionteatre Väst (SE), Company Chameleon (GB) and 2 Faced Dance Company (GB). Throughout her career Rosemarie has toured across Europe and the United Kingdom as a dancer, teacher and choreographer. She can be seen in numerous television commercials, has performed in touring shows, industrials, independent feature films, music videos, live theatre and performed alongside Madonna in 2014.
Ms. Stea is currently Artistic Manager at The Maple Academy of Dance, where her high acclaim awards her numerous Overall High scoring routines, Teacher Recognition, Choreography and Top Teacher awards year after year. Her involvement in education also includes teaching for educational institutes, private dance studios and pre-professional programs across Canada including the Peel and York District School boards, Ryerson University, The School of Cadence Ballet, the Toronto Dance Teacher Expo and Dance Attack Workshops. As a freelance artist, she has choreographed for musical ensembles, independent dance films, professional photo shoots and is a highly sought after Adjudicator for various regional and National dance competitions throughout Ontario. Key memberships: Dance Masters of America (DMA), Dance Ontario, Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD).
“Acrobatics Arts Examiner”
An accomplished teacher and choreographer with years of competitive dancing experience. As a competitive judge and member of Dance Masters of America Chapter 43, Vicki continues to attend and teach at workshops throughout Ontario. Many of Vicki’s dancers have been recipients of scholarships and have won many titles. A number of her students have gone on to pursue their own careers in dance and theatre. Vicki is certified with Acrobatic Arts as well as being on staff as a course conductor and examiner for Acrobatic Arts.
“Acrobatique Canada Examiner”
Wendy Laidlaw is a Director, Choreographer, Instructor and Adjudicator who shares and celebrates her love and knowledge of dance!
She is a graduate of the Sandy Collens Dance Studio in Gravenhurst where her love for dance started and grew with thanks to her mentor Sandy Collens.
Wendy has been a full stage (Jazz, Acro, Tap) and Ballet member of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association (C.D.T.A)for 22 years. She also holds her A.D.A.P.T. certification in Jazz and Tap as well as her Junior and Intermediate certification with Acrobatique, Miss Wendy is also a certified Dance Adjudicator holding memberships with the International Dance Adjudicators (I.A.D.A) as well as P.A.A. (Professional Adjudicators Alliance). She also continues to give workshops at other studios as well as at local schools in the area, and has had the privilege of instructing/directing the credited dance program at Gravenhurst High School.
Many of Wendy’s students have had continued success in the dance industry, such as George Brown College, O.I.P., Conteur Dance Company, Music Videos, Disney Cruise Lines, Toronto Blue Jays- J. Crew, Dance Olympus V.I.P., Toronto Rock, Canadian National Jr. Showdance Team 2010/2011 and Jr./Sr. Tap teams 2010/2011/2012(Germany) and the Canadian National Sr. Ballet, Modern and Jazz teams 2010, 2011, 2013 (Poland).
Wendy continues to educate herself through several workshops and summer classes travelling to New York City (Broadway Dance Center), Orlando, Las Vegas (Dance Olympus), O.I.P. (Toronto) and attends Triple Threat, Move, and The Dance Project Conventions. She is a firm believer of continued education to provide the best dance instruction possible for her students.
“Award Winning Choreographer”
Tia Blake, a St. Catharines veteran, has been dancing since before she could walk. Starting with predance at the age of 2 and continuing throughout high school she enjoyed jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop and lyrical; her favourite being jazz and lyrical. During her competition career Tia had the privilege of travelling with Team Canada to Germany on the tap team and Poland on the jazz, ballet and modern team. Being a Nationals qualifier, taking classes at “Steps” in New York City, winning many first overalls in jazz and contemporary and learning from the expertise of Stacey Tookey, Jay T. Schramek, Nico Archambault and Jeff Dimitriou, Tia learned a lot throughout her competition years.
