We are very pleased to announce the following faculty for 2017 already! MANY more to be announced soon!

 

SUZANNE BLAKE GERETY

Sponsored By: DanceStudioOwner.com

 

Suzanne BlakeySuzanne Blake Gerety is the director of DanceStudioOwner.com, the leading online resource for dance studio owners world-wide, she provides information and inspiration to start, run, and grow your business.

Suzanne is the second-generation owner of Kathy Blake Dance Studios where she and her mom, Kathy Blake, continue to run a thriving studio, which has been in the family for 40 years. Suzanne was born into the dance studio life and brings the perspective of an owner, educator, mom, and businesswoman to her work.

Suzanne and her mom, Kathy are the long time featured columnists for Dance Teacher Magazine’s, “Ask the Experts”. She regularly teaches and presents business seminars at the Dance Teacher Summit, Dance Teacher Connection, and for other various industry events. Her love of marketing combined with her real-life examples make the information she provides timely and immediately useful for audiences.

Suzanne is a featured contributor in the The FabJob Guide to Become a Dance Studio Owner, FabJob Guides have been featured in stories at The Wall Street Journal and Entrepreneur Magazine sites. In addition to a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Child Development from Colby-Sawyer College, Suzanne has training and experience in communication and leadership from one of the world’s foremost personal development companies.

Suzanne is a mom of two children, married to a great guy, she loves her family and her dance studio family too! She is a passionate advocate for dance studio owners and dance education throughout the world and brings the resources and support to current and future owners to help them achieve success.

You can follow Suzanne on Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/SuzanneGerety or connect on Facebook:http://www.Facebook.com/DanceStudioOwner

 

 MR. FOLEY

Sponsored By: ADAPT

Brian FoleyDance Educator – Examiner – Adjudicator

 Mr. Foley is one of Canada’s busiest-and most renowned director/choreographers.

A Toronto, native, Brian made his professional debut at the tender age of ten, and has worked and trained with many great choreographer/directors including Jerome Robbins, Michael Bennett and Bob Fosse.

At age nineteen, he choreographed his first television series and has gone on to rack up an impressive list of credits.  Among them, over 600 TV shows, numerous feature films (including “Heavenly Bodies”, “Ice Castles” and “For Your Eyes Only”. 

 He has choreographed and directed over 100 professional stage shows including, Broadway Musicals, Ice Shows, Las Vegas Revues, Roller Skating and Gymnastic Spectacles across Canada the USA, England, Europe, South America, Russia, and the Far East.

Mr. Foley has staged, choreographed and directed many major corporate “live show events”.  These include shows across North America and Europe for companies such as American Express, Air Canada, Canada Post, The Hudson Bay Company, The Canadian Fashion Industry, numerous Corporate Award Shows and many more.  As a director and choreographer, his major corporate clients in the past have been Toyota Canada, Honda and General Motors Of Canada Limited.

Since 1996 Mr. Foley has been choreographing the world renowned Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show.  In 2002 he was offered the prestigious position to direct and choreograph the annual Grandstand Show “spectacle” and at this time, continues in the role as the Director for the “The Greatest, Out Door Show On Earth”.

In 1980 Brian and his wife Faye created the dance syllabus certification system called ADAPTAssociated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers is the leader in technical dance training and is recognized as one of the best “teacher training tools” offered in the dance teaching industry.  ADAPT also offers a yearly teacher’s training school program known across Canada as T.T.S. as well as teaching products which include syllabus books, DVD videos, music CD’s and yearly subscriptions for all ADAPT teachers and Examination studios.  Those who compare, choose ADAPT.

 

 

 GERALD MCISAAC

Sponsored By: Dance Attack Workshop/Competition

A graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School, Mr. McIsaac has been highly recognized as a professional performer and dance educator for over twenty-five years (and still going strong!). His vast experience and unique ability to inspire dancers to achieve their highest technical and performance potential is well respected throughout the dance industry.

Mr. McIsaac has taught classical ballet and theatre jazz at several prestigious institutions, including Canada’s National Ballet School, and is thrilled to be returning to NBS in the fall of 2015 to guest teach in their professional ballet program, and for teachers training program as well. He currently resides at Toronto’s Metro Movement as one of their primary classical ballet teachers, and is scheduled to facilitate master classes in ballet pedagogy for several upcoming prestigious dance related events, including Toronto Dance Teacher Expo 2016!

