RAD Ballet/ Ballet Program Coordintor
From a young age, Esra has been passionate about sharing her love for dance with others. With a background in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Contemporary dance, she has had the opportunity to perform recreationally and competitively for over a decade. Esra studied ballet throughout her childhood and adolescence through the Royal Academy of Dance, completing all the graded and vocational examinations up to Solo Seal. After training at the Ontario School of Ballet and Related Arts for 10 years, she began her studies at Ryerson University in the Early Childhood Studies program. Esra has simultaneously been working to complete the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies programme through the Royal Academy of Dance in order to become a certified ballet teacher with the RAD. The combination of these two programs has shaped Esra’s philosophy of teaching; through inclusion and differentiated instruction, her goal is to create a playful and safe atmosphere for children to physically explore their bodies and express their emotions.
Zuri began learning and developing her love for dance at a young age. Her training includes 10 years of competitive dance at Denise Lester Dance Academy where she worked with choreographers including Raffaele Brereton, Brandon “Bizzy” Owusu, Ming Bo Lam, and Bailey Woodman. She also studied at the arts high school O’Neill C.V.I. where she got the chance to work with artists like Lauren Cook, David Norsworthy, Jaz-Fairy J, Kristen Carcone, and many more. Zuri currently studies at York University for her BFA in Dance Choreography/Performance. She’s also participated in a few different events including The Next Step, the Pickering Mayor’s Gala, Tim Hortons’ Black Tie Gala Fundraiser, the Toronto International Youth Festival, and Ignite. Zuri is excited to continue learning, growing, and sharing her passion and love for dance.
Jimmy 'Chico' Vasquez
Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, Jimmy Vásquez González started his dance career at the age of 7. Surrounded by the Latin culture of his native land, Jimmy started his journey with the dance styles of Salsa, Bachata and Merengue.
At the age of 13, Jimmy moved to Toronto, Canada, where he was introduced to the style of native Toronto Hip-Hop for the first time, also referred to as "Flavor".
Though it wasn't an easy transition, Jimmy was able to maintain his love for dance by facing and accepting new challenges as well discovering his own identity through Hip-Hop and what it means to have your own identity through the art of dance.
Shortly after his move to Canada, Jimmy was able to find other relatable individuals with the same drive and passion for dance, soon after becoming a member of Scarborough's very own dance crew, “The FLVRSquad”.
The FLVRSquad is a team of individuals under the mentorship of one Toronto's most notorious and respected dance crews, BUCC N FLVR. With the mentorship of arguably Toronto's best of the best, Jimmy has been equipped with the tools necessary to comfortably share the knowledge passed down, as well as adding his personal Dominican flavor, giving his dance a very distinguishable energy and charisma.
Jimmy has distinguished himself as a leader and mentor to his peers and those around him, further strengthening his values and the impact one can spark in others through dance.
Today, Jimmy continues to pursue his undeniable love for dance, through teaching, performing and sharing his own creativity in hopes of inspiring others.
Shaniece Phillips’ first experience with dance was at a ballet class at a community centre in grade 2. While it didn’t stick at the time, dance was something she loved to do and fantasized about performing on stages. Her older sister was a dancer and teacher. Shaniece spent most of her time playing sports, specifically soccer. She rediscovered dance in high school, joined the dance club, and through inspiration of America’s Best Dance Crew and the Krump scene joined a crew with her brother and other friends. She continued to play sports, and went on to study Psychology at the University of Guelph-Humber. But dance always had a place in her life. After experiencing a brain injury while playing sports and it sidelining her for months, she decided to step away from sports to make sure that nothing could take her away from dance that long, ever again.
Shaniece has performed at various shows in the city such as Fever After Dark and Dusk Dances. She has been a member of Culture Shock Toronto since 2015, which has given her the opportunity to perform on stages in Ottawa, Las Vegas, LA and Chicago. She is now the artistic director of Culture Shock Toronto’s adult troupe. She is currently studying Expressive Arts Therapy at the Create Institute. Her main styles are hip hop and dancehall. Her hope is that in teaching, she never forgets to share the true essence of dance, to pay homage to those who came before her and to always acknowledge the powerful role that art plays in society today.