Once competing had to take a spot on the shelf, Tia now lives vicariously through her students within both recreational and competitive programs. Travelling to L.A with her scholarship-winning students, she prides herself on helping her students grow. Over the years Tia has added hip-hop and acro to her repertoire to allow for more versatility in her capabilities. Her students have won many first overall awards as well Tia herself has received numerous choreography awards.
Tia’s creativity streams from hip-hop choreography for a Niagara’s own music video, dancing, choreographing and acting in Manhattan Film Festival’s “Lost Penny”, choreography work for the Teacher Expo 2015, her workshop classes with “Dance Attack” Workshops, as well as starring in a country music video.
Tia is eager to continue learning and gaining experience among different avenues of the dance world, in hopes to bring a fresh eye to competition. Her passion for dance is evident in all the work that she does from predance classes to advanced classes. Tia continues to choreograph, teach and take classes to keep herself busy and educated in the dance industry that we all love.
“Power Tumbling Coach/ N.C.C.P.”
– NCCP, AAC2, AF1
Katelyn Ettinger was born and raised in the beautiful Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. Growing up she was a competitive dancer and gymnast who trained, coached and competed in dance, artistic gymnastics, trampoline and power tumbling. While earning her Bachelors Degree at Saint Mary’s University, Katelyn continued her dance training at conventions in Halifax, Toronto, and New York City.
Katelyn’s coaching certifications include a National Coaching Certification for gymnastics (NCCP), Alixa Flexibility (AF1), and an acro dance teaching certification with Acrobatic Arts Canada (AAC2). Katelyn has choreographed for the Toronto Dance Project, the National Music Camp of Canada, Saint Mary’s Varsity Dance Team, and specialty programs for empowering young girls and at-risk youth. Her award winning choreography has represented Canada at a variety of competitions and events throughout Canada and the United States, including The Dance Worlds at Disney in Orlando, Florida.
Currently Katelyn is the music video and concert choreographer for the Juno nominated kids pop band Marlowe & The MiX, is a Level 4 rhythmic gymnastics coach for the Special Olympics Ontario, and teaches acrobatics/ tumbling at Canadian Dance Company, Turning Pointe Dance Academy, and Randolph Academy of Performing Arts. Katelyn also guest teaches a variety of acro workshops across Ontario including Dance Attack’s Kids Dance Expo, and travels coast to coast teaching throughout Canada during the summer months.
Katelyn loves being able to provide her students with an exciting, safe, and overall fun atmosphere for learning so they can achieve success in dance and in life.
Tamerra Herres has spent a generous part of her life immersed in the dance world, where she has spent over 20 years in the industry. Starting at age 4, she quickly realized her love for the performing arts and grew up as a heavily involved and successful competitive dancer. Upon her high school graduation in Canada, she then traveled to the state of California where she trained and competed with the US company Dance Precisions. Shortly after, Tamerra received a full professional dance scholarship through the EDGE Performing Arts Centre in Los Angeles where she trained under some of the industries finest choreographers in multiple styles of dance.
In her extensive career as a professional dancer, Tamerra has had the opportunity to perform for the likes of Nelly Furtado, Canadian rapper Shad and Disney Tokyo in Japan amongst others. Her talent and dedication has also presented her with opportunities to work on projects with Universal Studios Hollywood, Fashion Arts Toronto, the Capezio Ace Awards and the Toronto Fringe Festival
SABASTIAN “Bash” HIRTENSTEIN
Sebastian “Bash” Hirtenstein has been involved in Toronto’s diverse dance community since he was 16 years old. Raised by a near-nomadic Scandinavian family, he found himself exposed to Toronto’s hip hop and street dance culture from an early age. He began his professional training at the late O.I.P. Dance Company, and later helped found the professional street jazz company Dance Addiction (under the artistic direction of Denone Isaacs) before entering the esteemed School of Toronto Dance Theatre.