Certifications include: Diploma with Distinction from the NBS Teachers Training Program for Former Professionals (TTPPD, Dip), Mutually Recognized Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD, MRT), ballet faculty member with Dance Masters of Canada (DMC) and the International Dance Teachers Association of Great Britain (IDTA), proud member the Professional Adjudicators Alliance (PAA). He is also the recipient of the 2013 Carole Chadwick Award and 2014 Sylvie M. McPhee Award, presented by the NBS ballet faculty for Outstanding Teacher Recognition. During his time at NBS Mr. McIsaac had the privilege of been mentored by renowned Ballet Masters such as Mr. Sergiu Stefanschi, Ms. Debra Bowes, Ms. Laurel Toto (head of NBS Professional Junior Ballet Program), Ms. Teresa Randall, and Ms. Anuschka Roes (head of NBS TTP Program), to name a few.

Highlights of Mr. McIsaac’s professional performance career include: CATS,

Mr. Mistoffelees (Original Can. Cast/Nat. Tour); MISS SAIGON, Dragon Acrobat & Ensemble (London, Eng. – West End); JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, Napthali (London, Eng. – West End); SHOWBOAT, Assistant Dance Captain/Ensemble (Toronto/US Nat. Tour/London, Eng. – West End); BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, LeFou (US Nat. Tour); THE HANDMAID’S TALE and DEATH IN VENICE, Dance Ensemble (Canadian Opera Company); HAIRSPRAY THE MOVIE!, Dance Ensemble; CANADIAN IDOL SEASON 3, Ensemble; SYNCHRONICITY, Dance Ensemble (Japan Tour).

Along with being a professional adjudicator and event host for competitive dance competitions for well over 10 years, Mr. McIsaac has coaching dancers for the Youth American Grand Prix and is a sought out master class instructor for workshops in classical ballet, theatre jazz, conditioning for dancers and movement pedagogy for teachers. He is particularly experienced and passionate about merging the pedagogical, scientific and artistic components of movement as a gateway to progress within all genres of dance.

 

JAY T SCHRAMEK

Sponsored By: Dance Attack Workshop/Competition

Jay is a Dora Mavor Moore Award nominated performer, educator and adjudicator.  His twenty year teaching career spans Canada’s most prestigious post-secondary arts institutions and dozens of dance studios. A graduate of Ryerson University’s dance program and a former Mr. Dance of Canada, he has been a faculty member at the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, George Brown College and Saint Lawrence College. He has been a guest teacher at: Sheridan College, Etobicoke School of the Arts, Pearson School for the Arts, the Eastern Arkansas Ballet, Duboforce Mexico and the Charlottetown Festival Young Company. He is currently on faculty at Toronto’s Metro Movement and the Tap Director at Dimensions in Dance in Kitchener.

He has judged and hosted over 100 talent competitions for across the globe for: Dance Canada, Terpsichore, Dance Masters of America, American Dance Awards, DancePower, Shine, Champions, Central Alberta Dance Festival, Starbeat, Kiwanis, Let’s Get Loud, Dancefest and countless others.

As a performer, he continues to work in theatres across the continent. He has performed for The Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Mirvish Productions, Charlottetown Festival, Stage West, Drayton Entertainment, Clearchannel Entertainment and dozens more. Some of his favourite roles include: Cosmo in Singin in the Rain, Skimbleshanks in Cats, Nana in Peter Pan, Pepper in Mamma Mia, Jimmy in White Christmas, Ethan in The Full Monty, Jinx in Forever Plaid, Cecil in Anne of Green Gables, Batboy in Batboy the Musical, Action in West Side Story, Barnaby in Hello Dolly.

An accomplished voice-over actor, he is the voice of Data Bot on Space Ranger Roger (Disney), Felix on Trucktown (Treehouse), Blinky on Willa’s Wild Life (YTV / Discovery), Satoru Kakuta on Slam Dunk and double agent Tad in the animated feature Totally Spies-the Movie. His voice has been used by Microsoft, Pfizer, Subaru, CBC, Aleve, Cepacol, Air Transat, and Motorola. He’s appeared on Discovery Channel’s Mayday, Showcase’s Lost Girl, CBC’s Getting Along Famously, Showtime’s Queer As Folk and the Gemini nominated film From Time to Time. Jay also provided the motion capture for the lead character Hadyn in the PS3 game Dark Sector. .

