Sean began dancing at age 4, he started by taking tap and then later added jazz, acro, Ballroom and folk dancing. At age 10, Sean entered the National Ballet School, where he was one of the first recipients of the Peter Dwyer scholarship for outstanding achievement. At the National Ballet School he was trained by such world renowned teachers as Betty Oliphant, Glenn Gilmour, Daniel Sellier, Eric Bruhn, Hector Zaraspe, and Eugene Valukin to mention just a few. During his development years as a dancer he was trained in the Cecchetti, the Royal Academy, and the Vaganova methods of training which helps him bring a wide range of dance knowledge into the dance studio. Upon graduation, he joined The National Ballet of Canada, where he became a soloist within three years. During his eight years with the National Ballet of Canada, he danced many solo and principal roles and worked with and partnered such world renowned artists as, Karen Kain, Rudolph Nureyev, Veronica Tennant, Natalia Makariva, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Anna Botafogo, Elisabeth Terabust, Eva Evdokimova and Evelyn Hart. Sean has also worked with such Choreographic legends in the dance world such as Sir Frederick Ashton, Celia Franca, George Balanchine, Maurice Bejart, James Kudelka, Brian Macdonald, John Neumeier, Roland Petite, and Glen Tetley.
Mr. Boutilier was a former Principal Dancer and Resident Guest Artist with Ballet Florida and during his dance career has made guest appearances with several major American ballet companies, as well as being a guest soloist with the Canadian Opera Company, performing with Joan Sutherland under the direction of Richard Bonning. He also appeared in many dance related films and shows including the “Karen Kain Special”. He has served on various Advisory Boards, including the Mississauga Arts Council and Ryerson Polytechnic University.
Mr. Boutilier holds his Advanced Cecchetti Diploma where he was awarded the level of distinction and is a Licentiate Diploma Member of the Cecchetti Society. He is also a graduate of the National Ballet of Canada's teachers training program. All of these achievements make him a highly respected coach, teacher and adjudicator, bringing a wealth of experience from the world of dance into the studio.
Shauneese Morrison has been in the dance industry for over 20 years. She trained at the renowned Joanne Chapman School of Dance where she received extensive training in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Acrobatics. As a teacher, she holds a teaching certificate in Stage and Acrobatics with The British Association Teachers of Dancing. She is a member of the Royal Academy of Dance, Dance Ontario, and the Professional Adjudicator’s Alliance. Shauneese has an Honours BA in Political Science from McMaster University.
Some of her appearances include music videos for Shawn Desman, Keisha Chanté, and the short film “Squeezebox.” She was recently sought out to create a dance troupe for the National Basketball League of Canada’s Raptor’s 905. Her work has been featured in the documentary “Passion Over Talent,” produced by Maktoob Films. In 2015 she choreographed the piece titled “For the Love of Dance,” which was presented at Atlanta’s National Black Arts Festival’s gala. There she worked alongside tap dance master, Savion Glover; a career highlight for her.
Shauneese is a successful director, teacher, and choreographer. Many of her students have been submitted into prestigious dance programs (Julliard, Joffrey Ballet School, The Ailey School, Miami City Ballet), and have gone on to pursue successful careers in dance. Her work continues to win the top scoring awards as well as choreographic recognition at many competitions both regionally and internationally.
Most importantly, Shauneese considers herself a “teacher’s teacher.” She understands the important and sometimes challenging task of teaching students of all levels the fundamentals of dance. She is an advocate of dance diversity, and encourages dancers to embrace and train in as many dance genres and styles as possible.
Michelle began her training at the Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance at the age of three, leading her successfully into over 20 years of experience in dance. Her dance repertoire consists of jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, hip hop, acro and modern dance. Not only does she enjoy teaching at S.B.A.D, Michelle is also delighted to be the administrative director for the S.B.A.D team.
Upon graduating S.B.A.D. Michelle continued her dance training at Ryerson University earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance. While attending the dance program at Ryerson, she had the opportunity to train and perform with many renowned choreographers across Canada and the United States. Michelle is very pleased to share her passion and knowledge to all her students at Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance.