Parent n Tot, Tiny Stars (Musical Theatre), Tap, Jazz Combo
Patricia is a performer based in Toronto. She grew up in North Dundas, Ontario, where she trained under the Society of Classical Ballet Syllabus, and danced competitively in a range of styles, including, ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre, and contemporary. Patricia is an alumna of Broadway Artists Alliance’s Summer Intensive Program in New York City. In 2019, she graduated from St. Clair College with a diploma in Music Theatre Performance, and has continued to pursue her professional career while fulfilling her passion for teaching. Patricia has over 10 years of experience teaching all levels and ages, both recreational and competitive, and has won numerous choreography awards through her work with competitive dancers.
Patricia is currently a member of the Toronto based tap company The Vintage Taps. Additionally, she recently performed featured roles with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra (WSO). She was delighted to assistant direct and choreograph West Side Story: In Concert with the WSO.
While continuing her own training in musical theatre, Patricia wishes to instill a passion and love for the arts in her students.
Parent n Tot, Tiny Stars (Musical Theatre)
Katrina is a Toronto based musical theatre performer/teacher. She is a graduate from both the Eastwood Collegiate Integrated Arts Program where she was a vocal, dance, and drama major, as well as a graduate from the Triple Threat program at the Randolph College for the Performing Arts in Toronto. She has trained in many styles including ballet, lyrical, jazz, tap, hip hop, modern, acro, and musical theatre. Throughout her life she has performed competitively and has received many awards and scholarships including an opportunity to perform on Broadway in New York City. She has also performed with the K-W Symphony, NIKE HANGtime Fitness, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest. Her most recent and favourite performing credits include Legally Blonde: The Musical (Pilar), Seussical: The Musical (Bird Girl), and Guys and Dolls (Hot Box Dancer).
When she is not performing, Katrina loves to teach children of all ages. She loves bringing her positive and bubbly energy to her students as well as the ability to really push them to become their best. She is so excited to be able to share her love of dance with the City Dance Corps Youth Program!
Hip Hop, Tiny Groovers
As a dancer, choreographer, teacher and artist, Emma developed the foundations of dance through her training at Canada’s Ballet Jorgen and the Quinte Ballet School of Canada. Emma danced competitively for many years, performing in a wide range of genres including but not limited to: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Musical Theatre, Pointe and Contemporary.
As a member of Footnotes Academy, Emma first studied and practiced Hip Hop, Popping, Locking and House under the direction of Pyro and Mariano. Emma had the opportunity to learn from PopNTodd and participated in an International Dance Mentorship Program led by Reet Roy. She is a current member of Reality Check, a company that focuses on Popping & Animation education founded by Aj MegaMan.
Some of Emma’s performance credits include: Cinderella - The Panto with Drayton Entertainment; The Nutcracker - Canada’s Ballet Jorgen; Deep Jandu “Delhi Ki Chhori” music video; 7-Eleven commercial; performance series with Award-Winning Children’s Entertainer, Saidat; Arts in the Parks, guest performer with School of Groove; Toes for Dance, guest performer with School of Groove; Am3nn “Devils Juice” music video; White Elephant, True Colour Feature Film; Reignite Dance Show with City Centre Dance.
She is currently attending York University to achieve her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, as well as her Bachelor of Education. She is passionate and dedicated to her dance and strives to have a positive impact on her students by building a safe space where artists can reflect on their creative process.
