Join us for our The Annual Fall Workshop
Sunday October 22nd 2017
@Lois Laxton’s Dance Studio
515 Arvin Ave, Stoney Creek, ON
This year’s workshop includes classes in Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, Modern, and Tap for both Junior and Intermediate/Senior level students. Our 2017 Guest Faculty includes Chantel Drolet, Heather Berry-MacPhail, Kimberly Kay, Leah Totten, and Travis Knights!
Fall Workshop Faculty
Chantal Drolet is a graduate of the National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program and holds Associate levels from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) in the Cecchetti method and in National Dance (Honours) and a full member in Ballet of Performing Arts Educators of Canada (PAEC).
Beginning her dance training in Quebec City, her passion for dance took her through successful performances and examinations. Leveraging 20 years of training and experience, an enthusiastic and detailed approach to teaching, she focuses on creating a positive and rewarding learning environment for her students. With her passionate love of dance, she inspires numerous students to continuously grow as dancers. Chantal also believes that dance, as a fitness activity for adults, provides increased health and an ability to cope with the stresses of everyday life.
Leah Totten : Founder of Boss Dance Company
Born and raised in small town Aylmer Quebec, Leah Totten’s dance journey began at the age of 14 studying hip hop, jazz, contemporary, ballet and b-girl at a local studio. She quickly fell in love with urban dance and moved to Toronto hoping to expand her knowledge and experience within the art and entertainment industry. Leah teaches weekly drop-in classes at The Underground Dance Centre and The RightFoot Studio while teaching at various children’s studios across the GTA and directing her all-female team, BOSS Dance Company.
Leah has produced, directed, and choreographed three successful full-length theatre shows in Toronto: ‘’Metamorphosis’ in 2016 at The Winchester Street Theatre, ‘Querencia’ in 2015 at The Randolph Theatre, and ‘The Renaissance Woman’ in 2014 at Factory Theatre.
She has worked across Canada, USA, and Europe in hundreds of dance institutions including in Los Angeles, London, Poland, Romania, Ireland, Nottingham, Hungary, Scotland, Rhode Island, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, New Brunswick, Ottawa, and Quebec to name a few.
Aside from being a teacher, choreographer, director, adjudicator and mentor, Leah was a finalist for Monsters Of Hip Hop ‘Choreographers Cup’ in Los Angeles, an intern for Essence Dance Company (Gigi Torres), featured as ‘Become The Next’ at Boogiezone University and also graduated from the ‘Creating Opportunities’ Program in NYC directed by Chonique Sneed and Lisette Bustamante. She is currently a member of the Rhythm2Dance Faculty and is also a sought after adjudicator with ample experience judging all genres of dance across North America. Her work continues to win overalls at competitions including the 1st place title at The Beatdown Hip Hop Dance Competition in 2012.
Her students have performed on Broadway, National Tours, Regional Theatre, Film and Television. You’ve seen the dancers from Dimensions on So You Think You Can Dance and in the film adaptations of Hairspray and Chicago. Kim’s training has built the foundation for performers who are in NY working with the Radio City Rockettes and performing in The Producers, Memphis, Finian’s Rainbow. They are on tour with Tap Dogs. They are performing at Canada’s prestigious Stratford Festival in Crazy For You and Midsummer Night’s Dream. They are featured performers in Dratyon Entertainment’s Dance Legends, in Charlottetown’s famous Anne of Green Gables and so much more.
Her dancers are working at Universal Studios in Japan, Disneyworld in Florida, Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas and working on Disney, Holland American and Princess Cruise Lines. When a dancer graduates from Dimensions to pursue higher education, they are invited to the finest arts institutions. Many move on to the National Ballet School of Canada, the Quinte Ballet School, Ryerson University, the Randolph Academy and the Debbie Allen Performing Arts Company in California.
For the past six years, Kimberly has worked closely with Olympic Pairs Skating Coaches Kris & Kristy Wirtz, integrating dance into the KW Skating club and helping their skaters achieve worldwide acknowledgment. Kimberly brings their programs to a new level of fluidity and grace, gaining them notable titles including Canadian Junior and Senior Pair Champions, Junior World Champions, 4th in Senior Pair Worlds and OLYMPIC SIVLER MEDALS for Kristen Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch. Kimberly loves bringing her dance expertise to Canada’s most talented and driven athletes.