Alla began to play the piano at the age of 6. She completed Music School and Music College back home in the city of Sumy (Ukraine) and then attended the University of Music Arts in Kharkiv, having graduated with an honor degree. She has extensive education as a pianist, accompanist, concertmaster and a teacher of piano and history of arts. While studying at the University of Music Arts, she started working as an accompanist for ballet classes, singers, chamber orchestras and the choir in Sumy Music College. She worked there for 13 years. In addition, she performed in different concerts as a solo-pianist. After moving to Canada in 1997, Alla worked as a private piano teacher and music therapist in Kingsway Gardens Retirement Residence. She also was a volunteer for Toronto Music Festival.
In 2011, Alla joined the SBAD staff. “It’s a great opportunity in my life to work side by side with such professional dance teachers. Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance has a long and glorious history, and I hope that my passion for music will benefit all of the SBAD team".
Sara began her training 35 years ago in Mississauga and competed for 14 years throughout Canada and the United States. She has over 20 years of extensive training in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical and Acrobatics. A graduate from the University of Toronto in 2005, Sara continued her dance career through teaching, training and completing her teacher examinations. As a teacher, she holds a teaching certificate from Dance Masters of America and is a member of the Royal Academy of Dance. Sara’s choreography continues to be recognized and win numerous awards and overalls both regionally and nationally. Sara’s students have continued training in many reputable schools and companies across North America, including Juilliard, The Boston Conservatory and many have continued to pursue successful careers in dance. Sara is pleased to be offering her knowledge and share her passion for dance with her students.”
Sarra Al-Nowaiser began her years at the Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance at the age of nine, as a student. After progressing through, and eventually graduating from the competition program, she continued her training in the Dance program at Ryerson University. Apart from working toward her BFA at school, Sarra also stage manages at the Upper Canada Repertory Company, as well as teaching and choreographing for their musicals. Though new to the staff, Sarra thoroughly enjoys her time at SBAD and looks forward to many more years with the staff and students.
Giuliana began her dance training at Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance at the early age of four. Her passion flourished when she joined the competitive team, further developing her skills in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical and contemporary. Giuliana has also completed the Advanced 1 Cecchetti examination. In her efforts to continue sharing her passion for dance, she was a captain of her University’s competitive dance team, receiving awards for her choreography and performances. Giuliana is thrilled to be back with the SBAD team, teaching and inspiring the new generation of young dancers. She is also a graduate of the York/Sheridan Bachelor of Design Program.
Hope began her dance career with Sean Boutilier at the age of 5 where she competed in all disciplines for several years. Since then she has completed a degree in Sociology from the University of Guelph. During her time as a university student, Hope was an active leader and choreographer for the Dance Pak, loving every moment of her experience! From there, Hope taught acro and jazz at various studios in the GTA. Her path then took to gymnastics, where she spent five years coaching and managing programs. Hope comes from a background of leadership and management and is thrilled to be back in the dance community and part of the SBAD admin team!
Crystal has been actively dancing as an adult at SBAD for the past 11 years and her daughter Indio is currently in the competitive program. By day Crystal is an IT Service Manager and in her spare time has been an active volunteer at SBAD’s year end performances assisting back stage and more recently assisting in prop design for our competitive team. Crystal is excited to be joining the SBAD team as the Social Media/Marketing Director allowing her to get back to her creative background and share her passion for dance and all things SBAD.
Jackie Power was born in New York and moved to Montreal, Quebec at 11 years old. She started dancing at L’Academie des Grands Ballets Canadiens at the age of 12. At 15 she started the four-year teacher training program, and further pursued her passion of dance by completing her advanced levels in ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance) in National and Modern dance through Les Grandes Ballets Canadiens. She graduated from the teacher training program at the young age of 19 and started teaching in the Grand Ballets’ feeder schools in Sept Iles, QC and Cornwall, ON. After three years she started teaching at L’Ecole Superieur de Danse du Quebec until her husband was transferred to Peterborough where her two children were born. After moving to Mississauga, she began taking classes at the Etobicoke Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance campus. She was offered a teaching position shortly afterwards. She taught ballet for almost three decades at SBAD including choreographing; many award-winning competitive ballet groups, solos and duets. During that time, she became the assistant to the Director and staged the Junior Performance for many years. Although she retired from teaching in 2015, you can still find Jackie behind the desk doing administration for both SBAD locations. She still enjoys spending time with, and inspiring the dancers, as well as mentoring the younger teachers, many of whom she taught in the past!