His unquestionable devotion to dance has led him to train and be mentored abroad at Broadway Dance Center (New York City), Seoul Tanz Station (Seoul, South Korea) and Urban Element (Montreal). His fearless performance qualities, expansive versatility, unmatched work ethic and unforgettable personality have provided him with opportunities to work with many diverse companies & choreographers including Puja Amin, Sylvie Bouchard (BoucharDanse), Michael Caldwell, Ljuba Castot, Addy Chan, Emilio Collalilo (EMImotion) Lenny De La Pena (Flavour Shop) Rodney Diverlus, DLM Entertainment, Scott Fordham, The Dietrich Group, Dusk Dances, Gadfly, Hollywood Jade, Hit & Run Dance, Kevin Ormsby (KasheDance) POV Dance Project, Jennifer Thiessen, Irvin Washington, Codie Wiggins and at the School with Nova Bhattacharya, Marc Boivin, Susie Burpee, Peter Chin, Jennifer Dallas, Robert Desrosiers, Danny Grossman, Christopher House, Allen Kaeja, Louis Laberge-Côté, Sharon Moore, Julia Sasso, and Darryl Tracy.
He has toured throughout Canada with the sensational Bollywood company Sanskriti Arts, and was dance captain for Creativiva’s musical productions “Pinocchio” in Qatar, and “Aladdin” in Dubai. He has danced alongside local and international performing artists such as Bakermat, Jason Derulo, Ariana Grande, Kiesza, Mia Martina, and Lady Pista, and performed with successful corporations including Captain Morgan’s, Duracell, IOGO, Make Up Forever, Microsoft, TD Bank and the Toronto Argonauts.
Most recently, he was featured in the two hit television series “American Gods” and the second season of “Shadowhunters”, as well as the music video for Bakermat & Kiesza’s new single “Don’t Want You Back”.
“The Underground Instructor”
Karly started dancing at the age of five and it has become her passion ever since. In her final year of competing, Karly had the opportunity to train at the Ignite Summer Intensive with renowned choreographers David Norsworthy, Kristen Carcone, Lea Ved, Jonathan Campbell, and Austin Diaz. She finished her RAD Advanced 2 Ballet Exam and was a Miss Dance Titleholder.
Her professional career started as an assistant to Breanne Wasylenko and Caroline Torti, as well as for their company Collective Elite Entertainment. Working with such passionate and talented dancers and choreographers in Toronto has inspired her to train in all styles and gain experience in all avenues of the dance industry.
Karly has had the opportunity to dance in Christina Digiuseppe’s piece in the 2015 Long Beach Capezio Ace Awards, Julia Cratchley’s production “Eve of St.George,” and a “Dance Mom’s” Television Commercial. She has been a lead dancer in “Really Big World’s” Concert, and has been a back up dancer for “Aja” with Radio Disney. Karly has also performed in Shavar Blackwood’s production of “Euphoria” and “The TMI 5 Year Anniversary Gala,” Scott Fordham’s productions of “Limitless”, as well as Toronto Original Choreographer’s Ball, and Fever after Dark.
Karly continues to train, take class, and teach at The Underground Dance Centre while choreographing and performing across Canada. Her passion and determination is what motivates her to pursue her dream of being a professional dancer.
Jordana Cohen’s dance career began with 15 years of competitive dance training under the instruction at Maxine’s School of Dance. Jordana has experience in many dance disciplines, excelling in acro, contemporary, jazz, lyrical and hip hop. Jordana has taught both competitive and recreational classes in the Greater Toronto Area and across Canada with her speciality in acrobatics and contemporary. During her career she has had a number of performance opportunities, including being a member of the first Canadian Showdance Team that travelled to Germany, representing Canada at the International Dance Organization. Jordana has appeared in the movie “Honey” as an extra in the dance scenes. At 18 she began her career as a teacher and choreographer at various studios across Toronto and Canda. She has won many awards for her unique choreography at various regional and national competitions for her innovative choreography and her strong award-winning acro and lyrical routines season after season. Choreographing for students across Canada in Acro and contemporary Jordana continues to impress the dance world, and her students continue to have strong technique. Jordana has her BATD stage associate level as well as her International Academy of Dance Adjudicators certificate and her N.C.C.P Level 1 Gymnastics. Just recently Jordana had the opportunity to choreography a video promo shoots for a dance competition in Punta Cana, Dominican. Jordana has judged at leading competitions across Canada and the US, while furthering her dance training by attending workshops throughout Canada and the United States.” Demand the stage every time you step onto it!!!”