With Kimberly’s outstanding choreography and technique, her students continue to compete at an International level and are regularly invited to compete and appear with Abby Lee Miller on her hit TV show Dance Moms. Dimensions In Dance currently holds the of Junior Mr. World Dance as well as 1st and 2nd Runner Up for Jr. Miss World Dance. Her dancers have scholarships at The Edge in L.A. and are featured in instructional videos from The Broadway Dance Centre in New York. They are sought after as apprentices and assistants to Industry Leaders such as: Mia Michaels, Dee Caspery, Chris Judd and Brian Freidman. Kim’s dancers have been featured on the cover of the American publication of Dance Teacher Now and have appeared in the prestigious Dance Magazine.
Locally, Kimberly continues to give back to the community and help foster Kitchener-Waterloo’s thriving Arts Community. She choreographed Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Footloose for Kitchener Waterloo Musical Productions. Her dancers volunteer their time for many fundraisers throughout the community including: The Blooming Affair Fashion Show at Bingeman’s and The Hope Benefit at The Centre In The Square.
She is sought after as a judge and regularly adjudicates dance competitions and pageants across Canada and the United States, including Las Vegas, California, Dallas, New York and Hawaii.
With over thirty years educating students and as a studio owner, Kim is one of Canada’s most successful Studio Directors.
David Cox has been dancing since the age of 2, as he was brought into this world by a musical family. His father a Motown artist and his mother a dance teacher. At 13 he made his first trip to NYC on scholarship and that would change his life forever. Studying with some of the best dancers in the world he began to realize that tap dance was his passion not forgetting his extensive training in jazz, ballet and modern. Since becoming a professional he has gone on to perform for and at the following: YTV Achievement Award Winner 1999 Dance Category, ‘Bojangles’ the Showtime movie starring Gregory Hines, the international sensation ‘STOMP’, Juno Awards, Toronto International Film Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, The Duke Ellington Society, Save The Last Dance pt2, talked Tap and Tapped with Shelagh Rogers (Sounds Like Canada CBC Radio 1) , Bravo Fact ‘The Hoofers Club’, Dance Arts Vancouver & Judith Marcuse Projects (ICE: Beyond Cool, FIRE… Where There’s Smoke, and EARTH=HOME), ADIDAS, Pro Arte Danza’s The Jazz Cracker, Ballet Creole’s Soulful Messiah, Ruckus Co Prod’s Ricochet, LKTYP’s “i think i can”, Hoofers House Harlem NYC. Numerous corporate functions include former T.O Mayor David Miller’s Inaugural Ball, Coca Cola, Hit N Run Productions and has performed for the speaker of the house, and His Majesty Prince Charles to name a few. He has been on MTV Canada as a choreographer and dancer for “MTV Live: Dancing with the Hosts” and Much Music’s Black History Month. David has shared his passion with the world as a featured performer in the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies and is a sought after adjudicator and teacher across North America. He is also proud to be a member of a band called Theatre Crisp where he taps as added percussion. He is regular faculty at the Tap Dance Centre in Mississauga among other surrounding area studios. His happy go lucky and energetic attitude is contagious to those around him, and urges others to pick up a tap and discover the music they can make. Here’s to the 2nd Balcony…Keep it Copasetic!.
Heather Berry-MacPhail is an independent dance artist and teacher based in Toronto. Heather is a graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She has worked with numerous choreographers and dance companies, including blackandblue dance projects (Sasha Ivanochko), Zata Omm (William Yong), Forcier Stageworks (Marie France Forcier), Darryl Tracy, Allison Cummings, Peggy Baker, Michael Caldwell, Lynndsey Larre, and spent two seasons with Toronto Dance Theatre. Heather was a founding member of the Crazyfish Collective, who presented three full evening performances and has also performed in many festivals and events across the country. Heather is on faculty in the dance department at George Brown, as well as an instructor for The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and the George Brown Theatre School. She is also a STOTT pilates instructor and personal trainer.