Jay is a member of and a contributor to the Professional Adjudicator Alliance manual. He has written articles for The Agent’s Book and had a regular column in Dance Canada Quarterly. Jay is a recipient of a Tyrone Guthrie Award and a Maud Whitmore Scholarship. @jaytschramek

 

 

MANDY YIP

Sponsored By: Acrobatic Arts

Mandy YipMandy Yip is the creator of the Acrobatic Arts Certification Program and Syllabus, and considered an expert in the art of AcroDance. She currently manages the Acrobatic Arts program through hundreds of dance studios and thousands of students following the curriculum throughout North America, Australia and Europe. As the past owner of a highly successful dance studio, she understands the demands for an exceptional product and a well trained dance teaching staff in the studio. Highly sought for clinics and workshops world wide, Mandy is known for bringing passion, technique and in-depth practical knowledge to engaging classes.

 

TRICIA GOMEZ

Sponsored By: Dance – In a Box

Tricia GomezTricia Gomez is the President of Dance – In a Box Publishing. She is considered a pioneer in the pre-school and elementary hip hop field.  Her unique hip hop teaching methods have landed her on the Dr. Phil Show and as the Head Judge of the TV show “Dance Revolution.”  Her philosophy on teaching kids hip hop has made her the subject of countless articles in dance and fitness magazines across the USA and Canada.  A few of Tricia’s performing credits include dancing for the Los Angeles Laker Girls, Universal Dance Association, Disneyland and Universal Studios.  Her choreography credits include: Saved By the Bell, the Laker Girls, The Clipper’s Spirit Dance Team and ABC’s Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade as the head choreographer for Dance the Magic! After teaching in the studio setting for over 20 years, Tricia is now a consultant for the Disney Performing Arts Program where she has the honor of working with dancers from around the world.  Tricia’s newest project is Rhythm Works Integrative Dance, a clinical dance program for kids with autism, Down syndrome, and other individual learning differences!

TOKYO

Toyko 2MTV Music Video nominated choreographer ,TOKYO, has a very unique induction into dance as he was not introduced to dance till he was a Senior in high school. Tokyo grew up in the martial arts and began training at age 5. By the age of 15 he attained several black belts in various arts in addition to training in Wrestling, Muay Thai, Boxing and MMA (Cage Fighting). At age 17, after a promising undefeated amateur record, just a few months shy of making a professional career in MMA (mixed martial arts/cage fighting), TOKYO discovered dance and his life changed drastically. Since leaving the “fight” world and entering the dance world, TOKYO has been fortunate enough to have done master classes and choreography in the US, Canada, Australia, Central America, France, Poland, Ukraine, Croatia, Mexico and UK for many TV shows, music videos, musicals, studios, companies, colleges, casinos and Cirque Du Soleil. TOKYO is returning from France where he choreographed the largest musical production in France’s history, Adam et Eve. In addition, during his time in France, TOKYO choreographed and directed several music videos and TV shows. Most recently TOKYO choreographed several pieces for SYTYCD-Ukraine as well as for Paula Abdul in Russia. TOKYO is on faculty at the world renowned professional dance studio Millennium Dance Complex as well as guest faculty with EDGE and Broadway Dance Center. Due to TOKYO’s background in martial arts his approach to dance movement, philosophy and teaching is very unique and has been received and loved by many. TOKYO has recently teamed up with Alisha Captain to produce MOVEtheWORLD, a charity event giving people around the world financial support for medical surgeries and bills. He is extremely excited to give back to those that have given so much to him, through the art of dance!

 

 SARAH DOLAN

Sarah DolanSarah Dolan has served as the Artistic Director of O2 the Dance Company since it’s creation in 2010. Her commitment to the art and its artists provide a critical framework under which the contemporary company and its members thrive.

She has had the privilege of being part of numerous works and diverse dance shows. Sarah has had the honour of assisting Sean Cheesman on CTV’s So You Think You Can Dance Canada, Fox America’s So You Think You Can Dance, BBC’s So You Think You Can Dance UK and CBC’s Over the Rainbow. She has enjoyed being a part of Art On Ice as Dancer and Assistant Choreographer, working with musical artist such as Nelly Furtado, Tom Odell, HURTS and skating champions such as Tessa and Scott, Kurt Browning and Joannie Rochette. Sarah has had the pleasure of choreographing for musical artists Paul Brandt, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald and Hockey Canada.

 

 

DANCE EDUCATORS INTERNATIONAL

Sponsored By: Toronto Dance Teacher Expo

Dance Educators International

Dance Educators International (DEI) focuses on developing knowledgeable dance teachers. A professional training program that offers hands-on practical approaches to key teaching fundamentals in dance education. These strategies can be applied to multiple dance genres and age levels. Our training programs cover topics on health, student development, class structure, lesson planning, implementation of technique, and offers insight into the business of being a dance teacher. We offer more than just a syllabus for new and experienced dance teachers. DEI advocates building an international community of highly qualified dance educators.