“P.A.E.C. Acro Examiner”
Nancy owned and operated the Jaymar School of Dancing in Auroa, Ontario for over 25 years. She has taught dancers of all ages, in all styles and specializes in acrobatics. Mrs. Dinner is a full member of P.A.E.C as well as an acrobatic and jazz examiner for the association.
As a full member of this organization, Mrs. Dinner also sits on the executive board, the examining board and chairs the acrobatic committee. Through Nancy’s career, she performed in various industrial shows, television, and video and enjoyed a 4 year role in the Canada’s Wonderland dance troop.
She has taught dancers who have gone on to professional careers in dance as well as performance teams for cruise ships around the world.
“Walt Disney Company Resident Choreographer”
Lindsay hails from Edmonton, Alberta. She is a graduate of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto. She has performed in various musicals throughout the country such as Beauty and the Beast, High School Musical, White Christmas, A Funny thing happened… Forum and A Chorus Line. She has also been seen on Celebrity Cruise Lines, YTV, Much Music and has participated in the Gregory Hines memorial service.
Currently, Lindsay works as a Resident Choreographer for Disney Cruise Line. Most recently, she was part of the creative team launching Frozen A Musical Spectacular on the Disney Wonder.
“Cirque Du Soleil Assistant Choreographer”
Jennifer, originally from Sydney, Australia, grew up training in all styles of dance, specializing in ballet and gymnastics. She then went on to receive an education in Musical Theatre at an elite theatre school in Sydney. Her skills have taken her to stages across the world, until she met her Canadian husband, and decided to call Canada home! She still performs,choreographs, and teaches across North America. Recent American credits include Newsies (Forestburgh NY, Assistant Director/Choreographer), Dance Captain for Guys and Dolls (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, NY), Saturday Night Fever (National Tour, Northcore Productions). Other credits include a Broadway World nomination for Best Original Choreography for her work on Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (LOT, Toronto), Aladdin (Choreographer, Mandat Theatre, Dubai), Toronto Pan AM Games Opening Ceremony (Assistant Choreographer, Cirque Du Soleil). Other performance Credits include Mamma Mia!, Crazy for You, Singin’ in the Rain (Capitol Theatre), West Side Story (Rainbow Stage). TV: Masters Of Illusions (Season 2, CW Network, Illusionist Assistant).
Jennifer also worked on several original shows for Carnival Cruise Lines and has worked as both an Aerialist and Dance Captain for Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruise Lines. Jennifer is a member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance, and a member of Canadian Actors Equity Association. Jennifer loves working with and educating tomorrow’s talent and believes that with hard work anything is possible! Instagram: @jenniferclareorgan
“DaCosta Talent Agent”
Shannon Teat’s love for performing began at an early age. While growing up in Vancouver, she trained at the elite studios Danzmode, Harbour Dance, and was a member of The Source Dance Company its very first year. She trained in jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, musical theatre, singing, modern, partnering, lifts, and ballroom. Shannon enjoys teaching and has choreographed for studios and workshops across Canada. She has appeared in commercials, television shows, music videos, film as as well as doing motion capture for video games with EA Active. Shannon was a member of the Vancouver Grizzlies Dance Team and kept busy working industrials and live performances across Canada. Longing for travel, Shannon was selected and began working for Royal Caribbean Cruise lines as a dancer and singer travelling all over the world and being fortunate enough to meet her husband who was also a performer! Later she began working as rehearsal director and assistant in auditions tours for Royal Caribbean. Shannon has a love and passion for Musical Theatre and will take any opportunity to see live theatre. Her most memorable theatre experiences have been getting to see London’s best in the West End. She also toured through North Africa performing for the military and all over China in Vegas style revue show creating incredible memories and friendships. It was around that time Shannon found a love for the other side of performing as well. She began crossing over to working more audition tours, adjudicating, as well as being invited to sit on casting selections for various projects. In 2015, Shannon was fortunate enough to be offered a new opportunity with da Costa Talent Management and become their newest Vancouver agent representing the West Coasts best singers, dancers, and actors. Shannon’s love of the entertainment industry is evident and feels extremely lucky to get to do what she loves.
