Jennalee Desjardins   Program Coordinator Hip Hop Instructor   Jennalee is as a passionate and fun-loving teacher and mentor. She grew up studying many forms of dance, including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Acadian and Highland, but fell in love with Hip Hop the most. She landed many roles for stage, print and television, including a national television campaign for YTV.  Jennalee has been fortunate enough to perform in WOD Toronto, the East Coast Dance Concert in Washington D.C., and the Culture Shock International Showcase in L.A. (2011) and San Diego (2012). Since joining City Dance Corps in 2013, Jennalee has won the hearts of all her students, from young to old and her classes are always infused with a deep connection to the roots of Hip Hip while maintaining fun and energy.

Jennalee Desjardins
Program Coordinator
Hip Hop Instructor

Jennalee is as a passionate and fun-loving teacher and mentor. She grew up studying many forms of dance, including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Acadian and Highland, but fell in love with Hip Hop the most. She landed many roles for stage, print and television, including a national television campaign for YTV.

Jennalee has been fortunate enough to perform in WOD Toronto, the East Coast Dance Concert in Washington D.C., and the Culture Shock International Showcase in L.A. (2011) and San Diego (2012). Since joining City Dance Corps in 2013, Jennalee has won the hearts of all her students, from young to old and her classes are always infused with a deep connection to the roots of Hip Hip while maintaining fun and energy.

    Christopher Knowles   Contemporary   Born in Miramichi, New Brunswick. Chris is a graduate of the George Brown Dance College. After graduating he became the artistic director of Precision Dance Company and co-created a Canadian East Coast event called “The Entity Tour” that inspired and trained students every summer since 2014.  Christopher has had the opportunity to choreograph for George Brown College students for their graduation show “Unleashed” as well as their summer commercial dance program performance. He was also honored to create work at “Toronto’s Choreographers Ball ” ,“Fever After Dark “ as well as “Dance Weekend” for Dance Ontario! All events showcasing Toronto’s professional working talent in the industry.

Christopher Knowles
Contemporary

Born in Miramichi, New Brunswick. Chris is a graduate of the George Brown Dance College. After graduating he became the artistic director of Precision Dance Company and co-created a Canadian East Coast event called “The Entity Tour” that inspired and trained students every summer since 2014.

Christopher has had the opportunity to choreograph for George Brown College students for their graduation show “Unleashed” as well as their summer commercial dance program performance. He was also honored to create work at “Toronto’s Choreographers Ball ” ,“Fever After Dark “ as well as “Dance Weekend” for Dance Ontario! All events showcasing Toronto’s professional working talent in the industry.

  Eleanor Bull   Ballet   A former professional dancer, Eleanor received her ballet training at Canada’s National Ballet School. She has danced with the renowned Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Ballet Jorgen where she danced soloist roles in their production of Swan Lake. She also danced in the corps de ballet with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens for their Nutcracker. In 2016 Eleanor graduated from the Teacher Training Program at NBS. Eleanor believes in nurturing strong artists as well as providing a technical foundation that will enhance expression.

Eleanor Bull
Ballet

A former professional dancer, Eleanor received her ballet training at Canada’s National Ballet School. She has danced with the renowned Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Ballet Jorgen where she danced soloist roles in their production of Swan Lake. She also danced in the corps de ballet with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens for their Nutcracker.
In 2016 Eleanor graduated from the Teacher Training Program at NBS. Eleanor believes in nurturing strong artists as well as providing a technical foundation that will enhance expression.

 
  Corynne Bisson   Jazz, Contemporary   Born and raised in rural northern Alberta, Corynne Bisson began her dance early. At the age of 18, with her sights set on further developing her multiple styles she moved to Calgary Alberta. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Calgary majoring in Dance, where she has had multiple opportunities to perform work of local and national artists. While in Calgary Corynne had the distinct honour as a principle dancer with the Surge CO. With growing aspirations, confidence, and skills gained in Calgary Corynne took her dancing internationally in the professional training program at the Bates Dance Festival (July 2014) and the Six Week School at the American Dance Festival at Duke University (June-August 2015). Knowing that she maximized her dancing potential in Calgary Corynne made the decision to move to Toronto to further pursue her passion for dance as a professional. Corynne’s outgoing personality allowed her to quickly make inroads into the Toronto dance community. Since beginning her professional career in Toronto Corynne has confounded GALPAL Productions and has thus begun to produce, direct and choreograph short dance films. Corynne continues to actively seek out opportunities to make connections in the Toronto arts community and collaborate in as many settings as possible.