Zoe Ullyett started her dance training at Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance at the age of 4 and competed from the age of 6 to 18. Currently, Zoe is pursuing a degree in Honours Life Science with a minor in French at McMaster University. While studying, Zoe has continued to dance by joining the McMaster recreational dance team, teaching, and performing in various styles. Zoe has recently been accepted to be a part of the McMaster dance executive team, and plays an integral part in running the team. Zoe is very happy to be working at SBAD alongside an amazing administrative team.
Tutu brings her own special love for dance (and the students) to the Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance. Her big eyes, cold nose and smiling face is always a welcoming sight to the SBAD students and parents. Whether wearing her SBAD competitive team jacket or not, she is always ready to encourage a positive atmosphere and team spirit with her playful personality.
Performing on-stage starting at age 10, Susan has performed in plays and musicals in the Toronto area for over 25 years, including professional children’s musical theatre. She studied acting, voice and set design at the University of Guelph, receiving a B.Sc. and BA Minor in Theatrical Arts. She has also studied teaching techniques at Seneca College. Susan has trained in gymnastics, tap and ballet disciplines. She is a sought after Scenic Artist and has designed and painted numerous theatrical backdrops for professional and community-based theatre, including dance companies. Her artistry can be seen in many of the SBAD year-end performances. She has had the privilege to dance and sing through numerous musicals, but her first love is character acting. Some memorable roles include; Rachel Lynde (ANNE OF GREEN GABLES), The Widow Corney (OLIVER), Domina (A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM), Dorothy (STEPPING OUT) and Grandma Tzeital (FIDDLER ON THE ROOF). Susan is looking forward to this opportunity to pass on her passion for theatre to a new generation.
Ted started performing at a young age in operettas in elementary school and has never looked back. He studied Theatre Arts at Seneca College in Toronto, where he currently teaches Television Production. His position at the college also involves coaching the Television and Journalism students in performance and voice. Ted has been performing in professional and community-based musical productions in the greater Toronto area for over 25 years, including stints at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Performing Arts and Stage West. He has had the privilege to appear in shows ranging from the “old chestnuts” to the modern musicals. Some memorable roles include; Curly (OKLAHOMA!), Sky Masterson (GUYS AND DOLLS), Pharaoh (JOSEPH), Cinderella’s Prince (INTO THE WOODS), Stone (CITY OF ANGELS), Roger DeBris (THE PRODUCERS) and Gaston (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – a role he reprised in SBAD’s “Celebration of Dance” in 2008) to name a few. Ted is very excited about taking on this fun, educational and entertaining position with the SBAD family.
Aya found a love for dance at age five and started her training with the Alberta Ballet School in Edmonton. She later joined the professional programme with intensive focus on ballet, modern, jazz and pointe. She moved to the Edmonton School of Ballet for her graduating year where she danced many leads in their junior performing company. Upon graduating, Aya joined Ballet North and toured Alberta, B.C. and Russia. A year later, Aya moved to Jonquière, Quebec, where she started teaching ballet, pointe, variation and modern at L'École de Danse Le Prisme Culturel. In 1996 she joined Ballet Jörgen Canada in Toronto, where she stayed for the next twelve years, touring all over Canada and the United States.
Aya has performed many roles in various classics such as Waltz of the Flowers, Russian and Spanish in The Nutcracker, the Nurse and Harlot in Romeo and Juliet, and various roles in Coppelia, Petrushka, Cinderella and Anastasia. She was also very prominent in contemporary works, featuring her signature role in Crystal Pite's Two Dances for Jane. Aya has also taught and rehearsed Ballet Jörgen Canada for many years.