 

 CHANTAL ROBSON

Chantal Robson PicChantal Robson is originally from Brisbane, Australia. She started performing in Australia at the age of eight, traveling throughout the country, singing and dancing. At age twelve, Chantal moved to Los Angeles and quickly moved into being a respected dancer who was in high demand for music videos, commercials, award shows and tours. Some of the artists she worked with include Madonna, Usher, Christina Aguilera, ‘N Sync, Britney Spears and Katie Perry, JC Chasez, Demi Lovato, One Direction, Madison Beer, Ariana Grande Victoria Justice, Nico Vega, and 5th Harmony. Her credits also include being the choreographer on such television shows as MTV’s ‘My own’, NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’, TLC’s ‘The singing Office’ and ‘Rock the Reception’, and CMT’s ‘Your Chance To Dance’.

Chantal’s film credits include the movement choreography of the monsters in the film, ’ One Missed Call’, ‘ Bunraku’, where she choreographed the actor Kevin McKidd and the Assistant Choreographer to Wade Robson on “Happy Feet 2” Chantal spent 6 months in Germany as Associate Director and act developer on a Franco Dragone (Creator of Cirque Du Soleil) production called India. She was also the Stage Director for Demi Lovato on the Latin Grammy’s. Associate Director for One Direction and Britney Spears. And Director/Choreographer for Nickelodeon Star, Victoria Justice and currently working on Madison Beer’s promo tour. Recently, Chantal started choreographing for the famous music video Director Wayne Isham. Some of these projects include, Mattels’ “Ever After High”, “Monster High” with Madison Beer and X factors group 5th Harmony for “Barbie”.

Along with doing commercials, music videos, and tours, for the past 5 years Chantal has been choreographing Teens and kids for the JUST DANCE video games. Producing and choreographing over 100 routines, Including popular songs from Disney Channel TV shows and some of Disney’s classic movies titles. As Chantal continues to Choreograph and Direct projects there is nothing she loves more then to teach dance and share her talent and experience in in entertainment business to people all over the world.

 

 

 EMILY EINSMANN

Sponsored By: Dance Attack Workshop/Competition

Emily Einsmann is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and teacher based in Toronto. (Emily’s versatility forges the bonds between technique and artistry, and her co-existing levels of success in both the commercial industry and the contemporary dance world set her apart.)

After years of training under ballet mistresses from The Goh Ballet and The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Emily went on to receive her B.F.A in Performance Dance from Ryerson University. Upon graduation, she was immediately launched into the commercial world, and has worked and performed with Hedley, The Weeknd, Drake, Kardinal Offishall, Naughty by Nature, Young MC, Sugarhill Gang, Rob Base, Karl Wolf, MuchMusic and YTV, to name a few.

Her dance adventures have taken Emily all over the world, including to China, Dubai, Qatar, and all throughout the USA. Emily recently cast, choreographed and danced in two full length original contemporary works that toured throughout Dubai. She also choreographed the official City of Toronto’s 2013 Tree Lighting Ceremony, a record production that drew in over 8000 spectators.

Emily’s dedication to dance and art is evident on and off the stage. Her ultimate goal is to transport audiences with her performance, and to pass on her passion and knowledge to up and coming artists!

For inquiries please contact: emily.einsmann@gmail.com

Instagram: emilyeins

MELISSA KLASSEN

Sponsored By: Acrobatique Canada

Melissa Klassen

As creator and director of the Acrobatique AcroDance syllabus, the highly sought after Melissa Klassen is the “go to” expert in the field of AcroDance in Canada. Her modern techniques and fresh approach to Acrobatics have become a game changer in the dance industry. Strong AcroDance training is the competitive edge that dancers are looking for; and is the future of dance studios in Canada and abroad.

For over 20 years, Melissa has mentored under several of the industry’s top players to build her career as an expert in AcroDance, injury prevention, gymnastics, adjudication, and instructor mentorship. Melissa travels the world teaching her Acrobatique syllabus, and has worked with students and teachers from across Canada, the U.S, Mexico, the Bahamas, the U.K, and Australia.

With an eye for precision, sharp technical skills, and a passion for teaching and mentorship, Melissa Klassen is the Canadian industry leader in the exciting world of AcroDance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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