Katrina started dancing at the age of 4 and has trained in various studios in the Oakville area. Upon graduating from the Fleming School of Dance she continued her studies at Sheridan College recieving an Honours Certificate in Performing Arts. Katrina is an Associate with the The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in Modern Theatre. Katrina has advanced training in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical and contemporary. Teaching for almost ten years Katrina enjoys bringing her passion for dance to her students.
Kendra Hughes started dance at a young age and found her passion in life. Trained in Modern dance, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Jazz she was able to continue with her passion at George Brown College in their Dance Performance Foundations. Since graduating George Brown College, Kendra has performed across Canada, also throughout the world including India, the Middle East and the United States.
Kendra has been a member of many dance companies around Toronto including; Toronto Aerial Dance Project, Grace ‘N’ Style and Black Magic to name a few. She has also been a guest choreographer for the Toronto Hot Rock Dance Team as well as a performer and choreographer with the Hamilton Modern Dance Company under the direction of Dave Wilson. She also has created two full length shows for the Toronto Fringe Festival with her dance performance company Kinetic Elements. Her choreography has been called powerful, electric and dynamic.
Kendra is a fully certified teacher in Modern and Urban dance through the Performing Arts Educators of Canada (PAEC). Currently, she is the Head Chair of the Urban dance committee at PAEC. She has attended the Professional Adjudicators Alliance workshop and is always working on her craft. Additionally, Kendra has developed her own program for young dancers called Decipher to use movement and dance as a tool to help them recognize their strengths, build confidence and develop their self-esteem.
Jolanta Oko is the Founder and Director of CNADE. She holds a BFA in dance from York University, and is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program. Jolanta also hold a Master’s Degree in Dance from York University and is an Ontario Certified Teacher. She has danced professionally in the CFL, NAFL, CSL, USL and MSL. She holds her Associates Diploma from the Cecchetti Society of Canada and has completed leadership certification courses from a variety of renowned organizations. Having a plethora of experience in the dance world having been a dance teacher for 20 years, a studio owner for 6 and a school teacher for 10 years. She has facilitated dance in services in Halton and facilitated workshops about Arts Education at conferences for school board educators and administrators.
Ria is a dancer and teacher who became passionate about dance at the early age of six. She started training in Ballet, Tap and Jazz and was later exposed to styles of dance that were closer to her cultural roots including Bharatanatyam, a classical Indian dance, Bollywood and Bhangra.
Ria is currently a part-time faculty member at Centennial College where she teaches an Indian dance course. She is also a Groove Edgeucator who facilitates community building sessions and professional development workshops in schools to help integrate dance and movement into classrooms. Ria is a dancer for Culture Shock Toronto, a non-profit Hip Hop organization, and the co-artistic director for Culture Shock Toronto’s youth troupe, Future Shock Toronto. You can also catch Ria performing and teaching fusion pieces as one half of the quirky comedy-dance duo, Giggle Queens.
Her classes are accessible, high-energy and fuse elements of Bollywood, classical Indian dance, Bhangra, and urban dance.
A graduate of the prestigious Dance Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Academy of Dance Education, Audrey Grenier brings her passion for dance to our Adult Teacher Training Program again this Fall. She has trained under the Royal Academy of Dance and British Association of Dance Teachers. Audrey has training in Ballet (RAD) and Tap (BATD) and also in Irish, Spanish, Middle Eastern and Ballroom Dance which she has studied with various and talented instructors over the years. Audrey loves to teach and share all the benefits of dancing whenever the opportunity presents itself and especially loves teaching adults of all ages looking to explore, continue or re-ignite a passion. She continues her own passion and learning by studying/practicing independently and by attending and teaching classes and workshops whenever possible.
Natasha has always had a passion for dance and began formal dance training at the age of 8. She has trained extensively in various dance styles including Jazz, Tap, Acro & Ballet and has danced competitively throughout Canada and the United States. After her competitive dance years, Natasha spent several years as a member of the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger Cat dance team, performing in Grey Cup Half Time shows and at charity and community events. She is also a former member of the NLL’s Toronto Rock dance team.
Natasha is a certified instructor with Dance Masters of America as well as with Acrobatic Arts, and has been teaching dance for over 10 years. She remains as passionate about learning the art of dance as she is about teaching, and continues to expand her dance knowledge through workshops, master classes and performance opportunities.
Amy Hampton is a graduate of L’École Supérieure de Danse du Québec where she was a member of Le Jeune Ballet du Québec . She has performed nationally and internationally with CORPUS and has danced with The Chimera Project, Kaeja d’Dance, Tiger Princess Dance Projects, Anandam Dance Theatre and Larchaud Dance Project. Independently, she has originated roles in works by Kathleen Rea, William Yong, Meagan O’Shea, Lydia Wagerer, Keiko Ninomiya, Lincoln Shand and Michael Caldwell and participated in a three-year collaboration between choreographer Robert Desrosiers and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.
Her choreographic work has been commissioned by The Parahumans, Cadence Bridges Ballet, and Anandam Dance Theatre as well as by schools and youth companies. Her most recent work presented at the dance:made in canada festival won the Paula Citron Award for Choreography.
In 2007, Amy founded AKA Dance with Keiko Ninomiya. The company has since received two Dance Ontario commissions and has performed at Tokyo’s Dance Ga Mitai, Vancouver’s Dancing on the Edge, the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, LuminaTO and Dusk Dances and its work for young audiences continues to tour throughout Ontario.
Amy is a certified Pilates instructor and is active in the community as a teacher, rehearsal director and as Program Manager at Dance Ontario.