Aya has worked with many teachers and choreographers such as Ruth Carse, Deborah Morgan, Lambros Lambrou, Brydon Paige, Ross Brierton, Glenn Gilmour, Paula Groulx, Tracey Flye, Danny Austin, Brian MacDonald, Annette av Paul, Bengt Jörgen, Arnold Spohr, Crystal Pite, Gioconda Barbuto, Debbie Wilson, Wen Wei Wang, Roberto Campanella, Allen Kaeja, Benjamin Hatcher and Robert Desrosiers.
Since retiring from her dance career in 2008, Aya has been teaching mostly ballet and pointe at various studios. With her extensive professional stage experience, Aya excels at getting dancers to find freedom in their movement in order to awaken their inner artistry, while maintaining a strong technical base.
Since the age of five the world of performing arts has played a significant role in Cindle Bowen’s life. Her dance career began in Ottawa, Ontario where she studied both Jazz and Ballet and her passion for dancing was fostered. Cindle spend the majority of her adolescence studying various performing arts including, acting, singing, gymnastics and a variety of musical instruments. After moving to the GTA Cindle began to focus solely on her dance training in Mississauga. Not only did Cindle’s dance career advance, she also helped to begin the dance training of other students in her position as a studio Office Manager, Assistant as well as a Teacher.
As a Certified A.D.A.P.T and Acrobatic Arts teacher, Cindle has broadened her training to multiple studios where she has taught both Recreational and Competitive level students aging 16 months to adult. Additionally Cindle’s competitive routines have received numerous overall placements and scholarships.
Cindle’s determination, enthusiasm and dedication make her an asset to any teaching staff. Her balance of technical background and natural ability with children make her a great teacher and allow her to develop a rapport with each of her students. Through teaching Cindle has had the opportunity to instil the love of dance within her students and cannot wait to continue doing so throughout the upcoming seasons!
Katrina is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program where she graduated with Distinction. While at the school, she received her Registered Teacher Status with the Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.-R.T.S.) and was also awarded with Distinction her Associate for Cecchetti as well as her Associate for National Dance, both from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (I.S.T.D.). She also taught for the Associate Program and the Adult Program and assisted in the Professional Ballet Program of the school. During all that time in the school, she has gained valuable experience and knowledge that equips her to competently teach and share her love for ballet. Throughout her years of teaching, Katrina has successfully entered numerous dancers for their ballet exams and has had students accepted into professional ballet schools. She has also received recognitions and awards for her choreographies at dance competitions. So as to provide the best ballet training that she could give to her students, Katrina is fully committed to constantly developing her profession and dance education through attending workshops and conventions. Recently, she has been certified to teach and has been teaching the Progressing Ballet Technique to complement her dancers’ technique training, strengthening and conditioning. She hopes to develop young aspiring dancers into passionate artists with strong technique, grace, power, eloquence, discipline and an undying commitment for their craft.
Anna began her dance training at Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance at the age of 7 years old. During her time at the school she studied and competed in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, contemporary and lyrical. She completed her Advanced I Cecchetti exam and did additional summer training in ballet at the Canadian School of Dance in Ottawa. She furthered her dance training in jazz, contemporary and hip hop in Los Angeles on several occasions at the EDGE Performing Arts Centre. Anna went on to study dance at Ryerson University, working with many well-known choreographers from across Canada including Robert Glumbek, Valerie Calam and David Earle and was awarded an achievement in dance award. Anna was accepted into the Emerging Artists Intensive directed by Kenny Pearl (previous dancer with the Alvin Ailey Company) for three consecutive years. Upon graduating Anna danced with Cadence Progressive Contemporary Ballet in Toronto. Anna’s strong interest in health and nutrition for dancers motivated her to recently complete a two year certification in nutrition from The Institute of Holistic Nutrition. She is thrilled to be part of the teaching staff at Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance.
Andrea found her love for dance at the young age of three. She spent most of her youth training at the Jo Read School of Dance in London, Ontario where she trained extensively in the areas of Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern, Acro, Lyrical and Contemporary. She competed from the age of seven in competitions all over Canada and the United States, where she received many honourable mentions and awards. Andrea has had the privilege of working closely with a variety of talented choreographers such as Tiffany McLachlan, David Norsworthy, and Kristen Carcone to name a few. Andrea was an assistant for FRESH dance intensive during its 2013 tour, and has had the honour of training under Kelly Shaw. Most recently, Andrea had the opportunity to train with MadBoots Dance during her week at IGNITE. Some of Andrea’s performances include Alvin Collantes and Hayley Paone’s Project DABDA, On The Floor Sick Kids Gala, and the 2012 World of Dance tour. Andrea was recently featured in a music video titled “Brush Your Shoulders,” by NDMA. In efforts to share her passion for self-expression, Andrea has helped create dance curriculum with mindyourmind, an internationally recognized youth mental health organization. Andrea is currently an undergraduate Political Science Major at the University of Toronto.