Amanda began dancing at the age of three at the Ontario School of Ballet training in ballet, jazz, tap, acrobatics, hip-hop, and contemporary, as well with a knowledge of ballroom and Latin dance styles. From a young age she had a true passion for tap dance, competing with many tap solos. For over twelve years she danced competitively as a member of the Trillium Dance Company, and was in Tap! Dance Company at the Tap Dance Centre. Amanda grew up studying the RAD ballet foundations as well as ADAPT tap and jazz. She continued dancing for a few years after graduation to complete her ballet and tap exams to the highest levels. She graduated from the dance arts program at Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts as well as completed her certification in ADAPT’s jazz and tap Teacher Training Program. She graduated from the fashion design program at George Brown. She currently works full time at a design company making dance studio costumes. She is very excited to continue her dance journey and to share her knowledge, passion, and overall love for the art of tap.
Youth Performance Company Director
Seanna Bailey is a powerful artist who constructs with a unique perspective. She feeds solely on the connection of the mind & body when dancing. Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Seanna is taking all the knowledge and passion from her past, onto a new path as an emerging artist in Toronto. Currently, she is a member of faculty at City Dance Corps, sharing her vision through the Contemporary Fusion movement. She is currently choreographing, dancing & artistically directing new works in Toronto, while pushing the barriers of the dance world with her intricate style and vision.
Ballet, Dance Athletics, Jazz Combo
Elena Goldak is an emerging dance artist from Saskatoon, SK. She began dancing at the age of five and trained at La Danse School of Dance Arts, competing in ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical, and attaining her RAD Advanced 1. Elena is now a performer and creative with Unapologetic Dance Collective, directed by Kahvontay Slaughter. Elena is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts in Critical Studies in Equity and Solidarity at the University of Toronto, and is passionate about teaching and caring for children. Elena is eager to share her love of dance with City Dance Corps youth, and is enthusiastic about creating safe spaces for joyful embodiment and creative play.
Dance Athletics, Jazz Combo, Tiny classes
Brianna started dancing at the age of 3 at Star-Lite Dance Studio in Hamilton ON. She went onto compete in jazz, tap, contemporary, acro, and musical theater across Ontario and the US, before moving to Toronto for her post secondary education. After a successful career as a pastry chef she has turned her attention to starting a new career in childcare and getting back into her love of dance. When not completing her final year of ECE studies Brianna loves bringing her passion for dance to the younger generation while keeping a focus on inclusivity, fun, and creating positive relationships. Brianna is very excited to join the CDC youth program and continue her dance journey!
Victoria De Rose
Jazz Combo, Ballet
Victoria began dancing at the age of three, at the Ontario School of Ballet and Related Arts. She studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Acro, Pointe, Hip Hop and Lyrical, while also dabbling in art forms such as Contemporary, Street Jazz and Musical Theatre. At age 6, she started competing for the Trillium Dance Company, and continued to do so for over ten years. Victoria grew up studying the foundations of the Royal Academy of Dance, as well as the ADAPT Jazz and Tap Syllabus. Victoria is now studying at the Toronto Metropolitan University where she is enrolled in the Early Childhood Studies Program. Victoria is beyond thrilled to be sharing her passion and knowledge of dance with young aspiring dancers, while also ensuring a safe space for children to have fun and express themselves.
Jazz Combo, Ballet
Emily Duckett (sher/her) grew up in Midland, Ontario. She started dancing at the age of 8 at Georgian Bay School of Dance where she trained in jazz, ballet, musical theater, modern and contemporary. She danced competitively for 10 years and before beginning teaching in 2016. During her time in Midland she co-choreographed the production Footloose as well as multiple pieces for her highschool dance classes. After graduating high school Emily completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at York University with a specialized honors in choreography and performance. Emily had the opportunity to choreograph as well as perform in multiple works during her time at York. Throughout her undergrad Emily trained with the York University Competitive Cheerleading team honing her skills as an athlete. Since graduating Emily has had the pleasure of dancing with companies such Mocean Dance, Social Growl and Ballet Creole. In her spare time Emily writes a blog called Starving and leads keynotes discussions that discusses her personal experience of eating disorders with organizations Brass Ring Dance and This Space Belongs to You.