Corynne Bisson
Jazz, Contemporary

Born and raised in rural northern Alberta, Corynne Bisson began her dance early. At the age of 18, with her sights set on further developing her multiple styles she moved to Calgary Alberta. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Calgary majoring in Dance, where she has had multiple opportunities to perform work of local and national artists. While in Calgary Corynne had the distinct honour as a principle dancer with the Surge CO. With growing aspirations, confidence, and skills gained in Calgary Corynne took her dancing internationally in the professional training program at the Bates Dance Festival (July 2014) and the Six Week School at the American Dance Festival at Duke University (June-August 2015). Knowing that she maximized her dancing potential in Calgary Corynne made the decision to move to Toronto to further pursue her passion for dance as a professional. Corynne’s outgoing personality allowed her to quickly make inroads into the Toronto dance community. Since beginning her professional career in Toronto Corynne has confounded GALPAL Productions and has thus begun to produce, direct and choreograph short dance films. Corynne continues to actively seek out opportunities to make connections in the Toronto arts community and collaborate in as many settings as possible.

  Madison Burgess   Acro, Jazz   Madison Burgess is a graduate from York University with a BFA in Dance specializing in performance and choreography. During her undergraduate degree, Madison participated in an exchange program in 2014/2015 studying at Chichester University located in Chichester, England where she performed in Lîla Dance’s show,  The Deluge , choreographed by Abi Mortimer and Carrie Whittaker. Once returning to Toronto, Madison worked with the York Dance ensemble in 2015/2016, performing works by renowned choreographers including Carol Anderson, Susan Lee, Allison McCaughey, and Kiera Shaw. Since graduation, Madison has performed in works choreographed by Suzanne Liska, Jasmyn Fyffe, Victoria Gubiani, Bianca Trulli and Emily Rapley. Madison is currently in the process of the remount of  A Work for 14 Girls  choreographed by Krista Newey premiering in December 2018 under The Garage. Madison is also currently self-producing and choreographing a full-length show to be premiered in February 2019.

Madison Burgess
Acro, Jazz

Madison Burgess is a graduate from York University with a BFA in Dance specializing in performance and choreography. During her undergraduate degree, Madison participated in an exchange program in 2014/2015 studying at Chichester University located in Chichester, England where she performed in Lîla Dance’s show, The Deluge, choreographed by Abi Mortimer and Carrie Whittaker. Once returning to Toronto, Madison worked with the York Dance ensemble in 2015/2016, performing works by renowned choreographers including Carol Anderson, Susan Lee, Allison McCaughey, and Kiera Shaw. Since graduation, Madison has performed in works choreographed by Suzanne Liska, Jasmyn Fyffe, Victoria Gubiani, Bianca Trulli and Emily Rapley. Madison is currently in the process of the remount of A Work for 14 Girls choreographed by Krista Newey premiering in December 2018 under The Garage. Madison is also currently self-producing and choreographing a full-length show to be premiered in February 2019.

  Natalie Chung   Acro, Jazz Funk, Flexibility   Natalie Chung is a dancer, teacher and emerging choreographer based in Toronto, Canada. She trained for eleven years at Denise Lester Dance Academy in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop, contemporary and musical theatre. After receiving her British Association of Teacher of Dancing certification, she went to further her education at Rosedale Heights School of the Arts in Toronto, performing and training under an intensive dance curriculum as well as within the select Rosedale Heights Dance Company. An Honours graduate from York University’s School of Art, Media, Performance and Design in 2016, she trained in modern and ballet styles at York University in the Choreographic and Performance stream in their BFA Dance program. Throughout her intensive training and studies, Chung trained among ballet experts and modern dance pioneers such as Tracy Norman, Susan Lee, Helen Jones, Candice Helm, Julia Sasso, Carol Anderson, Holly Small and John Ottmann. Keeping up her training she recently has, trained in contemporary under Allison Bradley and the ommercial program with Hollywood Jade with the DARK Dance Company. As an evolving artist her goals in life are to perform and dance worldwide.

Natalie Chung
Acro, Jazz Funk, Flexibility

Natalie Chung is a dancer, teacher and emerging choreographer based in Toronto, Canada. She trained for eleven years at Denise Lester Dance Academy in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop, contemporary and musical theatre. After receiving her British Association of Teacher of Dancing certification, she went to further her education at Rosedale Heights School of the Arts in Toronto, performing and training under an intensive dance curriculum as well as within the select Rosedale Heights Dance Company. An Honours graduate from York University’s School of Art, Media, Performance and Design in 2016, she trained in modern and ballet styles at York University in the Choreographic and Performance stream in their BFA Dance program. Throughout her intensive training and studies, Chung trained among ballet experts and modern dance pioneers such as Tracy Norman, Susan Lee, Helen Jones, Candice Helm, Julia Sasso, Carol Anderson, Holly Small and John Ottmann. Keeping up her training she recently has, trained in contemporary under Allison Bradley and the ommercial program with Hollywood Jade with the DARK Dance Company. As an evolving artist her goals in life are to perform and dance worldwide.

 
  Esra Leia    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.

Esra Leia

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.