Corey Gayadeen began training at the age of 5 and his passion for dance has continued ever since! He trained in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Acrobatics at The Canadian Dance Company in Oakville, Ontario. He also attended Cawthra Park Secondary School’s Regional Arts Program as a Dance Major, with heavy focus on Ballet and Modern technique. Throughout his training he has had the opportunity to work extensively with choreographers such as Alain Lupien, Linda Garneau, Mikeal Knight, Christie McKay, Gino Berti, Fanny Ghorayeb, Nicholas Villeneuve and Darryl Tracy.
Corey has had the opportunity to perform and compete throughout Canada, the United States and even in Europe. In 2005 he represented Canada at the I.D.O. World Dance Championships in Germany, where he received a Gold Medal in both the Tap and Jazz group competitions and the Silver Medal in the male tap solo competition. Corey has been teaching and choreographing for 6 years now. His students and choreography have received a number of high score awards at competitions throughout North America.
In addition to his dance education, Corey recently graduated with an Honors BA in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario. While teaching dance, he challenges himself to use his Kinesiology background as much as possible in order to educate dancers on ways to manipulate their bodies in ways that are both efficient and injury preventing! Corey is so excited to have the opportunity to share his knowledge and love for dance with the SBAD family!
Chelsea Gibbs started her dance training at the young age of four in Toronto, Ontario at the Sandra Amodeo Dance Studio. At the age of six she started competing and won numerous special and overall awards for her performances. At age eleven, she was the youngest to audition and become a member of the semi-professional tap company “iTap Youth Company,” based in Hamilton, Ontario, under the direction of, the late, Kimberley Timlock. She also successfully completed her B.A.T.D. Tap and Jazz Exams, R.A.D. Ballet Exams and her P.A.E.C. Tap Exam. She is a certified tap teacher with Dance Masters of America, Chapter #38. She obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto in 2013, and received her Master of Arts in Leadership degree from the University of Guelph in 2017.
Chelsea’s performing highlights include: the International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) in New York (own choreography), the Olympic Torch Relay Performance Team, the Canadian National Tap Team, Chicago Human Rhythms Project, Montreal Tap Fest and Corporate events. She also had the wonderful opportunity to perform with professional tap companies such as Bringing Tap Back under the direction of Everett Smith, and What’s On? Tap! under the direction of Kim Chalovich. In 2018, she was invited to perform with Andrew Prashad and Travis Knights at the Young People’s Theatre gala called, “Imaginarium: Jewel in the City.” She has also taken Master classes from tap enthusiasts such as Savion Glover, Jason Janas, Bril Barret, Starinah Dixon and Lisa La Touché. Chelsea’s mentors are Emmy award winner Ted Louis Levy, and sisters Chloe and Maud Arnold of the Syncopated Ladies. Over the years, Chelsea has appeared in numerous commercials and television shows such as “The Next Step”, “IIFA Awards”, “Breakfast Television”, “Motives and Murders” and “Voice of a Child” to name a few. To further her professional development, Chelsea attended The Dance Teacher Summit in Long Beach, CA (2017), Broadway Dance Center’s Dance Teacher Workshop in Manhattan, New York (2018), the Toronto Teacher Expo (2019), and Jump Start Dance Intensive where she took classes from Rebecca Davies, and Krista and Autumn Miller (2019).
Chelsea is also passionate about adjudicating and is a proud member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance (P.A.A.). She views her adjudicating role as an empowerment platform and judges across Canada. Chelsea has and continues to receive the finest training and is privileged to teach and conduct intensive workshops that allow her to impart her knowledge and creativity to students. With her knowledge, expertise and passion for dance, Chelsea’s goal is to continue to inspire and ignite the passion of dance within her students, as well as living her dream as a performer.
