Instructor Bio’s

 

FullSizeRender (14)Caroleen Harding: ARAD – Studio Owner/ Director

Caroleen began competitive dance at the age of 10. During her years as a dancer Caroleen studied many styles of dance including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Musical Theater, Acrobatics, Lyrical and Contemporary. During these years Caroleen studied under C.D.T.A, R.A.D, and A.D.A.P.T syllabus and completed many exams including all graded and vocational R.A.D Ballet exams, receiving high marks.

Caroleen has attended many dance competitions winning several awards in Regional events as well as National events including overall high score placements, titles of Americas Dancer Of The Year and Miss CanDance, as well as taking place in the Dance Canada Pageant for several years. She has been very successful with her choreography, including winning the “Young Choreographers Award” numerous times for her choreography. Caroleen has attended many dance conventions which has allowed her to experience many different dance styles, as well as teaching styles. Over the years Caroleen’s students have been very successful in their dance exams receiving high marks, as well as on stage at dance competitions winning many high scores and overall placements.

As a Dance Teacher Caroleen feels that it is important for her students to feel comfortable, motivated, and inspired at all times. Caroleen wants to see her students succeed and enjoy all of the hard work and dedication they put into their craft.

 

Meghan Oliver: ARAD – Instructor

Meaghan began dancing at the age of 7 and since that time has studied ballet, jazz, tap, musical theater, lyrical and contemporary. She began competing at age 12 winning many awards individually and in groups at both regional and national competitions. She has won many overall scores, taken place in the Alberta Ballet Nutcracker, Dance Canada Pageants, and has earned the title of Miss CanDance. She has trained under RAD and ADAPT syllabus completing jazz, tap and ballet exams successfully. She has completed all of her RAD graded and vocational exams and currently attends RAD teaching work shops as a student member of the RAD.

Meaghan began assisting at the age of 14 and teaching at the age of 15. She has taught at 4 studios in the Ottawa area, teaches the dance program at 5 Star Camps, choreographs for school dance showcase teams, and teaches the dance unit in various elementary schools. Her students have successfully completed exams and have won many high scores at competitions including positions in ADA’s Dancer of the Year Competition. Meaghan is currently in her third year at the University of Ottawa completing her undergraduate with the goal of attending teachers college and becoming an elementary school teacher. Meaghan enjoys the passion and freedom which dance provides her with and she aims to share this passion with her students while helping them to grow in a comforting and encouraging environment.

 

311648_10201580820224809_1244203459_n Erin Mackenzie: ARAD – Instructor

Erin has been dancing and competing since the age of 6 and has had the privilege of studying extensively under RAD examiner Lynn Ahmad. This training was complemented by others including examiners Wendy Holt (RAD), Gaetan Hughes (CDTA), and Kelly Waterman (Cecchetti), and dancer Andrew Oxenham (former soloist with the National Ballet and Stuttgart Ballet). In addition, Erin worked on choreography with Tina Pereira, 1st soloist with the National Ballet and Courtney Ogle, a highly-awarded choreographer. Erin was selected to dance in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker, attended their summer recreational program and was invited to attend their summer professional program. Erin participated in the Port Perry Dance Academy competitive team that obtained high scores at numerous regional and national competitions and has had personal success in ballet, lyrical and tap. She has extensive training in the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) in which she has obtained Advanced Level 2. Erin enjoys teaching children and is currently in her second year of Honours Biology with a goal of becoming a pediatric surgeon.

 

 

 

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COURTNEY TATICEK: B.A.T.D- Instructor

Courtney has been training as a competitive dancer for the past 15 years in the ottawa area. She has been trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Modern and Acrobatics. She graduated from the dance arts program at Canterbury High School with the class of 2016. Courtney has choreographed a contemporary routine at Canterbury High School for her grade 12 company class this passed year. Within her years at high school, Courtney has been dancing with Kali Andrews Dance Company. Courtney is successfully certified under B.A.T.D, (British Association of Teachers of Dancing) for the Acrobatics and Stage genres of dance. As well as B.A.T.D examinations, she has also taken 9 years of A.D.A.P.T tap and jazz, and R.A.D exams with Vanessa Plettell and Studio School of dance. Throughout her years as a competitive student, she has taken workshops with The National Ballet School, Nuvo Dance convention, A.D.A.P.T and many more. Courtney is always looking to help further a dancer’s training as she believes there is always room for improvement.

 

 

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Jade Ferguson- Instructor

Jade began dancing recreationally at the age of 3 and began dancing competitively at the age of 6. Jade has extensive training in a variety of disciplines including Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical and Contemporary. Jade has participated, completed and excelled in dance exams with both the British Association of Teachers of Dancing (BATD) and the Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association (CDTA).  Jade has completed her Associate Level Teacher’s Exam and is currently an Associate Member of the Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association. Jade is always looking to continue to expand her skills for teaching dance by participating in ongoing workshops and instructional sessions.

Jade danced competitively for 12 years and during her competitive career, she was recognized with numerous special awards and scholarships for commitment and technique. Some of her personal accomplishments as a soloist include Encore Teen Super Soloist, Inspire Teen Soloist, Shine Beat Camp Scholarship winner and Flash Dance Weekend Overall High Score award.

Jade began her teaching career starting out as a dance teaching assistant at the age of 14, and progressed  into teaching technique classes at the age of 16. Jade has taught at three studios within the Ottawa area within both the recreational and competitive programs. Jade also taught the dance portion of the physical education curriculum for grades 7-12 at Almonte and District High School for four years.

Jade has recently completed her undergraduate degree, in Psychology and Health Studies, at Queen’s University in Kingston. During her four years in Kingston, Jade taught at a local studio and was also a part of the Queen’s Dance Club, participating in weekly classes, seasonal showcases and fundraising events. Jade is entering the first year of a Master’s of Arts in Counseling Psychology, and is very excited to be back around the Ottawa the area.

Jade aims to create a learning environment that is positive, fun and exciting, while still working to improve each individual’s skill level. Jade loves to share her passion for dance with her students and wants to ensure that her students are always comfortable, encouraged and productively motivated.

 

Kim Headshot Kim Chiarelli-  A.D.A.P.T. certified OCT certified

Miss Kim has been dancing since the age of 2.5 and competed across Canada and the United States beginning at the age of 7 and has completed her ADAPT exam levels as a dancer in both Jazz & Tap. She has been teaching for the past 14 years both recreationally and competitively, and has recently sold her dance studio after 11 years. Miss Kim has also attended the TTS program completing her ADAPT teaching certification for both Jazz & Tap for beginner to advanced levels and has trained many students over the years in successfully completing their ADAPT exams, many of who have also received the medal of merit at various levels. Over the years, Miss Kim’s students have competed successfully at both the Regional and National levels. She is also a certified School teacher. Miss Kim is very passionate about dance and teaching. She enjoys sharing her passion for dance with her students.

 

Welcome our new teaching members for this coming season!

Kim Chiarelli

Jade Ferguson

Kaitlyn Oliver– Bio Coming Soon…