  Sarah Schmidt    Ballet   Sarah is an experienced dancer and an avid academic of the art of dance and science. Having graduated from the Carousel Dance Centre, where she studied Ballet, Jazz, Modern, as well as Composition, lyrical, contemporary, african dance, ballroom and countless others. Sarah completed several RAD exams from the children’s exams to the Advanced Two level as well as participating in the Carousel Dance Company and Touring Company for a number of years. Sarah has also had the honour of attending two Dance and the Child International conferences (DaCI) in Taipei, Taiwan 2012 as well as Copenhagen, Denmark 2015 where she had the opportunity to work with choreographers, professionals and academics from around the globe. Recently, Sarah completed an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology with a focus on injuries, children and exercise, and the biomechanics and physiology of exercise and has expanded her knowledge of dance at any opportunity, including adding Tap to her arsenal of styles. Teaching dance since 2012, she loves to inspire others to push their limits and is so excited to be a part of the CDC Youth Teachers team!

Sarah Schmidt

Ballet

Sarah is an experienced dancer and an avid academic of the art of dance and science. Having graduated from the Carousel Dance Centre, where she studied Ballet, Jazz, Modern, as well as Composition, lyrical, contemporary, african dance, ballroom and countless others. Sarah completed several RAD exams from the children’s exams to the Advanced Two level as well as participating in the Carousel Dance Company and Touring Company for a number of years. Sarah has also had the honour of attending two Dance and the Child International conferences (DaCI) in Taipei, Taiwan 2012 as well as Copenhagen, Denmark 2015 where she had the opportunity to work with choreographers, professionals and academics from around the globe. Recently, Sarah completed an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology with a focus on injuries, children and exercise, and the biomechanics and physiology of exercise and has expanded her knowledge of dance at any opportunity, including adding Tap to her arsenal of styles. Teaching dance since 2012, she loves to inspire others to push their limits and is so excited to be a part of the CDC Youth Teachers team!

  Samantha Varona    Intro to Dance, Parent & Tot, Hip Hop   Samantha has been fortunate enough to train in various styles over the years! Growing up, Samantha, was a competitive dancer, which helped cement her technical foundations. After high school, she attended Ryerson University for Performance Dance. Having completed a year, she decided to further her craft at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Samantha, then started teaching in the United Kingdom, but her plans were cut short when she was accepted to do an internship in Los Angeles with Dana Foglia Dance. Armed with new information and ongoing inspiration, this Toronto native is back and is constantly spreading her gift with those around her.

Samantha Varona

Intro to Dance, Parent & Tot, Hip Hop

Samantha has been fortunate enough to train in various styles over the years! Growing up, Samantha, was a competitive dancer, which helped cement her technical foundations. After high school, she attended Ryerson University for Performance Dance. Having completed a year, she decided to further her craft at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Samantha, then started teaching in the United Kingdom, but her plans were cut short when she was accepted to do an internship in Los Angeles with Dana Foglia Dance. Armed with new information and ongoing inspiration, this Toronto native is back and is constantly spreading her gift with those around her.

  Dorian Grant    Tap   Dorian Grant has been actively training in dance for 24 year­s in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Hip-Hop, Contemporary and Musical Theatre styles. He has also been teaching and choreog­raphing for over 10 years. It started at the age of 3 when he beg­an Tap dancing. This was after his mother caught him attempt­ing to reenact Shirl­ey Temple movies on the living room coff­ee table. He spent much of his childhood training and in dance studios for different compe­titions around the GTA and the United State­s. At 14, he was acc­epted into Cawthra Park Secondary School­’s Regional Arts Pro­gram for Dance. Over the years, he has performed on li­ve television (TSN, Roger’s, YTV), and at various venues in North America (St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Canadian St­age, and Disney Worl­d). Dorian has train­ed with many successful choreographers and chore­ographed hip-hop, tap and musical theatre shows and classes for all ages includi­ng the Fringe Kids Festival, numerous da­nce studio recitals in Toron­to, and various thea­tre productions including with his dance ensemble, Good Job Sally.

Dorian Grant

Tap

Dorian Grant has been actively training in dance for 24 year­s in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Hip-Hop, Contemporary and Musical Theatre styles. He has also been teaching and choreog­raphing for over 10 years. It started at the age of 3 when he beg­an Tap dancing. This was after his mother caught him attempt­ing to reenact Shirl­ey Temple movies on the living room coff­ee table. He spent much of his childhood training and in dance studios for different compe­titions around the GTA and the United State­s. At 14, he was acc­epted into Cawthra Park Secondary School­’s Regional Arts Pro­gram for Dance. Over the years, he has performed on li­ve television (TSN, Roger’s, YTV), and at various venues in North America (St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Canadian St­age, and Disney Worl­d). Dorian has train­ed with many successful choreographers and chore­ographed hip-hop, tap and musical theatre shows and classes for all ages includi­ng the Fringe Kids Festival, numerous da­nce studio recitals in Toron­to, and various thea­tre productions including with his dance ensemble, Good Job Sally.