Kristopher Grzella currently resides in Toronto, Ontario. Kristopher has extensive training in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary and hip-hop. Kristopher has been fortunate to train with noted choreographers throughout Canada and the United States via stage, television, and film. Kristopher has worked with Cora Kozaris, Tatiana Parker, Addy Chan, Jeff Dimitriou, Luther Brown, Desmond Richardson, Tessandra Chavez, Gil Duldulao, Cris Judd, Brian Friedman, Will Lofits, Mia Michaels, Paul Becker and Christopher Scott.
Stage credits include Canada's National Ballet Nutcracker, Aznavour for the Stratford Festival, Family Channels Big Ticket summer concert, MasterCard International Fashion Week Toronto, Fashion Art Toronto (F.A.T.), YTV Summer Beach Bash with OMI - Cheerleader, Underneath 7Sould Toronto Beaches Jazz Festival and Canada's PamAm Games closing ceremony B5C company. Film and television credits include A Night Like This (Shawn Desmond, music video), My Spicy Icy Girl (JusReign X Sprite, music video), Dynamite (Mckenzie Small, music video), Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards and The Next Step TV series. Recently Kris completed filming Seasons 1, 2 and 3 of Nickelodeon's musical TV series Make It Pop (Nick Cannon) which is airing globally in New Zealand, Australia, Georgia, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Latin America, Ireland, England, France, Russia, USA and Canada. Kristopher has also just finished working on a Disney Channel Original Movie entitled “Disney’s Zombies”.
Kristopher is an artist at heart whose passion for movement cycles him back to his roots. Kristopher can be seen both taking dance class and teaching class to fulfill his hunger to learn and share. Kristopher creates choreography and shares his movement style through his involvement with various dance studios and dance conventions as a faculty member. Kris is excited to share his multi faceted knowledge and his special brand of enthusiasm with all of you.
Candice received her professional training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School - Professional Division – and the National Ballet School - TTP. Teaching credits include York University, Ryerson University, University of Toronto/Hart House, Canada’s National Ballet School, George Brown Dance/Ballet Jörgen Canada, Randolph College
for the Performing Arts, and the Quinte Ballet School of Canada. Candice regularly teaches at Metro Movement Dance Studio and In Studio/National Ballet of Canada.
She has been invited to teach both students and teachers through various Roman Catholic Separate School Boards and Public School Boards including the Quinte- Prince Edward and Kawartha Pine Ridge Districts Boards of Education- Quinte/ Peterborough, and the Near North District School Board- North Bay. Guest teaching includes the Cecchetti Canada- Ontario Branch, Breaking Bounds Dance Summer Intensive- Toronto, ON, Ross Creek Centre for the Performing Arts- Canning, NS, CDTA DANCEJAM- Regina, SK, Pure Class Dance Arts Association- Edmonton, AB, and Experience Dance- Thunder Bay, ON.
Classically trained in piano, Candice has also worked as a ballet accompanist for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, George Brown College (Lois Smith), Trent University, and Peterborough New Dance, as well as teaching music for dancers and teachers, and training ballet accompanists. A Fellow member of Cecchetti Canada, her classes are considered to be technique-based and fast-paced, with a strong musical and rhythmical focus.
Jessica Mogentale is a dancer, teacher and choreographer. Jessica began her dancing at the eager age of 3 with the Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance. There she began her training in ballet and subsequently expanded into other methods of dance such as jazz, lyrical, modern and acrobatics. Jessica has studied and completed many ballet exams with the Cecchetti Society of Canada and has successfully attained her Cecchetti Advanced 2 diploma. Among numerous awards and achievements, Jessica earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ryerson University in theatre dance and performing arts. Jessica has been able to experience new types of dance, perform in many amazing shows, and work with excellent choreographers, some of which include Vicki Adams Willis, Linda Garneau, Matjash Mrozewski, Nadia Potts, Faye Rauw and Vicki St. Denys. Jessica also studied in Calgary, where she trained with the renowned jazz company Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, in their professional training program. Jessica is very excited to be teaching at the Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance and hopes to share her love of dance with each student.
