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Our team.

City Dance Corps faculty are professional dance instructors with extensive background, training, and accreditation in dance.

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Amanda Arruda

Tap

 

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. 

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Alysis Davis

The Groove Crew, Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz/Contemporary

 

Alysis Davis is a performer, dance educator, and emerging choreographer based in Toronto, ON. Introduced to dance at the young age of 3 at Canada’s National Ballet School, she moved on to Toronto’s competitive dance scene, then became a member of DancEast’s Youth Performance Company in Moncton, New Brunswick. Alysis holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance Dance from Toronto Metropolitan University, complemented by minors in Entrepreneurship and Psychology. Her professional training spans Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, and Ballet, including certification as an ADAPT Jazz and Tap instructor. Beyond TMU, she has had the pleasure of training under and performing in works across Ontario by notable artists such as Natasha Powell, Angela Blumberg, Vicki St. Denys, Raoul Wilke, Alysa Pires, Louis Laberge-Cote, Roberto Campanella, Rock Bottom Movement, and more. During her studies, Alysis received the New Brunswick Arts Board Full-Time Arts Scholarship based on her on-stage and film choreographic and performance portfolio. Alysis actively seeks opportunities to enhance her training and knowledge, maintaining a deep passion for dance in every role she steps into, and is committed to nurturing the next generation of dancers in becoming confident, resilient, and creative movers. 

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Ashley Maia

Tiny Dance Classes, Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, Tap

Ashley started dancing at the age of 6, in Toronto. Began as a technical and competitive dancer for 11 years, trained in ADAPT and RAD while completing all examinations. In summer 2017 she was accepted and trained at the Joffery Ballet School in New York City in ballet, jazz and hiphop styles. Ashley has performed and opened for Portuguese artists including Mickael Carriera’s Toronto concert in 2016 and the Miss Portugal Canada Pageant in Toronto. Since 2020 Ashley has also branched out into more urban styles and has worked on some amazing projects. Some of these projects include campaign videos and concept videos with the following Toronto artists: Tatiana Parker, Shavar Blackwood, Leon Blackwood and Jac Valiquette. She is a member of Kode Red dance team from Toronto and expanding her training through it. Always a student growing her knowledge and experience as a dancer to bring the best guidance to her students.

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Brianna Chapple

Dance Athletics, Jazz Combo, Tiny Twirlers

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!

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Esra Leia

RAD Ballet/ Ballet Program Coordinator

Ballet, RAD Ballet

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.

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Jimmy 'Chico' Vasquez

Hip Hop, Street Dance Styles

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.

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Katrina Hindle

Jazz/Contemporary Combo, Musical Theatre, Parent n Tot, Tiny Stars, Tiny Twirlers

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!

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Krystalia Hatzinakos

Jazz/Contemporary Combo, Ballet

Krystalia began dancing at the London School of Dance at the age of three, engaging in dance examinations and competitions over the span of thirteen years. Krystalia completed Royal Academy of Dance ballet exams up until the Advanced 2 level. She also completed jazz, tap, and acro exams with the British Association of Teachers of Dancing, earning the associate teaching exam certificates for tap and jazz styles. Alongside her technical training, Krystalia attended Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts where she expanded her performance experience in contemporary and musical theatre. Currently, Krystalia is completing an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto, adding knowledge of mobility, strength, and conditioning exercise to her repertoire. While completing her degree, Krystalia has had opportunities to work and volunteer in a variety of rehabilitative healthcare settings, assisting physiotherapists and occupational therapists in providing care to clients and families. Here, she has facilitated adapted movement-based programming for populations with diverse abilities, learning effective ways to foster inclusive spaces for people of varying ages and skill levels. Krystalia prioritizes the fun and enjoyment of her students while valuing inclusivity by taking an individualized approach to teaching. She strives to empower, motivate, and support students as they work towards achieving their personal goals.

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Seanna Bailey

Youth Performance Company

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.

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Sanjana Tekaram

Hip Hop

Bio coming soon!

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Tina Nico

Studio Director

Tina Nico is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of City Dance Corps, one of Toronto, Canada’s leading dance schools. As a choreographer, Tina has worked on productions like North America’s Dirty Dancing, Instant Beauty Pageant on E!, HGTV’s Home Heist, CBC’s Fashion File, a number of music videos and short films, and also choreographed Nelly Furtado’s Mi Plan World Tour. 

Specializing in Jazz, Pop, and Latin Dance, Tina has been featured in several TV shows and publications like MuchMusic, CBC’s Living in Toronto, Elle Magazine, Dolce Magazine, Sun TV, Omni 1’s Here and Now, and her work with the City Dance Corps has been featured on Splice TV’s Three Takes, City TV’s Breakfast Television, Real Life on CTS, and the National Post. 

As a performer and instructor, Tina has taught all over the world. From Bermuda to Shanghai, she toured internationally with her Salsa company, and once led one of the largest group Salsa dances with 2,500 people in an attempt to break three Guinness World Records. Her latest work can be seen across Canada as she choreographed the national ad campaign for CBC Gem.  As a mom, dancer, and entrepreneur, Tina understands the needs and concerns of parents and children, while also fostering a supportive, creative, holistic and fun dance program where each kid shines!

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Victoria De Rose

Ballet, Dance Athletics, Jazz Combo, Tap, Tiny Tappers, Tiny Tumblers

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.

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