Aldeana operated her own studio, ALDEANAS ACROBATS, for nearly 30 years in the Surrey area. She now offers her services to local studios, who are interested in expanding their Acrobat programs.
Aldeana was trained at a young age in the specialized arts of Acrobats and Adagio. Aldeana enjoyed competition success at an early age, and has brought that successful attitude to her students. Her students have excelled at all levels of competition in Acrobats, Adagio and Fitness. Her Surrey troop, of 20 Acrobats, earned a reputation of having a fierce, highly competitive team spirit.
Her talented students and unique choreography have combined for many routines that have successfully competed in both local and international competitions, receiving many Honour Awards. They also performed at the 2010 Olympics.
Aldeana’s students have gone on to a professional level, performing in many corporate events. Her students have also been afforded opportunities to participate in Vegas workshops with Cirque Du Soleil performers.
Aldeana is a long standing member of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association and B.C. Gymnastics.
Aldeana now looks forward to continued challenges and successes with student’s thru-out the Lower Mainland
“MEd Coaching Sciences”
Sarah finished her first bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and began working in a physiotherapy clinic designing active rehabilitation programs for patients with acute and chronic injuries. She later became involved in movement research and is now a member of the Canadian Dance Researchers Association. Sarah is proudly one of only a few Canadian women to have ever obtained a Master’s Degree in Coaching Sciences where she collaborated with some of the most innovative coaches in the country. Her coaching mentor Howie Wenger, the former physiologist for Wayne Gretsky, guided her towards completing her graduate studies at the University of Victoria in 2008. Sarah began lecturing at the local community college and went on to publish articles on injury prevention for dancers, dance skill acquisition and principles of pedagogy in several journals and magazines. Her program was featured in the popular American magazine ‘Dance Studio Life.’
She has published a training program for developing dance teachers; this program is now used in 33 countries worldwide. In 2012 Sarah returned to Simon Fraser University to complete a bachelors degree in Education and teacher training in fine and performing arts. Sarah is a registered Dance and Physical Education teacher in British Columbia and actively leads dance workshops in the local school system.
Sarah’s choreography is well known throughout the artistic community. Over the last twenty years she has received annual choreography awards. Her choreography has been showcased at corporate events internationally. Sarah was elected by Gymnastics BC representatives to choreograph the opening ceremonies for the National Gymnastics Championships held at the University of British Columbia.
In her teaching practice Sarah maintains a high standard of safety by emphasizing solid technique and refined skill progressions. In addition to holding a Canadian Dance Teachers Association teaching certificate in Acrobatics and a certificate in Trampoline and Tumbling, Sarah is fully Level Three certified in Artistic Gymnastics through the National Coaching Certification Program. Sarah is also certified through the Acrobatics Arts professional curriculum for acrobatics education and has recently joined them as faculty.
In her personal life Sarah can be found volunteering for global charity projects abroad. She has volunteered in over fifty countries and believes these cross-cultural experiences have cultivated her passion for community and acceptance within her classroom and the dance studio.