Tracy has been teaching for the past 27 years. She began her dance training at the age of three in Toronto, Ontario. First with the Royal Academy of Dance method (R.A.D) where she completed exams up to the Pre-Elementary level. Later she took classes in the Cecchetti method with Patricia Bradshaw and Paula Ramsay and obtained her Elementary level certificate while continuing her studies with Intermediate work. In 1991, Tracy graduated from the National Ballet’s teacher training program with distinction obtaining her Intermediate Cecchetti certificate with honours and her Associate Membership with the Cecchetti Society. Tracy also has University of Waterloo credits in child psychology and anatomy. Throughout all of Tracy's training, she actively assisted classes at the NBS and taught part time in local ballet schools. Under the guidance of Jean Geddis and Rosalie Deligioridis, Tracy completed her Advanced 2 Cecchetti examination in 1996 and again with Jean’s guidance, became a Licentiate Member of the Cecchetti Society in 1998. Along with her R.A.D. and Cecchetti training Tracy also teaches the Performing Arts Educators of Canada syllabus (PAEC), of which she is a Full Member of their Ballet Division, and helped to write the ballet syllabus in 2000 as one of PAEC’s original members.
Tracy has prepared countless students for ballet examinations, auditions, yearly recitals and competitions, with many of her pieces winning awards for choreography, costumes and concepts. In 2013 Tracy was the recipient of the BeDance Teacher of the year award. Many of her students have gone on to study at professional ballet schools, have successful careers in dance/dance related fields or operate their own successful dance studios and related businesses. Whether young or old, challenged or gifted, recreational or competitive, Tracy loves to see and be part of the students learning progress, sharing the world of dance with them.
Maria started dancing at the age of four at Ballarte School of Ballet in Bogota, Colombia. She had classical Russian training until her family moved to Canada when she was 7 years old. Shortly after, she began dancing competitively at Sean Boutillier Academy of Dance and graduated from there. She received training in the special ballet program of Cecchetti Ballet finishing her intermediate exam and starting her advanced I. Asides from ballet she also trained in modern, contemporary, lyrical, jazz and Pointe. She is now at Ryerson University training in their Performance Dance program going into her second year. She is so happy to be back at her second home inspiring her students through dance.
Started at an early age of 3, Julie Anne trained first in ballet and jazz. Her love of dance incited her in taking other genres such as lyrical, contemporary, acro, jazz funk and hip-hop. With her incredible musicality and talent, Julie Anne received many titles such as Triple Threat 2011 in Vegas Nationals, Miss CanDance, Jump VIP, Nuvo Break Out Artist to name a few, plus she was awarded numerous top scholarship awards from various conventions in the US and in Canada.
Spent a year touring with the Pulse on Tour as a voted Advance Elite Protégé at a tender age of 14, she had the privilege to assist the most sought out choreographers in the industry, such as Brian Friedman, Cris Judd, Wade Robson, Dave Scott, Laurieann Gibson, Tessandra Chavez & Brooke Lipton.
Many other famous choreographers such as Bobby Newberry, Blake McGrath, etc. are in contact with her on a regular basis to have her assist their classes. Furthermore, she teaches her own choreography in different studios and choreographed 3 high school musical plays in which she also sang and danced.
She was casted out of thousands of dancers for the Monsters of Hip Hop Show “Madness & Mayhem” which occurred in the summer of 2014 in Downtown LA. Tamilia has been featured in music videos for artists such as Guinevere and Yukon Blonde. She performed in YTV’s The Next Star Super Group Finale and as a back up dancer for Avril Lavigne at the MMVA. She has recently worked in the 2016 Suicide Squad movie and the 2018 Disney Zombies movie as a lead dancer!
Rebecca has over 20 years experience as an accomplished dancer, teacher, choreographer and adjudicator from Mississauga, Ontario. Growing up in the dance world, she trained extensively in all dance styles with some of the industry’s top teachers and choreographers. In addition, she also holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree from Western University. Most recently, Rebecca has presented work in New York as a featured choreographer at the APAP Showcases presented by Peridance Capezio Center 2017, as well as the Young Choreographer’s Festival in 2015. She has choreographed and performed for many other professional and commercial shows throughout North America including; Fever After Dark, Raise the Rhythm, Fresh Blood - The Chimera Project, New Blue Festival for Emerging Artists, Toronto Raptors Junior Dance Pak, Block Party featuring Calvin Harris, Ray- Dance Gala, Sketch (the Canadian National Exhibition), Toronto Dance Teacher Expo Showcase, Breaking Formality (Echo Dance Company/York University). Rebecca also spent two years dancing as a company member with contemporary dance company POV Dance Project. In addition to her professional work, Rebecca has extensive teaching and choreographic experience with students of all ages. She loves working as a guest teacher and choreographer and is constantly working at studios, intensives and workshops across Canada, with her work receiving much acclaim. You can find her on faculty with Dance Attack Workshop and Convention and the Audience Dance Rivalry. She was a five-time recipient of the Award for Young Choreography and was the recipient of the 2015 George Lon Choreography Award (DMA), in addition to many other accolades that her artistic and innovative work has received. Many of her students have gone on to pursue professional dance careers and she has students training at Joffrey Ballet School (New York City), Toronto Dance Theatre and performance dance programs at Ryerson University, York University and George Brown College. Rebecca loves to share her versatile knowledge and experience with the next generation of dancers as an adjudicator at various competitions across Canada. Rebecca’s enthusiasm and passion as an artist is undeniable and it is her honour to be able to sha6re this with the dance community.
Sergey Krutik was born in 1961 in Kiev, Ukraine formerly the USSR. Sergey started playing piano at the age of 6. At the age of 7, he was accepted into the children’s musical school for piano and successfully graduated at the age of 14 with an Honours Diploma. In 1982, he attended the Musical Academy of “Gliere” in Kiev, Ukraine for the Faculty of Jazz Performance. In 1985, he graduated from the faculty with an Honours Diploma.
Since that time, Sergey worked a lot in various musical bands that were recognized and nominated for the top prizes, and he has participated in numerous musical festivals. Specifically, Sergey and the musical group “Karchaginzy” or art-rock group “Zimniy sad/Winter Garden” took the third-place prize in the Ukrainian Music Festival “Chervona Ruta” in 1989. Also, as a group, they took on international musical tours to Poland, Germany and Canada in 1991.
In 2003, Sergey immigrated to Canada, becoming instantly immersed in the music community. Here, Sergey earned the status of a skilled pianist, accomplished musician and suburb music teacher. He took part in various music endeavours with many musicians. Sergey Krutik collaborated with known artists such as; Papa Duke, who is a Toronto-based world-renowned violinist, the jazz group named “Soft Stream” that was lead by Toronto Saxophonist Igor Babich,the fusion band group, The Wave Pool Band Fusion Project and a piano, flute duet called Duet Pizzicato that was run by Dmitri Varelas. Since 2008, he works as a ballet accompanist in the Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance and in the Canadian Dance Company. Since 2016, he teaches piano at the 88 Keys Yamaha School and since 2017, he works in a duo with Alex Severinets called the “Grove President’s Band”.
Sergey is a very talented and passionate piano player that is ready to share all his knowledge, skills and professionalism in piano playing with anyone who is willing to learn, to help make your parties, cocktails or weddings memorable ones as well as to help make your ballet classes exceptional.
Maryna is a honours graduate of the Solomea Krushenyska Music College and the Mykola Lysenko Conservatory of Music in Lviv, Ukraine where she obtained a M. Mus specializing in piano accompaniment. She has extensive experience in piano accompaniment and pedagogy, accompanied professional singers, musicians and choirs both in Ukraine, working at the Philharmonia in Lviv and later Kyiv, and now in Canada. Her passion for dance and movement has inspired her to specialize in dance accompaniment. She has worked at the Sean Boutilier School of Dance since 1994, and also for the Claude Watson School of the Arts, Children's Dance Theatre, Russian Academy of Dance, DanceTeq, Classics Dance Studio (Oakville), Metro Movement dance studio. Maryna also works as a freelance accompanist for Kiwanis competitions, RCM examinations and University auditions.